Book of Common Worship

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3 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page iii B OOK OF OMMON C W ORSHIP REPARED BY P T T HEOLOGY AND HE W INISTRY U NIT ORSHIP M FOR THE RESBYTERIAN P HURCH (U.S.A.) C AND THE HURCH P C C UMBERLAND RESBYTERIAN Commended by the 205th General Assembly (1993) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the 163rd General Assembly (1993) of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for use in worship.

4 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page iv © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without special permis- sion, except as noted. Brief portions of this Book of Common Worship may be reproduced without special per- mission for one-time use only, for worship and educational purposes, in an order of service for use by a congregation, or in a special program or lesson resource, provided that no part of such reproduction is sold, directly or indirectly, and that the following acknowledgment is included: Reprinted by permission from Book of Common Worship, © 1993 W estminster/John Knox Press. The Easter Vigil music on pages 299–302, and the psalm refrains on pages 609–610, may be reproduced in an order of service for a congregation for one-time use only. Inquiries concerning rights and reproductions not herein authorized should be directed to Westminster/John Knox Press, 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396. For Acknowledgments, see pages 1099–1106. Published by Westminster/John Knox Press Louisville, Kentucky This book is printed on acid-free paper that meets the American National Standards Institute Z39.48 standard. Book design by Susan E. Jackson Interior illustrations by Aavidar Design Inc. PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 987654321 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data A catalog record for this book is available from the Library of Congress. ISBN 0-664-21991-8

5 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page v C ONTENTS REFACE 1 P 14 BBREVIATIONS A W ORSHIP REPARATION FOR P 17 Prayers for Use Before Worship 28 The Law of God Prayers for Worship Leaders 29 T AY ERVICE FOR THE ORD ’ S D L HE S 33 Basic Movement of the Service for the Lord’s Day The Service for the Lord’s Day: A Description 34 of Its Movement and Elements 48 The Service for the Lord’s Day: Order with Liturgical Texts 87 Additional Texts for the Service for the Lord’s Day Prayer of Confession 87 90 Prayer for Illumination Ascription of Praise 91 92 Invitation to Discipleship Affirmation of Faith 94 99 Prayers of the People: A–H 121 Commemoration of Those Who Have Died in the Faith 123 Prayers of the People: Concluding Collects 125 Invitation to the Lord’s Table 126 Great Thanksgiving: B–J 157 Prayer After Communion Contents / v

6 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page vi Prayer of Thanksgiving 158 159 Charge to the People Blessing 161 R L EAR ITURGICAL ESOURCES FOR THE Y 165 Advent 178 Christmas 191 Epiphany—January 6 Baptism of the Lord 198 Sundays Between Baptism of the Lord and Transfiguration of the Lord 205 214 Transfiguration of the Lord Ash Wednesday 221 235 Lent Passion/Palm Sunday 252 Maundy Thursday 269 Good Friday 281 294 The Great Vigil of Easter Easter Sunday Through Seventh Sunday of Easter 315 338 Day of Pentecost 348 Trinity Sunday 354 Sundays Between Trinity Sunday and Christ the King Christ the King (or Reign of Christ) 394 B R B APTISMAL APTISM AND OVENANT EAFFIRMATION OF THE C 403 The Sacrament of Baptism An Alternative Service for the Sacrament of Baptism 419 Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant: A Combined Order 431 Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant for Those 447 Making a Public Profession of Faith Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant for Those Uniting with a Congregation 455 Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant for a Congregation 464 Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant Marking 478 Occasions of Growth in Faith Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant in Pastoral Counseling 485 vi / Contents

7 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page vii D P RAYER AILY 491 Morning Prayer Evening Prayer 505 Alternative Texts for Seasons and Festivals: 524 Morning and Evening Prayer 545 Midday Prayer 551 Prayer at the Close of Day 563 Vigil of the Resurrection 573 Canticles and Ancient Hymns: Texts 592 Prayers at Mealtime T HE P SALMS 599 Psalms in Corporate Worship The Psalm Refrains and Tones 601 The Psalms 611 P V ARIOUS O CCASIONS RAYERS FOR 787 The Great Litany 792 Litanies and Prayers for Various Occasions 792 A Litany of Thanksgiving 794 A Litany of Confession Prayers for the World 795 800 Prayers for the Natural Order Prayers for the Church and Other People of Faith 803 Prayers for the National Life 816 Prayers for the Social Order 818 Prayers for the Family and Personal Life 822 832 Prayers for the Human Condition C HRISTIAN ARRIAGE M 841 Christian Marriage: Rite I: A Service for General Use Christian Marriage: Rite II: A Service Based on the Service for the Lord’s Day 853 Christian Marriage: Rite III: A Service for Those Previously Married in a Civil Ceremony 883 Scripture Readings for Christian Marriage 893 Contents / vii

8 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page viii T F UNERAL : A S ERVICE OF W ITNESS TO THE R ESURRECTION HE 905 Comforting the Bereaved The Funeral: A Service of Witness to the Resurrection 911 939 The Committal Scripture Readings for Services on Occasions of Death 947 P ASTORAL L ITURGIES Ministry with the Sick 967 Sentences of Scripture 967 971 Scripture Readings Prayers 988 995 Holy Communion with Those Unable to Attend Public Worship A Service for Wholeness for Use with a Congregation 1005 A Service for Wholeness for Use with an Individual 1018 A Service of Repentance and Forgiveness 1023 for Use with a Penitent Individual 1025 Prayer at the Time of Death C L ECTIONARIES ALENDAR AND 1033 The Scripture in Public Worship 1035 Calendar and Lectionary: Sundays and Festivals Daily Lectionary 1050 T M AJOR C ELEBRATIONS OF THE L ITURGICAL C ALENDAR ABLE OF 1096 1099 CKNOWLEDGMENTS A S ECTION H EADING ROSSES 1107 C viii / Contents

9 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 1 P REFACE ORSHIP IS AT THE VERY heart of the church’s life. All that the church is and W does is rooted in its worship. The community of faith, gathered in response to God’s call, is formed in its worship. Worship is the principal influence that shapes our faith, and is the most visible way we express the faith. In worship, through Word and Sacrament, the church is sustained by the pres- ence of Christ. Joined in worship to the One who is the source of its life, the church is empowered to serve God in the world. Because of the centrality of worship in the church’s life, the continuing reform of worship is of primary importance in maintaining the integrity of the people of God. In an age dominated by individualism and secularism, it is particularly im- portant to embrace forms of worship that are firmly rooted in the faith and foster a strong communal sense of being united with God, with the community of faith in every time and place, and with a broken world in need of God’s healing touch. In other words, the concern for the reform of worship is, above everything else, a concern for the renewal of the church. This conviction has informed every stage of the development of this edition of the Book of Common Worship, the fifth service book to be published in this century to serve American Presbyterians. As with each of its four predecessors, this edi- Book of Common Worship tion of the was prepared with the intention of seeking a liturgical expression that is faithful to the tradition of the church catholic, truly reformed, rooted in scripture, and related to life. The purpose of this preface is to provide an overview of the place a service book has within the Reformed tradition, and to describe aspects of this book that will contribute to its usefulness in shaping worship in Presbyterian congregations. HE S ERVICE B OOK AND THE D T W ORSHIP IRECTORY FOR American Presbyterians have both a directory for worship and a service book. There is often a confusion over the distinction between the two, and over the role of each. Preface / 1

10 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 2 A Directory for Worship is a part of the constitution of the church and thus has the authority of church law. It provides the theology that undergirds worship, and includes appropriate directions for worship. It sets forth the standards and the norms for the ordering of worship. It does not have fixed orders of worship or liturgical texts. The church’s service book, on the other hand, provides orders and texts for worship. It is in harmony with the directory and is approved for voluntary use. Where both a directory and a service book coexist, as in those churches served by this book, the service book sets forth, in orders of services and in liturgical texts, the theology and norms described in the directory. Service books have a longer history in the Reformed tradition than directories, and most churches in the Reformed com- munity do not have directories but do have service books. S IXTEENTH AND S EVENTEENTH C T HE ENTURIES Reformed churches in the sixteenth century used service books. Ulrich Zwingli, Martin Bucer, and John Calvin all prepared worship forms for use in the congre- and subse- gations. John Knox, following Calvin, prepared The Forme of Prayers quently a service book, the Book of Common Order, for use in Scotland. Liturgical forms were in general use in Switzerland, Germany, France, Italy, Holland, England, and Scotland. However, the Reformation in England and Scotland after the death of Thomas Cranmer was formed in a very different context from that on the continent, where entire political entities were Reformed. The Reformed were thus able to prepare their own service books without interference. In England and Scotland those seek- ing to carry the reform from the continent had the difficult task of reforming within a state church hostile to Genevan-inspired reform. Even after the Scottish kirk was reformed under John Knox, it continued to endure English political and religious pressures, resulting in bitter conflict with the English crown. As the contending party in a state church, the Puritans were vulnerable. The lib- erty of the church to order its life and worship in harmony with the Word of God was threatened. The Puritans felt under attack by both church and nation. It was in worship that the conflict raged. The Puritans’ struggle for liberty put them in direct conflict with those who had power to legislate the content of the service book and to require its use. Initially, the Puritan conflict was not about opposition to the propriety and use of a service book. The Puritans proposed their own service books. Rather, the conflict was about a serv- ice book that was being imposed upon the Puritans that did not reflect their concerns. The struggle ultimately drove the Puritans to join forces with the separatists. As a result, both the English Puritans and the Scots were forced into a more radical litur- gical position than that of the reform on the continent, which did not have to face such issues. Whereas the Reformers were in a position to eform the forms of wor- r ship, the political and ecclesiastical situation compelled the Puritans, for the sake of liberty, to eject the forms thrust upon them. r 2 / Preface

11 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 3 It was in this context that the Westminster Directory for the Publique Worship of God, devoid of liturgical text, was created in 1644, under the influence of Puri- tans and separatists. This directory was destined to play the dominant role in shap- ing the worship of American Presbyterians. It was at this moment in history that Puritans and Scots settled in the New World. They were the nucleus that initially shaped American Presbyterianism. Puritan views thus dominated the way the church took root in American soil. Opposition to serv- ice books continued even though the Puritans were no longer engaged in a struggle for liberty. The agenda remained, even though the context had changed. American Presbyterians soon forgot why they opposed service books. What began as a strug- gle for liberty turned into a new legalism. In keeping with their Puritan legacy, Presbyterians who settled in the New World chose to be served by a directory for worship rather than a service book. Colonial Presbyterians had the 1644 Westminster Directory available to them until, in 1788, the Westminster Directory was revised for use in the United States and subsequently adopted by the first General Assembly. Two generations after the first General Assembly, things began to change. N HE C ENTURY T INETEENTH In the middle of the nineteenth century a movement emerged among American Presbyterians and other Reformed churches that sought to restore a liturgical tradi- tion that was both Reformed and catholic, and thus to recover the values associated with use of a service book. Individuals began to write service books for use by Presbyterians. Toward the end of the century, demand for such resources prompted the publishing house of the northern Presbyterians to produce collections of liturgical forms. But it was the southern General Assembly that first extended official sanction to liturgical forms. In 1894 a directory for worship was adopted for use in the southern church that contained liturgical formulas, and liturgies for marriages and funerals were appended to it. Nine years later, the northern General Assembly was ready to respond positively to overtures calling for a book of services. B OOK OF C W ORSHIP —1906, 1932, 1946 OMMON In 1903, in response to the growing expression of need for worship forms, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (northern) approved overtures calling for the preparation of a book of services. The result was that the Book of Common Worship was published in 1906. In approving this book, the first church embraced the growing concern for the reform of Presbyterian worship. Although American Presbyterians had a directory for worship to guide them in litur- gical matters, the approval of a service book gave official recognition to the value of liturgical orders and texts in shaping worship. Preface / 3

12 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 4 The 1906 book was therefore a significant milepost in the reform of Presbyter- ian worship. It included orders with liturgical texts for both morning and evening Lord’s Day worship. It provided for celebrating Holy Communion, and included an exemplary eucharistic prayer (in this book called “great thanksgiving”). Texts were provided for some festivals and seasons of the liturgical calendar. There were orders and liturgical texts for Baptism and for Confirmation of Baptismal Vows. A treasury of prayer, with family prayers, was included, as well as a selective psalter and a col- lection of ancient hymns and canticles. Congregational participation was encour- aged with the provision of responses and unison prayers. This service book included prayers drawn from a wide range within the church catholic and from across many centuries. By 1928, the book began to appear dated. Responding to popular demand, the General Assembly appointed a committee to revise the Book of Common Worship. The revised edition appeared in 1932. This edition was an expanded version of the 1906 book. Texts for additional festivals and seasons were added. A rudimentary lectionary was included. It is significant that the southern General Assembly approved it for use by its congregations. Nine years later the northern General Assembly established a permanent com- Book of Common Worship mittee on the revision of the to monitor the liturgical needs of the church and to periodically propose revisions. This underscores the importance that the Office of the General Assembly gave to the service book at that time. A thoroughgoing revision of the resulted in a new edi- Book of Common Worship tion being published in 1946. Those who prepared this book had the advantage of increasing ecumenical liturgical scholarship and of more knowledge about the wor- ship of the Reformers. This edition of the service book provided for still greater con- gregational participation. It contained expanded resources for Sunday morning and Sunday evening worship and for the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. The reading of scripture in worship was given emphasis by the addition of a complete two-year lectionary from the Church of Scotland’s Book of Common Order, published in 1940. The liturgical year also received increased emphasis, with prayers included from the service books of other churches. T HE ORSHIPBOOK —1970 W In 1955 the northern General Assembly called for another revision. As the com- Book of Common Worship mittee appointed to revise the began its work, it was con- fronted with the great disparity between the Directory for Worship and the Book of The committee reported back to the assembly that it could not Common Worship. proceed until a new directory was adopted to replace the existing one, which for the northern church had remained virtually unchanged since its adoption nearly one hundred and seventy years earlier. The southern Presbyterians joined with the northern church to produce the new service book but decided to prepare their own directory. Also joining the project was 4 / Preface

13 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 5 the United Presbyterian Church in North America, which in 1947 had published a The Manual for Worship, which included general guidelines for wor- book entitled ship with some orders and liturgical texts. Before the new service book was com- pleted, the United Presbyterian Church in North America had merged with the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. to form the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church also joined in the project to produce the new service book. The Cumberland Presbyterians later engaged in preparing a new Directory for Worship, which was approved by their General Assembly in 1984. Other Reformed churches participated in early phases of the development of a new Book of Common Worship. when in 1961 the United W ork resumed on a revised Book of Common Worship Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A., and in 1963 the Presbyterian Church in the U.S., adopted new directories. The committee distributed two trial use pieces prior to publication: one in 1964, another in 1966. In 1970 the service book was published with the title The Worship- wo years later it was published as part of book—Services. T The Worshipbook—Services and Hymns. The Worshipbook are noteworthy. As the first of a wave of The contributions of new service books among American denominations, it broke new ground. It de- parted from Elizabethan English and began the search for a suitable contem- porary style of language appropriate for the worship of God. It set forth with clarity that the norm of Christian worship on the Lord’s Day is a service of the Word and Sacrament. Although six years earlier the committee had proposed a new lectionary, it recognized that the lectionary then being completed by the Roman Catholic Church was superior to the lectionary it had prepared. The committee therefore modified the Roman lectionary for use by Presbyterians and included it in the final The Worshipbook. Other denominations also made revisions of the publication of Roman lectionary. The Worshipbook But with all of its contributions, was vulnerable. Following Vat- ican Council II there was a great resurgence of liturgical reform that continues unabated in virtually every branch of the church. Service book revision was begun by every church that had a service book. Presbyterians began to recognize the need It was therefore no surprise that a new service book to go beyond The Worshipbook. was soon called for. B OOK OF OMMON W ORSHIP —1993 C In 1980 the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. approved an overture from the Presbytery of the Cascades calling for “a new book of services for corporate worship.” In adopting the overture, the General Assembly expressed the fervent hope that the new book would be “an instrument for the renewal of the church at its life-giving center.” Immediately the Presbyterian Church in the United States and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church approved participa- tion in the project. Preface / 5

14 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 6 The process leading to a new service book called for the publication of trial-use resources prior to the finalization of the service book itself. Between 1984 and 1992 seven trial-use resources were published, each including proposed text for a portion of the service book. The trial-use volumes were published under the series title: Sup- plemental Liturgical Resources. Each volume was prepared by a task force chosen for the task. From fifty to one hundred congregations were invited to review testing drafts of each of these resources prior to its approval for publication. Suggestions received from these evaluations greatly contributed to the preparation of the final drafts, and thus to their usefulness in the church. Following the publication of each volume, evaluations and suggestions were received. These responses, based on their use, were carefully considered and were a valuable aid in revising the liturgical texts for inclusion in this book. In revised form the liturgical texts of the seven trial-use resources are included in this book. During the course of the development of this service book, the reunion in 1983 of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S. and the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) occurred. This resulted in the preparation of a new Directory for Worship. In the years that followed re- union, until the adoption of the new Directory for Worship in 1989, the prepara- tion of the directory and the development of the service book followed parallel tracks. Because the work was concurrent, there was a creative exchange between the two tasks. Each influenced the other. Appearing four years after the adoption of the Directory, the final Book of Common Worship is consistent with the provisions of the Directory. F F REEDOM ORM AND This book honors the Reformed approach to worship, freedom within order, and thus provides a great variety of options and alternatives. Unlike other service books this book welcomes free prayer by providing guidelines for preparation of prayers for public worship. The forms of worship included here thus provide for a wide spectrum of styles ranging from free and spontaneous prayer to the use of prayer texts. It is envisioned that while the style of praying will vary from one locale to another, the shape of the service will remain the same. Each service is provided with an outline that gives the minister and those involved in the preparation and actual celebration a clear overview of the content and flow of the service. Local pastoral concerns will determine the appropriate way to use the texts and services. Some will find strength and a sense of unity in the prayers shared in com- mon with the whole church and so will use the liturgical texts as they appear in this book. Others will find it more appropriate to adapt the prayers for use in a particu- lar setting. Others will be prompted to follow the structure of the services as they are outlined and use the texts as models for a free and more spontaneous style of 6 / Preface

15 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 7 prayer. Each of these styles is appropriate within the provisions of the directories for Book of Common Worship to provide the necessary worship, and it is the intent of the resources. CUMENICAL E C ONVERGENCE The reform of worship in our time is the fruit of a movement that is now over one hundred and fifty years old. Beginning early in the nineteenth century the litur- gical movement emerged as a force for the renewal of the Christian faith. While its early expressions tended toward romanticism, it matured into a vital force for renewal. It is now a major force directed toward the renewal of the Christian faith, both in its life together in worship and in its engagement in the world as a sign of the reign of God. While the movement started outside church bureaucracies and ecclesiastical councils, the churches have now embraced the central convictions of the movement. The liturgical reforms set in motion by Vatican II are the primary example. During the past thirty years the Christian churches throughout the world have seen a reformation in worship unequaled in any other century. While styles vary between traditions, the shape of the liturgy among the various Christian traditions is witnessing a remarkable convergence. An example of such a convergence is the work of the World Council of Churches in Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry and its related documents. The preparation of the 1993 edition of the Book of Common Worship has had the advantage of the continuing liturgical work in all branches of the Christian church, and it reflects these emerging areas of convergence. We are beginning to recognize that our true unity begins at the baptismal font. Baptism is now recognized as fundamental to the life of faith, forming Christians in faith and service. The centrality of the scripture read and proclaimed is being recovered due in large measure to the use of the lectionary. Since the publication of a lectionary that is embraced in whole or in part by a variety of traditions, we are recognizing our unity as we gather as one around the Word. We also share a common liturgical calendar. In celebrating the festivals and seasons, we find a certain unity as together we draw our life from the saving events of God in history. We are moving toward unity at the table, as we are beginning to recognize that in belief and practice there is more that unites us in the Eucharist than di- vides us. The Eucharist is increasingly recognized as central to the liturgy on the Lord’s Day, and there is a steady movement toward weekly celebration. The con- tinuing barriers that separate us from one another at the table stand in grievous con- trast to the growing sense of unity we understand in our baptism, and as we hear the Word. We are learning that unity at the font, pulpit, and table is the true road to heal- ing the brokenness of Christ’s church. Preface / 7

16 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 8 It is important to recognize that as Christians we share much of our history in common with other parts of the church. While the sixteenth-century reforms and events of later centuries are very important in shaping the particular way we wor- ship, we share in common with other Christians fifteen centuries of pre-Reformation history. Churches are beginning to recognize that the context in which we are called to witness to the gospel today is increasingly a missionary situation. This awareness is causing churches in a variety of traditions to go back to the sources, to find their roots in scripture and in the formative period of the church’s life. As we are reawakened to our common origins, liturgical reform results. It is in this search for renewal, which we share in common with other traditions, that convergence begins to take shape. In a variety of ways this book reflects this increasing convergence. The ecumenical contributions to this book include the revised Common Lec- tionary and liturgical texts prepared by ecumenical consultations. It should be no surprise that the book draws freely from various portions of the body of Christ, given the commitment that the Reformed tradition has to the ecumenical movement. The book seeks to rise above sectarian limitations in embodying the prayer of the church ecumenical. R EFORMED AND C A THOLIC This book is offered to the church as a resource that is fully Reformed and truly catholic. In being Reformed, it embodies dominant characteristics of worship within the Reformed tradition. An important characteristic of worship in the Reformed tradi- tion is that it centers on God rather than ourselves and our feelings. Our attention is drawn to the majesty and glory of the triune God, who created all things and by whose power all things are sustained, who was revealed in Jesus Christ raised from the dead to rule over all things, and who is at work as the giver of life in and among us by the power of the Holy Spirit. The focus of the forms in this book is fully theocentric. Tr ue to the Reformed tradition, this book is thoroughly biblical, expressing the faith proclaimed in scripture. Its texts are rooted in the story of God’s calling and redeeming a people in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and of God’s send- ing them in the power of the Holy Spirit to minister in the world. Liturgical texts make much use of biblical language and metaphor. The centrality of the proclama- tion of the Word through the reading of scripture and preaching is preserved. This service book also honors the Reformed conviction that God is acting in his- tory. God is not only the creator of all things, but rules over all things, and is involved in the affairs of the world to the end that the purposes of God may be embraced in all creation. In a variety of ways, the orders and forms contained in these pages under- score that liturgy and life, worship and mission belong together. The book therefore seeks to be in touch with the concerns of our times. Its prayers focus on the living issues in the world that confront us as we seek to be faithful disciples. 8 / Preface

17 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 9 As stated above, this book honors the blend of freedom within form that charac- terizes Presbyterian worship. True freedom does not do away with form. On the con- trary, form enables freedom to be truly free. Without structure, freedom can degenerate into license.The liturgical directions throughout the book are carefully worded to give direction without being mandatory. While it is thoroughly Reformed, this book, like its predecessors, is also an expres- sion of worship that is fully catholic. Indeed one could say that we are not truly Reformed unless we are truly catholic. This book is an expression of the church catholic, both in the faith that it expresses and in the liturgical practice it provides. As with the sixteenth-century Reformers, the forms in this book are rooted in the earliest liturgical traditions that have characterized Christian worship throughout history. In keeping with the directories for worship, this book, like its 1970 prede- cessor, sets forth the Service for the Lord’s Day as a service of Word and Sacrament. The variety of eucharistic prayers in this book should serve the church well as it moves toward recognizing the centrality of the Lord’s Supper in its worship. The celebrations of days and seasons that are provided for in these pages are those that have been at the heart of the way Christians keep time, centering most espe- cially on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. In being catholic, the book is universal in scope. It is informed by the way Chris- tians have worshiped since earliest times, and so it reflects the growing convergence in liturgical theology and practice that characterizes our time. C OMMON W ORSHIP Book of Common Worship, This book restores the title long associated with Re- formed service books. True to its title, the book embodies “common” prayer. While hundreds of contemporary prayers are included, prayers are also drawn from the ancient church and from across the centuries of Christian worship. Prayers and forms shared in common with the church from other times and places give a sense of our unity with the people of God throughout time. This book is faithful to the long tra- dition of Christian worship because the foundation of its orders is worship that cen- ters on Word and Sacrament. Prayers shared in common may be compared with the vast collection of hymns we share in common. In reality hymns are sung prayers. Just as hymns through famil- iarity are cherished and are a source of strength in daily life, so prayers in the litur- gical treasury become familiar and greatly loved through repeated use. Set within our minds and hearts, they provide a rich reservoir of devotion available when needed in the varying circumstances of life. L OCAL AND U NIVERSAL The book seeks to keep both the local and the universal in focus. It is essential that worship express the burdens and concerns of the time and place in which we live. Forms are provided to help a congregation express its deepest concerns in its Preface / 9

18 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 10 prayers. At the same time, the universal dimensions of Christian worship are essen- tial. When both the local and the universal are thus held together, it becomes clear, in the ordering of prayer and in the prayers we pray, that the congregation in this place is a living expression of the church universal. ANGUAGE L Book of Common Worship Care was taken in the development of the that its lan- guage be inclusive, not only in reference to the people of God but also in language about God and address to God. Guidelines for inclusive language adopted by the General Assembly in 1975, 1979, 1980, and 1985 were implicitly followed in the preparation of the texts. The result is that a richer biblical imagery is employed than was the case in prior service books. It was a goal in the preparation of this book that the language of the prayers be eloquent and rhythmic, contemporary in language and comprehended with ease, believing that well crafted prayers engage the ear and are remembered by the worshiper. The book also recognizes that language involves more than what we hear. The language of the visual and the tactile are also included in suggestions for actions that engage the whole person in the worship of God. Y ET TO B E ORE UBLISHED M P This book does not include some liturgical resources that ordinarily are included in the service book, namely, ordinations, installations, and occasional services such as dedications. At the time of its publication, a major study on ordination is before the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). This has precluded the finalization of an ordina- tion rite. The decision was made to do as other churches have done and produce a book of occasional services separate from this book, to include additional liturgi- cal resources needed by the church, such as ordinations, installations, dedications, and other occasional services, and liturgies needed by presbyteries to fulfill their responsibilities. T W HO S HARED IN THE C REATION OF T HIS HOSE OOK B Development of this service book has involved more people and a broader spec- trum of the church than any of its predecessors. This is appropriate to the develop- ment of a book that helps form and express the prayer of the church. Seven task forces worked on portions of the book. Collectively, this work spanned ten years. Each task force produced a trial-use resource of an assigned section of the service book, published as Supplemental Liturgical Resources. Until the Presbyter- ian Church (U.S.A.) was restructured in 1988, the Administrative Committee of the Joint Office of Worship (Office of Worship after reunion) appointed the task forces 10 / Preface

19 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 11 and monitored the work of each task force. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church also appointed members to some of the task forces. Until restructuring, the Advi- sory Council on Discipleship and Worship through its Worship Committee was also responsible for reviewing the testing drafts of the work of the task forces prior to the completion of final drafts. Since 1988, all of these functions have been the responsibility of the Theology and Worship Ministry Unit. Those who served on one of the task forces were: Horace T. Allen, Jr., Martha Blunt, Peter C. Bower, Lewis A. Briner, Donald K. Campbell, Thomas D. Camp- bell, David Dyer, Karmen Van Dyke, William R. Forbes, Catherine Gunsalus Gonzalez, Lucile L. Hair, Jung Han, Cynthia A. Jarvis, Judith Kolwicz, J. Michael Krech, Thomas G. Long, William P. Lytle, Ross Mackenzie, Thomas Mainor, Roger A. Martin, Neddy Mason, James Hastings Nichols, Thomas E. Pass, Betty Peek, David H. Pfleiderer, Howard L. Rice, V. Bruce Rigdon, David W. Romig, Robert E. Shelton, Robert M. Shelton, Sue Spencer, Donald Wilson Stake, Juan Trevino, Jesse Truvillion, Jeannette Wessler. Staff to each task force: Harold M. Daniels. Those who served on the Administrative Committee of the Joint Office of Wor- ship or the Office of Worship during the period when the Supplemental Liturgical Resources were developed were: Melva W. Costen, Arlo D. Duba, Lucile L. Hair, Helen Hamilton, Collier S. Harvey, Jr., Robert H. Kempes, James G. Kirk, Wynn McGregor, Ray Meester, Robert D. Miller, Clementine Morrison, David C. Part- ington, Betty Peek, Dorothea Snyder, Robert Stigall, Darius L. Swann, James Vande Berg, John Weaver. Staff: Harold M. Daniels (Director), Marion L. Liebert (Admin- istrative Associate). Those who served on the Worship Committee of the Advisory Council on Discipleship and Worship during the development of the Supplemental Liturgi- cal Resources were: Moffet Swaim Churn, Jay Dee Conrad, Melva W. Costen, Craig D. Erickson, Francis M. Gray, Robert S. Moorhead, Irene Overton, Franklin E. Perkins, J. Barrie Shepherd, Harriet Smith, Donald Wilson Stake, Helen Wright. Staff: James G. Kirk, Elizabeth Kirk. Adjunct staff: Harold M. Daniels. Those who served on the Theology and Worship Ministry Unit during the completion of the Supplemental Liturgical Resources series were: Ruben P. Ar- mendariz, José H. Bibiloni, Muriel Brown, Sandra Hanna Charles, Harland Collins, Melva W. Costen, Margery Curtiss, Donna Frey DeCou, Joseph G. Dempsey, Burnette W. Dowler, Gershon B. Fiawoo, Richard Fiete, Daniell C. Hamby, Roberta Hestenes, Thomas L. Jones, Clements E. Lamberth, Jr., Daniel Martin, William McIvor, Raquel Montalvo, Lewis Mudge, Deborah Mullen, W. Peter Ota, Douglas Ottati, Heath K. Rada, Marilee M. Scroggs, James C. Spald- ing, R. David Steele, Benjamin M. Weir, Mary Jane Winter, May Murakami Nakagawa (Presbyterian Association of Musicians Representative), Gordon Turn- bull (Theological Institutions Advisory Member), Helen Wright (Presbyterian Preface / 11

20 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 12 Association of Musicians Representative). Staff: George B. Telford, Jr. (Director of the Unit), Joseph D. Small (Associate Director of the Unit). Staff of the worship function were: Harold M. Daniels, Janet Wolfe, Nalini Jayasuriya. Those serving on the Worship Sub-Unit of the Theology and Worship Ministry Unit during the completion of the Supplemental Liturgical Resources series were: Ruben P. Armendariz, Melva W. Costen, Donna Frey DeCou, Gershon B. Fiawoo, Daniell C. Hamby, Daniel W. Martin, May Murakami Nakagawa, R. David Steele, Mary Jane Winter, Robert T. Henderson (consultant), Fred Holper (consultant), Donald Wilson Stake (consultant). Staff: Harold M. Daniels, Janet Wolfe, Nalini Jayasuriya. Administrative details during the completion of the Supplemental Liturgical Resources series were provided by Valerie Hofmann (Associate for Administration), Cindy Ohlmann Stairs (Worship Administrative Assistant), Regina J. Noel (first as W orship Secretary and then as Worship Administrative Assistant). Throughout the entire process of preparing the Supplemental Liturgical Resources, valuable editorial assistance was provided by Patrick Byrne, who provided detailed critique of each manuscript. In 1991 work began on editing the liturgical material published in the Supple- mental Liturgical Resources series. Harold M. Daniels, who served as project di- rector and editor of the Supplemental Liturgical Resources series, also had responsibility for final editing of the material. To assist him, a group of editorial advi- sors was appointed in the fall of 1991. This network gave guidance to the editor at each phase of final editing. Communication was principally by computer. In addition, four consultants were appointed to work with the Worship Sub- Unit to assist in overseeing the completion of the manuscript and recom- mending it to the Unit for publication. The Worship Sub-Unit, or a working group of the sub-unit, met four times during the spring and summer of 1992 to complete the task. Those serving actively as editorial consultants were: Fred Anderson, John Burkhart, Cynthia Campbell, Melva W. Costen, Alan Detscher, Arlo Duba, Pa- tricia Fort, Stanley Hall, Daniell C. Hamby, Duncan Hanson, Dennis Hughes, Paul Huh, James H. Logan, Jr., Deborah McKinley, D. Cameron Murchison, Elizabeth Nordquist, David Partington, K. C. Ptomey, Jr., Donald Wilson Stake, Diane Karay Tripp, Karmen Van Dyke, Marney Wasserman, Steven Yamaguchi. Bryan Hoover, Donald Wilson Stake, Diane Karay Tripp, and Marney Wasser- man accepted and fulfilled major responsibilities in completing portions of the manuscript. Alan Detscher provided valuable assistance most particularly in for- matting the book and making certain that the rubrics were succinct and clearly stated. The Worship Sub-Unit responsible for overseeing the completion of the final draft and recommending it to the Theology and Worship Ministry Unit for its ap- proval included Melva W. Costen, Donna Frey DeCou (chair), Gershon B. Fiawoo, Daniell C. Hamby, May Murakami Nakagawa, K. C. Ptomey, Jr., Larry Rhoades. 12 / Preface

21 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 13 Consultants: Stanley Hall, Fred Holper, James Logan, Marney Wasserman. Staff: Deborah McKinley, Harold M. Daniels. Membership of the Theology and Worship Ministry Unit Committee at the time the manuscript was approved for publication was: Melva W. Costen (chair), Donna Frey DeCou, David Eicher, Daniell C. Hamby, James B. Harper, John W. Larson, Sr., Daniel W. Martin, William McIvor, Lewis Mudge, Deborah Mullen, D. Cameron Murchison, Peter Ota, K. C. Ptomey, Jr., Ruth Sauter, Mary Elva Smith, Jack L. Stotts, Carol Wehrheim, Barbara Van Ark Wilson, Karmen Van Dyke, W illiam C. Yeager, Martin Shelton-Jenck (theological advisor), Casper Glenn (mis- sionary advisor), Larry Rhoades (Presbyterian Association of Musicians Represen- tative). Staff: George B. Telford, Jr. (Director), Joseph D. Small, III (Associate Director). Worship staff: Harold M. Daniels, Deborah McKinley. Administrative assistance was provided by Valerie Hofmann (Associate for Administration), Regina Noel (Administrative Assistant for Worship), and Denise Williams (Secretary for orship). W The Theology and Worship Ministry Unit also greatly appreciates the strong con- tinued support of Robert D. McIntyre, Publisher of Westminster/John Knox Press, who has given enthusiastic support for this project from its inception, and especially for the completion of the Book of Common Worshi p. The competency of the staff of estminster John Knox Press has been invaluable to the success of the project. While W many shared in tasks related to its completion, gratitude is extended especially to all who devoted careful attention to every detail in producing a quality book, and who evidenced strong commitment by working long hours to complete the project in a timely manner. Thanks especially to Danielle Alexander and Carl Helmich, who were responsible for copyediting, and to Maureen O’Connor, Director of Creative Publishing Services, and staff: Susan Jackson, designer, who also participated with Laura Lee, Drew Stevens, and Ron Sharpe in the composition of the book. The Book of Common Worship is offered to the church with a fervent prayer that it may be an effective aid to congregations as they worship God, and that it may fur- ther the renewal of the church’s faith and life. T W ORSHIP M INISTRY U NIT HEOLOGY AND Preface / 13

22 00 FMT (i-viii, 1-14) 2/18/05 12:33 PM Page 14 A BBREVIATIONS The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs. PH Louisville, Ky.: We stminster/John Knox Press, 1990. PS The Psalter—Psalms and Canticles for Singing. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993. (in prayers) indicates a pause for silent prayer. ... Square brackets, or horizontal brackets extending the width of the page (shown [] below), are used to designate optional elements or sections. = Start of Optional Material = End of Optional Material 14 / Abbreviations

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25 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 17 P W ORSHIP REPARATION FOR RAYERS FOR U B EFORE W ORSHIP P SE The following prayers may be used by worshipers as they prepare for the service. 1 Eternal God, you have called us to be members of one body. Join us with those who in all times and places have praised your name, that, with one heart and mind, we may show the unity of your church, and bring honor to our Lord and Savior, [1] Jesus Christ. Amen. 2 Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being: Y ou have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness keep us from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [2] one God, now and forever. Amen. Preparation for Worship / 17

26 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 18 3 Almighty God, you pour out the spirit of grace and supplication on all who desire it. Deliver us from cold hearts and wandering thoughts, that with steady minds and burning zeal we may worship you in spirit and in truth; [3] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 4 God of grace, you have given us minds to know you, hearts to love you, and voices to sing your praise. Fill us with your Spirit, that we may celebrate your glory and worship you in spirit and in truth; [4] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 5 O Lord our God, you are always more ready to bestow your good gifts upon us than we are to seek them. Y ou are more willing to give than we desire or deserve. Help us so to seek that we may truly find, so to ask that we may joyfully receive, so to knock that the door of your mercy may be opened for us; [5] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 6 Almighty God, you built your church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the cornerstone. Join us together by their teaching, so that we may be a holy temple in whom your Spirit dwells; [6] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 18 / Preparation for Worship

27 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 19 7 Almighty God, we pray for your blessing on the church in this place. Here may the faithful find salvation, and the careless be awakened. Here may the doubting find faith, and the anxious be encouraged. Here may the tempted find help, and the sorrowful comfort. Here may the weary find rest, and the strong be renewed. Here may the aged find consolation and the young be inspired; [7] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 8 O God, light of the minds that know you, life of the souls that love you, strength of the thoughts that seek you: Help us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may fully serve you, whose service is perfect freedom; [8] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 9 Bless us, O God, with a reverent sense of your presence, that we may be at peace and may worship you with all our mind and spirit; [9] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 10 God of mercy, grant that the Word you speak this day may take root in our hearts, and bear fruit to your honor and glory, [10] for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Preparation for Worship / 19

28 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 20 11 O Jesus, our great high priest, be present with us as you were present with your disciples, [11] Amen. and make yourself known to us in the breaking of bread. 12 do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, We trusting in our own goodness, but in your all-embracing love and mercy. We are not worthy even to gather up the crumbs under your table, but it is your nature always to have mercy. So feed us with the body and blood of Jesus Christ, your Son, [12] that we may forever live in him and he in us. Amen. 13 Loving God, you have so made us that we cannot live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from your mouth. Give us a hunger for your Word, and in that food satisfy our daily need; [13] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 14 To your name, Lord Jesus, help me to bow the knee and all its worshiping, bow the head and all its thinking, bow the will and all its choosing, bow the heart [14] and all its loving. Amen. 15 We praise you, we worship you, we adore you. Y ou hold the heavens in your hand, all stars rejoice in your glory. ou come in the sunrise and the song of morn Y and bless the splendor of the noonday. The stars in their courses magnify you, day and night tell of your glory. Y our peace blows over the earth and the breath of your mouth fills all space. 20 / Preparation for Worship

29 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 21 Y our voice comes in the thunder of the storm and the song of the wind whispers of your majesty. Y ou satisfy all things living with your abundance and our hearts bow at your presence. Accept us, your children, Eternal Father, and hearken to our prayer. [15] Amen. Bend over us, Eternal Love, and bless us. 16 Eternal God, you are the power behind all things: behind the energy of the storm, behind the heat of a million suns. Eternal God, you are the power behind all minds: behind the ability to think and reason, behind all understanding of the truth. Eternal God, you are the power behind the cross of Christ: behind the weakness, the torture and the death, behind unconquerable love. Eternal God, [16] we worship and adore you. Amen. 17 Grant unto us, O God, the fullness of your promises. Where we have been weak, grant us your strength; where we have been confused, grant us your guidance; where we have been distraught, grant us your comfort; where we have been dead, grant us your life. Apart from you, O Lord, we are nothing, [17] in and with you we can do all things. Amen. Christina Rossetti (1830–1894) 18 As the wind is your symbol, so forward our goings. As the dove, so launch us heavenwards. As water, so purify our spirits. As a cloud, so abate our temptations. As dew, so revive our languor. [18] As fire, so purge out our dross. Amen. Preparation for Worship / 21

30 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 22 19 Desiderius Erasmus (1466–1536) O Lord Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth, and the Life: Do not let us stray from you, the Way, nor to distrust you, the Truth, [19] Amen. nor to rest in anything other than you, the Life. 20 Come, O Holy Spirit. Come as Holy Fire and burn in us, come as Holy Wind and cleanse us within, come as Holy Light and lead us in the darkness, come as Holy Truth and dispel our ignorance, come as Holy Power and enable our weakness, come as Holy Life and dwell in us. Convict us, convert us, consecrate us, until we are set free from the service of ourselves, [20] to be your servants to the world. Amen. 21 John Henry Newman (1801–1890) Give me, O my Lord, that purity of conscience which alone can receive your inspirations. My ears are dull, so that I cannot hear your voice. My eyes are dim, so that I cannot see the signs of your presence. Y ou alone can quicken my hearing and purge my sight, and cleanse and renew my heart. T each me to sit at your feet [21] and to hear your word. Amen. 22 Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–1961) Give me a pure heart—that I may see Thee, A humble heart—that I may hear Thee, A heart of love—that I may serve Thee [22] A heart of faith—that I may abide in Thee. Amen. 22 / Preparation for Worship

31 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 23 23 Richard of Chichester (1197–1253) Thanks be to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have won for us, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, [23] day by day. Amen. 24 Howard Thurman (1900–1981) Lord, open unto me Open unto me—light for my darkness. Open unto me—courage for my fear. Open unto me—hope for my despair. Open unto me—peace for my turmoil. Open unto me—joy for my sorrow. Open unto me—strength for my weakness. Open unto me—wisdom for my confusion. Open unto me—forgiveness for my sins. Open unto me—love for my hates. Open unto me—thy Self for my self. [24] Lord, Lord, open unto me! Amen. Augustine of Hippo (354–430) 25 O loving God, to turn away from you is to fall, to turn toward you is to rise, and to stand before you is to abide forever. Grant us, dear God, in all our duties your help; in all our uncertainties your guidance; in all our dangers your protection; and in all our sorrows your peace; [25] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 26 Augustine of Hippo (354–430) O God, full of compassion, I commit and commend myself to you, in whom I am, and live, and know. Be the goal of my pilgrimage, and my rest by the way. Let my soul take refuge from the crowding turmoil of worldly thought beneath the shadow of your wings. Let my heart, this sea of restless waves, [26] find peace in you, O God. Amen. Preparation for Worship / 23

32 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 24 27 illiam Temple (1881–1944) W Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to you, so guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly yours, utterly dedicated unto you; and then use us, we pray, as you will, but always to your glory and the welfare of your people, [27] through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. illiam Laud (1573–1645) 28 W Gracious God, we pray for your holy catholic church. Fill it with all truth in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; [28] Amen. for the sake of Jesus Christ your Son our Savior. Attributed to Benedict of Nursia (c. 480–547) 29 O gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you, and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears to listen for your word; a heart to love you; and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit [29] Amen. of Jesus Christ our Lord. Alcuin of Tours (c. 735–804) 30 Eternal Light, shine into our hearts; Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil; Eternal Power, be our support; 24 / Preparation for Worship

33 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 25 Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance; Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us, that with all our heart and mind and strength we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite mercy to your holy presence; [30] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 31 Sarum Primer (c. 1514) God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in my eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking; God be in my heart, and in my thinking; [31] Amen. God be at my end, and at my departing. 32 Maria Ware (1798) Lord, hear; Lord, forgive; Lord, do. Hear what we speak not; forgive what we speak amiss; do what we leave undone; that not according to our words, or our deeds, but according to your mercy and truth, all may work for your glory, and the good of your kingdom, [32] through Jesus Christ. Amen. Attributed to Francis of Assisi (1181–1226) 33 Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, [33] and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen. Preparation for Worship / 25

34 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 26 34 Patrick of Ireland (389–461) May the strength of God pilot us. May the power of God preserve us. May the wisdom of God instruct us. May the hand of God protect us. May the way of God direct us. May the shield of God defend us. May the host of God guard us against the snares of evil and the temptations of the world. May Christ be with us, Christ before us, Christ in us, Christ over us. May your salvation, O Lord, [34] be always ours this day and forevermore. Amen. 35 Clement of Rome (d.c. 99) O God Almighty, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ: Grant us, we pray, to be grounded and settled in your truth by the coming down of the Holy Spirit into our hearts. That which we know not, reveal; that which is wanting in us, fill up; that which we know, confirm; and keep us blameless in your service; [35] Amen. through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. 36 Liturgy of Malabar, 5th century Grant, O Lord Jesus, that the ears which have heard the voice of your songs may be closed to the voice of dispute; that the eyes which have seen your great love may also behold your blessed hope; that the tongues which have sung your praise may speak the truth in love; that the feet which have walked in your courts may walk in the region of light; and that the bodies which have received your living body may be restored in newness of life. [36] Glory to you for your inexpressible gift. Amen. 26 / Preparation for Worship

35 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 27 37 Patrick of Ireland (389–461) I bind unto myself today the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, and One in Three. I bind this day to me forever, by power of faith, Christ’s incarnation; his baptism in the Jordan river; his death on the cross for my salvation. His bursting from the spiced tomb; his riding up the heavenly way; his coming at the day of doom I bind unto myself today. I bind unto myself today the virtues of the star-lit heaven, the glorious sun’s life-giving ray, the whiteness of the moon at even, the flashing of the lightning free, the whirling wind’s tempestuous shocks, the stable earth, the deep salt sea around the old eternal rocks. I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, God’s eye to watch, God’s might to stay, God’s ear to hearken to my need, the wisdom of my God to teach, God’s hand to guide, God’s shield to ward, the word of God to give me speech, God’s heavenly host to be my guard. Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger. Preparation for Worship / 27

36 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 28 I bind unto myself the name, the strong name of the Trinity, by invocation of the same, the Three in One, the One in Three, of whom all nature has creation, eternal Father, Spirit, Word. Praise to the Lord of my salvation, [37] Amen. salvation is of Christ the Lord. L AW OF G OD T HE 38 In preparation for worship, the people may wish to meditate on the law of God. The Law of God Ex. 20:1–17 God spoke all these words, saying, I am the Lord your God. Y ou shall have no other gods before me. ou shall not make for yourself an idol, Y whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Y ou shall not bow down to them or worship them. Y ou shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God. Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. Honor your father and your mother. ou shall not murder. Y Y ou shall not commit adultery. Y ou shall not steal. Yo u shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Y ou shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. 28 / Preparation for Worship

37 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 29 39 In preparation for worship, the people may wish to meditate on the summary of the law. Summary of the Law Matt. 22:37–40 Our Lord Jesus said: ou shall love the Lord your God Y with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: Y ou shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. RAYERS FOR W ORSHIP L EADERS P One of the following prayers (40–42) may be used with the choir: 40 Ps. 100:1 W orship the Lord with gladness, and enter the Lord’s presence with songs of joy. O God, the angels of heaven proclaim your glory without ceasing. Help us as we serve you in your house, that in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs we may sing to you with our whole heart; [38] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 41 Praise the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. Great God, you have been generous and marvelously kind. Give us such wonder, love, and gratitude that we may sing praises to you and joyfully honor your name; [39] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Preparation for Worship / 29

38 01 Preparation (15-30) 2/18/05 12:35 PM Page 30 42 Ps. 51:15 O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall proclaim your praise. God of glory, God of grace, before whose face our vision fails, help us to sing your praise gladly, and to worship you in spirit and in truth; [40] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. When elders or leaders of worship meet before worship, they may wish to use one of the following prayers (43–45): 43 Ever-present God, without your Word we have nothing to say; without your Spirit we are helpless. Give us your Holy Spirit, that we may lead your people in prayer, proclaim the good news, and gratefully praise your name; [41] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 44 Startle us, O God, with your truth, and open our minds to your Spirit, that we may be one with Christ our Lord, and serve as faithful disciples, [42] through Jesus Christ. Amen. 45 Before Holy Communion Almighty God, you have set a table before us, and called us to feast with you. Prepare us in mind and spirit to minister in your name, [43] and to honor your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen. 30 / Preparation for Worship

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41 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 33 B M OVEMENT OF THE ASIC S ERVICE FOR THE ’ S D AY L ORD ith its focus upon scripture and sacrament, the main body of the service moves W broadly from hearing to doing, from proclamation to thanksgiving, and from Word to table. G A THERING The people gather in response to God’s call, offering praise in words of scripture, prayer, and song. The people acknowledge their sinfulness and receive the declara- tion of God’s forgiveness. HE W ORD T Scriptures are read and their message is proclaimed. Psalms, hymns, spirituals, or anthems may be sung between the readings. Responses to the proclamation of God’s rd include expressions of faith and commitment, and the offering of prayers for Wo worldwide and local needs. T HE E UCHARIST As hearing becomes doing, the tithes and offerings of the people are gathered, and the table is set with bread and wine. The people are invited to the table of the Lord. Prayer is offered in which God is praised for creation and providence, Christ’s work of redemption is remembered with thanksgiving, and the Holy Spirit is in- The bread is broken, and the bread and wine are served voked upon and in the church. to the people. S ENDING The people are sent forth with God’s blessing to serve. Service for the Lord’s Day / 33

42 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 34 T S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY HE 1 A Description of Its Movement and Elements F rom its beginning, the Christian community has gathered on the first day of the week to hear the scriptures read and proclaimed and to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. This day has special significance, since it was on “the first day of the week” that Jesus’ followers discovered the empty tomb and met the risen Lord. Recognizing the importance of the resurrection, the New Testament community called the day of the week on which Christ rose “the Lord’s day” (Rev. 1:10). It was the day to remember and celebrate the resurrection. The Lord’s Day, the first day of the week, is therefore the very center of the church’s calendar. In the ancient story of creation, this day marked the beginning of creation. On the first day, God spoke light into being, separating light from darkness. In Christ’s resurrection, Christians saw the beginning of the “new creation” and came to regard the day of resurrection as “the eighth day of creation.” The Lord’s Day is therefore a sign of God’s kingdom and of hope. Gathered on the Lord’s Day, Christians celebrate the age to come, which was revealed in the risen Christ, by remembering the words and deeds of Jesus and cel- ebrating the presence of the risen Christ among them in the Word proclaimed and in the bread and cup of the Eucharist. G THERING A W orship begins with God. God takes the initiative and calls us into being. In the name of Christ we answer God’s call and assemble as the community of faith. As the people gather, they may informally greet one another as members of the household of faith. They may pray silently or engage in quiet meditation, or music may be offered appropriate to the season or to the scripture readings of the day. The music should help people focus their attention on God and God’s king- dom. Essential announcements pertaining to the order of worship of the day may be briefly given. 34 / Service for the Lord’s Day

43 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 35 C W ORSHIP ALL TO The people are called to worship God. Words from scripture are spoken or sung to proclaim who God is and what God has done. We are thus reminded that our wor- ship centers in God and not in ourselves. “Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Ps. 124:8). RAYER OF THE O PENING P RAYER AY OR D P An opening prayer may be said. It may be a prayer of adoration. Adoration is the keynote of all true worship, of the creature before the Creator, of the redeemed before the Redeemer. Or the prayer of the day may be said. This prayer typically expresses some aspect of the day, the festival, or the season, and thereby contributes to the focus of the day’s worship. The people respond with “Amen” to this and all other prayers offered by the minister or other worship leaders. In the corporate response “Amen” (Hebrew, meaning “so be it”) the people affirm their participation in the prayer, and embrace it as their own. Option: The prayer of the day may be used later in the service, for example, as the concluding collect to the prayers of the people. YMN OF P RAISE , P H , OR S PIRITUAL SALM The people sing praise to God in a hymn, psalm, or spiritual, which tells of God’s greatness, majesty, love, and goodness. Praise is the joyful response to the incomparable gift of God in Jesus Christ, and so is dominant in Christian worship. P ARDON C ONFESSION AND In words of scripture the people are called to confess the reality of sin in personal and common life. Claiming the promises of God sealed in our baptism, we humbly confess our sin. Confession is made by using a prayer, a penitential psalm, or appropriate music.Whatever the form, it will engage us in acknowledging our sinfulness and in confessing our sin to God. A period of silence may be observed before, within, or following the confession of sin. Music of a penitential character may follow the prayer. Having confessed our sin, we remember the promises of God’s redemption, and the claims God has on all human life. The assurance of God’s forgiving grace is declared in the name of Jesus Christ. We accept God’s forgiveness, confident that in dying to sin, God raises us to new life. Option: The confession of sin may follow the intercessions before the Lord’s Supper, instead of being included here. Service for the Lord’s Day / 35

44 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 36 T P EACE HE Having been reconciled to God in Jesus Christ, the people are invited to share signs of reconciliation and the peace of Christ. In sharing the peace, we express the reconciliation, unity, and love that come only from God, and we open ourselves to the power of God’s love to heal our brokenness and make us agents of that love in the world. Option: If the peace is not included here, it may be included at another place in the service preceding the Lord’s Supper. Option: On days when a baptism is celebrated, or there is a reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant, or another pastoral rite of the church takes place, the peace may be included in relation to those rites. , P SALM , H YMN , OR S C ANTICLE PIRITUAL ith gladness, God is praised in song, for the gift of God’s grace brings joy. The W response may be an appropriate psalm, hymn, canticle (i.e., a biblical song other than a psalm), spiritual, or the “Glory to God” or “Glory to the Father.” T W ORD HE W orship now moves to the reading, proclaiming, and hearing of God’s Word. I LLUMINATION RAYER FOR P A prayer for illumination may be offered before the reading and proclaiming of the scripture. This prayer seeks the illumination of the Holy Spirit and calls upon God to make us receptive to the life-giving Word, which comes to us through the scripture. F EADING IRST R SALM P ECOND R EADING S NTHEM , H YMN , P SALM , C ANTICLE A OR S PIRITUAL , G R EADING OSPEL There should be readings from both the Old and the New Testament to ensure that the unity and completeness of God’s revelation are proclaimed. Both a reading from the epistles and a reading from the Gospels are appropriately included as the New Testament readings. A psalm drawn from the full range of the psalms should also be included. Coming to us from the worship of ancient Judaism, the psalms have been at the 36 / Service for the Lord’s Day

45 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 37 heart of Christian prayer and praise across the centuries. Throughout its history the Reformed tradition has given a special place to singing the psalms in worship. The singing of a psalm is appropriate at any place in the order of worship. How- ever, the psalm appointed in the lectionary (pp. 1035–1048) is intended to be sung following the first reading, where it serves as a congregational meditation and response to the reading. The psalm is not intended as another reading. The scripture readings are to be selected with care. Their selection should be guided by the seasons of the liturgical calendar, pastoral concerns, world events and conditions, and the church’s mission. Attention should be given to ensure that over a period of time, worshipers will be provided all of the many and varied themes and emphases of the scripture. The readings and the psalm may be those suggested in a lectionary. A lectionary provides consistency, and ensures that over a period of time the full witness of scrip- ture will be read as a part of worship. A lectionary used in common with other churches, such as the one in this book, expresses a connection with the universal church. A lectionary, including a plan for reading through particular books of the Bible, may also be prepared by those who plan worship. The readings may be read by a minister or by a member of the congregation. Or, the congregation may read the scripture responsively or antiphonally. Or, when appropriate, the congregation may read the scripture in unison. The public reading of the scripture should be entrusted to those who have the ability to read well. Readers are to be adequately prepared and should familiarize themselves with the passages to be read. They are to give attention to their reading, so that it will be clear, audible, and sensitive to the meanings of the text. Those hearing the reading of the scripture also have responsibility, since listen- ing to the reading of scripture requires expectation and concentration. In addition to the psalms, other musical forms (such as hymns, spirituals, canti- cles, anthems) or artistic expressions that proclaim or interpret the scripture read- ings or their themes may be included between the readings. S ERMON When the Bible has been read, its message is proclaimed in a sermon or other form of exposition of God’s Word. The God who speaks in scripture speaks to us now. The God who acted in biblical history acts today. Through the Holy Spirit, Christ is present in the sermon, offering grace and calling for obedience. Preaching should present the gospel with simplicity and clarity, and be in lan- guage the people can understand. A prayer, acclamation, or ascription of praise may conclude the sermon. The Word may also be proclaimed through music and other art forms faithful to the gospel. The proclamation of God’s Word in scripture and sermon invites a response of faith. We respond in song, affirmation of faith, prayer, and offering. Service for the Lord’s Day / 37

46 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 38 I NVITATION After the sermon, the people may be called to discipleship, giving opportunity to any who wish to make or renew personal commitment to Christ and his kingdom. , C ANTICLE , P SALM , OR S PIRITUAL H YMN A hymn or other song is sung. It may be related to the scripture readings of the day, or it may lead to the prayers of the people or to Baptism or a pastoral rite that might follow. F AITH A FFIRMATION OF The people respond to the proclamation of the Word by affirming the faith. The faith of the church both shapes our lives and expresses the hope and expectancy that are a part of the Christian life. From early in the church’s life, an affirmation of faith has been central in corporate worship. Candidates for Baptism gave assent to the faith in the words of the Creed, and upon their baptism were admit- ted to the Eucharist. As those who are baptized, whenever we say the creed we reaf- firm the profession of faith made in our baptism. The people may affirm the faith by saying or singing a creed of the church. The Nicene Creed and the Apostles’ Creed express the faith tradition of the whole church, the faith in which we were baptized. Or the people may affirm the faith in the form of an affirmation drawn from scripture, a hymn or other appropriate musical response, or one of the other confessions of the church. Or the choir may lead the congregation in affirming the faith through an anthem or other musical form. If Baptism is to be celebrated, the congregation professes its faith using the Apos- tles’ Creed as a part of the baptism. The Apostles’ Creed is also said when baptized persons make a public profession of faith for the first time, and on other occasions of reaffirming the baptismal covenant. The Apostles’ Creed is also appropriately said when new members are welcomed. The Nicene Creed is traditionally said whenever the Lord’s Supper is celebrated. B APTISM As an act of the whole church, Baptism is celebrated (except for extraordinary cir- cumstances) in the context of corporate worship. When Baptism is celebrated, it appropriately follows the reading and proclaiming of the Word. As with the Lord’s Supper, Baptism is a sign and act of God’s self-giving, by which God’s grace is made available to us. The sacraments give a distinctive shape to Christian worship and are the primary signs of the covenant of grace. The meaning of Baptism is many-faceted. Baptism proclaims God’s grace and love for us. In Baptism, God claims us and marks us as God’s own. Baptism signifies our engrafting into Christ, and so affirms our new identity as members of the body of Christ. Through the waters of Baptism, we participate in Christ’s 38 / Service for the Lord’s Day

47 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 39 death and resurrection by which we die to all that separates us from God and are raised to new life in Christ. In Baptism we are assured of cleansing from sin, of inclu- sion in God’s grace and covenant, and of the gift of the Holy Spirit. The significance of Baptism is not limited to the one being baptized. Those pres- ent who have been baptized are reminded of their place in the covenant community, of God’s claim on their lives, and of their dependence upon God’s grace. The basic order of Baptism is as follows: Presentation. Persons to be baptized are brought to the font or baptismal pool and presented for baptism. The meaning of Baptism is declared in the words of scrip- ture. Older children, youth, and adults express their desire to be baptized. Parents promise to fulfill the responsibilities for Christian nurture. The congregation and sponsors promise to love and nurture those being baptized and to assist them to be faithful disciples. Profession of Faith. Those coming to be baptized, parents, and sponsors make vows, renouncing the ways of evil and affirming the way of Christ. The congrega- tion joins the candidates for Baptism (or their parents) and the sponsors in affirm- ing the faith of the church in the words of the Apostles’ Creed. Thanksgiving Over the Water. God’s saving acts are remembered with thanks- giving and the Holy Spirit is invoked, that those who are baptized may have their sins washed away, be reborn to new life, be buried and resurrected with Christ, and be incorporated into the body of Christ. In the name of the triune God, the minister pours or sprinkles The Baptism. water visibly and generously on the head of each candidate or immerses each candi- date in water. As a sign of the gift of the Holy Spirit in Baptism, the Laying On of Hands. minister lays hands upon the head of the newly baptized (and may anoint with oil), praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit. elcome. The newly baptized are welcomed into the household of God, and W are charged to be faithful disciples. The congregation may welcome the newly baptized into the house- The Peace. hold of God, sharing signs of peace. P R ITE OF THE C HURCH ASTORAL Response to the Word may include other acts of commitment and recognition. Those previously baptized may make public their profession of faith for the first time. Baptized believers may reaffirm the covenant into which they were baptized, or transfer their church membership. Christian marriage, ordination and installation of church officers, and commis- sioning for service in and to the church are other acts of commitment that may appro- priately be included as responses to the Word. The service may be an occasion to recognize and give thanks for significant events in individual or community life, for reunions and farewells, and for remembering the lives of those who died. Service for the Lord’s Day / 39

48 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 40 W itness to faith and service and interpretation of the mission and programs of the church may prepare for the people’s intercessions, as well as the offering of them- selves and their gifts to support the ministry of Christ and the church. P EOPLE P RAYERS OF THE In response to the Word, prayers are offered. In these prayers, we acknowledge God’s presence in the world and in daily life. Across the ages the church in its worship has prayed for the church universal, the world, all in authority, and those in distress or need. At no other time in its worship is the community of faith more conscious of the needs of the life of the world. We pray for the world because God loves it. God created the world and cares for it. God sent Jesus, who died for it. God is working to lead the world toward the future God has for it. To abide in God’s love is to share God’s concern for the world. Our prayers should therefore be as wide as God’s love and as specific as God’s tender com- passion for the least ones among us. Intercession. The congregation prays for worldwide and local concerns, offer- ing intercession for: the church universal, its ministry and those who minister, that the world might believe; the world, those in distress or special need, and all in authority, that peace and justice might prevail; the nation, the state, local communities, and those who govern in them, that they may know and have strength to do what is right. Supplications. The congregation prays for its own life and ministry, offering supplications for: the local church, that it may have the mind of Christ in facing special issues and needs; those who struggle with their faith, that they be given assurance; those in the midst of transitions in life, that they be guided and supported; those who face critical decisions, that they receive wisdom; those who are sick, grieving, lonely, and anxious, that they be comforted and healed; all members, that grace conform them to God’s purpose. Option: A prayer of confession may be offered if not already included in the service. [T HE EACE ] P Option: Signs of reconciliation and peace may be exchanged here, if not included elsewhere in the service. 40 / Service for the Lord’s Day

49 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 41 T E UCHARIST HE FFERING O The Christian life is marked by the offering of one’s self to God to be shaped, empowered, directed, and changed by God. In worship, God presents us with the costly self-offering of Jesus Christ. We are claimed by Christ and set free. In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ we offer God our lives, our gifts, our abilities, and our material goods, for God’s service. Silence or appropriate music may accompany the gathering of the people’s of- ferings. The tithes and offerings are gathered and received with prayer, spoken or sung. From early centuries in Christian history, the offering has been the occasion for presenting the bread and wine to be used in the Lord’s Supper. When the Lord’s Sup- per is to be celebrated, gifts of bread and wine may therefore be brought to the table in thanksgiving for God’s Word. If the elements are already in place, they are made ready for celebrating the Sacrament. When the service does not include the Lord’s Supper, the offering is followed by prayers of thanksgiving, ending with the Lord’s Prayer. The service is then concluded with a hymn, spiritual, canticle, or psalm, and with the charge and blessing. NVITATION TO THE L ORD ’ S I ABLE T From New Testament times the celebration of the Eucharist on each Lord’s Day has been the norm of Christian worship. The Eucharist was given by Christ himself. Before church governments were devised, before creeds were formalized, even before the first word of the New Testament was written, the Lord’s Supper was firmly fixed at the heart of Christian faith and life. From the church’s inception, the Lord’s Day and the Lord’s Supper were joined. Along with the reading and proclamation of the scripture, the Eucharist has given witness to God’s redemptive acts each Lord’s Day, giving Christian worship its distinctive shape. In this sacrament, the bread and wine, the words and actions, make the promises of God visible and concrete. The Word proclaimed in scripture and sermon is con- firmed, for all that the life, death, and resurrection of Christ means is focused in the Sacrament. It is appropriate, therefore, that the Eucharist be celebrated as often as on each Lord’s Day. It shall be celebrated regularly and frequently enough so that it is clear to all that the Lord’s Supper is integral to worship on the Lord’s Day, and not an addition to it. In the Eucharist the church blesses God for all that God has done, is doing, and promises to do, and offers itself in obedient service to God’s reign. The church is renewed and empowered as in thanksgiving it remembers Christ’s life, Service for the Lord’s Day / 41

50 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 42 death, resurrection, and promised return. The people of God are sustained by the promised presence of Christ, and are assured of participation in Christ’s self-offer- ing. Christ’s love is received, the covenant is renewed, and the power of Christ’s reign for the renewing of the earth is proclaimed. Being made one with Christ, we are made one with all who belong to Christ, united with the church in every time and place. In this sacrament we also participate in God’s future as well. It is a glad resurrection feast. Gathering around this table, the church anticipates the great banquet of the new age in God’s eternal kingdom. The Lord’s Supper is therefore more than a reminder of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection. It is a means, given us by Christ, through which the risen Lord is truly present as a continuing power and reality, until the day of his coming. While the meaning of Christ’s sacrificial death is at the heart of this sacrament, it is a res- urrected, living Christ whom we encounter through the bread and the wine. The many-faceted meaning of this sacrament is seen in the names given to it. The title Lord’s Supper recalls Jesus’ institution of the sacrament with his disciples. Eucharist (thanksgiving) reminds us that we receive all of the benefits of God’s grace Holy Communion with joy. reminds us that in this sacrament we are made one with describes the sacramental action The Breaking of the Bread Christ and with each other. by which Christ is known to his disciples. The minister, or the one authorized to preside, invites the people to the Lord’s table using suitable words from scripture. If the words of institution (1 Cor. 11:23–26, or Gospel accounts: Matt. 26:26–30; Mark 14:22–26; Luke 22:14–20) will not be spo- ken at the breaking of bread or included in the great thanksgiving, they are said as part of the invitation. G T HANKSGIVING REAT The Lord’s table, having been set, the one presiding then leads the people in the great thanksgiving. This prayer with its emphasis on thankful praise has been of central importance to this sacrament from very early centuries in Christian worship. Thanksgiving is so important to this sacrament that it has been given the name of Eucharist (from the New Testament Greek word eucharistia, meaning thanksgiving). praise God for all God’s mighty acts in the past, present, and future. We God is praised for: creating all things, the providence of God, establishing the covenant, giving the law, the witness of the prophets, God’s boundless love and mercy in spite of human failure, the ultimate gift of Christ, the immediate occasion or festival. 42 / Service for the Lord’s Day

51 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 43 There may be an acclamation of praise, in which we join in one voice, with choirs of angels and with the faithful of every time and place, in adoration of the triune God: “Holy, holy, holy Lord,” the song of the heavenly hosts, eternally being sung before God’s majesty (Isa. 6:1–5). Christ’s work of redemption is recalled with thanks: his birth, life, and ministry, his death and resurrection, the promise of his coming again. the gift of the Sacrament [which may include the words of institution if not otherwise used]. There may be an acclamation of faith, in which we joyfully acclaim Christ who died, is risen, and will come again. The Holy Spirit is called upon to draw the people into the presence of the risen Christ, and to make the breaking of the bread and sharing of the cup a communion in the body and blood of Christ, that the people may be nourished with Christ’s body, made one with the risen Christ, united with all the faithful in heaven and earth, kept faithful as Christ’s body, representing Christ in ministry in the world, in anticipation of the fulfillment of the kingdom Christ proclaimed. The prayer concludes with an ascription of praise to the triune God. ORD L S P RAYER ’ Following the great thanksgiving, the Lord’s Prayer is said by the people. B REAKING OF THE READ B The one presiding takes the bread and breaks it, and pours wine or unfermented grape juice into the cup. The action should be clearly visible to all present. If the words of institution have not previously been spoken, they are said as the bread is broken and the wine is poured. We are reminded in this action that Christ’s body was broken and his blood was shed for all. The action requires a loaf of bread of suf- ficient size for breaking, and a chalice and a flagon or pitcher for the pouring. C OMMUNION OF THE P EOPLE The bread and wine from the table are served to the people in a manner suitable to the occasion. Service for the Lord’s Day / 43

52 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 44 The people may gather around the table to receive the bread and cup. Or, the people may go to persons serving the elements. Or, the bread and wine may be served to the people where they are. A portion of a loaf of bread may be broken off and placed in the people’s hands. Or, the people may break off a portion of the loaf of bread. Or, the people may be offered pieces of bread prepared for distribution. ine may be served from a common cup. Or, several cups may be offered and W shared. Or, individual cups may be prepared for distribution. Rather than drink from a common cup, communicants may dip the broken bread into the cup. During the serving, the people may sing psalms, hymns, spirituals, or other appro- priate songs. Or the choir may sing, or instrumental music may be played. Or scrip- ture may be read. Or the people may pray in silence. After all have been served, and the remaining elements have been returned to the table, a prayer is offered thanking God for the gift of Christ in the Sacrament, and asking for God’s grace and strength to be faithful disciples. S ENDING Acts of commitment to discipleship, declaration of intent to seek Baptism, and reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant are appropriate responses to the Word received in the Sacrament. As the service comes to a close, other acts of commitment and recognition may be observed. People may make commitments to and be com- missioned to specific corporate and personal acts of evangelism, compassion, justice, reconciliation, and peacemaking in the world. Those leaving the fellowship of a particular church to undertake these commis- sions, or to move to another community, may be recognized with a farewell. Announcements pertaining to the life of the church may be included at this point. Whether included here or elsewhere, announcements in corporate worship should be restricted to those that relate directly to the ongoing mission of the congregation and have relevance for all of the members of the worshiping community. H P , S ANTICLE , OR , C SALM YMN PIRITUAL The congregation sings a hymn, spiritual, canticle, or psalm. C B HARGE AND LESSING A formal dismissal concludes the service. A charge to the people to go into the world in the name of Christ may be included. The charge renews God’s call to us to engage in obedient and grateful ministry as God’s agents to heal life’s brokenness. By the power of the Spirit, we are to be in life and ministry what Christ has redeemed us to be. God calls the church to join the mission of Christ in service to the world. As the church engages in that mission, it bears witness to God’s reign over all of life. 44 / Service for the Lord’s Day

53 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 45 God sends the church in the power of the Holy Spirit to proclaim the gospel, to engage in works of compassion and reconciliation, to strive for peace and justice in its own life and in the world, to be stewards of creation and of life, caring for cre- ation until the day when God will make all things new. The church in both its worship and its ministry is a sign of the reign of God. God’s reign is both a present reality and a promise of the future. In an age hostile to the reign of God, the church worships and serves, confident that God’s rule has been established, and with hope firmly rooted in the ultimate triumph of God. The dismissal shall include words of blessing, using a trinitarian benediction such as the apostolic benediction in 2 Cor. 13:14, or other words from scripture. Assured of God’s peace and blessing, we are confident that God goes with us to our tasks. Signs of reconciliation and peace may be exchanged as the people depart. Instrumental music may follow the blessing. OTE N 1. The description of the Service for the Lord’s Day appearing on pages 34– 45 is based upon and draws much of its language from the directories for worship of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church: Book of Order, “Directory for Worship,” Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (Louisville, Ky.: Office of the General Assembly), W-2.2000-2.1010; 2.4000-2.4012; W-3.1000-3.1004; -3.3000-3.3702; W-7.1000-7.6002. W Confession of Faith and Government of the Cumberland “Directory for Worship,” in Presbyterian Church and the Second Cumberland Presbyterian Church (Memphis, Tenn.: Frontier Press), sections entitled “The Corporate Worship of God” and “The Sacraments.” This section also incorporates material appearing on pp. 12–26 of Service for the Lord’s Day, Supplemental Liturgical Resource 1 (Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1984), which was prepared for that trial-use resource to describe the movement of the Service for the Lord’s Day and the meaning of its parts. Service for the Lord’s Day / 45

54 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 46 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY N A THERING G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day or Opening Prayer Hymn of Praise, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon The Peace Canticle, Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual W T HE ORD Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Invitation Hymn, Canticle, Psalm, or Spiritual Affirmation of Faith [Pastoral Rite of the Church] Prayers of the People [The Peace] If the Lord’s Supper is not celebrated: T HE E UCHARIST Offering Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People ENDING S Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Charge and Blessing

55 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 47 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY N NCLUDING THE S B APTISM I ACRAMENT OF THERING A G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day or Opening Prayer Hymn of Praise, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon [The Peace] Canticle, Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual T W ORD HE Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Invitation Hymn, Canticle, Psalm, or Spiritual Baptism Presentation Profession of Faith with Apostles’ Creed Thanksgiving Over the Water The Baptism Laying On of Hands W elcome The Peace Prayers of the People If the Lord’s Supper is not celebrated: HE E UCHARIST T Offering Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People S ENDING Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Charge and Blessing

56 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 48 T S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY HE Order with Liturgical Texts G A THERING C W ORSHIP ALL TO G REETING All may stand as the minister(s) and other worship leaders enter. The minister greets the people, saying one of the following: 1 2 Thess. 3:18 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. 2 Cor. 13:13 2 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 3 See Ruth 2:4 The Lord be with you. The people answer: And also with you. ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE The minister continues: Let us worship God. Then one of the following, or another verse from scripture appropriate to the day or season (pp. 165–400), is said: 48 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

57 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 49 1 Ps. 124:8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. 2 Ps. 118:24 This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. 3 Ps. 95:1, 2 O come, let us sing to the Lord and shout with joy to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into God’s presence with thanksgiving, singing joyful songs of praise. 4 Ps. 116:12, 13 What shall we return to the Lord for all the good things God has done for us? We will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. Ps. 34:3 5 O praise the Lord with me, let us exalt God’s name together. Ps. 96:1, 2 6 O sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. Sing, and give praise to God’s name; tell the glad news of salvation from day to day. 7 Ps. 100:1, 2, 5 Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth. W orship the Lord with gladness. Come into God’s presence with singing! For the Lord is a gracious God, whose mercy is everlasting; and whose faithfulness endures to all generations. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 49

58 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 50 8 See Micah 6:6, 8 ith what shall we come before the Holy One, W and bow ourselves before God on high? God has shown us what is good. What does the Holy One require of us, but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with our God? 9 Mal. 1:11 From the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. Ps. 24:1 10 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. After the scripture verse, the minister may add: Praise the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. RAYER OF THE D AY OR P PENING P RAYER O Let us pray. After a brief silence, the prayer of the day (pp. 165–400) or one of the fol- lowing prayers may be said. 1 Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires, known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name; [44] through Christ our Lord. Amen. 50 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

59 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 51 2 God of all glory, on this first day you began creation, bringing light out of darkness. On this first day you began your new creation, raising Jesus Christ out of the darkness of death. On this Lord’s Day grant that we, the people you create by water and the Spirit, may be joined with all your works in praising you for your great glory. Through Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, [45] we praise you now and forever. Amen. 3 O God, light of the hearts that see you, life of the souls that love you, strength of the thoughts that seek you: to turn from you is to fall, to turn to you is to rise, to abide in you is to stand fast forever. Although we are unworthy to approach you, or to ask anything at all of you, grant us your grace and blessing [46] for the sake of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen. 4 O God, you are infinite, eternal and unchangeable, glorious in holiness, full of love and compassion, abundant in grace and truth. our works everywhere praise you, Y and your glory is revealed in Jesus Christ our Savior. Therefore we praise you, blessed and holy Trinity, [47] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 51

60 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 52 5 God of light and truth, you are beyond our grasp or conceiving. Before the brightness of your presence the angels veil their faces. ith lowly reverence and adoring love W we acclaim your glory and sing your praise, for you have shown us your truth and love [48] in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. H RAISE , P YMN OF , OR S PIRITUAL P SALM All may remain standing. C ONFESSION AND P ARDON ALL TO C ONFESSION C The people are called to confess their sin using one of the following, or other words of scripture that promise God’s forgiveness. 1 1 John 1:8, 9 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, God who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In humility and faith let us confess our sin to God. 2 Rom. 5:8; Heb. 4:16 The proof of God’s amazing love is this: While we were sinners Christ died for us. Because we have faith in him, we dare to approach God with confidence. In faith and penitence, let us confess our sin before God and one another. 52 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

61 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 53 3 See Heb. 4:14–16 Remember that our Lord Jesus can sympathize with us in our weaknesses, since in every respect he was tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with boldness approach the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor. A pause for silent reflection follows. C ONFESSION OF S IN All confess their sin, using one of the following prayers or another appro- priate to the occasion or season (pp. 87–89, 165–400). Silence may be kept before, during, or following the prayer. 1 Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. have not loved you We with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways, [49] to the glory of your holy name. 2 Holy and merciful God, in your presence we confess our sinfulness, our shortcomings, and our offenses against you. Y ou alone know how often we have sinned in wandering from your ways, in wasting your gifts, in forgetting your love. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 53

62 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 54 Have mercy on us, O Lord, for we are ashamed and sorry for all we have done to displease you. Forgive our sins, and help us to live in your light, and walk in your ways, [50] for the sake of Jesus Christ our Savior. 3 Eternal God, our judge and redeemer, we confess that we have tried to hide from you, for we have done wrong. have lived for ourselves, We and apart from you. have turned from our neighbors, We and refused to bear the burdens of others. We have ignored the pain of the world, and passed by the hungry, the poor, and the oppressed. In your great mercy forgive our sins and free us from selfishness, that we may choose your will and obey your commandments; [51] through Jesus Christ our Savior. 4 Merciful God, you pardon all who truly repent and turn to you. humbly confess our sins and ask your mercy. We have not loved you with a pure heart, We nor have we loved our neighbor as ourselves. We have not done justice, loved kindness, or walked humbly with you, our God. Have mercy on us, O God, in your loving-kindness. In your great compassion, cleanse us from our sin. Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within us. Do not cast us from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore to us the joy of your salvation [52] and sustain us with your bountiful Spirit. 54 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

63 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 55 “Lord, Have Mercy” (A), “Holy God, Holy and Mighty” (B), or “Lamb of God” (C) may be sung. A Lord, Have Mercy Kyrie Eleison PH 565, 572–574 May be sung in threefold, sixfold, or ninefold form. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. B risagion Holy God, Holy and Mighty T Sung three times. Holy God, holy and mighty, holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. C Agnus Dei Lamb of God Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace. Or Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, have mercy on us. Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world, grant us peace. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 55

64 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 56 D F ORGIVENESS ECLARATION OF The minister declares the assurance of God’s forgiving grace: 1 The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. May the God of mercy, who forgives you all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen. 1 Tim. 1:15; 1 Peter 2:24 2 Hear the good news! The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might be dead to sin, and alive to all that is good. I declare to you in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Amen. 3 Rom. 8:34; 2 Cor. 5:17 Hear the good news! Who is in a position to condemn? Only Christ, and Christ died for us, Christ rose for us, Christ reigns in power for us, Christ prays for us. 56 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

65 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 57 Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone; a new life has begun. Know that you are forgiven and be at peace. Amen. One of the following exhortations may be said, or the summary of the law (p. 29) or the Commandments (p. 28) may be read. 1 See Col. 3:12–14 As God’s own people, be merciful in action, kindly in heart, humble in mind. Be always ready to forgive as freely as God has forgiven you. And, above everything else, be loving, and never forget to be thankful for what Christ has done for you. John 13:34 2 Hear the teaching of Christ: A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you. T P EACE HE The peace may be exchanged here or after the prayers of the people (pp. 65–66). The leader says: See John 20:19, 21, 26 Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us forgive one another. The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. And also with you. The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace and reconciliation. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 57

66 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 58 C , P SALM , H YMN , OR S PIRITUAL ANTICLE A canticle (pp. 573–591), psalm, hymn, or spiritual may be sung. During the seasons of Christmas and Easter, (A) “Glory to God” is especially appropriate. When the Lord’s Supper is to be celebrated, (B) “Worthy Is Christ, the Lamb” is appropriate. On other occasions (C) “Glory to the Father” may be used. A Gloria in Excelsis Glory to God PH 566, 575, 576; PS 173 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 58 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

67 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 59 B rthy Is Christ, the Lamb Rev. 5:12, 9, 13; 7:10, 12; 19:4, 6–9 Wo PH 594 This is the feast of victory for our God. Refrain: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia. Wo rthy is Christ, the Lamb who was slain, whose blood set us free to be people of God. R Power, riches, wisdom, and strength, R and honor, blessing, and glory are his. Sing with all the people of God, and join in the hymn of all creation. R Blessing, honor, glory, and might R be to God and the Lamb forever. Amen. For the Lamb who was slain has begun his reign. Alleluia. R C Glory to the Father Gloria Patri PH 567, 577–579 Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen. The people may be seated. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 59

68 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 60 T W ORD HE RAYER FOR I P LLUMINATION Let us pray. After a brief silence, one of the following, or another prayer for illumination (pp. 90–91), is said: 1 Lord, open our hearts and minds by the power of your Holy Spirit, that as the scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, [53] we may hear with joy what you say to us today. Amen. 2 Prepare our hearts, O God, to accept your Word. Silence in us any voice but your own, that, hearing, we may also obey your will; [54] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 3 O God, by your Spirit tell us what we need to hear, and show us what we ought to do, [55] to obey Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 4 O Lord our God, your Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. Give us grace to receive your truth in faith and love, that we may be obedient to your will and live always for your glory; [56] through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 60 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

69 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 61 The reader may then say: Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22 Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. R EADING F IRST Before the reading: A reading from ________. At the conclusion of the reading: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Silence may be kept. P SALM The psalm for the day is sung or said. ECOND R EADING S Before the reading: A reading from ________. At the conclusion of the reading: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Silence may be kept. OR , H YMN , P SALM , C ANTICLE A NTHEM S PIRITUAL , An anthem, hymn, psalm, canticle, or spiritual that reflects the scriptures for the day may be sung. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 61

70 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 62 G R EADING OSPEL Before the reading of the Gospel: A reading from ________. Or The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to ________. Glory to you, O Lord. At the conclusion of the Gospel: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Or The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ. Silence may be kept. S ERMON After the scriptures are read, their message is proclaimed in a sermon or some other form of proclamation. One of the following ascriptions of praise, or another (pp. 91–92), may con- clude the sermon. Rev. 7:12 1 Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen. 1 Tim. 1:17 2 Now to the Ruler of all worlds, undying, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever! Amen. 62 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

71 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 63 3 Rev. 1:5, 6 Jesus Christ, who loves us To and freed us from our sins by his blood and made us to be a kingdom, priests of his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Silence for reflection may follow. I NVITATION An invitation (pp. 92–93) may be given to any who wish to make or renew personal commitment to Christ and his kingdom. YMN , C ANTICLE , P SALM , OR S PIRITUAL H All may stand. If Baptism (or a pastoral rite of the church) follows, candidates may come forward during the singing. FFIRMATION OF AITH A F The Nicene Creed (A), the Apostles’ Creed (B), or an affirmation drawn from scripture (pp. 94–98) may be said or sung, or a portion of the Book of Confessions, or a portion of A Declaration of Faith may be said, the people standing. When Baptism is to be celebrated, or when the Public Profession of Faith or other reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant is to follow, or when new mem- bers are welcomed, the creed is not used here, since the Apostles’ Creed is included in these rites. The Nicene Creed is ordinarily used whenever the Lord’s Supper is celebrated. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 63

72 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 64 A Nicene Creed Let us confess our faith. believe in one God, We the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, We the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, We who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. 64 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

73 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 65 B Apostles’ Creed Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord. who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. APTISM B When Baptism is celebrated, it takes place here, using the baptismal liturgy on pages 403–415 or 419–429. P R ITE OF THE C HURCH ASTORAL When a pastoral rite of the church is celebrated (e.g., confirming and commissioning, or other reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant, reception of new members, ordination, installation, marriage), it takes place here. RAYERS OF THE P EOPLE P The minister, an elder, a deacon, or a member of the congregation leads the prayers of the people, the people standing. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 65

74 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 66 Models of prayers of the people are found on pages 99–120. Intercessions are offered for: the church universal the world and our nation those in authority the community persons in distressing circumstances those with special needs A commemoration of those who have died may be included (pp. 121–122). The prayers may end with a concluding collect (pp. 123–124), or the prayer of the day (pp. 165–400), if it has not already been said. The prayer of confession may be said here if it was not included earlier in the service. HE P EACE T The peace may take place here if it was not included earlier in the service. A leader says: See Col. 3:15 and John 20:19, 21, 26 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. To this peace we were called as members of a single body. The peace of Christ be with you. And also with you. The people may exchange signs of peace and reconciliation with one another. The people are seated. IF THE LORD’S SUPPER IS NOT TO BE CELEBRATED, THE SERVICE CONTINUES ON PAGE 79. 66 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

75 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 67 T E UCHARIST HE FFERING O Let us return to God the offerings of our life and the gifts of the earth. One of the following, or another appropriate verse from scripture, may be said. Ps. 24:1 1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. 2 Matt. 10:8b Freely you have received, freely give. 3 2 Cor. 9:6 The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Cor. 9.7 4 Give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 5 Heb. 13–16 Do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. 6 Acts 20:35b Remember the words of the Lord Jesus: It is more blessed to give than to receive. As the offerings are gathered, there may be an anthem, or other appropriate music. When the Lord’s Supper is celebrated, the minister(s) and elders prepare the table with bread and wine during the gathering of the gifts. The bread and wine may be brought to the table, or uncovered if already in place. The offerings may be brought forward. A psalm, hymn of praise, doxology, or spiritual may be sung, the people standing. The leader may then say: Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 67

76 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 68 1 See 1 Chron. 29:11 ours, O Lord, are grandeur and power, Y majesty, splendor, and glory. All in the heavens and on the earth is yours, and of your own we give you. Or 2 Blessed are you, God of all creation; through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and for the service of your kingdom. [57] Blessed be God forever. I ORD ’ S T ABLE NVITATION TO THE L Standing at the table, the presiding minister invites the people to the Sacrament, using one of the following or another invitation to the Lord’s table (p. 125). If B is used, the words of institution are not included in the great thanksgiving or at the breaking of the bread. A See Luke 13:29 and Luke 24:30, 31 Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God! They will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God. According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took the bread, and blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him. This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast which he has prepared. B See 1 Cor. 11:23–26; Luke 22:19–20 Hear the words of the institution of the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ: The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: 68 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

77 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 69 T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord, until he comes. W ith thanksgiving, let us offer God our grateful praise. G HANKSGIVING REAT T The people stand. The presiding minister leads the people in the following or another great thanksgiving appropriate to the season or occasion (pp. 126–156, 165–400): Great Thanksgiving: A The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe. In your wisdom, you made all things and sustain them by your power. Y ou formed us in your image, setting us in this world to love and to serve you, and to live in peace with your whole creation. When we rebelled against you refusing to trust and obey you, you did not reject us, but still claimed us as your own. Y ou sent prophets to call us back to your way. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 69

78 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 70 Then in the fullness of time, out of your great love for the world, you sent your only Son to be one of us, to redeem us and heal our brokenness. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. In Jesus, born of Mary, your Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. He lived as one of us, knowing joy and sorrow. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, opened blind eyes, broke bread with outcasts and sinners, and proclaimed the good news of your kingdom to the poor and needy. Dying on the cross, he gave himself for the life of the world. Rising from the grave, he won for us victory over death. Seated at your right hand, he leads us to eternal life. We praise you that Christ now reigns with you in glory, and will come again to make all things new. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, 70 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

79 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 71 and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising, as we await the day of his coming. ith thanksgiving, we offer our very selves to you W to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 71

80 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 72 The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here, using these or similar prayers: Remember your church. . . . Unite it in the truth of your Word and empower it in ministry to the world. Remember the world of nations. . . . By your Spirit renew the face of the earth; let peace and justice prevail. Remember our family and friends. . . . Bless them and watch over them; be gracious to them and give them peace. Remember the sick and the suffering, the aged and the dying. . . . Encourage them and give them hope. Rejoicing in the communion of saints, we remember with thanksgiving all your faithful servants, and those dear to us, whom you have called from this life. . . . are grateful that for them death is no more, We nor is there sorrow, crying, or pain, for the former things have passed away. In union with your church in heaven and on earth, we pray, O God, that you will fulfill your eternal purpose in us and in all the world. 72 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

81 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 73 Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory, and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, [58] now and forever. Amen. RAYER L ORD ’ S P The minister invites all present to sing or say the Lord’s Prayer: 1 Let us pray for God’s rule on earth as Jesus taught us: Or 2 And now, with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray: Or 3 As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray: All pray together. Or Our Father in heaven, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. and deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, For the kingdom, the power, and the power, and the glory, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. forever. Amen. The people may be seated. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 73

82 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 74 B B READ REAKING OF THE If the words of institution have not previously been said, the minister breaks the bread, using A. If the words of institution were said in the invitation to the Lord’s table or were included in the great thanksgiving, the minister breaks the bread, using B. Or the bread may be broken in silence. A See 1 Cor. 11:23–26; Luke 22:19–20 The minister breaks the bread in full view of the people, saying: The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. The minister lifts the cup, saying: In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord, until he comes. B 1 Cor. 10:16–17 Because there is one loaf, we, many as we are, are one body; for it is one loaf of which we all partake. The minister takes the loaf and breaks it in full view of the people, saying: When we break the bread, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Having filled the cup, the minister lifts it in the view of the people, saying: When we give thanks over the cup, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? 74 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

83 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 75 C P EOPLE OMMUNION OF THE NVITATION I Then holding out both the bread and the cup to the people, the minister says one of the following: 1 The gifts of God for the people of God. 2 Creator of all, just as this broken bread was first scattered upon the hills, then was gathered and became one, so may your church be gathered [59] from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. 3 John 6:35 Jesus said: I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. OMMUNION C The minister and those assisting receive Communion, and then serve the bread and the cup to the people. The people may gather around the table to receive the bread and cup. Or the people may go to persons serving the elements. Or the bread and cup may be served to the people where they are. One of the following may be used: 1 In giving the bread: The body of Christ, given for you. Amen. In giving the cup: The blood of Christ, shed for you. Amen. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 75

84 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 76 2 In giving the bread: The body of Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen. In giving the cup: Amen. The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation. During Communion, psalms, hymns, anthems, or spirituals may be sung. A FTER C OMMUNION P RAYER After all have been served, the minister and people may sing or say Psalm 103:1, 2 (A), or one of the following prayers (B), or a similar prayer (pp. 157–158) may be prayed by the minister, or by all together. A Ps. 103:1, 2 PH 222, 223; PS 102 Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all God’s benefits. B 1 Loving God, we thank you that you have fed us in this Sacrament, united us with Christ, and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet in your eternal kingdom. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory, [60] for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 We thank you, O God, that through Word and Sacrament 76 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

85 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 77 you have given us your Son who is the true bread from heaven and food of eternal life. So strengthen us in your service that our daily living may show our thanks; [61] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 3 Gracious God, you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. Y ou have fed us with the bread of life, and renewed us for your service. Help us who have shared Christ’s body and received his cup, to be his faithful disciples so that our daily living may be part of the life of your kingdom, and our love be your love reaching out into the life of the world; [62] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 4 Eternal God, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his body and blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; [63] through Christ our Lord. Amen. S ENDING YMN , S PIRITUAL , C H , OR P SALM ANTICLE The people may stand. A hymn, a spiritual, the Canticle of Simeon (PH 603–605; PS 164–166), or a psalm may be sung. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 77

86 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 78 C B LESSING HARGE AND HARGE C The minister dismisses the congregation, using one of the following or a sim- ilar charge (pp. 159–160): See 1 Cor. 16:13; 2 Tim. 2:1; Eph. 6:10; 1 1 Thess. 5:13–22; and 1 Peter 2:17 Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak, and help the suffering; honor all people; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. 2 Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 3 Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. B LESSING The minister gives God’s blessing to the congregation, using one of the following or another scriptural benediction (p. 161). Traditionally, the is omitted during Lent. Alleluia 2 Cor. 13:13 1 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Alleluia! Amen. See Num. 6:24–26 2 The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord be kind and gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Alleluia! Amen. Instrumental music may follow the blessing. 78 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

87 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 79 IF THE LORD’S SUPPER IS NOT CELEBRATED, THE SERVICE CONTINUES HERE FROM PAGE 66. O FFERING W ith gladness, let us present the offering of our life and labor to the Lord. One of the following, or another appropriate verse from scripture, may be said. 1 Ps. 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. 2 Matt. 10:8b Freely you have received, freely give. 2 Cor. 9:6 3 The one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 4 2 Cor. 9:7 Give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Heb. 13:16 5 Do good and share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. Acts 20:35b 6 Remember the words of the Lord Jesus: It is more blessed to give than to receive. As the offerings are gathered, there may be an anthem, or other appropriate music. The offerings may be brought forward. A psalm, hymn of praise, doxology, or spiritual, may be sung, the people standing. The leader may then say: 1 See 1 Chron. 29:10, 11 Y ours, O Lord, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory. All in the heavens and on the earth is yours, and of your own we give you. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 79

88 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 80 Or 2 Blessed are you, God of all creation; through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and for the service of your kingdom. [57] Blessed be God forever. P RAYER OF T HANKSGIVING The people may stand. The minister leads the people in one of the following or another thanksgiv- ing appropriate to the season or occasion (pp. 158–159, 165–400): Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. 1 Eternal God, creator of the world and giver of all good, we thank you for the earth, our home, and for the gift of life. praise you for your love in Jesus Christ, We who came to heal this broken world, who died rejected on the cross and rose triumphant from the dead. Because he lives, we live to praise you, our God forever. Gracious God, who called us from death to life, we give ourselves to you; and with the church through all ages we thank you for your saving love [64] in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 We praise you, God, for you are gracious. Y ou have loved us from the beginning of time and remember us when we are in trouble. Y our mercy endures forever. 80 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

89 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 81 We praise you, God, for you came to us in Jesus Christ, who redeemed the world and saved us from our sins. Y our mercy endures forever. We praise you, God, for you send us your Holy Spirit, to make us holy [65] and to lead us into all truth. Amen. Y our mercy endures forever. 3 Almighty and merciful God, from whom comes all that is good, we praise you for your mercies, for your goodness that has created us, your grace that has sustained us, your discipline that has corrected us, your patience that has borne with us, and your love that has redeemed us. Help us to love you, and to be thankful for all your gifts by serving you and delighting to do your will, [66] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ORD ’ P RAYER L S The minister invites all present to pray the Lord’s Prayer: 1 Let us pray for God’s rule on earth as Jesus taught us: Or 2 And now, with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray: Or Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 81

90 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 82 3 As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray: All pray together. Or Our Father, who art in heaven, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours and the power, and the glory, now and forever. forever. Amen. Amen. S ENDING H , S PIRITUAL , C ANTICLE , OR P SALM YMN A hymn, psalm, or spiritual may be sung. HARGE AND B C LESSING HARGE C The minister dismisses the congregation, using one of the following or a similar charge (pp. 159–160): 1 See 1 Cor. 16:13; 2 Tim. 2:1; Eph. 6:10; 1 Thess. 5:13–22; 1 Peter 2:17 Go out into the world in peace; have courage; hold on to what is good; return no one evil for evil; strengthen the fainthearted; support the weak, and help the suffering; honor all people; love and serve the Lord, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. 82 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

91 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 83 2 Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 3 Go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit. LESSING B The minister gives God’s blessing to the congregation, using one of the following or another scriptural benediction (p. 161). Traditionally, the Alleluia is omitted during Lent. 1 2 Cor. 13:13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. Alleluia! See Num. 6:24–26 2 The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord be kind and gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. Alleluia! Amen. Instrumental music may follow the blessing. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 83

92 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 84 A TERNATIVES IN THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY L Following are some alternative positions for various elements of the Service for the Lord’s Day: Procession If there is a procession of the choir, minister(s), and other leaders of wor- ship during the first hymn, the hymn may precede the call to worship. may take place either Confession and Pardon 1. as part of the gathering rite as in the above order; 2. following the prayers of the people, and before the peace. The confession and pardon are used only once in the service. The Prayer of the Day (pp. 165–400) may be used as follows: 1. following the call to worship as in the above order; 2. to conclude the prayers of the people instead of one of the concluding collects. The Peace may take place 1. following confession and pardon as in the above order; 2. following the prayers of the people (before the offering), as is already provided for in the above order; 3. following the Lord’s Prayer (before the breaking of the bread). The peace is used only once in the service. The Affirmation of Faith may 1. immediately follow the sermon, before the hymn, canticle, psalm, or spiritual 2. follow the hymn, canticle, psalm, or spiritual that immediately follows the ser- mon as in the above order. may be included in the great thanksgiving following the The Prayers of the People invocation of the Spirit, as noted in the prayers. Offering Instead of being collected before the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, as in the above order, the tithes and offerings may be gathered after the Communion, in thanksgiving for receiving Christ in the Sacrament. are to be included in one of the following places in the The Words of Institution order: 1. before the great thanksgiving as a warrant; 2. within the great thanksgiving in thanksgiving to God for the gift of the Sacrament; 3. as words to accompany the breaking of the bread. The words of institution are said only once in a service. 84 / Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts

93 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 85 Announcements Some congregations will choose to provide all necessary an- nouncements in a bulletin and expect members to read them, without any mention being made as a part of worship. If announcements are made in worship, they should be brief, and appropriately placed in the order: 1. Words of welcome may be extended following the greeting at the beginning of the service and before the sentences from scripture. 2. Notices about needs or concerns for which prayer will be offered may be briefly stated immediately before the prayers of the people. 3. Notices concerning the life and ministry of the church may be briefly stated immediately before the blessing and charge at the end of the service. Charge and Blessing 1. The charge may be said immediately before the blessing, as in the above order, the minister giving both charge and blessing 2. The charge may follow the blessing. When the charge follows the blessing, the Alleluia is omitted following the blessing, and the people may respond to the Thanks be to God. Alleluia! (Alleluia charge: is traditionally omitted dur- ing Lent.) The blessing is spoken by the minister. The charge may be spoken by a deacon, an elder, or the minister. Procession If there is a procession of the choir, minister(s) and other leaders of worship during the final hymn, the hymn may follow the charge and blessing. Service for the Lord’s Day—Order with Texts / 85

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95 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 87 A T EXTS FOR THE DDITIONAL ERVICE FOR THE L ’ S D AY S ORD C RAYER OF P ONFESSION Other prayers of confession may be found on pages 53–54. Prayers of confession for festivals and seasons may be found on pages 165–400. 1 Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, whose face is hidden from us by our sins, and whose mercy we forget in the blindness of our hearts: Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires, that with reverent and humble hearts we may draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, and finding in you our refuge and strength; [67] through Jesus Christ your Son. 2 Almighty and merciful God, we have erred and strayed from your ways like lost sheep. We have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts. have offended against your holy laws. We We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. Prayer of Confession / 87

96 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 88 O Lord, have mercy upon us. Spare those who confess their faults. Restore those who are penitent, according to your promises declared to the world in Christ Jesus our Lord. And grant, O merciful God, for his sake, that we may live a holy, just, and humble life [68] to the glory of your holy name. 3 Gracious God, our sins are too heavy to carry, too real to hide, and too deep to undo. Forgive what our lips tremble to name, what our hearts can no longer bear, and what has become for us a consuming fire of judgment. Set us free from a past that we cannot change; open to us a future in which we can be changed; and grant us grace to grow more and more in your likeness and image; [69] through Jesus Christ, the light of the world. 4 Merciful God, in your gracious presence we confess our sin and the sin of this world. Although Christ is among us as our peace, we are a people divided against ourselves as we cling to the values of a broken world. The profit and pleasures we pursue lay waste the land and pollute the seas. The fears and jealousies that we harbor set neighbor against neighbor and nation against nation. abuse your good gifts of imagination and freedom, We of intellect and reason, and have turned them into bonds of oppression. Lord, have mercy upon us; heal and forgive us. Set us free to serve you in the world [70] as agents of your reconciling love in Jesus Christ. 88 / Prayer of Confession

97 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 89 5 Almighty God, you love us, but we have not loved you. Y ou call, but we have not listened. walk away from neighbors in need, We wrapped in our own concerns. We condone evil, prejudice, warfare, and greed. God of grace, help us to admit our sin, so that as you come to us in mercy, we may repent, turn to you, and receive forgiveness; [71] through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. 6 Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done your will, we have broken your law, we have rebelled against your love. We have not loved our neighbors, and we have refused to hear the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience; [72] through Jesus Christ our Lord. 7 The pastor may offer a prayer that carefully and with pastoral sensitivity includes the confession of sins arising from pastoral care during the preced- ing days. The prayer must avoid any appearance of judgment, but be clearly understood as a means of engaging persons in making a confession that touches their lives. The prayer will include silence after each petition to pro- vide for silent personal confession. The prayer closes with a strong affirma- tion of trust in the forgiving grace of a loving God. Prayer of Confession / 89

98 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 90 P I LLUMINATION RAYER FOR Other prayers for illumination may be found on page 60. 1 Guide us, O God, by your Word and Spirit, that in your light we may see light, in your truth find freedom, and in your will discover your peace; [73] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 Gracious God, we do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from your mouth. Make us hungry for this heavenly food, that it may nourish us today in the ways of eternal life; [74] through Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. Amen. 3 God our helper, by your Holy Spirit, open our minds, that as the Scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may be led into your truth and taught your will, [75] for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 4 Living God, help us so to hear your holy Word that we may truly understand; that, understanding, we may believe, and, believing, we may follow in all faithfulness and obedience, seeking your honor and glory in all that we do; [76] through Christ our Lord. Amen. 90 / Prayer for Illumination

99 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 91 5 God, source of all light, by your Word you give light to the soul. Pour out upon us the spirit of wisdom and understanding that, being taught by you in Holy Scripture, our hearts and minds may be opened to know the things that pertain to life and holiness; [77] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 6 God of mercy, you promised never to break your covenant with us. Amid all the changing words of our generation, speak your eternal Word that does not change. Then may we respond to your gracious promises with faithful and obedient lives; [78] through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. 7 Blessed Lord, who caused all holy scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, [79] which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. SCRIPTION OF RAISE A P The following verses from scripture ascribe glory to God. One may be used by the preacher as a prayer at the conclusion of the sermon. Other ascriptions of praise may be found on pages 62–63. 1 Eph. 3:20, 21 Now to the One who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all we can ask or imagine, to God be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ascription of Praise / 91

100 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 92 2 Rev. 5:12 rthy is the Lamb who was slain, Wo to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might Amen. and honor and glory and blessing! 3 1 Tim. 6:15, 16 the blessed and only Sovereign, To the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 4 Rom. 11:33, 36 O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are God’s judgments and how inscrutable God’s ways! For from God and through God and to God are all things. God be glory forever. To Amen. 5 1 Peter 5:10, 11 the God of all grace, To who calls you to share God’s eternal glory in union with Christ, be the power forever! Amen. NVITATION TO D ISCIPLESHIP I 1 Acts 2:38, 39 Peter said: Repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him. 92 / Invitation to Discipleship

101 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 93 2 Matt. 11:28, 29, 30 Jesus said: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. ake my yoke upon you, and learn from me; T for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 3 Rom. 12:1, 2 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Rev. 3:20 4 Jesus said: Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. 5 Matt. 7:7, Luke 11:9 Jesus said: Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. God abounds in love and mercy and welcomes our return, for in Christ, God came to us that we might have abundant life. Invitation to Discipleship / 93

102 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 94 A F AITH FFIRMATION OF The Nicene Creed (p. 64) is ordinarily said when the Eucharist is cele- brated. The Apostles’ Creed (p. 65) is said when Baptism is celebrated, on the occa- sion of the public profession of faith by baptized persons, or other reaffirma- tion of the baptismal covenant. The Creed is included in each of these rites. It is also appropriately said when new members are welcomed. On days when neither sacrament is celebrated, the people may say or sing either the Nicene Creed (p. 64) or the Apostles’ Creed (p. 65). Or part of A Brief Statement of Faith (1) or another portion of the Book of Confessions may be said. Or an affirmation of faith drawn from scripture such as those which follow (2–4) may be said. 1 A Brief Statement of Faith Care needs to be taken in extracting portions of A Brief Statement of Faith for liturgical use. In a given service, normally the opening paragraph will be used, followed by either the second, third, or fourth paragraph, ending with the concluding sentences. In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve. We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God. Jesus proclaimed the reign of God: preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives, teaching by word and deed and blessing the children, healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners, and calling all to repent and believe the gospel. Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, 94 / Affirmation of Faith

103 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 95 Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life for the sins of the world. God raised this Jesus from the dead, vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil, delivering us from death to life eternal. We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba Father. In sovereign love God created the world good and makes everyone equally in God’s image, male and female, of every race and people, to live as one community. But we rebel against God; we hide from our Creator. Ignoring God’s commandments, we violate the image of God in others and ourselves, accept lies as truth, exploit neighbor and nature, and threaten death to the planet entrusted to our care. We deserve God’s condemnation. Y et God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation. In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth. Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage. Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still. We trust in God the Holy Spirit, everywhere the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture, engages us through the Word proclaimed, Affirmation of Faith / 95

104 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 96 claims us in the waters of baptism, feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation, and calls women and men to all ministries of the church. In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace. In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth, praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!” With believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen. * *Instead of saying this line, congregations may wish to sing a version of the “Glory to the Father” (Gloria Patri), PH 567, 577–579. 2 See 1 Cor. 15:1–6; Mark 16:9 (16:1–9); Matt. 16:16; Rev. 22:13; John 20:28 This is the good news which we have received, in which we stand, and by which we are saved, if we hold it fast: that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day, and that he appeared first to the women, then to Peter, and to the Twelve, and then to many faithful witnesses. We believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus Christ is the first and the last, the beginning and the end; he is our Lord and our God. Amen. 96 / Affirmation of Faith

105 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 97 3 Col. 1:15–20 Jesus Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible. All things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn of the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross. Amen. 4 Phil. 2:5–11 Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death— even death on a cross. Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess to the glory of God: Jesus Christ is Lord! Amen. Affirmation of Faith / 97

106 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 98 5 Rom. 8:1, 28, 38, 39 We believe there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus; for we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to God’s purpose. are convinced that neither death, nor life, We nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 98 / Affirmation of Faith

107 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 99 P P EOPLE RAYERS OF THE The congregation prays for worldwide and local concerns, offering interces- sions for: the church universal, its ministry and those who minister, including ecu- menical councils, churches in other places, this congregation; the nations and those in authority; peace and justice in the world; the earth and a right use of its resources; the community and those who govern; the poor and the oppressed; the sick, the bereaved, the lonely, all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; those with special needs. Those who have died are remembered with thanksgiving. The prayers are to be offered in a manner that engages the people in prayer. They may be prepared by the one leading the prayers, and offered in a free style. Or one of the forms that follow may be used. In using any of these forms, appropriate petitions and concerns may be selected, and others added. Or sim- ilar prayers may be prepared using these forms as models. P RAYERS OF THE P EOPLE :A Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you taught us to pray, and to offer our petitions to you in his name. Guide us by your Holy Spirit, that our prayers for others may serve your will and show your steadfast love; [80] through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us pray for the world. Silent prayer. God our creator, you made all things in your wisdom, and in your love you save us. pray for the whole creation. We Overthrow evil powers, right what is wrong, feed and satisfy those who thirst for justice, so that all your children may freely enjoy the earth you have made, and joyfully sing your praises; [81] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayers of the People: A / 99

108 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 100 Let us pray for the church. Silent prayer. Gracious God, you have called us to be the church of Jesus Christ. Keep us one in faith and service, breaking bread together, and proclaiming the good news to the world, that all may believe you are love, turn to your ways, and live in the light of your truth; [82] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us pray for peace. Silent prayer. Eternal God, you sent us a Savior, Christ Jesus, to break down the walls of hostility that divide us. Send peace on earth, and put down greed, pride, and anger, which turn nation against nation and race against race. Speed the day when wars will end and the whole world accepts your rule; [83] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us pray for enemies. Silent prayer. O God, whom we cannot love unless we love our neighbors, remove hate and prejudice from us and from all people, so that your children may be reconciled with those we fear, resent, or threaten; and live together in your peace; [84] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us pray for those who govern us. Silent prayer. 100 / Prayers of the People: A

109 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 101 Mighty God, sovereign over the nations, direct those who make, administer, and judge our laws; the President of the United States and others in authority among us (especially N., N.); that, guided by your wisdom, they may lead us in the way of righteousness; [85] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us pray for world leaders. Silent prayer. Eternal Ruler, hope of all the earth, give vision to those who serve the United Nations, and to those who govern all countries; that, with goodwill and justice, they may take down barriers, and draw together one new world in peace; [86] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us pray for the sick. Silent prayer. Merciful God, you bear the pain of the world. Look with compassion on those who are sick (especially on N., N.); cheer them by your word, and bring healing as a sign of your grace; [87] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us pray for those who sorrow. Silent prayer. God of comfort, stand with those who sorrow (especially N., N.); that they may be sure that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, shall separate them from your love; [88] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us pray for friends and families. Prayers of the People: A / 101

110 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 102 Silent prayer. God of compassion, bless us and those we love, our friends and families; that, drawing close to you, we may be drawn closer to each other; [89] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Other petitions may be added in the same manner. Following all of the petitions, the following commemoration of those who have died in the faith, or a similar commemoration (pp. 121–122), may be said. God of all generations, we praise you for all your servants who, having been faithful to you on earth, now live with you in heaven. Keep us in fellowship with them, until we meet with all your children in the joy of your eternal kingdom; [90] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. The leader concludes the prayers with the following prayer, another brief col- lect (pp. 123–124), or the prayer of the day (pp. 165–400). Mighty God, whose Word we trust, whose Spirit enables us to pray: Accept our requests and further those which will bring about your purpose for the earth; [91] through Jesus Christ, who rules over all things. Amen. 102 / Prayers of the People: A

111 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 103 P P EOPLE :B RAYERS OF THE Gracious God, because we are not strong enough to pray as we should, you provide Christ Jesus and the Holy Spirit to intercede for us in power. In this confidence we ask you to accept our prayers. God of mercy, hear our prayer. Let us pray for the church. Silent prayer. Faithful God, you formed your church from the despised of the earth and showed them mercy, that they might proclaim your salvation to all. Strengthen those whom you choose today, that they may faithfully endure all trials by which you conform your church to the cross of Christ. God of mercy, hear our prayer. Let us pray for creation. Silent prayer. Creator of all, you entrusted the earth to the human race, yet we disrupt its peace with violence and corrupt its purity with our greed. Prevent your people from ravaging creation, that coming generations may inherit lands brimming with life. God of mercy, hear our prayer. Prayers of the People: B / 103

112 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 104 Let us pray for the world. Silent prayer. Sovereign God, you hold both the history of nations and the humble life of villages in your care. Preserve the people of every nation from tyrants, heal them of disease, and protect them in time of upheaval and disaster, that all may enter the kingdom that cannot be shaken. God of mercy, hear our prayer. Let us pray for peace. Silent prayer. Judge of the nations, you created humanity for salvation, not destruction, and sent your Son to guide us into the way of peace. Enable people of every race and nation to accept each other as sisters and brothers, your children, on whom you lavish honor and favor. God of mercy, hear our prayer. Let us pray for those who govern us. Silent prayer. God Most High, in Jesus of Nazareth you show us the authority that pleases you: for he rules not by power or might, but serves in obedience to your will. We pray for all in authority over us: for our President, N., for Congress, for our Governor, N., and our state legislature, (and N., N.). Deliver them from vain ambitions that they may govern in wisdom and justice. God of mercy, hear our prayer. 104 / Prayers of the People: B

113 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 105 Let us pray for this community. Silent prayer. Merciful God, since Jesus longed to protect Jerusalem as a hen gathers her young under her wings, we ask you to guard and strengthen all who live and work here. Deliver your people from jealousy and contempt that they may show mercy to all their neighbors. God of mercy, hear our prayer. Let us pray for all families and those who live alone. Silent prayer. Holy God, from whom every family on earth takes its name: Strengthen parents to be responsible and loving that their children may know security and joy. Lead children to honor parents by compassion and forgiveness. May all people discover your parental care by the respect and love given them by others. God of mercy, hear our prayer. Let us pray for all who suffer any sorrow or trial. Silent prayer. Compassionate God, your Son gives rest to those weary with heavy burdens. Heal the sick in body, mind, and spirit. Lift up the depressed. Befriend those who grieve. Comfort the anxious. Stand with all victims of abuse and other crime. Prayers of the People: B / 105

114 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 106 Aw aken those who damage themselves and others through the use of any drug. Fill all people with your Holy Spirit that they may bear each other’s burdens and so fulfill the law of Christ. God of mercy, hear our prayer. Let us give thanks for the lives of the departed who now have rest in God. Silent prayer. Eternal God, your love is stronger than death, and your passion more fierce than the grave. rejoice in the lives of those We whom you have drawn into your eternal embrace. Keep us in joyful communion with them until we join the saints of every people and nation, gathered before your throne in ceaseless praise. God of glory, you see how all creation groans in labor as it awaits redemption. As we work for and await your new creation, we trust that you will answer our prayers with grace, and fulfill your promise that all things work together for good for those who love you; [92] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 106 / Prayers of the People: B

115 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 107 P P EOPLE :C RAYERS OF THE As God’s people, called to love one another, let us pray for the needs of the church, the whole human family, and all the world, saying: Hear our prayer. That churches of all traditions, may discover their unity in Christ and exercise their gifts in service of all, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer. That the earth may be freed from war, famine, and disease, and the air, soil, and waters cleansed of poison, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer. That those who govern and maintain peace in every land may exercise their powers in obedience to your commands, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer. That you will strengthen this nation to pursue just priorities so that the races may be reconciled; the young, educated; and the old, cared for; the hungry, filled; and the homeless, housed; and the sick, comforted and healed, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer. That you will preserve all who live and work in this city (town, village, community) in peace and safety, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer. That you will comfort and empower those who face any difficulty or trial: the sick (especially N., N.), the disabled, the poor, the oppressed, those who grieve and those in prison, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer. Prayers of the People: C / 107

116 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 108 That ________, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer. That you will accept our thanksgiving for all faithful servants of Christ now at rest, who, with us, await a new heaven and a new earth, your everlasting kingdom, we pray to you, O God: Hear our prayer. Merciful God, as a potter fashions a vessel from humble clay, you form us into a new creation. Shape us, day by day, through the cross of Christ your Son, until we pray as continually as we breathe and all our acts are prayer; through Jesus Christ [93] and in the mystery of the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen. 108 / Prayers of the People: C

117 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 109 P P EOPLE :D RAYERS OF THE Let us bring the needs of the church, the world, and all in need, to God’s loving care, saying: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. God of heaven and earth, through Jesus Christ you promise to hear us when we pray to you in his name. Confident in your love and mercy we offer our prayer. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Empower the church throughout the world in its life and witness. Break down the barriers that divide, that, united in your truth and love, the church may confess your name, share one baptism, sit together at one table, and serve you in one common ministry. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Guide the rulers of the nations. Move them to set aside their fear, greed, and vain ambition, and bow to your sovereign rule. Inspire them to strive for peace and justice, that all your children may dwell secure, free of war and injustice. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Hear the cries of the world’s hungry and suffering. Give us, who consume most of the earth’s resources, the will to reorder our lives, that all may have their rightful share of the food, medical care, and shelter, and so have the necessities of a life of dignity. Prayers of the People: D / 109

118 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 110 Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Restore among us a love of the earth you created for our home. Help us put an end to ravishing its land, air, and waters, and give us respect for all your creatures, that, living in harmony with everything you have made, your whole creation may resound in an anthem of praise to your glorious name. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Renew our nation in the ways of justice and peace. Guide those who make and administer our laws to build a society based on trust and respect. Erase prejudices that oppress; free us from crime and violence; guard our youth from the perils of drugs and materialism. Give all citizens a new vision of a life of harmony. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Strengthen this congregation in its work and worship. Fill our hearts with your self-giving love, that our voices may speak your praise, and our lives may conform to the image of your Son. Nourish us with your Word and sacraments that we may faithfully minister in your name, and witness to your love and grace for all the world. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Look with compassion on all who suffer. Support with your love those with incurable and stigmatized diseases, those unjustly imprisoned, those denied dignity, those who live without hope, those who are homeless or abandoned. 110 / Prayers of the People: D

119 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 111 As you have moved toward us in love, so lead us to be present with them in their suffering in the name of Jesus Christ. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Sustain those among us who need your healing touch. Make the sick whole [especially N., N.]. Give hope to the dying [especially N., N.]. Comfort those who mourn [especially N., N.]. Uphold all who suffer in body or mind, not only those we know and love but also those known only to you, that they may know the peace and joy of your supporting care. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer. Other petitions may be added in the same manner. Following all of the petitions, this commemoration of those who have died in the faith, or a similar commemoration (pp. 121–122), may be said. ith thanksgiving we remember before you W those saints who bore witness to the light [especially N., N.]. Grant that we may persevere in the faith to which we have been called and at the end behold your glory. The leader concludes the prayers with the following prayer, another brief col- lect (pp. 123–124), or the prayer of the day (pp. 165–400). O God, in your loving purpose answer our prayers and fulfill our hopes. In all things for which we pray, give us the will to seek to bring them about, [94] Amen. for the sake of Jesus Christ. Prayers of the People: D / 111

120 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 112 P P EOPLE :E RAYERS OF THE This litany is based on litanies from the Eastern liturgies of St. Basil and St. John Chrysostom. It may besung using the following musical setting. 1 In peace, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. 2 For the peace from above, for the loving kindness of God, and for our salvation, let us pray to the Lord. y. Lord, have merc For the peace of the world, for the unity of the church of God, and for the well-being of all peoples, let us pray to the Lord. y. Lord, have merc For this gathering of the faithful, and for all who offer here their worship and praise, let us pray to the Lord. 112 / Prayers of the People: E

121 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 113 Lord, have mercy. For all the baptized, for all who serve in the church, for bishops and pastors, [for N.], let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. For our president, for the leaders of the nations, and for all in authority, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. For this city (town, village, etc.), for every city and community, and for those who live in them, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. For seasonable weather, and for abundant harvests for all to share, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. For the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. For those who travel by land, water, or air [or through outer space], let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphaned, and for the sick and the suffering, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. For the poor and the oppressed, for those unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them, let us pray to the Lord. Prayers of the People: E / 113

122 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 114 Lord, have mercy. For deliverance in times of affliction, strife, and need, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. Other petitions may be added. For ________, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, have mercy. Here follows commemoration of those who have died in the faith: 3 For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection and are at rest, let us give thanks to the Lord. To Alleluia! you, O Lord .) (Lent: 4 Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. Pause for silent prayer. 5 In the communion of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, one another, [95] and our whole life to Christ our Lord. you, O Lord. To After a brief silence, the leader concludes the prayers with the following prayer, another brief collect (pp. 123–124), or the prayer of the day (pp. 165–400). This prayer may be spoken, even though the litany itself is sung. Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one accord to make our common supplication to you; and you have promised through your beloved Son that when two or three are gathered together in his name you will be in the midst of them. Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions as may be best for us, granting us in this world knowledge of your truth, [96] and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen. 114 / Prayers of the People: E

123 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:41 PM Page 115 P P EOPLE :F RAYERS OF THE In peace, let us pray to the Lord, saying: “Lord, have mercy.” For the holy church of God, that it may be filled with truth and love, and be found without fault at the day of your coming, we pray to you, O Lord. Here and after every petition, the people respond: Lord, have mercy. For leaders of the church, for our minister(s), and all ministers, and for all the holy people of God, we pray to you, O Lord. For all who fear God and believe in you, Lord Christ, that our divisions may cease, and that all may be one as you and the Father are one, we pray to you, O Lord. For the mission of the church, that in faithful witness it may preach the gospel to the ends of the earth, we pray to you, O Lord. For those who do not yet believe, and those who have lost their faith, that they may receive the light of the gospel, we pray to you, O Lord. For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples, we pray to you, O Lord. For those in positions of public trust (especially N., N.), that they may serve justice, and promote the dignity and freedom of every person, we pray to you, O Lord. Prayers of the People: F / 115

124 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 116 For all who live and work in this community (especially N., N.), we pray to you, O Lord. For a blessing upon all human labor, and for the right use of the riches of creation, that the world may be freed from poverty, famine, and disaster, we pray to you, O Lord. For the poor, the persecuted, and all who suffer; for refugees, prisoners, and all who are in danger; that they may be relieved and protected, we pray to you, O Lord. For this congregation [for those who are present, and for those who are absent], that we may be delivered from hardness of heart, and show forth your glory in all that we do, we pray to you, O Lord. For our enemies and those who wish us harm; and for all whom we have injured or offended, we pray to you, O Lord. For ourselves; for the forgiveness of our sins, and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives, we pray to you, O Lord. For our families, friends, and neighbors; that, being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord. For ________, we pray to you, O Lord. For all who have died in the communion of your church, that, strengthened by their witness, we may be grateful for their example, living in justice and love until we join them in life eternal, we pray to you, O Lord. 116 / Prayers of the People: F

125 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 117 Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, let us entrust ourselves, and one another, and all of life to Christ our God. you, O Lord our God. To Silence. The prayers are concluded with the following acclamation, a concluding prayer (pp. 123–124), or the prayer of the day (pp. 165–400): ours is the majesty, O God, holy and eternal; Y yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, [97] now and forever. Amen. Prayers of the People: F / 117

126 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 118 P P EOPLE :G RAYERS OF THE Almighty God, you have promised to hear when we pray in the name of your Son. Therefore in confidence and trust we pray for the church. Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered. O God, enliven the church for its mission that we may be salt of the earth and light to the world. Breathe fresh life into your people. Give us power to reveal Christ in word and action. pray for the world. We Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered. Creator of all, lead us and every people into ways of justice and peace, that we may respect one another in freedom and truth. waken in us a sense of wonder for the earth A and all that is in it. each us to care creatively for its resources. T pray for the community. We Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered. God of truth, inspire with your wisdom those whose decisions affect the lives of others, that all may act with integrity and courage. Give grace to all whose lives are linked with ours. May we serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us. 118 / Prayers of the People: G

127 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 119 We pray for those in need. Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered. God of hope, comfort and restore all who suffer in body, mind, or spirit. May they know the power of your healing love. Make us willing agents of your compassion. Strengthen us as we share in making people whole. [98] remember those who have died and those who mourn. We Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered. We remember with thanksgiving those who have died in the faith of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone. Loving God, into your hands we commend them. Give comfort to those who mourn. Fill the emptiness of their loss with your never-ending peace. praise you for (N., N., and) all your saints We who have entered your eternal glory. May their example inspire and encourage us. We pray for ourselves and our ministries. Particular intercessions/thanksgivings may be offered. The prayers are concluded with the following prayer, a similar prayer (pp. 123–124), or the prayer of the day (pp. 165–400): Lord, you have called us to serve you. Grant that we may minister in your name, with your love in our hearts, your truth in our minds, your strength in our wills; until, at the end of our journey, we know the joy of our homecoming and the welcome of your embrace; [99] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayers of the People: G / 119

128 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 120 P P EOPLE :H RAYERS OF THE Almighty God, who taught us to pray not only for ourselves but for people everywhere, hear us as we pray for others, in the name of Jesus Christ. Inspire the whole church with your power, unity, and peace. Grant that all who trust you may obey your Word, and live together in love. Lead all nations in the way of justice and goodwill. Direct those who govern, that they may rule fairly, maintain order, uphold those in need, and defend oppressed people; that this world may claim your rule and know true peace. aken all people to the danger we have inflicted upon the earth. Aw Implant in each a reverence for all you have made that we may preserve the delicate balance of creation for all coming generations. Give grace to all who proclaim the gospel through Word and Sacrament and deeds of mercy, that by their teaching and example they may reveal your love for all people. Comfort and relieve, O Lord, all who are in trouble . . . sorrow . . . poverty . . . sickness . . . grief . . . especially those known to us, whom we name before you in silence. . . . Heal them in body, mind, or circumstance, working in them, by your grace, wonders beyond all they may dream or hope. Bring to our remembrance all those who, having served you on earth, now sing your praises eternally. May their endurance give us courage and their faithfulness give us hope; [100] through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 120 / Prayers of the People: H

129 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 121 C T HOSE W HO H AV E D IED IN THE F AITH OMMEMORATION OF Other commemorations may be found on pages 102, 106, 111, and 116. 1 Eternal God, we rejoice to know of all who, through the ages, have placed their trust in you: apostles, prophets, saints, and martyrs and all the humble believers whose names are long forgotten. Give us the assurance that we belong to that great company and that we too may find the peace that passes understanding; [101] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 2 Almighty God, we remember before you those who have lived among us who have directed our steps in the way, opened our eyes to the truth, inspired our hearts by their witness, and strengthened our wills by their devotion. rejoice in their lives dedicated to your service. We We honor them in their death, and pray that we may be united with them [102] in the glory of Christ’s resurrection. Amen. 3 We give you thanks, O God, for all who have fought the good fight, finished their race, and kept the faith, and for those dear to us who are at rest with you. . . . Grant us grace to follow them as they followed Christ. Bring us, with them, to those things which no eye has seen, nor ear heard, which you have prepared for those who love you. your name, To with the church on earth and church in heaven, we ascribe all honor and glory, [103] Amen. forever and ever. Commemoration of Those Who Have Died in the Faith / 121

130 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 122 4 O God, before your face the generations rise and pass away. Y ou are the strength of those who labor, the rest of the blessed dead. We rejoice in the company of your saints. We remember all who have lived and died in faith, and especially those dear to us who rest in you. . . . Give us at length our portion with those who have trusted in you and have striven to do your holy will. your name, To with the church on earth and the church in heaven, we ascribe all honor and glory, [104] now and forever. Amen. 5 Eternal God, we remember with thanksgiving, those who have loved and served you in your church on earth, who now rest from their labors [especially those most dear to us whom we name in our hearts before you . . .]. Keep us in fellowship with all your saints, and bring us at last [105] to the joy of your heavenly kingdom. Amen. 6 Ever-faithful God, you have knit together as one body in Christ those who have been your people in all times and places. Keep us in communion with your saints, following their example of faith and life, until that day when we shall dwell with them [106] in the joy of your eternal kingdom. Amen. 122 / Commemoration of Those Who Have Died in the Faith

131 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 123 P P EOPLE :C ONCLUDING C OLLECTS RAYERS OF THE Other concluding collects may be found on pages 102, 106, 111, 114, 119. 1 Eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; [107] Amen. through Jesus Christ. 2 Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people. In your great mercy, look with compassion on us and all who turn to you for help, for you are gracious, O lover of souls. To you we give glory, O blessed Trinity, [108] now and forever. Amen. 3 Hear our prayers, God of grace, and help us to fulfill them, working according to your purpose, in peace, justice, and mercy, in all we do; [109] through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen. 4 Into your hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy; [110] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 5 O God, who made of one blood all races and nations of earth, and sent your Son Jesus Christ to preach peace to those who are far off and to those who are near: Pour out your Spirit on the whole creation, bring the nations of the world into your fellowship, and hasten the coming of your kingdom; [111] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayers of the People: Concluding Collects / 123

132 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 124 6 O God, the author of peace and lover of concord, to know you is eternal life, to serve you is perfect freedom. Guide us by your truth, and order us in all our ways, that we may always do what is right in your eyes; [112] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 7 God of mercy, you have promised to hear what we ask in the name of Christ. Accept and fulfill our petitions, we pray, not as we ask in our ignorance, nor as we deserve in our sinfulness, [113] but as you know and love us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 8 Eternal God, you create us by your power and redeem us by your love. Guide and strengthen us by your Spirit, that we may give ourselves in love and service to one another and to you; [114] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 124 / Prayers of the People: Concluding Collects

133 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 125 I L ORD ’ S T ABLE NVITATION TO THE Other invitations to the Lord’s table may be found on pages 68–69. 1 Matt. 11:28, 29; John 6:35; Matt 5:6 Jesus said: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. T ake my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Rev. 3:20; Ps. 34:8 2 Jesus said: Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if those who hear my voice open the door, I will come in to them and eat with them, and they with me. O taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy are all who find refuge in God! Invitation to the Lord’s Table / 125

134 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 126 G T HANKSGIVING REAT Great thanksgivings for festivals and seasons may be found on pages 165–400. Great thanksgiving A may be found on pages 69–73. T HANKSGIVING :B G REAT The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Eternal God, holy and mighty, it is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, and to worship you in every place where your glory abides. A preface appropriate to the day or season (pp. 133–137) may replace the bracketed portion that follows. ou laid the foundation of the earth, Y and the heavens are the work of your hands. They shall perish, but you shall endure. Y ou are always the same and your years will never end. Y ou made us in your image and called us to be your people, but we turned from you, leaving sin and death to reign. Still you loved us and sought us. In Christ your grace defeated death and opened the way to eternal life. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the heavenly choirs and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: 126 / Great Thanksgiving: B

135 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 127 The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Yo u sent your only-begotten, in whom your fullness dwells, to be for us the way, the truth, and the life. Revealing your love, Jesus taught those who would hear him, healed those who believed in him, received all who sought him and lifted the burden of their sin. We glorify you for your great power and love at work in Christ. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made us a new people by water and the Spirit. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Great Thanksgiving: B / 127

136 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 128 Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the one crucified and risen. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. 128 / Great Thanksgiving: B

137 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 129 The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ and with all who are baptized in his name, that we may be one in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Help us, O God, to love as Christ loved. Knowing our own weakness, may we stand with all who stumble. Sharing in his suffering, may we remember all who suffer. Held in his love, may we embrace all whom the world denies. Rejoicing in his forgiveness, may we forgive all who sin against us. Give us strength to serve you faithfully until the promised day of resurrection, when with the redeemed of all the ages we will feast with you at your table in glory. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, eternal God, [115] Amen. now and forever. Great Thanksgiving: B / 129

138 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 130 G T HANKSGIVING :C REAT The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Holy God, Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, with joy we praise you and give thanks to your name. A preface appropriate to the day or season (pp. 133–137) may replace the bracketed portion that follows. Y ou commanded light to shine out of darkness, divided the sea and dry land, created the vast universe and called it good. Y ou made us in your image to live with one another in love. ou gave us the breath of life Y and freedom to choose your way. Y ou promised yourself in covenant with Abraham and Sarah, told us your purpose in commandments through Moses, and called for justice in the cry of prophets. Through long generations you have been faithful and kind to all your children. Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God almighty. Y our ways are just and true. Therefore we lift our hearts in joyful praise, joining our voices with choirs of angels, and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. 130 / Great Thanksgiving: C

139 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 131 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: praise you, most holy God, We for sending your only Son to live among us, sharing our joy and sorrow. He told your story, healed the sick, and was a friend of sinners. Obeying you, he took up his cross and died that we might live. praise you that he overcame death and is risen to rule the world. We He is still the friend of sinners. trust him to overcome every power that can hurt or divide us, We and believe that when he comes in glory, we will celebrate victory with him. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we break bread and share one cup giving thanks for your saving love in Jesus Christ. As you raised our Lord from death and call us with him from death to life, we give ourselves to you to live for him in joy and grateful praise. The people may sing or say one of the following: Great Thanksgiving: C / 131

140 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 132 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: remember his death, We we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine. Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood. Send us out in the power of the Spirit to live for others, as Christ lived for us, announcing his death for the sins of the world, and telling his resurrection to all people and nations. By your Spirit draw us together into one body and join us to Christ the Lord, that we may remain his glad and faithful people until we feast with him in glory. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [116] forever and ever. Amen. 132 / Great Thanksgiving: C

141 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 133 P P REFACES ROPER For use with great thanksgivings B and C. Ordinary Time I Y ou commanded light to shine out of darkness, divided the sea and dry land, created the vast universe and called it good. Y ou made us in your image to live with one another in love. Y ou gave us the breath of life and freedom to choose your way. Y ou promised yourself in covenant with Abraham and Sarah, told us your purpose in commandments through Moses, and called for justice in the cry of prophets. Through long generations you have been faithful and kind to all your children. Ordinary Time II Y ou laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They shall perish, but you shall endure. Y ou are always the same and your years will never end. ou made us in your image Y and called us to be your people, but we turned from you, leaving sin and death to reign. Still you loved us and sought us. In Christ your grace defeated death and opened the way to eternal life. Ordinary Time III (Unity or Worldwide Church; World Communion Sunday) Y ou formed the universe in your wisdom, and created all things by your power. Y ou set us in families on the earth to live with you in faith. praise you for good gifts of bread and wine, We and for the table you spread in the world as a sign of your love for all people in Christ. Advent Through the words of the prophets you promised your people the Redeemer, and gave hope for the day when justice shall roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. Proper Prefaces: Great Thanksgivings B and C / 133

142 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 134 We rejoice that in Jesus Christ, your Son, the Savior has come and that he will come again in power and glory to make all things new. Christmas In sending us your Son, Jesus, to be born of Mary, your Word became flesh, and we have seen a new and radiant vision of your glory. His name is above every name, the Prince of peace and Savior of all. In him we have been brought out of darkness into your marvelous light. Epiphany In sending Christ the Light of the world, you revealed your glory to the nations. Y ou sent a star to guide seekers of wisdom to Bethlehem, that they might worship Christ. our signs and witnesses in every age Y lead people from every place to worship him. We praise you that in him we become your children, baptized into your service. Baptism of the Lord In being baptized by John in Jordan’s waters, Jesus took his place with sinners and your voice proclaimed him as your Son. Like a dove, your Spirit descended on him, anointing him as the Christ, to bring good news to the poor and proclaim release to the captives; to restore sight to the blind and free the oppressed. We praise you that in our baptism we are joined to Christ and, with all the baptized, are called to share his ministry. ransfiguration of the Lord T On the holy mountain, the divine glory of the incarnate Word was revealed. From the heavens your voice proclaimed your beloved Son, who is the fulfillment of the law and the prophets. We rejoice in the divine majesty of Christ, whose glory shone forth even when confronted with the cross. 134 / Proper Prefaces: Great Thanksgivings B and C

143 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 135 Lent need not hide ourselves from you, We before whose justice no one can stand. our mercy was proclaimed by the apostles and the prophets, Y and shown forth to us in Jesus Christ. Y ou give your law to guide us, and you promise new life for all, that we may live to serve you among our neighbors in all we do and say. Passion/Palm Sunday Y our Son Jesus fulfilled the prophets’ words and entered the city of Jerusalem, where he was lifted high upon the cross, that the whole world might be drawn to him. By his suffering and death he defeated the power of death becoming the source of eternal life. The tree of defeat became the tree of victory; where life was lost, life has been restored. Maundy Thursday Y our Son Jesus came as a servant to wash away our pride and feed us with the bread of life. We praise you for inviting us to serve one another without pride, to forgive one another as we have been forgiven, and to feast at his table as members of one household. Easter By your power you raised Jesus from death to life. Through his victory over the grave we are set free from the bonds of sin and the fear of death to share the glorious freedom of the children of God. In his rising to life you promise eternal life to all who believe in him. We praise you that as we break bread in faith, we shall know the risen Christ among us. Ascension of the Lord Y ou raised up Christ to rule over all creation, giving him the name which is above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow. Proper Prefaces: Great Thanksgivings B and C / 135

144 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 136 We praise you that, lifted in power, he lives and reigns forever in your glory and so fulfills his promise to be with us always to the end of time. Day of Pentecost In fulfillment of Christ’s promise, you poured out the Holy Spirit upon the chosen disciples and filled the church with power. We thank you for sending your Spirit to us today to kindle faith and lead us into all truth, working in the church to make us faithful disciples, and empowering us to proclaim the living Christ to every nation. T rinity Sunday Y ou revealed your glory as the glory also of your Son and of the Holy Spirit, three Persons, equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, yet one Lord, one God, to be worshiped and adored in your eternal glory. praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, We great Trinity of power and love, our God, forever and ever. All Saints’ Day (or first Sunday in November) Yo u have surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses, saints and martyrs, faithful people in every age, that, strengthened by their witness, and supported by their fellowship, we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us, and with them receive the unfading crown of glory. Christ the King (or Reign of Christ) Y ou exalted the risen Christ to rule over all creation, that he might present to you an eternal and universal kingdom: a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace. Baptism Through the waters of baptism we are buried with Christ so that we may rise with him to new life. 136 / Proper Prefaces: Great Thanksgivings B and C

145 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 137 We praise you for receiving us as your sons and daughters, for making us citizens of your kingdom, and for giving us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant By the Holy Spirit you lead us into all truth, and give us power to proclaim your gospel to the nations and to serve you as your priestly people. Ordination Y ou sent your Son Jesus Christ, who came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. We praise you that he calls his faithful servants to lead your holy people in love; For the ordination of a minister of Word and Sacrament, add: to proclaim your Word and to celebrate the sacraments of the new covenant. Christian Marriage Y ou give us love and show us its fullness in your offering of Jesus Christ for us. Y ou made us in your image, male and female you created us, and gave us the gift of marriage, calling a man and a woman to share their lives and to serve each other in the bond of covenant love. Through long generations you have been patient and kind to all. Funeral (or Memorial Service) Y ou sent to us your Son Jesus Christ, who died and rose again to save us. By his death on the cross you revealed that your love has no limit. By raising him from the grave you comfort us with the blessed hope of eternal life. By his victory you assure us that neither death nor life, nor things present nor things to come, can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Proper Prefaces: Great Thanksgivings B and C / 137

146 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 138 G T HANKSGIVING :D REAT The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is indeed right, our duty and highest joy, that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God. Y ou created the heavens and the earth and all that is in them. Y ou made us in your own image; and in countless ways you show us your mercy. A proper preface may be added here: Advent praise you that in the coming of your Son Jesus Christ, We your promises given by the prophets were fulfilled and the day of our deliverance has dawned. rejoice in hope as we look for the triumph of his kingdom, We when he comes again. Christmas praise you, We because you sent Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for us of Mary, that we might be delivered from sin, and receive power to become your children. Epiphany We praise you, for in Jesus Christ, the mystery of the Word made flesh, you sent a light to shine upon the world, that we might be brought out of darkness into your marvelous light. 138 / Great Thanksgiving: D

147 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 139 Lent praise you for Jesus Christ, We who was tempted in every way we are, yet without sin, and who, having overcome temptation, is able to help us in our times of trial, and to give us strength to take up the cross and follow him. Easter Above all we praise you for the glorious resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. He is the true Passover Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. By his death he destroyed death, and by his rising brought us eternal life. Day of Pentecost We praise you that according to the promise of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit came upon the whole church, that the everlasting gospel should be preached among all people to bring them out of darkness into the clear light of your truth. The minister continues: Therefore with angels and archangels and the whole company of heaven, we worship and adore your glorious name, praising you forevermore: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Great Thanksgiving: D / 139

148 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 140 The minister continues: All glory and blessing are yours, O holy God, for in your great mercy you gave your only Son, Jesus Christ. He took our human nature, and suffered death on the cross for our redemption. There he made a perfect sacrifice for the sins of the whole world. We praise you that before he suffered and died, our Savior gave us this holy sacrament and commanded us to continue it as a lasting memorial of his death and sacrifice until he comes again. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: ake, eat. T This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Therefore, remembering his incarnation and holy life, his death and glorious resurrection, his ascension and continual intercession for us, and awaiting his coming again in power and great glory, we claim his eternal sacrifice and celebrate with these your holy gifts the memorial your Son commanded us to make. The people may sing or say one of the following: 140 / Great Thanksgiving: D

149 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 141 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: remember his death, We we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Merciful God, by your Holy Spirit bless and make holy both us and these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break may be a communion in the body of Christ, and the cup we bless may be a communion in the blood of Christ. Here we offer ourselves to be a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to you. In your mercy, accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, as, in communion with all the faithful in heaven and on earth, we ask you to fulfill, in us and in all creation, the purpose of your redeeming love. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [117] now and forever. Amen. Great Thanksgiving: D / 141

150 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 142 G T HANKSGIVING :E REAT This great thanksgiving was prepared by the International Committee on English in the Liturgy. Since the words of institution are included in this prayer, they are not said in the invitation to the Lord’s table, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Blessed are you, strong and faithful God. All your works, the height and the depth, echo the silent music of your praise. In the beginning your Word summoned light, night withdrew, and creation dawned. As ages passed unseen, waters gathered on the face of the earth and life appeared. When the times at last had ripened and the earth grown full in abundance, you created in your image man and woman, the stewards of all creation. ou gave us breath and speech, Y that all the living might find a voice to sing your praise, and to celebrate the creation you call good. So now, with all the powers of heaven and earth, we sing the ageless hymn of your glory: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 142 / Great Thanksgiving: E

151 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 143 The minister continues: All holy God, how wonderful is the work of your hands! When sin had scarred the world, you entered into covenant to renew the whole creation. As a mother tenderly gathers her children, as a father joyfully welcomes his own, you embraced a people as your own and filled them with longing for a peace that would last and for a justice that would never fail. Through countless generations your people hungered for the bread of freedom. From them you raised up Jesus, your Son, the living bread, in whom ancient hungers are satisfied. He healed the sick, though he himself would suffer; he offered life to sinners, though death would hunt him down. But with a love stronger than death, he opened wide his arms and surrendered his spirit. On the night before he met with death, Jesus came to the table with those he loved. He took bread and praised you, God of all creation. He broke the bread among his disciples and said: ake this, all of you, and eat it. T This is my body, given for you. When the supper was ended, he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to you, God of all creation. He passed the cup among his disciples and said: ake this, all of you, and drink from it. T This is the cup of the new covenant sealed in my blood for the forgiveness of sin. Do this in remembrance of me. Great Thanksgiving: E / 143

152 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 144 Gracious God, as we offer you our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we commemorate Jesus, your Son. Death could not bind him, for you raised him up in the Spirit of holiness and exalted him as Lord of creation. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. 144 / Great Thanksgiving: E

153 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 145 The minister continues: Eternal God, let your Holy Spirit move in power over us and over these earthly gifts of bread and wine, that they may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ, and that we may become one in him. May his coming in glory find us ever watchful in prayer, strong in truth and love, and faithful in the breaking of the bread. Then, at last, all peoples will be free, all divisions healed, and with your whole creation, we will sing your praise, through your Son, Jesus Christ. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, [118] forever and ever. Amen. Great Thanksgiving: E / 145

154 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 146 G T HANKSGIVING :F REAT This eucharistic prayer is adapted from the Alexandrine Liturgy of St. Basil (fourth century). Since the words of institution are included in this prayer, they are not said in the invitation to the Lord’s table, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right to glorify you, Father, and to give you thanks, for you alone are God, living and true, dwelling in light inaccessible from before time and forever. Fountain of all life and source of all goodness, you made all things and fill them with your blessing; you created them to rejoice in the splendor of your radiance. Countless throngs of angels stand before you to serve you night and day, and, beholding the glory of your presence, they offer you unceasing praise. Joining with them, and giving voice to every creature under heaven, we glorify your name and lift our voices in joyful praise: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 146 / Great Thanksgiving: F

155 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 147 The minister continues: acclaim you, holy God, glorious in power; We your mighty works reveal your wisdom and love. ou formed us in your own image, Y giving the whole world into our care, so that, in obedience to you, our creator, we might rule and serve all your creatures. When our disobedience took us far from you, you did not abandon us to the power of death. In your mercy you came to our help, so that in seeking you we might find you. Again and again you called us into covenant with you, and through the prophets you taught us to hope for salvation. Almighty God, you loved the world so much that in the fullness of time you sent your only Son to be our Savior. Incarnate by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, he lived as one of us, yet without sin. To the poor he proclaimed the good news of salvation; to prisoners, freedom; to the sorrowful, joy. To fulfill your purpose he gave himself up to death; and, rising from the grave, destroyed death and made the whole creation new. And that we might live no longer for ourselves but for him who died and rose for us, God sent the Holy Spirit, God’s first gift for those who believe, to complete God’s work in the world, and to bring to fulfillment the sanctification of all. When the hour had come for him to be glorified by you, his heavenly Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end: at supper with them he took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me. Great Thanksgiving: F / 147

156 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 148 After supper he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do it for the remembrance of me. Holy God, we now celebrate this memorial of our redemption. Recalling Christ’s death and his descent among the dead, proclaiming his resurrection and ascension to your right hand, awaiting his coming in glory; and offering to you, from the gifts you have given us, this bread and this cup, we praise you and we bless you. The people may sing or say: We praise you, we bless you, we give thanks to you, and we pray to you, Lord our God. The minister continues: Lord, we pray that in your goodness and mercy your Holy Spirit may descend upon us, and upon these gifts, sanctifying them and showing them to be holy gifts for your holy people, the bread of life and the cup of salvation, the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Grant that all who share this bread and this cup may become one body and one spirit, a living sacrifice in Christ, to the praise of your name. Remember, Lord, your one holy catholic and apostolic church, redeemed by the blood of your Christ. Reveal its unity, guard its faith, and preserve it in peace. [Remember (N. and) all who minister in your church.] [Remember all your people, and those who seek your truth.] [Remember ________.] [Remember all who have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to you alone; bring them into the place of eternal joy and light.] 148 / Great Thanksgiving: F

157 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 149 And grant that we may find our inheritance with [the blessed Virgin Mary, with patriarchs, prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and] all the saints who have found favor with you in ages past. We praise you in union with them and give you glory through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, all honor and glory are yours, almighty God and Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [119] forever and ever. Amen. Great Thanksgiving: F / 149

158 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 150 G T HANKSGIVING :G REAT This great thanksgiving is a translation of the ancient eucharistic prayer of Hippolytus of Rome, dating from about 215. It is the earliest known text of a eucharistic prayer. Since the words of institution are included in this prayer, they are not said in the invitation to the Lord’s table, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. give you thanks, O God, We through your beloved Servant, Jesus Christ, whom you have sent in these last times as savior and redeemer, and messenger of your will. He is your Word, inseparable from you, through whom you made all things and in whom you take delight. ou sent him from heaven into the Virgin’s womb, Y where he was conceived, and took flesh. Born of the Virgin by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was revealed as your Son. In fulfillment of your will he stretched out his hands in suffering to release from suffering those who place their trust in you, and so won for you a holy people. He freely accepted the death to which he was handed over, in order to destroy death and to shatter the chains of the evil one; to trample underfoot the powers of hell and to lead the righteous into light; to fix the boundaries of death and to manifest the resurrection. 150 / Great Thanksgiving: G

159 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 151 And so he took bread, gave thanks to you, and said: “Take, and eat; this is my body, broken for you.” In the same way he took the cup, saying: “This is my blood, shed for you. When you do this, do it for the remembrance of me.” Remembering therefore his death and resurrection, we set before you this bread and cup, thankful that you have counted us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you as your priestly people. ask you to send your Holy Spirit We upon the offering of the holy church. Gather into one all who share these holy mysteries, filling them with the Holy Spirit and confirming their faith in the truth, that together we may praise you and give you glory, through your Servant, Jesus Christ. Through him all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, [120] now and forever. Amen. Great Thanksgiving: G / 151

160 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 152 G T HANKSGIVING :H REAT When this prayer is used, the words of institution are said in the invitation to the Lord’s table, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. Holy God, we praise you. Let the heavens be joyful, and the earth be glad. We bless you for creating the whole world, for your promises to your people Israel, and for Jesus Christ in whom your fullness dwells. Born of Mary, he shares our life. Eating with sinners, he welcomes us. Guiding his children, he leads us. V isiting the sick, he heals us. Dying on the cross, he saves us. Risen from the dead, he gives new life. Living with you, he prays for us. W ith thanksgiving we take this bread and this cup and proclaim the death and resurrection of our Lord. Receive our sacrifice of praise. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us that this meal may be a communion in the body and blood of our Lord. Make us one with Christ and with all who share this feast. Unite us in faith, encourage us with hope, inspire us to love, that we may serve as your faithful disciples until we feast at your table in glory. We praise you, eternal God, through Christ your Word made flesh, in the holy and life-giving Spirit, [121] now and forever. Amen. This prayer may be used when serving Communion in the home or hospital, or in other informal situations. The dialogue may be added. 152 / Great Thanksgiving: H

161 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 153 G T HANKSGIVING :I REAT The form below provides for praying the great thanksgiving in a free and spon- taneous style. The prayer may be introduced with: The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. The prayer begins with thankful praise to God: for God’s work in creation and providence, and in covenant history; for the witness of the prophets; for God’s steadfast love in spite of human failure; for the ultimate gift of Christ; and for the immediate occasion or festival. The “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord” may be included. If included, it is introduced with these or similar words: Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. Great Thanksgiving: I / 153

162 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 154 The prayer continues with thankful recalling of the acts of salvation in Jesus Christ: redemption; Christ’s birth, life, and ministry; Christ’s death and resurrection; his present intercession for us and the promise of his coming again; the gift of the Sacrament [which may include the words of institution if not otherwise used]: We give you thanks that on the night of his arrest, Jesus took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: ake, eat. T This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. The thankful recalling of God’s saving work in Christ concludes with these or similar words: Remembering your mighty acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising, as we await the day of his coming. W ith thanksgiving, we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice dedicated to your service. The people may sing or say one of the following memorial acclamations: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 154 / Great Thanksgiving: I

163 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 155 2 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 3 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The Holy Spirit is called upon in these or similar words: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. Petitions are offered that we may be made one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; be united with all the faithful in heaven and on earth; be nourished with the body and blood of Christ; receive new life and mature into the fullness of Christ; remain faithful as Christ’s body in ministry in the world; have hope in the promise of Christ’s kingdom fulfilled. The prayer concludes with doxological praise in these or similar words: Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [122] now and forever. Amen. Great Thanksgiving: I / 155

164 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 156 G T HANKSGIVING :J REAT The outline below is provided to guide those who desire to pray the great thanksgiving in a free style. The prayer begins with thankful praise to God for God’s work in creation and providence, and in covenant history; for the witness of the prophets; for God’s steadfast love in spite of human failure; for the ultimate gift of Christ; and for the immediate occasion or festival. The prayer continues with thankful recalling of the acts of salvation in Jesus Christ: redemption; Christ’s birth, life, and ministry; Christ’s death and resurrection; his present intercession for us and the promise of his coming again; the gift of the Sacrament [which may include the words of institution if not otherwise used]. The Holy Spirit is called upon to lift all who share in the feast into Christ’s presence; to make the breaking of the bread and sharing of the cup a participation in the body and blood of Christ; to make us one with the risen Christ and with all God’s people; to unite us in communion with all the faithful in heaven and earth; to nourish us with the body of Christ so that we may mature into the fullness of Christ; to keep us faithful as Christ’s body, representing Christ in ministry in the world, in anticipation of the fulfillment of the kingdom Christ proclaimed. There follows an ascription of praise to the triune God. 156 / Great Thanksgiving: J

165 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 157 P A FTER C OMMUNION RAYER Other prayers after Communion may be found on pages 76–77. 1 Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery in which you have given yourself to us. Grant that we may go into the world in the strength of your Spirit, to give ourselves for others [123] in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 Loving God, you graciously feed us, who have received these holy mysteries, with the bread of life and the cup of eternal salvation. May we who have received this sacrament, be strengthened in your service; we who have sung your praises tell of your glory and truth; we who have seen the greatness of your love see you face to face in your kingdom. For you have made us your own people by the death and resurrection of your Son our Lord [124] Amen. and by the life-giving power of your Spirit. 3 Loving God, you have given us a share in the one bread and the one cup and made us one with Christ. Help us to bring your salvation and joy to all the world. [125] ask this through Christ our Lord. We Amen. 4 O God, you have so greatly loved us, long sought us, and mercifully redeemed us. Give us grace that in everything we may yield ourselves, our wills and our works, a continual thank-offering to you; [126] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayer After Communion / 157

166 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 158 5 God of grace, you renew us at your table with the bread of life. May this food strengthen us in love and help us to serve you in each other. [127] ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. We Amen. 6 Almighty God, you provide the true bread from heaven, your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Grant that we who have received the Sacrament of his body and blood may abide in him and he in us, that we may be filled with the power of his endless life, [128] Amen. now and forever. P RAYER OF T HANKSGIVING For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated Other prayers of thanksgiving may be found on pages 80–81. Prayers of thanksgiving for festivals and seasons may be found on pages 165–400. 1 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to offer thanks and praise. God of all mercies, we give you humble thanks for all your goodness and loving-kindness to us and to all people. We bless you for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of this life; but above all for your boundless love in the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; for the means of grace, and for the hope of glory. Give us such an awareness of your mercies, that with truly thankful hearts we may show forth your praise, not only with our lips but in our lives, by giving up ourselves to your service, 158 / Prayer of Thanksgiving

167 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 159 and by walking before you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, [129] Amen. be all honor and glory now and forever. 2 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to offer thanks and praise. Holy God, we praise you. Let the heavens be joyful, and the earth be glad. We bless you for creating the whole world, for your promise to your people Israel, and for Jesus Christ in whom your fullness dwells. Born of Mary, he shares our life. Eating with sinners, he welcomes us. Guiding his people, he leads us. V isiting the sick, he heals us. Dying on the cross, he saves us. Risen from the dead, he gives new life. Living with you, he prays for us. Send to us your Holy Spirit that, being made one with Christ, we may be one with each other and one in ministry to all the world, until Christ comes in final victory. praise you, eternal God, We through Christ your Word made flesh, [130] Amen. in the holy and life-giving Spirit. HARGE TO THE P EOPLE C Other charges to the people may be found on pages 78 and 82–83. Matt. 22:37–40 1 Go out into the world in peace. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself. Charge to the People / 159

168 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 160 2 Col. 3:17 Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God through him. 3 1 Cor. 16:13, 14 Be watchful, stand firm in your faith, be courageous and strong. Let all that you do be done in love. 4 Micah 6:8 God has shown you what is good. What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? 1 John 3:23 5 Go forth in the name of the Lord. This is God’s charge: to give our allegiance to Jesus Christ and to love one another as he commanded. See Col. 3:12–14 6 As God’s own, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, and patience, forgiving each other as the Lord has forgiven you, and crown all these things with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 160 / Charge to the People

169 02 Service (31-162) 2/18/05 12:42 PM Page 161 B LESSING Other blessings may be found on page 78. Alleluia is traditionally omitted during Lent. 1 Heb. 13:20, 21 The God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, make you complete in everything good so that you may do God’s will, working among us that which is pleasing in God’s sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever! Alleluia! Amen. Rom. 15:13 2 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Alleluia! Amen. See Phil. 4:7 3 The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, remain with you always. Alleluia! Amen. 4 1 Thess. 5:23 May the God of peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being-spirit, soul, and body-free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia! Amen. Blessing / 161

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173 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 165 A DVENT IGHTING OF THE A C ANDLES L DVENT At each successive lighting of the Advent candles, all texts from the preced- ing lightings are read in addition to the text introduced that day. On the First Sunday of Advent and following Sundays: light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ. We Advent means coming. are preparing ourselves for the days We Isa. 2:4 when the nations shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. And on the Second Sunday of Advent, and at successive lightings: Isa. 11:6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. And on the Third Sunday of Advent, and at successive lightings: Isa. 35:1 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. Advent / 165

174 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 166 And on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and at successive lightings: Isa. 7:14b The Lord will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel (God is with us). And on the eve of Christmas, or on Christmas Day: Isa. 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined. On each occasion the lighting of the candles is concluded with: Let us walk in the light of the Lord. A DVENT L ITANY FOR NTIPHONS O A May be used December 17 through 23. O Wisdom, coming forth from the mouth of the Most High, pervading and permeating all creation, you order all things with strength and gentleness: Come now and teach us the way to salvation. Come, Lord Jesus. O Adonai, Ruler of the house of Israel, you appeared in the burning bush to Moses and gave him the law on Sinai: Come with outstretched arm to save us. Come, Lord Jesus. O Root of Jesse, rising as a sign for all the peoples, before you earthly rulers will keep silent, and nations give you honor: Come quickly to deliver us. Come, Lord Jesus. 166 / Advent

175 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 167 O Key of David, Scepter over the house of Israel, you open and no one can close, you close and no one can open: Come to set free the prisoners who live in darkness and the shadow of death. Come, Lord Jesus. O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, Sun of justice: Come, shine on those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death. Come, Lord Jesus. O Ruler of the nations, Monarch for whom the people long, you are the Cornerstone uniting all humanity: Come, save us all, whom you formed out of clay. Come, Lord Jesus. O Immanuel, our Sovereign and Lawgiver, desire of the nations and Savior of all: Come and save us, O Lord our God. Come, Lord Jesus. After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: God of grace, ever faithful to your promises, the earth rejoices in hope of our Savior’s coming and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time. Prepare our hearts to receive him when he comes, [131] for he is Lord forever and ever. Amen. RAYER OF C ONFESSION P God of the future, you are coming in power to bring all nations under your rule. We confess that we have not expected your kingdom, for we live casual lives, ignoring your promised judgment. Advent / 167

176 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 168 We accept lies as truth, exploit neighbors, abuse the earth, and refuse your justice and peace. In your mercy, forgive us. Grant us wisdom to welcome your way, and to seek things that will endure [132] when Christ comes to judge the world. G REAT T HANKSGIVING The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe. Y ou formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life. Y ou set us in this world to love and serve you, and to live in peace with all that you have made. When we turned from you, you did not turn from us. When we were captives in slavery, you delivered us to freedom, and made covenant to be our sovereign God. When we were stubborn and stiff-necked, you spoke to us through prophets who looked for that day when justice shall triumph and peace shall reign over all the earth. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the celestial choirs and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: 168 / Advent

177 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 169 The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Y ou sent him into this world to satisfy the longings of your people for a Savior, to bring freedom to the captives of sin, and to establish justice for the oppressed. He came among us as one of us, taking the lot of the poor, sharing human suffering. We rejoice that in his death and rising again, you set before us the sure promise of new life, the certain hope of a heavenly home where we will sit at table with Christ our host. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Advent / 169

178 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 170 Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising, as we await the day of his coming. Wi th thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. 170 / Advent

179 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 171 By your Spirit make us one with Christ, that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Strengthen us, O God, in the power of your Spirit to bring good news to the poor and lift blind eyes to sight, to loose the chains that bind and claim your blessing for all people. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory, and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [133] now and forever. Amen. RAYER OF T P HANKSGIVING For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Eternal God, as you led your people in ages past, you direct our journey into the future. We give you thanks that you came to us in Jesus Christ, and we eagerly await his coming again that his rule may be complete and your righteousness reign over all the world. Then we will feast at his royal banquet, and sing his praises with the choirs of heaven. By your Spirit, open our eyes to the generosity of your hand, and nurture our souls in all spiritual gifts. Advent / 171

180 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 172 Fill us with gratitude overflowing that we may share life and love in praise to you, God of all the ages, in the gracious name of Jesus Christ, your Son, by the power of your Holy Spirit, [134] Amen. now and forever. CRIPTURE S S ENTENCES OF P D AY RAYER OF THE S UNDAY OF F DVENT IRST A ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S S ear A B C Y 1 Rom. 13:11 Salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed; the night is far gone, the day is near. Y ear A B C 2 Jer. 33:14a, 15 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise: I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness. ear A B C 3 Y Isa. 2:4 They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. RAYER OF THE D AY P Y 1 ear A B C Faithful God, your promises stand unshaken through all generations. Renew us in hope, that we may be awake and alert watching for the glorious return of Jesus Christ, our judge and savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [135] one God, forever and ever. Amen. 172 / F irst Sunday of Advent

181 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 173 2 ear A B C Y Eternal God, through long generations you prepared a way for the coming of your Son, and by your Spirit you still bring light to illumine our paths. Renew us in faith and hope that we may welcome Christ to rule our thoughts and claim our love, as Lord of lords and King of kings, [136] to whom be glory always. Amen. Y ear A B C 3 Eternal God, you taught us that the night is far spent and the day is at hand. Keep us awake and alert, watching for your kingdom, and make us strong in faith, so that when Christ comes in glory to judge the earth, we may joyfully give him praise; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [137] one God, now and forever. Amen. ECOND S UNDAY OF A S DVENT S S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF Y ear A B C 1 Isa. 40:3 A voice cries: In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Y ear A B C 2 2 Peter 3:13 In accordance with God’s promise we wait for new heavens and a new earth where righteousness is at home. Y 3 ear A B C Isa. 11:6 The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. Second Sunday of Advent / 173

182 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 174 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 God of all peoples, your servant John came baptizing and calling for repentance. Help us to hear his voice of judgment, that we may also rejoice in his word of promise, and be found pure and blameless in that glorious Day [138] Amen. when Christ comes to rule the earth as Prince of Peace. 2 ear A B C Y Merciful God, you sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation. Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [139] Amen. one God, now and forever. 3 ear B C Y God of our salvation, you straighten the winding ways of our hearts and smooth the paths made rough by sin. Keep our conduct blameless, keep our hearts watchful in holiness, and bring to perfection the good you have begun in us. ask this through him whose coming is certain, We whose day draws near; your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [140] Amen. one God, forever and ever. T UNDAY OF A DVENT HIRD S S S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF 1 ear A B C Y Phil. 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 174 / T hird Sunday of Advent

183 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 175 2 ear A B C Y Isa. 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the oppressed. Y ear A B C 3 Isa. 35:1, 2 The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. RAYER OF THE D AY P ear A B C 1 Y Almighty God, you have made us and all things to serve you, now prepare the world for your rule. Come quickly to save us, so that wars and violence shall end, and your children may live in peace, honoring one another with justice and love; through Jesus Christ, who lives in power with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [141] Amen. one God, now and forever. Y ear A B C 2 Eternal God, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of your Son. Grant us the wisdom to see your purpose and openness to hear your will, that we too may prepare the way for Christ who is coming in power and glory to establish his kingdom of peace and justice; through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [142] one God, forever. Amen. 3 ear C Y Almighty God, you send your Son into a world where the wheat must be winnowed from chaff and wickedness clings even to what is good. T hird Sunday of Advent / 175

184 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 176 Let the fire of your Spirit purge us of greed and deceit, so that, purified, we may find our peace in you and you may delight in us. ask this through him whose coming is certain, We whose day draws near, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [143] Amen. one God, forever and ever. F OURTH S A DVENT UNDAY OF S S ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE Y 1 ear A B C Isa. 45:8 Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the skies rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation may spring up. Y ear A 2 Isa. 7:14 Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. Y ear B C 3 Luke 1:38 Then Mary said: Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word. D P RAYER OF THE AY Y ear A B C 1 God of grace, you chose the Virgin Mary, full of grace, to be the mother of our Lord and Savior. Now fill us with your grace, that with her, we may rejoice in your salvation, and in all things, embrace your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [144] one God, now and forever. Amen. 176 / F ourth Sunday of Advent

185 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 177 2 ear A B C Y God of grace, your eternal Word took flesh among us when Mary placed her life at the service of your will. Prepare our hearts for his coming again; keep us steadfast in hope and faithful in service, that we may receive the coming of his kingdom, for the sake of Jesus Christ the ruler of all, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [145] Amen. one God, now and forever. 3 Y ear C Who are we, Lord God, that you should come to us? Y et you have visited your people and redeemed us in your Son. As we prepare to celebrate his birth, make our hearts leap for joy at the sound of your word, and move us by your Spirit to bless your wonderful works. We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near, your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [146] one God, forever and ever. Amen. F ourth Sunday of Advent / 177

186 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 178 C HRISTMAS RAYER OF A P DORATION Glory to you, almighty God, for you sent your only-begotten Son, that we might have new life. Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ, for you became flesh and dwelt among us that we might become your people. Glory to you, Holy Spirit, for you direct and rule our lives. Glory to you, almighty God, and to your Son, Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit, [147] now and forever. Amen. ITANY FOR L HRISTMAS :A C The Word was made flesh, Alleluia, Alleluia! and dwelt among us, Alleluia, Alleluia! Jesus, Son of the living God, splendor of the Father, Light eternal: Glory to you, O Lord! Jesus, King of glory, Sun of righteousness, born of the Virgin Mary: Glory to you, O Lord! Jesus, Wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Lord: Glory to you, O Lord! Jesus, Prince of Peace, Shepherd of souls, perfect in holiness: Glory to you, O Lord! 178 / Christmas

187 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 179 Jesus, Friend of all, Protector of the poor, Treasure of the faithful: Glory to you, O Lord! Jesus, Good Shepherd, inexhaustible Wisdom, our Way, our Truth, and our Life: Glory to you, O Lord! Jesus, joy of the angels, and crown of all the saints: [148] Glory to you, O Lord! After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: Christ is born! Give him glory! Christ has come down from heaven! Receive him! Christ is now on earth! Exalt him! O earth, sing to the Lord! O you nations, praise him in joy, [149] Amen. for he has been glorified! L ITANY FOR C HRISTMAS :B All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Alleluia! Shout to the Lord, all the earth. Alleluia! O Christ, splendor of God’s eternal glory, the mighty Word, sustaining the universe: Renew our lives by your presence. Lord, have mercy. O Christ, born into the world in the fullness of time for the liberation of all creation: Release all into your promised freedom. Lord, have mercy. O Christ, begotten of the Father before all time, born in a stable at Bethlehem: May your church be a sign of hope and joy. Lord, have mercy. O Christ, truly God and truly human, born to a people in fulfillment of their expectations: Fulfill our desires in you. Lord, have mercy. Christmas / 179

188 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 180 O Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, child of wonder and splendor, mighty God of all ages, Prince of Peace: May the whole world live in peace and justice. [150] Lord, have mercy. After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: All-powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into our world has brightened weary hearts with peace. T each us to proclaim the birth of your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [151] Amen. one God, forever and ever. C ONFESSION P RAYER OF God of grace and truth, in Jesus Christ you came among us as light shining in darkness. We confess that we have not welcomed the light, or trusted good news to be good. We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst, expecting little, and hoping for less. Forgive our doubt, and renew our hope, so that we may receive the fullness of your grace, [152] and live in the truth of Christ the Lord. T REAT G HANKSGIVING The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O holy God, creator and ruler of the universe. 180 / Christmas

189 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 181 Y ou created light out of darkness and brought forth life on the earth. Y ou formed us in your image and called us to love and serve you. When we were unfaithful and turned from your ways, you did not forsake us, your love remained steadfast. Y ou delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God, and sent prophets to call us back to your way. In the fullness of time you sent your only Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior. In him, your Word, dwelling with you from all eternity, became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth, and we beheld your glory, Immanuel! Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the celestial choirs and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: Y ou are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Born in humility, he came to rule over all. Helpless as an infant, he showed the power of your love. Poor in things of the world, he brought the wealth of your grace. Rejected by many, he welcomed all who sought him. Christmas / 181

190 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 182 In his dying and rising, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising as we await the day of his coming. Wi th thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 182 / Christmas

191 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 183 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Empower us by your Spirit, O God, to be Christ’s presence in the world even as Jesus was God-with-us. Give us courage to speak his truth, to seek his justice, and to love with his love. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [153] now and forever. Amen. Christmas / 183

192 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 184 P T HANKSGIVING RAYER OF For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. 1 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. God of mystery and might, we praise and worship you, for you came in silence, while all lay sleeping, to enter our world as a child of humble birth. We thank you for your Son, Jesus Christ, born of your handmaid Mary. In his face we behold your glory, for in his life as in his death is your gift of salvation. By your Spirit, make our hearts burn with thanksgiving, that we may give as we have received. Let our whole lives be gifts of praise to you, God of love and peace, in the gracious name of Jesus Christ, your Son, by the power of your Holy Spirit, [154] now and forever. Amen. 2 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Great God of power, we praise you for Jesus Christ, who came to save us from our sins. We thank you for the hope of the prophets, the song of the angels, and the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. thank you that in Jesus you became flesh and dwelt among us, We sharing human hurts and pleasures. Glory to you for your grace-filled love. Glory to you, eternal God; through Jesus Christ, Lord of lords, and King of kings, [155] now and forever. Amen. 184 / Christmas

193 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 185 S S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF RAYER OF THE D P AY E VE C HRISTMAS CRIPTURE S S ENTENCES OF Y ear A B C 1 John 1:14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. have beheld his glory. Alleluia! We Y 2 ear A B C Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Alleluia! Y ear A B C 3 Isa. 9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. D AY P RAYER OF THE Y 1 ear A B C Good and gracious God, on this holy night you gave us your Son, the Lord of the universe, wrapped in swaddling clothes, the Savior of all, lying in a manger. On this holy night draw us into the mystery of your love. Join our voices with the heavenly host that we may sing your glory on high. Give us a place among the shepherds that we may find the one for whom we have waited, Jesus Christ, the Messiah and Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [156] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Christmas Eve / 185

194 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 186 2 ear A B C Y Give us, O God, such love and wonder that with shepherds and magi, and pilgrims unknown, we may come to adore the holy child, the promised King; and with our gifts worship him, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [157] one God, now and forever. Amen. 3 ear A B C Y Great God, as you came at night when all was still, so enter our lives this night. Illumine our paths with the light of Christ’s presence, that we may clearly see the way before us, the truth to speak, and the life to live for him, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [158] one God, now and forever. Amen. HRISTMAS D AY C ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S Y 1 ear A B C Isa. 9:6 A child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulder, and he is named: W onderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Y ear A B C 2 Luke 2:10, 11 Behold I bring you good news of a great joy; for to you is born in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 186 / Christmas Day

195 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 187 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 All glory to you, great God, for the gift of your Son, whom you sent to save us. ith singing angels, W let us praise your name, and tell the earth his story, that all may believe, rejoice, and bow down, acknowledging your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [159] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 God Most High, your only Son embraced the weakness of flesh, to give us power to become your children; your eternal Word chose a dwelling among us, that we might live in your presence. Grant us a spirit of wisdom to know how rich is the glory you have made our own, and how great the hope to which we are called in Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendor of eternal light, [160] God forever and ever. Amen. 3 ear A B C Y Almighty God, you gave your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and be born of the Virgin Mary. Grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [161] one God, now and forever. Amen. Christmas Day / 187

196 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 188 F S UNDAY A FTER C HRISTMAS IRST ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE ear A B C Y 1 Col. 3:15, 16 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts; let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. 2 Y ear A B C John 6:33 The bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world. Y ear A B C 3 T itus 2:11 The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. P D AY RAYER OF THE Y 1 ear A B C Almighty God, you wonderfully created, and yet more wonderfully restored, the dignity of human nature. In your mercy, let us share the divine life of Jesus Christ who came to share our humanity, and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [162] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word. May this light, enkindled in our hearts, shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [163] one God, now and forever. Amen. 188 / F irst Sunday After Christmas

197 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 189 3 ear B Y Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ was presented in the temple and acclaimed the glory of Israel and the light of the nations. Grant that in him we may be presented to you and in the world may reflect his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [164] one God, now and forever. Amen. S UNDAY A FTER C S ECOND HRISTMAS ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S S Y 1 ear A B C John 1:14 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. have beheld his glory. Alleluia! We 2 Y ear A B C See 1 Tim. 3:16 Glory to Christ who is proclaimed among the nations, and believed in throughout the world. Y ear A B C 3 Ps. 98:3 All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. Alleluia! D AY RAYER OF THE P 1 ear A B C Y Almighty God, you have filled us with the light of the Word who became flesh and lived among us. Let the light of faith shine in all that we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [165] one God, now and forever. Amen. Second Sunday After Christmas / 189

198 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 190 2 ear A B C Y Eternal God, a thousand years in your sight are like a watch in the night. As you have led us in days past, so guide us now and always, that our hearts may learn to choose your will, and new resolves be strengthened; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [166] Amen. one God, now and forever. Also see Christmas Day, prayer of the day 2 (p. 187). 190 / Second Sunday After Christmas

199 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 191 E —J ANUARY 6 PIPHANY Or Sunday before Ephiphany S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C Y 1 Isa. 60:1, 3 Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. Nations shall come to your light and rulers to the brightness of your rising. ear A B C 2 Y John 8:12 Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Y ear A B C 3 itus 2:11 T The grace of God has dawned upon the world with healing for all humankind. P RAYER OF THE D AY Y ear A B C 1 Lord God of the nations, we have seen the star of your glory rising in splendor. The radiance of your incarnate Word pierces the night that covers the earth and signals the dawn of justice and peace. Epiphany / 191

200 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 192 May his brightness illumine our lives and beckon all nations to walk as one in your light. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, in the splendor of eternal light, [167] God forever and ever. Amen. ear A B C Y 2 Eternal God, by a star you led magi to the worship of your Son. Guide the nations of the earth by your light, that the whole world may see your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [168] Amen. one God, now and forever. ear A B C Y 3 Everlasting God, the radiance of faithful souls, who brought the nations to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising: Fill the world with your glory, and show yourself to all the nations; through him who is the true light and the bright morning star, Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [169] one God, now and forever. Amen. L ITANY FOR PIPHANY E All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God, Alleluia! Shout to the Lord, all the earth, Alleluia! W ith joy let us pray to our Savior, the Son of God who became one of us, saying: The grace of God be with us all. O Christ, let your gospel shine in every place where the Word of life is not yet received. Draw the whole creation to yourself that your salvation may be known through all the earth. The grace of God be with us all. 192 / Epiphany

201 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 193 O Christ, Savior and Lord, extend your church to every place. Make it a place of welcome for people of every race and tongue. The grace of God be with us all. O Christ, Ruler of rulers, direct the work and thoughts of the leaders of nations that they may seek justice, and further peace and freedom for all. The grace of God be with us all. O Christ, Master of all, support of the weak and comfort of the afflicted, strengthen the tempted and raise the fallen. W atch over the lonely and those in danger. Give hope to the despairing and sustain the faith of the persecuted. [170] Amen. The grace of God be with us all. After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: O Christ, light made manifest as the true light of God, gladden our hearts on the joyful morning of your glory; call us by our name on the great Day of your coming; and give us grace to offer, with all the hosts of heaven, unending praise to God in whom all things find their ending, [171] now and ever. Amen. P C ONFESSION RAYER OF God of glory, you sent Jesus among us as the light of the world, to reveal your love for all people. We confess that our sin and pride hide the brightness of your light. turn away from the poor; We we ignore cries for justice; we do not strive for peace. In your mercy, cleanse us of our sin, and baptize us once again with your Spirit, that, forgiven and renewed, we may show forth your glory [172] shining in the face of Jesus Christ. Epiphany / 193

202 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 194 G T HANKSGIVING REAT The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, God of majesty and splendor. By your power you created all that is, making a universe out of chaos, and ruling over all things in love. Throughout the ages you called your people to love and serve you, and to be your light among the nations. When we failed you, you did not fail us and sent prophets to call us back to your ways. We praise you that in the fullness of time, you revealed your love by sending your Son Jesus to be the Light of the world. He came to heal our brokenness and to set before us the ways of justice and peace. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. 194 / Epiphany

203 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 195 The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. He was born to dwell among us, full of grace and truth; in him we have seen your glory. Baptized by John in the Jordan, he lived for you, spoke your truth, showed your love, and gave himself for others. In his death on the cross, he overcame death. Rising from the tomb, he raised us to eternal life, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising as we await the day of his coming. Wi th thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service. Epiphany / 195

204 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 196 The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: remember his death, We we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. 196 / Epiphany

205 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 197 Illumine our hearts, O God, with the radiance of Christ’s presence, that our lives may show forth his love in this weary world. T each us to befriend the lost, to serve the poor, to reconcile our enemies, and to love our neighbors. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [173] now and forever. Amen. P RAYER OF T HANKSGIVING For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. God of majesty and light, you hold the whole world in your hand. So we give you our great praise that in Jesus Christ all people may see your glory. thank you for revealing Jesus to be your Son, We and for claiming our lives in baptism to be his glad disciples. By your Spirit, may peace descend upon us that we may follow him with grateful hearts. T ake us and all we have to be useful in your service, God of all nations, in the gracious name of Jesus Christ, your Son, by the power of your Holy Spirit, [174] now and forever. Amen. Epiphany / 197

206 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 198 B L ORD APTISM OF THE Sunday between January 7 and 13 S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C Y 1 Luke 9:35 A voice came out of the cloud, saying: This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him! ear A B C 2 Y Ps. 96:2–3 Sing, and bless God’s name; tell the glad news of salvation from day to day. Proclaim God’s glory to the nations, God’s marvelous deeds to all peoples. Y ear A B C 3 Ps. 29:2–4 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due God’s name, worship the Lord in holy splendor. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over mighty waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful, the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. P RAYER OF THE D AY 1 ear A B C Y Eternal God, at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan you proclaimed him your beloved Son, and anointed him with the Holy Spirit. 198 / Baptism of the Lord

207 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 199 Grant that all who are baptized into his name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, [175] one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 Holy God, you sent your Son to be baptized among sinners, to seek and save the lost. May we, who have been baptized in his name, never turn away from the world, but reach out in love to rescue the wayward; by the mercy of Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [176] one God, now and forever. Amen. ITANY FOR B APTISM OF THE L ORD L O Christ, by your epiphany your light shines upon us, giving us the fullness of salvation. Help us show your light to all we meet today. Lord, have mercy. O Christ of glory, you humbled yourself to be baptized, showing us the way of humility. Strengthen us to serve you in humility all the days of our life. Lord, have mercy. O Christ, by your baptism you cleansed us from our sin, making us children of your Father. Give the grace of being a child of God to all who seek you. Lord, have mercy. O Christ, by your baptism you sanctified creation and opened the door of repentance to all who are baptized. Make us servants of your gospel in the world. Lord, have mercy. Baptism of the Lord / 199

208 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 200 O Christ, by your baptism you revealed to us the glorious Trinity when the voice from heaven proclaimed, “This is my beloved Son,” and the Holy Spirit descended upon you like a dove. Renew a heart of worship within all the baptized. [177] Lord, have mercy. After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: Almighty God, you anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit, and revealed him as your beloved Son. Keep us, your children born of water and the Spirit, faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [178] one God, now and forever. Amen. P RAYER OF C ONFESSION Merciful God, in baptism you promise forgiveness and new life, making us part of the body of Christ. We confess that we remain preoccupied with ourselves, separated from sisters and brothers in Christ. cling to destructive habits, hold grudges, We and show reluctance to welcome one another; we allow the past to hold us hostage. In your loving kindness, have mercy on us, and free us from sin. Remind us of the promises you make in baptism so that we may rise to new life, [179] and live together in grace. REAT G HANKSGIVING T The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. 200 / Baptism of the Lord

209 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 201 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O God of mercy and might. In your wisdom, you made all things and sustain them by your power. u have called forth men and women in every age Yo to be your servants and speak your word. When we rebelled against your call and turned from your ways, in your love you called us back to you. Y ou delivered us from captivity, and made covenant to be our sovereign God. ou sent prophets to call us to justice and compassion. Y Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the choirs of heaven and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: Y ou are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, in whom you have revealed yourself, our light and our salvation. Baptized in Jordan’s waters, Jesus took his place with sinners and your voice proclaimed him your beloved. our Spirit anointed him Y to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim release to the captives, to restore sight to the blind, to free the oppressed. Baptism of the Lord / 201

210 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 202 He lived among us in power and grace, touching broken lives with your healing peace. By the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection you gave birth to your church, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: ake, eat. T This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising, as we await the day of his coming. Wi th thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 202 / Baptism of the Lord

211 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 203 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: remember his death, We we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. O God, as you once claimed us in the Spirit’s waters and number us among your own beloved, give us power to do your work, to show your love, and to live holy and joyful lives. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Baptism of the Lord / 203

212 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 204 Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [180] now and forever. Amen. T RAYER OF P HANKSGIVING For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. God of heaven and earth, you call us to come in humility before you, bringing the offering of our very selves. As you revealed Jesus to be your Son in his baptism at the hand of John, so you claimed our lives in baptism, that we might die to sin and be raised with him to new life. By your Spirit, confirm in our hearts the witness that Christ is Savior of the world and our Lord. Accept all we have and are, O God, in the service of Jesus Christ, and strengthen us with your Spirit’s power, [181] Amen. now and forever. 204 / Baptism of the Lord

213 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 205 S B ETWEEN UNDAYS APTISM OF THE L B ORD AND L RANSFIGURATION OF THE T ORD Sundays 2–8 in Ordinary Time S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME S ECOND Sunday between January 14 and 20 ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S S Y 1 ear A B C John 1:14, 12 The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory. all who received him, To he gave power to become children of God. 2 ear B Y See John 1:41, 16 We have found the Messiah, Jesus Christ, who brings us truth and grace. Y ear C 3 Isa. 62:4c, 5b The Lord delights in you. As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you. RAYER OF THE D AY P 1 ear A B C Y Almighty God, your Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world. 2 in Ordinary Time / 205 Sunday

214 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 206 May your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshiped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [182] Amen. one God, now and forever. 2 ear A B C Y Eternal God, your Son, Jesus Christ, now exalted as Lord of all, pours out his gifts on the church. Grant us that unity which your Spirit gives, keep us in the bond of peace, and bring all creation to worship before your throne; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [183] one God, now and forever. Amen. ear C Y 3 Great God, your mercy is an unexpected miracle. Help us to believe and obey, that we may be filled with the wine of new life, promised in the power of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [184] one God, now and forever. Amen. HIRD S O RDINARY T IME UNDAY IN T Sunday between January 21 and 27 ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S Y ear A 1 Matt. 4:23 Jesus proclaimed the good news of the kingdom and healed every sickness among the people. 2 ear B Y Mark 1:15 The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe the good news. 206 / Sunday 3 in Ordinary Time

215 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 207 3 ear C Y Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor and release to the captives. RAYER OF THE P D AY ear A B Y 1 Almighty God, by grace alone you call us and accept us in your service. Strengthen us by your Spirit, and make us worthy of your call; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [185] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y 2 ear B Loving God, through your Son you have called us to repent of our sin, to believe the good news, and to celebrate the coming of your kingdom. Like Christ’s first apostles, may we hear his call to discipleship, and, forsaking old ways, proclaim the gospel of new life to a broken world; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [186] Amen. one God, now and forever. 3 ear B Y Almighty God, you sent Jesus to proclaim your kingdom and to teach with authority. Anoint us with your Spirit, that we too may bring good news to the poor, bind up the brokenhearted, and proclaim liberty to the captive; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [187] Amen. one God, now and forever. 3 in Ordinary Time / 207 Sunday

216 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 208 F S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME OURTH Sunday between January 28 and February 3 S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C Y 1 Rom. 12:1 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God. ear B 2 Y Matt. 4:23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching, proclaiming the good news, and healing every sickness among the people. 3 Y ear C Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor and release to the captives. P RAYER OF THE AY D Y ear A B C 1 Living God, in Christ you make all things new. T ransform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [188] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y 2 ear A B C God of compassion, you have shown us in Christ that your love is never-ending. Enable us to love you with all our hearts and to love one another as Christ loved us. 208 / Sunday 4 in Ordinary Time

217 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 209 Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [189] one God, forever and ever. Amen. ear A 3 Y Holy God, you confound the world’s wisdom in giving your kingdom to the lowly and the pure in heart. Give us such a hunger and thirst for justice and perseverance in striving for peace, that by our words and deeds the world may see the promise of your kingdom, revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [190] Amen. one God, forever and ever. S UNDAY IN O F T IME IFTH RDINARY Sunday between February 4 and 10 ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S Y 1 ear A Matt. 5:14, 16 Y ou are the light of the world. Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. 2 Y ear B Isa. 40:31 Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. 3 ear 3 Y John 8:12 Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Sunday 5 in Ordinary Time / 209

218 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 210 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Faithful God, you have appointed us your witnesses, to be light that shines in the world. Let us not hide the bright hope you have given us, but tell everyone your love, revealed in Jesus Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [191] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Y 2 ear A B C O God, in the folly of the cross you reveal the great distance between your wisdom and human understanding. Open our minds to the simplicity of the gospel, that, fervent in faith and tireless in love, we may become light and salt for the world, for the sake of Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [192] Amen. one God, forever and ever. ear B C 3 Y Most holy God, the earth is filled with your glory, and in your presence angels stand in awe. Enlarge our vision, that we may recognize your power at work in your Son and join the apostles and prophets as heralds of your saving word. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [193] Amen. God forever and ever. S UNDAY IN S RDINARY T IME IXTH O Sunday between February 11 and 17 (Except when this Sunday is Transfiguration of the Lord) S S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF Y 1 ear A B C Ps. 106:1 O give thanks, for the Lord is good. God’s love endures forever. / Sunday 6 in Ordinary Time 210

219 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 211 2 ear A Y Ps. 119:1, 2 Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord. Happy are those who keep the Lord’s decrees, who seek the Lord with their whole heart. Y 3 ear C Luke 6:23 Rejoice and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven. D AY RAYER OF THE P 1 Y ear A Almighty God, you gave the law to guide our lives. May we never shrink from your commandments, but, as we are taught by your Son Jesus, fulfill the law in perfect love; through Christ our Lord and Master, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [194] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear B 2 Almighty and ever-living God, your Son, Jesus Christ, healed the sick and restored them to wholeness of life. Look with compassion on the anguish of the world, and by your power make whole all peoples and nations; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [195] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear C 3 Holy God, you challenge the powers that rule this world and show favor to the oppressed. Instill in us a true sense of justice, that we may discern the signs of your kingdom and strive for right to prevail for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [196] Amen. one God, forever and ever. 6 in Ordinary Time / 211 Sunday

220 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 212 S S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME EVENTH Sunday between February 18 and 24 (Except when this Sunday is Transfiguration of the Lord) S CRIPTURE S ENTENCES OF ear A Y 1 See 1 John 2:5 The love of God is perfected in those who obey the word of Christ. 2 Y ear B Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to preach good news to the poor and release to the captives. 3 Y ear A C John 13:34 Jesus said: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. As I have loved you, you also should love one another. P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Almighty God, in signs and wonders your Son revealed the greatness of your saving love. Renew your people with your grace, and sustain us by your power, for we can do nothing without you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [197] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y 2 ear A C Almighty God, you have taught us that all our deeds without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, 212 / Sunday 7 in Ordinary Time

221 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 213 the very bond of peace and of all goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [198] one God, now and forever. Amen. S O RDINARY T IME IGHTH E UNDAY IN Sunday between February 25 and 29 (Except when this Sunday is Transfiguration of the Lord) S CRIPTURE S ENTENCES OF ear A B C Y 1 Heb. 4:12 The word of God is living and active. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 2 ear A B C Y Phil. 2:15, 16 Shine like stars in the world, holding fast to the word of life. RAYER OF THE D P AY 1 ear A B C Y Almighty God, renew us through the gift of your Spirit, that we may always do and think what is just in your sight, that we, who can do nothing good without you, may live according to your holy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [199] one God, now and forever. Amen. 2 Y ear A B C Almighty God, you have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts and freed us from bondage to sin. Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all people may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [200] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Sunday 8 in Ordinary Time / 213

222 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 214 T L ORD RANSFIGURATION OF THE ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE D RAYER OF THE P AY S ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE ear A B C 1 Y 1 John 3:2 Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: When he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. 2 Y ear A B C Matt. 17:5 A voice said: This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to him! Y ear A B C 3 2 Cor. 4:6 God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!” is the same God who made light shine in our hearts to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ. RAYER OF THE D P AY 1 ear A B C Y O God, in the transfiguration of your Son you confirmed the mysteries of the faith by the witness of Moses and Elijah; 214 / T ransfiguration of the Lord

223 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 215 and in the voice from the cloud you foreshadowed our adoption as your children. Make us, with Christ, heirs of your glory, and bring us to enjoy its fullness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [201] one God, now and forever. Amen. ear A B C Y 2 Almighty God, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: Give us faith to perceive his glory, that being strengthened by his grace we may be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [202] one God, now and forever. Amen. ear A B C Y 3 O God, glorious and faithful, to those who seek you with a sincere heart you reveal the beauty of your face. Strengthen us in faith to embrace the mystery of the cross, and open our hearts to its transfiguring power; that, clinging in love to your will for us, we may walk the path of discipleship as followers of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [203] one God, forever and ever. Amen. P RAYER OF ONFESSION C God of compassion, in Jesus Christ you reveal the light of your glory, but we turn away, distracted by our own plans. We confess that we speak when we should listen, and act when we should wait. Forgive our aimless enthusiasms. Grant us wisdom to live in your light and to follow in the way of your beloved Son, [204] Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. T ransfiguration of the Lord / 215

224 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 216 G T HANKSGIVING REAT The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, eternal God our Creator. Y ou brought light out of darkness and set the sun to brighten the day and the moon and stars to illumine the night. Y our glory blinds the eyes of our sin, while your radiance warms our needy hearts. Y ou lead us by the light of your truth into the way of righteousness and peace. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the heavenly choirs and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. On a lonely mountain his human body was transfigured by your divine splendor. In his face, we have glimpsed your glory. In his life, we see your love. 216 / T ransfiguration of the Lord

225 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 217 For your image is untarnished in him, and the burden of human sorrow and suffering could not diminish his reflection of your holiness. The world was dark at his death, but the light of his life could not be extinguished. From the grave he rose like the sun, with blinding power and radiant peace. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising, as we await the day of his coming. Wi th thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. T ransfiguration of the Lord / 217

226 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 218 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: remember his death, We we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ, that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Illumine our lives, O God, with the radiance of Christ’s love, and inspire us to shine in faith and witness as his holy disciples. ransform us into his likeness T that we may live for you, as he lived, and love others, as he loved them. 218 / T ransfiguration of the Lord

227 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 219 Give us strength to serve you faithfully until the promised day of resurrection, when with the redeemed of all the ages we will feast with you at your table in glory. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [205] Amen. now and forever. P RAYER OF T HANKSGIVING For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. O Lord our God, you are great indeed, clothed in majesty and splendor, wrapped in light as with a robe. In the solitude of a mountain height you revealed your glory in Jesus Christ even as he faced his crucifixion. praise you for this glimpse of the mystery of our redemption. We ou loved the world so much Y that you sent your beloved Son to dwell with us. He who bears your very image, the firstborn of all creation, through whom all things have been created, took our flesh and suffered death that we may be made whole. By his death he conquered death, and by his rising he gives eternal life. We praise you for your saving grace. T ransfigure us by your Spirit, and let your love shine in all we do and say that all the world may see the radiant light of God [206] guiding all creation, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. T ransfiguration of the Lord / 219

228 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 220 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR A SH W EDNESDAY N A THERING G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day Hymn, Psalm, or Canticle W ORD T HE Prayer for Illumination First Reading Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Invitation to the Observance of the Lenten Discipline Psalm 51 Litany of Penitence [Imposition of Ashes] Hymn If the Eucharist is not celebrated: HE E UCHARIST T Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People Prayer [Offering] ENDING S Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Blessing and Charge

229 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 221 A W EDNESDAY SH A THERING G All silently gather. Any procession should be in silence. ALL TO ORSHIP C W All may stand as the minister(s) and other worship leaders enter. The minister says: Let us worship God See John 3:17; Ps. 46:1–3 God sent Christ into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. God’s love endures forever. God is our refuge and strength, a present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though the waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. God’s love endures forever. P RAYER OF THE AY D Let us pray. After a brief silence, one of the following prayers may be said: Ash Wednesday / 221

230 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 222 1 ear A B C Y Gracious God, out of your love and mercy you breathed into dust the breath of life, creating us to serve you and neighbors. Call forth our prayers and acts of tenderness, and strengthen us to face our mortality, that we may reach with confidence for your mercy; in Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [207] one God, now and forever. Amen. ear A B C 2 Y Almighty God, you despise nothing you have made and you forgive the sins of all who are penitent. Create in us new and contrite hearts, that truly repenting of our sins, and acknowledging our brokenness, we may obtain from you, the God of all mercy, full pardon and forgiveness; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [208] one God, now and forever. Amen. YMN , P SALM , OR S PIRITUAL H A hymn, psalm, or spiritual may be sung. The people may then be seated. HE W ORD T RAYER FOR LLUMINATION P I Let us pray. After a brief silence, the following or another prayer for illumination (pp. 60, 90–91) may be said: God our helper, by your Holy Spirit open our minds, 222 / Ash Wednesday

231 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 223 that as the scriptures are read and your Word is proclaimed, we may be led into your truth and be taught your will, [75] for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. IRST Joel 2:1–2, 12–17; or Isaiah 58:1–12 R F EADING EADING 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10 ECOND S R , H YMN , P SALM A ANTICLE , OR S PIRITUAL NTHEM , C OSPEL R EADING Matthew 6:1–6, 16–21 G ERMON S NVITATION TO THE I BSERVANCE OF THE L ENTEN D ISCIPLINE O The following or similar words may be spoken: Friends in Christ, every year at the time of the Christian Passover we celebrate our redemption through the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Lent is a time to prepare for this celebration and to renew our life in the paschal mystery. We begin this holy season by acknowledging our need for repentance, and for the mercy and forgiveness proclaimed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. If ashes are used, the following may be said: We begin our journey to Easter with the sign of ashes. This ancient sign speaks of the frailty and uncertainty of human life, and marks the penitence of this community. The minister continues: I invite you, therefore, in the name of Christ, to observe a holy Lent by self-examination and penitence, by prayer and fasting, by works of love, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God. Ash Wednesday / 223

232 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 224 Let us bow before God, our Creator and Redeemer, and confess our sin. The people may kneel or bow down. Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination. 51 SALM P Psalm 51:1–17 is sung or said. one 7; PH 195, 196; PS 48 Psalm 51:1–17 T R 1 * Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; in your great compassion blot out my offenses. 2 * W ash me through and through from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin. R 3 For I know my transgressions, * and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you only have I sinned * and done what is evil in your sight. And so you are justified when you speak * and upright in your judgment. 5 * Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, R a sinner from my mother’s womb. 6 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, * and will make me understand wisdom secretly. 7 Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; * wash me, and I shall be clean indeed. 8 * Make me hear of joy and gladness, that the body you have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins * and blot out all my iniquities. R 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence * and take not your holy Spirit from me. 224 / Ash Wednesday

233 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 225 12 * Give me the joy of your saving help again and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. R 13 * I shall teach your ways to the wicked, and sinners shall return to you. 14 * Deliver me from death, O God, and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation. R 15 Open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. 16 Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, * but you take no delight in burnt-offerings. 17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; * R a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. L ITANY OF ENITENCE P The following or another prayer of confession (pp. 53–54, 87–89, 474–475) may be said, the people kneeling or bowing down: Let us pray. Holy and merciful God, we confess to you and to one another, and to the whole communion of saints in heaven and on earth, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind, and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We have not forgiven others as we have been forgiven. We Have mercy on us, O God. have not listened to your call to serve as Christ served us. We We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved your Holy Spirit. Have mercy on us, O God. confess to you, O God, all our past unfaithfulness: We The pride, hypocrisy, and impatience in our lives, we confess to you, O God. Ash Wednesday / 225

234 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 226 Our self-indulgent appetites and ways and our exploitation of other people, we confess to you, O God. Our anger at our own frustration and our envy of those more fortunate than ourselves, we confess to you, O God. Our intemperate love of worldly goods and comforts, and our dishonesty in daily life and work, we confess to you, O God. Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to commend the faith that is in us, we confess to you, O God. Accept our repentance, O God, for the wrongs we have done. For our neglect of human need and suffering and our indifference to injustice and cruelty, accept our repentance, O God. For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts toward our neighbors, and for our prejudice and contempt toward those who differ from us, accept our repentance, O God. For our waste and pollution of your creation and our lack of concern for those who come after us, accept our repentance, O God. Restore us, O God, and let your anger depart from us. Favorably hear us, O God, [209] for your mercy is great. 226 / Ash Wednesday

235 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 227 I A SHES MPOSITION OF If ashes are to be imposed, the following prayer, or a similar prayer, is said: Almighty God, you have created us out of the dust of the earth. May these ashes be for us a sign of our mortality and penitence, and a reminder that only by your gracious gift are we given everlasting life; [210] through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. People are invited to come forward to receive the imposition of ashes. During the imposition, suitable hymns or psalms may be sung, or silence may be kept. A worship leader marks the forehead of each person with the ashes, using the following words: Gen. 3:19 Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return. After all who desire ashes have received them, or if ashes have not been imposed, the confession concludes with the following words, the people kneeling or bowing down: Accomplish in us, O God, the work of your salvation, That we may show forth your glory in the world. By the cross and passion of our Savior, bring us with all your saints to the joy of Christ’s resurrection. YMN H A penitential hymn may be sung, the people seated. IF THE EUCHARIST IS NOT TO BE CELEBRATED, THE SERVICE CONTINUES ON PAGE 233. Ash Wednesday / 227

236 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 228 T E UCHARIST HE During the singing of the hymn, bread and wine may be brought to the table, or uncovered if already in place. L ORD ’ S T ABLE I NVITATION TO THE Standing at the table, the presiding minister invites the people to the Lord’s Supper, saying: Hear the gracious words of our Savior Jesus Christ: Matt. 11:28, 29; John 6:35, 37; Matt. 5:6 Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. ake my yoke upon you, T and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. No one who comes to me will I cast out. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. G REAT T HANKSGIVING All may stand. The presiding minister leads the people in the following or another great thanksgiving appropriate to the day (pp. 69–73, 126–156): The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. 228 / Ash Wednesday

237 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 229 It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, eternal God, creator and ruler of the universe. Y ou are our God, and we are the creatures of your hand. ou made us from the dust of the earth, Y breathed into us the breath of life, and set us in your world to love and serve you. When we rejected your love and ignored your wisdom, you did not reject us. Y ou loved us still and called us to turn again to you in obedience and in love. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the heavenly choirs and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: Y ou are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Out of your great love for the world, you sent Jesus among us to set us free from the tyranny of evil. He lived as one of us, sharing our joys and sorrows. By his dying and rising, he releases us from bondage to sin and frees us from the dominion of death. Ash Wednesday / 229

238 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 230 The words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: ake, eat. T This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 230 / Ash Wednesday

239 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 231 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ and with all who are baptized in his name, that we may be one in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Lead us, O God, by the power of your Spirit to live as the Lord requires: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you, our God. Keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ until this mortal life is ended, and all that is earthly returns to dust. Give us strength to serve you faithfully until the promised day of resurrection, when, with the redeemed of all the ages, we will feast with you at your table in glory. Through Christ, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, [211] now and forever. Amen. L ’ S P RAYER ORD The minister invites all present to sing or say the Lord’s Prayer. Ash Wednesday / 231

240 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 232 And now, with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray: Or Our Father in heaven, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, thy kingdom come, your will be done, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Give us this day our daily bread; Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours and the power, and the glory, Amen. forever. Amen. now and forever. All may be seated. REAKING OF THE B READ B A. If the words of institution have previously been said, the minister breaks the bread and pours wine into the cup in silence and in full view of the people. B. If the words of institution have not previously been said, the minister breaks the bread in full view of the people, saying: See 1 Cor. 11:23–26; Luke 22:19–20 The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. The minister pours wine into the cup, and lifts the cup, saying: In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord, until he comes. 232 / Ash Wednesday

241 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 233 C P EOPLE OMMUNION OF THE Holding out both the bread and the cup to the people, the minister says: The gifts of God for the people of God. The following, or another version of “Jesus, Lamb of God,” may be sung or said. Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace. The minister and those assisting receive Communion and then serve the bread and the cup to the people. In giving the bread: The body of Christ, given for you. Amen. In giving the cup: Amen. The blood of Christ, shed for you. During Communion, psalms, hymns, anthems, or spirituals may be sung. IF THE EUCHARIST IS NOT CELEBRATED, THE SERVICE CONTINUES HERE FROM PAGE 227. P RAYER The following prayer may be prayed by the minister, or by all together. God of compassion, through your Son Jesus Christ you reconciled your people to yourself. Following his example of prayer and fasting, may we obey you with willing hearts and serve one another in holy love; [212] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Ash Wednesday / 233

242 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 234 O FFERING An offering may be received. S ENDING The people may stand. OR PIRITUAL , C YMN , , S P SALM H ANTICLE A hymn, spiritual, canticle, or psalm may be sung. LESSING AND C HARGE B The minister gives God’s blessing to the congregation, saying: 1 Thess. 5:23 May the God of peace make you holy in every way and keep your whole being— spirit, soul, and body— free from every fault at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. The minister, a deacon, or an elder dismisses the congregation, using the following charge: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. All quietly depart. 234 / Ash Wednesday

243 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 235 L ENT ITANY FOR L L ENT O Christ, out of your fullness we have all received grace upon grace. Y ou are our eternal hope; you are patient and full of mercy; you are generous to all who call upon you. Save us, Lord. O Christ, fountain of life and holiness, you have taken away our sins. On the cross you were wounded for our transgressions and were bruised for our iniquities. Save us, Lord. O Christ, obedient unto death, source of all comfort, our life and our resurrection, our peace and reconciliation: Save us, Lord. O Christ, Savior of all who trust you, hope of all who die for you, and joy of all the saints: Save us, Lord. Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world, [213] grant us peace. Lent / 235

244 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 236 After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: God of love, as in Jesus Christ you gave yourself to us, so may we give ourselves to you, living according to your holy will. Keep our feet firmly in the way where Christ leads us; make our mouths speak the truth that Christ teaches us; fill our bodies with the life that is Christ within us. [214] In his holy name we pray. Amen. C P RAYER OF ONFESSION God of mercy, you sent Jesus Christ to seek and save the lost. We confess that we have strayed from you and turned aside from your way. We are misled by pride, for we see ourselves pure when we are stained, and great when we are small. We have failed in love, neglected justice, and ignored your truth. Have mercy, O God, and forgive our sin. Return us to paths of righteousness [215] through Jesus Christ, our Savior. NTERCESSION FOR L ENT I Jesus, remember us when you come into your kingdom. Hear our intercessions. For your church around the world, we ask new life. For all who carry out ministries in your church, we ask grace and wisdom. For people who have accepted spiritual disciplines, we ask inspired discipleship. 236 / Lent

245 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 237 For Christians of every land, we ask new unity in your name. For Jews and Muslims and people of other faiths, we ask your divine blessing. For those who cannot believe, we ask your faithful love. For governors and rulers in every land, we ask your guidance. For people who suffer and sorrow, [216] we ask your healing peace. After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: Holy God, your Word, Jesus Christ, spoke peace to a sinful world and brought humanity the gift of reconciliation by the suffering and death he endured. T each those who bear his name to follow the example he gave us. May our faith, hope, and charity turn hatred to love, conflict to peace, and death to eternal life; [217] through Christ our Lord. Amen. REAT HANKSGIVING G T The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O God our creator and redeemer. In your wisdom, you made all things and sustain them by your power. Lent / 237

246 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 238 Y ou formed us in your image to love and serve you, but we forgot your promises and abandoned your commandments. In your mercy, you did not reject us but still claimed us as your own. When we were slaves in Egypt you freed us and led us through the waters of the sea. Y ou fed us with heavenly food in the wilderness, and satisfied our thirst from desert springs. On the holy mountain you gave us your law to guide us in your way. Through the waters of Jordan you led us into the land of your promise, and you sustained us in times of trial. Y ou spoke through prophets calling us to turn from our willful ways to new obedience and righteousness. Y ou sent your only Son to be the way to eternal life. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: Y ou are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. He took upon himself the weight of our sin and carried the burden of our guilt. He shared our life in every way, and though tempted, was sinless to the end. 238 / Lent

247 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 239 Baptized as your own, he went willingly to his death and by your power was raised to new life. In his dying and rising, you gave birth to your church, delivered us from slavery to sin and death, and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: ake, eat. T This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Lent / 239

248 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 240 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: remember his death, We we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ, and with all who are baptized in his name, that we may be one in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Help us, O God, to be obedient to your call to love all your children, to do justice and show mercy, and to live in peace with your whole creation. Guide us through the desert of life, quench our thirst with the living waters, satisfy our hunger with the bread of heaven. Give us strength to serve you faithfully until the promised day of resurrection, 240 / Lent

249 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 241 when with the redeemed of all the ages we will feast with you at your table in glory. Through Christ, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, [218] now and forever. Amen. HANKSGIVING P T RAYER OF For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. 1 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. God of mercy, we praise you that in love you have reached across the abyss of our sin and brought us into your embrace. We thank you for the sacrifice of your Son on the cross, for the breaking of his body for our sakes, and for the spilling of his blood to seal us in the covenant of your love. By your Spirit, give us the grace of repentance, and guide us in ways of righteousness. ake our humble offerings T as tokens of our commitment [219] to follow Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord. Amen. 2 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. God of compassion, we praise you that you look upon our frail lives with love and understanding, and that you desire for us all new life in Jesus Christ. are overwhelmed by your love, We which goes to the cross for us, endures the grave, and leads us to new life. Lent / 241

250 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 242 By your Spirit, strengthen our souls to be brave and bold in Christ’s service. T ake our offerings, and use them and us for your purposes, [220] Amen. in the name of Jesus Christ, our crucified and risen Lord. CRIPTURE S S ENTENCES OF P D AY RAYER OF THE S UNDAY IN F ENT IRST L ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S S Y 1 ear A B C Matt. 4:4 One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. 2 ear A B C Y Ps. 51:17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. ear A B C 3 Y Ps. 139:23, 24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts! See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. RAYER OF THE D P AY 1 ear A B C Y Almighty God, your Son fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are but did not sin. Give us grace to direct our lives in obedience to your Spirit, 242 / F irst Sunday in Lent

251 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 243 that as you know our weakness, so we may know your power to save; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [221] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 O Lord God, you led your people through the wilderness and brought them to the promised land. So guide us, that, following our Savior, we may walk through the wilderness of this world toward the glory of the world to come; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [222] one God, now and forever. Amen. 3 ear A B C Y God of the covenant, as the forty days of deluge swept away the world’s corruption and watered new beginnings of righteousness and life, so in the saving flood of Baptism we are washed clean and born again. Throughout these forty days, unseal within us the wellspring of your grace, cleanse our hearts of all that is not holy, and cause your gift of new life to flourish once again. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [223] one God, forever and ever. Amen. F irst Sunday in Lent / 243

252 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 244 S S UNDAY IN L ENT ECOND ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE ear A B C Y 1 Isa. 58:6–8 Is not this the fast I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice; to share your bread with the hungry; to bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to clothe them? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up quickly. Y ear A B C 2 Luke 9:23 If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. Y ear A B C 3 John 3:14, 15 The Son of Man must be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. P AY RAYER OF THE D Y 1 ear A B C God of mercy, you are full of tenderness and compassion, slow to anger, rich in mercy, and always ready to forgive. Grant us grace to renounce all evil and to cling to Christ, that in every way we may prove to be your loving children; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [224] one God, forever and ever. Amen. 244 / Second Sunday in Lent

253 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 245 2 ear A B C Y God of all times and places, in Jesus Christ, lifted up on the cross, you opened for us the path to eternal life. Grant that we, being born again of water and the Spirit, may joyfully serve you in newness of life and faithfully walk in your holy ways; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [225] Amen. one God, now and forever. Y ear A 3 God of our forebears, as your chosen servant Abraham was given faith to obey your call and go out into the unknown, so may your church be granted such faith that we may follow you with courage for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [226] one God, forever and ever. Amen. HIRD S T L ENT UNDAY IN S S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF Y 1 ear A B C Eph. 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Y ear A B C 2 Ezek. 36:26 The Lord God said: I will give you a new heart and a new mind. I will take away your stubborn heart of stone and give you an obedient heart. T hird Sunday in Lent / 245

254 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 246 3 ear A B C Y Matt. 11:28–30 Jesus said: Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. T ake my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. D AY P RAYER OF THE ear A B C Y 1 Merciful God, in Christ you make all things new. T ransform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [227] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 Eternal God, your kingdom has broken into our troubled world through the life, death, and resurrection of your Son. Help us to hear your Word and obey it, that we may become instruments of your saving love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [228] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y 3 ear A O God, the fountain of life, to a humanity parched with thirst you offer the living water of grace which springs up from the rock, our Savior Jesus Christ. 246 / T hird Sunday in Lent

255 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 247 Grant your people the gift of your Spirit, that we may learn to profess our faith with courage and announce with joy the wonder of your love. ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, We who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [229] Amen. one God, forever and ever. F OURTH S UNDAY IN L ENT S CRIPTURE S ENTENCES OF ear A Y 1 John 8:12 Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Y ear B 2 Eph. 2:8 By grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. 3 ear C Y Joel 2:13 Return to the Lord your God, for God is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love. RAYER OF THE D AY P Y ear A B C 1 Gracious God, in order that the children of earth might discern good from evil you sent your Son to be the light of the world. As Christ shines upon us, may we learn what pleases you, and live in all truth and goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [230] one God, now and forever. Amen. F ourth Sunday in Lent / 247

256 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 248 2 ear A B C Y Everlasting God, in whom we live and move and have our being, you have made us for yourself, so that our hearts are restless until they rest in you. Give us purity of heart and strength of purpose, that no selfish passion may hinder us from knowing your will, no weakness keep us from doing it; that in your light we may see light clearly, and in your service find perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [2] Amen. one God, now and forever. ear C 3 Y God of compassion, you are slow to anger, and full of mercy, welcoming sinners who return to you with penitent hearts. Receive in your loving embrace all who come home to you. Seat them at your bountiful table of grace, that, with all your children, they may feast with delight on all that satisfies the hungry heart. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [231] one God, forever and ever. Amen. F IFTH S UNDAY IN L ENT ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE 1 ear A Y John 11:25, 26 I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord; Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. 248 / F ifth Sunday in Lent

257 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 249 2 ear B Y John 12:26 Whoever serves me must follow me, says the Lord, and where I am, there will my servant be also. ear C 3 Y Phil. 3:13, 14 Forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, we press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus. D AY P RAYER OF THE For Year A, also see Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, prayer of the day 3 (p. 369). 1 Y ear A B C Almighty God, our Redeemer, in our weakness we have failed to be your messengers of forgiveness and hope. Renew us by your Holy Spirit, that we may follow your commands and proclaim your reign of love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [232] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y 2 ear A B C Almighty God, Redeemer of all who trust you, heed the cry of your people; deliver us from the bondage of sin, that we may serve you in perfect freedom and rejoice in your unfailing love; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [233] one God, forever and ever. Amen. F ifth Sunday in Lent / 249

258 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 250 3 ear A Y Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ, and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [234] Amen. one God, forever and ever. 250 / F ifth Sunday in Lent

259 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 251 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR P ASSION /P ALM S UNDAY N A THERING G Call to Worship Prayer Proclamation of the Entrance Into Jerusalem Procession Into the Church [Hymn or Psalm] Prayer of the Day W T HE ORD [Prayer for Illumination] First Reading Psalm Second Reading Gospel Reading Silent Reflection and/or Sermon Hymn [Creed or Affirmation of Faith] Prayers of the People [or Solemn Reproaches of the Cross] If the Eucharist is not celebrated: HE UCHARIST T E Offering Offering The Peace Invitation to the Lord’s Table Prayer of Thanksgiving Great Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People Prayer After Communion ENDING S Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Blessing and Charge

260 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 252 P /P ALM S UNDAY ASSION A THERING G If possible, the congregation gathers at a designated place outside the usual worship space, so that all may enter the church in procession. Palm branches, or branches of other trees or shrubs, are distributed before the service. W C ALL TO ORSHIP One of the following is sung or said: 1 Ps. 118:26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! 2 Zech. 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Lo, your king comes to you; triumphant and victorious is he, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. RAYER P The minister greets the people: The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us pray. 252 / Pa ssion/Palm Sunday

261 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 253 After a brief silence, one of the following prayers may be said. 1 We praise you, O God, for your redemption of the world through Jesus Christ. oday he entered the holy city of Jerusalem in triumph T and was proclaimed Messiah and king by those who spread garments and branches along his way. Let these branches be signs of his victory, and grant that we who carry them may follow him in the way of the cross, that, dying and rising with him, we may enter into your kingdom; through Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns [235] with you and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. 2 Merciful God, as we enter Holy Week and gather at your house of prayer, turn our hearts again to Jerusalem, to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, that united with Christ and all the faithful we may one day enter in triumph the city not made by human hands, the new Jerusalem, eternal in the heavens, where with you and the Holy Spirit, [236] Christ lives in glory forever. Amen. P E NTRANCE I NTO J ERUSALEM ROCLAMATION OF THE Y ear A: Matthew 21:1–11 ear B: Mark 11:1–10 or John 12:12–16 Y ear C: Luke 19:28–40 Y ROCESSION I NTO THE C HURCH P The procession into the church begins. The hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” (PH 88) or Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29 (PH 230, 232; PS 118–120) is sung. The procession may be concluded with the singing or saying of the following: Ps. 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest! Pa ssion/Palm Sunday / 253

262 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 254 Let us pray. RAYER OF THE D P AY After a brief silence, one of the following prayers of the day is said, unless a prayer for illumination is to follow: 1 Everlasting God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son to take our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross. In your mercy enable us to share in his obedience to your will and in the glorious victory of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [237] one God, forever and ever. Amen. 2 God of all, you gave your only-begotten Son to take the form of a servant, and to be obedient even to death on a cross. Give us the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, that, sharing in his humility, we may come to be with him in his glory, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [238] one God, now and forever. Amen. The people may be seated. HE W ORD T P RAYER FOR I LLUMINATION If the prayer of the day was not said, a prayer for illumination, such as the following, may be said: Eternal God, whose word silences the shouts of the mighty: Quiet within us every voice but your own. Speak to us through the suffering and death of Jesus Christ that by the power of your Holy Spirit 254 / Pa ssion/Palm Sunday

263 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 255 we may receive grace to show Christ’s love [239] Amen. in lives given to your service. R IRST EADING F Isaiah 50:4–9a Psalm 31:9–16 or Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29 SALM P Psalm 31:9–16 is sung or said (PH 182; PS 28). Or if it has not already been used, Psalm 118:1–2, 19–29 (PH 232; PS 118–120) may be sung or said. ECOND R EADING Philippians 2:5–11 S R G OSPEL EADING ear A: Matthew 26:14–27:66 or Matthew 27:11–54 Y Y ear B: Mark 14:1–15:47 or Mark 15:1–39 (40–47) Y ear C: Luke 22:14–23:56 or Luke 23:1–49 R EFLECTION AND S OR S ERMON ILENT / Silent reflection or a brief sermon may follow. YMN H The people may stand, and sing a hymn of the passion. C FFIRMATION OF F AITH REED OR A The people may stand, and may sing or say a creed of the church (pp. 64–65) or an affirmation drawn from scripture (pp. 94–98). P RAYERS OF THE P EOPLE OR S OLEMN [ EPROACHES OF THE C ROSS ] R Prayers for worldwide and local concerns are offered, or the responsive prayer on Christ’s passion (pp. 266–267) is said. Or, if there is no Good Friday serv- ice, the Solemn Reproaches of the Cross may be said (see service for Good Friday, pp. 288–291). The people may be seated. IF THE LORD’S SUPPER IS NOT TO BE CELEBRATED, THE SERVICE CONTINUES ON PAGE 264. Pa ssion/Palm Sunday / 255

264 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 256 T E UCHARIST HE FFERING O Silence or appropriate music may accompany the gathering of the people’s offerings. Bread and wine may be brought to the table, or uncovered if already in place. The table is prepared for the celebration of the Sacrament. All may stand as the offerings are brought forward. A psalm, hymn, doxology, or spiritual may be sung. P EACE T HE The leader says: The peace of Christ be with you. Peace be with you. The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace and reconciliation. NVITATION TO THE L ORD ’ S T ABLE I Standing at the table, the presiding minister invites the people to the Sacrament, using the following or another invitation to the Lord’s table (pp. 67–68, 125). John 6:35 Jesus said: I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. All may stand. The presiding minister leads the people in the following or another great thanksgiving appropriate for the day (pp. 69–73, 126–156). REAT T HANKSGIVING G The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. 256 / Pa ssion/Palm Sunday

265 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 257 It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe. In your wisdom, you made all things and sustain them by your power. ou made us in your image, Y setting us in your world to love and serve you and to live in peace with your whole creation. From generation to generation you have guided us, sending prophets to turn us from wayward paths into the way of righteousness. Out of your great love for the world you sent your only Son among us to redeem us and to be the way to eternal life. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the choirs of heaven and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: Y ou are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. As one of us, he knew our joys and sorrows, and our struggles with temptation. He was like us in every way except sin. In him we see what you created us to be. Though blameless, he suffered willingly for our sin. Though innocent, he accepted death for the guilty. On the cross he offered himself, a perfect sacrifice, for the life of the world. By his suffering and death, he freed us from sin and death. Risen from the grave, he leads us to the joy of new life. Pa ssion/Palm Sunday / 257

266 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 258 The words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the break- ing of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 258 / Pa ssion/Palm Sunday

267 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 259 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ and with all who are baptized in his name, that we may be one in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Lead us, O God, in the way of Christ. Give us courage to take up our cross and, in full reliance upon your grace, to follow him. Help us to love you above all else and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, demonstrating that love in deed and word in the power of your Spirit. Give us strength to serve you faithfully until the promised day of resurrection, when, with the redeemed of all the ages, we will feast with you at your table in glory. Through Christ, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, [240] now and forever. Amen. Pa ssion/Palm Sunday / 259

268 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 260 L ’ S P RAYER ORD The minister invites all present to sing or say the Lord’s Prayer. As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray: All pray together. Or Our Father, who art in heaven, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, hallowed be your name, thy kingdom come, your kingdom come, your will be done, thy will be done, on earth as in heaven. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, For the kingdom, the power, and the power, and the glory, and the glory are yours Amen. forever. Amen. now and forever. The people may be seated. B B READ REAKING OF THE If the words of institution have not previously been said, the minister breaks the bread, using A. If the words of institution were included in the great thanksgiving, the min- ister breaks the bread, using B. Or the bread may be broken in silence. See 1 Cor. 11:23–26; Luke 22:19–20 A The minister breaks the bread in full view of the people, saying: The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. 260 / Pa ssion/Palm Sunday

269 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 261 Having filled the cup, the minister lifts it in the view of the people, saying: In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord, until he comes. B 1 Cor. 10:16–17 Because there is one loaf, we, many as we are, are one body; for it is one loaf of which we all partake. The minister takes the loaf and breaks it in full view of the people, saying: When we break the bread, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Having filled the cup, the minister lifts it in the view of the people, saying: When we give thanks over the cup, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? OMMUNION OF THE P C EOPLE I NVITATION Holding out both the bread and the cup to the people, the minister says: The gifts of God for the people of God. C OMMUNION The minister and those assisting receive Communion, and they then serve the bread and the cup to the people. In giving the bread: Amen. The body of Christ, given for you. In giving the cup: The blood of Christ, shed for you. Ame n. Pa ssion/Palm Sunday / 261

270 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 262 During Communion, psalms, hymns, anthems, or spirituals may be sung. The following or another version of “Jesus, Lamb of God” may be sung or said: Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace. P RAYER A C OMMUNION FTER After all are served, the following or a similar prayer may be prayed by the minister, or by all together. God, our help and strength, you have satisfied our hunger with this eucharistic food. Strengthen our faith, that through the death and resurrection of your Son we may be led to salvation, [241] for he is Lord now and forever. Amen. ENDING S YMN H PIRITUAL , C ANTICLE , OR P SALM , S The people may stand. A hymn, spiritual, canticle, or psalm may be sung. LESSING AND C HARGE B LESSING B The minister gives God’s blessing to the congregation, using the following or another scriptural benediction (pp. 83, 161). 262 / Pa ssion/Palm Sunday

271 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 263 See Phil. 4:7 The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, remain with you always. Amen. C HARGE The minister, a deacon, or an elder dismisses the congregation, using the fol- lowing or a similar charge (pp. 82–83, 159–160): Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Pa ssion/Palm Sunday / 263

272 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 264 IF THE LORD’S SUPPER IS NOT CELEBRATED, THE SERVICE CONTINUES HERE FROM PAGE 255. O FFERING Silence or appropriate music may accompany the gathering of the people’s offerings. All may stand as the offerings are brought forward. A psalm, hymn, doxology, or spiritual may be sung. P RAYER OF T HANKSGIVING The minister leads the people in the following or a similar thanksgiving: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Great God, we thank you for Jesus, who was punished for our sins, and suffered shameful death to rescue us. We praise you for the trust we have in him, for mercy undeserved, and for the love you pour out on us, and on all. Give us gratitude, O God, and a great desire to serve you, by taking our cross and following in the way of Jesus Christ, [242] our Lord and Savior. Amen. ORD ’ S L RAYER P The minister invites all present to sing or say the Lord’s Prayer. As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say: 264 / Pa ssion/Palm Sunday

273 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 265 All pray together. Or Our Father in heaven, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, hallowed be your name, thy kingdom come, your kingdom come, your will be done, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. Amen. forever. S ENDING YMN , S H , C ANTICLE , OR P SALM PIRITUAL A hymn, spiritual, canticle, or psalm may be sung. LESSING AND C B HARGE The minister gives God’s blessing to the congregation, using the following or another scriptural benediction (pp. 83, 161). See Phil. 4:7 The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of God’s Son, Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, remain with you always. Amen. The minister, a deacon, or an elder dismisses the congregation using the following or a similar charge (pp. 82–83, 159–160): Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Thanks be to God. Pa ssion/Palm Sunday / 265

274 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 266 A TERNATIVE T EXT FOR U SE ON P ASSION /P ALM S UNDAY L Responsive Prayer on Christ’s Passion This litany is appropriate for use on Passion/Palm Sunday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday. Our Redeemer suffered death, was buried and rose again for our sake. W ith love let us adore him, aware of our needs. Christ our teacher, for us you were obedient, even to death: T each us to obey God’s will in all things. Christ our life, by dying on the cross you destroyed the power of evil and death: Enable us to die with you, and to rise with you in glory. Christ our strength, you were despised, and humiliated as a condemned criminal: T each us the humility by which you saved the world. Christ our salvation, you gave your life out of love for us: Help us to love one another. Christ our Savior, on the cross you embraced all time with your outstretched arms: Gather all the scattered children of God into your realm. Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world, [243] grant us peace. 266 / Pa ssion/Palm Sunday

275 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 267 After a brief silence, the leader concludes the prayer: Eternal God, as we are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ, so give us the grace of repentance that we may pass through the grave with him and be born again to eternal life. For he is the One who was crucified, dead, and buried, and rose again for us, [244] Amen. Jesus our Savior. Pa ssion/Palm Sunday / 267

276 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 268 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR M AUNDY T HURSDAY N A THERING G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon The Peace Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual W ORD T HE Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Gospel Reading Sermon [Creed or Affirmation of Faith] [Footwashing] Prayers of the People T E UCHARIST HE Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People Prayer After Communion Or Stripping of the Church Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual Charge All depart in silence. The service continues on Good Friday.

277 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 269 M T HURSDAY AUNDY A THERING G W C ORSHIP ALL TO All may stand as the minister(s) and other worship leaders enter. The following, or another verse from scripture appropriate for the day, is said. John 13:34 Jesus said: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. The minister says: On this day Christ the Lamb of God gave himself into the hands of those who would slay him. On this day Christ gathered with his disciples in the upper room. On this day Christ took a towel and washed the disciples’ feet, giving us an example that we should do to others as he has done to us. On this day Christ our God gave us this holy feast, that we who eat this bread and drink this cup may here proclaim his holy sacrifice and be partakers of his resurrection, and at the last day may reign with him in heaven. Maundy Thursday / 269

278 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 270 P D AY RAYER OF THE Let us pray. After a brief silence, one of the following may be said: 1 Holy God, source of all love, on the night of his betrayal Jesus gave his disciples a new commandment, to love one another as he loved them. W rite this commandment in our hearts; give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave his life and died for us, yet is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [245] one God, now and forever. Amen. 2 O God, your love was embodied in Jesus Christ, who washed disciples’ feet on the night of his betrayal. W ash us from the stain of sin, so that, in hours of danger, we may not fail, but follow your Son through every trial, and praise him always as Lord and Christ, [246] to whom be glory now and forever. Amen. S SALM , OR , P PIRITUAL H YMN A hymn, psalm, or spiritual may be sung. All may remain standing. ONFESSION AND C ARDON P C ALL TO C ONFESSION The people are called to confess their sins, using the following or other words of scripture that promise God’s forgiveness (pp. 52–53). 270 / Maundy Thursday

279 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 271 Rom. 5:8; Heb. 4:16 The proof of God’s amazing love is this: while we were sinners Christ died for us. Because we have faith in him, we dare to approach God with confidence. In faith and penitence let us confess our sin before God and one another. C ONFESSION OF S IN All confess their sin, using the following or another appropriate prayer of confession (pp. 53–54, 87–89). Eternal God, whose covenant with us is never broken, we confess that we fail to fulfill your will. Though you have bound yourself to us, we will not bind ourselves to you. In Jesus Christ you serve us freely, but we refuse your love and withhold ourselves from others. We do not love you fully or love one another as you command. In your mercy, forgive and cleanse us. Lead us once again to your table and unite us to Christ, who is the bread of life [247] and the vine from which we grow in grace. The people may sing or say: PH 565, 572–574 Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Maundy Thursday / 271

280 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 272 D F ORGIVENESS ECLARATION OF The minister declares the assurance of God’s forgiving grace: The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting. I declare to you, in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. May the God of mercy, who forgives you all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life. Amen. P EACE T HE John 20:19, 21, 26 Since God has forgiven us in Christ, let us forgive one another. The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Peace be with you. The people may exchange with one another, by words and gesture, signs of peace and reconciliation. YMN , P SALM H ANTICLE , OR S PIRITUAL , C The people may be seated. HE ORD T W P RAYER FOR I LLUMINATION Before the reading of the scripture lessons, a prayer for illumination (pp. 60, 90–91) may be said by the reader. IRST R EADING Exodus 12:1–14 F 272 / Maundy Thursday

281 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 273 P Psalm 116:1–2, 12–19 SALM ECOND R 1 Corinthians 11:23–26 S EADING R John 13:1–17, 31b–35 OSPEL EADING G S ERMON A FFIRMATION OF C AITH REED OR F The people may stand, and may sing or say a creed of the church (pp. 64–65) or an affirmation drawn from scripture (pp. 94–98). F OOTWASHING The people may be invited to wash one another’s feet, pouring water over the feet and drying them. During the washing, “Where Charity and Love Prevail” (Ubi Caritas) or another appropriate psalm, hymn, or refrain may be sung. Or the washing may be done in silence. P EOPLE RAYERS OF THE P Prayers are offered for worldwide and local concerns (pp. 99–120), the people standing. HE E UCHARIST T O FFERING As the offerings are gathered, there may be an anthem or other appropriate music. Or there may be silence. Bread and wine may be brought to the table. The table is prepared for the celebration of the Sacrament. All may stand as the offerings are brought forward. A psalm, hymn, doxology, or spiritual may be sung. Maundy Thursday / 273

282 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 274 I L ORD ’ S T ABLE NVITATION TO THE Standing at the table, the presiding minister invites the people to the Sacrament: See 1 Cor. 11:23–26; Luke 22:19–20 Hear the words of the institution of the Holy Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ: The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord, until he comes. ith thanksgiving, W let us offer God our grateful praise. G T HANKSGIVING REAT All may stand. The presiding minister leads the people in the following great thanksgiving, or another appropriate for the day (pp. 69–73, 126–156). The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. 274 / Maundy Thursday

283 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 275 It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe. Yo u bring forth bread from the earth, and create the fruit of the vine. ou made us in your image, Y and freed us from the bonds of slavery. Y ou claimed us as your people, and made covenant to be our God. Y ou fed us manna in the wilderness, and brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey. When we forgot you, and our faith was weak, you spoke through prophets, calling us to turn again to your ways. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the celestial choirs and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, whom you sent to deliver us from the bondage of death and slavery to sin. In humility he descends from your heights, to kneel in obedience to love’s commands. He who is boundless takes on the bondage of our sin. He who is free takes our place in death’s prison. In the deserts of our wanderings, he sustains us, giving us his body as manna for our weariness. The cup of suffering which he drank has become for us the cup of salvation. In his death, he ransomed us from death’s dominion; in his resurrection, he opened the way to eternal life. Maundy Thursday / 275

284 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 276 Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ and with all who are baptized in his name, 276 / Maundy Thursday

285 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 277 that we may be one in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Lead us, O God, by the power of your Spirit to live as love commands. Bound to Christ, set us free for joyful obedience and glad service. As Jesus gave his life for ours, help us to live our lives for others with humility and persistent courage. Give us strength to serve you faithfully until the promised day of resurrection, when, with the redeemed of all the ages, we will feast with you at your table in glory. Through Christ, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, [248] now and forever. Amen. ’ S P RAYER ORD L The minister invites all present to sing or say the Lord’s Prayer. As our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray: All pray together. Or Our Father, who art in heaven, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, hallowed be your name, thy kingdom come, your kingdom come, your will be done, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Give us this day our daily bread; Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. Amen. forever. The people may be seated. Maundy Thursday / 277

286 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 278 B B READ REAKING OF THE 1 Cor. 10:16–17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body; for we all partake of the one bread. The minister takes the loaf and breaks it in full view of the people, saying: The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Having filled the cup, the minister lifts it in the view of the people, saying: The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? C EOPLE OMMUNION OF THE P NVITATION I Holding out both the bread and the cup to the people, the minister says: The gifts of God for the people of God. C OMMUNION The minister and those assisting receive Communion, and then serve the bread and cup to the people. In giving the bread: The body of Christ given for you. Amen. In giving the cup: The blood of Christ shed for you. Amen. During Communion, psalms, hymns, anthems, or spirituals may be sung, which may include the following or another version of “Jesus, Lamb of God.” Or silence may be kept. Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. 278 / Maundy Thursday

287 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 279 Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace. P FTER C OMMUNION RAYER A After all are served, the people may stand, and the following prayer may be offered by the minister, or by all together: God of grace, your Son Jesus Christ left us this holy meal of bread and wine in which we share his body and blood. May we who have celebrated this sign of his great love show in our lives the fruits of his redemption; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [249] one God, now and forever. Amen. Or S TRIPPING OF THE C HURCH If the church is not stripped: SALM , H YMN P OR S PIRITUAL , The candles are extinguished, and all linens, paraments, and A psalm, hymn, or spiritual is banners are removed from the sung. worship space. During their removal, Psalm 22 may be C HARGE read, or the congregation may bow or kneel in silent prayer. The people are dismissed with the There is no benediction. following charge: See John 13:34 Go in Peace. As Christ loved you, love one another. All depart in silence. The service continues on Good Friday. If no Good Friday service is scheduled, then the service continues with the Easter Vigil, or on Easter. 279 / Maundy Thursday

288 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 280 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR G OOD F RIDAY N A G THERING Call to Worship Prayer of the Day Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual HE W ORD T Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Hymn The Solemn Intercession Lord’s Prayer Solemn Reproaches of the Cross Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual All depart in silence; service continues with the Easter Vigil.

289 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 281 G F RIDAY OOD A THERING G All gather in silence. All may stand as the minister(s) and other worship leaders enter. C W ORSHIP ALL TO The minister says one of the following, or another verse from scripture appro- priate to the day is said. See Phil. 2:8 1 Blessed be the name of the Lord our God, who redeems us from sin and death. For us and for our salvation, Christ became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. Blessed be the name of the Lord. 2 Isa. 53:4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. 3 1 Peter 2:24 Christ bore our sins in his body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live for righteousness. Good Friday / 281

290 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 282 P D AY RAYER OF THE Let us pray. After a brief silence, one of the following, or a similar prayer, may be said. Or the Litany for Good Friday may be said (pp. 292–293). 1 Merciful God, you gave your Son to suffer the shame of the cross. Save us from hardness of heart, that, seeing him who died for us, we may repent, confess our sin, and receive your overflowing love, [250] in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 Almighty God, look with mercy on your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and to be given over to the hands of sinners and to suffer death on the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [251] one God, forever and ever. Amen. YMN , P SALM H ANTICLE , OR S PIRITUAL , C A hymn, psalm, canticle, or spiritual may be sung. The people may be seated. T W ORD HE P RAYER FOR I LLUMINATION A prayer for illumination is said (pp. 60, 90–91). Isaiah 52:13–53:12 F IRST R EADING 282 / Good Friday

291 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 283 P Psalm 22 SALM The psalm is sung or said. S EADING Hebrews 10:16–25 or ECOND R Hebrews 4:14–16; 5:7–9 S YMN , P SALM , C A , OR , H PIRITUAL NTHEM ANTICLE An anthem, hymn, psalm, canticle, or spiritual may be sung. G OSPEL R EADING John 18:1–19:42 There may be silent reflection on the readings. S ERMON A brief sermon may follow. H YMN A hymn on the passion is sung. HE S OLEMN NTERCESSION T I Bidding prayers for the whole family of God and the afflictions of the world are said. Dear people of God, God sent Jesus into the world, not to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved, that all who believe in him might be delivered from the power of sin and death and become heirs with him of eternal life. In the biddings that follow, the petitions may be adapted as appropriate. The people may be directed to stand, or to bow down. The silence should be of significant length. Good Friday / 283

292 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 284 Let us pray for the one holy catholic and apostolic church of Christ throughout the world: for its unity in witness and service, for all church leaders and ministers and the people whom they serve, for all the people of this presbytery, for all Christians in this community, for those about to be baptized (particularly N., N.), that God will confirm the church in faith, increase it in love, and preserve it in peace. Silence. Eternal God, by your Spirit the whole body of your faithful people is governed and sanctified. Receive our prayers which we offer before you for all members of your holy church, that in our vocation and ministry we may truly and devoutly serve you; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. Let us pray for all nations and peoples of the earth, and for those in authority among them: for N., the President of the United States, and the Congress and Supreme Court, for the members and representatives of the United Nations, for all who serve the common good, that by God’s help they may seek justice and truth, and live in peace and concord. Silence. Almighty God, kindle, we pray, in every heart the true love of peace, and guide with your wisdom 284 / Good Friday

293 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 285 those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that justice and peace may increase, until the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us pray for all who suffer and are afflicted in body or in mind: for the hungry and homeless, the destitute and the oppressed, and all who suffer persecution, doubt, and despair, for the sorrowful and bereaved, for prisoners and captives and those in mortal danger, that God will comfort and relieve them, and grant them the knowledge of God’s love, and stir up in us the will and patience to minister to their needs. Silence. Gracious God, the comfort of all who sorrow, the strength of all who suffer, hear the cry of those in misery and need. In their afflictions show them your mercy, and give us, we pray, the strength to serve them, for the sake of him who suffered for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us pray for all who have not received the gospel of Christ: for all who have not heard the words of salvation, for all who have lost their faith, for all whose sin has made them indifferent to Christ, for all who actively oppose Christ by word or deed, for all who are enemies of the cross of Christ, and persecutors of his disciples, for all who in the name of Christ have persecuted others, that God will open their hearts to the truth and lead them to faith and obedience. Good Friday / 285

294 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 286 Silence. Merciful God, creator of the peoples of the earth and lover of souls, have compassion on all who do not know you as you are revealed in your Son Jesus Christ. Let your gospel be preached with grace and power to those who have not heard it. rn the hearts of those who resist it, Tu and bring home to your fold those who have gone astray; that there may be one flock under one shepherd, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Let us commit ourselves to God, and pray for the grace of a holy life, that with all who have departed this life and have died in the peace of Christ, and those whose faith is known to God alone, we may be accounted worthy to enter into the fullness of the joy of our Lord, and receive the crown of life in the day of resurrection. Silence. Eternal God of unchanging power and light, look with mercy on your whole church. Bring to completion your saving work, so that the whole world may see the fallen lifted up, the old made new, and all things brought to perfection by him through whom all things were made, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [252] one God, forever and ever. Amen. 286 / Good Friday

295 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 287 Finally, let us pray for all those things for which our Lord would have us ask. ORD ’ P RAYER L S All pray together: Or Our Father in heaven, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, thy kingdom come, your will be done, thy will be done, on earth as in heaven. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Give us this day our daily bread; Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, Save us from the time of trial but deliver us from evil. and deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen. now and forever. Amen. A wooden, rough-hewn cross may be carried in procession into the church and placed in front of the people. During the procession the following may be said or sung: Behold the cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world. Come, let us worship. Behold the cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world. Come, let us worship. Behold the cross on which was hung the salvation of the whole world. Come, let us worship. Good Friday / 287

296 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 288 S R EPROACHES OF THE C ROSS OLEMN The following Reproaches are sung or spoken: O my people, O my church, What have I done to you, or in what have I offended you? Answer me. I led you forth from the land of Egypt and delivered you by the waters of baptism, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior. Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. I led you through the desert forty years, and fed you with manna: I brought you through tribulation and penitence, and gave you my body, the bread of heaven, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior. Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. What more could I have done for you that I have not done? I planted you, my chosen and fairest vineyard, I made you the branches of my vine; but when I was thirsty, you gave me vinegar to drink and pierced with a spear the side of your Savior, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior. 288 / Good Friday

297 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 289 Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. I went before you in a pillar of cloud, and you have led me to the judgment hall of Pilate. I scourged your enemies and brought you to a land of freedom, but you have scourged, mocked, and beaten me. I gave you the water of salvation from the rock, but you have given me gall and left me to thirst, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior. Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. I gave you a royal scepter, and bestowed the keys to the kingdom, but you have given me a crown of thorns. I raised you on high with great power, but you have prepared a cross for your Savior. Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. My peace I gave, which the world cannot give, and washed your feet as a sign of my love, but you draw the sword to strike in my name and seek high places in my kingdom. I offered you my body and blood, but you scatter and deny and abandon me, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior. Good Friday / 289

298 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 290 Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. I sent the Spirit of truth to guide you, and you close your hearts to the Counselor. I pray that all may be one in the Father and me, but you continue to quarrel and divide. I call you to go and bring forth fruit, but you cast lots for my clothing, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior. Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. I grafted you into the tree of my chosen Israel, and you turned on them with persecution and mass murder. I made you joint heirs with them of my covenants but you made them scapegoats for your own guilt, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior. Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. 290 / Good Friday

299 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 291 I came to you as the least of your brothers and sisters; I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me, and you have prepared a cross for your Savior. Lord, have mercy. Or Holy God, Holy and mighty, Holy immortal One, have mercy upon us. SALM P YMN , OR S PIRITUAL , H A psalm, hymn, or spiritual may be sung. All depart in silence. The service continues with the Easter Vigil, or on Easter Day. Good Friday / 291

300 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 292 A TERNATIVE T EXT FOR U SE ON G OOD F RIDAY L Litany for Good Friday This may be used as an alternative to the prayer of the day. O crucified Jesus, Son of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, eternal Word of God, we worship you. O crucified Jesus, holy temple of God, dwelling place of the Most High, gate of heaven, burning flame of love, we worship you. O crucified Jesus, sanctuary of justice and love, full of kindness, source of all faithfulness, we worship you. O crucified Jesus, ruler of every heart, in you are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, in you dwells all the fullness of the Godhead, we worship you. Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us. Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us. Jesus, redeemer of the world, [253] grant us peace. 292 / Good Friday

301 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 293 After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: Almighty God, look with mercy on your family for whom our Lord Jesus Christ was willing to be betrayed and to be given over to the hands of sinners and to suffer death on the cross; who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [251] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Good Friday / 293

302 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 294 T G REAT V IGIL OF E ASTER HE First Service of Easter The Great Vigil of Easter is the brightest jewel of Christian liturgy traced to early Christian times. It proclaims the universal significance of God’s saving acts in his- tory through four related services held on the same occasion, and consists of: ERVICE OF L IGHT S The service begins in the darkness of night. In kindling new fire and lighting the paschal candle, we are reminded that Christ came as a light shining in darkness ( John 1:5). Through the use of fire, candles, words, movement, and music, the wor- shiping community becomes the pilgrim people of God following the “pillar of fire” given to us in Jesus Christ, the light of the world. The paschal candle is used through- out the service as a symbol for Jesus Christ. This candle is carried, leading every pro- cession during the vigil. Christ, the light of the world, thus provides the unifying thread to the service. ERVICE OF R EADINGS S The second part of the vigil consists of a series of readings from the Old and New T estaments. These lessons provide a panoramic view of what God has done for humanity. Beginning with creation, we are reminded of our delivery from bondage in the exodus, of God’s calling us to faithfulness through the cry of the prophets, of God dwelling among us in Jesus Christ, and of Christ’s rising in victory from the tomb. The readings thus retell our “holy history” as God’s children, summarizing the faith into which we are baptized. 294 / Easter Vigil

303 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 295 S B APTISM ERVICE OF In the earliest years of the Christian church, baptisms commonly took place at the vigil. So this vigil includes baptism and/or the renewal of the baptismal covenant. As with the natural symbol of light, water plays a critical role in the vigil. The image of water giving life-nurturing crops, sustaining life, and cleansing our bodies—cannot be missed in this part of the vigil. Nor is the ability of water to inflict death in drown- ing overlooked. Water brings both life and death. So also there is death and life in Baptism, for in Baptism we die to sin and are raised to life. Baptism unites believers to Christ’s death and resurrection. ERVICE OF THE E S UCHARIST The vigil climaxes in a joyous celebration of the feast of the people of God. The risen Lord invites all to participate in the new life he brings by sharing the feast which he has prepared. We thus look forward to the great Messianic feast of the kingdom of God when the redeemed from every time and place “will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God” (Luke 13:29). The vigil thus celebrates what God has done, is doing, and will do. Easter Vigil / 295

304 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 296 A O UTLINE OF THE G REAT V IGIL OF E ASTER N ERVICE OF L S IGHT Greeting and Introduction Opening Prayer Lighting of the Paschal Candle Procession Into the Church Easter Proclamation (the Exsultet) S ERVICE OF R EADINGS Old Testament Readings Between readings: Psalm or canticle, silence, and prayer Canticle or Hymn Prayer of the Day Epistle Reading Psalm Gospel Reading [Sermon] Psalm, Hymn, or Anthem Or ERVICE OF B APTISM If there are no candidates for baptism: S R EAFFIRMATION OF THE Presentation B APTISMAL OVENANT Profession of Faith C Thanksgiving Over the Water Scripture Sentences The Baptizing Profession of Faith Laying On of Hands W elcome Thanksgiving for Baptism The Peace The Peace S ERVICE OF THE UCHARIST E Psalm, Hymn, or Anthem Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People Prayer After Communion Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual Charge and Blessing

305 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 297 T G REAT V IGIL OF E ASTER HE First Service of Easter S L IGHT ERVICE OF The vigil begins in darkness, after nightfall. If possible, the lighting of the new fire takes place outside the church build- ing, otherwise at the entrance to the church. All gather in silence at the place where the new fire will be lighted. A small candle is given to each worshiper. REETING AND I NTRODUCTION G The minister or another leader begins with these or similar words: Grace and peace from Jesus Christ our Lord. And also with you. Sisters and brothers in Christ, on this most holy night when our Savior Jesus Christ passed from death to life, we gather with the church throughout the world in vigil and prayer. This is the Passover of Jesus Christ: Through light and the Word, through water and the bread and wine, we recall Christ’s death and resurrection, we share Christ’s triumph over sin and death, and with invincible hope we await Christ’s coming again. Easter Vigil / 297

306 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 298 John 1:1, 4–5 Hear the Word of God: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. The new fire is lighted. P RAYER O PENING Let us pray. Pause briefly. Eternal God, in Jesus Christ you have given the light of life to all the world. Sanctify this new fire, and inflame us with a desire to shine forth with the brightness of Christ’s rising, until we feast at the banquet of eternal light; [254] through Jesus Christ, the Sun of Righteousness. Amen. IGHTING OF THE P ASCHAL C ANDLE L The paschal candle is lighted from the new fire, and these words are spoken: The light of Christ rises in glory, overcoming the darkness of sin and death. The candle is lifted that all may see it. 298 / Easter Vigil

307 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 299 P I NTO THE C HURCH ROCESSION The procession into the darkened church begins, led by the bearer of the paschal candle. A leader and the people sing or say responsively: All light their candles from the paschal candle. At the church door, the leader and people sing or say a second time: The procession continues into the church. When all have reached their places, the leader and people sing or say a third time: At the conclusion of the procession, the paschal candle is placed in its stand in a central location or near the pulpit or lectern. Easter Vigil / 299

308 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 300 E P ROCLAMATION ASTER The ancient Easter proclamation, the Exsultet, is sung by a cantor, or choir, and the people. Refrain for Setting I The refrain is first sung by the choir or a cantor (soloist), then repeated by all. All sing where indicated in the text below. The complete musical setting may be found in PS 196. Refrain for Setting II The refrain is first sung by the choir or a cantor (soloist), then repeated by all. All sing where indicated in the text below. The complete musical setting may be found in PS 197. 300 / Easter Vigil

309 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 301 Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Exult, all creation around God’s throne! Jesus Christ our King is risen! Sound the trumpet of salvation! Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Jesus Christ our King is risen! Rejoice, O earth, in shining splendor, radiant in the brightness of your King! Christ has conquered! Glory fills you! Darkness vanishes forever! Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Jesus Christ our King is risen! Rejoice, O mother church! Exult in glory! The risen Savior shines upon you! Let this place resound with joy, echoing the mighty song of all God’s people! Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Jesus Christ our King is risen! Responses for Setting I Easter Vigil / 301

310 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 302 Responses for Setting II The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right that with full hearts and minds and voices we should praise you, the unseen God, the all-powerful creator, and your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. For Christ has ransomed us with his blood, and paid for us the debt of Adam’s sin. Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Jesus Christ our King is risen! This is our passover feast, when Christ, the true Lamb, is slain, whose blood consecrates the homes of all believers. 302 / Easter Vigil

311 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 303 This is the night when first you saved our forbears: you freed the people of Israel from their slavery and led them dry-shod through the sea. This is the night when Christians everywhere, washed clean from sin and freed from all defilement, are restored to grace and grow together in holiness. This is the night when Jesus Christ broke the chains of death, and rose triumphant from the grave. Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Jesus Christ our King is risen! Lord God, how wonderful your care for us! How boundless your merciful love! To ransom a slave you gave away your Son. Most blessed of all nights, chosen by God to see Christ rising from the dead! The power of this holy night dispels all evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy; it casts out hatred, brings us peace, and humbles earthly pride. Night truly blessed, when heaven is wedded to earth, and we are reconciled with God! Therefore, gracious God, in the joy of this night, receive our evening sacrifice of praise, your church’s solemn offering. May this Easter candle always dispel the darkness of this night! May the Morning Star which never sets find this flame still burning: Christ, that Morning Star, who came back from the dead, and shed his peaceful light on all creation, your Son, who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. Rejoice, heavenly powers! Sing, choirs of angels! Jesus Christ our King is risen! After the singing of the Easter proclamation, the candles of the worshipers are extinguished. Easter Vigil / 303

312 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 304 S R EADINGS ERVICE OF The paschal candle may be moved to the place where the scriptures will be read. T ESTAMENT R EADINGS O LD Nine readings from the Old Testament are provided. At least three are to be read. The reading from Exodus 14 is always included. Each reading is followed by: a. a brief period of silence b. the singing of a psalm or canticle [or hymn, or anthem] c. a prayer In these or similar words, the leader says: Friends in Christ, let us listen attentively to the word of God, recalling God’s saving deeds throughout history and how, in the fullness of time, God’s Word became flesh and dwelt among us: Jesus Christ, our Redeemer! First Reading: Story of Creation Genesis 1:1–2:4a Silence. (sun g) PH 244; PS 139 Psalm 136:1–9, 23–26 Let us pray. Almighty and eternal God, you created all things in wonderful beauty and order. Help us now to perceive how still more wonderful is the new creation, by which in the fullness of time you redeemed your people through the sacrifice of our Passover, Jesus Christ, [255] who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. 304 / Easter Vigil

313 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 305 Second Reading: The Flood Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13 Silence. PH 192, 193; PS 40, 41 Psalm 46 (sung) Let us pray. Faithful God, you placed the rainbow in the skies as the sign of your covenant with all living things. May we who are saved through water and the Spirit, worthily offer to you our sacrifice of thanksgiving. [256] ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. We Amen. Abraham’s Sacrifice of Isaac Third Reading: Genesis 22:1–18 Silence. (sung) Psalm 16 PH 165; PS 10 Let us pray. Gracious God of all believers, through Abraham’s obedience you made known your faithful love to countless numbers. By the grace of Christ’s sacrifice, fulfill in your church and in all creation [257] your promise of a new covenant. Amen. Easter Vigil / 305

314 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 306 Fourth Reading: Israel’s Deliverance at the Red Sea Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21 Silence. Canticle of Miriam and Moses; PS 174 Exodus 15:1b–6, 11–13, 17–18 (sung) Let us pray. God of steadfast love, your wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day. Through the waters of the sea you once delivered your chosen people from slavery, a sign for us of the salvation of all nations through the grace of Baptism. Grant that all of the peoples of the earth may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham, and rejoice in the inheritance of Israel; [258] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Fifth Reading: Salvation Offered Freely to All Isaiah 55:1–11 Silence. Isaiah 12:2–6 PS 176 (sung) Let us pray. Eternal God, by the power of your Word you created all things, and by your Spirit you renew the earth. Give now the water of life to all who thirst for you, and nourish with the spiritual food of bread and wine all who hunger for you, that our lives may bear the abundant fruit of your heavenly reign; through Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead, who, with you and the Holy Spirit, [259] lives and reigns forever. Amen. 306 / Easter Vigil

315 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 307 Sixth Reading: The Wisdom of God Proverbs 8:1–8, 19–21; 9:4b–6 Silence. PH 167; PS 12, 13 Psalm 19 (sung) Let us pray. Fountain of wisdom, by your word you set the universe in space, and with your hands you molded us in your image. Everywhere we see signs of your loving care. Guide us always into your ways, that in your wisdom we may find life abundant, and live forever in the splendor of your glory; [260] through Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Amen. Seventh Reading: A New Heart and a New Spirit Ezekiel 36:24–28 Silence. Psalms 42 and 43 PH 189, 190; PS 37, 38 (sung) Let us pray. God of holiness and light, in the mystery of dying and rising with Christ you have established a new covenant of reconciliation. Cleanse our hearts and give a new spirit to all your people, that your saving grace may be professed and proclaimed to the whole world; [261] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Easter Vigil / 307

316 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 308 Eighth Reading: The Valley of the Dry Bones Ezekiel 37:1–14 Silence. PH 250; PS 146 Psalm 143 (sung) Let us pray. Living God, by the Passover of your Son you have brought us out of sin into righteousness, and out of death into life. Grant to those who are sealed by your Holy Spirit the will and power to proclaim you to all the world; [262] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The Gathering of God’s People Ninth Reading: Zephaniah 3:14–20 Silence. Psalm 98 (sung) PH 218, 219; PS 94, 95 Let us pray. Eternal God of unchanging power and light, look with mercy on your whole church. Bring to completion your saving work, so that the whole world may see the fallen lifted up, the old made new, and all things brought to perfection by him through whom all things were made, [263] your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ANTICLE OR C YMN H “Glory to God in the Highest” (p. 578; PH 566, 575, 576; PS 173), “We Praise Y ou, O God” (p. 577; PS 170, 171), or some other hymn is sung. Bells may be rung. 308 / Easter Vigil

317 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 309 P D AY RAYER OF THE Let us pray. Eternal Giver of life and light, this holy night shines with the radiance of the risen Christ. Renew your church with the Spirit given to us in Baptism, that we may worship you in sincerity and truth, and shine as a light in the world; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [264] one God, now and forever. Amen. E EADING PISTLE R Romans 6:3–11 (sung) PS 114 Psalm 114 G OSPEL R EADING Y ear A: Matthew 28:1–10 ear B: Mark 16:1–8 Y ear C: Luke 24:1–12 Y ERMON S A brief sermon may follow. , H YMN , P A NTHEM SALM OR A psalm, hymn, or anthem is sung as the paschal candle is moved in pro- cession to the baptismal font. ERVICE OF S APTISM B APTISM B Baptism may follow, using the baptismal liturgy on pages 403–415 or pages 419–429. Easter Vigil / 309

318 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 310 R B APTISMAL C OVENANT EAFFIRMATION OF THE In the event there are no candidates for Baptism, the order for the Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant for a Congregation (pp. 464–471) is used. E S UCHARIST ERVICE OF THE , H YMN , P A NTHEM SALM OR During the singing of a psalm, hymn, or anthem, the paschal candle is moved in procession to the holy table. NVITATION TO THE L ORD ’ S T ABLE I Standing at the table, the presiding minister invites the people to the Sacrament: See Luke 13:29 and Luke 24:30, 31 Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God! They will come from east and west and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God. According to Luke, when our risen Lord was at table with his disciples, he took the bread, and blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him. This is the Lord’s table. Our Savior invites those who trust him to share the feast which he has prepared. REAT T HANKSGIVING G Great thanksgiving for Easter (pp. 318–321) or great thanksgiving F (pp. 146–149). 310 / Easter Vigil

319 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 311 L ’ S P RAYER ORD The minister invites all present to sing or say the Lord’s Prayer. Let us pray for God’s rule on earth as Jesus taught us: All pray together. Or Our Father, who art in heaven, Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name, hallowed be your name, thy kingdom come, your kingdom come, your will be done, thy will be done, on earth as in heaven. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, For the kingdom, the power, and the power, and the glory, and the glory are yours Amen. forever. Amen. now and forever. B REAKING OF THE READ B If the words of institution have not previously been said, the minister breaks the bread, using A. If the words of institution were said in the invitation to the Lord’s table, or were included in the great thanksgiving, the minister breaks the bread, using B. Or the bread may be broken in silence. See 1 Cor. 11:23–26; Luke 22:19–20 A The minister breaks the bread in full view of the people, saying: The Lord Jesus, on the night of his arrest, took bread, and after giving thanks to God, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Easter Vigil / 311

320 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 312 The minister lifts the cup, saying: In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Every time you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the saving death of the risen Lord, until he comes. B 1 Cor. 10:16–17 Because there is one loaf, we, many as we are, are one body; for it is one loaf of which we all partake. The minister takes the loaf and breaks it in full view of the people, saying: When we break the bread, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ? Having filled the cup, the minister lifts it in the view of the people, saying: When we give thanks over the cup, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? C P EOPLE OMMUNION OF THE I NVITATION Holding out both the bread and the cup to the people, the minister says one of the following: 1 Creator of all, just as this broken bread was first scattered upon the hills, then was gathered and became one, so may your church be gathered [59] from the ends of the earth into your kingdom. 312 / Easter Vigil

321 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 313 2 The gifts of God for the people of God. C OMMUNION The minister and those assisting receive Communion and then serve the bread and wine to the people. In giving the bread: Amen. The body of Christ, the bread of heaven. In giving the cup: The blood of Christ, the cup of salvation. Amen. During Communion, psalms, hymns, anthems, or spirituals may be sung. A P C OMMUNION RAYER FTER After all have been served, the following, or a similar prayer, may be prayed by the minister or by all together, the people standing. Let us pray. Gracious God, you have made us one with all your people in heaven and on earth. We have recalled your mighty acts in holy history. We have seen your power in sending light to conquer darkness, water to give us life; and the bread of heaven to nourish us in love. Send us with your salvation and joy to all the world, [265] in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The people may stand. SALM , H P , OR S PIRITUAL YMN A psalm, hymn, or spiritual is sung. Easter Vigil / 313

322 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 314 C B LESSING HARGE AND The minister gives God’s blessing to the congregation: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord in the power of his resurrection. Alleluia! 2 Cor. 13:13 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen. Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen! Christ is risen, indeed! Alleluia, alleluia! 314 / Easter Vigil

323 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 315 E S UNDAY T HROUGH ASTER EVENTH S E ASTER S UNDAY OF A RAYER OF P DORATION Glory to you, O God: on this day you won victory over death, raising Jesus from the grave and giving us eternal life. Glory to you, O Christ: for us and for our salvation you overcame death and opened the gate to everlasting life. Glory to you, O Holy Spirit: you lead us into the truth. Glory to you, O Blessed Trinity, [266] now and forever. Amen. R ESPONSIVE RAYER FOR E ASTER P O Christ, in your resurrection, the heavens and the earth rejoice. Alleluia! By your resurrection you broke open the gates of hell, and destroyed sin and death. Keep us victorious over sin. By your resurrection you raised the dead, and brought us from death to life. Guide us in the way of eternal life. By your resurrection you confounded your guards and executioners, and filled the disciples with joy. Give us joy in your service. By your resurrection you proclaimed good news to the women and apostles, and brought salvation to the whole world. [267] Direct our lives as your new creation. Easter / 315

324 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 316 After a brief silence, the leader concludes the prayer: God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of death you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our minds and hearts the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, through Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [268] Amen. one God, now and forever. ITANY FOR E ASTER L O Christ, after your resurrection you appeared to your disciples; you breathed on them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit. Y ou gave joy and exultation to the whole creation. Through your victory, we pray to you: Hear us, Lord of glory. O Christ, after your resurrection you sent out your disciples to teach all nations and to baptize them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit; you promised to be with them and us until the end of the world. Through your victory, we pray to you: Hear us, Lord of glory. O Christ, through your resurrection you lifted us up, and filled us with rejoicing. Through your salvation you enrich us with your gifts. Renew our lives and fill our hearts with joy. Through your victory, we pray to you: Hear us, Lord of glory. 316 / Easter

325 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 317 O Christ, you are glorified by angels in heaven, and worshiped on earth. On the glorious feast of your resurrection, we pray to you: Hear us, Lord of glory. Save us, O Christ our Lord, in your goodness, extend your mercy to your people who await the resurrection, and have mercy on us. Hear us, Lord of glory. O merciful God, you raised your beloved Son, and in your love you established him as head of your church, and ruler of the universe. By your goodness we pray: [269] Hear us, Lord of glory. After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: O God, you gave your only Son to suffer death on the cross for our redemption, and by his glorious resurrection you delivered us from the power of death. Grant us so to die daily to sin, that we may evermore live with him in the joy of his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [270] one God, now and forever. Amen. P C ONFESSION RAYER OF Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear, bound by the ways that lead to death. overlook the poor and the hungry, We and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace; we despise the weak, and abuse the earth you made. Easter / 317

326 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 318 Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant [271] given in Jesus Christ, the risen Lord. HANKSGIVING REAT G T It is suggested that invitation A (p. 68) be used as the invitation to the Lord’s table when the following prayer is used. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, eternal God, creator and ruler of the universe. At your word the earth was made and spun on its course among the planets. Y our hand formed us from the dust of the earth and set us among all your creatures to love and serve you. When we were unfaithful to you you kept faith with us, your love remained steadfast. When we were slaves in Egypt, you broke the bonds of our oppression, brought us through the sea to freedom, and made covenant to be our God. By a pillar of fire you led us through the desert to a land flowing with milk and honey, and set before us the way of life. Y ou spoke of love and justice in the prophets, and in the Word made flesh you lived among us, manifesting your glory. He died that we might live, and is risen to raise us to new life. 318 / Easter

327 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 319 Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: Y ou are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord, whom you sent to save us. He came with healing in his touch, and was wounded for our sins. He came with mercy in his voice, and was mocked as one despised. He came with peace in his heart, and met with violence and death. By your power he broke free from the prison of the tomb, and at his command the gates of hell were opened. The one who was dead now lives. The one who humbled himself is raised to rule over all creation, the Lamb upon the throne. The one ascended on high is with us always, as he promised. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Easter / 319

328 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 320 In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. 320 / Easter

329 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 321 The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Nourished at this table, O God, may we know Christ’s redemptive love and live a new life in him. Help us who recognize our Lord in the breaking of bread to see and serve him in all whose lives are broken. Give us who are fed at his hand, grace to share our bread with the hungry and with the hungry of heart. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory, and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Through Christ, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, [272] Amen. now and forever. P RAYER OF T HANKSGIVING For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. 1 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Eternal God, we praise you that your glory has dawned on us, and brought us into this Day of Resurrection. Easter / 321

330 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 322 We rejoice that the grave could not hold your Son, and that he has conquered death, risen to rule over all powers of this earth. praise you that he summons us into new life, We to follow him with joy and gladness. By your Spirit, lift us from doubt and despair, and set our feet in Christ’s holy way, that our lives may be signs of his life, and all we have may show forth his love. Praise, glory, and thanksgiving to you, our God, [273] Amen. forever and ever. 2 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Eternal and ever blessed God, Lord of heaven and earth: we praise your glorious majesty. Y our wisdom is seen in all your works; your grace and truth are revealed in Jesus Christ, your Son; your power and presence are given to us through your Holy Spirit; wherefore we adore your holy name, O blessed Trinity, [274] Amen. forever and ever. 3 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. We give you thanks, great God, for the hope we have in Jesus, who died but is risen and rules over all. We praise you for his presence with us. Because he lives, we look for eternal life, knowing that nothing past, present, or yet to come can separate us from your great love [275] made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 322 / Easter

331 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 323 S S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF RAYER OF THE D P AY S UNDAY E ASTER CRIPTURE S S ENTENCES OF Y ear A B C 1 See Luke 24:34 Alleluia! Christ is risen! The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia! 2 Y ear A B C Matt. 28:5b–6 Do not be afraid; I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Alleluia! 3 Y ear A B C See 1 Cor. 5:7, 8 Alleluia! Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us; therefore let us keep the feast. Alleluia! D AY P RAYER OF THE 1 ear A B C Y Glorious Lord of life, by the mighty resurrection of your Son you overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him. Grant that we who celebrate with joy Christ’s rising from the dead may be raised from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; through him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [276] one God, now and forever. Amen. Easter Sunday / 323

332 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 324 2 ear A B C Y Brightness of God’s glory and exact image of God’s person, whom death could not conquer nor the tomb imprison, as you have shared our frailty in human flesh, help us to share your immortality in the Spirit. Let no shadow of the grave terrify us, and no fear of darkness turn our hearts from you. Reveal yourself to us this day and all our days, as the first and the last, the Living One, [277] Amen. our immortal Savior and Lord. ear A B C 3 Y God of glory, fill your church with the power that flows from Christ’s resurrection, that, in the midst of the sinful world, it may signal the beginning of a renewed humanity, risen to new life with Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [278] one God, forever and ever. Amen. ASTER E VENING E S ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S ear A B C Y See Luke 24:35 The disciples knew Jesus in the breaking of the bread. Alleluia! P RAYER OF THE AY D 1 Y ear A B C Holy God, Creator of all, the risen Christ taught from scripture of his death, resurrection, and ascension into your glorious presence. May the living Lord breathe on us his peace, that our eyes may be opened to recognize him in breaking bread, and to follow wherever he leads, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [279] one God, forever and ever. Amen. 324 / Easter Evening

333 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 325 2 ear A B C Y O God, worker of wonders, you made this day for joy and gladness. Let the risen Lord abide with us this evening, opening the scriptures to us and breaking bread in our midst. Set our hearts aflame, and open our eyes, that we may see in his sufferings all that the prophets foretold, and recognize him at this table as the Christ, now entered into his glory, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [280] Amen. one God, forever and ever. ear A B C 3 Y O God, whose presence is veiled from our eyes: Grant that when we do not recognize you, our hearts may burn within us, and when feeling is lost, we may cling in faith to your Word and the power of bread broken in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [281] one God, forever and ever. Amen. ECOND S S E ASTER UNDAY OF S S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF Y 1 ear A B C John 20:29 Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe. 2 Y ear A B C Ps. 118:1 O give thanks to the Lord, for the Lord is good; God’s steadfast love endures forever. Y ear A B C 3 1 Peter 1:3 By God’s great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Second Sunday of Easter / 325

334 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 326 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Almighty and eternal God, the strength of those who believe and the hope of those who doubt, may we, who have not seen, have faith and receive the fullness of Christ’s blessing, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [282] Amen. one God, now and forever. Y ear A B C 2 Risen Christ, whose absence leaves us paralyzed but whose presence is overwhelming: Breathe on us with your abundant life, that where we cannot see we may have courage to believe [283] Amen. that we may be raised with you. 3 ear A B C Y Living God, for whom no door is closed, no heart is locked, draw us beyond our doubts, till we see your Christ and touch his wounds where they bleed in others. This we ask through Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [284] Amen. one God, now and forever. T S UNDAY OF E ASTER HIRD ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S 1 ear A B C Y Ps. 105:1–5 Call on the name of the Lord in praise; Make known God’s deeds among the nations! Sing to God with joyful songs; tell of God’s wonderful deeds! 326 / T hird Sunday of Easter

335 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 327 2 ear A B C Y Rom. 6:9 Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. ear A B C 3 Y 1 Cor. 15:20 Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. P RAYER OF THE D AY ear A B C 1 Y Lord of life, submitting to death, you conquered the grave. By being lifted on a cross, you draw all peoples to you. By being raised from the dead, you restore to humanity all that we had lost through sin. Throughout these fifty days of Easter we proclaim the marvelous mystery of death and resurrection. For all praise is yours, [285] now and throughout eternity. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 Almighty God, through your only Son you overcame death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life. Grant that we who celebrate our Lord’s resurrection, may, through the renewing power of your Spirit, arise from the death of sin to the life of righteousness; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [286] one God, now and forever. Amen. 3 Y ear A O God, your Son made himself known to his disciples in the breaking of bread. Open the eyes of our faith, that we may see him in his redeeming work; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [287] one God, now and forever. Amen. For Year A, also see Easter Evening, prayers of the day 1 and 3 (pp. 324–325). T hird Sunday of Easter / 327

336 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 328 F S UNDAY OF E ASTER OURTH ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE ear A B C 1 Y John 10:14 I am the good shepherd, says the Lord: I know my own and my own know me. 2 Y ear A B C John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord. I know them, and they follow me. 3 Y ear A B C Ps. 95:6, 7 O come let us bow down and worship; let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For the Lord is our God; we are the Lord’s people, the flock that God shepherds. P RAYER OF THE D AY Y ear A B C 1 God of all power, you called from death our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep. Send us as shepherds to rescue the lost, to heal the injured, and to feed one another with knowledge and understanding; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [288] Amen. one God, now and forever. 2 ear A B C Y Almighty God, you sent Jesus, our good shepherd, to gather us together. May we not wander from his flock, but follow wherever he leads us, listening for his voice and staying near him, until we are safely in your fold, to live with you forever; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [289] one God, now and forever. Amen. 328 / F ourth Sunday of Easter

337 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 329 3 ear A B C Y Jesus, Good Shepherd of the sheep, by whom the lost are sought and guided into the fold: Feed us and we shall be satisfied, heal us and we shall be whole, and lead us that we may be with you, [290] with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen. F IFTH UNDAY OF E ASTER S S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S Y 1 ear A John 14:6 I am the way, and the truth, and the life, says the Lord. No one comes to the Father except through me. Y ear B 2 John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches, says the Lord. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit. 3 ear C Y John 13:34 Jesus said: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. RAYER OF THE D AY P Y ear A B C 1 Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. Give us grace to love one another, to follow in the way of his commandments, and to share his risen life; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [291] one God, now and forever. Amen. F ifth Sunday of Easter / 329

338 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 330 2 ear A B C Y O God, form the minds of your faithful people into a single will. Make us love what you command and desire what you promise, that, amid all the changes of this world, our hearts may be fixed where true joy is found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [292] Amen. one God, now and forever. Y ear A B C 3 behold your glory, O God, We in the love shown by your Son, lifted up on the cross and exalted on high. Be glorified anew in the love we have for one another as disciples of the risen Lord Jesus, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [293] one God, forever and ever. Amen. IXTH S UNDAY OF E ASTER S ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S Y ear A 1 John 14:15 If you love me, says the Lord, you will keep my commandments. 2 ear B Y John 15:16 Jesus said: ou did not choose me, but I chose you. Y And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. Y 3 ear C John 14:23 Jesus said: Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 330 / Sixth Sunday of Easter

339 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 331 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 O God, you have prepared for those who love you joys beyond understanding. Pour into our hearts such love for you, that, loving you above all else, we may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [294] Amen. one God, forever and ever. ear A B C 2 Y Risen Christ, may we who in baptism die to sin, rise again to new life and find our place in your living body. May the new covenant sealed in your blood bring healing and reconciliation to this wounded world. Alleluia. You are risen. are risen with you. We [295] Amen. Praise and glory to the living God. ear A B C 3 Y Great and loving God, your will for us in Jesus is the peace which the world cannot give; your abiding gift is the Advocate he promised. Calm all troubled hearts, dispel every fear. Keep us steadfast in love and faithful to your word, that we may always be your dwelling place. Grant this through Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead, who lives with you now and always in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [296] God forever and ever. Amen. Sixth Sunday of Easter / 331

340 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 332 A L ORD SCENSION OF THE Or Seventh Sunday of Easter S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OR S D AY P RAYER OF THE CRIPTURE S S ENTENCES OF Y ear A B C 1 Heb. 4:14, 16 Since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 2 ear A B C Y Matt. 28:19a, 20b Go and make disciples of all nations, says the Lord; I am with you always, to the end of time. Alleluia! Y ear A B C 3 Acts 1:11 Why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven. Alleluia! P RAYER OF THE D AY 1 Y ear A B C God of majesty, you led the Messiah through suffering into risen life, and took him up to the glory of heaven. Clothe us with the power promised from on high, and send us forth to the ends of the earth as heralds of repentance and witnesses of Jesus Christ, firstborn from the dead, who lives with you now and always in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [297] God forever and ever. Amen. 332 / Ascension of the Lord

341 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 333 2 ear A B C Y Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord. Keep the church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace; bring all creation to worship at his feet, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [298] one God, now and forever. Amen. 3 Y ear A B C Eternal God, by raising Jesus from the dead you proclaimed his victory, and by his ascension, you declared him Lord of all. Lift up our hearts to heaven where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [299] Amen. one God, now and forever. ITANY FOR A SCENSION L Arise, O Lord, in your strength. We will praise you for your glory! Let us pray with joy to Christ at the right hand of God, saying: Y ou are the king of glory! Y ou have raised the weakness of our flesh. Heal us from our sins, and restore to us the full dignity of life. ou are the king of glory! Y May our faith lead us to the Father as we follow the road you trod. ou are the king of glory! Y ou have promised to draw all people to yourself; Y let no one of us be separate from your body. Y ou are the king of glory! Grant that by our longing we may join you in your kingdom where your humanity and ours is glorified. ou are the king of glory! Y Ascension of the Lord / 333

342 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 334 Y ou are true God, and you will be our judge, so lead us to contemplate your tender mercy. [300] Y ou are the king of glory! After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: O King of glory and Lord of hosts, who ascended triumphantly above the heavens, do not abandon us, but send us the promised one, the Spirit of truth. Blessed be the holy and undivided Trinity, [301] now and forever. P C ONFESSION RAYER OF Almighty God, you have raised Jesus from death to life, and crowned him Lord of all. We confess that we have not bowed before him, or acknowledged his rule in our lives. We have gone along with the ways of the world, and failed to give him glory. Forgive us, and raise us from sin, that we may be your faithful people, obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, who rules the world [302] and is head of the church, his body. G REAT T HANKSGIVING The great thanksgiving for Easter (pp. 318–321) should be used. 334 / Ascension of the Lord

343 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 335 P T HANKSGIVING RAYER OF For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. 1 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Great and mighty God, we praise you that Christ has ascended to rule at your right hand. We rejoice before the throne of his power and peace, for he has put down tyrannies that would destroy us, and unmasked idols claiming our allegiance. thank you that he alone is Lord of our lives. We By your Spirit, give us freedom to love with his love, and to embrace the world with his compassion. Accept the offering of our lives, that we may obey your commands to serve [303] Amen. in the name and for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. 2 Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Mighty God, by your power you raised Jesus Christ to rule over us. We praise you that he puts down tyrannies that threaten to destroy us, and unmasks powers that claim our allegiance. thank you that he alone commands our lives, We and gives us freedom to love the world. Glory to you for the gift of his life! Glory to you for his saving death! Glory to you for Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns as our risen Lord, [304] now and forever. Amen. Ascension of the Lord / 335

344 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 336 S S UNDAY OF E ASTER EVENTH See also sentences of scripture and prayers of the day for Ascension Day, pages 332–334. S CRIPTURE S ENTENCES OF ear A B C Y 1 John 17:18 Jesus prayed: As you have sent me into the world. so I have sent them into the world. ear A B C 2 Y See John 17:20–23 Jesus prayed: I pray that they may be one, as we are one, so that the world may know that you have sent me. 3 Y ear A B C Rev. 5:13 Then I heard every creature in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing: To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever! P D AY RAYER OF THE 1 ear A B C Y O God, your Son, Jesus, prayed for his disciples, and sent them into the world to proclaim the coming of your kingdom. By your Holy Spirit, hold the church in unity, and keep it faithful to your Word, so that, breaking bread together, we may be one with Christ in faith and love and service, [305] now and forever. Amen. 336 / Seventh Sunday of Easter

345 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 337 2 ear A B C Y Almighty God, your blessed Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things. Mercifully give us faith to trust that, as he promised, he abides with us on earth to the end of time; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [306] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear A B C 3 Almighty God, your blessed Son before his passion prayed for his disciples that they might be one, as you and he are one. Grant that your church, being bound together in love and obedience to you, may be united in one body by the one Spirit, that the world may believe in him whom you have sent, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [307] Amen. one God, now and forever. Seventh Sunday of Easter / 337

346 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 338 D P ENTECOST AY OF ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE ear A B C Y 1 Joel 1:1a; 2:28–29 The word of the Lord to the prophet: I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old shall dream dreams and your young shall see visions. 2 Y ear A B C Acts 1:8 Y ou will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses to the ends of the earth. Y ear A B C 3 Rom. 5:5 The love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. P DORATION RAYER OF A Praise and glory to you, creator Spirit of God; you make our bread the communion of Christ’s body to heal and reconcile and to make us the body of Christ. Y ou make our wine the communion of Christ’s saving blood to redeem the world. ou are truth. Y Y ou come like the wind of heaven, unseen, unbidden. Like the dawn you illuminate the world around us; you grant us a new beginning every day. 338 / Day of Pentecost

347 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 339 Y ou warm and comfort us. ou give us courage and fire Y and strength beyond our everyday resources. Be with us, Holy Spirit, in all we say or think, [308] Amen. in all we do, this and every day. AY P D RAYER OF THE 1 Y ear A B C Almighty God, at the feast of Pentecost you sent your Holy Spirit to the disciples, filling them with joy and boldness to preach the gospel; empower us with that same Spirit to witness to your redeeming love and draw all people to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [309] one God, now and forever. Amen. 2 Y ear A B C God our creator, earth has many languages, but your gospel proclaims your love to all nations in one heavenly tongue. Make us messengers of the good news that, through the power of your Spirit, all the world may unite in one song of praise; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [310] one God, now and forever. Amen. 3 Y ear A B C O God, who in smoke and fire upon Mount Sinai gave the old law to Moses, and who this day revealed the new covenant in the fire of the Spirit: Grant, we pray, that kindled by that same Spirit which you wondrously poured forth upon your apostles, we may receive with joy your commandment of love. ask this through Christ our Lord, We who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [311] one God, now and forever. Amen. Day of Pentecost / 339

348 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 340 4 ear A B C Y God of power, may the boldness of your Spirit transform us, may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us, may the gifts of your Spirit be our goal and our strength, [312] now and always. Amen. P ENTECOST :A L ITANY FOR Holy Spirit, Creator, in the beginning you moved over the waters. From your breath all creation drew life. W ithout you, life turns to dust. Come, Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit, Counselor, by your inspiration, the prophets spoke and acted in faith. ou clothed them in power to be bearers of your Word. Y Come, Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit, Power, you came as fire to Jesus’ disciples; you gave them voice before the rulers of this world. Come, Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit, Sanctifier, you created us children of God; you make us the living temple of your presence; you intercede within us with sighs too deep for words. Come, Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit, Giver of life, you guide and make holy the church you create; you give gifts— the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and fortitude, the spirit of knowledge and piety, the spirit of the fear of the Lord, that the whole creation may become what you want it to be. [313] Come, Holy Spirit! After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: 340 / Day of Pentecost

349 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 341 Tr ue and only Light, from whom comes every good gift: Send your Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind. Open the horizons of our minds by the flame of your wisdom. Loosen our tongues to show your praise, for only in your Spirit can we voice your words of peace [314] and acclaim Jesus as Lord. Amen. P ENTECOST :B L ITANY FOR Christ has gathered the church in unity through the Spirit. ith sure hope, let us pray: Lord, hear our prayer. W Maker of all things, in the beginning, you created heaven and earth. In the fullness of time, you restored all things in Christ. Renew our world, in this day, with your grace and mercy. Lord, hear our prayer. Life of the world, you breathed life into the flesh you created. Now, by your Spirit, breathe new life into the children of earth. Tu rn hatred into love, sorrow into joy, and war into peace. Lord, hear our prayer. Lover of concord, you desire the unity of all Christians. Set aflame the whole church with the fire of your Spirit. Unite us to stand in the world as a sign of your love. Lord, hear our prayer. God of compassion, through your Spirit you supply every human need. Heal the sick, and comfort the distressed. Befriend the friendless, and help the helpless. Lord, hear our prayer. Source of peace, your Spirit restores our anxious spirits. In our labor, give us rest; in our temptation, strength; in our sadness, consolation. [315] Lord, hear our prayer. Day of Pentecost / 341

350 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 342 After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: God eternal, as you sent upon the disciples the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, look upon your church and open our hearts to the power of the Holy Spirit. Kindle in us the fire of your love, and strengthen our lives for service in your kingdom; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [316] one God, now and forever. Amen. L ENTECOST :C ITANY FOR P God’s Spirit joins with our spirits, Alleluia, to declare that we are children of God. Alleluia! Come, Spirit of wisdom, and teach us to value the highest gifts. Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Spirit of understanding, and show us all things in the light of eternity. Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Spirit of counsel, and guide us along the straight and narrow path to our heavenly home. Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Spirit of might, and strengthen us against every evil spirit and interest which would separate us from you. Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Spirit of knowledge, and teach us the shortness of life and the length of eternity. Come, Holy Spirit. Come, Spirit of godliness, and stir up our minds and hearts to love and serve the Lord our God all our days. Come, Holy Spirit. 342 / Day of Pentecost

351 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 343 Come, Spirit of fear of the Lord, and make us tremble with awe and reverence before your divine majesty. [317] Come, Holy Spirit. After a brief silence, the leader concludes the litany: Come, Holy Spirit! Rain upon our dry and dusty lives. ash away our sin W and heal our wounded spirits. Kindle within us the fire of your love to burn away our apathy. W ith your warmth bend our rigidity, [318] Amen. and guide our wandering feet. P RAYER OF C ONFESSION Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith. confess that we hold back the force of your Spirit among us. We We do not listen for your word of grace, speak the good news of your love, or live as a people made one in Christ. Have mercy on us, O God. T ransform our timid lives by the power of your Spirit, and fill us with a flaming desire to be your faithful people, [319] doing your will for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. REAT T HANKSGIVING G The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Day of Pentecost / 343

352 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 344 It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, eternal God, creator and ruler of the universe. W ith the majesty of your hand, you shaped this world and all that is in it. By your Holy Spirit, you breathed life into human form, and set us on the earth to praise and serve you. When we wandered from your ways and were lost in sin’s wilderness, your truth burned in the hearts of prophets who called your people to return to the path of righteousness. In the fullness of time you sent your Son to be our deliverer. In every age your Holy Spirit has led us in your ways. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. At his baptism by John, your Spirit came with gentle wings, settling on him your blessing. In the wilderness of temptation, your Spirit stood by with power. In his life and ministry, your Spirit led him to serve the poor, proclaim freedom from sin’s bondage, open eyes with faith’s sight, and befriend the friendless and the outcast. 344 / Day of Pentecost

353 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 345 In all he did and said, he announced the coming of your saving might. By his death on the cross and rising from the tomb, he broke the power of death, and led the way to eternal life. Ascended to rule from on high, Christ prays for us and promises the coming of peace and power. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. Day of Pentecost / 345

354 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 346 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: remember his death, We we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ and with all who are baptized in his name, that we may be one in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. By the fire of your Spirit, O God, forge us into one church, many and different people, together in Christ’s embrace. Set our hearts aflame with a love for the truth and the desire to do your will, that our witness to Christ may burn brightly in lives of joyful discipleship. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. 346 / Day of Pentecost

355 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 347 Through Christ, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit in the holy church, [320] now and forever. Amen. A P OMMUNION FTER RAYER C Gracious God, may we who have received this sacrament live in the unity of your Holy Spirit, that we may show forth your gifts to all the world. [321] We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. RAYER OF T HANKSGIVING P For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. God of all might and power, we praise you that you forged your church in the fire of the Spirit, and breathed life into your people that we might be the body of Christ. rejoice that our Lord came to rescue us from sin We and to deliver us beyond the grave to a rebirth and newness of life. By your Spirit, baptize us again with your flame of faith, fill us with the breath of zeal, inspire us with the witness of martyrs and saints, and send us forth into your world to live Christ’s life in power and compassion. ake us, O God, T and shape us according to your will, in the service of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, [322] now and forever. Amen. Day of Pentecost / 347

356 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 348 T S UNDAY RINITY ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE D RAYER OF THE P AY S ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE ear A B C 1 Y Isa. 6:3 Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of God’s glory. 2 Y ear A B C Rev. 1:8 I am the Alpha and the Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. Y ear A B C 3 Rev. 22:13 Our Lord is a great God, who says: I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. D AY RAYER OF THE P 1 ear A B C Y O blessed Trinity, in whom we know the Maker of all things seen and unseen, the Savior of all both near and far: By your Spirit enable us so to worship your divine majesty, that with all the company of heaven we may magnify your glorious name, saying: Holy, holy, holy. [323] Glory to you, O Lord most high. Amen. 348 / T rinity Sunday

357 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 349 2 ear A B C Y Almighty and ever-living God, you have given us grace, by our confession of faith, to acknowledge and worship the eternal Trinity in the majesty of the Unity. Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your eternal glory, [324] Amen. one God, now and forever. 3 Y ear A B C Father, we praise you; through your Word and Holy Spirit you created all things. Y ou reveal your salvation in all the world by sending to us Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh. Through your Holy Spirit you give us a share in your life and love. Fill us with the vision of your glory, that we may always serve and praise you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, [325] one God, forever and ever. Amen. RAYER OF C ONFESSION P God of grace, love, and communion, we confess that we have failed to love you with all our heart, soul, and mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves. ignore your commandments, We stray from your way, and follow other gods. Have mercy on us. Forgive our sin and raise us to new life that we may serve you faithfully [326] and give honor to your holy name. REAT T G HANKSGIVING The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. T rinity Sunday / 349

358 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 350 It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, eternal and triune God, whom we worship as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In Jesus Christ you spoke the word that brought the world into being. By the Holy Spirit you brought order out of chaos and breathed life into your creatures. In parental love, you stood by us in spite of our disobedience, correcting us with gracious reproof, and welcoming us again into your loving embrace. Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with choirs of angels and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Born of Mary, he came to dwell among us, full of grace and truth. To all who believed, he gave power to become your children. In ministry among your own Jesus cared for all, forgiving their failures, healing their hurts, and nurturing their faith, giving himself in utter sacrifice for those he loved. He inspired ordinary folk to Spirit-filled living and displayed in his life, death, and rising again the power of your Spirit. 350 / T rinity Sunday

359 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 351 If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising, as we await the day of his coming. th thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you Wi to be a living and holy sacrifice, dedicated to your service. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. T rinity Sunday / 351

360 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 352 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit make us one with Christ that we may be one with all who share this feast, united in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be offered here. Nurture us at this table, O God, that we may grow to the stature of Jesus Christ. Help us to love you above all else and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, demonstrating that love, in deed and word, toward all your children. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty Father, [327] now and forever. Amen. 352 / T rinity Sunday

361 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 353 P T HANKSGIVING RAYER OF For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Gracious Father, giver of all good things: For our home on earth and for your unfailing mercy, we give you thanks. Christ, our Redeemer: For your sacrifice on the cross and rising from death that we might live, we give you thanks and praise. Holy Spirit, giver of life: For your abiding presence in our lives and for comforting and guiding us, we give you thanks, praise, and glory. O triune God: you be glory and praise To [328] now and forever. Amen. T rinity Sunday / 353

362 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 354 S B ETWEEN T RINITY S UNDAY UNDAYS C HRIST THE ING AND K Sundays 9–31 in Ordinary Time ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S S P RAYER OF THE D AY S UNDAY IN N RDINARY T IME INTH O Sunday between May 29 and June 4 inclusive (If after Trinity Sunday) S ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE Y ear A B C 1 John 15:5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing. 2 Y ear A B C John 17:17 our word, O Lord, is truth; Y sanctify us in the truth. D P RAYER OF THE AY Y ear A B C 1 Lord God of the nations, you have revealed your will to all people and promised us your saving help. May we hear and do what you command, that the darkness may be overcome by the power of your light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [329] now and forever. Amen. 354 / Sunday 9 in Ordinary Time

363 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 355 2 ear A B C Y Almighty God, you alone can bring order to our unruly wills and affections. Give us grace to love what you command and desire what you promise, that in all the changes and chances of this uncertain world, our hearts may be surely fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [330] one God, forever and ever. Amen. S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME ENTH T Sunday between June 5 and 11 inclusive (If after Trinity Sunday) S CRIPTURE S ENTENCES OF Y ear A B C 1 Luke 4:18 Jesus read from the prophet Isaiah: The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor and release to the captives. 2 Y ear A B C John 12:31, 32 Jesus declared: The ruler of this world will be driven out. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself. P RAYER OF THE D AY Y ear A B C 1 O God, you have assured the human family of eternal life through Jesus Christ our Savior. Deliver us from the death of sin and raise us to new life in him, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [331] Amen. one God, now and forever. 10 in Ordinary Time / 355 Sunday

364 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 356 2 ear A B C Y Almighty God, give us such a vision of your purpose and such an assurance of your love and power, that we may ever hold fast the hope which is in Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [332] one God, forever and ever. Amen. UNDAY IN S RDINARY T IME LEVENTH E O Sunday between June 12 and 18 inclusive (If after Trinity Sunday) S ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S Y 1 ear A B C Mark 1:15 The kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news. ear A B C Y 2 1 John 4:9, 10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that God loved us and sent God’s Son into the world so that we might live through him. ear A B C 3 Y John 3:17 God sent the Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. D P RAYER OF THE AY Y ear A B C 1 Almighty God, you have called us to serve you, yet without your grace we are unable to please you. Mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [333] one God, now and forever. Amen. 356 / Sunday 11 in Ordinary Time

365 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 357 2 ear A B C Y All-powerful God, in Jesus Christ you turned death into life, and defeat into victory. Increase our faith and trust in him, that we may triumph over all evil, in the strength of the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [334] one God, forever and ever. Amen. 3 ear A B C Y Eternal God, your Son Jesus Christ, now exalted as Lord of all, pours out his gifts on the church. Grant us that unity which your Spirit gives, keep us in the bond of peace, and bring all creation to worship before your throne; for you live and reign, [335] one God, forever and ever. Amen. WELFTH S UNDAY IN O T T IME RDINARY Sunday between June 19 and 25 inclusive (If after Trinity Sunday) S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C Y 1 Matt. 10:39 Jesus said: Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 2 ear A B C Y 2 Cor. 5:19 In Christ God was reconciling the world to Godself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. Sunday 12 in Ordinary Time / 357

366 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 358 3 ear A B C Y Isa. 57:15 Thus says the high and exalted one who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in a high and holy place, but I also live with those who are broken and humble in spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, to restore the courage of the broken. D AY P RAYER OF THE 1 ear A B C Y T each us, good Lord, to serve you as you deserve; to give and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to ask for any reward, save that of knowing that we do your will; [336] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 Y ear A B C Pour out upon us, O God, the power and wisdom of your Spirit, that we may walk with Christ the way of the cross, ready to offer even the gift of our lives to show forth to the world our hope in your kingdom. ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, We who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [337] Amen. one God, forever and ever. 3 Y ear B O God our defender, storms rage about us and cause us to be afraid. Rescue your people from despair, deliver your sons and daughters from fear, and preserve us all from unbelief; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [338] Amen. one God, now and forever. / Sunday 12 in Ordinary Time 358

367 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 359 T S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME HIRTEENTH Sunday between June 26 and July 2 inclusive S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C Y 1 1 Peter 2:9 Y ou are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. ear A B C 2 Y 2 Tim. 1:10 Our Savior, Christ Jesus, abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 3 Y ear A B C 1 Sam. 3:9; John 6:68 Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening; you have the words of eternal life. P RAYER OF THE AY D Y ear A B C 1 Sovereign God, ruler of all hearts, you call us to obey you and favor us with true freedom. Keep us faithful to the ways of your Son, that, leaving behind all that hinders us, we may fix our eyes on him and steadfastly follow in the paths of your kingdom. Grant this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [339] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Y 2 ear A B C Almighty God, fount of all wisdom, crown of all knowledge, give us eyes to see and minds to understand your marvelous works, that we may know you through your handiwork and use your creation to your glory; 13 in Ordinary Time / 359 Sunday

368 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 360 through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [340] one God, now and forever. Amen. ear A B C 3 Y O God, light of the minds that know you, life of the souls that love you, strength of the thoughts that seek you: Help us so to know you that we may truly love you, so to love you that we may fully serve you, whose service is perfect freedom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [8] Amen. one God, now and forever. S UNDAY IN O F T IME OURTEENTH RDINARY Sunday between July 3 and 9 inclusive ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S 1 ear A B C Y Luke 4:18 Jesus said: The Spirit of the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor and release to the captives. 2 Y ear A B C Luke 8:15 Happy are they who hear the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patient endurance. 3 Y ear A B C Luke 10:2 The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest. 360 / Sunday 14 in Ordinary Time

369 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 361 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us that what we do for the least of your children we do also for him. Give us the will to serve others as he was the servant of all, who gave up his life and died for us, but lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [341] Amen. one God, now and forever. 2 ear A B C Y O Lord our God, you are always more ready to bestow your good gifts upon us than we are to seek them. ou are more willing to give Y than we desire or deserve. Help us so to seek that we may truly find, so to ask that we may joyfully receive, so to knock that the door of mercy may be opened for us; [5] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 3 Y ear B C God of the covenant, in our baptism you called us to proclaim the coming of your kingdom. Give us courage like you gave the apostles, that we may faithfully witness to your love and peace in every circumstance of life, in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [342] Amen. one God, forever and ever. S UNDAY IN F RDINARY T IME IFTEENTH O Sunday between July 10 and 16 inclusive S ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S Y 1 ear A B C Deut. 30:14 The word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe. 15 in Ordinary Time / 361 Sunday

370 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 362 2 ear A B C Y John 6:63, 68 The words you have spoken are spirit and life, O Lord; you have the words of eternal life. ear A B C Y 3 Ps. 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. P D AY RAYER OF THE 1 ear A B C Y Eternal God, open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendor of creation and in the beauty of human life. T ouched by your hand, our world is holy. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share our blessings with our sisters and brothers, and to experience the joy of life in your presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [343] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Y 2 ear A Almighty God, we thank you for planting in us the seed of your Word. By your Holy Spirit, help us to receive it with joy, and live according to it, that we may grow in faith and hope and love; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [344] Amen. one God, forever and ever. ear C 3 Y Almighty God, you have taught us through Christ that love fulfills the law. May we love you with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind, and all our strength, and may we love our neighbor as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [345] Amen. one God, now and forever. / Sunday 15 in Ordinary Time 362

371 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 363 S S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME IXTEENTH Sunday between July 17 and 23 inclusive S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C Y 1 Isa. 55:11 “My word shall accomplish that which I purpose,” says the Lord, “and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” 2 Y ear A B C John 10:27, 28a My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord. I know them and they follow me; and I give them eternal life. 3 Y ear A B C Col. 3:17 Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus. P D AY RAYER OF THE Y 1 ear A B C Almighty God, in Jesus Christ you opened for us a new and living way into your presence. Give us pure hearts and constant wills to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [346] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 Eternal God, Author of our life and End of our pilgrimage: Guide us by your Word and Spirit amid all perils and temptations, that we may not wander from your way, nor stumble in the darkness; but may finish our course in safety, and come to our eternal rest in you; through the grace and merit of Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [347] one God, now and forever. Amen. Sunday 16 in Ordinary Time / 363

372 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 364 3 ear C Y Eternal God, you draw near to us in Christ and make yourself our guest. Amid the cares of our daily lives, make us attentive to your voice and alert to your presence, that we may treasure your word above all else. ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, We who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [348] Amen. God forever and ever. S UNDAY IN O S T IME EVENTEENTH RDINARY Sunday between July 24 and 30 inclusive S CRIPTURE S ENTENCES OF ear A B C 1 Y John 6:68 Lord, to whom can we go? ou have the words of eternal life. Y Y 2 ear A B C Rom. 8:15, 16 When we cry, “Abba! Father!” it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God. Y ear A B C 3 Luke 11:9 Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. RAYER OF THE D AY P 1 Y ear A B C Eternal God, protector of all who put their trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Fill us with your mercy and your grace, that, with you to rule and guide, we may so use the good things of this present life that we do not neglect those of eternal worth; / Sunday 17 in Ordinary Time 364

373 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 365 through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [349] Amen. one God, now and forever. ear B Y 2 Gracious God, you have placed within the hearts of all your children a longing for your Word and a hunger for your truth. Grant that, believing in the One whom you have sent, we may know him to be the true bread of heaven and food of eternal life, Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be glory and honor [350] forever and ever. Amen. 3 Y ear C Provident Father, with the prayer your Son taught us always on our lips, we ask, we seek, we knock at your door. In our every need, grant us the first and best of all your gifts, the Spirit who makes us your children. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [351] God forever and ever. Amen. IGHTEENTH S O RDINARY T IME UNDAY IN E Sunday between July 31 and August 6 inclusive ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S Y ear A B C 1 Matt. 4:4 One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. 2 ear A B C Y Col. 3:1 If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Sunday 18 in Ordinary Time / 365

374 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 366 3 ear A B C Y Isa. 40:31 Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. AY RAYER OF THE D P 1 Y ear A B C O God, giver of life and health, your Son Jesus Christ has called us to hunger and thirst to see right prevail. Refresh us with your grace, that we may not be weary in well-doing; for the sake of him who meets all our needs, Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [352] Amen. one God, now and forever. Y ear A B 2 Almighty God, your Son Jesus Christ fed the hungry with the bread of his life and the Word of his kingdom. Renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your true and living bread, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [353] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear C 3 Almighty God, judge of us all, you have placed in our hands the wealth we call our own. Through your Spirit, give us wisdom, that our possessions may not be a curse, but a means of blessing in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [354] Amen. one God, forever and ever. / Sunday 18 in Ordinary Time 366

375 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 367 N S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME INETEENTH Sunday between August 7 and 13 inclusive S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C Y 1 Ps. 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in God’s word is my hope. 2 Y ear A B C John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever. Y ear A B C 3 Matt. 24:42, 44 W atch and be ready, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. P D AY RAYER OF THE Y 1 ear A B C Almighty God, you sent your Holy Spirit to be the life and light of your church. Open our hearts to the riches of your grace, that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love, joy, and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [355] one God, now and forever. Amen. 2 Y ear A B C Grant us, O Lord, the grace always to do and think what accords with your purpose; that we, who cannot exist without you, may be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [356] Amen. one God, forever and ever. 19 in Ordinary Time / 367 Sunday

376 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 368 3 ear B Y Grant, O Lord, that we may see in you the fulfillment of all our need, and may turn from every false satisfaction to feed on the true and living bread which you have given us in Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [357] Amen. one God, now and forever. T T RDINARY WENTIETH IME S UNDAY IN O Sunday between August 14 and 20 inclusive S CRIPTURE S ENTENCES OF Y 1 ear A B C Heb. 4:12 The word of God is living and active, it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Y ear B 2 John 6:56 Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them, says the Lord. 3 ear C Y Heb. 12:1, 2b Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. P RAYER OF THE AY D 1 Y ear A B C Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts. Give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that all people may know the glorious liberty of the children of God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [358] one God, now and forever. Amen. 368 / Sunday 20 in Ordinary Time

377 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 369 2 ear B Y Ever-loving God, your Son, Jesus Christ, gave himself as living bread for the life of the world. Give us such a knowledge of his presence that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life to serve you continually; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, [359] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Y ear C 3 Almighty and ever-living God, increase in us your gift of faith, that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to what is before, we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [360] one God, forever and ever. Amen. WENTY - FIRST S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T T IME Sunday between August 21 and 27 inclusive ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE ear A Y 1 Matt. 16:16 Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God. ear B 2 Y John 6:68 Lord, to whom can we go? ou have the words of eternal life. Y We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God. 3 ear A B C Y John 14:6 I am the way, and the truth, and the life, says the Lord. No one comes to the Father, except through me. 21 in Ordinary Time / 369 Sunday

378 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 370 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Almighty and everlasting God, by your Spirit the whole body of the church is governed and sanctified. Hear the prayers we offer for all your faithful people, that in the ministry to which you have called us we may serve you in holiness and truth; through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [361] one God, now and forever. Amen. 2 Y ear A B C Almighty God, you have taught us that all our deeds without love are worth nothing. Send your Holy Spirit and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, the very bond of peace and of all goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [198] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y 3 ear A O God, fount of all wisdom, in the humble witness of the apostle Peter you have shown the foundation of our faith. Give us the light of your Spirit, that, recognizing in Jesus of Nazareth the Son of the living God, we may be living stones for the building up of your holy church; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [362] one God, forever and ever. Amen. / Sunday 21 in Ordinary Time 370

379 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 371 T - SECOND S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME WENTY Sunday between August 28 and September 3 inclusive S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C 1 Y James 1:18 God gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures. 2 Y ear A B C Matt. 11:29 Jesus said: T ake my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 3 Y ear A Matt. 16:24 Jesus said: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. P D RAYER OF THE AY Y ear A B C 1 O God, author and giver of all good things, plant in our hearts the love of your name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [363] one God, forever and ever. Amen. 2 Y ear A B C Almighty God, you alone can order unruly wills and affections. Help us to love what you command, and desire what you promise; that in the midst of this changing world, our hearts may be fixed where true joys are found; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [364] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Sunday 22 in Ordinary Time / 371

380 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 372 3 ear C Y O God, you invite the poor and the sinful to take their place in the festive assembly of the new covenant. May your church always honor the presence of the Lord in the humble and the suffering, and may we learn to recognize each other as brothers and sisters, gathered together around your table. ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, We who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [365] Amen. one God, forever and ever. - THIRD S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME T WENTY Sunday between September 4 and 10 inclusive ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S Y 1 ear A B C 2 Cor. 5:19 In Christ God was reconciling the world to Godself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. Y ear B 2 James 1:17 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 3 ear C Y Ps. 119:135 Make your face shine upon your servant and teach me your statutes. / Sunday 23 in Ordinary Time 372

381 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 373 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Direct and help us, O Lord, in all our deeds, that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [366] Amen. one God, forever and ever. 2 ear A B C Y Almighty and everlasting God, increase our faith, hope, and love; and, that we may receive all you promise, make us love what you have commanded; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [367] Amen. one God, forever and ever. 3 ear A B C Y God of the ages, you call the church to keep watch in the world and to discern the signs of the times. Grant us the wisdom which your Spirit bestows, that with courage we may proclaim your prophetic word, and complete the work that you have set before us; through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [368] one God, forever and ever. Amen. RDINARY - S WENTY O FOURTH T IME T UNDAY IN Sunday between September 11 and 17 inclusive ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S 1 ear A B C Y John 13:34 Jesus said: I give you a new commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Sunday 24 in Ordinary Time / 373

382 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 374 2 ear A B C Y Gal. 6:14 May I never boast of anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. Y 3 ear C Luke 15:10 There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. P D AY RAYER OF THE 1 Y ear A B C Almighty God, you call your church to witness that in Christ we are reconciled to you. Help us so to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may turn to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [369] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 God of mercy: Help us to forgive, as you have forgiven us. Help us to trust you, even when hope is failing. Help us to take up our cross daily and follow you in your redeeming work; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [370] one God, now and forever. Amen. ear C 3 Y Undaunted you seek the lost, O God, exultant you bring home the found. T ouch our hearts with grateful wonder at the tenderness of your forbearing love. Grant us delight in the mercy that has found us, and bring all to rejoice at the feast of forgiveness. ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, We who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [371] Amen. God forever and ever. / Sunday 24 in Ordinary Time 374

383 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 375 T - FIFTH S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME WENTY Sunday between September 18 and 24 inclusive S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S ear A B C Y 1 Phil. 1:9, 10 It is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, so that you may approve what is excellent, and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ. ear A B C 2 Y 2 Cor. 8:9 Y ou know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. 3 Y ear A B C Ps. 100:1, 2, 5 Cry out with joy to the Lord, all the earth! orship the Lord with gladness! W Come into God’s presence with singing! Enter the courts of the Lord with praise! P D AY RAYER OF THE ear A B C 1 Y Almighty God, you created the heavens and the earth, and humankind in your image. T each us to discern your hand in all your works and to serve you with reverence and thanksgiving; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [372] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y 2 ear B God and Father of all, you have willed that the last shall be first, and you have made a little child the measure of your kingdom. 25 in Ordinary Time / 375 Sunday

384 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 376 Give us that wisdom which is from above, so we may understand that, in your sight, the one who serves is the greatest of all. ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, We who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [373] Amen. one God, forever and ever. 3 Y ear C O God, you are rich in love for your people. Show us the treasure that endures and, when we are tempted by greed, remind us of your lavish mercy. Call us back into your service and make us worthy to be entrusted with the wealth that never fails. We ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [374] one God, forever and ever. Amen. WENTY - SIXTH S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T T IME Sunday between September 25 and October 1 inclusive ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE ear A B C Y 1 Ps. 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in the Lord. 2 Y ear A B C John 17:17 our word, O Lord, is truth; Y Sanctify us in the truth. 3 ear A B C Y 2 Cor. 8:9 Y ou know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich. / Sunday 26 in Ordinary Time 376

385 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 377 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Grant, O merciful God, that your church, being gathered by your Holy Spirit into one, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [375] one God, now and forever. Amen. Y 2 ear A B C Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly cares, but to love that which is above, and even now, while we live among transient things, to hold fast to those things that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [376] Amen. one God, forever and ever. ear A B C 3 Y O God, by whom the meek are guided in judgment and light rises in darkness for the godly: Grant us, in all our doubts and uncertainties, the grace to ask what you would have us do; that the Spirit of wisdom may save us from all false choices, and that in your light we may see light, and in your straight path may not stumble; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [377] one God, forever and ever. Amen. - SEVENTH S T O RDINARY T IME WENTY UNDAY IN Sunday between October 2 and 8 inclusive ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S Y 1 ear A B C John 15:16 I chose you and appointed you, says the Lord, to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last. 27 in Ordinary Time / 377 Sunday

386 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 378 2 ear A B C Y 1 John 4:16b God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Y ear C 3 2 Tim. 1:7 God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline. P D AY RAYER OF THE 1 Y ear A B C Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve. Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [378] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Y ear A B C 2 God of mercy, have mercy on us. God of wisdom, illumine our minds. God of light, shine into our hearts. Eternal Goodness, deliver us from evil. God of Power, be our refuge and our strength, [379] now and forever. Amen. Y ear A B C 3 Almighty God, you built your church on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Jesus Christ himself as the cornerstone. Gather your church in unity, by your Holy Spirit, that it may manifest your power among all peoples to the glory of your name; / Sunday 27 in Ordinary Time 378

387 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 379 through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [380] one God, now and forever. Amen. - T UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME S EIGHTH WENTY Sunday between October 9 and 15 inclusive S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S 1 Y ear A B C Eph. 1:17, 18 May God give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know the hope to which you are called. Y ear A B C 2 Heb. 8:10 God says: I will put my laws in their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 3 ear A B C Y 1 Thess. 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. D AY P RAYER OF THE ear A B C Y 1 Almighty God, in our baptism you adopted us for your own. Quicken, we pray, your Spirit within us, that we, being renewed both in body and mind, may worship you in sincerity and truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [381] Amen. one God, now and forever. Y 2 ear A B C Merciful God, in Jesus Christ you do not call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. 28 in Ordinary Time / 379 Sunday

388 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 380 Draw us away from the easy road that leads to destruction, and guide us into paths that lead to life abundant, that in seeking your truth, and obeying your will, we may know the joy of being a disciple of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [382] Amen. one God, now and forever. 3 ear A B C Y O God, you have made heaven and earth and all that is good; and in Jesus Christ you show us that the secret of joy is a heart set free from selfish desires. Help us to delight in simple things and to rejoice always in the richness of your bounty; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [383] one God, forever and ever. Amen. WENTY - NINTH S UNDAY IN O T T IME RDINARY Sunday between October 16 and 22 inclusive ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE ear A B C Y 1 Phil. 2:15, 16 Shine like stars in the world, holding fast to the word of life. 2 Y ear A B C Mark 10:45 The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many. Y 3 ear A B C Heb. 4:12 The word of God is living and active. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. / Sunday 29 in Ordinary Time 380

389 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 381 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations. Preserve the works of your mercy, that your church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [384] one God, forever and ever. Amen. ear B 2 Y God of unchangeable power, when you fashioned the world the morning stars sang together and the host of heaven shouted for joy. Open our eyes to the wonders of creation and teach us to use all things for good, to the honor of your glorious name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [385] Amen. one God, forever and ever. Y ear C 3 Lord, tireless guardian of your people, ever prepared to hear the cries of your chosen ones, teach us to rely, day and night, on your care. Support our prayer, lest we grow weary. Drive us to seek your enduring justice and your ever-present help. Grant this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [386] one God, forever and ever. Amen. S UNDAY IN O T T IME HIRTIETH RDINARY Sunday between October 23 and 29 inclusive ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S 1 ear A B C Y John 14:23 Jesus said: Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 30 in Ordinary Time / 381 Sunday

390 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 382 2 ear A B C Y 2 Tim. 1:10 Our Savior Christ Jesus abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. ear A B C Y 3 2 Cor. 5:19 In Christ God was reconciling the world to Godself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. P D AY RAYER OF THE ear A B C 1 Y Send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, Almighty God, to rule and direct us according to your will, to comfort us in all our temptations and afflictions, to defend us from all error, and lead us into all truth; that we, being steadfast in the faith, may increase in love and in all good works, and in the end obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [387] Amen. one God, now and forever. ear A B C 2 Y O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works proceed: Give to your servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments, and that free from the fear of our enemies we may pass our time in trust and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [388] one God, now and forever. Amen. / Sunday 30 in Ordinary Time 382

391 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 383 3 ear C Y O God, who alone can probe the depths of the heart, you hear the prayer of the humble and justify the repentant sinner. Grant us the gift of humility, that we may see our own sins clearly and refrain from judging our neighbor. make our prayer through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, We who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [389] Amen. one God, forever and ever. T FIRST S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T IME HIRTY - Sunday between October 30 and November 5 inclusive ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE S Y 1 ear A Matt. 23:9, 10 Yo u have one Father, who is in heaven. Y ou have one Teacher, the Christ. 2 Y ear A B C John 14:23 Jesus said: Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 3 ear A B C Y Ps. 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all who dwell in it. 31 in Ordinary Time / 383 Sunday

392 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 384 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Creator God, you have filled the world with beauty. Open our eyes to behold your gracious hand in all your works; that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness; for the sake of him by whom all things were made, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [390] Amen. one God, now and forever. 2 Y ear A B C God of peace, you taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength. By the power of your Spirit lift us to your presence, where we may be still and know that you are God; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [391] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Y ear C 3 Merciful God, righteous judge of all, you sent Jesus among us to seek and to save those who are lost. Grant that we, like Zacchaeus of Jericho, may eagerly seek the Savior, joyfully welcome him into our homes and lives, and gladly do what is pleasing in his sight. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, [392] one God, now and forever. Amen. / Sunday 31 in Ordinary Time 384

393 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 385 A S AINTS ’ D AY LL Or first Sunday in November S CRIPTURE ENTENCES OF S D RAYER OF THE P AY S ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE ear A 1 Y Rev. 7:9–10 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying: Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb! Y ear B 2 Heb. 12:1 Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. ear C 3 Y Luke 13:29 People will come from east and west, from north and south, and will eat in the kingdom of heaven. P RAYER OF THE D AY Y 1 ear A B C Eternal God, neither death nor life can separate us from your love. Grant that we may serve you faithfully here on earth, and in heaven rejoice with all your saints who ceaselessly proclaim your glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [393] one God, forever and ever. Amen. All Saints’ Day / 385

394 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 386 2 ear A B C Y Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son, Christ our Lord. Give us grace so to follow your blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those ineffable joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, [394] Amen. one God, in glory everlasting. C ONFESSION RAYER OF P Eternal God, in every age you have raised up men and women to live and die in faith. We confess that we are indifferent to your will. ou call us to proclaim your name, Y but we are silent. Y ou call us to do what is just, but we remain idle. Y ou call us to live faithfully, but we are afraid. In your mercy, forgive us. Give us courage to follow in your way, that joined with those from ages past, who have served you with faith, hope, and love, [395] we may inherit the kingdom you promised in Jesus Christ. 386 / All Saints’ Day

395 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 387 G T HANKSGIVING REAT It is recommended that, with this prayer, invitation A (p. 68) be used. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, O Lord our God, creator and ruler of the universe. praise you for saints and martyrs, We for the faithful in every age who have followed your Son and witnessed to his resurrection. From every race and tongue, from every people and nation, you have gathered them into your kingdom. ou have shown them the path of life Y and filled them with the joy of your presence. How glorious is your heavenly realm where the multitude of your saints rejoice with Christ! Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels, with prophets, apostles, and martyrs, and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. All Saints’ Day / 387

396 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 388 The minister continues: ou are holy, O God of majesty, Y and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Sent to be our Savior, he took our flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth. His words are true. His touch brings healing. To all who follow him, he gives abundant life. When evil sought to destroy him, and he lay in the darkness of death, you raised him from the grave. He is our risen Lord forever! If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: ake, eat. T This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering all your mighty and merciful acts, we take this bread and this wine from the gifts you have given us, and celebrate with joy the redemption won for us in Jesus Christ. Accept this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving as a living and holy offering of ourselves, that our lives may proclaim the One crucified and risen. 388 / All Saints’ Day

397 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 389 The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: remember his death, We we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine, that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ, and with all who are baptized in his name, that we may be one in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. All Saints’ Day / 389

398 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 390 Number us among your saints, O God, and join us with the faithful of every age, that strengthened by their witness and supported by their fellowship, we may run with perseverance the race that is set before us, and may with them receive the unfading crown of glory when we stand before your throne of grace. Give us strength to serve you faithfully until the promised day of resurrection, when with the redeemed of all the ages we will feast with you at your table in glory. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [396] now and forever. Amen. P RAYER OF T HANKSGIVING For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. God of the ages, we praise you for all your servants, who have done justice, loved mercy, and walked humbly with their God. For apostles and martyrs and saints of every time and place, who in life and death have witnessed to your truth, we praise you, O God. For all your servants who have faithfully served you, witnessed bravely, and died in faith, who still are shining lights in the world, we praise you, O God. For those no longer remembered, who earnestly sought you in darkness, who held fast their faith in trial, and served others, we praise you, O God. 390 / All Saints’ Day

399 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 391 For those we have known and loved, who by their faithful obedience and steadfast hope, have shown the same mind that was in Christ Jesus, we praise you, O God. Keep us grateful for their witness, and, like them, eager to follow in the way of Christ. Then at the last, bring us with them to share in the inheritance of the saints in light; through Jesus Christ the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [397] one God, forever and ever. Amen. - SECOND S UNDAY IN O RDINARY T T HIRTY IME Sunday between November 6 and 12 inclusive S CRIPTURE S ENTENCES OF ear A B C Y 1 Matt. 24:42, 44 W atch and be ready, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Y 2 ear A B C Matt. 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ear A B C 3 Y Rev. 1:5, 6 Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the dead; to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. D AY P RAYER OF THE ear A B C Y 1 Lord our God, in Jesus Christ you have taught us that love is the fulfilling of the law. Send your Holy Spirit upon us, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of love, that we may love you with our whole being, and our neighbors as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, [398] one God, now and forever. Amen. Sunday 32 in Ordinary Time / 391

400 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 392 2 ear A B C Y O God, your blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of evil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life. Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [399] one God, forever and ever. Amen. 3 Y ear C God of all the living, in the resurrection of Christ Jesus you have given us the promise of life which death itself cannot destroy. In the strength of this unshakable promise give us a new heart to live, even now, as your new creation. We ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [400] one God, forever and ever. Amen. HIRTY - THIRD S T O RDINARY T IME UNDAY IN Sunday between November 13 and 19 inclusive ENTENCES OF S S CRIPTURE ear A B C Y 1 Luke 21:36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may stand before the Son of Man. 2 Y ear A B C Luke 21:28 Look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. Y 3 ear A B C Isa. 12:6 Shout aloud and sing for joy, for great in our midst is the Holy One. / Sunday 33 in Ordinary Time 392

401 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 393 P D AY RAYER OF THE Y ear A B C 1 Ever-living God, before the earth was formed and even after it shall cease to be, you are God. Break into our short span of life and show us those things that are eternal, that we may serve your purpose in all we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, [401] one God, now and forever. Amen. 2 Y ear A B C Almighty God, whose sovereign purpose none can make void, give us faith to be steadfast amid the tumults of this world, knowing that your kingdom shall come and your will be done, to your eternal glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [402] Amen. one God, now and forever. ear A B C 3 Y Lord God of all the ages, the One who is, who was, and who is to come, stir up within us a longing for your kingdom, steady our hearts in time of trial, and grant us patient endurance until the sun of justice dawns. We make our prayer through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [403] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Sunday 33 in Ordinary Time / 393

402 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 394 C K ING HRIST THE OR R C HRIST ) ( EIGN OF Sunday between November 20 and 26 inclusive ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S S D AY P RAYER OF THE ENTENCES OF CRIPTURE S S 1 Y ear A B C Rev. 22:13 The Lord is a great God who says: I am the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. 2 ear A B C Y Mark 11:9, 10b Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest! ear A B C 3 Y Rev. 4:8 Day and night around the throne they never stop singing: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is to come. P D RAYER OF THE AY 1 ear A B C Y God of power and love, you raised Jesus from death to life, resplendent in glory to rule over all creation. Free the world to rejoice in his peace, 394 / Christ the King

403 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 395 to glory in his justice, and to live in his love. Unite all humankind in Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [404] Amen. one God, forever and ever. 2 ear A B C Y Almighty and everlasting God, whose will is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, our Lord and King: Grant that the people of earth, now divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his gentle and loving rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [405] Amen. one God, now and forever. ear A B C 3 Y Eternal God, you set Jesus Christ to rule over all things, and made us servants in your kingdom. By your Spirit empower us to love the unloved, and to minister to all in need. Then at the last bring us to your eternal realm where we may worship and adore you and be welcomed into your everlasting joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [406] one God, forever and ever. Amen. ear A B C Y 4 God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us your Son, the beloved one who was rejected, the Savior who appeared defeated. Y et the mystery of his kingship illumines our lives. Show us in his death the victory that crowns the ages, and in his broken body the love that unites heaven and earth. ask this through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, We who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [407] one God, forever and ever. Amen. Christ the King / 395

404 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 396 P C ONFESSION RAYER OF Righteous God, you have crowned Jesus Christ as Lord of all. confess that we have not bowed before him, We and are slow to acknowledge his rule. We give allegiance to the powers of this world, and fail to be governed by justice and love. In your mercy, forgive us. Raise us to acclaim him as ruler of all, that we may be loyal ambassadors, [408] obeying the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ. T HANKSGIVING REAT G The Lord be with you. And also with you. Lift up your hearts. lift them to the Lord. We Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. It is truly right and our greatest joy to give you thanks and praise, eternal God, creator and ruler of the universe. Y ou fashioned this world in love, and govern all the earth with grace and peace. Nations and monarchs rise and fall, but your reign is for all time, and your mercy is without end. In love you made us to love and serve you. When we turned from you and bent our knees to gods of our own making, you spoke through prophets to bring us back to your ways. Y ou gave us a vision of your holy kingdom that we might hunger after righteousness and thirst for justice, and long for the day when peace will triumph over the pride and greed of nations. Therefore, we praise you, 396 / Christ the King

405 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 397 joining our voices with the servants around heaven’s throne and with all the faithful of every time and place, who forever sing to the glory of your name: The people may sing or say: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest. The minister continues: Y ou are holy, O God of majesty, and blessed is Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Born as king in David’s line, he lived with the lowly and cared for the least of your children. His power was revealed in weakness, his majesty in mercy. His captors knelt to mock him, giving him bruises instead of praise, and piercing thorns for a crown. His only earthly throne was a cross on which to die. Even there his arms stretched out to embrace friends and foes in love. From the grave you raised him to your right hand where he rules again from heaven, and commands true loyalty from peoples and nations. If they have not already been said, the words of institution may be said here, or in relation to the breaking of the bread. We give you thanks that the Lord Jesus, on the night before he died, took bread, and after giving thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: T ake, eat. This is my body, given for you. Do this in remembrance of me. Christ the King / 397

406 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 398 In the same way he took the cup, saying: This cup is the new covenant sealed in my blood, shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this in remembrance of me. Remembering your gracious acts in Jesus Christ, we take from your creation this bread and this wine and joyfully celebrate his dying and rising as we await the day of his coming. Wi th thanksgiving we offer our very selves to you to be a living and holy sacrifice dedicated to your service. The people may sing or say one of the following: 1 Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again. 2 Praise to you, Lord Jesus: Dying you destroyed our death, rising you restored our life. Lord Jesus, come in glory. 3 According to his commandment: We remember his death, we proclaim his resurrection, we await his coming in glory. 398 / Christ the King

407 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 399 4 Christ is the bread of life: When we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim your death, Lord Jesus, until you come in glory. The minister continues: Gracious God, pour out your Holy Spirit upon us and upon these your gifts of bread and wine that the bread we break and the cup we bless may be the communion of the body and blood of Christ. By your Spirit unite us with the living Christ and with all who are baptized in his name, that we may be one in ministry in every place. As this bread is Christ’s body for us, send us out to be the body of Christ in the world. Intercessions for the church and the world may be included here. Lead us, O God, to conform this world to your kingdom of love, justice, and peace. Help us to live as the Lord requires: to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with you, our God. Keep us faithful in your service until Christ comes in final victory and we shall feast with all your saints in the joy of your eternal realm. Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor are yours, almighty God, [409] now and forever. Amen. Christ the King / 399

408 03 Resources (163-400) 2/18/05 3:05 PM Page 400 P T HANKSGIVING RAYER OF For use when the Eucharist is not celebrated. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. praise you, great God, We for you are ruler of the universe, and have sent your Son to be King of kings. rejoice that he has triumphed over all the powers of this world, We and governs the nations in justice and righteousness. We celebrate his victory in his life, death, resurrection, and ascension to honor and might at your side. By your Spirit, claim our complete loyalty, establish Christ’s rule in every land and in every heart. Accept our homage as we offer our lives in the service of Christ’s kingdom. [410] He is Lord forever and ever. Amen. 400 / Christ the King

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410 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 402 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY N NCLUDING THE S B APTISM I ACRAMENT OF THERING A G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day or Opening Prayer Hymn of Praise, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon Canticle, Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual HE ORD T W Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Hymn, Canticle, Psalm, or Spiritual Baptism Presentation Profession of Faith Thanksgiving Over the Water The Baptism Laying On of Hands W elcome The Peace Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Prayers of the People If the Eucharist is not celebrated: HE E UCHARIST T Offering Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People ENDING S Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Charge and Blessing

411 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 403 T S ACRAMENT OF B APTISM HE Baptism is ordinarily celebrated as part of the worship of the congregation on the Lord’s Day. It appropriately follows the reading and proclaiming of the Wo r d . If the liturgical practice of the congregation includes use of a paschal candle, it is lighted before the service begins. After the sermon, an appropriate hymn, canticle, psalm, or spiritual may be sung while the candidates, sponsors, and parents assemble at the baptismal font or pool. Care should be taken to ensure that the baptism is fully visible to the congregation. An elder or a representative of the congregation may lead a procession to the place of baptism, carrying a large pitcher of water. RESENTATION P The minister addresses all present: Matt. 28:18–20 Hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Hear also these words from Holy Scripture: The minister then continues, using one or more of the following: 1 Eph. 4:4–6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, Baptism / 403

412 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 404 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. 2 Gal. 3:27, 28 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 3 1 Peter 2:9 Y ou are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. 4 Rom. 6:3, 4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5 Acts 2:39 The promise is for you, for your children and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls. The minister continues: Obeying the word of our Lord Jesus, and confident of his promises, we baptize those whom God has called. In baptism God claims us, and seals us to show that we belong to God. God frees us from sin and death, uniting us with Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection. 404 / Baptism

413 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 405 By water and the Holy Spirit, we are made members of the church, the body of Christ, and joined to Christ’s ministry of love, peace, and justice. Let us remember with joy our own baptism, as we celebrate this sacrament. An elder presents each candidate for baptism, using the appropriate forms: A For adults and older children On behalf of the session, I present N. and N. to receive the sacrament of Baptism. B For infants and younger children On behalf of the session, I present N., (son, daughter) of N. and N., to receive the sacrament of Baptism. The minister addresses, in turn, candidates for baptism, parents bringing chil- dren for baptism, sponsors, and the congregation: A Adults and older children The minister addresses the candidates for baptism: N. and N., do you desire to be baptized? The candidates respond: I do. B Parent(s) of infants and younger children The minister addresses parents presenting children for baptism: Do you desire that N. and N. be baptized? The parent(s) respond: I do. Baptism / 405

414 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 406 Minister: Relying on God’s grace, do you promise to live the Christian faith, and to teach that faith to your child? The parent(s) respond: I do. C Sponsors (if any are present) The minister addresses the sponsors, if any are present: Do you promise, through prayer and example, to support and encourage N. to be a faithful Christian? The sponsors respond: I do. D Congregation The minister addresses the congregation: Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture N. and N. by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging to know and follow Christ them and to be faithful of his church? members The people respond: We do. P F AITH ROFESSION OF Through baptism we enter the covenant God has established. ithin this covenant God gives us new life, W guards us from evil, and nurtures us in love. 406 / Baptism

415 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 407 In embracing that covenant, we choose whom we will serve, by turning from evil and turning to Jesus Christ. The minister then asks the following questions of the candidates for baptism and/or the parents or guardians of children being presented for baptism. As God embraces you within the covenant, I ask you to reject sin, to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church, the faith in which we baptize. R ENUNCIATIONS The minister continues, using one of the following: 1 usting in the gracious mercy of God, Tr do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. 2 Do you renounce all evil, and powers in the world which defy God’s righteousness and love? I renounce them. Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God? I renounce them. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior? I do. Baptism / 407

416 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 408 W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love, to your life’s end? I will, with God’s help. 3 usting in the gracious mercy of God, Tr do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. P ROFESSION The minister continues: ith the whole church, W let us confess our faith. The people may stand. All present profess their faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, using the question and answer form (A) or reciting it directly (B). A Do you believe in God, the Father almighty? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. 408 / Baptism

417 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 409 On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. B I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The minister asks one of the following questions of those being baptized on profession of their faith: 1 W ill you be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? I will, with God’s help. Baptism / 409

418 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 410 2 ill you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship, W to the breaking of bread and the prayers? I will, with God’s help. ater is poured visibly and audibly into the font. W VER THE W HANKSGIVING TER O T A One of the following prayers is said by the minister. 1 The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. We give you thanks, Eternal God, for you nourish and sustain all living things by the gift of water. In the beginning of time, your Spirit moved over the watery chaos, calling forth order and life. In the time of Noah, you destroyed evil by the waters of the flood, giving righteousness a new beginning. Y ou led Israel out of slavery, through the waters of the sea, into the freedom of the promised land. In the waters of Jordan Jesus was baptized by John and anointed with your Spirit. By the baptism of his own death and resurrection, Christ set us free from sin and death, and opened the way to eternal life. We thank you, O God, for the water of baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. From it we are raised to share in his resurrection, Through it we are reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit. 410 / Baptism

419 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 411 The minister may touch the water. Send your Spirit to move over this water that it may be a fountain of deliverance and rebirth. all who are cleansed by it. W ash away the sin of to new life, them Raise them to the body of Christ. and graft Pour out your Holy Spirit upon them, may have power to do your will, that they and continue forever in the risen life of Christ. you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, To be all praise, honor, and glory, [411] now and forever. Amen. 2 The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Eternal and gracious God, we give you thanks. In countless ways you have revealed yourself in ages past, and have blessed us with signs of your grace. praise you that through the waters of the sea, We you led your people Israel out of bondage, into freedom in the land of your promise. praise you for sending Jesus your Son, We who for us was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, and was anointed as the Christ by your Holy Spirit. Through the baptism of his death and resurrection, you set us free from the bondage of sin and death, and give us cleansing and rebirth. We praise you that in baptism you give us your Holy Spirit, who teaches us and leads us into all truth, filling us with a variety of gifts, that we might proclaim the gospel to all nations and serve you as a royal priesthood. Baptism / 411

420 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 412 The minister may touch the water. Pour out your Spirit upon us and upon this water, that this font may be your womb of new birth. who now pass through these waters May all be delivered from death to life, from bondage to freedom, from sin to righteousness. to the household of faith, Bind them from all evil. guard them Strengthen them to serve you with joy until the day you make all things new. you be all praise, honor, and glory; To through Jesus Christ our Savior, who, with you and the Holy Spirit, [412] lives and reigns forever. Amen. 3 The minister may give thanks over the water in his or her own words: a. praising God for God’s faithfulness in the covenant; b. thankfully remembering God’s reconciling acts such as: the cleansing and rebirth in the flood in the time of Noah; the exodus through the waters of the sea; Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan; the baptism of Jesus’ death and his resurrection. c. invoking the Holy Spirit to attend and empower the baptism; to make the water a water of redemption and rebirth; to equip the church for faithfulness. The prayer concludes with an ascription of praise to the triune God. 412 / Baptism

421 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 413 T B APTISM HE The candidates, other than infants, who are to be baptized by pouring or sprin- kling may kneel. Or if there are candidates to be immersed, they walk down into the water. Calling each candidate by his or her Christian (given) name or names only, the minister shall pour or sprinkle water visibly and generously on the candi- date’s head, or immerse the candidate in the water, while saying: N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. L A NOF H ANDS YING O The minister lays hands on the head of each person baptized, while saying one of the following: 1 O Lord, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit. him/her the spirit of wisdom and understanding, Give the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, [413] both now and forever. Amen. 2 Defend, O Lord, your servant N. with your heavenly grace, may continue yours forever, that he/she and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, [414] comes to your everlasting kingdom. until he/she Amen. The minister may mark the sign of the cross on the forehead of each of the newly baptized, while saying one of the following. Oil prepared for this pur- pose may be used. Baptism / 413

422 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 414 1 N., child of the covenant, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism, and marked as Christ’s own forever. Amen. 2 N., child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism, and grafted into Christ forever. Amen. ELCOME W Candidates who have been kneeling will stand. A representative of the session, or the minister, addresses the congregation in these or similar words: N. and N. have been received into the one holy catholic and apostolic church through baptism. God has made of the household of God, them members to share with us in the priesthood of Christ. Let us welcome the newly baptized. W elcome is extended, using (A) or (B): A The people respond, saying: With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you into Christ’s church to share with us in his ministry, for we are all one in Christ. B Those who have been baptized are welcomed in a manner appropriate to the particular congregation. 414 / Baptism

423 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 415 T P EACE HE The minister then says to all assembled at the font: The peace of Christ be with you. They respond: And also with you. The people may exchange signs of God’s peace, greeting those who have been baptized. All return to their places. An appropriate hymn, psalm, or spiritual may be sung. The service continues with the prayers of the people, which will include peti- tions for the newly baptized and for those who will nurture them (pp. 416–417). When the Lord’s Supper is celebrated, it is appropriate for the newly baptized to receive Communion first. Baptism / 415

424 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 416 P I NTERCESSION AND S UPPLICATION RAYERS OF I NCLUSION IN THE RAYERS OF THE P EOPLE FOR P 1 For the newly baptized and new members Merciful God, you call us by name and promise to each of us your constant love. servants, W N. and N. atch over your Deepen their understanding of the gospel; commitment to follow the way of Christ; their strengthen in the faith and communion of your church. and keep them compassion for others; Increase their into the world in witness to your love; send them them to the fullness of your peace and glory; and bring [415] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 For parents whose children have just been baptized Gracious God, giver of all life, parents N. and N. we pray for them wisdom and patience Give in the way of Jesus Christ to guide their child and the faith of the church. Let your peace and joy dwell in their home, family life may be instructed by faith, that their sustained by prayer and governed by love. them in their own baptism, Strengthen that may rejoice as children of God, they and serve you faithfully, [416] in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 3 For newly baptized infants and children Ever-living God, in your mercy you promised to be not only our God, but also the God of our children. thank you for receiving N. and N. by baptism. We 416 / Baptism

425 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 417 Keep always in your love. them them Guide in faith. as they grow in all the dangers and temptations of life. them Protect to confess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior Bring them to their life’s end; disciples and be his faithful [417] in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 4 For families Loving God, you nurture and guide us like a father and mother. We pray for the families of this congregation, and for all Christian families everywhere. Give them strength to honor you in their homes, and to love and serve each other. Help all who have been baptized in your name to live in peace and unity as sisters and brothers in the household of faith, [418] and to serve others in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Baptism / 417

426 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 418 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY I NCLUDING N A L S ERVICE FOR THE S ACRAMENT OF B APTISM AN TERNATIVE THERING A G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day or Opening Prayer Hymn of Praise, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon Canticle, Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual T W ORD HE Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Hymn, Canticle, Psalm, or Spiritual Baptism Introduction Presentation of the Candidates Thanksgiving Over the Water Profession of Faith The Baptism Laying On of Hands [Baptismal Garment] [Giving of the Light] W elcome The Peace Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Prayers of the People If the Eucharist is not celebrated: HE UCHARIST T E Offering Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People S ENDING Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Charge and Blessing

427 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 419 A A L TERNATIVE S ERVICE FOR N HE S B APTISM T ACRAMENT OF The following liturgy for the Sacrament of Baptism was prepared by the Con- sultation on Common Texts, an ecumenical forum for liturgical renewal among many of the major Christian denominations of North America. Its development was prompted by the growing consensus in ecumenical discussions concerning the theology and practice of Baptism. Only the rubrics have been changed to be in keep- ing with the style of this book. Baptism is ordinarily celebrated as part of the worship of the congregation on the Lord’s Day. It appropriately follows the reading and proclaiming of the . Wo r d If the liturgical practice of the congregation includes use of a paschal candle, it is lighted before the service begins. After the sermon an appropriate hymn, canticle, psalm, or spiritual may be sung while the candidates, sponsors, and parents assemble at the baptismal font or pool. Care should be taken to ensure that the baptism be fully visible to the congregation. An elder or a representative of the congregation may lead a procession to the place of baptism, carrying a large pitcher of water. NTRODUCTION I The minister may briefly introduce the liturgy of Baptism in these or similar words. Brothers and sisters in Christ, through the sacrament of Baptism we share in the death and resurrection of Christ, and are incorporated into Christ’s holy church. Baptism proclaims the faith of the church. By the sign of water God cleanses from sin, renews life, and prefigures the reconciliation of all things promised in Christ. In Baptism we are given the Holy Spirit as a pledge of this reconciliation. The same Spirit binds us to each other and joins us to Christ’s ministry of love, peace, and justice. Baptism—Alternative Service / 419

428 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 420 P C ANDIDATES RESENTATION OF THE The minister may say in these or similar words: The candidates for Holy Baptism will now be presented. One of the following is used, as appropriate: A Adults and older children A sponsor for each candidate, in turn, presents the candidate in these or similar words: I present N. to receive the sacrament of Baptism. The minister addresses each candidate, using these or similar words: Putting your whole trust in the grace and love of Jesus Christ, do you desire to be baptized? The candidate responds: I do. The minister addresses the sponsors for each candidate: ill you continue to walk with N. W in this new life in Christ? The sponsors respond: I will, with God’s help. B Parent(s) and sponsors of infants and younger children Candidates unable to answer for themselves are presented individually by a parent: I present N. to receive the sacrament of Baptism. 420 / Baptism—Alternative Service

429 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 421 The minister addresses the parent(s), using these or similar words: Putting your whole trust in the grace and love of Jesus Christ, baptized? do you desire to have your children Parents: I do. Minister: ill you be responsible for nurturing the child you present W in the faith and life of the Christian community? Parents: I will, with God’s help. The minister addresses the sponsors: W ill you, by your prayers and witness, these children grow into the full stature of Christ? help Sponsors: I will, with God’s help. Congregation The minister addresses the congregation: People of God, will you promise to uphold and support N. and N. [or, these persons] their life in Christ? in All respond: We will, with God’s help. Baptism—Alternative Service / 421

430 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 422 T O VER THE W A TER HANKSGIVING ater is poured visibly and audibly into the font. W The people may stand. One of the following thanksgivings is offered by the minister: 1 The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of the universe, ruler of heaven and earth. ou are the source of light and life for all creation. Y In your goodness you give us the sign of water. Glory to you forever and ever. Or Blessed be God forever and ever. At the beginning your Spirit was at work, brooding over the waters of creation’s birth, bringing forth life in all its fullness. Through the gift of water you nourish and sustain all living things. Glory to you forever and ever. Or Blessed be God forever and ever. In the time of Noah, you destroyed the wicked and cleansed the earth through the waters of the flood. By the pillar of cloud and fire you led Israel through the waters of the Red Sea out of slavery to freedom in the promised land. Glory to you forever and ever. Or Blessed be God forever and ever. 422 / Baptism—Alternative Service

431 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 423 In the waters of the river Jordan Jesus was baptized by John and anointed by the Holy Spirit. He is the never-failing spring who has promised that all who thirst can come to the living water. Glory to you forever and ever. Or Blessed be God forever and ever. By the baptism of his own death and resurrection he set us free from bondage to sin and death and opened to us the joy and freedom of everlasting life. As he suffered for us, the piercing of his side brought forth water and blood. Glory to you forever and ever. Or Blessed be God forever and ever. That we might live no longer for ourselves, but for him who died and rose for us, Christ sent the Holy Spirit, his own first gift for those who believe. He sends us out to proclaim the gospel to all nations, baptizing in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Glory to you forever and ever. Or Blessed be God forever and ever. Therefore, saving God, we bless you for the water with which you bless us. We pray that N. and N. [or, these persons], who come to the waters of life, will live in your grace, sharing in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Send your Holy Spirit upon us and upon this water, The minister may touch the water. that all who are gathered under this sign may be one in Christ. Baptism—Alternative Service / 423

432 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 424 Glory to you forever and ever. Or Blessed be God forever and ever. give you praise and honor and worship We through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen. Glory to you forever and ever. Or [419] Amen. Blessed be God forever and ever. 2 The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. We thank you, almighty God, for the gift of water. Over water the Holy Spirit moved in the beginning of creation. W ith water you destroyed evil in the days of Noah. Through water you led the children of Israel out of their bondage in Egypt into the land of promise. In water your Son Jesus received the baptism of John and was anointed by the Holy Spirit as the Christ, that he might lead us through his death and resurrection, from the bondage of sin into everlasting life. thank you, loving God, for the water of Baptism. We In it we are buried with Christ in his death. By it we share in the resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we receive into the community of faith those whom you have called and justified. 424 / Baptism—Alternative Service

433 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 425 Pour out your Holy Spirit, or, these persons] that as N. and N. [ are made a new creation through these baptismal waters, they may preach good news to the poor, proclaim release to the captives and set at liberty those who are oppressed. To Christ, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be all honor and glory, [420] now and forever. Amen. P ROFESSION OF F AITH The minister addresses the candidates making a profession of faith, the par- ent(s), and the sponsors in these or similar words: I ask you to reject sin, profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and confess the faith of the church. R ENUNCIATIONS The congregation may also be invited to respond as part of the reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant. The minister, using one of the following, says: 1 Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God? I renounce them. Do you renounce the evil powers of this world, which corrupt and destroy the creatures of God? I renounce them. Do you renounce all sinful desires that draw you from the love of God? I renounce them. Baptism—Alternative Service / 425

434 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 426 2 Do you renounce evil and its power in the world, which defy God’s righteousness and love? I renounce them. Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God? I renounce them. ROFESSION P The minister says: Let us join with those who are to be baptized in professing the faith of the church, and renew our own baptismal covenant. All present profess their faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed. Do you believe in God, the Father almighty? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 426 / Baptism—Alternative Service

435 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 427 T B APTISM HE Each candidate may be presented by name to the minister. The minister immerses the candidate, or pours water three times upon the candidate, saying: N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. After each baptism the congregation may respond, saying or singing: Amen. Or the congregation may sing a hymn, psalm, or spiritual, or a verse such as: This is the fountain of life, water made holy by the suffering of Christ, washing all the world. Or ou who are washed in this water Y have hope of Christ’s kingdom. After all have been baptized, the people may be seated. Other actions rooted deeply in the history of Baptism may be included, such as those which follow: anointing with oil, putting on a baptismal garment, and the giving of the light. However, care shall be taken that the central act of bap- tizing with water is not overshadowed. L A O NOF H ANDS YING The minister holds hands outstretched over the newly baptized, or places one or both hands on the head of each one, and says: All-powerful God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we give you thanks for freeing your sons and daughters from the power of sin and for raising them up to a new life of grace. Sustain them with your Holy Spirit: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, [421] the spirit of joy in your presence. Amen. Baptism—Alternative Service / 427

436 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 428 The minister may mark the sign of the cross on the forehead of each of the newly baptized. Oil prepared for this purpose may be used. As the sign of the cross is being made, the minister says: N., child of God, I sign you with the cross: you are marked as Christ’s forever. B G ARMENT APTISMAL The newly baptized may be given a white garment. As it is put on, the minister or a sponsor may say: In Baptism you have put on Christ; you have become a new creation. IVING OF THE L IGHT G Baptismal candles may be lighted from the paschal candle. These candles may be given to each of the baptized by a minister, a sponsor, or a representative of the congregation, saying: Receive the light of Christ; you have passed from darkness to light. The congregation says: ou have been enlightened by Christ. Y W alk always as children of the light. W ELCOME The minister says: Wi th joy and thanksgiving we welcome you into Christ’s one holy catholic and apostolic church. 428 / Baptism—Alternative Service

437 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 429 The congregation says: are the people of God, We members of the household of faith, a royal priesthood. Proclaim with us the good news of Christ for all the world. are one in Christ Jesus: We share with us at the table of God’s kingdom. HE P EACE T The minister then says to all those assembled at the font: The peace of the Lord be always with you. They respond: And also with you. The people may exchange signs of God’s peace, greeting those who have been baptized. All return to their places. An appropriate hymn, psalm, or spiritual may be sung. The service continues with the prayers of the people, which will include petitions for the newly baptized and for those who will nurture them (pp. 416–417). When the Lord’s Supper is celebrated, it is appropriate for the newly baptized to receive Communion first. Baptism—Alternative Service / 429

438 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 430 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY I NCLUDING N APTISM AND R B APTISMAL C OVENANT B EAFFIRMATION OF THE THERING A G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day or Opening Prayer Hymn of Praise, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon Canticle, Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual T W ORD HE Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Hymn, Canticle, Psalm, or Spiritual Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant Presentation Profession of Faith Thanksgiving Over the Water The Baptism Laying On of Hands Prayer for Those Reaffirming the Baptismal Covenant Laying On of Hands W elcome The Peace Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Prayers of the People If the Eucharist is not celebrated: HE E UCHARIST T Offering Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People S ENDING Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Charge and Blessing

439 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 431 B R EAFFIRMATION APTISM AND B APTISMAL OVENANT OF THE C A Combined Order The following order is provided for occasions when, for pastoral reasons, it is necessary to include with Baptism the public profession of faith of previously bap- tized persons, and/or the reaffirmation of faith of baptized persons. In including such rites along with Baptism, care should be taken to ensure that Baptism is clearly recognized as the means by which persons are received into the church. While a public profession of faith for the first time, by those previously baptized, and a reaffirmation of faith are important occasions in the Christian life, neither should encroach upon the centrality of Baptism. This rite is ordinarily celebrated as part of the worship of the congregation on the Lord’s Day. It is appropriately celebrated following the reading and proclamation of the Word. After the sermon, an appropriate hymn, canticle, psalm, or spiritual may be sung while the candidates for baptism, their sponsors and/or parents, baptized persons making a public profession of faith for the first time, and those reaf- firming their faith assemble near the baptismal font or pool. Care should be taken to ensure that the baptism is fully visible to the congregation. An elder or other representative of the congregation may lead a procession to the place of baptism, carrying a large pitcher of water. P RESENTATION The minister addresses those assembled at the font, and the congregation: Matt. 28:18–20 Hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age. Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant / 431

440 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 432 Hear also these words from Holy Scripture: The minister then continues, using one or more of the following: 1 Eph. 4:4–6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. 2 Gal. 3:27, 28 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. 3 1 Peter 2:9 Y ou are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. 4 Rom. 6:3, 4 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. The minister continues: Obeying the word of our Lord Jesus, and confident of his promises, we baptize those whom God has called. In baptism God claims us, and seals us to show that we belong to God. God frees us from sin and death, uniting us with Jesus Christ in his death and resurrection. By water and the Holy Spirit, we are made members of the church, the body of Christ, and joined to Christ’s ministry of love, peace, and justice. 432 / Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

441 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 433 Let us remember with joy our own baptism, as we celebrate this sacrament. An elder presents each candidate, using the appropriate forms: A B F OR APTISM The elder presents the candidates for baptism: Adults and older children Elder: On behalf of the session, I present N. and N. to receive the sacrament of Baptism. Infants and younger children Elder: On behalf of the session, I present N., (son, daughter) of N. and N., to receive the sacrament of Baptism. The minister addresses, in turn, candidates for baptism, parents bringing chil- dren for baptism, sponsors, and the congregation: Adults and older children The minister addresses the candidates for baptism: N. and N., do you desire to be baptized? The candidates respond: I do. Parent(s) of infants and younger children The minister addresses the parents presenting children for baptism: Do you desire that N. and N. be baptized? The parent(s) respond: I do. Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant / 433

442 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 434 Minister: Relying on God’s grace, do you promise to live the Christian faith, and to teach that faith to your child? The parent(s) respond: I do. Sponsors (if any are present) The minister addresses the sponsors, if any are present: Do you promise, through prayer and example, to support and encourage N. to be a faithful Christian? The sponsors respond: I do. Congregation The minister addresses the congregation: Do you, as members of the church of Jesus Christ, promise to guide and nurture N. and N., by word and deed, with love and prayer, encouraging them to know and follow Christ and to be faithful members of his church? The people respond: do. We B F OR PUBLIC PROFESSION OF FAITH OF PREVIOUSLY BAPTIZED PERSONS An elder presents the candidate(s): N. and N. are presented by the session, to make their public profession of faith, reaffirming the baptismal covenant into which baptized. they were The minister addresses the candidates: We rejoice that you now desire to declare your faith, and to share with us in our common ministry. 434 / Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

443 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 435 C OR R F AITH F EAFFIRMATION OF An elder presents the candidate(s): I present N. and N., who desire to reaffirm the faith into which baptized. they were The minister addresses the candidates: rejoice with you as you claim again We the promises of God which are yours through your baptism. P ROFESSION OF F AITH The minister addresses those assembled: Through baptism we enter the covenant God has established. In that covenant God gives us new life; we are guarded from evil and nurtured by the love of God and God’s people. In embracing that covenant, we choose whom we will serve, by turning from evil and turning to Jesus Christ. The minister then asks the following questions of the candidates for baptism and/or the parents or guardians of children being presented for baptism, those making a public profession of faith, and those reaffirming their faith. I ask you, therefore, to reject sin, to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church, the faith in which we baptize. R ENUNCIATIONS One of the following is used: 1 Tr usting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant / 435

444 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 436 Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. 2 Do you renounce all evil, and powers in the world which defy God’s righteousness and love? I renounce them. Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God? I renounce them. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior? I do. ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, W obeying his Word and showing his love, to your life’s end? I will, with God’s help. 3 usting in the gracious mercy of God, Tr do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, W obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. 436 / Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

445 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 437 P ROFESSION The minister continues: W ith the whole church, let us confess our faith. The people may then stand. All present profess their faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, using the question and answer form (A) or reciting it directly (B). A Do you believe in God, the Father almighty? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe in the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. B I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant / 437

446 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 438 On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The minister asks one of the following questions of those being baptized on profession of their faith: 1 W ill you be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? I will, with God’s help. 2 See Acts 2:42 ill you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship, W to the breaking of bread and the prayers? I will, with God’s help. Those to be baptized, and those bringing infants or young children for bap- tism (and their sponsors) approach the font. HANKSGIVING O VER THE W A TER T ater is poured visibly and audibly into the font. W One of the following prayers is then said by the minister. 1 The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. 438 / Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

447 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 439 We give you thanks, Eternal God, for you nourish and sustain all living things by the gift of water. In the beginning of time, your Spirit moved over the watery chaos, calling forth order and life. In the time of Noah, you destroyed evil by the waters of the flood, giving righteousness a new beginning. ou led Israel out of slavery, Y through the waters of the sea, into the freedom of the promised land. In the waters of Jordan Jesus was baptized by John and anointed with your Spirit. By the baptism of his own death and resurrection, Christ set us free from sin and death, and opened the way to eternal life. We thank you, O God, for the water of Baptism. In it we are buried with Christ in his death. From it we are raised to share in his resurrection. Through it we are reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit. The minister may touch the water. Send your Spirit to move over this water that it may be a fountain of deliverance and rebirth. W ash away the sin of who are cleansed by it. all them Raise to new life, and graft them to the body of Christ. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon them, they may have power to do your will, that and continue forever in the risen life of Christ. To you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God, be all praise, honor, and glory, [411] now and forever. Amen. Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant / 439

448 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 440 2 The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Eternal and gracious God, we give you thanks. In countless ways you have revealed yourself in ages past, and have blessed us with signs of your grace. praise you that through the waters of the sea, We you led your people Israel out of bondage, into freedom in the land of your promise. We praise you for sending Jesus your Son, who for us was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, and was anointed as the Christ by your Holy Spirit. Through the baptism of his death and resurrection, you set us free from the bondage of sin and death, and give us cleansing and rebirth. praise you that in baptism We you give us your Holy Spirit, who teaches us and leads us into all truth, filling us with a variety of gifts that we might proclaim the gospel to all nations and serve you as a royal priesthood. The minister may touch the water. Pour out your Spirit upon us and upon this water, that this font may be your womb of new birth. May who now pass through these waters all be delivered from death to life, from bondage to freedom, from sin to righteousness. Bind them to the household of faith, guard them from all evil. them to serve you with joy Strengthen until the day you make all things new. To you be all praise, honor, and glory; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who with you and the Holy Spirit, [412] lives and reigns forever. Amen. 440 / Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

449 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 441 3 The minister may give thanks over the water in his or her own words: a. praising God for God’s faithfulness in the covenant; b. thankfully remembering God’s reconciling acts such as: the cleansing and rebirth in the flood in the time of Noah; the exodus through the waters of the sea; Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan; the baptism of Jesus’ death and his resurrection. c. invoking the Holy Spirit to attend and empower the baptism; to make the water a water of redemption and rebirth; to equip the church for faithfulness. The prayer concludes with an ascription of praise to the triune God. B APTISM T HE The candidates, other than infants, who are to be baptized by pouring or sprin- kling may kneel, or if there are candidates to be immersed, they walk down into the water. Calling each candidate by his or her Christian (given) name or names only, the minister shall pour or sprinkle water visibly and generously on the candi- date’s head, or immerse the candidate in the water, while saying: N., I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. L YING O NOF H ANDS A The minister lays hands on the head of each person baptized while saying one of the following: 1 O Lord, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit. him/her the spirit of wisdom and understanding, Give the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, [413] both now and forever. The person responds: Amen. Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant / 441

450 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 442 2 Defend, O Lord, your servant N. with your heavenly grace, may continue yours forever, that he/she and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, [414] he/she until comes to your everlasting kingdom. The person responds: Amen. The minister may mark the sign of the cross on the forehead of each of the newly baptized, while saying one of the following. Oil prepared for this pur- pose may be used. 1 N., child of the covenant, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism, and marked as Christ’s own forever. Amen. 2 N., child of God, you have been sealed by the Holy Spirit in baptism, and grafted into Christ forever. Amen. RAYER FOR P HOSE R EAFFIRMING THE B APTISMAL C OVENANT T Those who have been previously baptized, and who are now making a pub- lic profession of faith for the first time or reaffirming their faith, will step forward. The minister asks them one of the following: 1 T oday you have publicly professed your faith. W ill you be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? I will, with God’s help. 442 / Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

451 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 443 2 See Acts 2:42 oday you have publicly professed your faith. T W ill you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers? I will, with God’s help. The minister offers one of the following prayers, or a similar prayer: 1 Gracious God, by water and the Spirit you claimed us as your own, cleansing us from sin, and giving us new life. Yo u made us members of your body, the church, calling us to be your servants in the world. baptism. Renew in N. and N. the covenant you made in their them. Continue the good work you have begun in forth by the power of your Spirit Send them to love and serve you with joy, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth, [422] in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 Faithful God, in baptism you claimed us; and by your Spirit you are at work in our lives empowering us to live a life worthy of our calling. thank you for leading N. and N. We to this time and place them in their of reaffirming the covenant you made with baptism. Establish them in your truth, them by your Spirit, and guide that, together with all your people, they may grow in faith, hope, and love, disciples of Jesus Christ, and be faithful to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit [423] be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen. Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant / 443

452 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 444 L YING O NOF H ANDS A The candidates kneel. The minister lays both hands on the head of each of the candidates in turn, while offering one of the following prayers. The sign of the cross may be marked on the forehead of candidate, using oil prepared for this purpose. 1 O Lord, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit. him/her your gifts of grace: Daily increase in the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, [413] both now and forever. The candidate answers: Amen. 2 Defend, O Lord, your servant N. with your heavenly grace, he/she may continue yours forever, that and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, [414] until he/she comes to your everlasting kingdom. The candidate answers: Amen. After all of the candidates have received the laying on of hands, the candidates stand. W ELCOME A representative of the session, or the minister, addresses the congregation in these or similar words: their baptism, N. and N. Through been received into the one holy catholic have and apostolic church. N. and N. have reaffirmed the covenant into which they were baptized. 444 / Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant

453 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 445 As members of the household of God, God has called them to serve Christ in the world. Let us welcome them to this ministry. W elcome is extended using (A) or (B): A The people respond, saying: With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you to share with us in the ministry of Christ, for we are all one in him. B Those who have been baptized, or who have reaffirmed the baptismal covenant, are welcomed in a manner appropriate to the particular congre- gation. HE P T EACE The minister then says to all those assembled at the font: The peace of Christ be with you. They respond: And also with you. The people may exchange signs of God’s peace, greeting those who have been baptized and those who have reaffirmed the baptismal covenant. All return to their places. An appropriate hymn, psalm, or spiritual may be sung. The service continues with the prayers of the people, which will include peti- tions for the newly baptized and for those who will nurture them (pp. 416–417), and for those who have reaffirmed the baptismal covenant. Baptism and Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant / 445

454 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 446 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY N NCLUDING R B APTISMAL C OVENANT I EAFFIRMATION OF THE HOSE P AKING A P UBLIC T ROFESSION OF F AITH M FOR THERING A G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day or Opening Prayer Hymn of Praise, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon Canticle, Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual T W HE ORD Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Hymn, Canticle, Psalm, or Spiritual Public Profession of Faith Presentation Profession of Faith Laying On of Hands elcome W The Peace Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Prayers of the People If the Eucharist is not celebrated: HE E UCHARIST T Offering Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People ENDING S Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Charge and Blessing

455 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 447 R B APTISMAL EAFFIRMATION OF THE OVENANT FOR T M AKING C HOSE UBLIC ROFESSION OF F AITH P A P This service is for persons who were baptized as infants and nurtured in the church, and who now are making a public profession of faith. P RESENTATION This service takes place at the baptismal font or pool, which shall be filled with water. After the sermon, an appropriate hymn, psalm, or spiritual or other suitable music may be sung. Baptized persons making a public profession of faith for the first time gather at the place for baptism. An elder, representing the session, presents the candidates: N. and N. are presented by the session, for the reaffirming of the baptismal covenant they were baptized. into which now They to profess publicly their faith desire and to assume greater responsibility in the life of the church, and God’s mission in the world. The minister says: We rejoice that you now desire to declare your faith and to share with us in our common ministry. In baptism you were joined to Christ, members of his church. and made In the community of the people of God, you have learned of God’s purpose for you and for all creation. ou have been nurtured at the table of our Lord, Y and called to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Hear these words from Holy Scripture: — Public Profession of Faith / 447 Reaffirmation

456 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 448 The minister continues, using one or more of the following scripture texts: Eph. 2:19–22 1 Y ou are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God. 2 Eph. 2:10 are what God has made us, We created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. 3 1 Peter 2:9 Y ou are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. 4 Matt. 5:14–16 Y ou are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light so shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. P F AITH ROFESSION OF The minister, addressing those making a public profession of faith, then says: Now, as you publicly declare your faith, I ask you to reject sin, to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church, the faith in which you were baptized. / Reaffirmation — Public Profession of Faith 448

457 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 449 R ENUNCIATIONS The minister continues, using one of the following: 1 Tr usting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. 2 Do you renounce all evil, and powers in the world which defy God’s righteousness and love? I renounce them. Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God? I renounce them. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love, to your life’s end? I will, with God’s help. 3 Tr usting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Reaffirmation — Public Profession of Faith / 449

458 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 450 Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. P ROFESSION The minister continues, saying: W ith the whole church, let us confess our faith. The congregation may stand and join the candidates in affirming the faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, using the question and answer form (A) or reciting it directly (B). A Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 450 / Reaffirmation — Public Profession of Faith

459 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 451 B I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. The minister asks one of the following questions of those making a profes- sion of their faith: 1 Yo u have publicly professed your faith. W ill you be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? I will, with God’s help. 2 See Acts 2:42 u have publicly professed your faith. Yo W ill you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers? I will, with God’s help. Reaffirmation — Public Profession of Faith / 451

460 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 452 The minister offers the following prayer, or a similar prayer may be said: Let us pray. Gracious God, by water and the Spirit you claimed us as your own, cleansing us from sin, and giving us new life. u made us members of your body, the church, Yo calling us to be your servants in the world. baptism. Renew in N. and N. the covenant you made in their them. Continue the good work you have begun in Send them forth in the power of your Spirit to love and serve you with joy, and to strive for justice and peace in all the earth, [422] in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. A O NOF H ANDS YING L The candidates kneel. The minister lays both hands on the head of each of the candidates in turn, while offering one of the following prayers. The sign of the cross may be marked on the forehead of the candidate. Oil prepared for this purpose may be used. 1 O Lord, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit. him/her your gifts of grace: Daily increase in the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, [413] both now and forever. The candidate answers: Amen. Or 2 Defend, O Lord, your servant N. with your heavenly grace, he/she that may continue yours forever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, [414] until he/she comes to your everlasting kingdom. 452 / Reaffirmation — Public Profession of Faith

461 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 453 The candidate answers: Amen. After each candidate has received the laying on of hands, the minister prays: Ever-living God, your these servants guard with your protecting hand, forever. them and let your Holy Spirit be with them to know and obey your Word, Lead may serve you in this life that they and dwell with you forever in the life to come; [424] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ELCOME W A representative of the session, or the minister, addresses the congregation in these or similar words: N. and N., by publicly professing their faith, expressed their intention have them to continue in the covenant God made with their baptism. in them they join with us Let us welcome as in the worship and mission of the church. The people respond, saying: With joy and thanksgiving we welcome you to share with us in the ministry of Christ, for we are all one in him. HE P T EACE The minister then says to all those assembled at the font: The peace of God be with you. They respond: And also with you. The people may exchange signs of God’s peace, greeting those who have publicly professed their faith. — Public Profession of Faith / 453 Reaffirmation

462 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 454 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY N NCLUDING R B APTISMAL C OVENANT I EAFFIRMATION OF THE HOSE C NITING WITH A T ONGREGATION FOR U A G THERING Call to Worship Prayer of the Day or Opening Prayer Hymn of Praise, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon Canticle, Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual HE W ORD T Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Hymn, Canticle, Psalm, or Spiritual Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant Presentation Profession of Faith [Laying On of Hands] W elcome The Peace Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Prayers of the People If the Eucharist is not celebrated: HE E T UCHARIST Offering Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People S ENDING Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Charge and Blessing

463 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 455 R EAFFIRMATION OF THE APTISMAL C T HOSE B OVENANT FOR C NITING WITH A U ONGREGATION Baptized persons who are transferring membership from another Christian church are received by letter of transfer. Baptized persons who are coming from active membership in a church that does not issue certificates of transfer are received on reaffirmation of faith. Baptized persons who have ceased to participate in the life of the church, but who now desire to participate actively in it, are restored to membership through reaffirmation of faith. This service takes place at the baptismal font or pool, which shall be filled with water. After the sermon, a hymn, canticle, psalm, spiritual, or other suitable music may be sung. Those who wish to reaffirm the covenant into which they were baptized, and to be received into church membership gather at the place of baptism. RESENTATION P An elder, representing the session, presents those who have been received by transfer from other Christian churches, or by reaffirmation of faith, using the appropriate forms: A For those received by letter of transfer Elder: On behalf of the session, I present N. and N., who been received into the membership of this congregation have by transfer from N. congregation. Reaffirmation — T hose Uniting with a Congregation / 455

464 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 456 B For those received by reaffirmation of faith Elder: On behalf of the session I present N. and N., been received into the membership of this congregation have who by reaffirmation of faith. Minister: ou come to us as members Y of the one holy catholic church, into which you were baptized, and by which you have been nurtured. We are one with each other, sisters and brothers in the family of God. We rejoice in the gifts you bring to us. As you join with us in the worship and service of this congregation, it is fitting that together we reaffirm the covenant into which we were baptized, claiming again the promises of God which are ours in our baptism. The people may stand. Hear these words from Holy Scripture: The minister then continues, using one of the following: 1 Eph. 4:4–6 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all. 2 Gal. 3:27, 28 As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male or female; for all of you are in Christ Jesus. 456 Reaffirmation — T hose Uniting with a Congregation /

465 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 457 3 1 Peter 2:9 ou are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, Y a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. AITH ROFESSION OF F P The minister, addressing those assembled at the font and the congregation, then says: Sisters and brothers in Christ, our baptism is the sign and seal of our cleansing from sin, and of our being grafted into Christ. Through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ, the power of sin was broken and God’s kingdom entered our world. Through our baptism we were made citizens of God’s kingdom, and freed from the bondage of sin. Let us celebrate that freedom and redemption through the renewal of the promises made at our baptism. I ask you therefore, once again to reject sin, and to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church, in which we were baptized. ENUNCIATIONS R The minister continues, using one of the following: 1 usting in the gracious mercy of God, Tr do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do. ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, W obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. Reaffirmation — T hose Uniting with a Congregation / 457

466 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 458 2 Do you renounce all evil, and powers in the world which defy God’s righteousness and love? I renounce them. Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God? I renounce them. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love, to your life’s end? I will, with God’s help. 3 Tr usting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, W obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. ROFESSION P The minister continues: W ith the whole church, let us confess our faith. All affirm the faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, using the question and answer form (A) or reciting it directly (B). 458 / Reaffirmation — T hose Uniting with a Congregation

467 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 459 A Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. B I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. Reaffirmation — T hose Uniting with a Congregation / 459

468 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 460 The minister addresses those assembled at the font, using one of the following: 1 Yo u have publicly professed your faith. ill you be a faithful member of this congregation, W share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? I will, with God’s help. 2 See Acts 2:42 Yo u have publicly professed your faith. W ill you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers? I will, with God’s help. The minister or the elder offers one of the following, or a similar prayer: Let us pray. 1 Holy God, we praise you for calling us to be a servant people, and for gathering us into the body of Christ. We thank you for choosing to add to our number brothers and sisters in faith. ogether, may we live in your Spirit, T and so love one another, that we may have the mind of Jesus Christ our Lord, [425] to whom we give honor and glory forever. Amen. 2 For those who have not participated in the life of the church for an extended period. Faithful God, you work in us and for us even when we do not know it. When our path has led us away from you, you guide us back to yourself. 460 / Reaffirmation — T hose Uniting with a Congregation

469 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 461 We thank you for calling your servants N. and N. to the fellowship of your people. Renew in their baptism. them the covenant you made in By the power of your Spirit, them strengthen in faith and love, that they may serve you with joy, [426] to the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. YING L NOF H ANDS A O The laying on of hands may be included; it is especially appropriate for those who have not participated in the life of the church for an extended period of time. The candidates kneel. The minister lays both hands on the head of each of the candidates in turn, while offering one of the following prayers. The sign of the cross may be marked on the forehead of each candidate. Oil prepared for this purpose may be used. 1 O Lord, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit. him/her your gifts of grace: Daily increase in the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, [413] both now and forever. The candidate answers: Amen. 2 Defend, O Lord, your servant N., with your heavenly grace, he/she that may continue yours forever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, [414] he/she until comes to your everlasting kingdom. The candidate answers: Amen. Reaffirmation T hose Uniting with a Congregation / 461 —

470 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 462 After each candidate has received the laying on of hands, the minister prays: Ever-living God, your servants with your protecting hand, guard these forever. them and let your Holy Spirit be with to know and obey your Word them Lead they that may serve you in this life and dwell with you forever in the life to come; [424] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ELCOME W The minister and an elder representing the session welcome the members in an appropriate manner, using these or similar words: elcome to this congregation and its worship and ministry. W HE P EACE T The minister then says to those assembled at the font: The peace of Christ be with you. They respond: And also with you. It is appropriate for the congregation to share signs of peace as the new mem- bers return to their places. 462 / Reaffirmation — T hose Uniting with a Congregation

471 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 463 A O UTLINE OF THE S ERVICE FOR THE L ORD ’ S D AY N NCLUDING R B APTISMAL C OVENANT I EAFFIRMATION OF THE ONGREGATION C FOR A THERING A G Call to Worship Prayer of the Day or Opening Prayer Hymn of Praise, Psalm, or Spiritual Confession and Pardon Canticle, Psalm, Hymn, or Spiritual T HE W ORD Prayer for Illumination First Reading Psalm Second Reading Anthem, Hymn, Psalm, Canticle, or Spiritual Gospel Reading Sermon Hymn, Canticle, Psalm, or Spiritual Reaffirmation of the Baptismal Covenant Scripture Sentences Profession of Faith Thanksgiving for Baptism [Laying On of Hands] The Peace Hymn, Psalm, or Spiritual Prayers of the People If the Eucharist is not celebrated: HE E UCHARIST T Offering Offering Invitation to the Lord’s Table Great Thanksgiving Prayer of Thanksgiving Lord’s Prayer Lord’s Prayer Breaking of the Bread Communion of the People ENDING S Hymn, Spiritual, Canticle, or Psalm Charge and Blessing

472 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 464 R B APTISMAL EAFFIRMATION OF THE OVENANT FOR A C C ONGREGATION This liturgy is provided for occasions calling for a public reaffirmation of the bap- tismal covenant, and is included in the order for the Service for the Lord’s Day. It is appropriate for use on Baptism of the Lord (pp. 198–204), during Lent (pp. 235–250), on any Sunday during the Easter season (pp. 315–337), the Day of Pen- tecost (pp. 338–347), or All Saints’ Day (pp. 385–391). This liturgy is included in the Easter Vigil (p. 310) when there is no baptism. Liturgical texts for these occasions focus on baptismal themes. Additional liturgical texts are provided on pages 472–477 for occasions when the entire service will focus on the reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant. This service is led from the baptismal font or pool, which shall be filled with water. CRIPTURE S ENTENCES S After the sermon, the minister, standing at the baptismal font or pool, reads one of the following scripture texts. Hear these words from Holy Scripture: 1 Cor. 12:12–13, 27 1 Just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free— and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 464 / Reaffirmation — Congregation

473 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 465 2 Deut. 7:9 Know that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love God and keep God’s commandments. Eph. 4:1–3 3 Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 Micah 6:8 God has told you what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? ROFESSION OF F AITH P The congregation may stand, as the minister continues: Sisters and brothers in Christ, our baptism is the sign and seal of our cleansing from sin, and of our being grafted into Christ. Through the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ, the power of sin was broken and God’s kingdom entered our world. Through our baptism we were made citizens of God’s kingdom, and freed from the bondage of sin. Let us celebrate that freedom and redemption through the renewal of the promises made at our baptism. I ask you, therefore, once again to reject sin, to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church, the faith in which we were baptized. R ENUNCIATIONS The minister continues, using one of the following: Reaffirmation — Congregation / 465

474 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 466 1 usting in the gracious mercy of God, Tr do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. 2 Do you renounce all evil, and powers in the world which defy God’s righteousness and love? I renounce them. Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God? I renounce them. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior? I do. ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, W obeying his Word and showing his love, to your life’s end? I will, with God’s help. 3 Tr usting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. 466 / Reaffirmation — Congregation

475 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 467 W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. P ROFESSION The minister continues: ith the whole church, W let us confess our faith. The congregation affirms the faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, using the question and answer form (A) or reciting it directly (B). A Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, Amen. and the life everlasting. B I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Reaffirmation — Congregation / 467

476 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 468 I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. T B APTISM HANKSGIVING FOR W ater is poured visibly and audibly into the font. One of the following prayers is then said by the minister: 1 The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. give you thanks, Eternal God, We for you nourish and sustain all living things by the gift of water. In the beginning of time, your Spirit moved over the watery chaos, calling forth order and life. In the time of Noah, you destroyed evil by the waters of the flood, giving righteousness a new beginning. Y ou led Israel out of slavery, through the waters of the sea, into the freedom of the promised land. In the waters of Jordan Jesus was baptized by John and anointed with your Spirit. / Reaffirmation — Congregation 468

477 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 469 By the baptism of his own death and resurrection, Christ set us free from sin and death, and opened the way to eternal life. thank you, O God, for the water of baptism. We In it we were buried with Christ in his death. From it we were raised to share in his resurrection, Through it we were reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we celebrate our fellowship in him in faith. We pray that all who have passed through the water of baptism may continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, To [427] be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen. 2 The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Eternal and gracious God, we give you thanks. In countless ways you have revealed yourself in ages past, and have blessed us with signs of your grace. We praise you that through the waters of the sea you led your people Israel out of bondage, into freedom in the land of your promise. praise you for sending Jesus your Son, We who for us was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, and was anointed as the Christ by your Holy Spirit. Through the baptism of his death and resurrection you set us free from the bondage of sin and death, and give us cleansing and rebirth. We praise you for your Holy Spirit, who teaches us and leads us into all truth, filling us with a variety of gifts, that we might proclaim the gospel to all nations and serve you as a royal priesthood. Reaffirmation — Congregation / 469

478 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 470 We rejoice that you claimed us in our baptism, and that by your grace we are born anew. By your Holy Spirit renew us, that we may be empowered to do your will and continue forever in the risen life of Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be all glory and honor, [428] now and forever. Amen. The minister may place his or her hand into the water of the font, lift up some water, let it fall back into the font, and then make the sign of the cross over the people, while saying: Remember your baptism and be thankful. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. A YING O NOF H ANDS L The minister may invite persons who wish to receive the laying on of hands to come and kneel at the font. The minister lays both hands on the head of each of the candidates in turn, while offering one of the following prayers. The sign of the cross may be traced on the forehead of each person. Oil prepared for this pur- pose may be used. 1 O Lord, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit. Daily increase in him/her your gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, [413] both now and forever. The candidate answers: Amen. 470 / Reaffirmation — Congregation

479 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 471 2 Defend, O Lord, your servant N., with your heavenly grace, may continue yours forever, that he/she and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, [414] he/she until comes to your everlasting kingdom. The candidate answers: Amen. T P HE EACE The service concludes with the exchange of peace if it was not included earlier in the service. The minister may say: The peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. And also with you. It is especially appropriate that the Lord’s Supper follow a reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant. — Congregation / 471 Reaffirmation

480 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 472 A L ITURGICAL T EXTS FOR THE S ERVICE FOR DDITIONAL L ORD S D AY W HEN I NCLUDING R EAFFIRMATION OF ’ THE B C THE C ONGREGATION OVENANT FOR A APTISMAL When the following liturgical texts are incorporated into the Service for the Lord’s Day as part of the reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant, it is appro- priate that the complete service be led from the baptismal font or pool, which should be uncovered and filled with water. S ENTENCES OF S CRIPTURE 1 1 Peter 2:9 ou are a chosen race, Y a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of the One who called you out of darkness into God’s marvelous light. 1 Peter 2:10 2 Once you were not a people but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy but now you have received mercy. 3 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be God forever and ever. By God’s great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. PENING P RAYER O 1 O God Most High, you have made the font of baptism to be the womb from which we are reborn in the waters of life. Grant that all who have been born of water and the Spirit may live in Christ as the first fruits of the new humanity, leading others to hope in the rebirth of your whole creation, and to serve you with joy, [429] now and forever. Amen. 472 / Reaffirmation — Congregation

481 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 473 2 God of grace, by the power of the Holy Spirit you have given us new life in the waters of baptism; strengthen us to live in righteousness and true holiness, that we may grow into the likeness of your Son, [430] Jesus Christ. Amen. 3 Open the heavens, O God, and pour out your Spirit upon us, that all who have been raised to new life with Christ in baptism may, by word and deed, [431] show forth the risen life of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ALL TO C ONFESSION C 1 Jer. 31:33, 34 This is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel, says the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it upon their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. I will forgive their evil deeds, and I will remember their sin no more. In penitence and faith, let us confess our sins to almighty God. 2 Heb. 10:22 Let us draw near to God with sincerity of heart and full assurance of faith, our guilty hearts sprinkled clean, our bodies washed with pure water. Let us confess our sins before God and one another. Reaffirmation — Congregation / 473

482 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 474 C S IN —A L ITANY ONFESSION OF Sovereign God, in baptism you called us to turn from sin and to turn to Jesus Christ; but we stray from his ways and do not heed your call. Silence. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. In baptism you joined us to Christ in his death that we might be raised with Christ in new life; but we cherish old ways and fail to embrace the risen life of righteousness, justice, and love. Silence. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. In baptism you united us with all the baptized who confess your name; but we foster division in the church. refuse to live as one people, We and so fail to witness to your reconciling love before the world. Silence. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. In baptism you call us to ministry in all realms of life, but we refuse the struggle to know your will; we do not nurture the ways of peace; we allow enmity and hatred to grow among us, putting neighbor against neighbor, and nation against nation. 474 / Reaffirmation — Congregation

483 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 475 We abuse the earth you entrust to our care, and live in discord with all you made. Silence. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. In baptism you sent us to serve with compassion all for whom Christ died; but we ignore the suffering of the oppressed and the plight of the poor. We take bread from the hungry, and will not listen to cries for justice. Silence. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. In baptism you gave us the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us, but we rely on ourselves, and refuse to trust your direction. spurn your eternal wisdom, We preferring the luring ways of the world. Silence. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy on us. Remember the promises you made to us in our baptism, forgive our sinful ways and heal our brokenness. Set us free from all that enslaves us, and raise us to new life in Jesus Christ, that we may be your faithful servants, showing forth your healing love to the world, [432] to the glory of your holy name. Amen. Reaffirmation — Congregation / 475

484 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 476 D F ORGIVENESS ECLARATION OF Col. 2:12; 2 Cor. 5:17 Hear the good news! In baptism you were buried with Christ. In baptism also you were raised to life with him, through faith in the power of God who raised Christ from the dead. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. The old life has gone; a new life has begun. I declare to you in the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven. Amen. Col. 3:1 If you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. P RAYER FOR I LLUMINATION Creator Spirit, who hovered over the waters at creation’s birth, who descended in the form of a dove at Jesus’ baptism, who was poured out under the signs of fire and wind at Pentecost: Come to us, open our hearts and minds, so that we may hear the Word of life and be renewed by your power, for you live and reign with the Father and the Son, [433] now and forever. Amen. REAT T G HANKSGIVING The great thanksgiving appointed for Baptism of the Lord (pp. 200–204), or great thanksgiving B (pp. 126–129) or C (pp. 130–132), with the preface for the reaffirmation of the baptismal covenant (p. 137) or for Baptism of the Lord (p. 134), may be used. 476 / Reaffirmation — Congregation

485 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 477 When the Lord’s Supper is not celebrated, the prayer of thanksgiving for Bap- tism of the Lord (p. 204) may be used. C HARGE Eph. 4:1–2 Lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Reaffirmation — Congregation / 477

486 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 478 R EAFFIRMATION OF THE APTISMAL C M ARKING B OVENANT G F AITH CCASIONS OF O ROWTH IN Outline Call to Discipleship Profession of Faith [Laying On of Hands] The Peace The following service may be used in a variety of situations to mark occasions such as a significant deepening of personal commitment or answers to the call to a particular ministry in the church. When it is included in the Service for the Lord’s Day, it follows the sermon. This service takes place at the baptismal font or pool, which should be uncov- ered and filled with water. Those who wish to reaffirm the baptismal covenant in marking an occasion of growth in faith gather at the baptismal font or pool. C D ISCIPLESHIP ALL TO The minister may read one or more of the following, or other appropriate scripture texts: John 8:12 1 Jesus said: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Luke 10:2 2 The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. 478 / Reaffirmation — Growth in Faith

487 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 479 3 Matt. 25:34–36 The King will say to those on his right hand: Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me. 4 John 15:15–17 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. Y ou did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father may give to you, whatever you ask in my name. 5 Rom. 12:1 I appeal to you, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 6 Phil. 2:13 God is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for God’s good pleasure. The minister continues: The call of Christ is to willing, dedicated discipleship. Our discipleship is a manifestation of the new life into which we enter through baptism. It is possible because in Jesus Christ we have been set free from the bondage of sin and death. Reaffirmation — Growth in Faith / 479

488 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 480 Discipleship is both a gift and a commitment, an offering and a responsibility. It is marked by change, growth, and deepened commitment. It is lived out of a renewing sense of God’s calling to us, and of God’s claim upon us made in our baptism. On this occasion we celebrate with N. and N., and join with in renewing their baptism. them Here the minister may relate what has happened in each individual’s life, or the persons reaffirming the baptismal covenant may share their reasons for making this recommitment. P AITH ROFESSION OF F The minister, addressing those reaffirming the baptismal covenant, then says: The grace bestowed on you in baptism is sufficient because it is God’s grace. By God’s grace we are saved, and enabled to grow in the faith and to commit our lives in ways which please God. I invite you now to claim that grace given you in baptism by reaffirming your baptismal vows: to renounce all that opposes God and God’s kingdom and to affirm the faith of the holy catholic church. ENUNCIATIONS R The minister continues, using one of the following: 1 usting in the gracious mercy of God, Tr do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. 480 / Reaffirmation — Growth in Faith

489 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 481 2 Do you renounce all evil, and powers in the world which defy God’s righteousness and love? I renounce them. Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God? I renounce them. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love, to your life’s end? I will, with God’s help. 3 Tr usting in the gracious mercy of God, do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, W obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. ROFESSION P The congregation may stand and join those reaffirming the baptismal covenant, by affirming the faith in the words of the Apostles’ Creed, using the question and answer form (A) or reciting it directly (B). A Do you believe in God the Father? I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. Reaffirmation — Growth in Faith / 481

490 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 482 Do you believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God? I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. Do you believe in God the Holy Spirit? I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. B I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen. 482 / Reaffirmation — Growth in Faith

491 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 483 If appropriate, the minister may address those reaffirming the baptismal covenant, using one of the following: 1 Yo u have publicly professed your faith. W ill you be a faithful member of this congregation, share in its worship and ministry through your prayers and gifts, your study and service, and so fulfill your calling to be a disciple of Jesus Christ? I will, with God’s help. 2 See Acts 2:42 Yo u have publicly professed your faith. W ill you devote yourself to the church’s teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers? I will, with God’s help. The minister offers the following prayer, or a similar prayer may be said. Faithful God, in baptism you claimed us; and by your Spirit you are working in our lives, empowering us to live a life worthy of our calling. thank you for leading N. and N. We to this time and place them in their of reaffirming the covenant you made with baptism. Establish in your truth, them them by your Spirit, and guide that, together with all your people, may grow in faith, hope, and love, they and be faithful disciples of Jesus Christ, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit [423] be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen. L YING A NOF H ANDS O The minister may lay both hands on the head of each of person in turn, while saying one of the following prayers. The sign of the cross may be marked on the forehead of each candidate. Oil prepared for this purpose may be used. Reaffirmation — Growth in Faith / 483

492 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 484 A O Lord, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit. Daily increase in him/her your gifts of grace: the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, [413] both now and forever. The candidate answers: Amen. B Defend, O Lord, your servant N., with your heavenly grace, that he/she may continue yours forever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, [414] until he/she comes to your everlasting kingdom. The candidate answers: Amen. After all have received the laying on of hands, these or similar words are said: See Eph. 5:2; 1 Thess. 5:16–18 N., and N., you are of Jesus Christ. disciples Live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. T HE P EACE The minister says these or similar words: Phil. 4:7 The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. Amen. If this rite is part of a public service, all may exchange the peace if it was not included earlier in the service. / Reaffirmation — Growth in Faith 484

493 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 485 R EAFFIRMATION OF THE APTISMAL C B OVENANT IN C ASTORAL P OUNSELING Outline Scripture Reading Profession of Faith Prayer [Laying On of Hands] The Peace This service is for use in the context of private pastoral counseling with per- sons who struggle to live up to the implications of their baptism. This service takes place at the baptismal font or pool, which should be uncov- ered and filled with water. S CRIPTURE R EADING One or more of the following scripture texts may be read: Psalm 91 Phil. 4:4–7 Psalm 23 2 Cor. 1:3–5 Psalm 90 ROFESSION OF F P AITH Using these or similar words, the minister says: In your baptism, God acted out of grace and love for you. Y ou entered the covenant God established. Y ou were joined to Christ and welcomed into the household of faith. The grace of God is eternal. Nothing can separate you from God’s love. Y ou are still God’s child, and God cares for you. Reaffirmation — P astoral Counseling / 485

494 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 486 I ask you therefore, once again to reject sin, to profess your faith in Christ Jesus, and to confess the faith of the church, the faith in which we are baptized. The minister continues, using one of the following: 1 usting in the gracious mercy of God, Tr do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior, trusting in his grace and love? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. 2 Do you renounce all evil, and powers in the world which defy God’s righteousness and love? I renounce them. Do you renounce the ways of sin that separate you from the love of God? I renounce them. Do you turn to Jesus Christ and accept him as your Lord and Savior? I do. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love, to your life’s end? I will, with God’s help. 486 / Reaffirmation — P astoral Counseling

495 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 487 3 usting in the gracious mercy of God, Tr do you turn from the ways of sin and renounce evil and its power in the world? I do. Who is your Lord and Savior? Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. W ill you be Christ’s faithful disciple, obeying his Word and showing his love? I will, with God’s help. RAYER P The minister offers a prayer that is relevant to the particular concerns that have been part of the counseling situation. It may include thanksgiving, peti- tion, intercession, confession, and forgiveness. A YING O NOF H ANDS L The minister continues with the laying on of hands, while offering Prayer A or B: A O Lord, uphold N. by your Holy Spirit. him/her your gifts of grace: Daily increase in the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord, the spirit of joy in your presence, [413] both now and forever. The candidate answers: Amen. Reaffirmation — P astoral Counseling / 487

496 04 Baptism (401-488) 2/18/05 1:02 PM Page 488 B Defend, O Lord, your servant N., with your heavenly grace, may continue yours forever, that he/she and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more, [414] he/she until comes to your everlasting kingdom. The candidate answers: Amen. T HE EACE P The minister says: The peace of Christ be with you. The person responds: Amen. 488 Reaffirmation — P astoral Counseling /

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498 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 490 A O UTLINE OF M ORNING P RAYER N Opening Sentences Morning Psalm or Morning Hymn Psalm(s) Psalm Silent Prayer [Psalm Prayer] Scripture Reading Silent Reflection [A Brief Interpretation of the Reading, or a Nonbiblical Reading] Canticle Canticle of Zechariah or Other Canticle Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession Thanksgivings and Intercessions Concluding Prayer Lord’s Prayer [Hymn or Spiritual] Dismissal [Sign of Peace] When a person is worshiping alone, or in a family group, or when circum- stances call for an abbreviated order, the following is suggested: Psalm Scripture Reading Silent Reflection Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

499 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 491 M P RAYER ORNING Opening Sentences All may stand. O Lord, open my lips. And my mouth shall proclaim your praise. And one of the following, or a seasonal alternative (pp. 524–543), is said: 1 Lam. 3:22–23 The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy never cease, fresh as the morning and sure as the sunrise. 2 Ps. 74:16, 17 ou created the day and the night, O God; Y you set the sun and the moon in their places; you set the limits of the earth; you made summer and winter. Ps. 5:2b–3 3 I pray to you, O Lord; you hear my voice in the morning; at sunrise I offer my prayer and wait for your answer. 4 Rom. 11:33, 36 O depth of wealth, wisdom, and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are God’s judgments, how untraceable are God’s ways! The source, guide, and goal of all that is, Amen. to God be glory forever! Rev. 19:6, 7 5 Alleluia! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give God the glory. Morning Prayer / 491

500 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 492 6 Heb. 13:15 Through Jesus let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, the fruit of lips that acknowledge God’s name. 7 Rev. 4:11 Y ou are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created. M M ORNING ORNING YMN P SALM OR H One of the morning psalms (95:1–7; 100; 63:1–8; 51:1–12) or a morning hymn is sung. one 2; PH 215; PS 89, 90 Psalm 95:1–7 T * Refrain: Let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvatio n. R 1 ; * Come, let us sing to the L ORD let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving * ORD and raise a loud shout to the L R with psalms. 3 ORD is a great God, For the L * and a great Sovereign above all gods. 4 The L holds the caverns of the earth, * ORD and sustains the heights of the hills. 5 * The sea belongs to God, who made it, whose hands have molded the dry land. R 6 Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, * and kneel before the L our Maker. ORD [Unison] 7 For the L ORD is our God, and we are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of * God’s hand. Oh, that today you would hearken to God’s voice! R 492 / Morning Prayer

501 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 493 Psalm 100 one 3; PH 220; PS 97–101 T Shout for joy to God, all the earth, * Refrain: Alleluia! Praise the Lord! R 1 * ORD Be joyful in the L , all you lands; 2 serve the L ORD with gladness and come before God’s presence with a song. 3 alone is God; * ORD Know this: The L we belong to the L ORD , who made us, R we are God’s people and the sheep of God’s pasture. 4 Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving; go into the holy courts with praise; * ORD . give thanks and call upon the name of the L 5 , ORD For good is the L whose mercy is everlasting; * R and whose faithfulness endures from age to age. Psalm 63:1–8 T one 6 or 8; PH 198, 199; PS 53, 54 O God, you are my God; * Refrain: earnestly will I seek you. R 1 * O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a barren and dry land where there is no water. 2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, * that I might behold your power and your glory. 3 For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; * my lips shall give you praise. 4 So will I bless you as long as I live * R and lift up my hands in your name. 5 My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, * and my mouth praises you with joyful lips, 6 * when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches. 7 For you have been my helper, * and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice. Morning Prayer / 493

502 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 494 8 * My soul clings to you; your right hand holds me fast. R one 7; PH 195, 196; PS 47 Psalm 51:1–12 T Create in me a clean heart, O God, Refrain: * and renew a right spirit within me. R 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; * in your great compassion blot out my offenses. 2 * ash me through and through from my wickedness W and cleanse me from my sin. R 3 * For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. 4 Against you only have I sinned * and done what is evil in your sight. And so you are justified when you speak * and upright in your judgment. 5 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, * a sinner from my mother’s womb. R 6 * For behold, you look for truth deep within me, and will make me understand wisdom secretly. 7 * Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; wash me, and I shall be clean indeed. 8 Make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the body you have broken may rejoice. 9 * Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities. R 10 * Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 11 * Cast me not away from your presence and take not your holy Spirit from me. [Unison] 12 Give me the joy of your saving help again * and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. R 494 / Morning Prayer

503 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 495 All may be seated. SALM ( ) P S One or more additional psalms (pp. 611–783, 1050–1095) are sung or said. Silence for reflection follows each psalm. A psalm prayer may follow the silence. CRIPTURE R EADING S At the conclusion of the reading of scripture (pp. 1050–1095), the reader may say: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Silence follows for reflection on the meaning of the scripture. The scripture may be briefly interpreted, or a nonbiblical reading may be read. C ANTICLE The Canticle of Zechariah or another canticle (pp. 573–591; PS 158–191) may be sung or said. All may stand. Canticle of Zechariah Benedictus; Luke 1:68–79 PH 601, 602; PS 158–160 Y * Refrain: ou have come to your people and set them free. Or In the tender compassion of our God * the dawn from on high shall break upon us. R Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel; * you have come to your people and set them free. Y ou have raised up for us a mighty Savior, * born of the house of your servant David. R Morning Prayer / 495

504 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 496 Through your holy prophets, you promised of old * to save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us, * to show mercy to our forebears, and to remember your holy covenant. R This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham: * to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship you without fear, * holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. R And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, * for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way, * to give God’s people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins. R In the tender compassion of our God * the dawn from on high shall break upon us, * to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. R P T HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION RAYERS OF Satisfy us with your love in the morning, and we will live this day in joy and praise. One of the following, or other prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, may be said: 1 Sunday Mighty God of mercy, we thank you for the resurrection dawn bringing the glory of our risen Lord who makes every day new. Especially we thank you for the beauty of your creation . . . the new creation in Christ and all gifts of healing and forgiveness . . . the sustaining love of family and friends . . . the fellowship of faith in your church. . . . Merciful God of might, renew this weary world, heal the hurts of all your chil- dren, and bring about your peace for all in Christ Jesus, the living Lord. Espe- cially we pray for those who govern nations of the world . . . the people in countries ravaged by strife or warfare . . . all who work for peace and international harmony . . . all who strive to save the earth from destruction . . . [434] the church of Jesus Christ in every land. . . . 496 / Morning Prayer

505 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 497 2 Monday We praise you, God our creator, for your handiwork in shaping and sustaining your wondrous creation. Especially we thank you for the miracle of life and the wonder of living . . . particular blessings coming to us in this day . . . the resources of the earth . . . gifts of creative vision and skillful craft . . . the treasure stored in every human life. . . . dare to pray for others, God our Savior, claiming your love in Jesus Christ for We the whole world, committing ourselves to care for those around us in his name. Especially we pray for those who work for the benefit of others . . . those who cannot work today . . . those who teach and those who learn . . . people who are poor . . . [435] the church in Europe. . . . 3 uesday T Eternal God, we rejoice this morning in the gift of life, which we have received by your grace, and the new life you give in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for the love of our families . . . the affection of our friends . . . strength and abilities to serve your purpose today . . . this community in which we live . . . opportunities to give as we have received. . . . God of grace, we offer our prayers for the needs of others and commit ourselves to serve them even as we have been served in Jesus Christ. Especially we pray for those closest to us, families, friends, neighbors . . . refugees and homeless men, women and children . . . the outcast and persecuted . . . those from whom we are estranged . . . [436] the church in Africa. . . . Morning Prayer / 497

506 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 498 4 ednesday W God of all mercies, we praise you that you have brought us to this new day, bright- ening our lives with the dawn of promise and hope in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for the warmth of sunlight, the wetness of rain and snow, and all that nourishes the earth . . . the presence and power of your Spirit . . . the support and encouragement we receive from others . . . those who provide for public safety and well-being . . . the mission of the church around the world. . . . Merciful God, strengthen us in prayer that we may lift up the brokenness of this world for your healing, and share in the saving love of Jesus Christ. Especially we pray for those in positions of authority over others . . . the lonely and forgotten . . . children without families or homes . . . agents of caring and relief . . . [437] the church in Asia and the Middle East. . . . 5 Thursday Loving God, as the rising sun chases away the night, so you have scattered the power of death in the rising of Jesus Christ, and you bring us all blessings in him. Especially we thank you for the community of faith in our church . . . those with whom we work or share common concerns . . . the diversity of your children . . . indications of your love at work in the world . . . those who work for reconciliation. . . . Mighty God, with the dawn of your love you reveal your victory over all that would destroy or harm, and you brighten the lives of all who need you. Especially we pray for families suffering separation . . . people different from ourselves . . . those isolated by sickness or sorrow . . . the victims of violence or warfare . . . [438] the church in the Pacific region. . . . 498 / Morning Prayer

507 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 499 6 Friday Eternal God, we praise you for your mighty love given in Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and the new life we have received by his resurrection. Especially we thank you for the presence of Christ in our weakness and suffering . . . the ministry of Word and Sacrament . . . all who work to help and heal . . . sacrifices made for our benefit . . . opportunities for our generous giving. . . . God of grace, let our concern for others reflect Christ’s self-giving love, not only in our prayers, but also in our practice. Especially we pray for those subjected to tyranny and oppression . . . wounded and injured people . . . those who face death . . . those who may be our enemies . . . [439] the church in Latin America. . . . 7 Saturday Great and wonderful God, we praise and thank you for the gift of renewal in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for opportunities for rest and recreation . . . the regenerating gifts of the Holy Spirit . . . activities shared by young and old . . . fun and laughter . . . every service that proclaims your love. . . . ou make all things new, O God, and we offer our prayers for the renewal of the Y world and the healing of its wounds. Especially we pray for those who have no leisure . . . people enslaved by addictions . . . those who entertain and enlighten . . . those confronted with temptation . . . [440] the church in North America. . . . Individual prayers of thanksgiving and intercession may be offered. There may be silent prayer. The leader then says one of the following prayers, or a similar prayer. For sea- sonal alternatives see pages 524–543. Morning Prayer / 499

508 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 500 1 Eternal God, our beginning and our end, be our starting point and our haven, and accompany us in this day’s journey. Use our hands to do the work of your creation, and use our lives to bring others the new life you give this world [441] in Jesus Christ, Redeemer of all. Amen. 2 As you cause the sun to rise, O God, bring the light of Christ to dawn in our souls and dispel all darkness. Give us grace to reflect Christ’s glory; and let his love show in our deeds, his peace shine in our words, and his healing in our touch, [442] that all may give him praise, now and forever. Amen. 3 Eternal God, your touch makes this world holy. Open our eyes to see your hand at work in the splendor of creation, and in the beauty of human life. Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us, to share your blessings with our sisters and brothers, and to experience the joy of life in your presence. [443] ask this through Christ our Lord. We Amen. 4 Eternal God, you never fail to give us each day all that we ever need, and even more. Give us such joy in living and such peace in serving Christ, that we may gratefully make use of all your blessings, and joyfully seek our risen Lord in everyone we meet. [444] In Jesus Christ we pray. Amen. 500 / Morning Prayer

509 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 501 5 O God, you are the well-spring of life. Pour into our hearts the living water of your grace, that we may be refreshed to live this day in joy, confident of your presence and empowered by your peace, [445] in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 6 Eternal God, you call us to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with courage, not knowing where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; [446] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 7 God our creator, yours is the morning and yours is the evening. Let Christ the sun of righteousness shine forever in our hearts and draw us to that light where you live in radiant glory. [447] ask this for the sake of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. We Amen. Morning Prayer / 501

510 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 502 All sing (musical settings: PH 571, 589, 590; PS 192–195) or say: Or Our Father in heaven, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, thy kingdom come, your will be done, thy will be done, on earth as in heaven. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Give us this day our daily bread; Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, For thine is the kingdom, and the glory are yours and the power, and the glory, Amen. now and forever. Amen. forever. [H S PIRITUAL YMN OR ] ISMISSAL D The leader dismisses the people using one of the following: 1 Tim. 6:21 1 The grace of God be with us all, now and always. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. 2 Rom. 15:13 May the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. 502 / Morning Prayer

511 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 503 3 1 Tim. 1:17 To God be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. 4 2 Peter 3:18 May we continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. A sign of peace may be exchanged by all. Morning Prayer / 503

512 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 504 A O UTLINE OF E VENING P RAYER N Service of Light Opening Sentences Or Opening Sentences Evening Hymn Evening Hymn: Hymn to Christ the Light Thanksgiving for Light Evening Psalm Psalm 141 Silent Prayer Psalm Prayer Psalm(s) Psalm Silent Prayer [Psalm Prayer] Scripture Reading Silent Reflection [A Brief Interpretation of the Reading, or a Nonbiblical Reading] Canticle Canticle of Mary or Other Canticle Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession Concluding Prayer Lord’s Prayer [Hymn or Spiritual] Dismissal [Sign of Peace] When a person is worshiping alone, or in a family group, or when circum- stances call for an abbreviated order, the following is suggested: Psalm Scripture Reading Silent Reflection Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

513 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 505 E P RAYER VENING Evening prayer may begin with the service of light. If evening prayer is not to include the service of light, the service begins on page 513. L S ERVICE OF IGHT The room should be dimly lit. A large lighted candle may be carried in procession to a prominent place as the opening sentences are sung or said. Or a lamp or candle already in place may be lighted as the people gather. PENING S ENTENCES O One of the following is sung or said. All may stand. 1 See John 1:5; 8:12; Luke 24:29 Jesus Christ is the light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome. Stay with us, Lord, for it is evening and the day is almost over. Let your light scatter the darkness and illumine your church. 2 Light and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord. Thanks be to God. Evening Prayer — Service of Light / 505

514 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 506 3 See Rev. 22:20 Advent The Spirit and the church cry out: Come, Lord Jesus. All those who await his appearance pray: Come, Lord Jesus. The whole creation pleads: Come, Lord Jesus. 4 See Isa. 9:2, 6; John 1:4–5, 14 Christmas-Epiphany The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Those who dwell in the land of deep darkness, on them has the light shined. have beheld Christ’s glory, We glory as of the only Son of the Father. For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given. In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. See 2 Cor. 6:2; Ps. 85:4; 80:3 5 Lent Behold, now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation. rn us again, O God of our salvation, Tu that the light of your face may shine on us. May your justice shine like the sun; and may the poor be lifted up. 506 / Evening Prayer — Service of Light

515 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 507 6 Easter-Pentecost Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! are illumined by the brightness of his rising. We Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! Death has no more dominion over us. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia! E VENING H YMN Hymn to Christ the Light Phos Hilaron PH 548, 549; PS 167–169 As the hymn is sung, additional candles may be lighted from the flame of the large candle and the lights turned up. O radiant Light, O Sun divine, of God the Father’s deathless face, O image of the Light sublime, that fills the heavenly dwelling place. O Son of God, the source of life, praise is your due by night and day. Our happy lips must raise the strain of your esteemed and splendid name. Lord Jesus Christ, as daylight fades, as shine the lights of eventide, we praise the Father with the Son, the Spirit blest and with them one. T HANKSGIVING FOR L IGHT The thanksgiving for light may be sung or spoken. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. Evening Prayer — Service of Light / 507

516 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 508 The leader continues, using one of the following prayers: 1 We give you thanks and praise, O God, for you are without beginning and without end. Through your Son, Jesus Christ, you have created and preserved the world; Father of Christ and the giver of the Spirit, you rule over all creation. The day you have made for the works of light and the night for our refreshment and strength. O Lord of love and source of all good, receive our evening sacrifice of praise. Y ou have guided us through this day to the beginning of night; grant us, in Christ, an evening filled with peace and a night free from sin; and when at last we come to our own end, bring us into the everlasting life of your kingdom, where you live and reign with Jesus Christ, your Son, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [448] God, forever and ever. Amen. 2 We praise you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, by whose word the shadows of evening fall. our wisdom opens the gates of morning; Y your understanding orders the changes of time and seasons; your will controls the stars as they travel through the skies. ou are the Creator of both night and day, Y making light recede before darkness, and darkness before light. ou cause day to pass, Y and bring on the night, setting day and night apart. Y ou are the Lord of hosts. Living and eternal God, rule over us always, to the end of time. Blessed are you, O Lord, [449] whose word makes evening fall. Amen. / Evening Prayer — Service of Light 508

517 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 509 3 Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation. In the beginning you separated light from darkness and placed all your works in our hands. Y ou have given us the light of day that we might see your wonders in all we say and do; you give us the gentle darkness of the night that we might rest from our burdens and be refreshed in body and spirit. Break through the darkness of our sins with the splendor of your mercy and love. Send your light to dispel our fears and anxieties and fill us with hope and joy. Glory, praise, and honor are yours, O God, through Jesus Christ our Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit, [450] now and forever. Amen. 4 We give you thanks and praise, O God of endless light, through our Lord Jesus Christ. In him your light shines in our hearts and reveals the light that never fades. As daylight comes to an end and darkness begins to fall, we thank you for the light of day, created for our work and pleasure, and bless you for the gift of this evening light. All praise to you, O God, through Jesus Christ, your Son: through him all glory and honor is yours, with the Holy Spirit, in the holy church [451] now and forever. Amen. Evening Prayer — Service of Light / 509

518 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 510 5 Advent Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of the universe, creator of light and darkness. In this holy season, when the sun’s light is swallowed up by the growing darkness of the night, you renew your promise to reveal among us the splendor of your glory, made flesh and visible to us in Jesus Christ, your Son. Through the prophets you teach us to hope for his reign of peace. Through the outpouring of your Spirit you give sight to our souls, that we may see your glory in the presence of Christ. Strengthen us where we are weak, support us in our efforts to do your will, and free our tongues to sing your praise, for to you all honor and blessing are due, [452] now and forever. Amen. 6 Christmas-Epiphany Blessed are you, O Lord our God, for you have made our gladness greater and increased our joy by sending to dwell among us the Wonderful Counselor, the Prince of Peace. Born of Mary, proclaimed to the shepherds and acknowledged to the ends of the earth, your unconquered Sun of righteousness gives light in darkness and establishes us in freedom. All glory in the highest be to you, through Christ, the Son of your favor, in the abiding presence of your Spirit, [453] this night and forever and ever. Amen. T exts 452 and 453 are by John Allyn Melloh, S.M., and are copyright © 1979 G.I.A. Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Altered with permission. All rights reserved. 510 / Evening Prayer — Service of Light

519 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 511 7 Lent Blessed are you, O Lord our God, the Shepherd of Israel, their pillar of cloud by day, their pillar of fire by night. In these forty days you lead us into the desert of repentance that in this pilgrimage of prayer we might learn to be your people once more. In fasting and service you bring us back to your heart. Y ou open our eyes to your presence in the world and you free our hands to lead others to the wonders of your grace. Be with us in these journey days, for without you we are lost and will perish. you alone be dominion and glory, To [454] forever and ever. Amen. 8 Easter-Pentecost Blessed are you, O Lord, Redeemer God. ou destroyed the bonds of death Y and from the darkness of the tomb drew forth the light of the world. Y ou led us through the waters of death, and made us children of light singing Alleluias and dancing to the music of new life. Pour out your Spirit upon us that dreams and visions bring us ever closer to the kingdom of Jesus Christ, our risen Savior. Through him and in the Holy Spirit all glory be to you, almighty God, [455] this night and forever and ever. Amen. T exts 454 and 455 are by John Allyn Melloh, S.M., and are copyright © 1979 G.I.A. Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. All rights reserved. — Service of Light / 511 Evening Prayer

520 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 512 E P SALM Psalm 141:1–5, 8–10 PH 249; PS 144, 145 VENING While Psalm 141 is being sung, incense may be burned. Refrain: * Let my prayer rise before you as incense , the lifting of my hands as the evening sacrifice. R 1 ORD , I call to you; come to me quickly ; * O L hear my voice when I cry to you. 2 Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, * the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 3 Set a watch before my mouth, O L ORD , and guard the door of my lips ; * 4 let not my heart incline to any evil thing. * Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, R nor eat of their choice foods. 5 Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke; let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; * for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds. 8 But my eyes are turned to you, Lord G OD ; * in you I take refuge; do not strip me of my life. R 9 * Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me and from the traps of the evildoers. 10 * Let the wicked fall into their own nets, R while I myself escape. After the psalm, the leader says: Let us pray. Pause for silent prayer. / Evening Prayer — Service of Light 512

521 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 513 Holy God, let the incense of our prayer ascend before you, and let your loving-kindness descend upon us, that with devoted hearts we may sing your praises with the church on earth and the whole heavenly host, [456] and glorify you forever and ever. Amen. The service may continue with evening prayer, beginning with the psalm(s) on page 515. Or, when an evening meal or other evening activity follows, the serv- ice may be concluded with: a brief lesson from scripture the Lord’s Prayer an additional hymn (optional) a grace or blessing E VENING P RAYER When evening prayer begins with the service of light (pp. 505–513), the open- ing sentences and the evening hymn are omitted. The service proceeds with the psalm(s) on page 515. PENING O ENTENCES S All may stand. 1 Ps. 24:34 Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Or See Ps. 70:1 2 O God, come to our assistance. O Lord, hasten to help us. Or 3 Light and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord. Thanks be to God. Evening Prayer / 513

522 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 514 And one of the following, or a seasonal alternative (pp. 524–543), is said: Dan. 2:22–23 1 God reveals deep and mysterious things, and knows what is hidden in darkness. God is surrounded by light. To you, O God, we give thanks and praise. 2 Ps. 139:11–12 I could ask the darkness to hide me or the light around me to become night, but even darkness is not dark for you, and the night is as bright as the day; for darkness is as light with you. 3 Rev. 21:23–24 The city of God has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light shall the nations walk, and the rulers of earth shall bring their treasures into it. Rev. 22:5 4 In the city of God, night shall be no more; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. 5 Zech. 14:5c, 7, and 1 John 1:5 God will come, and there shall be continuous day, for at evening time there shall be light. God is light; in God there is no darkness at all. 2 Cor. 4:6 6 God who said, “Out of darkness the light shall shine!” is the same God who made light shine in our hearts to bring us the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of Christ. 514 / Evening Prayer

523 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 515 7 2 Sam. 22:29, 33 ou are my lamp, O Lord. Y My God lightens my darkness. This God is my strong refuge and has made my way safe. E VENING H YMN An evening hymn is sung. IF THE SERVICE OF LIGHT IS USED, THE SERVICE CONTINUES HERE FROM PAGE 513. All may be seated. SALM ( S ) P One or more psalms (pp. 611–783, 1050–1095) are sung or said. Silence for reflection follows each psalm. A psalm prayer may follow the silence. S R EADING CRIPTURE At the conclusion of the reading of scripture (pp. 1050–1095), the reader may say: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Silence follows for reflection on the meaning of the scripture. The scripture may be briefly interpreted, or a nonbiblical reading may be read. Evening Prayer / 515

524 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 516 C ANTICLE The Canticle of Mary (Magnificat) or another canticle may be sung or said. All may stand. The Canticle of Mary The Magnificat; Luke 1:46–55 PH 600; PS 161–163 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, Refrain: * my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. R My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, * for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: * you, the Almighty, have done great things for me and holy is your name. * Y ou have mercy on those who fear you, R from generation to generation. u have shown strength with your arm, * Yo and scattered the proud in their conceit, * casting down the mighty from their thrones and lifting up the lowly. Y * ou have filled the hungry with good things, R and sent the rich away empty. ou have come to the aid of your servant Israel, * Y to remember the promise of mercy, the promise made to our forebears, * to Abraham and his children for ever. R RAYERS OF P HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION T The prayers of thanksgiving and intercession may take the form of a litany (A) or of the prayers appointed for each day of the week (B). A The litany on pages 112–114 may be sung. 516 / Evening Prayer

525 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 517 B The following prayers may be used: Ps. 141:2 Let my prayer rise before you as incense, the lifting of my hands as an evening sacrifice. If Psalm 141 has been previously sung, the following verses are used: Ps. 25:1–2 you, O Lord, I lift my soul. To O God, in you I trust. One of the following, or other prayers of thanksgiving and intercession, are said: 1 Sunday lift our voices in prayers of praise, holy God, for you have lifted us to new life We in Jesus Christ, and your blessings come in generous measure. Especially we thank you for the privilege of worship and service in this congregation . . . the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ for us . . . food and drink to share in the Lord’s name . . . our calling to discipleship. . . . We hold up before you human needs, God of compassion, for you have come to us in Jesus Christ and shared our life so we may share his resurrection. Especially we pray for the healing of those who are sick . . . the comfort of the dying . . . the renewal of those who despair . . . [457] the Spirit’s power in the church. . . . 2 Monday rejoice in your generous goodness, O God, and celebrate your lavish gifts to We us this day, for you have shown your love in giving Jesus Christ for the salvation of the world. Especially we give thanks for the labors of those who have served us today . . . friends with whom we have shared . . . those whom we love and have loved us . . . opportunities for our work to help others . . . all beauty that delights us. . . . Evening Prayer / 517

526 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 518 Gracious God, we know you are close to all in need, and by our prayers for oth- ers we come closer to you. We are bold to claim for others your promises of new life in Jesus Christ, as we claim them for ourselves. Especially we pray for those in dangerous occupations . . . physicians and nurses . . . those who are ill or confined to nursing homes . . . those who mourn . . . [458] the Roman Catholic Church. . . . 3 T uesday Eternal God, we thank you for being with us today, and for every sign of your truth and love in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for the gift of peace in Christ . . . reconciliation in our relationships . . . each new insight into your love . . . energy and courage to share your love . . . the ministries of the church. . . . Gracious God, we remember in our own hearts the needs of others, that we may reach up to claim your love for them, and reach out to give your love in the name of Christ. Especially we pray for racial harmony and justice . . . those imprisoned . . . strangers we have met today . . . friends who are bereaved . . . [459] Orthodox and Coptic churches. . . . 4 W ednesday Give us your peace, O God, that we may rejoice in your goodness to us and to all your children, and be thankful for your love revealed in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for people who reveal your truth and righteousness . . . courage to be bold disciples . . . those who show hospitality . . . surprises that have blessed us . . . the unity of the church of Jesus Christ. . . . Give us your peace, O God, that we may be confident of your care for us and all your children, as we remember the needs of others. Especially we pray for friends and relatives who are far away . . . neighbors in special need . . . those who suffer hunger and thirst . . . those who work at night while others sleep . . . [460] Episcopal and Methodist churches. . . . 518 / Evening Prayer

527 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 519 5 Thursday We give you our praise and thanks, O God, for all gifts of love we have received from you, and for your persistent mercy in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for work we have accomplished pleasing to you . . . the faithful witness of Christian people . . . the example of righteousness we see in parents and teachers . . . the innocence and openness we see in children . . . all works of Christian compassion. . . . give you our cares and concerns, O God, because we know you are kind and We care for your children in every circumstance. Especially we pray for those who struggle with doubt and despair . . . people afflicted with disease . . . those called to special ministries . . . people neglected or abused . . . [461] Baptist, Disciples of Christ, and other free churches. . . . 6 Friday Merciful God, we praise you that you give strength for every weakness, for- giveness for our failures, and new beginnings in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for the guidance of your spirit through this day . . . signs of new life and hope . . . people who have helped us . . . those who struggle for justice . . . expressions of love unexpected or undeserved. . . . Almighty God, you know all needs before we speak our prayers, yet you welcome our concerns for others in Jesus Christ. Especially we pray for those who keep watch over the sick and dying . . . those who weep with the grieving . . . those who are without faith and cannot accept your love . . . the aged who are lonely, distressed or weak . . . [462] Reformed, Presbyterian, and Lutheran churches. . . . Evening Prayer / 519

528 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 520 7 Saturday God of glory, we praise you for your presence in our lives, and for all goodness that you shower upon your children in Jesus Christ. Especially we thank you for promises kept and hope for tomorrow . . . the enjoyment of friends . . . the wonders of your creation . . . love from our parents, our sisters and brothers, our spouses and children . . . pleasures of living. . . . God of grace, we are one with all your children, for we are sisters and brothers of Jesus Christ, and we offer our prayers for all whom we love. Especially we pray for those we too often forget . . . people who have lost hope . . . victims of tragedy and disaster . . . those who suffer mental anguish . . . [463] ecumenical councils and church agencies. . . . Individual prayers of thanksgiving and intercession may be offered. There may be silent prayer. The leader then says one of the following prayers, or a similar prayer. For sea- sonal alternatives see pages 524–543. 1 As you have made this day, O God, you also make the night. Give light for our comfort. Come upon us with quietness and still our souls, that we may listen for the whisper of your Spirit and be attentive to your nearness in our dreams. Empower us to rise again in new life to proclaim your praise, and show Christ to the world, [464] for he reigns forever and ever. Amen. 520 / Evening Prayer

529 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 521 2 Great God, you are one God, and you bring together what is scattered and mend what is broken. Unite us with the scattered peoples of the earth that we may be one family of your children. Bind up all our wounds, and heal us in spirit, that we may be renewed as disciples [465] of Jesus Christ, our Master and Savior. Amen. 3 God of all who fear you, make us one with all your saints and with any who are in need. T each us to befriend the weak, and welcome the outcast, that we may serve the Lord Jesus Christ and live to offer him glory. [466] In his holy name we pray. Amen. 4 God our shepherd, you have brought us through this day to a time of reflection and rest. Calm our souls, and refresh us with your peace. Keep us close to Christ and draw us closer to one another in the bonds of his wondrous love. [467] We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen. 5 you, O God To we give up the burdens of this day, trusting your love and mercy. To you, O God, we surrender ourselves, trusting our risen Lord to lead us always in the way of peace, [468] today, tomorrow, and forever. Amen. Evening Prayer / 521

530 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 522 6 Protect your people, O God, and keep us safe until the coming of your new dawn and the establishment of your righteous rule. By your Holy Spirit, stir up within us a longing for the light of your new day, and guide us by the radiance of Jesus Christ [469] your Son, our risen Lord. Amen. 7 Abide with us, O Lord, for evening comes and the day is almost over. Abide with us, for the days are hastening on and we hasten with them. Abide with us and with all your faithful people, until the daystar rises and the morning light appears, [470] and we shall abide with you forever. Amen. All sing (musical settings: PH 571, 589, 590; PS 192–195) or say: Or Our Father in heaven, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, hallowed be your name, thy kingdom come, your kingdom come, thy will be done, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors; as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. Amen. forever. 522 / Evening Prayer

531 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 523 [H S PIRITUAL ] YMN OR ISMISSAL D The leader dismisses the people using one of the following: 1 Phil. 4:23 May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with us all. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. 2 2 Thess. 3:16 May the Lord, who is our peace, give us peace at all times and in every way. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. 3 Phil. 4:7 May the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. A sign of peace may be exchanged by all. Evening Prayer / 523

532 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 524 A TERNATIVE T EXTS FOR L EASONS AND F : S ESTIVALS E P RAYER ORNING AND VENING M A DVENT P M ORNING RAYER PENING S ENTENCES O 1 See Isa. 55:12 The mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the forest shall clap their hands. For behold, our Lord and Ruler is coming to reign forever. Alleluia! Ps. 85:10–11 2 Love and faithfulness will meet; justice and peace will embrace. Faithfulness will spring from the earth and justice will look down from heaven. 3 The Lord shall come when morning dawns, and earth’s dark night is past. As the sentry waits for daybreak, so my soul hopes for the Lord. 4 Like the sun in the morning sky, the Savior of the world will come. Like rain on the meadow, he will descend. 524 / — Morning and Evening Prayer — Advent Alternative Texts

533 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 525 M H YMN ORNING Seasonal hymn (alternative to the morning psalm): “Sleepers, Wake!” A Voice Astounds Us PH 17 C ANTICLE While traditionally sung in morning prayer throughout the year, PH 601, 602; PS 158–160 Canticle of Zechariah (pp. 573–574) is particularly appropriate when sung during Advent. Other canticles include: Canticle of Thanksgiving (p. 580) PS 175 Seek the Lord (pp. 580–581) PS 176 The New Jerusalem (p. 581) PS 177 A Canticle of Creation (pp. 584–585) PS 180, 181 A Canticle of Praise PS 182 The Desert Shall Blossom (pp. 579–580) PH 18 RAYERS OF T HANKSGIVING AND P NTERCESSION I The Litany for Advent—O Antiphons (pp. 166–167) is appropriate to use from December 17 through 22. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 God of all wisdom, our hearts yearn for the warmth of your love, and our minds search for the light of your Word. Increase our longing for Christ our Savior, and strengthen us to grow in love, that at the dawn of his coming we may rejoice in his presence and welcome the light of his truth. [471] This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. Alternative Texts — Morning and Evening Prayer — Advent / 525

534 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 526 2 O Christ, splendor of the glory of God, and perfect image of the Eternal One who begot you, we praise you for the infinite love which sent you among us; we confess you as the light and life of the world; and we adore you as our Lord and our God, [472] now and forever. Amen. 3 Holy God, the mystery of your eternal Word took flesh among us when Mary, without reserve, entrusted her life to you. Strengthen us by the example of her humility, that we may always be ready to do your will and welcome Christ into our lives, [473] who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen. E VENING P RAYER PENING S ENTENCES O Isa. 40:5 1 The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together. 2 See Isa. 45:8 Drop down the dew from above, O heavens, and let the clouds rain justice. Let the earth’s womb be opened, and bring forth a Savior. Ps. 96:11, 13 3 Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice, for the Lord comes to judge the earth, to judge the world with justice and the nations with truth. 4 Matt. 3:2 Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. 526 / — Morning and Evening Prayer — Advent Alternative Texts

535 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 527 E H YMN VENING Seasonal alternative to “Hymn to Christ the Light” (Phos Hilaron): Come, O Come, Emmanuel PH 9 C ANTICLE While traditionally sung in evening prayer throughout the year, PH 600; PS 161–163 Canticle of Mary (p. 575) is particularly appropriate when sung during Advent. Other canticles include: Christ, the Head of All Creation (p. 589) PS 186 Jesus Christ Is Lord (p. 589) PS 187 P HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION RAYERS OF T The Litany for Advent—O Antiphons (pp. 166–167) is appropriate to use from December 17 through 22. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 God of the prophets, you sent your messenger into the wilderness of Jordan to prepare human hearts for the coming of your Son. Help us to prepare for Christ’s coming, and to hear the good news and repent, that we may be ready to welcome the Lord, [474] our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 2 God of hope and joy, the day draws near when the glory of your Son will brighten the night of the waiting world. Let no sorrow hinder the joy of those who seek him. Let no sin obscure the vision of wisdom seen by those who find him. [475] We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. Alternative Texts — — Advent / 527 Morning and Evening Prayer

536 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 528 3 God of grace, ever faithful to your promises, the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior’s coming and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time. Prepare our hearts to receive him when he comes, [476] for he is Lord forever and ever. Amen. C HRISTMAS M P RAYER ORNING O ENTENCES PENING S Luke 2:14 1 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Alleluia! 2 Luke 2:10, 11 Behold I bring you good news of a great joy; for to you is born in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. John 1:14 3 The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory. Alleluia! H YMN M ORNING Seasonal hymn (alternative to the morning psalm): PH 69 O Morning Star, How Fair and Bright Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light PH 26 ANTICLE C While traditionally sung in morning prayer throughout the year, Canticle of Zechariah (pp. 573–574) PH 601, 602; PS 158–160 is particularly appropriate when sung during Christmas. Other canticles include: 528 / — Morning and Evening Prayer — Christmas Alternative Texts

537 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 529 We Praise You, O God (p. 577) PH 460; PS 170, 171 PH 566, 575, 576; PS 173 Glory to God (p. 578) A Canticle of Creation (pp. 584–585) PS 180, 181 A Canticle of Praise PS 182 God’s Chosen One (p. 579) HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION RAYERS OF P T One of the litanies appointed for use during Christmas (pp. 178–180) may be used. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession All-powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into the world has brightened weary hearts with peace. T each us to proclaim the birth of your Son Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, [151] one God, forever and ever. Amen. VENING P RAYER E PENING S O ENTENCES 1 oday Christ is born; T today salvation has appeared; today angels are singing and archangels rejoicing; today the just exult and say: Glory to God in the highest. Alleluia! 2 1 John 4:9 In this, O God, your love was revealed among us, that you sent your only Son into the world so that we might live through him. VENING H E YMN Seasonal alternatives to “Hymn to Christ the Light” (Phos Hilaron): PH 309 Of the Father’s Love Begotten PH 48 Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming — Alternative Texts — Christmas / 529 Morning and Evening Prayer

538 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 530 C ANTICLE While traditionally sung in evening prayer or prayer at the close of day throughout the year, Canticle of Mary (p. 575) PH 600; PS 161–163 PH 603–605; PS 164–166 Canticle of Simeon (p. 576) are particularly appropriate when sung in evening prayer during Christmas. Other canticles include: Christ, the Head of All Creation (p. 589) PS 185 Jesus Christ Is Lord (p. 589) PS 186 T HANKSGIVING AND P NTERCESSION RAYERS OF I One of the litanies appointed for use during Christmas (pp. 178–180) may be used. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 Eternal God, in Jesus Christ your light shines in our darkness, giving joy in sorrow and comfort in loneliness. Fill us with the mystery of your Word made flesh, until our hearts overflow with praise and joy, for he is the beginning and the end of all that exists, [478] living forevermore. Amen. 2 O God, you loved the world so much that you gave your only Son for us. Increase and strengthen our faith and fix it firmly on the mystery of your Word made flesh, that we may triumph over all evil [479] through Christ who reigns now and forever. Amen. 530 / Alternative Texts — Morning and Evening Prayer — Christmas

539 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 531 E PIPHANY ORNING P M RAYER S PENING O ENTENCES 1 Isa. 60:1, 3, 6 Arise, shine, for your light is come! The glory of the Lord is risen upon you! Nations shall come to your light, and rulers to the brightness of your dawn. They shall come from Sheba, bearing gold and incense, singing the praise of God. 2 For Baptism of the Lord Sealed with the sign of the Spirit, Jesus rises from the waters. The Baptizer knows him and foretells: This is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. ORNING M YMN H Seasonal hymn, alternative to the morning psalm: PH 67 Brightest and Best of the Stars of the Morning ANTICLE C Alternatives to Canticle of Zechariah: We Praise You, O God (p. 577) PH 460; PS 170, 171 PH 566, 575, 576; PS 173 Glory to God (p. 578) PS 177 The New Jerusalem (p. 581) Alternative Texts — Morning and Evening Prayer — Ephipany / 531

540 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 532 P T HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION RAYERS OF The litany appointed for use on Epiphany (pp. 192–193) may be used. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession Lord Jesus, unconquered light, your power has dawned upon the world with transforming love. Grant that we, who greet you on this joyful morning, may be found faithful at the day’s end, and in that final day be gathered with all your children, to that city whose light is the radiance of your face, [480] for you reign in splendor now and forever. Amen. P E VENING RAYER O PENING S ENTENCES 1 This is a holy day adorned with three mysteries: oday a star leads the magi to the manger; T today water is made wine at the wedding; today Christ is baptized by John in the Jordan to save us. Alleluia! Mal. 1:11 2 From the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, and in every place incense is offered to my name, and a pure offering; for my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. VENING H YMN E Seasonal alternatives to “Hymn to Christ the Light” (Phos Hilaron): Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence PH 5 PH 68 What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright 532 / — Morning and Evening Prayer — Ephipany Alternative Texts

541 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 533 C ANTICLE Alternatives to Canticle of Mary: Christ, the Head of All Creation (p. 589) PS 185 Jesus Christ Is Lord (p. 589) PS 186 The Mystery of Our Religion (p. 590) RAYERS OF T HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION P The litany appointed for use on Baptism of the Lord (pp. 199–200) may be used. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 Eternal Light, you have shown us your glory in Christ, the Word made flesh. Y our light is strong, your love is near. Draw us beyond the limits which this world imposes, to the life where the Spirit makes all life complete, [481] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 Almighty God, who anointed Jesus at his baptism with the Holy Spirit, and revealed him as your beloved Son: Keep us, your children born of water and the Spirit, faithful in your service, that we may rejoice to be called children of God, [482] through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. ENT L In daily prayer there is a tradition of using the Great Litany (pp. 787–791) as an alternative service on all Wednesdays and Fridays of Lent, beginning the Friday after Ash Wednesday and continuing until the Friday before Pas- sion/Palm Sunday. Alternative Texts — — Lent / 533 Morning and Evening Prayer

542 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 534 M P RAYER ORNING PENING S O ENTENCES 1 Ps. 86:5–6 O Lord, you are kind and forgiving, full of love to all who call on you. Listen to my prayer, O Lord; hear the cries of my pleading. 2 Ps. 86:11–12 Show me your way, O Lord, that I may follow in your truth. T each me to revere your name, and my whole heart will praise you. 3 Matt. 16:24 Jesus told his disciples: If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. Ps. 51:10 4 Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. 1 Peter 2:24 5 For Holy Week Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live to righteousness; by his wounds we have been healed. M H YMN ORNING Seasonal hymn, alternative to the morning psalm: There’s a Wideness in God’s Mercy PH 298 PH 93 Holy Week: Ah, Holy Jesus C ANTICLE Alternatives to Canticle of Zechariah: Seek the Lord (pp. 580–581) PS 176 PS 183 A Canticle of Penitence (pp. 585–586) Praise You, O God (p. 577) PH 460; PS 170, 171 We PH 566, 575, 576; PS 173 Glory to God (p. 578) PS 177 The New Jerusalem (p. 581) / 534 — Morning and Evening Prayer — Lent Alternative Texts

543 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 535 P T HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION RAYERS OF The litany appointed for use during Lent (pp. 235–236) or the Intercession for Lent (pp. 236–237) may be used. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 God of all joy, fill our souls to overflowing with the fullness of your grace. In this season, remind us of your triumph over the tragedy of the cross, and your victory for us over the powers of sin and death, so that we may reflect your glory as disciples of Jesus Christ, [483] our risen Lord. Amen. 2 God of love, as you have given your life to us, so may we live according to your holy will revealed in Jesus Christ. Make us bold to share your life, and show your love, in the power of your Holy Spirit. [484] Grant this through Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Lord. Amen. 3 T ake all our doubts and uncertainties, O God, and fill us with such faith that we may be confident of your love and loyal in the service of him who died and yet lives for us, [485] Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen. Alternative Texts — Morning and Evening Prayer — Lent / 535

544 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 536 E P RAYER VENING PENING S O ENTENCES 1 Ps. 51:17 The sacrifice acceptable to God is a humble spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. Ps. 143:10 2 T each me to do your will, for you are my God. 3 Ps. 103:8 Y ou, O Lord, are full of compassion and mercy, slow to anger, and rich in kindness. Rom. 5:8 4 God shows such love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us. E H YMN VENING Seasonal alternatives to “Hymn to Christ the Light” (Phos Hilaron): PH 510, 511 Jesus, Thou Joy of Loving Hearts O Sacred Head, Now Wounded PH 98 ANTICLE C Alternatives to Canticle of Mary: A Canticle of the Redeemed (p. 587) PS 184 Jesus Christ Is Lord (p. 589) PS 186 The Beatitudes (p. 590) PS 188 Christ the Servant (p. 591) PS 189 A Canticle of Love (p. 588) PS 187 Maundy Thursday: P T HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION RAYERS OF The litany appointed for use during Lent (pp. 235–236) or the Intercession for Lent (pp. 236–237) may be used. 536 / Alternative Texts — Morning and Evening Prayer — Lent

545 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 537 Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 Eternal God, as we are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ, so give us the grace of repentance that we may pass through the grave with him and be born again to eternal life, for he is the One who was crucified, dead, and buried, and rose again for us, [486] Jesus our Savior. Amen. 2 Eternal God, source and goal of all life, lead us to life eternal by the mighty love of Jesus Christ, who suffered on the cross, was raised from the dead, and lifted into glory where with outstretched arms he welcomes the world in his strong and loving embrace. In his holy name we pray, [487] now and forever. Amen. 3 Lord Jesus Christ, who stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; [488] for the honor of your name. Amen. Alternative Texts — Morning and Evening Prayer — Lent / 537

546 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 538 E ASTER ORNING P M RAYER S ENTENCES O PENING 1 Alleluia! Christ is risen! Christ is risen indeed, Alleluia! 2 1 Cor. 15:20 Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. 3 Heb. 2:9 Ascension see Jesus, We who for a little while was made lower than the angels. He is crowned with glory and honor. Alleluia! M ORNING H YMN Seasonal hymn, alternative to the morning psalm: Come, Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain PH 114, 115 n: At the Name of Jesus PH 148 Ascensio ANTICLE C Alternatives to Canticle of Zechariah: We PH 460; PS 170, 171 Praise You, O God (p. 577) PS 173 Glory to God (p. 578) Canticle of Miriam and Moses (pp. 578–579) PS 174 Canticle of David (p. 583) A Canticle of Creation (pp. 584–585) PS 180, 181 A Canticle of Praise PS 182 RAYERS OF P HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION T The Responsive Prayer for Easter (pp. 315–316) or the Litany for Easter (pp. 316–317) may be used. The Litany for Ascension (pp. 333–334) may be used on Ascension of the Lord. 538 / — Morning and Evening Prayer — Easter Alternative Texts

547 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 539 Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 God of mercy, we no longer look for Jesus among the dead, for he is alive and has become the Lord of life. From the waters of death you raise us with him and renew your gift of life within us. Increase in our hearts and minds the risen life we share with Christ, and help us to grow as your people toward the fullness of eternal life with you, [268] through Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 God of grace, you cause the sun to rise and chase away the shadows of death. Each day you promise resurrection, that we may be born again to new life and overcome all that would hurt or destroy. Fill us with the Holy Spirit, that we may be alive again with the power and the peace of Jesus Christ, [490] our risen Lord. Amen. E P RAYER VENING O S ENTENCES PENING See Rom. 6:4–11 1 In baptism, we were buried with Christ; in baptism we were also raised with Christ. Once we were spiritually dead; now God has brought us life with Christ. Alleluia! 2 1 Peter 1:3 By God’s great mercy we have been born anew to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Alternative Texts — Morning and Evening Prayer — Easter / 539

548 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 540 3 Heb. 4:14, 16 Ascension We have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God. Let us with boldness approach the throne of grace. E H YMN VENING Seasonal alternatives to “Hymn to Christ the Light” (Phos Hilaron): The Strife Is O’er PH 119 PH 149 Ascension: The Head That Once Was Crowned ANTICLE C Alternatives to Canticle of Mary: A Canticle to the Lamb (p. 586) PS 191 Canticle of the Redeemed (p. 587) PS 184 PS 185 Christ, the Head of All Creation (p. 589) Jesus Christ Is Lord (p. 589) PS 186 PS 190 Christ Our Passover (p. 591) RAYERS OF P HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION T The Responsive Prayer for Easter (pp. 315–316) or the Litany for Easter (pp. 316–317) may be used. The Litany for Ascension (pp. 333–334) may be used on Ascension of the Lord. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 Stay with us, Lord Jesus, for evening draws near. Be our companion on the way to set our hearts on fire with new hope. Help us to recognize your presence among us in the scriptures we read and in the breaking of bread, [491] that our lives may worship you now and forever. Amen. 540 / — Morning and Evening Prayer — Easter Alternative Texts

549 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 541 2 Sovereign God, the whole universe is within your reach, and all things are ordered by your hand. ou have claimed us to be your people Y and appointed us disciples of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord. As you have protected our lives, so preserve our souls and keep before us always the vision of our Redeemer that we may see and follow [492] and give him glory forever and ever. Amen. 3 Y ou have shown your glory, O God, in raising Jesus from the dead. Raise us to new life in him, and empower us to serve you. May your words be in our mouths, your strength in our arms, and your love in our hearts, that we may be worthy disciples [493] of Jesus Christ the living Lord. Amen. ENTECOST P ORNING M RAYER P PENING ENTENCES O S Acts 1:8 Y ou shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be my witnesses. M H YMN ORNING Seasonal hymn, alternative to the morning psalm: Pentecos PH 126 t: Come, Holy Spirit, Heavenly Dove — Alternative Texts — Pentecost / 541 Morning and Evening Prayer

550 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 542 C ANTICLE Alternatives to Canticle of Zechariah: We PH 460; PS 170, 171 Praise You, O God (p. 577) PS 173 Glory to God (p. 578) Canticle of Miriam and Moses (pp. 578–579) PS 174 God’s Chosen One (p. 579) The Spirit of the Lord (p. 582) T HANKSGIVING AND I NTERCESSION P RAYERS OF One of the litanies appointed for Pentecost (pp. 340–343) may be used. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession 1 Tr ue and only Light, from whom comes every good gift, send your Spirit into our lives with the power of a mighty wind. Open the horizons of our minds by the flame of your wisdom. Loosen our tongues to sing your praise, for only in your Spirit can we tell of your glory [314] and acclaim Jesus as Lord. Amen. 2 God, our creator, as in the beginning you formed us out of the dust of the earth and breathed us into life, so now, by your Spirit, breathe into us new life. As at Pentecost your Spirit fell upon waiting disciples, and empowered them as your faithful witnesses, now, by your Spirit, fill us with joy and boldness. May the power of your Spirit transform us, the prompting of your Spirit lead us, and the gifts of your Spirit mark our lives, [494] now and forever. Amen. 542 / — Morning and Evening Prayer — Pentecost Alternative Texts

551 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 543 E P RAYER VENING PENING S O ENTENCES Rom. 5:5 God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us. VENING H YMN E Seasonal alternative to “Hymn to Christ the Light” (Phos Hilaron): Pentecost: Come, Holy Spirit, Our Souls Inspire PH 125 ANTICLE C Alternative to Canticle of Mary: Canticle of the Redeemed (p. 587) PS 184 A Canticle for Pentecost (pp. 587–588) RAYERS OF T HANKSGIVING AND P NTERCESSION I One of the litanies appointed for Pentecost (pp. 340–343) may be used. Prayer concluding thanksgiving and intercession Holy God, who suddenly appeared upon your children like the flaring of fire and illumined a multitude with a common mind: so fill us, and all your faithful, with the Holy Spirit, that in a blaze of truth we may know that we are your sons and daughters, one family of faith, one body given life through Christ our Head, who reigns with you and the Holy Spirit [495] forever and ever. Amen. Alternative Texts — Morning and Evening Prayer — Pentecost / 543

552 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 544 A O UTLINE OF M IDDAY P RAYER N Opening Sentences [Hymn] Psalm Psalm Silent Prayer Psalm Prayer Scripture Reading Silent Reflection Prayers of the People Individual Prayers Concluding Prayer Lord’s Prayer [Hymn or Canticle] Dismissal [Sign of Peace] When a person is worshiping alone, or in a family group, or when circum- stances call for an abbreviated order, the following is suggested: Psalm Scripture Reading Silent Reflection Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

553 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 545 M P RAYER IDDAY PENING S O ENTENCES All may stand. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Ps. 124:8 And one of the following: 1 Mal. 1:11 From the rising of the sun to its setting my name is great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts. Praise the Lord. The name of the Lord be praised. 2 Deut. 32:11 Like an eagle teaching her young to fly, catching them safely on her spreading wings, the Lord kept Israel from falling. Praise the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. Isa. 40:31 3 Those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak. Praise the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. [H YMN ] Following the hymn, all may sit. Midday Prayer / 545

554 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 546 P SALM One of the following, or another psalm, is sung or said: Psalm 19:1–6 PH 166 PS 12 PS 59, 60 Psalm 67 PH 202 PH 225, 226 PS 113 Psalm 113 Psalm 119:97–104 PS 123 Psalm 119:129–136 PS 124 Psalm 121 PH 234 PS 125 PS 126 Psalm 122 PH 235 PS 128 Psalm 124 PH 236 PS 130, 131 Psalm 126 PH 237 Psalm 127 PH 238 PS 132 Psalm 128 PH 239 PS 133 PH 240 PS 134 Psalm 130 Silence for reflection follows each psalm. A psalm prayer may follow the silence. CRIPTURE R S EADING At the conclusion of the reading from scripture (pp. 1050–1095), the reader may say: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God Silence may follow for reflection on the meaning of the scripture. RAYERS OF THE P EOPLE P All may stand. NDIVIDUAL P I RAYERS There may be a brief time of prayer, spoken and silent, in which the promises of God are claimed for individual and corporate needs and concerns. C P RAYER ONCLUDING The leader concludes with one of the following or a similar prayer: 1 Eternal God, send your Holy Spirit into our hearts, to direct and rule us according to your will, 546 / Midday Prayer

555 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 547 to comfort us in all our afflictions, to defend us from all error, and to lead us into all truth; [496] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 God, our creator, you have given us work to do and call us to use our talents for the good of all. Guide us as we work, and teach us to live in the Spirit who made us your sons and daughters, in the love that made us sisters and brothers, [497] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 3 Enable us, O God, to do all things as unto you; that small things may be filled with greatness, and great things may be crowned with humility; [498] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 4 Eternal God, your hand shaped our lives by grace and your hand rescued us from sin by love. May your hand guide us through this day, shielding us from all evil, strengthening us to do justice and love, [499] in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 5 New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us the desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors, and to devote each day to your Son, [500] our Savior, Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen. Midday Prayer / 547

556 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 548 6 Noon Blessed Savior, at this hour you hung upon the cross, stretching out your loving arms. Grant that all the peoples of the earth may be drawn to your redeeming love; [501] for your kingdom’s sake. Amen. 7 Noon God of mercy, this midday moment of rest is your welcome gift. Bless the work we have begun, make good its defects, and let us finish it in a way that pleases you. [502] Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen. ORD S P RAYER ’ L All sing (musical settings: PH 571, 589, 590; PS 192–195) or say: Or Our Father in heaven, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, and deliver us from evil. but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. Amen. forever. 548 / Midday Prayer

557 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 549 [H C ANTICLE ] YMN OR ISMISSAL D The leader concludes: Phil. 4:9 The God of peace be with us. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. A sign of peace may be exchanged by all. Midday Prayer / 549

558 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 550 A O UTLINE OF P RAYER AT THE C LOSE OF D AY N Opening Sentences Hymn Prayer of Confession Psalm Psalm Silent Prayer [Psalm Prayer] Scripture Reading Silent Reflection Prayer Prayers Lord’s Prayer Canticle of Simeon Dismissal [Sign of Peace]

559 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 551 P C LOSE OF D AY RAYER AT THE PENING S O ENTENCES All may stand. See Ps. 70:11 O God, come to our assistance. O Lord, hasten to help us. The Lord grant us a restful night and peace at the last. Amen. H YMN A hymn appropriate to the end of the day may be sung. RAYER OF C ONFESSION P Almighty God, Maker of all things, have mercy on us. Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us. Holy Spirit, Giver of life, have mercy on us. After a brief silence for self-examination, one of the following prayers is said: 1 Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. have not loved you We with our whole heart and mind and strength; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. Prayer at the Close of Day / 551

560 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 552 In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways [49] to the glory of your holy name. 2 Eternal God, in whom we live and move and have our being, your face is hidden from us by our sins, and we forget your mercy in the blindness of our hearts. Cleanse us from all our offenses, and deliver us from proud thoughts and vain desires. With lowliness and meekness may we draw near to you, confessing our faults, confiding in your grace, and finding in you our refuge and strength; [67] through Jesus Christ your Son. 3 Leader: I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned by my own fault, in thought, word, and deed; wherefore I pray God Almighty to have mercy on me, forgive me all my sins, [503] and bring me to everlasting life. All: May Almighty God have mercy on you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins and give you time to amend your life. Leade r: Amen. 552 / Prayer at the Close of Day

561 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 553 All: I confess to God Almighty, before the whole company of heaven, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned by my own fault, in thought, word, and deed; wherefore I pray God Almighty to have mercy on me, forgive me all my sins, [503] and bring me to everlasting life. Leader: May Almighty God have mercy on you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins and give you time to amend your life. All: Amen. All may sit. SALM P One of the following psalms is sung or said: Psalm 4 PH 160 PS 3 Psalm 23 PH 170–175 PS 18–20 Psalm 33:1–12 or 33:13–22 PS 30, 31 PH 185 Psalm 34:1–10 or 34:11–22 PS 32, 33 PH 212 Psalm 91:1–2, 4, 9–16 PS 85 Psalm 121 PH 234 PS 125 Psalm 134 PH 242 PS 138 PH 243 Psalm 136:1–9, 23–26 PS 139 Psalm 139:1–12 PH 248 PS 142, 143 Silence for reflection follows each psalm. A psalm prayer may follow the silence. Prayer at the Close of Day / 553

562 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 554 S R EADING CRIPTURE One of the following is read: 1 Matt. 11:28–30 [ Jesus said:] Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy bur- dens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 2 1 Thess. 5:23 May the God of peace . . . sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Matt. 6:31–34 3 Do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?” For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 2 Cor. 4:6–10 4 It is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 5 1 John 4:18–20 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love. We love because he first loved us. Those who say, “I love God,” and hate their broth- ers or sisters, are liars; for those who do not love a brother or sister whom they have seen, cannot love God whom they have not seen. 6 Rev. 22:3c-5 [The servants of the Lamb] will worship him; they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. And there will be no more night; they need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God shall be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. 554 / Prayer at the Close of Day

563 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 555 7 John 14:27 Jesus said:] Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you [ as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. Rom. 8:38–39 8 I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 9 Deut. 6:4–7 Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. Keep these words that I am commanding you today in your heart. Recite them to your children and talk about them when you are at home and when you are away, when you lie down and when you rise. At the conclusion of the reading the leader may add: The Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Silent reflection. P RAYER All may stand. A or B is sung or said: A See Ps. 31:5; 17:8, 15 Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit; for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth. Keep us, O Lord, as the apple of your eye; hide us under the shadow of your wings. In righteousness I shall see you; when I awake your presence shall give me joy. Or Prayer at the Close of Day / 555

564 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 556 B Ps. 4:8 I will lie down in peace and take my rest, for in God alone I dwell unafraid. One of the following prayers is then said: 1 O Lord, support us all the day long until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then, in your mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last; [504] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 2 O God, you have designed this wonderful world, and know all things good for us. Give us such faith that, by day and by night, at all times and in all places, we may without fear entrust those who are dear to us to your never-failing love, in this life and in the life to come; [505] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 3 Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work or watch or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. 556 / Prayer at the Close of Day

565 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 557 T end the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; [506] and all for your love’s sake. Amen. 4 O God, who appointed the day for labor and the night for rest: Grant that we may rest in peace and quietness during the coming night so that tomorrow we may go forth to our appointed labors. T ake us into your holy keeping, that no evil may befall us nor any ill come near our home. When at last our days are ended and our work is finished, grant that we may depart in your peace, in the sure hope of that glorious kingdom where there is day without night, light without darkness, and life without shadow of death forever; through Jesus Christ, [507] the Light of the world. Ame n. 5 V isit this place, O Lord, and drive from it all snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always, [508] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Prayer at the Close of Day / 557

566 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 558 6 Eternal God, the hours of both day and night are yours, and to you the darkness is no threat. Be present, we pray, with those who labor in these hours of night, especially those who watch and work on behalf of others Grant them diligence in their watching, faithfulness in their service, courage in danger, and competence in emergencies. Help them to meet the needs of others with confidence and compassion; [509] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 7 O God our Creator, by whose mercy and might the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light: We give into your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes, knowing that only those things which you bless will prosper. To your great love and protection we commit each other and all for whom we have prayed, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, [510] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 558 / Prayer at the Close of Day

567 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 559 8 Send your peace into our hearts, O Lord, at the evening hour, that we may be contented with your mercies of this day, and confident of your protection for this night; and now, having forgiven others, even as you forgive us, may we have a pure comfort and a healthful rest within the shelter of this home; [511] through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 9 Be our light in the darkness, O Lord, and in your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night; for the love of your only Son, [512] our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 10 Be present, merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this fleeting world may rest in your eternal changelessness; [513] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 11 Merciful God, give our bodies restful sleep and let the work we have done today bear fruit in eternal life. [514] ask this through Christ our Lord. We Amen. Prayer at the Close of Day / 559

568 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 560 12 Eternal and everlasting God, in the growing quietness of the evening and the deepening shadows of the night, grant us sleep and rest. ith the stilling of the day’s doings, W and the end of coming and going about us, make us to be sleepy with heavy eyes and tired limbs. As your creatures are lying down in the wood, as the bird is quiet in its nest and the wild thing in its hole, as the stream is still in its bed reflecting the great expanse of stars above, may we in our sleep reflect our confidence in you, and our assurance in your constant peace. In our sleep give us that deeper communion of our souls with you who restores unto health. [515] For your name’s sake. Amen. All sing (musical settings: PH 571, 589, 590; PS 192–195) or say: Or Our Father in heaven, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your name, hallowed be thy name, your kingdom come, thy kingdom come, your will be done, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. on earth as in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who sin against us. as we forgive our debtors; Save us from the time of trial and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. and deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, For the kingdom, the power, and the power, and the glory, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen. Amen. forever. 560 / Prayer at the Close of Day

569 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 561 C ANTICLE The Canticle of Simeon (Nunc Dimittis) may be sung or said. Canticle of Simeon Nunc Dimittis; Luke 2:29–32 PH 603–605; PS 164–166 Guide us waking, O Lord, Refrain: * and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep rest in his peace. R * Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled. * My own eyes have seen the salvation which you have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal you to the nations * R and the glory of your people Israel. D ISMISSAL May Almighty God bless, preserve, and keep us, this night and forevermore. Amen. Bless the Lord. The Lord’s name be praised. A sign of peace may be exchanged. Prayer at the Close of Day / 561

570 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 562 A O UTLINE OF V IGIL OF THE R ESURRECTION N For Saturday evening, the Eve of the Lord’s Day Opening Sentences Evening Hymn: Hymn to Christ the Light (Phos Hilaron) Thanksgiving for Light Psalm 118 Silent Prayer Psalm Prayer The Resurrection Gospel Psalm 150 Reading of a Gospel Account of the Resurrection Thanksgiving for Our Baptism Canticle Canticle of Miriam and Moses or Praise You, O God We Prayer Dismissal [Sign of Peace]

571 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 563 V R ESURRECTION IGIL OF THE For Saturday evening, the Eve of the Lord’s Day This service is for use late Saturday evening, as an alternative to Evening Prayer. It takes place at the font, which should be filled with water, or around a con- tainer of water. The room should be dimly lit. The paschal candle or another suitable candle or lamp may be lit. Since the service is brief, all may stand throughout the service. PENING S ENTENCES O One of the following is sung or said: 1 See John 8:12; 1:5 Jesus Christ is the light of the world the light no darkness can overcome. Or 2 Light and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord. Thanks be to God. V igil of the Resurrection / 563

572 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 564 E H YMN VENING Phos Hilaron Hymn to Christ the Light PH 548, 549; PS 167–169 As the hymn is sung, additional candles may be lighted from the flame of the paschal candle. O radiant Light, O Sun divine, of God the Father’s deathless face, O image of the Light sublime, that fills the heavenly dwelling place. O Son of God, the source of life, praise is your due by night and day. Our happy lips must raise the strain of your esteemed and splendid name. Lord Jesus Christ, as daylight fades, as shine the lights of eventide, we praise the Father with the Son, the Spirit blest and with them one. T L IGHT HANKSGIVING FOR The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. The leader continues: praise and thank you, O God, We through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him you have enlightened us by revealing the Light that never fades, for death has been destroyed and radiant life is everywhere restored. What was promised is fulfilled; we have been joined to God through renewed life in the Spirit of the risen Lord. T ext 516, beginning “We praise and thank you, O God,” is by John Allyn Melloh, S.M., and is copyright © 1979 G.I.A. Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. Altered with permission. All rights reserved. 564 / V igil of the Resurrection

573 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 565 Glory and praise to you, through Jesus your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, in the kingdom of light eternal, [516] forever and ever. Amen. Or We praise and glorify you, Lord God, for Christ, our life, is risen and has conquered sin and death. He has broken the chains that bind us and freed us to live in his kingdom of light. May Christ enlighten the hearts of all who believe. May Christ transform this world that longs to see him, enlightening the hearts of all who believe, and restore all creation to its rightful place. Glory, praise, thanksgiving, and blessing to you, O God, victor over sin and death, [517] now and forever. Amen. 118 P SALM Psalm 118:1–4, 14–21; or Psalm 118:22–29 is sung or said: Psalm 118:1–4, 14–21 one 3; PH 231; PS 118–120 T Refrain: Give thanks to God, * r. whose love endures foreve R 1 ORD , who is good, Give thanks to the L * whose mercy endures forever. 2 Let Israel now proclaim, * “The mercy of the L endures forever.” ORD 3 Let the house of Aaron now proclaim, * ORD “The mercy of the L endures forever.” 4 ORD * Let those who fear the L now proclaim, ORD endures forever.” “The mercy of the L R V igil of the Resurrection / 565

574 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 566 14 ORD is my strength and my song The L * and has become my salvation. 15 * There is a sound of exultation and victory in the tents of the righteous: 16 ORD * has triumphed! “The right hand of the L the right hand of the L ORD is exalted! the right hand of the L ORD has triumphed!“ 17 * I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the L ORD . 18 has punished me sorely The L ORD * R but did not hand me over to death. 19 * Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; I will offer thanks to the L ORD . 20 ; “This is the gate of the L ORD * those who are righteous may enter.” 21 I will give thanks to you, for you answered me * and have become my salvation. R Or Psalm 118:22–29 one 3; PH 232; PS 120 T Refrain: * This is the day the Lord has made. Alleluia! Alleluia! 22 The same stone which the builders rejected * has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This is the L ’s doing, * ORD and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 ORD has acted; * On this day the L we will rejoice and be glad in it. R 25 ORD , hosanna! Hosanna, L * L , send us now success. ORD 26 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the L ; * ORD we bless you from the house of the L ORD . 27 God is the L , who has shined upon us; * ORD form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar. 566 / V igil of the Resurrection

575 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 567 28 * “You are my God, and I will thank you; you are my God, and I will exalt you.” 29 ORD Give thanks to the L , who is good; * R whose mercy endures forever. After the psalm, the leader says: Let us pray. Pause for silent prayer. Almighty God, by raising Christ your Son, you conquered the power of death and opened for us the way to eternal life. Let our celebration this night raise us up and renew our lives by the Spirit who lives within us. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [518] one God, forever and ever. Amen. HE R ESURRECTION G OSPEL T T Psalm 150 one 1 or 3; PH 258; PS 157 Praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. * Refrain: Praise the name of the Lord. R 1 Hallelujah! * Praise God in the holy temple; give praise in the firmament of heaven. 2 * Praise God who is mighty in deed; give praise for God’s excellent greatness. R 3 Praise God with the blast of the ram’s-horn; * give praise with lyre and harp. ext 518 by John Allyn Melloh, S.M., and is copyright © 1979 G.I.A. Publications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois. All rights T reserved. V igil of the Resurrection / 567

576 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 568 4 * Praise God with timbrel and dance; give praise with strings and pipe. 5 * Praise God with resounding cymbals; give praise with loud-clanging cymbals. 6 * Let everything that has breath praise the L ORD . Hallelujah! R One of the following accounts of the resurrection is then read: John 20:19–31 Luke 24:13–35 Matt. 28:1–10, 16–20 Mark 16:1–7 Luke 24:36–53 John 21:1–14 Mark 16:9–20 John 20:1–10 Luke 23:55–24:9 John 20:11–18 At the conclusion of the reading of scripture, the reader may say: The gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ. Silence follows for reflection on the meaning of the scripture. The scripture may be briefly interpreted. O UR B HANKSGIVING FOR T APTISM The congregation may gather at the font or around a container of water where thanks may be offered in these or similar words. The Lord be with you. And also with you. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise. give you thanks, Eternal God, We for you nourish and sustain all living things by the gift of water. 568 / V igil of the Resurrection

577 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 569 In the beginning of time, your Spirit moved over the watery chaos, calling forth order and life. In the time of Noah, you destroyed evil by the waters of the flood, giving righteousness a new beginning. Y ou led Israel out of slavery, through the waters of the sea, into the freedom of the promised land. In the waters of Jordan Jesus was baptized by John and anointed with your Spirit. By the baptism of his own death and resurrection, Christ set us free from sin and death, and opened the way to eternal life. thank you, O God, for the water of baptism. We In it we were buried with Christ in his death. From it we were raised to share in his resurrection. Through it we were reborn by the power of the Holy Spirit. Therefore in joyful obedience to your Son, we celebrate our fellowship in him in faith. We pray that all who have passed through the water of baptism may continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ our Savior. To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, [426] be all honor and glory, now and forever. Amen. One of the following may be used: 1 The leader may place his or her hand into the water, lift up some water, let it fall back into the font (or container of water), and then make the sign of the cross over the people, while saying: Remember your baptism and be thankful. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. V igil of the Resurrection / 569

578 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 570 2 All approach the water. Each person dips a hand into the water and may make the sign of the cross, remembering his or her baptism. During the ritual the Canticle of Miriam and Moses or “We Praise You, O God” (Te Deum Laudamus) is sung. ANTICLE C Ex. 15:1, 2, 11, 13, 17–18 Canticle of Miriam and Moses PS 174 Refrain: * Strong and unfailing is your love. Alleluia! Alleluia! R ORD has triumphed gloriously; * ORD , for the L I will sing to the L the horse and its rider have been thrown into the sea. is my strength and my song; The L ORD * R and has become my salvation. Y * ou are my God, I will praise you, the God of my people, I exalt you. , is like you; * Who among the gods, O L ORD who is like you, majestic in holiness, ORD , is like you; * Who among the gods, O L R awesome in splendor, doing wonders? ith unfailing love you led the people you redeemed; * W in your strength, you guided them to your holy dwelling. ou brought them in and planted them on your mountain, * Y , you chose for your dwelling, the place, O L ORD , your hands established. * ORD the sanctuary, O L ou, L ORD , will reign forever and ever. R Y Or We Praise You, O God Te Deum Laudamus PH 460; PS 170, 171 We praise you, O God, we acclaim you as Lord, all creation worships you, Father everlasting. 570 / V igil of the Resurrection

579 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 571 To you, all angels, all the powers of heaven, the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all praise, the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide. Y ou, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you took our flesh to set us free you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb. Y ou overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. Y ou are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come, and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting. P RAYER our God belong victory, glory, and power, To for right and justice are God’s judgments. Praise our God, all you who serve God. Y ou who revere God, great and small. Let us rejoice and triumph and give God praise. The time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb! O God who brought your people out of slavery with a mighty hand, strengthen us to take our stand with you beside the oppressed of the world, that in the victory of Christ every fetter of body, mind, and spirit may be broken, and the whole human family, restored to your image, may sing your praise in joy, freedom and peace; [519] through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Alleluia! V igil of the Resurrection / 571

580 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 572 D ISMISSAL May God the Father, who raised Christ Jesus from the dead, continually show us loving kindness. Amen. May God the Son, victor over sin and death, grant us a share in the joy of his resurrection. Amen. May God the Spirit, giver of light and peace, renew our hearts in love. Amen. May almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, continue to bless us. Amen. Alleluia! A sign of peace may be exchanged. 572 / V igil of the Resurrection

581 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 573 C ANTICLES AND NCIENT H : T EXTS A YMNS The texts of the canticles which are pointed may be sung to psalm tone B on pages 601–608. The refrains displayed with the canticles may also be sung to the tone selected. Explicit pointing instructions (i.e., how syllables should be stressed and/or sustained in each verse) are not included in the electronic edition. Please refer to page 600 of the printed version of the Book of Common Worship. 1 Canticle of Zechariah Benedictus; Luke 1:68–79 PH 601, 602; PS 158–160 Y * Refrain: ou have come to your people and set them free. Or In the tender compassion of our God * the dawn from on high shall break upon us. R * Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel; you have come to your people and set them free. Y * ou have raised up for us a mighty Savior, R born of the house of your servant David. Through your holy prophets, you promised of old to save us from our enemies, * from the hands of all who hate us, to show mercy to our forebears, * R and to remember your holy covenant. This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham: * to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship you without fear, * holy and righteous before you, R all the days of our life. Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 573

582 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 574 And you, child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, * for you will go before the Lord to prepare the way, to give God’s people knowledge of salvation * by the forgiveness of their sins. R In the tender compassion of our God * the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, * and to guide our feet into the way of peace. R Alternative seasonal refrains: 1 For Advent The Lord proclaims: Repent, * the kingdom of God is upon you. Alleluia! 2 For Christmas-Epiphany Y * ou have raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of David. Alleluia! 3 For Lent God has given us knowledge of salvation * by the forgiveness of our sins. 4 For Easter * The Lord, the God of Israel, has set us free. Alleluia! Alleluia! 574 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

583 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 575 2 Magnificat; Luke 1:46–55 Canticle of Mary PH 600; PS 161–163 * My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; Refrain: my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. R My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, * for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your lowly servant. * From this day all generations will call me blessed: you, the Almighty, have done great things for me and holy is your name. * Y ou have mercy on those who fear you, R from generation to generation. Yo u have shown strength with your arm, * and scattered the proud in their conceit, casting down the mighty from their thrones * and lifting up the lowly. Y * ou have filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. R ou have come to the aid of your servant Israel, * Y to remember the promise of mercy, * the promise made to our forebears, to Abraham and his children for ever. R Alternative seasonal refrains: 1 Luke 1:30, 31 For Advent Fear not, Mary, you have found favor with the Lord; * Behold, you shall conceive and bear a Son. Alleluia! 2 John 1:14 For Christmas-Epiphany The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, * and we beheld his glory. Alleluia! Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 575

584 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 576 3 Amos 5:24 For Lent Let justice roll down like waters, * and righteousness like an everflowing stream. Ps. 118:24 4 For Easter This is the day the Lord has made. Alleluia! * Let us rejoice and be glad in it. 3 Canticle of Simeon Nunc Dimittis; Luke 2:29–32 PH 603–605; PS 164–166 Refrain for Prayer at the Close of Day Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; * that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep rest in his peace. R * Now, Lord, you let your servant go in peace: your word has been fulfilled. My own eyes have seen the salvation * which you have prepared in the sight of every people: a light to reveal you to the nations * and the glory of your people Israel. R 4 Hymn to Christ the Light Phos Hilaron PH 548, 549; PS 167–169 O radiant Light, O Sun divine, of God the Father’s deathless face, O image of the Light sublime, that fills the heavenly dwelling place. O Son of God, the source of life, praise is your due by night and day. Our happy lips must raise the strain of your esteemed and splendid name. 576 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

585 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 577 Lord Jesus Christ, as daylight fades, as shine the lights of eventide, we praise the Father with the Son, the Spirit blest and with them one. 5 Deum Laudamus We Te Praise You, O God PH 460; PS 170–171 praise you, O God, We we acclaim you as Lord, all creation worships you, Father everlasting. To you, all angels, all the powers of heaven, the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all praise, the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide. ou, Christ, are the king of glory, Y the eternal Son of the Father. When you took our flesh to set us free you humbly chose the Virgin’s womb. Y ou overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. ou are seated at God’s right hand in glory. Y believe that you will come, and be our judge. We Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting. Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 577

586 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 578 6 Gloria in Excelsis Glory to God PH 566, 575, 576; PS 173 Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen. 7 Ex. 15:1, 2, 11, 13, 17–18 Canticle of Miriam and Moses PS 174 Strong and unfailing is your love, * Refrain: Alleluia! Alleluia! R ORD , for the L ORD has triumphed gloriously; * I will sing to the L the horse and its rider have been thrown into the sea. ORD is my strength and my song; The L * R and has become my salvation. Y * ou are my God, I will praise you, the God of my people, I exalt you. Who among the gods, O L , is like you; ORD * who is like you, majestic in holiness, ORD , is like you; * Who among the gods, O L R awesome in splendor, doing wonders? 578 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

587 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 579 W * ith unfailing love you led the people you redeemed; in your strength, you guided them to your holy dwelling. Y ou brought them in and planted them on your mountain, * , you chose for your dwelling, the place, O L ORD * ORD the sanctuary, O L , your hands established. , will reign forever and ever. R Y ou, L ORD 8 Isa. 11:1–4, 6, 9 God’s Chosen One A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, * and a branch shall grow out of its roots, ORD * The Spirit of the L shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, * the spirit of counsel and might, ORD . the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the L He shall not judge by what his eyes see, * or decide by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, * and decide with equity for the meek of the earth. The wolf shall live with the lamb, * the leopard shall lie down with the kid, * the calf and the lion cub together, and a little child shall lead them. They shall not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, * for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the L ORD as the waters cover the sea. 9 The Desert Shall Blossom Isa. 35:1, 2, 5, 6, 10 PH 18 The desert shall rejoice and blossom, * it shall rejoice with gladness and singing. ORD * The glory of the L shall be revealed, and the majesty of our God. Then shall the eyes of the blind be opened, * and the ears of the deaf unstopped, * then shall the lame leap like the deer, and the tongue of the speechless shall sing for joy. Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 579

588 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 580 For waters shall break forth in the wilderness, * and streams in the desert. The ransomed of the L * ORD shall return, and come with singing, with everlasting joy upon their heads. * They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. 10 Canticle of Thanksgiving First Song of Isaiah; Isa. 12:2–6 PS 175 Sing praises, for the Lord has done great things. Refrain: * Let this be known in all the earth. R * Surely God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid, ORD G is my stronghold and my song, * for the L OD R and has become my Savior. W ith joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. * And in that day you will say: Give thanks and call upon the name of the L ORD . * ORD has done; Make known among the nations what the L proclaim that the name of the L ORD R is exalted. ORD has done great things; Sing praises, for the L * let this be known in all the earth. * Shout, and sing for joy, O people of God, R for great in your midst is the Holy One. 11 Seek the Lord Second Song of Isaiah; Isa. 55:6–11 PS 176 Y ou are full of mercy, O Lord, * Refrain: for you will abundantly pardon. R Seek the L who is still to be found; * ORD call upon God who is yet at hand. Let the wicked forsake their way, * and the unrighteous their thoughts; ORD , who will have mercy, let them return to the L * to our God, who will abundantly pardon. R 580 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

589 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 581 For my thoughts are not your thoughts; * ORD . nor are your ways my ways, says the L * For as the heavens are higher than the earth; so are my ways higher than your ways R and my thoughts than your thoughts. * For as the rain and snow fall from the heavens; and return not again but water the earth, bringing forth life and giving growth; * giving seed to the sower and bread to the hungry; * so is my word that goes forth from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I desire; * and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. R 12 The New Jerusalem Third Song of Isaiah; Isa. 60:1–3, 18, 19 PS 177 Refrain: The Lord will be our everlasting light; * and God will be our glory. R Arise, shine, for your light has come; * ORD has risen upon you, and the glory of the L though darkness covers the earth * R and dark night is over the nations. will rise, * But upon you the L ORD will appear over you. ORD and the glory of the L Nations shall come to your light; * and rulers to the brightness of your dawn. R No longer will violence be heard in your land, * nor ruin or destruction within your borders. Y * ou will name your walls Salvation, and all your gates Praise. R * No more will the sun be your light by day, nor by night will you need the brightness of the moon, ORD will be your everlasting light, * for the L R and your God will be your glory. Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 581

590 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 582 13 Isa. 61:1–3, 10, 11 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, * The Spirit of the Lord G OD has anointed me because the L ORD to bring good news to the oppressed. * The L ORD has sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release for those in prison, * to comfort all who mourn, to give them a garland instead of ashes, * the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a garment of splendor for the heavy heart. * They shall be called trees of righteousness, . ORD planted for the glory of the L * Therefore I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my whole being shall exult in my God, * for God has robed me with salvation as a garment, and clothed me with integrity as a cloak. OD * For the Lord G will cause righteousness and praise, to spring up before all the nations. 14 1 Sam. 2:1–4, 7, 8 Canticle of Hannah ORD My heart exults in the L * ; my strength is exalted in my God. There is none holy like the L * ORD ; there is none beside you, no rock like our God. ORD * For you, O L , are a God of knowledge; and by you our actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty are broken; * but the feeble gird on strength. Y ou, L , make poor and make rich; * ORD you bring low and you also exalt. Y * ou raise up the poor from the dust, and lift the needy from the ash-heap. Y * ou make them sit with princes, and inherit a seat of honor. ORD For yours, O L * , are the pillars of the earth; and on them you have set the world. 582 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

591 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 583 15 1 Chron. 29:10–13 Canticle of David , * Blessed are you, O L ORD God of our ancestor Israel, forever and ever. ours, O L * ORD Y , are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory. * For all in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours, O L , is the kingdom; ORD you are exalted as head above all. Riches and honor come from you, * and you rule over all. * In your hand are power and might; it is yours to make great and to give strength to all. And now we thank you, our God, * and praise your glorious name. 16 The Steadfast Love of the Lord Lam. 3:22–26 PS 179 never ceases, * ORD The steadfast love of the L God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning * ORD your faithfulness, O L , is great. Y * ou are all that I have, and therefore I will wait for you. Y , are good to those who wait for you, * ou, O L ORD to all those who seek you. * It is good to wait in patience ORD . for the salvation of the L 17 Canticle of Judith Judith 16:13–15 * I will sing a new song to my God: Lord, you are great and glorious, wonderful in strength, invincible. * Let the whole creation serve you, for you spoke, and all things came into being. Y ou sent out your breath and it formed them; * no one is able to resist your voice. * Mountains and seas are stirred to their depths; rocks melt like wax at your presence. But to those who revere you, * you will continue to show mercy. Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 583

592 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 584 18 Song of the Three Young Men 35–65, 34 A Canticle of Creation PS 180, 181 Invocation * Let the whole creation bless the Lord. Praise and exalt our God forever. I. The Cosmic Order O let the heavens bless the Lord. Bless the Lord, you angels of the Lord; * bless the Lord, all the heavenly hosts. Praise and exalt our God forever. Bless the Lord, you waters above the heavens; * bless the Lord, sun and moon and stars of the sky. Praise and exalt our God forever. Bless the Lord, every shower of rain and fall of dew; * bless the Lord, every breeze and gusty wind. Praise and exalt our God forever. Bless the Lord, fire and heat; * bless the Lord, scorching wind and bitter cold. Praise and exalt our God forever. Bless the Lord, each drop of dew and flake of snow; * bless the Lord, nights and days, light and darkness. Praise and exalt our God forever. * Bless the Lord, frost and cold, ice and sleet; bless the Lord, thunderclouds and lightning flashes. Praise and exalt our God forever. II. The Earth and Its Creatures O let the earth bless the Lord. * Bless the Lord, mountains and hills; bless the Lord, all that grows from the earth. Praise and exalt our God forever. Bless the Lord, O springs of water; * bless the Lord, seas and rivers. Praise and exalt our God forever. 584 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

593 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 585 Bless the Lord, you whales; * bless the Lord, all that swim in the depths of the seas. Praise and exalt our God forever. Bless the Lord, all birds of the air; * bless the Lord, beasts of the wild, flocks and herds. Praise and exalt our God forever. III. The People of God O let all who dwell on the earth, bless the Lord. Bless the Lord, men and women, children and youth; * bless the Lord, all people everywhere. Praise and exalt our God forever. Bless the Lord, you people of God; * bless the Lord, priests and all who serve the Lord. Praise and exalt our God forever. Bless the Lord, all who are upright in spirit; * bless the Lord, all who are holy and humble in heart. Praise and exalt our God forever. Doxology Let us bless the Lord: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. * Blessed are you, O Lord, in the vast expanse of heaven. Praise and exalt our God forever. 19 Prayer of Manasseh A Canticle of Penitence Prayer of Manasseh 1–2, 4, 6–7a, 11, 13c–15 PS 183 O Lord, you are full of compassion, * Refrain: long-suffering, and abounding in mercy. R O Lord almighty and God of our ancestors, * you made the heavens and the earth, in their glorious array. * All things quake with fear at your presence; they tremble because of your power. But your merciful promise is beyond all measure; * it surpasses all that our minds can fathom. R Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 585

594 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 586 Lord, you are full of compassion, * long-suffering, and abounding in mercy. And now, O Lord, I humble my heart, * and make my appeal, sure of your gracious goodness. * For you, O Lord, are the God of the penitent, R and in me you will show forth your goodness. Unworthy as I am, you will save me, * and so I will praise you continually, all the days of my life. For all the host of heaven sing your praises, * and your glory is forever and ever. R 20 Rev. 4:11; 5:9–10, 12, 13 A Canticle to the Lamb PS 191 Refrain: Wo rthy is the Lamb that was slain * to receive glory and honor. R ou are worthy, O Lord our God, * Y to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, * R and by your will they were created and have their being. ou are worthy, O Christ, for you were slain, * Y and by your blood have ransomed us for God, from every tribe and people and nation, * a royal house of priests to our God. R rthy is the Lamb who was slain, * Wo to receive power and wealth, wisdom and might, honor and glory and blessing. the one seated upon the throne, and to Christ the Lamb, * To R be blessing and honor, glory and might, forever and ever. 586 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

595 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 587 21 Rev. 15:3–4 Canticle of the Redeemed PS 184 our ways are just and true, * Y Refrain: O Sovereign of all the ages. R O Ruler of the universe, Lord God, great and wonderful are your deeds, * surpassing human understanding. Y our ways are just and true, * O Sovereign of all the ages. R Who can fail to do you homage, Lord, * and sing the praises of your name, for you alone are holy. * All nations will come and worship in your presence, for your just and holy works have been revealed. R 22 A Canticle for Pentecost John 14:16; 16:13a; 14:26 Acts 2:2, 4a; Rom. 8:26 Joel 2:28 I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh. Refrain: * Y our sons and your daughters shall prophesy, * your old shall dream dreams and your young shall see visions. R I will ask the Father, who will give you another Advocate, * to be with you for ever. The Spirit of truth, having come, * R will guide you into all truth. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit * whom the Father will send in my name, * will teach you all things, R and remind you of all that I have said to you. * And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, * and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. R All were filled with the Holy Spirit. Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 587

596 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 588 The Spirit helps us in our weakness; * for we do not know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit pleads for us * R with sighs too deep for words. 23 1 John 4:7, 8; 1 Cor. 13:4–10, 12–13 A Canticle of Love PS 187 Refrain: Faith, hope and love abide, * and the greatest of these is love. R Beloved, let us love one another, * for love is of God. * All who love are born of God and know God; all who do not love do not know God. R Love does not insist on its own way, * is not quick to take offense; it does not rejoice at wrong, * R but rejoices in the right. Love is patient and kind; * love is not envious or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. * Love bears all things and believes all things, * Love hopes all things and endures all things. Love will never come to an end. R * Prophecies will vanish; tongues will cease; and knowledge will pass away. For our knowledge and our prophecy are imperfect, * but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away. R Now I know in part, * then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. Now abide faith, hope, and love, these three; * R and the greatest of these is love. 588 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

597 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 589 24 Col. 1:15–20 Christ, the Head of All Creation PS 185 * Glory to you, Refrain: the firstborn of all creation! R * Christ is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. In him all things in heaven and on earth were created, * all that is seen and all that is unseen, thrones and dominions, rulers and powers, * through him and for him all things were created. R Christ is before all things, * the one in whom all things hold together. Christ is head of the body, the church; * he is its beginning, the firstborn from the dead, to be in all things alone supreme. R For in Christ, O God, you were pleased to have all your fullness dwell, * and through him to reconcile all things to yourself. Y * ou made peace by the blood of his cross, and brought back to yourself all things in heaven and on earth. R 25 Jesus Christ Is Lord Phil. 2:5c-11 PS 186 * Christ Jesus, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, * being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself, * and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross. * Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, * in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess to the glory of God: * Jesus Christ is Lord! Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 589

598 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 590 26 1 Tim. 3:16; 6:15, 16 The Mystery of Our Religion Christ Jesus our Lord was revealed in flesh, * and was vindicated in the Spirit, * he was seen by angels, and proclaimed among the nations; he was believed in throughout the world, * and was taken up in glory. He will be revealed in due time by God, * the blessed and only ruler, the sovereign Lord of all, who alone has immortality, * and dwells in unapproachable light, * whom no one has ever seen or can see, to whom alone be honor and might forever and ever. 27 The Beatitudes Matt. 5:3–12 PS 188 Blessed are the poor in spirit, * for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. * Blessed are the sorrowful, for they will be comforted. Blessed are those of a gentle spirit, * for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst to see right prevail, * for they will be filled. * Blessed are those who show mercy, for mercy will be shown to them. Blessed are those whose hearts are pure, * for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, * for they will be called children of God. * Blessed are those who are persecuted for the cause of right, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when you are reviled, and persecuted * and all kinds of evil are uttered against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, * for your reward is great in heaven. 590 / Canticles and Ancient Hymns

599 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 591 28 1 Peter 2:21–25 Christ the Servant PS 189 * Christ bore our sins on the cross; Refrain: by his wounds we are healed. R * Jesus Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example: that you should follow in his steps. Christ committed no sin, no deceit was found on his lips. * When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when suffering, he did not threaten; * but he trusted the one who judges justly. R Christ bore our sins in his body on the cross, * so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. * For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned * * R to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. 29 1 Cor. 5:7–8; Rom. 6:9–11; Christ Our Passover 1 Cor. 15:20–22 PS 190 * Alleluia! Christ our paschal lamb has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, * but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Alleluia! Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; * death no longer has dominion over him. The death that he died, he died to sin, once for all; * but the life he lives, he lives to God. * So also consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Alleluia! Christ has been raised from the dead, * the first fruits of those who have died. For since by one human being came death, * by one human being has also come the resurrection of the dead. * For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ will all be made alive. Alleluia! Canticles and Ancient Hymns / 591

600 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 592 P M EALTIME RAYERS AT As a sign of reverence, some fold hands for prayer before the meal. Others, standing about the table, lift hands as a sign of praise. Others join hands around the table as a sign of peace and unity. Still others make the sign of the cross after the prayer. 1 Blessed are you, O Lord our God, ruler of the universe, for you give us food to sustain our lives [520] and make our hearts glad. Amen. 2 Blessed are you, Lord. ou have fed us from our earliest days; Y you give food to every living creature. Fill our hearts with joy and delight. Give us what we need and enough to spare for works of mercy in honor of Christ Jesus, our Lord. [521] Through him may glory, honor and power be yours for ever. Amen. 3 Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation, for you feed the whole world with your goodness, with grace, with loving kindness and tender mercy. Y ou give food to all creatures, and your loving kindness endures forever. Because of your great goodness, food has never failed us; O may it not fail us forever and ever for the sake of your great name. ou nourish and sustain all creatures Y and do good to all. [522] Blessed are you, O Lord, for you give food to all. Amen. 592 / Prayers at Mealtime

601 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 593 4 Creator of the universe, you give us this gift of food to nourish us and give us life. Bless this food that you have made and human hands have prepared. May it satisfy our hunger, and in sharing it together [523] may we come closer to one another. Amen. 5 Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts which we are about to receive from your goodness, [524] through Christ our Lord. Amen. 6 Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest, [525] and let these gifts to us be blessed. Amen. 7 All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above, then thank the Lord, O thank the Lord, [526] for all God’s love. Amen. 8 For health and strength and daily food, [527] we praise your name, O Lord. Amen. 9 The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, and you give them their food in due season. Y ou open wide your hand, and satisfy the needs of every living thing. [528] Thanks be to you. Ame n. Prayers at Mealtime / 593

602 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 594 10 God of grace, sustain our bodies with this food, our hearts with true friendship, and our souls with your truth, [529] for Christ’s sake. Amen. 11 Lord Jesus, be our holy guest, our morning joy, our evening rest; and with our daily bread impart [530] your love and peace to every heart. Amen. 12 Give us grateful hearts, O God, for all your mercies, and make us mindful of the needs of others; [531] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The following (13–17) are taken from psalms and may be said in unison by all at the table. They may be used before the meal or after all have eaten. See Ps. 19:1, 2 13 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. In the day we give glory to God, and at night we remember God’s love. 14 Ps. 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. Ps. 100:1, 2, 4b 15 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. W orship the Lord with gladness; come into God’s presence with singing. Give thanks, and bless God’s name. 594 / Prayers at Mealtime

603 05 Prayer (489-596) 2/18/05 1:08 PM Page 595 16 Ps. 103:1, 2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all God’s benefits. Ps. 121:1, 2 17 I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth. 18 The following grace is based upon Jewish and Christian table blessings. The actions are signs of gratitude to God for the joy of food and drink and for the presence of those about the table. If circumstances do not allow for blessings over both wine and bread, a blessing may be said over either. A person at the table takes a glass of wine, or appropriate beverage, lifts it, and says: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of all creation, [532] for you give us the fruit of the vine. Amen. The glass is passed and each person at the table drinks from it. The same person, or another, takes bread, holds it up for all to see, and says: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, Ruler of all creation, [533] for you bring forth bread from the earth. Amen. The bread is broken and passed to those about the table for each one to eat of it. Prayers at Mealtime / 595

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607 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 599 P C ORPORATE W ORSHIP SALMS IN he psalms that follow are for use in corporate worship. One hundred twenty- T seven psalms are represented, including all the psalms displayed in the Lectionary for Sundays and Festivals (pp. 1035–1048) and in the list of Psalms for Daily Prayer (pp. 1049–1095), as well as those suggested in the services contained in this book. They are presented in a form that invites a variety of uses. S INGING THE P SALMS It is preferable that the psalms be sung. The Psalter—Psalms and Canticles for provides a rich and varied collection of responsorial settings for singing the Singing psalms. The Presbyterian Hymnal contains a large collection of metrical psalms and a few responsorial settings. The psalm texts that follow are pointed to enable the psalms to be sung to simple The Psalter—Psalms and Canticles for Singing, psalm tones such as those provided in and on pages 601–610 of this book. Eight refrains with a choice of tones are provided in this book. The pointing sys- tem displayed in the psalm texts and tones is the system most commonly used. This enables these psalm texts to be sung to many tones found in other resources. The most common practice in singing the psalms to psalm tones is to sing them responsorially. In singing the psalms responsorially, a choir or cantor (soloist) sings the psalm to a tone, with the congregation singing a metrical refrain. The refrains, used together with either of the tones (A and B) that follow, provide for responsor- ial psalmody. Some groups, however (for example, groups meeting regularly for daily prayer), may choose to sing the psalm in a responsive pattern. The group is divided into two sections. The singing of the psalm alternates between the two sections, one section singing one verse, the other section singing the next verse. Or the entire psalm may be sung in unison. In either instance, the refrain is not ordinarily used. Or the refrain may be used only at the beginning and at the end of the psalm. Tone B is then used, since it may be used with or without the refrain. one B may also be used in singing the canticles on pages 573–591, and therefore T provides additional resources for use with the canticle settings in The Psalter—Psalms and Canticles for Singing. T he Psalms / 599

608 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 600 R P SALMS EADING THE Some congregations will choose to read the psalms. The psalms that follow are presented in a form that will assist in reading the psalms responsively, antiphonally, or in unison. In reading the psalms responsively, a leader reads the lightface type, the congre- gation reads the boldface type. In reading the psalms antiphonally, the group is divided into two parts, such as the right and left sections of a congregation. One part of the group reads the light- face type, the other reads the boldface type. P SALM P RAYERS Psalm prayers are provided for each of the psalms in this book. These prayers are used in daily prayer, where praying the psalms is central. Each psalm prayer captures some theme or image from the psalm and often adds Christian implica- tions drawn from the psalm. The prayer helps us to pray the psalm and to see Christ in the psalm as we pray. Psalm prayers may also be composed that capture images in the psalms that address the immediate needs of the worshipers. The psalm prayer is spoken by the leader after the psalm is sung or read. Ordinarily, the leader upon completion of the singing or reading of the psalm will say, “Let us pray.” Silence follows for silent prayer and reflection on the psalm. After the silence, the leader offers the prayer. NSTRUCTIONS FOR S INGING I SALM T ONES P 1. A suggested psalm tone is noted with each psalm. The suggested tones match the spirit and theme of the psalm. 2. In presenting the psalm, the refrain is first played by the organist, pianist, or other instrumentalist, then is sung by the cantor or choir, and then is sung by all. The cantor sings the verses of the psalm, with the congregation singing the refrain wherever noted in the psalm text ( R ). 3. In singing the text of the psalm, each measure of the psalm tone is sung * ). Explicit pointing instructions to a psalm half-verse, noted by an asterisk ( (i.e., how syllables should be stressed and/or sustained in each verse) are not included in the electronic edition. Please refer to the printed version of the Book of Common Worship. Congregations are free to reproduce the melody line of the refrains and tones in a church bulletin. See pages 609–610 for refrains that may be reproduced. 600 / T he Psalms

609 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 601 T P SALM R EFRAINS AND T ONES HE wo tones appear with each refrain. Either tone A or tone B may be used when T the refrain is sung. When the whole group sings the text of the psalm (instead of a cantor or choir) the refrain is not used, or is used only at the beginning and end of the psalm. Tone B is then used. 1: ALLELUIA ext: Hal H. Hopson T Music: Hal H. Hopson ext and music of refrain Copyright 1986 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights T reserved. Used by permission. Music of (A) tone © 1987 The Westminster Press. Music of (B) tone © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press T he Psalms / 601

610 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 602 2: PRAISE Psalm 67:3 T ext: Hal H. Hopson Music: Hal H. Hopson T ext and music of refrain Copyright 1986 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music of (A) tone © 1987 The Westminster Press. Music of (B) tone © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press 602 / T he Psalms

611 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 603 3: LORDSHIP Psalm 135:1 T ext: Hal H. Hopson Music: Hal H. Hopson T ext and music of refrain Copyright © 1986 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music of (A) tone © 1987 The Westminster Press. Music of (B) tone © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press T he Psalms / 603

612 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 604 4: SALVATION HISTORY Psalm 78:4 T ext: Hal H. Hopson Music: Hal H. Hopson T ext and music of refrain Copyright © 1986 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music of (A) tone © 1987 The Westminster Press. Music of (B) tone © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press 604 / T he Psalms

613 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 605 5: GOD’S LAW Psalm 119:174 T ext: Hal H. Hopson Music: Hal H. Hopson T ext and music of refrain Copyright © 1986 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music of (A) tone © 1987 The Westminster Press. Music of (B) tone © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press T he Psalms / 605

614 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 606 6: TRUST Psalm 46:1 T ext: Hal H. Hopson Music: Hal H. Hopson T ext and music of refrain Copyright © 1986 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music of (A) tone © 1987 The Westminster Press. Music of (B) tone © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press 606 / T he Psalms

615 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 607 7: PENITENTIAL Psalm 130:1–2 T ext: Hal H. Hopson Music: Hal H. Hopson T ext and music of refrain Copyright © 1986 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music of (A) tone © 1987 The Westminster Press. Music of (B) tone © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press T he Psalms / 607

616 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 608 8: LAMENT Psalm 22:19 T ext: Hal H. Hopson Music: Hal H. Hopson T ext and music of refrain Copyright © 1986 Hope Publishing Company, Carol Stream, IL 60188. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Music of (A) tone © 1987 The Westminster Press. Music of (B) tone © 1993 Westminster/John Knox Press 608 / T he Psalms

617 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 609 R C ONGREGATION EFRAINS FOR THE Free permission is granted by the publisher to reproduce the refrains that follow in church bulletins for congregational participation. T he Psalms / 609

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619 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 611 T P SALMS HE SALM 1 one 5 or 6; PH 158; PS 1 P T R 1 Happy are they who have not walked in the counsel of the wicked, * nor lingered in the way of sinners, nor sat in the seats of the scornful! 2 Their delight is in the law of the L , * ORD and on this law they meditate day and night. R 3 They are like trees planted by streams of water, bearing fruit in due season, with leaves that do not wither; * everything they do shall prosper. 4 It is not so with the wicked; * they are like chaff which the wind blows away. R 5 * Therefore the wicked shall not stand upright when judgment comes, nor the sinner in the council of the righteous. 6 ORD knows the way of the righteous, For the L * R but the way of the wicked is doomed. Eternal God, in your loving wisdom you set us beside the fountain of life, like a tree planted by running streams. Fill us with a love of your wisdom, that we may bear fruit in the beauty of holiness; [534] through Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Amen. P 2 T one 6; PH 159; PS 2 SALM R 1 Why are the nations in an uproar? * Why do the peoples mutter empty threats? Psalm 1 / 611

620 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 612 2 Why do the kings of the earth rise up in revolt, and the rulers plot together, * and against the L ORD anointed? ORD against the L ’s 3 * “Let us break their yoke,” they say; “let us cast off their bonds from us.” R 4 * The One enthroned in heaven is laughing; the L has them in derision. ORD 5 speaks to them, Then in wrath the L ORD * and divine rage fills them with terror. 6 “I myself have set my king * upon my holy hill of Zion.” R 7 : * Let me announce the decree of the L ORD said to me, “You are my Son; the L ORD this day have I begotten you. 8 Ask of me, and I will give you the nations for your inheritance * and the ends of the earth for your possession. 9 Y * ou shall crush them with an iron rod R and shatter them like a piece of pottery.” 10 And now, you kings, be wise; * be warned, you rulers of the earth. 11 Submit to the L ORD with fear, * and with trembling bow down in worship; 12 ORD be angry and you perish; * lest the L for divine wrath is quickly kindled. [Unison] 13 Happy are they all * ORD R who take refuge in the L ! Sovereign God, you gave us your only begotten to be the Savior of the world, and you crowned him with grace to rule over all. Give us humility that we may faithfully serve him, and so know the joy [535] given to all who take refuge in Christ our Lord. Amen. 612 / Psalm 2

621 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 613 P 4 T one 8 or 6; PH 160; PS 3 SALM R 1 Answer me when I call, O God, defender of my cause; * you set me free when I am hard-pressed; have mercy on me and hear my prayer. 2 * “You mortals, how long will you dishonor my glory; how long will you worship dumb idols and run after false gods?“ ORD does wonders for the faithful; * 3 Know that the L R when I cry out, the L will hear me. ORD 4 Tr emble, then, and do not sin; * speak to your heart in silence upon your bed. 5 Offer the appointed sacrifices * . R ORD and put your trust in the L 6 * Many are saying, “Oh, that we might see better times!” Lift up the light of your countenance upon us, O L ORD . * 7 You have put gladness in my heart, more than when grain and wine and oil increase. 8 * I lie down in peace; at once I fall asleep; ORD , make me dwell in safety. for only you, L R O God, source of deliverance and help, do not let our hearts be troubled, but fill us with such confidence and joy that we may sleep in your peace and rise in your light; [536] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. P 5 T one 8; PH 161; PS 4 SALM R ORD 1 Give ear to my words, O L * ; consider my meditation. 2 Hearken to my cry for help, my Sovereign and my God, * for I make my prayer to you. ORD , you hear my voice; * 3 In the morning, L R early in the morning I make my appeal and watch for you. Psalm 4 / 613

622 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 614 4 * For you are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, and evil cannot dwell with you. 5 * Braggarts cannot stand in your sight; you hate all those who work wickedness. 6 * Y ou destroy those who speak lies; R ORD the bloodthirsty and deceitful, O L , you abhor. 7 * But as for me, through the greatness of your mercy I will go into your house; I will bow down toward your holy temple in awe of you. 8 , in your righteousness, ORD Lead me, O L because of those who lie in wait for me; * make your way straight before me. R 9 For there is no truth in their mouth; * there is destruction in their heart; * their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. 10 Declare them guilty, O God; * let them fall, because of their schemes. * Because of their many transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you. R 11 * But all who take refuge in you will be glad; they will sing out their joy forever. Y * ou will shelter them, so that those who love your name may exult in you. [Unison] 12 ORD , will bless the righteous; For you, O L * you will defend them with your favor as with a shield. R ou alone, O God, are holy and righteous, Y and we praise you for protecting us in times of trial. Keep us safe from all evil and lead us in paths of justice that we may know the joy of trusting Jesus Christ [537] our shield and defender. Amen. 614 / Psalm 5

623 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 615 P 6 T one 7 SALM R 1 , do not rebuke me in your anger; * L ORD do not punish me in your wrath. 2 * ORD Have pity on me, L , for I am weak; , for my bones are racked. ORD heal me, L 3 My spirit shakes with terror; * , how long? R how long, O L ORD 4 n, O L , and deliver me; * Tu r ORD save me for your mercy’s sake. 5 * For in death no one remembers you; and who will give you thanks in the grave? R 6 * I grow weary because of my groaning; every night I drench my bed and flood my couch with tears. 7 * My eyes are wasted with grief and worn away because of all my enemies. R 8 * Depart from me, all evildoers, ORD has heard the sound of my weeping. for the L 9 The L * ORD has heard my supplication; ORD accepts my prayer. the L 10 * All my enemies shall be confounded and quake with fear; R they shall turn back and suddenly be put to shame. Merciful God, you know our anguish, not from afar, but in the suffering of Jesus Christ. Ta ke all our grieving and sorrow, all our pain and tears, and heal us according to your promises [538] Amen. in Jesus Christ our Lord. Psalm 6 / 615

624 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 616 P 7 T one 8 or 6 SALM R 1 my God, I take refuge in you; * O L ORD save and deliver me from all who pursue me; 2 lest like a lion they tear me in pieces * and snatch me away with none to deliver me. 3 ORD * my God, if I have done these things: O L if there is any wickedness in my hands, 4 * if I have repaid my friend with evil, or plundered anyone who without cause is my enemy; 5 * then let my enemy pursue and overtake me, trample my life into the ground, and lay my honor in the dust. R 6 ORD , in your wrath; * Stand up, O L rise up against the fury of my enemies. * wake, O my God, decree justice; A 7 let the assembly of the peoples gather round you. * Be seated on your lofty throne, O Most High; 8 O L , judge the nations. ORD ORD , Give judgment for me according to my righteousness, O L * R and according to my innocence, O Most High. 9 Let the malice of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous; * for you test the mind and heart, O righteous God. 10 * God is my shield and defense, the savior of the true in heart. 11 * God is a righteous judge; God sits in judgment every day. R 12 If they will not repent, God will whet a sword, * bending a bow and making it ready. 13 God has prepared weapons of death, * making arrows into shafts of fire. 14 * Look at those who are in labor with wickedness, who conceive evil, and give birth to a lie. 616 / Psalm 7

625 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 617 15 * They dig a pit and make it deep and fall into the hole that they have made. 16 * Their malice turns back upon their own head; their violence falls on their own scalp. R 17 is righteous; ORD * I will bear witness that the L R I will praise the name of the L ORD Most High. O God, our judge and redeemer, by the light of your truth let the righteous know your goodness and sinners know your mercy, that together they may give you grateful praise; [539] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 8 T one 3; PH 162, 163; PS 5 P SALM R 1 O L * our Lord, ORD how exalted is your name in all the world! 2 Out of the mouths of infants and children * your majesty is praised above the heavens. ou have set up a stronghold against your adversaries, Y * to quell the enemy and the avenger. R 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, * the moon and the stars you have set in their courses, 4 what are human beings that you should be mindful of them? * mortals that you should seek them out? R 5 Y ou have made them but little lower than the angels; * you adorn them with glory and honor; 6 you give them mastery over the works of your hands; * R you put all things under their feet: 7 All sheep and oxen, * even the wild beasts of the field, 8 * the birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and whatsoever walks in the paths of the sea. 9 ORD our Lord, O L * how exalted is your name in all the world! R Psalm 8 / 617

626 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 618 God of glory, despite the majesty of your creation you sought us out, and through Christ you crowned us with dignity and honor, giving us dominion over your works. Enable us so to care for the earth that all creation may radiate the splendor [540] of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM 9 T one 8; PS 6 P R 1 * , with my whole heart; ORD I will give thanks to you, O L I will tell of all your marvelous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; * R I will sing to your name, O Most High. 3 * When my enemies are driven back, they will stumble and perish at your presence. 4 For you have maintained my right and my cause; * you sit upon your throne judging right. R 5 ou have rebuked the ungodly and destroyed the wicked; * Y you have blotted out their name forever and ever. 6 As for the enemy, they are finished, in perpetual ruin, * their cities ploughed under, the memory of them perished; R 7 but you, O L * ORD , are enthroned forever; you have set up your throne for judgment. 8 It is you who rule the world with righteousness; * you judge the peoples with equity. 9 will be a refuge for the oppressed, The L ORD * a refuge in time of trouble. 10 Those who know your name will put their trust in you, * for you never forsake those who seek you, O L . R ORD 11 ORD * Sing praise to the L who dwells in Zion; proclaim to the peoples the things the L ORD has done. 12 * The Avenger of blood will remember them, and will not forget the cry of the afflicted. 618 / Psalm 9

627 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 619 13 ORD ; Have pity on me, O L * see the misery I suffer from those who hate me, O you who lift me up from the gate of death; 14 so that I may tell of all your praises and rejoice in your salvation * R in the gates of the city of Zion. 15 The ungodly have fallen into the pit they dug, * and in the snare they set is their own foot caught. 16 * is known by divine acts of justice; The L ORD the wicked are trapped in the works of their own hands. R 17 * The wicked shall be given over to the grave, and also all the peoples that forget God. 18 * For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever. 19 , let not the ungodly have the upper hand; * Rise up, O L ORD let them be judged before you. 20 Put fear upon them, O L ORD ; * let the ungodly know they are but mortal. R God Most High, in Jesus Christ you rule the world with righteousness and judge the nations with equity. Cast down the haughty and lift up the lowly. Make us compassionate to the needy that we may be close to Jesus Christ, [541] our servant Lord. Amen. 10 T one 8 P SALM R 1 Why do you stand so far off, O L ORD , * and hide yourself in time of trouble? 2 The wicked arrogantly persecute the poor, * but they are trapped in the schemes they have devised. 3 * The wicked boast of their heart’s desire; the covetous curse and revile the L ORD . 4 The wicked are so proud that they care not for God; * their only thought is, “God does not matter.” R Psalm 10 / 619

628 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 620 5 Their ways are devious at all times; your judgments are far above out of their sight; * they defy all their enemies. 6 * They say in their heart, “I shall not be shaken; no harm shall happen to me ever.” 7 * Their mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and oppression; under their tongue are mischief and wrong. 8 They lurk in ambush in public squares * and in secret places they murder the innocent; R they spy out the helpless. 9 They lie in wait, like a lion in a covert; they lie in wait to seize upon the lowly; * they seize the lowly and drag them away in their net. 10 The innocent are broken and humbled before them; * the helpless fall before their power. 11 They say in their heart, “God has forgotten; * God’s face is hidden; God will never notice.” R 12 ; Rise up, O L ORD lift up your hand, O God; * do not forget the afflicted. 13 Why should the wicked revile God? * why should they say in their heart that you do not care? 14 Surely, you behold trouble and misery; * you see it and take it into your own hand. * The helpless commit themselves to you, for you are the helper of orphans. R 15 Break the power of the wicked and evil; * search out their wickedness until you find none. 16 ORD is Sovereign forever and ever; * The L the ungodly shall perish from your land. 17 ORD * The L will hear the desire of the humble; you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear; [Unison] 18 to give justice to the orphan and oppressed, * so that mere mortals may strike terror no more. R 620 / Psalm 10

629 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 621 O Lord, you are the hope of the weak, the orphaned, and the oppressed. Y ou subvert the wicked and their plans and strengthen the hearts of the helpless. Blessed are you, Lord God, [542] Sovereign of the universe. Amen. T 12 P SALM one 8 R 1 * ORD Help me, L , for there is no godly one left; the faithful have vanished from among us. 2 * All speak falsely with their neighbor; with a smooth tongue they speak from a double heart. 3 ORD * would cut off all smooth tongues, Oh, that the L and close the lips that utter proud boasts! 4 Those who say, “With our tongue will we prevail; * R our lips are our own; who is lord over us?” 5 “Because the needy are oppressed, and the poor cry out in misery, * I will rise up,” says the L , ORD “and give them the help they long for.” 6 are pure words, * The words of the L ORD like silver refined from ore R and purified seven times in the fire. 7 O L ORD , watch over us * and save us from this generation forever. 8 The wicked prowl on every side, * R and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone. God of justice, in Jesus Christ you championed the weak and befriended outcasts. Through the shining light of his goodness you expose hypocrisy. Give us courage to follow his example, that we may be faithful disciples [543] Amen. of our Lord, Jesus Christ. Psalm 12 / 621

630 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 622 P 13 T one 8 or 7; PS 7 SALM R 1 ? How long, O L ORD * W ill you forget me forever? how long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long shall I have perplexity in my mind, * and grief in my heart, day after day? R how long shall my enemy triumph over me? 3 my God; * Look upon me and answer me, O L ORD give light to my eyes, lest I sleep in death; 4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed,” * R and my foes rejoice that I have fallen. 5 But I put my trust in your mercy; * my heart is joyful because of your saving help. 6 I will sing to you, O L ORD , * for you have dealt with me richly; R I will praise the name of the Lord Most High. Loving and merciful God, hear the prayers of those who cry to you, and shine with the light of your presence on those who live in the shadow of death. May we rejoice in your saving help and sing you songs of praise [544] in the name of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. 14 T P SALM one 8; PS 8 R 1 Fools say in their heart, “There is no God.” * All are corrupt and commit abominable acts; there is none who does any good. 2 ORD * The L looks down from heaven upon us all, to see if there is any who is wise, if there is one who seeks after God. 3 Every one has proved faithless; all alike have turned bad; * there is none who does good; no, not one. R 622 / Psalm 13

631 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 623 4 * Have they no knowledge, all those evildoers who eat up my people like bread ? ORD and do not call upon the L 5 See how they tremble with fear, * because God is in the company of the righteous. 6 Their aim is to confound the plans of the afflicted, * but the L ORD is their refuge. [Unison] 7 * Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! restores the fortunes of the chosen people, when the L ORD Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad. R God of wisdom and justice, deliver us from the foolishness of ignoring you. each us your wisdom through Jesus Christ, T that we may seek your goodness and embody your love to all your people, [545] Amen. for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. SALM 15 T one 6; PH 164; PS 9 P R 1 L , who may dwell in your tabernacle? * ORD who may abide upon your holy hill? 2 Those who lead a blameless life and do what is right, * R who speak the truth from their heart. 3 There is no guile upon their tongue; they do no evil to their friend; * they do not heap contempt upon their neighbor. 4 In their sight the wicked are rejected, * ORD . R but they honor those who fear the L * They have sworn to do no wrong and do not take back their word. 5 * They do not give their money in hope of gain, nor do they take a bribe against the innocent. [Unison] * Those who do these things R shall never be overthrown. Psalm 15 / 623

632 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 624 God of love, you adopted us as your children. Grant that we may pass through this world with such integrity that no one will have just complaint against us. At the end, may we inherit what has been prepared for us in heaven; [546] through our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen. T 16 P one 6; PH 165; PS 10 SALM R 1 * Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; , “You are my Lord, I have said to the L ORD my good above all other.” 2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, * R upon those who are noble among the people. 3 * But those who run after other gods shall have their troubles multiplied. 4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, * nor take the names of their gods upon my lips. R 5 ORD , you are my portion and my cup; * O L it is you who uphold my lot. 6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; * R indeed, I have a goodly heritage. 7 who gives me counsel; I will bless the L * ORD my heart teaches me, night after night. 8 I have set the L * ORD always before me; R because you are at my right hand I shall not fall. 9 * My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; my body also shall rest in hope. 10 * For you will not abandon me to the grave, R nor let your holy one see the pit. [Unison] 11 ou will show me the path of life; * Y in your presence there is fullness of joy, and in your right hand are pleasures forevermore. R 624 / Psalm 16

633 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 625 Gracious God, in whom all hearts are glad and all souls rejoice: Show us the path of your presence, that we may follow it in hope and be filled with resurrection joy; [547] through Jesus Christ, our risen Savior. Amen. T 17 one 8 or 7; PS 11 P SALM R 1 ORD Hear my plea of innocence, O L ; * give heed to my cry; listen to my prayer, which does not come from lying lips. 2 Let my vindication come forth from your presence; * let your eyes be fixed on justice. R 3 eigh my heart, summon me by night, W * melt me down; you will find no impurity in me. 4 I give no offense with my mouth as others do; * I have heeded the words of your lips. 5 My footsteps hold fast to the ways of your law; * in your paths my feet shall not stumble. R 6 * I call upon you, O God, for you will answer me; incline your ear to me and hear my words. 7 * Show me your marvelous loving-kindness, O Savior of those who take refuge at your right hand from those who rise up against them. R 8 Keep me as the apple of your eye; * hide me under the shadow of your wings, 9 from the wicked who assault me, * from my deadly enemies who surround me. 10 * They have closed their heart to pity, and their mouth speaks proud things. 11 They press me hard, now they surround me, * watching how they may cast me to the ground, 12 like a lion, greedy for its prey, * and like a young lion lurking in secret places. R Psalm 17 / 625

634 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 626 13 ORD ; confront them and bring them down; Arise, O L * deliver me from the wicked by your sword. 14 Deliver me, O L ORD * , by your hand from those whose portion in life is this world; * whose bellies you fill with your treasure, who are well supplied with children and leave their wealth to their little ones. 15 But at my vindication I shall see your face; * when I awake, I shall be satisfied, beholding your likeness. R Good Lord, you are the searcher of human hearts. When we are surrounded by dangers, show us your favor, without which we would perish. Let not our hearts be earthbound, but may we follow your commandments and aspire to heaven’s joy, [548] Amen. which is won for us in Jesus Christ our Savior. P T one 3 SALM 18 R 1 ORD my strength, I love you, O L * O L my stronghold, my crag, and my haven. ORD 2 My God, my rock in whom I put my trust, * my shield, the horn of my salvation, and my refuge; you are worthy of praise. 3 ORD , * I will call upon the L and so shall I be saved from my enemies. R 4 The breakers of death rolled over me, * and the torrents of oblivion made me afraid. 5 The cords of hell entangled me, * and the snares of death were set for me. 6 ORD in my distress * I called upon the L and cried out to my God for help. R Y * ou heard my voice from your heavenly dwelling; my cry of anguish came to your ears. 626 / Psalm 18

635 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 627 7 * The earth reeled and rocked; the roots of the mountains shook; they reeled because of your anger. 8 Smoke rose from your nostrils * and a consuming fire out of your mouth; hot burning coals blazed forth from you. 9 ou parted the heavens and came down * Y with a storm cloud under your feet. 10 Y ou mounted on cherubim and flew; * R you swooped on the wings of the wind. 11 Y ou wrapped darkness about you; * you made dark waters and thick clouds your pavilion. 12 * From the brightness of your presence, through the clouds, burst hailstones and coals of fire. 13 O L , you thundered out of heaven; * ORD O Most High, you uttered your voice. 14 Y ou loosed your arrows and scattered them; * you hurled thunderbolts and routed them. 15 The beds of the seas were uncovered, and the foundations of the world laid bare, * at your battle cry, O L , ORD at the blast of the breath of your nostrils. R 16 Y ou reached down from on high and grasped me; * ou drew me out of great waters. 17 Y ou delivered me from my strong enemies and from those who hated me; * for they were too mighty for me. 18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster; * but the L ORD was my support. 19 ou brought me out into an open place; * Y d you rescued me because you R elighted in me. 20 The L rewarded me because of my righteous dealing; * ORD because my hands were clean God rewarded me; 21 for I have kept the ways of the L * ORD and have not offended against my God; Psalm 18 / 627

636 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 628 22 * for all God’s judgments are before my eyes, I have not put away from me; and the decrees of the L ORD 23 ORD * for I have been blameless with the L and have kept myself from iniquity; 24 ORD * rewarded me according to my righteous dealing, Therefore the L R seeing the cleanness of my hands. 25 * With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God; with the forthright you show yourself forthright. 26 * W ith the pure you show yourself pure, but with the crooked you are wily. 27 * Y ou will save a lowly people, but you will humble the haughty eyes. 28 Y ORD , are my lamp; * ou, O L my God, you make my darkness bright. 29 * With you I will break down an enclosure; with the help of my God I will scale any wall. R 30 As for you, O God, your ways are perfect; the words of the L are tried in the fire; * ORD you are a shield to all who trust in you. 31 For who is God, but the L * ORD ? who is the Rock, except our God? 32 It is God who girds me about with strength * and makes my way secure. R 33 Y ou make me sure-footed like a deer * and let me stand firm on the heights. 34 Y ou train my hands for battle * and my arms for bending even a bow of bronze. 35 Y * ou have given me your shield of victory; your right hand also sustains me; your loving care makes me great. 36 Y ou lengthen my stride beneath me, * R and my ankles do not give way. 37 * I pursue my enemies and overtake them; I will not turn back till I have destroyed them. 628 / Psalm 18

637 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 629 38 * I strike them down, and they cannot rise; they fall defeated at my feet. 39 ou have girded me with strength for the battle; * Y you have cast down my adversaries beneath me; 40 you have put my enemies to flight. I destroy those who hate me; 41 they cry out, but there is none to help them; * ORD they cry to the L , who does not answer. 42 * I beat them small like dust before the wind; I trample them like mud in the streets. R 43 ou deliver me from the strife of the peoples; Y * you put me at the head of the nations. 44 A people I have not known shall serve me; * no sooner shall they hear than they shall obey me; strangers will cringe before me. 45 The foreign peoples will lose heart; * they shall come trembling out of their strongholds. R 46 ORD lives! Blessed is my Rock! * The L Exalted is the God of my salvation! 47 ORD is the God who gave me victory The L * and cast down the peoples beneath me. 48 Y ou rescued me from the fury of my enemies; you exalted me above those who rose against me; * you saved me from my deadly foe. R 49 ORD , * Therefore will I extol you among the nations, O L and sing praises to your name. 50 Y * ou multiply the victories of your king; you show loving-kindness to your anointed, R to David and his descendants forever. Praise to you, God of our salvation. Y ou come to our help and set us free. May your strength be our shield and your word, our lamp, that we may serve you with pure hearts [549] Amen. and find deliverance in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Psalm 18 / 629

638 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 630 P 19 T one 6 or 5; PH 166, 167; PS 12, 13 SALM R 1 The heavens declare the glory of God, * and the firmament shows forth the work of God’s hands. 2 One day tells its tale to another, * and one night imparts knowledge to another. 3 * Although they have no words or language, and their voices are not heard, 4 * their sound has gone out into all lands, and their message to the ends of the world. R * In the deep has God set a pavilion for the sun; 5 it comes forth like a bridegroom out of his chamber; it rejoices like a champion to run its course. 6 It goes forth from the uttermost edge of the heavens * and runs about to the end of it again; R nothing is hidden from its burning heat. 7 The law of the L * ORD is perfect and revives the soul; ORD is sure and gives wisdom to the innocent. the testimony of the L 8 ORD are just and rejoice the heart; * The statutes of the L ORD is clear and gives light to the eyes. the commandment of the L R 9 ORD * The fear of the L is clean and endures forever; are true and righteous altogether. the judgments of the L ORD 10 * More to be desired are they than gold, more than much fine gold, sweeter far than honey, than honey in the comb. R 11 By them also is your servant enlightened, * and in keeping them there is great reward. 12 * Can people tell how often they offend? cleanse me from my secret faults. 13 Above all, keep your servant from presumptuous sins; * let them not get dominion over me; then shall I be whole and sound, and innocent of a great offense. R 630 / Psalm 19

639 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 631 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, * , my strength and my redeemer. R ORD O L Faithful God, you sent us your Word as the sun of truth and justice to shine upon all the world. Open our eyes to see your glory in all your works, that, rejoicing in your whole creation, we may learn to serve you with gladness, for the sake of him through whom all things were made, [550] Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. T one 6; PH 169; PS 14 20 SALM P R 1 ORD * May the L answer you in the day of trouble, the name of the God of Jacob defend you. 2 From God’s holy place may you receive help; * may God strengthen you out of Zion. 3 May God remember all your offerings * R and accept your burnt sacrifice; 4 grant you your heart’s desire * and prosper all your plans. 5 We will shout for joy at your victory * and triumph in the name of our God; grant all your requests. R may the L ORD 6 ORD gives victory to the anointed one; Now I know that the L * out of God’s holy heaven will come an answer; the right hand of the L ORD works victorious strength. 7 * Some put their trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will call upon the name of the L ORD our God. 8 They collapse and fall down, * but we will arise and stand upright. [Unison] 9 ORD , give victory to the king O L * and answer us when we call. R Psalm 20 / 631

640 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 632 Almighty God, you have given victory to Christ, your anointed one. Keep us from stumbling into lesser loyalties, and give us strength to stand firm, trusting in the grace and peace [551] Amen. of Jesus Christ our Lord. T P SALM one 8; PH 168; PS 15–17 22 R 1 * My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? and are so far from my cry and from the words of my distress? 2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but you do not answer; * by night as well, but I find no rest. R 3 * Y et you are the Holy One, enthroned upon the praises of Israel. 4 Our ancestors put their trust in you; * they trusted, and you delivered them. 5 They cried out to you and were delivered; * they trusted in you and were not put to shame. R 6 But as for me, I am a worm and not a man, * scorned by all and despised by the people. 7 All who see me laugh me to scorn; * they curl their lips and wag their heads, saying, 8 “He trusted in the L ORD deliver him; * ; let the L ORD let God rescue him, if God delights in him.” R 9 Y et you are the one who took me out of the womb, * and kept me safe upon my mother’s breast. 10 I have been entrusted to you ever since I was born; * you were my God when I was still in my mother’s womb. 11 * Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help. R 12 Many young bulls encircle me; * strong bulls of Bashan surround me. 632 / Psalm 22

641 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 633 13 * They open wide their jaws at me, like a ravening and a roaring lion. 14 I am poured out like water; all my bones are out of joint; * my heart within my breast is melting wax. 15 My mouth is dried out like a pot-sherd; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; * and you have laid me in the dust of the grave. R 16 Packs of dogs close me in, * and gangs of evildoers circle around me; 17 they pierce my hands and my feet; I can count all my bones. They stare and gloat over me; * 18 they divide my garments among them; R they cast lots for my clothing. 19 ORD * Be not far away, O L ; you are my strength; hasten to help me. 20 Save me from the sword, * my life from the power of the dog. 21 Save me from the lion’s mouth, * my wretched body from the horns of wild bulls. R 22 I will declare your name to the community; * in the midst of the congregation I will praise you. 23 Praise the L * ORD , you that are God-fearing; , O offspring of Israel; ORD stand in awe of the L all you of Jacob’s line, give glory. 24 does not despise nor abhor the poor in their poverty; For the L ORD ’s face hidden from them; * neither is the L ORD ORD but when they cry out, the L R hears them. 25 * My praise is of God in the great assembly; I will perform my vows in the presence of those who worship the L ORD . 26 The poor shall eat and be satisfied, and those who seek the L shall give praise: * ORD “May your heart live forever!” Psalm 22 / 633

642 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 634 27 * All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to God, . and all the families of the nations shall bow before the L ORD 28 ORD , For sovereignty belongs to the L * who rules over the nations. R 29 To alone all who sleep in the earth bow down in worship; * the L ORD . ORD all who go down to the dust fall before the L 30 My soul shall live for God; ; ORD my descendants shall serve the L * ’s forever. ORD they shall be known as the L 31 They shall come and make known to a people yet unborn * the saving deeds that God has done. R Eternal God, your tortured Son felt abandoned, and cried out in anguish from the cross, yet you delivered him. He overcame the bonds of death and rose in triumph from the grave. Do not hide your face from those who cry out to you. Feed the hungry, strengthen the weak, and break the chains of the oppressed, that your people may rejoice in your saving deeds. [552] This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. SALM 23 T one 6; PH 170–175; PS 18–20 P R 1 ORD is my shepherd; * The L I shall not be in want. 2 ou make me lie down in green pastures Y * and lead me beside still waters. R 3 Y * ou revive my soul and guide me along right pathways for your name’s sake. 4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, * I shall fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. R 634 / Psalm 23

643 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 635 5 ou spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; * Y you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. 6 * Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, ORD R forever. and I will dwell in the house of the L Lord Jesus Christ, our good shepherd, in the waters of Baptism you give us birth, and at your table you nourish us with heavenly food. In your goodness and mercy, lead us along safe paths, beyond the terrors of evil and death, to the house of the Lord [553] where we may rest securely in you forever. Amen. P T one 3; PH 176, 177; PS 21, 22 SALM 24 R 1 ’s and all that is in it, * The earth is the L ORD the world and all who dwell therein. 2 ORD who founded it upon the seas * For it is the L R and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep. 3 “Who can ascend the hill of the L ? * ORD and who can stand in God’s holy place?“ 4 “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, * who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud. 5 ORD * They shall receive a blessing from the L and a just reward from the God of their salvation.” 6 ORD , * Such is the generation of those who seek the L R of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob. 7 Lift up your heads, O gates; * lift them high, O everlasting doors; and the glorious Sovereign shall come in. 8 “Who is this glorious Sovereign?” * ORD , strong and mighty, “The L ORD , mighty in battle.” the L Psalm 24 / 635

644 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 636 9 Lift up your heads, O gates; lift them high, O everlasting doors; * and the glorious Sovereign shall come in. 10 * “And who is this glorious Sovereign?” “The L ORD , the L of hosts is the glorious Sovereign.” R ORD God of all creation, open our hearts that Christ, the King of glory, may enter and rule our lives. Give us clean hands and pure hearts, that we may stand in your presence and receive your blessing [554] through the same, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. P T one 8 or 7; PH 178; PS 23 SALM 25 R 1 you, O L , I lift up my soul; To ORD 2 my God, I put my trust in you; * let me not be humiliated, nor let my enemies triumph over me. 3 Let none who look to you be put to shame; * let the treacherous be disappointed in their schemes. R 4 ORD , Show me your ways, O L * and teach me your paths. 5 Lead me in your truth and teach me, * for you are the God of my salvation; in you have I trusted all the day long. R 6 Remember, O L * ORD , your compassion and love, for they are from everlasting. 7 Remember not the sins of my youth and my transgressions; * remember me according to your love ORD and for the sake of your goodness, O L R . 8 Gracious and upright are you, O L ; * ORD therefore you teach sinners in your way. 9 Yo * u guide the humble in doing right and teach your way to the lowly. 636 / Psalm 25

645 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 637 10 ORD , are love and faithfulness All your paths, O L * to those who keep your covenant and your testimonies. R 11 * For your name’s sake, O L , ORD forgive my sin, for it is great. 12 ORD * Who are they who fear the L ? R ORD the L will teach them the way that they should choose. 13 They shall dwell in prosperity, * and their offspring shall inherit the land. 14 is a friend to the God-fearing * The L ORD and will show them the holy covenant. 15 My eyes are ever looking to the L * , ORD R who shall pluck my feet out of the net. 16 Tu rn to me and have pity on me, * for I am left alone and in misery. 17 The sorrows of my heart have increased; * bring me out of my troubles. 18 Look upon my adversity and misery * R and forgive me all my sin. 19 * Look upon my enemies, for they are many, and they bear a violent hatred against me. 20 Protect my life and deliver me; * let me not be put to shame, for I have trusted in you. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, * for my hope has been in you. [Unison] 22 * Deliver Israel, O God, R out of all their troubles. Covenant Friend, remember not our sins, but recall your compassion to your children. We turn to you for guidance and life, turn also to us and be gracious, that we may always follow in the way [555] of Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen. Psalm 25 / 637

646 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 638 P 26 T one 8; PS 24 SALM R 1 , Give judgment for me, O L ORD for I have lived with integrity; * I have trusted in the L ORD and have not faltered. 2 ORD , and try me; est me, O L T * examine my heart and my mind. 3 For your love is before my eyes; * I have walked faithfully with you. R 4 I have not sat with the worthless, * nor do I consort with the deceitful. 5 I have hated the company of evildoers; * I will not sit down with the wicked. 6 , I will wash my hands in innocence, O L ORD * that I may go in procession round your altar, 7 singing aloud a song of thanksgiving * R and recounting all your wonderful deeds. 8 L , I love the house in which you dwell * ORD and the place where your glory abides. 9 Do not sweep me away with sinners, * nor my life with those who thirst for blood, 10 whose hands are full of evil plots, * and their right hand full of bribes. R 11 As for me, I will live with integrity; * redeem me, O L ORD , and have pity on me. 12 * My foot stands on level ground; ORD in the full assembly I will bless the L R . Eternal God, you know what is in our hearts and minds; you test us to strengthen our faith. Keep your love always before us, and direct our steps, that we may be steadfast in your way and join with all your saints [556] to give you praise, now and forever. Amen. 638 / Psalm 26

647 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 639 P 27 T one 6 (27:1–6), Tone 7 (27:7–14); PH 179; PS 25 SALM R 1 is my light and my salvation; The L ORD whom then shall I fear? * ORD the L is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid? 2 * When evildoers came upon me to eat up my flesh, it was they, my foes and my adversaries, who stumbled and fell. 3 * Though an army should encamp against me, yet my heart shall not be afraid; * and though war should rise up against me, . yet will I put my trust in the L ORD 4 ORD One thing have I asked of the L ; * one thing I seek; that I may dwell in the house of the L all the days of my life; ORD , to behold the fair beauty of the L ORD * R to seek God in the temple. 5 ORD shall shelter me in safety; * For on the day of trouble the L the L ORD shall hide me in the secrecy of the holy place and set me high upon a rock. 6 lifts up my head * Even now the L ORD above my enemies round about me. Therefore I will offer in the holy place an oblation with sounds of great gladness; * . R I will sing and make music to the L ORD 7 ORD , when I call; * Hearken to my voice, O L have mercy on me and answer me. 8 ou speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.” Y * our face, L , will I seek. Y ORD 9 Hide not your face from me, * nor turn away your servant in displeasure. Y ou have been my helper; cast me not away; * do not forsake me, O God of my salvation. Psalm 27 / 639

648 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 640 10 * Though my father and my mother forsake me, will sustain me. R the L ORD 11 ORD ; Show me your way, O L * lead me on a level path, because of my enemies. 12 * Deliver me not into the hand of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen up against me, and also those who speak malice. 13 What if I had not believed * that I should see the goodness of the L ORD in the land of the living! 14 ORD ’s pleasure; O tarry and await the L shall comfort your heart; ORD be strong, and the L * . R wait patiently for the L ORD O God, guardian and guide of all your people, protect and lead us through times of trouble, establishing our faith on the rock of Jesus Christ, [557] who is the way, the truth, and the life. Amen. P 28 T one 8 SALM R 1 O L ORD , I call to you; * my Rock, do not be deaf to my cry; lest, if you do not hear me, I become like those who go down to the pit. 2 Hear the voice of my prayer when I cry out to you, * when I lift up my hands to your holy of holies. R 3 * Do not snatch me away with the wicked or with the evildoers, who speak peaceably with their neighbors, while strife is in their hearts. 4 * Repay them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their actions. According to the work of their hands repay them, * and give them their just deserts. 5 O L ORD , they have no understanding of your doings, nor of the works of your hands; * therefore you will break them down and not build them up. R 640 / Psalm 28

649 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 641 6 ORD ! Blessed is the L * for you have heard the voice of my prayer. 7 The L ORD * is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in you, and I have been helped; * therefore my heart dances for joy, and in my song will I praise you. R 8 , are the strength of your people, Y ou, O L ORD * a safe refuge for your anointed. [Unison] 9 Save your people and bless your inheritance; * R shepherd them and carry them forever. Strong Shepherd of your people, you hear us when we lift our hands in prayer to you. Strengthen us to offer you thanks for the mighty works that you have done, and make our hearts leap for joy; [558] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 29 T P SALM one 3; PH 180; PS 26 R 1 Ascribe to the L ORD , you gods, * ORD ascribe to the L glory and strength. 2 ORD the glory that is due the holy name; Ascribe to the L * in the beauty of holiness. ORD worship the L R 3 The voice of the L ORD is upon the waters; the God of glory thunders; * is upon the mighty waters. the L ORD 4 The voice of the L ORD is a powerful voice; * the voice of the L is a voice of splendor. R ORD 5 ORD * The voice of the L breaks the cedar trees; the L ORD breaks the cedars of Lebanon; 6 ORD the L * makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Mount Hermon like a young wild ox. R Psalm 29 / 641

650 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 642 7 ORD The voice of the L splits the flames of fire; shakes the wilderness; ORD * the voice of the L the L ORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh. 8 ORD makes the oak trees writhe * The voice of the L and strips the forests bare. 9 * And in the temple of the L ORD all are crying, “Glory!” R 10 sits enthroned above the flood; The L ORD * ORD the L sits enthroned as Sovereign forevermore. [Unison] 11 The L shall give strength to the chosen people; * ORD shall give the people the blessing of peace. the L ORD R God of mystery and power, open our eyes to the fire of your love, and open our ears to the thunder of your justice, that we may receive your gifts of blessing and peace, to the glory of your name; [559] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM 30 one 3; PH 181; PS 27 P T R 1 I will exalt you, O L , ORD because you have lifted me up * and have not let my enemies triumph over me. 2 ORD my God, I cried out to you, * O L and you restored me to health. 3 ou brought me up, O L ORD Y * , from the dead; you restored my life as I was going down to the grave. R 4 Sing to the L , you faithful servants; * ORD give thanks for the remembrance of God’s holiness. 5 * For God’s wrath lasts but the twinkling of an eye, God’s favor endures for a lifetime. eeping may spend the night, * W but joy comes in the morning. 642 / Psalm 30

651 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 643 6 While I felt secure, I said, “I shall never be disturbed. * 7 ou, L ORD Y , with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains.” Then you hid your face, * R and I was filled with fear. 8 * I cried to you, O L ORD ; I pleaded with the Lord, saying, 9 * “What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit? will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness? 10 , and have mercy upon me; Hear, O L ORD * , be my helper.” ORD R O L 11 * Y ou have turned my wailing into dancing; you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy. [Unison] 12 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; * ORD my God, I will give you thanks forever. R O L Loving God, glorious in giving and restoring life, do not hide your face from your people overcome with loneliness and fear. Tu rn our weeping into dancing, our despair into joy, and raise us up with Christ, [560] that we may rejoice in your presence forever. Amen. 31 T one 6 or 8; PH 182, 183; PS 28 P SALM R 1 In you, O L ORD , have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; * deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Incline your ear to me; * R make haste to deliver me. 3 Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe, for you are my crag and my stronghold; * for the sake of your name, lead me and guide me. 4 T * ake me out of the net that they have secretly set for me, for you are my tower of strength. Psalm 31 / 643

652 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 644 5 * Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, , O God of truth. ORD R O L 6 I hate those who cling to worthless idols, * and I put my trust in the L . ORD 7 * I will rejoice and be glad because of your mercy; for you have seen my affliction; you know my distress. 8 Y ou have not shut me up in the power of the enemy; * you have set my feet in an open place. R 9 , for I am in trouble; * Have mercy on me, O L ORD my eye is consumed with sorrow, and also my throat and my belly. 10 For my life is wasted with grief, and my years with sighing; * my strength fails me because of affliction, R and my bones are consumed. 11 I have become a reproach to all my enemies and even to my neighbors, a dismay to those of my acquaintance; * when they see me in the street they avoid me. 12 I am forgotten, out of mind, as if I were dead; * I am as useless as a broken pot. 13 For I have heard the whispering of the crowd; * fear is all around; they put their heads together against me; they plot to take my life. R 14 . * ORD But as for me, I have trusted in you, O L I have said, “You are my God. 15 * My times are in your hand; rescue me from the hand of my enemies, and from those who persecute me. 16 Make your face to shine upon your servant, * and in your loving-kindness save me.” R 17 ORD , let me not be ashamed for having called upon you; L * rather, let the wicked be put to shame; let them be silent in the grave. 644 / Psalm 31

653 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 645 18 * Let the lying lips be silenced which speak against the righteous, haughtily, disdainfully, and with contempt. R 19 ORD ! How great is your goodness, O L which you have laid up for those who fear you; * which you have done in the sight of all for those who put their trust in you. 20 Y ou hide them in the covert of your presence from those * who slander them; R you keep them in your shelter from the strife of tongues. 21 ! * Blessed be the L ORD for you have shown me the wonders of your love in a besieged city. 22 Y et I said in my alarm, * “I have been cut off from the sight of your eyes.” Nevertheless, you heard the sound of my entreaty R when I cried out to you. 23 Love the L * ORD , all you who are faithful; ORD protects the pious, the L but repays to the full those who act haughtily. 24 Be strong and let your heart take courage, * ORD . all you who wait for the L R Helper of the helpless, comforter of the afflicted, may your servants who stand in the midst of evil find strength in the knowledge of your presence, and praise you for the wonders of your love; [561] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. P 32 T one 6; PH 184; PS 29 SALM R 1 * Happy are they whose transgressions are forgiven, and whose sin is put away! 2 ORD imputes no guilt, * Happy are they to whom the L and in whose spirit there is no guile! R 3 * While I held my tongue, my bones withered away, because of my groaning all day long. Psalm 32 / 645

654 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 646 4 * For your hand was heavy upon me day and night; my moisture was dried up as in the heat of summer. 5 * Then I acknowledged my sin to you, R and did not conceal my guilt. ORD * .” I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the L Then you forgave me the guilt of my sin. 6 * Therefore all the faithful will make their prayers to you in time of trouble; when the great waters overflow, they shall not reach them. 7 ou are my hiding-place; Y you preserve me from trouble; * you surround me with shouts of deliverance. R 8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way that you should go; * I will guide you with my eye. 9 Do not be like horse or mule, which have no understanding; * who must be fitted with bit and bridle, or else they will not stay near you.” 10 Great are the tribulations of the wicked; * but mercy embraces those who trust in the L ORD . 11 ORD Be glad, you righteous, and rejoice in the L * ; shout for joy, all who are true of heart. R Merciful God, we confess that we have squandered your blessings and turned our backs on your love. Help us to repent and return to you, confident that you will welcome us as your sons and daughters [562] in Jesus Christ. Amen. 33 P one 6; PH 185; PS 30, 31 SALM T R 1 ORD , you righteous; * Rejoice in the L it is good for the just to sing praises. 2 ORD * Praise the L with the harp; play upon the psaltery and lyre. 3 ORD a new song; Sing for the L * sound a fanfare with all your skill upon the trumpet. R 646 / Psalm 33

655 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 647 4 ORD , is right, For your word, O L * and all your works are sure. 5 Y ou love righteousness and justice; * , fills the whole earth. your loving-kindness, O L ORD 6 ORD , were the heavens made, * By your word, O L by the breath of your mouth all the heavenly hosts. 7 * Y ou gather up the waters of the ocean as in a water-skin and store up the depths of the sea. R 8 ; * Let all the earth fear the L ORD let all who dwell in the world stand in reverence. 9 spoke, and it came to pass; * For the L ORD commanded, and it stood fast. ORD the L R 10 brings the will of the nations to naught * The L ORD and thwarts the designs of the peoples. 11 But the L ORD ’s will stands fast forever, * ORD ’s and the designs of the L heart from age to age. 12 ORD ! Happy is the nation whose God is the L * R happy the people you have chosen to be your own! 13 ORD , you look down from heaven * O L and behold all the people in the world. 14 From where you sit enthroned you turn your gaze * on all who dwell on the earth. 15 Y ou fashion all the hearts of them * and understand all their works. 16 There is no ruler that can be saved by a mighty army; * a warrior is not delivered by great strength. 17 * The horse is a vain hope for deliverance; R for all its strength it cannot save. 18 , is upon those who fear you, * Behold, your eye, O L ORD on those who wait upon your love, 19 to pluck their lives from death, * and to feed them in time of famine. R 20 ORD ; * Our soul waits for you, O L you are our help and our shield. Psalm 33 / 647

656 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 648 21 * Indeed, our heart rejoices in you, for in your holy name we put our trust. 22 ORD Let your loving-kindness, O L , be upon us, * as we have put our trust in you. R Lord God, with your Son you made heaven and earth, and through him you continue to accomplish your purpose for creation. Make us witnesses to your truth and instruments of your peace, that all may know you are the God of justice, and trust your holy name; [563] through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. T one 6; PH 187; PS 32, 33 34 SALM P R 1 , ORD At all times I will bless the L * whose praise shall ever be in my mouth. 2 I will glory in the L ; * ORD let the humble hear and rejoice. 3 Proclaim with me the greatness of the L * ORD ; ORD together. R let us exalt the name of the L 4 ORD , who answered me * I sought the L and delivered me out of all my terror. 5 ORD and be radiant, Look upon the L * R and let not your faces be ashamed. 6 ORD heard me * I called in my affliction and the L and saved me from all my troubles. 7 encompasses the God-fearing, * The angel of the L ORD and the L ORD will deliver them. 8 aste and see that the L ORD T * is good; happy are they who trust in the L ! R ORD 9 Fear the L , you holy ones, * ORD for those who are God-fearing lack nothing. 10 * The young lions lack and suffer hunger, ORD lack nothing that is good. R but those who seek the L 648 / Psalm 34

657 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 649 11 * Come, children, and listen to me; . I will teach you the fear of the L ORD 12 * Who among you loves life and desires long life to enjoy prosperity? 13 Keep your tongue from evil-speaking * and your lips from lying words. 14 Tu rn from evil and do good; * R seek peace and pursue it. 15 are upon the righteous, * ORD The eyes of the L are open to their cry. and the ears of the L ORD 16 The face of the L * ORD is against those who do evil, to root out the remembrance of them from the earth. 17 The righteous cry, and the L hears them * ORD and delivers them from all their troubles. 18 The L * ORD is near to the brokenhearted R and will save those whose spirits are crushed. 19 Many are the troubles of the righteous, * but the L will deliver the just out of them all. ORD 20 ORD The L will keep safe the bones of the righteous; * not one of them shall be broken. 21 Evil shall slay the wicked, * and those who hate the righteous will be punished. 22 ransoms the life of those chosen to serve, * The L ORD . R ORD and none will be punished who trust in the L Graciously hear us, Lord, for you alone we seek. Quiet us with the peace which passes understanding, and make us radiant with the knowledge of your goodness; [564] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM T one 8 P 35 R 1 ORD ; * Fight those who fight me, O L attack those who are attacking me. 2 T ake up shield and armor * and rise up to help me. Psalm 35 / 649

658 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 650 3 * Draw the sword and bar the way against those who pursue me; say to my soul, “I am your salvation.” R 4 * Let those who seek after my life be shamed and humbled, let those who plot my ruin fall back and be dismayed. 5 * Let them be like chaff before the wind, and let the angel of the L ORD drive them away. 6 Let their way be dark and slippery, * pursue them. R and let the angel of the L ORD 7 * For they have secretly spread a net for me without a cause; without a cause they have dug a pit to take me alive. 8 Let ruin come upon them unawares; * let them be caught in the net they hid; let them fall into the pit they dug. 9 ; * Then I will be joyful in you, O L ORD I will glory in your victory. 10 ORD , who is like you? My very bones will say, “L * Y ou deliver the poor from those who are too strong for them, R the poor and needy from those who rob them.” 11 Malicious witnesses rise up against me; * they charge me with matters I know nothing about. 12 They pay me evil in exchange for good; * my soul is full of despair. 13 * But when they were sick I dressed in sack-cloth and humbled myself by fasting; 14 I prayed with my whole heart, * as one would for a friend or a brother; I behaved like one who mourns for a mother, bowed down and grieving. R 15 But when I stumbled, they were glad and gathered together; * they gathered against me; strangers whom I did not know tore me to pieces and would not stop. 16 * They put me to the test and mocked me; R they gnashed at me with their teeth. 650 / Psalm 35

659 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 651 17 * O Lord, how long will you look on? rescue me from the roaring beasts, and my life from the young lions. 18 I will give you thanks in the great congregation; * I will praise you in the mighty throng. R 19 Do not let my treacherous foes rejoice over me, * nor let those who hate me without a cause wink at each other. 20 For they do not plan for peace, * but invent deceitful schemes against the quiet in the land. 21 They opened their mouths at me and said, * R “Aha! we saw it with our own eyes.” 22 ORD * Y ou saw it, O L ; do not be silent; O Lord, be not far from me. 23 * A wake, arise, to my cause! to my defense, my God and my Lord! 24 ORD my God, Give me justice, O L * according to your righteousness; do not let them triumph over me. 25 Do not let them say in their hearts, “Aha! just what we want!” * Do not let them say, “We have swallowed you up.” R 26 Let all who rejoice at my ruin be ashamed and disgraced; * let those who boast against me be clothed with dismay and shame. 27 * Let those who favor my cause sing out with joy and be glad; let them say always, “Great are you, O L ORD ; you desire the prosperity of your servant.” 28 And my tongue shall be talking of your righteousness * R and of your praise all the day long. God of our salvation, come quickly to free the poor from their oppressors, and establish your reign of justice on earth, that your people may sing out with joy; [565] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Psalm 35 / 651

660 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 652 P 36 T one 6; PH 186; PS 34 SALM R 1 There is a voice of rebellion deep in the heart of the wicked; * there is no fear of God before their eyes. 2 They flatter themselves in their own eyes * that their hateful sin will not be found out. 3 * The words of their mouth are wicked and deceitful; they have left off acting wisely and doing good. 4 They think up wickedness upon their beds and have set themselves in no good way; * R they do not abhor that which is evil. 5 ORD our love, O L * Y , reaches to the heavens, and your faithfulness to the clouds. 6 Y our righteousness is like the strong mountains, * your justice like the great deep; you save humans and beasts alike, O L ORD . R 7 * How priceless is your love, O God! your people take refuge under the shadow of your wings. 8 They feast upon the abundance of your house; * you give them drink from the river of your delights. 9 For with you is the well of life, * and in your light we see light. R 10 Continue your loving-kindness to those who know you, * and your favor to those who are true of heart. 11 Let not the foot of the proud come near me, * nor the hand of the wicked push me aside. 12 * See how they are fallen, those who work wickedness! R they are cast down and shall not be able to rise. Eternal God, you satisfy our hunger by feeding us with the bread of life, and you quench our thirst for righteousness by your mighty acts. Nourish us always by your Spirit, [566] Amen. that we may grow into the stature of Jesus Christ. 652 / Psalm 36

661 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 653 P 37 T one 6; PH 188; PS 35 SALM R 1 Do not fret yourself because of evildoers; * do not be jealous of those who do wrong. 2 For they shall soon wither like the grass, * and like the green grass fade away. R 3 Put your trust in the L and do good; * ORD dwell in the land and feed on its riches. 4 , * ORD T ake delight in the L who shall give you your heart’s desire. R 5 ORD ORD , * Commit your way to the L ; put your trust in the L who will bring it to pass. 6 The L * will make your righteousness as clear as the light ORD and your just dealing as the noonday. 7 ORD ; * Be still before the L ORD . wait patiently for the L Do not fret yourself over the one who prospers, * R the one who succeeds in evil schemes. 8 Refrain from anger, leave rage alone; * do not fret yourself; it leads only to evil. 9 For evildoers shall be cut off, * but those who wait upon the L ORD shall possess the land. R 10 * In a little while the wicked shall be no more; you shall search out their place, but they will not be there. 11 But the lowly shall possess the land; * they will delight in abundance of peace. R *** 39 But the deliverance of the righteous comes from the L , * ORD who is their stronghold in time of trouble. 40 ORD will help them and rescue them; * The L ORD will rescue them from the wicked and deliver them, the L ORD they seek refuge. R because in the L Psalm 37 / 653

662 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 654 God our strength, give us the humility to trust in your loving care, and the patience to be faithful in seeking your kingdom, that we may come to share in the inheritance of your saints; [567] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Savior. T SALM one 7 P 38 R 1 O L ORD , do not rebuke me in your anger; * do not punish me in your wrath. 2 For your arrows have already pierced me, * and your hand presses hard upon me. R 3 There is no health in my flesh, because of your indignation; * there is no soundness in my body, because of my sin. 4 For my iniquities overwhelm me; * like a heavy burden they are too much for me to bear. R 5 * My wounds stink and fester by reason of my foolishness. 6 I am utterly bowed down and prostrate; * I go about in mourning all the day long. 7 Searing pain fills my innards; * there is no health in my body. 8 I am utterly numb and crushed; * I wail, because of the groaning of my heart. R 9 O Lord, you know all my desires, * and my sighing is not hidden from you. 10 My heart is pounding, my strength has failed me, * and the brightness of my eyes is gone from me. 11 * My friends and companions draw back from my affliction; R my neighbors stand afar off. 12 Those who seek after my life lay snares for me; * those who strive to hurt me speak of my ruin and plot treachery all the day long. 13 * But I am like the deaf who do not hear, like those who are mute and do not open their mouth. 654 / Psalm 38

663 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 655 14 * I have become like one who does not hear and from whose mouth comes no defense. R 15 ORD , have I fixed my hope; For in you, O L * you will answer me, O Lord my God. 16 * For I said, “Do not let them rejoice at my expense, R those who gloat over me when my foot slips.” 17 uly, I am on the verge of falling, Tr * and my pain is always with me. 18 I will confess my iniquity * and be sorry for my sin. 19 Those who are my enemies without cause are mighty, * and many in number are those who wrongfully hate me. 20 Those who repay evil for good slander me, * because I follow the course that is right. R 21 , do not forsake me; * O L ORD be not far from me, O my God. 22 * Make haste to help me, R O Lord of my salvation. God of compassion, when we are weighed down by the burden of our sins, help us to remember that you do not forsake us, [568] but show mercy through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 39 T P SALM one 8 R 1 I said, “I will keep watch upon my ways, * so that I do not offend with my tongue. I will put a muzzle on my mouth * while the wicked are in my presence.” 2 So I held my tongue and said nothing; * I refrained from rash words; but my pain became unbearable. 3 My heart was hot within me; while I pondered, the fire burst into flame; * I spoke out with my tongue: R Psalm 39 / 655

664 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 656 4 ORD , let me know my end and the number of my days, L * so that I may know how short my life is. 5 Y ou have given me a mere handful of days, and my lifetime is as nothing in your sight; * truly, even those who stand erect are but a puff of wind. 6 We walk about like a shadow, and in vain we are in turmoil; * R we heap up riches and cannot tell who will gather them. 7 * And now, what is my hope? , my hope is in you. O L ORD 8 * Deliver me from all my transgressions and do not make me the taunt of the fool. 9 I fell silent and did not open my mouth, * for surely it was you that did it. 10 ake your affliction from me; * T R I am worn down by the blows of your hand. 11 With rebukes for sin you punish us; like a moth you eat away all that is dear to us; * R truly, everyone is but a puff of wind. 12 ORD , Hear my prayer, O L and give ear to my cry; * hold not your peace at my tears. * For I am but a sojourner with you, a wayfarer, as all my ancestors were. [Unison] 13 rn your gaze from me, that I may be glad again, Tu * R before I go my way and am no more. God of hope, when we are troubled by fear and uncertainty, teach us to commit our lives to your care, and to trust in the knowledge of your love and forgiveness, [569] that we may find peace in Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen. 656 / Psalm 39

665 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 657 P 40 T one 6; PS 36 SALM R 1 ; * I waited patiently upon you, O L ORD you stooped to me and heard my cry. 2 Y ou lifted me out of the desolate pit, out of the mire and clay; * you set my feet upon a high cliff and made my footing sure. 3 ou put a new song in my mouth, Y * a song of praise to our God; many shall see, and stand in awe, . R and put their trust in the L ORD 4 ORD * Happy are they who trust in the L ! they do not resort to evil spirits or turn to false gods. 5 Great things are they that you have done, O L ORD my God! how great your wonders and your plans for us! * there is none who can be compared with you. Oh, that I could make them known and tell them! * R but they are more than I can count. 6 In sacrifice and offering you take no pleasure * (you have given me ears to hear you); burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required, * 7 and so I said, “Behold, I come. In the roll of the book it is written concerning me: * 8 ‘I love to do your will, O my God; your law is deep in my heart.’” R 9 * I proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation; behold, I did not restrain my lips; and that, O L ORD , you know. 10 our righteousness have I not hidden in my heart; Y * I have spoken of your faithfulness and your deliverance; I have not concealed your love and faithfulness from the great congregation. 11 Y ou are the L ORD ; do not withhold your compassion from me; * let your love and your faithfulness keep me safe forever, R Psalm 40 / 657

666 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 658 12 for innumerable troubles have crowded upon me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see; * they are more in number than the hairs of my head, R and my heart fails me. 13 * Be pleased, O L ORD , to deliver me; ORD , make haste to help me. O L 14 Let them be ashamed and altogether dismayed * who seek after my life to destroy it; let them draw back and be disgraced who take pleasure in my misfortune. 15 * Let those who say “Aha!” and gloat over me be confounded, because they are ashamed. R 16 * Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad; let those who love your salvation continually say, !” “Great is the L ORD 17 * Though I am poor and afflicted, the Lord will have regard for me. [Unison] Y * ou are my helper and my deliverer; do not tarry, O my God. R O God, none can compare with you, for your wondrous deeds for our salvation are without number. Make us bold witnesses to your faithfulness that all the earth may rejoice in your love toward us [570] in Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen. 41 P one 8 SALM T R 1 * Happy are they who consider the poor and needy! ORD the L will deliver them in the time of trouble. 2 The L preserves them and keeps them alive, ORD so that they may be happy in the land; * the L does not hand them over to the will of their enemies. ORD 658 / Psalm 41

667 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 659 3 ORD sustains them on their sickbed The L * and ministers to them in their illness. R 4 * I said, “L , be merciful to me; ORD heal me, for I have sinned against you.” 5 * My enemies are saying wicked things about me, asking when I will die, and when my name will perish. 6 Even if they come to see me, they speak empty words; * their heart collects false rumors; they go outside and spread them. 7 * All my enemies whisper together about me and devise evil against me. R 8 * They say that a deadly thing has fastened on me, that I have taken to my bed and will never get up again. 9 Even my best friend, whom I trusted, * who broke bread with me, has scorned me and turned against me. 10 ORD But you, O L * , be merciful to me and raise me up, and I shall repay them. R 11 By this I know you are pleased with me, * that my enemy does not triumph over me. 12 In my integrity you hold me fast, * and shall set me before your face forever. [Unison] 13 God of Israel, * ORD Blessed be the L . Amen. Amen. from age to age R Remember us, gracious God, when we are lonely and depressed, and support us in the night of grief and despair, for you are faithful and you do not abandon your broken ones. [571] ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. We Amen. Psalm 41 / 659

668 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 660 P 42 T one 8; PH 189, 190; PS 37 SALM R 1 As the deer longs for the water-brooks, * so longs my soul for you, O God. 2 My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; * when shall I come to appear before the presence of God? 3 * My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long they say to me, “Where now is your God?” R 4 I pour out my soul when I think on these things: * how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God, * with the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among those who keep holy-day. 5 * Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? R and why are you so disquieted within me? Put your trust in God; * for I will yet give thanks to the One 6 and my God. who is the help of my countenance, * My soul is heavy within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon. 7 * One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; all your rapids and floods have gone over me. 8 ORD * grants loving-kindness in the daytime; The L is with me, in the night season the song of the L ORD R a prayer to the God of my life. 9 I will say to the God of my strength, * “Why have you forgotten me? and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?“ 10 * While my bones are being broken, my enemies mock me to my face; all day long they mock me * and say to me, “Where now is your God?” R 11 * Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me? 660 / Psalm 42

669 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 661 [Unison] * Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to the One R who is the help of my countenance, and my God. Gracious God, in the night of distress we forget the days of sun and joy. When we do not know your presence, preserve us from the deep torrent of despair. [572] We Amen. ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 43 T P SALM one 8; PS 38 R 1 Give judgment for me, O God, * and defend my cause against an ungodly people; deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked. 2 For you are the God of my strength; why have you put me from you? * R and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me? 3 Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, * and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling; 4 that I may go to the altar of God, * to the God of my joy and gladness; and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God. R 5 Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? * and why are you so disquieted within me? * Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to the One who is the help of my countenance, and my God. R Eternal God, source of everlasting light, send forth your truth into our hearts, and bring us into your presence with joy and gladness [573] in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen. Psalm 43 / 661

670 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 662 P 45 T one 3; PS 39 SALM R 1 My heart is stirring with a noble song; * let me recite what I have fashioned for the king; my tongue shall be the pen of a skilled writer. 2 Y * ou are the fairest of men; grace flows from your lips, because God has blessed you forever. 3 * Strap your sword upon your thigh, O mighty warrior, in your pride and in your majesty. R 4 * Ride out and conquer in the cause of truth and for the sake of justice. 5 our right hand will show you marvelous things; * Y your arrows are very sharp, O mighty warrior. * The peoples are falling at your feet, and the king’s enemies are losing heart. R 6 our throne, O God, endures forever and ever, * Y a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your reign; 7 you love righteousness and hate iniquity. * Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows. 8 * All your garments are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia, and the music of strings from ivory palaces makes you glad. 9 Kings’ daughters stand among the noble women of the court; * on your right hand is the queen, R adorned with the gold of Ophir. 10 “Hear, O daughter; consider and listen closely; * forget your people and your father’s house. 11 The king will have pleasure in your beauty; * he is your master; therefore do him honor. 12 * The people of Tyre are here with a gift; the rich among the people seek your favor.” R 13 All glorious is the princess as she enters; * her gown is cloth-of-gold. 662 / Psalm 45

671 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 663 14 * In embroidered apparel she is brought to the king; after her the bridesmaids follow in procession. 15 * With joy and gladness they are brought, and enter into the palace of the king. R 16 * “In place of fathers, O king, you shall have sons; you shall make them princes over all the earth. 17 I will make your name to be remembered * from one generation to another; therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.” R God of majesty, you exalted Jesus, the Anointed One, that every knee on earth might bow before him. Strengthen us to confess him as our Sovereign, and to serve him with joy, that we might be led even to the marriage supper of the Lamb, [574] Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen. 46 T one 6; PH 191–193; PS 40, 41 P SALM R 1 God is our refuge and strength, * a very present help in trouble. 2 * Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be moved, and though the mountains be toppled into the depths of the sea; 3 though its waters rage and foam, * and though the mountains tremble at its tumult. ORD * The L of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. R 4 * There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be overthrown; * God shall help it at the break of day. 6 The nations make much ado, and the realms are shaken; * God has spoken, and the earth shall melt away. 7 ORD of hosts is with us; The L * the God of Jacob is our stronghold. R Psalm 46 / 663

672 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 664 8 ORD , Come now and look upon the works of the L * what awesome things God has done on earth. 9 * ORD It is the L who makes war to cease in all the world, who breaks the bow, and shatters the spear, and burns the shields with fire. 10 “Be still, then, and know that I am God; * I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 of hosts is with us; * The L ORD the God of Jacob is our stronghold. R God our strength, you are the only refuge of all who trust you. Fortify us with your goodness to live in quietness of spirit, that we may serve you all our days; [575] through Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen. 47 T one 2; PH 194; PS 42 SALM P R 1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; * shout to God with a cry of joy. 2 ORD Most High is to be feared, For the L * the great Sovereign over all the earth. 3 The L * ORD subdues the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. 4 The L chooses our inheritance for us, * ORD the pride of the beloved Jacob. R 5 * God has gone up with a shout, the L ORD with the sound of the ram’s-horn. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; * sing praises to our Sovereign, sing praises. 7 For God is Sovereign of all the earth; * sing praises with all your skill. R 8 God reigns over the nations; * God sits upon heaven’s holy throne. 9 The nobles of the peoples have gathered together * with the people of the God of Abraham. 664 / Psalm 47

673 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 665 10 * The rulers of the earth belong to God, and God is highly exalted. R God of power and righteousness, you stand in power over all authorities, and you rule over all governments. Let the peoples of the earth rejoice and the leaders of nations follow the way of Jesus Christ, [576] the Prince of Peace. Amen. T P SALM 48 one 3; PS 43 R 1 , and highly to be praised; * Great is the L ORD ’s ORD holy hill. in the city of our God is the L 2 * Beautiful and lofty, the joy of all the earth, is the hill of Zion, the city of the great Sovereign and the very center of the world. 3 God is in the citadels of Zion; * God is known to be its sure refuge. R 4 Behold, the rulers of the earth assembled * and marched forward together. 5 They looked and were astounded; * they retreated and fled in terror. 6 * T rembling seized them there; 7 they writhed like a woman in childbirth, like ships of the sea when the east wind shatters them. 8 As we have heard, so have we seen, of hosts, in the city of our God; in the city of the L ORD * R God has established it forever. 9 We * have waited in silence on your loving-kindness, O God, in the midst of your temple. 10 Y * our praise, like your name, O God, reaches to the world’s end; your right hand is full of justice. 11 Let Mount Zion be glad and the cities of Judah rejoice, * because of your judgments. R Psalm 48 / 665

674 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 666 12 Make the circuit of Zion; walk round about it; * count the number of its towers. 13 Consider well its bulwarks; examine its strongholds; * that you may tell those who come after. [Unison] * This God is our God forever and ever; R God shall be our guide forevermore. Gracious God, you have made us fellow citizens with the saints in the city of your eternal light. In the time of upheaval, when the foundations shake, teach us to wait in silence on your steadfast and transforming love, [577] made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 49 T one 6; PS 44 P SALM R 1 Hear this, all you peoples; hearken, all you who dwell in the world, * 2 you of high degree and low, rich and poor together. 3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom, * and my heart shall meditate on understanding. 4 I will incline my ear to a proverb * and set forth my riddle upon the harp. R 5 * Why should I be afraid in evil days, when the wickedness of those at my heels surrounds me, 6 * the wickedness of those who put their trust in their goods, and boast of their great riches? 7 can never ransom ourselves, We * or deliver to God the price of our life; 8 for the ransom of our life is so great, * that we should never have enough to pay it, 9 * in order to live forever and ever, R and never see the grave. 666 / Psalm 49

675 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 667 10 For we see that the wise die also; like the dull and stupid they perish * and leave their wealth to those who come after them. 11 Their graves shall be their homes forever, * their dwelling places from generation to generation, though they call the lands after their own names. 12 * Even though honored, they cannot live forever; R they are like the beasts that perish. 13 * Such is the way of those who foolishly trust in themselves, and the end of those who delight in their own words. 14 Like a flock of sheep they are destined to die; * death is their shepherd; they go down straightway to the grave. * Their form shall waste away, and the land of the dead shall be their home. 15 * But God will ransom my life and snatch me from the grasp of death. R 16 * Do not be envious when some become rich, or when the grandeur of their house increases; 17 * for they will carry nothing away at their death, nor will their grandeur follow them. 18 * Though they thought highly of themselves while they lived, and were praised for their success, 19 they shall join the company of their ancestors, * who will never see the light again. 20 Those who are honored, but have no understanding, * R are like the beasts that perish. Giver of all wisdom, deliver us from the folly of betraying our eternal birthright for temporal gain. T each us to hold firmly to you so that we may not treasure things, but show the imperishable riches of your love [578] in Jesus Christ. Amen. Psalm 49 / 667

676 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 668 P 50 T one 6; PS 45, 46 SALM R 1 , the God of gods, has spoken * The L ORD and has called the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. 2 Out of Zion, perfect in its beauty, * God shines forth in glory. R 3 Our God will come and will not keep silence; * before God there is a consuming flame, and round about a raging storm. 4 God calls the heavens and the earth from above * to witness the judgment of the chosen people. 5 “Gather before me my loyal followers, * those who have made a covenant with me and sealed it with sacrifice.” 6 * Let the heavens declare the rightness of God’s cause; for it is God who is judge. R 7 Hear, O my people, and I will speak: “O Israel, I will bear witness against you; * for I am God, your God. 8 I do not accuse you because of your sacrifices; * your offerings are always before me. 9 I will take no bull-calf from your stalls, * nor he-goats out of your pens; 10 for all the beasts of the forest are mine, * the herds in their thousands upon the hills. 11 I know every bird in the sky, * R and the creatures of the fields are in my sight. 12 If I were hungry, I would not tell you, * for the whole world is mine and all that is in it. 13 Do you think I eat the flesh of bulls, * or drink the blood of goats? 14 * Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving and make good your vows to the Most High. 15 * Call upon me in the day of trouble; R I will deliver you, and you shall honor me.” 668 / Psalm 50

677 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 669 16 * But to the wicked God says: “Why do you recite my statutes, and take my covenant upon your lips; 17 * since you refuse discipline, and toss my words behind your back? 18 * When you see thieves, you make them your friends, R and you cast in your lot with adulterers. 19 u have loosed your lips for evil, Yo * and harnessed your tongue to a lie. 20 Y ou are always speaking evil of your kin * and slandering your own flesh and blood. 21 These things you have done, and I kept still, * and you thought that I am like you. R I have made my accusation; * I have put my case in order before your eyes. 22 * Consider this well, you who forget God, lest I rend you and there be none to deliver you. 23 Whoever offers me the sacrifice of thanksgiving honors me; * but to those who keep in my way will I show the salvation of God.” R Almighty God, because Jesus your servant became obedient to death, his sacrifice was greater than all the sacrifices of old. Accept our offering of praise, and help us to do your will, until our whole life becomes worship in spirit and truth; [579] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. P T one 7; PH 195, 196; PS 47–49 SALM 51 R 1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving-kindness; * in your great compassion blot out my offenses. 2 W * ash me through and through from my wickedness and cleanse me from my sin. R 3 For I know my transgressions, * and my sin is ever before me. Psalm 51 / 669

678 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 670 4 * Against you only have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight. * And so you are justified when you speak and upright in your judgment. 5 Indeed, I have been wicked from my birth, * a sinner from my mother’s womb. R 6 For behold, you look for truth deep within me, * and will make me understand wisdom secretly. 7 * Purge me from my sin, and I shall be pure; wash me, and I shall be clean indeed. 8 Make me hear of joy and gladness, * that the body you have broken may rejoice. 9 Hide your face from my sins * and blot out all my iniquities. R 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, * and renew a right spirit within me. 11 Cast me not away from your presence * and take not your holy Spirit from me. 12 * Give me the joy of your saving help again R and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit. 13 I shall teach your ways to the wicked, * and sinners shall return to you. 14 Deliver me from death, O God, * and my tongue shall sing of your righteousness, O God of my salvation. R 15 Open my lips, O Lord, * and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. 16 * Had you desired it, I would have offered sacrifice, but you take no delight in burnt-offerings. 17 * The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise. R 18 Be favorable and gracious to Zion, * and rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. 670 / Psalm 51

679 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 671 19 Then you will be pleased with the appointed sacrifices, with burnt-offerings and oblations; * R then shall they offer young bullocks upon your altar. God of mercy, you know us better than we know ourselves, and still you love us. sh us from all our sins, Wa create in us clean hearts, and strengthen us by your Holy Spirit that we may give you praise; [580] through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. 52 T P SALM one 8; PS 50 R 1 * Y ou tyrant, why do you boast of wickedness against the godly all day long? 2 Y ou plot ruin; * your tongue is like a sharpened razor, O worker of deception. 3 ou love evil more than good * Y and lying more than speaking the truth. 4 ou love all words that hurt, * Y O you deceitful tongue. R 5 * Oh, that God would demolish you utterly, topple you, and snatch you from your dwelling, and root you out of the land of the living! 6 The righteous shall see and tremble, * and they shall laugh at you, saying, 7 “This is the one who did not take God for a refuge, * but trusted in great wealth R and relied upon wickedness.” 8 But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; * I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever. [Unison] 9 * I will give you thanks for what you have done R and declare the goodness of your name in the presence of the godly. Psalm 52 / 671

680 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 672 Sovereign God, you cut down trees that bear no fruit, and prune fruitful trees that they may bear more. Make us grow like rich olive trees in your kingdom, firmly rooted in the power and mercy [581] of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. T one 8 P 53 SALM R 1 Fools say in their heart, “There is no God.” * All are corrupt and commit abominable acts; there is none who does any good. 2 God looks down from heaven upon us all, * to see if there is any who is wise, if there is one who seeks after God. 3 Every one has proved faithless; * all alike have turned bad; there is none who does good; no, not one. R 4 * Have they no knowledge, those evildoers who eat up my people like bread and do not call upon God? 5 See how greatly they tremble, * such trembling as never was; for God has scattered the bones of the enemy; they are put to shame, because God has rejected them. 6 Oh, that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! * when God restores the fortunes of the chosen people R Jacob will rejoice and Israel be glad. Holy God, apart from you nothing is true, nothing is holy. Deliver us from evil and strengthen us when we are weak, so that all who believe in Christ [582] may rejoice in his glory now and forever. Amen. 672 / Psalm 53

681 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 673 P 54 T one 8; PS 51 SALM R 1 Save me, O God, by your name; * in your might, defend my cause. 2 Hear my prayer, O God; * give ear to the words of my mouth. 3 For the arrogant have risen up against me, and the ruthless have sought my life, * those who have no regard for God. R 4 Behold, God is my helper; * it is the Lord who sustains my life. 5 * Render evil to those who spy on me; in your faithfulness, destroy them. 6 I will offer you a freewill sacrifice * , for it is good. and praise your name, O L ORD [Unison] 7 For you have rescued me from every trouble, * R and my eye has seen the ruin of my foes. God our helper, hear our prayer and uphold your church in times of testing. Deliver us from evil, so that from the rising of the sun to its setting we may offer you our sacrifice of praise; [583] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 55 T one 8 P SALM R 1 Hear my prayer, O God; * do not hide yourself from my petition. 2 * Listen to me and answer me; I have no peace, because of my cares. 3 I am shaken by the noise of the enemy * and by the pressure of the wicked; * for they have cast an evil spell upon me R and are set against me in fury. Psalm 54 / 673

682 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 674 4 * My heart quakes within me, and the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 5 * Fear and trembling have come over me, and horror overwhelms me. 6 * And I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and be at rest. 7 I would flee to a far-off place * and make my lodging in the wilderness. 8 * I would hasten to escape R from the stormy wind and tempest.” 9 Swallow them up, O Lord; confound their speech; * for I have seen violence and strife in the city. 10 * Day and night the sentries make their rounds upon its walls, but trouble and misery are in the midst of it. 11 There is corruption at its heart; * its streets are never free of oppression and deceit. R 12 For had it been an adversary who taunted me, then I could have borne it; * or had it been enemies who vaunted themselves against me, then I could have hidden from them. 13 * But it was you, my companion, my own familiar friend, dear to my own heart. 14 * took sweet counsel together, We and walked with the throng in the house of God. 15 Let death come upon them suddenly; let them go down alive into the grave; * R for wickedness is in their dwellings, in their very midst. 16 But I will call upon God, * and the L will deliver me. ORD 17 In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament, * and the L ORD will hear my voice. 18 God will bring me safely back from the battle waged against me; * for there are many who fight me. 674 / Psalm 55

683 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 675 19 * God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me and bring them down; they never change; they do not fear God. R 20 My companion stretched forth a hand against a comrade * and broke a covenant. 21 The speech of my companion is softer than butter, * but with war at heart. * The words of my comrade are smoother than oil, R but they are drawn swords. 22 Cast your burden upon the L ORD , who will sustain you; * will never let the righteous stumble. the L ORD 23 For you will bring the bloodthirsty and deceitful * down to the pit of destruction, O God. They shall not live out half their days, * but I will put my trust in you. R God of grace, when we are frightened and alone, help us to trust you and cast our burdens upon you, that we may be upheld by your saving strength. [584] ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. We P 56 T one 8 SALM R 1 Have mercy on me, O God, for my enemies are hounding me; * all day long they assault and oppress me. 2 * They hound me all the day long; truly there are many who fight against me, O Most High. 3 * Whenever I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, * in God I trust and will not be afraid, R for what can flesh do to me? 5 * All day long they damage my cause; their only thought is to do me evil. Psalm 56 / 675

684 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 676 6 * They band together; they lie in wait; they spy upon my footsteps; because they seek my life. 7 Shall they escape despite their wickedness? * O God, in your anger, cast down the peoples. R 8 Y ou have noted my lamentation; put my tears into your bottle; * are they not recorded in your book? 9 * Whenever I call upon you, my enemies will be put to flight; this I know, for God is on my side. 10 , whose word I praise, ORD In God the L in God I trust and will not be afraid, * 11 R for what can mortals do to me? 12 I am bound by the vow I made to you, O God; * I will present to you thank-offerings; 13 for you have rescued my soul from death and my feet from stumbling, * R that I may walk before God in the light of the living. O God, when our path is hard and dangerous, give us the grace of quiet confidence. Remind us that we belong to you in baptism, for you have claimed us in Jesus Christ, [585] the way, the truth, and the life. Amen. 57 T one 8 P SALM R 1 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful, for I have taken refuge in you; * in the shadow of your wings will I take refuge until this time of trouble has gone by. 2 * I will call upon you, O Most High God, the God who maintains my cause. 3 Y ou will send from heaven and save me; * you will confound those who trample upon me; R O God, you will send forth your love and your faithfulness. 676 / Psalm 57

685 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 677 4 * I lie in the midst of lions that devour the people; their teeth are spears and arrows, their tongue a sharp sword. 6 They have laid a net for my feet, and I am bowed low; * they have dug a pit before me, but have fallen into it themselves. 5 Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, * and your glory over all the earth. 7 My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; * R I will sing and make melody. 8 ake up, my spirit; W awake, lute and harp; * I myself will waken the dawn. 9 I will confess you among the peoples, O L * ; ORD I will sing praise to you among the nations. 10 For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, * and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. [Unison] 11 Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, * R and your glory over all the earth. Merciful God, refuge in times of trouble, our only hope in living, and our only salvation in dying, keep us in your care that we may always praise you and faithfully proclaim your name before the nations; [586] in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM 59 T P one 8 R 1 Rescue me from my enemies, O God; * protect me from those who rise up against me. 2 * Rescue me from evildoers R and save me from those who thirst for my blood. Psalm 59 / 677

686 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 678 3 See how they lie in wait for my life, how the mighty gather together against me; * . ORD not for any offense or fault of mine, O L 4 Not because of any guilt of mine * they run and prepare themselves for battle. R Rouse yourself, come to my side, and see; * 5 ORD for you, L God of hosts, are Israel’s God. * wake, and punish all the ungodly; A show no mercy to those who are faithless and evil. 6 They go to and fro in the evening; * they snarl like dogs and run about the city. 7 Behold, they boast with their mouths, and taunts are on their lips; * “For who,” they say, “will hear us?” R 8 , you laugh at them; * But you, O L ORD you laugh all the ungodly to scorn. 9 My eyes are fixed on you, O my Strength; * for you, O God, are my stronghold. 10 My merciful God comes to meet me; * God will let me look in triumph on my enemies. R 11 * Slay them, O God, lest my people forget; send them reeling by your might and put them down, O Lord our shield. 12 For the sins of their mouths, for the words of their lips, * for the cursing and lies that they utter, let them be caught in their pride. 13 * Make an end of them in your wrath; make an end of them, and they shall be no more. Let everyone know that God rules in Jacob, * R and to the ends of the earth. 14 They go to and fro in the evening; * they snarl like dogs and run about the city. 15 They forage for food, * and if they are not filled, they howl. 678 / Psalm 59

687 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 679 16 * For my part, I will sing of your strength; I will celebrate your love in the morning; for you have become my stronghold, * a refuge in the day of my trouble. 17 * To you, O my Strength, will I sing; R for you, O God, are my stronghold and my merciful God. God of power, deliver us from evil and confirm our trust in you, that at dusk we may sing of your justice and at dawn exult in your mercy; [587] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 62 T one 6; PH 197; PS 52 P SALM R 1 * For God alone my soul in silence waits; from God comes my salvation. 2 God alone is my rock and my salvation, * R my stronghold, so that I shall not be greatly shaken. 3 How long will you assail me to crush me, * all of you together, as if you were a leaning fence, a toppling wall? 4 * They seek only to bring me down from my place of honor; lies are their chief delight. They bless with their lips, * but in their hearts they curse. R 5 * For God alone my soul in silence waits; truly, my hope is in God. 6 God alone is my rock and my salvation, * my stronghold, so that I shall not be shaken. 7 In God is my safety and my honor; * God is my strong rock and my refuge. R 8 Put your trust in God always, O people, * pour out your hearts before God, who is our refuge. Psalm 62 / 679

688 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 680 9 * Those of high degree are but a fleeting breath, even those of low estate cannot be trusted. * On the scales they are lighter than a breath, all of them together. 10 Put no trust in extortion; * in robbery take no empty pride; R though wealth increase, set not your heart upon it. 11 * God has spoken once, twice have I heard it, that power belongs to God. 12 * Steadfast love is yours, O Lord, for you repay all people according to their deeds. R Lord God, in a threatening world we look to you as our rock of hope. Hear us as we pour out our hearts to you, and give us your grace and protection; [588] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. P T one 6 or 8; PH 198, 199; PS 53, 54 SALM 63 R 1 * O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a barren and dry land where there is no water. 2 Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, * that I might behold your power and your glory. 3 For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; * my lips shall give you praise. 4 * So will I bless you as long as I live and lift up my hands in your name. R 5 * My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth praises you with joyful lips, 6 * when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the night watches. 7 For you have been my helper, * and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice. 680 / Psalm 63

689 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 681 8 * My soul clings to you; your right hand holds me fast. R 9 * May those who seek my life to destroy it go down into the depths of the earth; 10 let them fall upon the edge of the sword, * and let them be food for jackals. [Unison] 11 But I will rejoice in God; all those who swear by God will be glad; * R for the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped. Creating God, deep within our hearts we yearn for your presence, and hunger and thirst for your righteousness. Satisfy us by the power of your Spirit, yet keep us restless to seek your will [589] Amen. as we follow where Christ may lead. 65 P one 6; PH 200, 201; PS 55, 56 SALM T R 1 ou are to be praised, O God, in Zion; * Y to you shall vows be performed in Jerusalem. 2 you that hear prayer shall all flesh come, To * R because of their transgressions. 3 * Our sins are stronger than we are, but you will blot them out. 4 Happy are they whom you choose * and draw to your courts to dwell there! they will be satisfied by the beauty of your house, by the holiness of your temple. R 5 esome things will you show us in your righteousness, Aw * O God of our salvation, O Hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away. 6 ou make fast the mountains by your power; * Y R they are girded about with might. Psalm 65 / 681

690 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 682 7 ou still the roaring of the seas, * Y the roaring of their waves, and the clamor of the peoples. 8 Those who dwell at the ends of the earth will tremble at your marvelous signs; * you make the dawn and the dusk to sing for joy. R 9 Y ou visit the earth and water it abundantly; * you make it very plenteous; the river of God is full of water. * ou prepare the grain, Y for so you provide for the earth. R 10 ou drench the furrows and smooth out the ridges; Y * with heavy rain you soften the ground and bless its increase. 11 Y * ou crown the year with your goodness, and your paths overflow with plenty. R 12 * May the fields of the wilderness be rich for grazing, and the hills be clothed with joy. 13 May the meadows cover themselves with flocks, * and the valleys cloak themselves with grain; R let them shout for joy and sing. Lord God, joy is your gift; beauty, abundance, and peace are tokens of your work in all creation. W ork also in our lives, that by these signs we may see the splendor of your love [590] and praise you through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. P T one 6; PS 57, 58 SALM 66 R 1 Be joyful in God, all you lands; * 2 sing the glory of God’s name; sing the glory of God’s praise. 3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! * because of your great strength your enemies cringe before you. 4 All the earth bows down before you, * sings to you, sings out your name.” R 682 / Psalm 66

691 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 683 5 * Come now and see the works of God, how wonderful God’s actions toward all people. 6 God turned the sea into dry land, * so that they went through the water on foot, and there we rejoiced in God. 7 In might God rules forever and keeps watch over the nations; * let no rebel rise up against God. R 8 Bless our God, you peoples; * make the voice of praise to be heard. 9 God holds our souls in life, * and will not allow our feet to slip. 10 For you, O God, have proved us; * you have tried us just as silver is tried. 11 Y * ou brought us into the snare; you laid heavy burdens upon our backs. 12 ou let enemies ride over our heads; Y we went through fire and water; * but you brought us out into a place of refreshment. R 13 I will enter your house with burnt-offerings and will pay you my vows, * 14 which I promised with my lips and spoke with my mouth when I was in trouble. 15 I will offer you sacrifices of fat beasts with the smoke of rams; * I will give you oxen and goats. R 16 Come and listen, all you who fear God, * and I will tell you what God has done for me. 17 * I cried out with my mouth, and God’s praise was on my tongue. 18 * If I had found evil in my heart, the Lord would not have heard me; 19 * but in truth God has heard me R and attended to the voice of my prayer. Psalm 66 / 683

692 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 684 20 * Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, nor withheld steadfast love from me. R God of power and might, you bring your people out of darkness and slavery into light and freedom through the waters of salvation. Receive our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, and keep us always in your steadfast love; [591] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. P 67 T one 2; PH 202, 203; PS 59, 60 SALM R 1 * O God, be merciful to us and bless us; show us the light of your countenance and come to us. 2 Let your ways be known upon earth, * your saving health among all nations. 3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; * let all the peoples praise you. R 4 * Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide all the nations upon earth. 5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; * let all the peoples praise you. R 6 The earth has brought forth its increase; * may God, our own God, bless us. [Unison] 7 O God, give us your blessing; * may all the ends of the earth stand in awe of you. R Light of the world, you have come into the world’s darkness and the darkness cannot overwhelm the light. Let your holy name be known through all the earth, that all people and nations may praise you and walk in your ways; [592] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 684 / Psalm 67

693 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 685 P 68 T one 6; PS 61 SALM R 1 O God, arise, and let your enemies be scattered; * let those who hate you flee before you. 2 * Let them vanish like smoke when the wind drives it away; as the wax melts at the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God. 3 But let the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; * R let them also be merry and joyful. 4 Sing to God, sing praises to God’s name; * exalt the One who rides upon the heavens; the name of our God is the L ORD ! ORD ; rejoice before the L 5 Defender of widows, father of orphans, * God in heaven’s holy habitation! 6 God gives the solitary a home and brings forth prisoners into freedom; * but the rebels shall live in dry places. R 7 * O God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, 8 the earth shook, and the skies poured down rain, * at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel. 9 ou sent a gracious rain, O God, upon your inheritance; * Y you refreshed the land when it was weary. 10 * Y our people found their home in it; R in your goodness, O God, you have made provision for the poor. 11 The Lord gave the word; * great was the company of women who bore the tidings: 12 “Kings with their armies are fleeing away; * the women at home are dividing the spoils.” 13 * Though you lingered among the sheepfolds, you shall be like a dove whose wings are covered with silver, whose feathers are like green gold. 14 When the Almighty scattered kings, * it was like snow falling in Zalmon. R Psalm 68 / 685

694 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 686 15 * O mighty mountain, O hill of Bashan! O rugged mountain, O hill of Bashan! 16 Why do you look with envy, O rugged mountain, * at the hill on which God chose to rest? R truly, the L ORD will dwell there forever. 17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of thousands; * the Lord comes in holiness from Sinai. 18 ou have gone up on high and led captivity captive; Y you have received gifts even from your enemies, * God might dwell among them. that the L ORD 19 * Blessed be the Lord day by day, the God of our salvation, who bears our burdens. 20 Y * ou are our God, the God of our salvation; , by whom we escape death. R God is the L ORD 21 ou, O God, shall crush the heads of your enemies, * Y and the hairy scalp of those who go on still in their wickedness. 22 * The Lord has said, “I will bring them back from Bashan; I will bring them back from the depths of the sea; 23 that your foot may be dipped in blood, * R the tongues of your dogs in the blood of your enemies.” 24 * They see your procession, O God, your procession into the sanctuary, my Sovereign and my God. 25 The singers go before, musicians follow after, * in the midst of young women playing upon the hand-drums. 26 Bless God in the congregation; * ORD , you that are of the fountain of Israel. bless the L 27 There is Benjamin, least of the tribes, at the head; * the princes of Judah in a company; R and the princes of Zebulon and Naphtali. 28 Send forth your strength, O God; * establish, O God, what you have wrought for us. 29 * Rulers shall bring gifts to you, for your temple’s sake at Jerusalem. 686 / Psalm 68

695 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 687 30 * Rebuke the wild beast of the reeds, and the peoples, a herd of wild bulls with its calves. * rample down those who lust after silver; T scatter the peoples that delight in war. 31 * Let tribute be brought out of Egypt; R let Ethiopia stretch out its hands to God. 32 * Sing to God, O realms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord. 33 * God rides in the heavens, the ancient heavens; God’s voice thunders forth, a mighty voice. 34 * Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose strength is in the skies. 35 * How wonderful is God in the holy places! the God of Israel giving strength and power to the chosen people! Blessed be God! R Lord Jesus, you came to us in our bondage, and led us to freedom by the cross and resurrection. May our lives praise you, and our lips proclaim your mighty power to all people that they may find their hope in you, and live to your honor and glory, [593] now and forever. Amen. 69 one 8 SALM P T R 1 * Save me, O God, for the waters have risen up to my neck. 2 I am sinking in deep mire, * and there is no firm ground for my feet. * I have come into deep waters, R and the torrent washes over me. 3 I have grown weary with my crying; my throat is inflamed; * my eyes have failed from looking for my God. Psalm 69 / 687

696 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 688 4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; my lying foes who would destroy me are mighty. * Must I then give back what I never stole? 5 * O God, you know my foolishness, and my faults are not hidden from you. 6 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me, Lord G of hosts; * OD let not those who seek you be disgraced because of me, R O God of Israel. 7 * Surely, for your sake have I suffered reproach, and shame has covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my own kindred, * an alien to my mother’s children. 9 * Zeal for your house has eaten me up; the scorn of those who scorn you has fallen upon me. 10 I humbled myself with fasting, * but that was turned to my reproach. R 11 I put on sack-cloth also, * and became a byword among them. 12 * Those who sit at the gate murmur against me, R and the drunkards make songs about me. 13 But as for me, this is my prayer to you, * at the time you have set, O L : ORD “In your great mercy, O God, * answer me with your unfailing help. 14 * Save me from the mire; do not let me sink; let me be rescued from those who hate me and out of the deep waters. 15 Let not the torrent of waters wash over me, neither let the deep swallow me up; * do not let the pit shut its mouth upon me. R 16 Answer me, O L , for your love is kind; * ORD in your great compassion, turn to me. 17 Hide not your face from your servant; * be swift and answer me, for I am in distress. 688 / Psalm 69

697 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 689 18 * Draw near to me and redeem me; because of my enemies deliver me. R 19 u know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; * Yo my adversaries are all in your sight.” 20 * Reproach has broken my heart, and it cannot be healed; I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I could find no one. 21 * They gave me gall to eat, R and when I was thirsty, they gave me vinegar to drink. 22 Let the table before them be a trap * and their sacred feasts a snare. 23 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, * and give them continual trembling in their inner parts. 24 Pour out your indignation upon them, * and let the fierceness of your anger overtake them. 25 Let their camp be desolate, * and let there be none to dwell in their tents. 26 * For they persecute the one whom you have stricken and add to the pain of those whom you have pierced. 27 * Lay to their charge guilt upon guilt, and let them not receive your vindication. 28 * Let them be wiped out of the book of the living R and not be written among the righteous. 29 As for me, I am afflicted and in pain; * your help, O God, will lift me up on high. 30 I will praise the name of God in song; * ORD with thanksgiving. I will proclaim the greatness of the L 31 This will please the Lord more than an offering of oxen, * more than bullocks with horns and hoofs. 32 * The afflicted shall see and be glad; you who seek God, your heart shall live. 33 * For the Lord listens to the needy R and does not despise those who are in prison. Psalm 69 / 689

698 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 690 34 * Let the heavens and the earth give praise, the seas and all that moves in them; 35 * for God will save Zion and rebuild the cities of Judah; they shall live there and have it in possession. 36 will inherit it, The servants of the L * ORD and those who love the name of God will dwell therein. R Blessed are you, God of hope; you restore the fallen and rebuild the broken walls. each us the song of thanksgiving, T for you are the strength of your people; [594] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 70 T one 8; PS 62 P SALM R 1 Be pleased, O God, to deliver me; * O L ORD , make haste to help me. 2 Let those who seek my life be ashamed * and altogether dismayed; let those who take pleasure in my misfortune draw back and be disgraced. 3 Let those who say to me “Aha!” and gloat over me turn back, * because they are ashamed. R 4 * Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; let those who love your salvation say forever, “Great is the L ORD !” 5 But as for me, I am poor and needy; * come to me speedily, O God. ou are my helper and my deliverer; Y * O L , do not tarry. R ORD God, our help and deliverer, do not abandon us among the many temptations of life, but deliver us from evil and turn our tears and struggles into joy; [595] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 690 / Psalm 70

699 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 691 P 71 T one 8; PS 63 SALM R 1 , have I taken refuge; * In you, O L ORD let me never be ashamed. 2 In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free; * incline your ear to me and save me. 3 * Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; you are my crag and my stronghold. R 4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, * from the clutches of the evildoer and the oppressor. 5 OD , For you are my hope, O Lord G * my confidence since I was young. 6 I have been sustained by you ever since I was born; * from my mother’s womb you have been my strength; my praise shall be always of you. R 7 * I have become a portent to many; but you are my refuge and my strength. 8 * Let my mouth be full of your praise and your glory all the day long. 9 Do not cast me off in my old age; * forsake me not when my strength fails. 10 For my enemies are talking against me, * and those who lie in wait for my life take counsel together. 11 They say that God has forsaken me, that they will come after me and seize me; * R because there is none who will save. 12 O God, be not far from me; * come quickly to help me, O my God. 13 Let those who set themselves against me be put to shame and be disgraced; * let those who seek to do me evil be covered with scorn and reproach. 14 * But I shall always wait in patience, and shall praise you more and more. R 15 My mouth shall recount your mighty acts * and saving deeds all day long; though I cannot know the number of them. Psalm 71 / 691

700 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 692 16 OD ; I will begin with the mighty works of the Lord G * I will recall your righteousness, yours alone. R 17 O God, you have taught me since I was young, * and to this day I tell of your wonderful works. 18 * And now that I am old and gray-headed, O God, do not forsake me, till I make known your strength to this generation and your power to all who are to come. 19 * Y our righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens; you have done great things; who is like you, O God? 20 ou have showed me great troubles and adversities, Y * but you will restore my life and bring me up again from the deep places of the earth. 21 * ou strengthen me more and more; Y you enfold and comfort me, R 22 therefore I will praise you upon the lyre for your faithfulness, O my God; * I will sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will sing with joy when I play to you, * and so will my soul, which you have redeemed. 24 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, * R for they are ashamed and disgraced who sought to do me harm. God our strong fortress, do not desert us in old age. Help us to follow your will through all our years and under all circumstances, that forever we may praise your faithfulness; [596] through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM P T one 3; PH 204, 205; PS 64, 65 72 R 1 Give the king your justice, O God, * and your righteousness to the king’s son; 2 * that he may rule your people righteously and the poor with justice; 692 / Psalm 72

701 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 693 3 * that the mountains may bring prosperity to the people, and the little hills bring righteousness. 4 * He shall defend the needy among the people R and shall rescue the poor and crush the oppressor. 5 He shall live as long as the sun and moon endure, * from one generation to another. 6 * He shall come down like rain upon the mown field, like showers that water the earth. 7 * In his time shall the righteous flourish; there shall be abundance of peace till the moon shall be no more. R 8 * He shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. 9 His foes shall bow down before him, * and his enemies lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall pay tribute, * and the rulers of Arabia and Saba offer gifts. 11 All kings shall bow down before him, * and all the nations do him service. 12 For he shall deliver the poor who cries out in distress, * and the oppressed who has no helper. 13 He shall have pity on the lowly and poor * and shall preserve the lives of the needy. 14 He shall redeem their lives from oppression and violence, * and dear shall their blood be in his sight. R 15 Long may he live! and may there be given to him gold from Arabia; * may prayer be made for him always, and may they bless him all the day long. 16 May there be abundance of grain on the earth, * growing thick even on the hilltops; may its fruit flourish like Lebanon, and its grain like grass upon the earth. 17 May his name remain forever * and be established as long as the sun endures; R may all the nations bless themselves in him and call him blessed. Psalm 72 / 693

702 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 694 18 OD , the God of Israel, Blessed be the Lord G * who alone does wondrous deeds! [Unison] 19 * And blessed be God’s glorious name forever! ORD . and may all the earth be filled with the glory of the L R Amen . Amen. O God, bring our nation and all nations to uphold justice and equity, that poverty, oppression, and violence may vanish and all may know peace and plenty; [597] Amen. in the name of Jesus Christ, the ruler of all. 73 P one 6 SALM T R 1 Tr uly, God is good to Israel, * to those who are pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet had nearly slipped; * I had almost tripped and fallen; 3 * because I envied the proud R and saw the prosperity of the wicked: 4 For they suffer no pain, * and their bodies are sleek and sound; 5 in the misfortunes of others they have no share; * they are not afflicted as others are; 6 therefore they wear their pride like a necklace * and wrap their violence about them like a cloak. 7 Their iniquity comes from gross minds, * and their hearts overflow with wicked thoughts. 8 They scoff and speak maliciously; * out of their haughtiness they plan oppression. 9 * They set their mouths against the heavens, and their evil speech runs through the world. R 10 And so the people turn to them * and find in them no fault. 694 / Psalm 73

703 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 695 11 * They say, “How should God know? is there knowledge in the Most High?” 12 * So then, these are the wicked; always at ease, they increase their wealth. 13 * In vain have I kept my heart clean, and washed my hands in innocence. 14 I have been afflicted all day long, * R and punished every morning. 15 * Had I gone on speaking this way, I should have betrayed the generation of your children. 16 When I tried to understand these things, * it was too hard for me; 17 * until I entered the sanctuary of God and discerned the end of the wicked. 18 Surely, you set them in slippery places; * you cast them down in ruin. 19 Oh, how suddenly do they come to destruction, * come to an end, and perish from terror! 20 * Like a dream when one awakens, O Lord, R when you arise you will make their image vanish. 21 When my mind became embittered, * I was sorely wounded in my heart. 22 I was stupid and had no understanding; * I was like a brute beast in your presence. 23 * et I am always with you; Y you hold me by my right hand. 24 Y * ou will guide me by your counsel, and afterwards receive me with glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but you? * and having you I desire nothing upon earth. 26 * Though my flesh and my heart should waste away, R God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73 / 695

704 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 696 27 uly, those who forsake you will perish; * Tr you destroy all who are unfaithful. 28 But it is good for me to be near God; * I have made the Lord G OD my refuge. [Unison] * I will speak of all your works R in the gates of the city of Zion. God our strength, you give honor to the pure in heart and uphold all who trust in you. Deliver us from chasing after this world’s illusions that we may follow instead the imperishable truth of your Word [598] Amen. in Jesus Christ our Lord. 77 one 8; PS 66 SALM P T R 1 * I will cry aloud to God; I will cry aloud, and God will hear me. 2 * In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord; my hands were stretched out by night and did not tire; I refused to be comforted. 3 I think of God, I am restless, * I ponder, and my spirit faints. R 4 ou will not let my eyelids close; * Y I am troubled and I cannot speak. 5 I consider the days of old; * I remember the years long past; 6 I commune with my heart in the night; * I ponder and search my mind. R 7 ill the Lord cast me off forever W * and show favor to me no more? 8 ORD come to an end? Has the loving-kindness of the L * has God’s promise failed forevermore? 696 / Psalm 77

705 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 697 9 * Has God forgotten to be gracious, and in anger withheld compassion? 10 * And I said, “My grief is this: R the right hand of the Most High has lost its power.” 11 I will remember the works of the L , * ORD and call to mind your wonders of old time. 12 * I will meditate on all your acts and ponder your mighty deeds. 13 Yo ur way, O God, is holy; * who is so great a god as our God? 14 * Y ou are the God who works wonders and have declared your power among the peoples. 15 By your strength you have redeemed your people, * R the children of Jacob and Joseph. 16 The waters saw you, O God; * the waters saw you and trembled; the very depths were shaken. 17 The clouds poured out water; the skies thundered; * your arrows flashed to and fro; 18 the sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind; * your lightnings lit up the world; the earth trembled and shook. 19 Y our way was in the sea, * and your paths in the great waters, yet your footsteps were not seen. 20 ou led your people like a flock Y * by the hand of Moses and Aaron. R God of the ages, by signs and wonders you established your ancient covenant, and through the sacrifice of your Son you confirmed the new covenant yet more wondrously. Guide your church to the land of promise, that there we may celebrate your name with lasting praise [599] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Psalm 77 / 697

706 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 698 P 78 T one 4 or 6; PS 67, 68 SALM R 1 Hear my teaching, O my people; * incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 2 * I will open my mouth in a parable; I will declare the mysteries of ancient times. 3 That which we have heard and known, and what our ancestors have told us, * R we will not hide from their children. 4 will recount to generations to come We , the praiseworthy deeds and the power of the L ORD * and the wonderful works God has done. 5 God set up decrees for Jacob and established a law for Israel, * commanding them to teach it to their children; 6 that the generations to come might know, * and the children yet unborn; that they in their turn might tell it to their children; 7 * so that they might put their trust in God, and not forget the deeds of God, but keep God’s commandments; 8 and not be like their ancestors, * a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, and whose spirit was not faithful to God. R *** 12 God worked marvels in the sight of their ancestors, * in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan. 13 * God split open the sea and let them pass through, making the waters stand up like walls. 14 * God led them with a cloud by day, and all the night through with a glow of fire. 15 God split the hard rocks in the wilderness * and gave them drink as from the great deep. 698 / Psalm 78

707 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 699 16 * God brought streams out of the cliff, and the waters gushed out like rivers. R *** 34 * Whenever God slew them, they would repent, and they would diligently search for God. 35 They would remember that God was their rock, * and the Most High God their redeemer. 36 * But they flattered God with their mouths and lied to God with their tongues. 37 Their heart was not steadfast toward God, * and they were not faithful to the covenant. 38 But being so merciful, God forgave their sins * and did not destroy them; many times God held back anger and did not permit divine wrath to be roused. R *** God of pilgrims, strengthen our faith, we pray. Guide us through the uncertainties of our journey, and hold before us the vision of your eternal kingdom, [600] made known to us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. P 79 T one 8; PS 69 SALM R 1 O God, the heathen have come into your inheritance; they have profaned your holy temple; * they have made Jerusalem a heap of rubble. 2 They have given the bodies of your servants as food for the birds of the air, * and the flesh of your faithful ones to the beasts of the field. 3 * They have shed their blood like water on every side of Jerusalem, and there was no one to bury them. 4 We have become a reproach to our neighbors, * an object of scorn and derision to those around us. R Psalm 79 / 699

708 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 700 5 ORD ? How long will you be angry, O L * will your fury blaze like fire forever? 6 Pour out your wrath upon the heathen who have not known you * and upon the realms that have not called upon your name. 7 * For they have devoured the people of Jacob R and made their dwelling a ruin. 8 Remember not our past sins; * let your compassion be swift to meet us; for we have been brought very low. [Unison] 9 * Help us, O God our Savior, for the glory of your name; deliver us and forgive us our sins, for your name’s sake. R Gracious God, in times of sorrow and depression, when hope itself seems lost, help us to remember the transforming power of your steadfast love and to give thanks for that new life we cannot now imagine. [601] ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. We SALM 80 P one 8; PH 206; PS 70, 71 T R 1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; * shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim. 2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, * stir up your strength and come to help us. 3 Restore us, O God of hosts; * R show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. 4 ORD God of hosts, * O L how long will you be angered despite the prayers of your people? 5 Y * ou have fed them with the bread of tears; you have given them bowls of tears to drink. 6 ou have made us the derision of our neighbors, Y * and our enemies laugh us to scorn. 700 / Psalm 80

709 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 701 7 * Restore us, O God of hosts; show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. R 8 ou have brought a vine out of Egypt; * Y you cast out the nations and planted it. 9 ou prepared the ground for it; * Y it took root and filled the land. 10 The mountains were covered by its shadow * and the towering cedar trees by its boughs. 11 Y ou stretched out its tendrils to the sea * and its branches to the river. 12 Why have you broken down its wall, * so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes? 13 The wild boar of the forest has ravaged it, * and the beasts of the field have grazed upon it. R 14 Tu rn now, O God of hosts, look down from heaven; * behold and tend this vine; 15 preserve what your right hand has planted. 16 They burn it with fire like rubbish; * at the rebuke of your countenance let them perish. 17 Let your hand be upon the one at your right hand, * the one you have made so strong for yourself. 18 And so will we never turn away from you; * give us life, that we may call upon your name. 19 ORD God of hosts; * Restore us, O L R show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved. Lord God, you so tend the vine you planted that now it extends its branches throughout the world. Keep us in Christ as branches on the vine, that grafted firmly in your love, we may show the whole world your great power and bear the fruit of righteousness; [602] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Psalm 80 / 701

710 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 702 P 81 T one 2; PS 72 SALM R 1 Sing with joy to God our strength * and raise a loud shout to the God of Jacob. 2 Raise a song and sound the timbrel, * the merry harp, and the lyre. 3 * Blow the ram’s-horn at the new moon, and at the full moon, the day of our feast. 4 * For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob. 5 God laid it as a solemn charge upon Joseph, * R when the people came out of the land of Egypt. I heard an unfamiliar voice saying, * 6 “I eased their shoulder from the burden; their hands were set free from bearing the load. 7 Y * ou called on me in trouble, and I saved you; I answered you from the secret place of thunder and tested you at the waters of Meribah. 8 * Hear, O my people, and I will admonish you: O Israel, if you would but listen to me! 9 * There shall be no strange god among you; you shall not worship a foreign god. 10 your God, I am the L ORD * who brought you out of the land of Egypt and said, ‘Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.’ R 11 And yet my people did not hear my voice, * and Israel would not obey me. 12 So I gave them over to the stubbornness of their hearts, * to follow their own devices. 13 Oh, that my people would listen to me! * that Israel would walk in my ways! 14 * I should soon subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes. 15 ORD Those who hate the L * would cringe before me, and their punishment would last forever. 702 / Psalm 81

711 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 703 16 * But Israel would I feed with the finest wheat and satisfy them with honey from the rock.” R God our strength, you rescue us in times of trouble and set us in places of safety. Help us to listen always to your voice and feed us always with that living bread given for the life of the world, [603] Amen. your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. P 82 T one 8; PS 73 SALM R 1 * God arises in the council of heaven and gives judgment in the midst of the gods: 2 “How long will you judge unjustly, * and show favor to the wicked? 3 Save the weak and the orphan; * defend the humble and needy; 4 * rescue the weak and the poor; R deliver them from the power of the wicked.” 5 They do not know, neither do they understand; they go about in darkness; * all the foundations of the earth are shaken. 6 Now I say to you, “You are gods, * and all of you children of the Most High; 7 nevertheless, you shall die like mortals, * and fall like any leader.” 8 * Arise, O God, and rule the earth, R for you shall take all nations for your own. Strength of the weak, defender of the needy, rescuer of the poor, deliver us from the power of wickedness, that we may rejoice in your justice now and forever; [604] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Psalm 82 / 703

712 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 704 P 84 T one 6; PH 207, 208; PS 74, 75 SALM R 1 of hosts! * How dear to me is your dwelling, O L ORD 2 ORD ; My soul has a desire and longing for the courts of the L my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. 3 The sparrow has found her a house and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young; * by the side of your altars, O L of hosts, ORD my Sovereign and my God. 4 Happy are they who dwell in your house! * R they will always be praising you. 5 Happy are the people whose strength is in you! * whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way. 6 Those who go through the desolate valley will find it a place of springs, * for the early rains have covered it with pools of water. 7 * They will climb from height to height, and the God of gods will appear in Zion. R 8 ORD God of hosts, hear my prayer; L * hearken, O God of Jacob. 9 Behold our defender, O God; * and look upon the face of your anointed. R 10 * For one day in your courts is better than a thousand in my own room, and to stand at the threshold of the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of the wicked. 11 God is both sun and shield; * For the L ORD ORD will give grace and glory; the L ORD no good thing will the L * withhold from those who walk with integrity. 12 O L of hosts, * ORD happy are they who put their trust in you! R Lord, your presence is better than life itself. ou are strength to all in need, Y and hope to those who travel through sorrow. 704 / Psalm 84

713 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 705 As the sparrow and the swallow entrust their young to you, so we place our lives before you. Receive them in the name and for the sake of [605] Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 85 T P SALM one 8; PS 76–78 R 1 ou have been gracious to your land, O L , * Y ORD you have restored the good fortune of Jacob. 2 * ou have forgiven the iniquity of your people Y and blotted out all their sins. 3 ou have withdrawn all your fury * Y and turned yourself from your wrathful indignation. R 4 * Restore us then, O God our Savior; let your anger depart from us. 5 * Wi ll you be displeased with us forever? will you prolong your anger from age to age? 6 Will you not give us life again, * that your people may rejoice in you? 7 Show us your mercy, O L , * ORD and grant us your salvation. R 8 I will listen, O L * ORD God, to what you are saying, for you are speaking peace to your faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to you. 9 uly, your salvation is very near to those who fear you, * Tr that your glory may dwell in our land. R 10 * Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. 11 uth shall spring up from the earth, Tr * and righteousness shall look down from heaven. 12 O L , you will indeed grant prosperity, * ORD and our land will yield its increase. [Unison] 13 Righteousness shall go before you, * and peace shall be a pathway for your feet. R Psalm 85 / 705

714 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 706 God of grace, you loved the world so much that you gave your only Son to be our Savior. Help us to rejoice in your redeeming grace by showing mercy, and by walking in the way of justice and peace, [606] for the sake of Jesus Christ, redeemer of the world. Amen. T 86 one 8; PS 79 P SALM R 1 * Bow down your ear, O L ORD , and answer me, for I am poor and in misery. 2 * Keep watch over my life, for I am faithful; save your servant, for I put my trust in you. 3 , for you are my God; Be merciful to me, O L ORD * R I call upon you all the day long. 4 * Gladden the soul of your servant, , I lift up my soul. for to you, O L ORD 5 ORD , are good and forgiving, * For you, O L and great is your love toward all who call upon you. 6 ORD Give ear, O L * , to my prayer, and attend to the voice of my supplications. 7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon you, * for you will answer me. R 8 ORD , * Among the gods there is none like you, O L nor anything like your works. 9 , * All nations you have made will come and worship you, O L ORD and glorify your name. 10 For you are great; * you do wondrous things; R and you alone are God. 11 T ORD , each me your way, O L and I will walk in your truth; * knit my heart to you that I may fear your name. 12 I will thank you, O L my God, with all my heart, * ORD and glorify your name forevermore. 706 / Psalm 86

715 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 707 13 * For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the nethermost pit. R 14 The arrogant rise up against me, O God, and a violent mob seeks my life; * they have not set you before their eyes. 15 But you, O L ORD , are gracious and full of compassion, * slow to anger, and full of kindness and truth. 16 * rn to me and have mercy upon me; Tu give your strength to your servant; and save the child of your handmaid. [Unison] 17 Show me a sign of your favor, so that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; * because you, O L , have helped me and comforted me. R ORD Eternal God, in every time and place and circumstance your people call on you, rejoicing in your love and cherishing your truth. Hear the prayers of our hearts that we may be protected from sin and delivered from evil; [607] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM 88 one 8 P T R 1 O L , my God, my Savior, * ORD by day and night I cry to you. 2 * Let my prayer enter into your presence; incline your ear to my lamentation. R 3 For I am full of trouble; * my life is at the brink of the grave. 4 I am counted among those who go down to the pit; * I have become like one who has no strength; 5 lost among the dead, * like the slain who lie in the grave, * Whom you remember no more, for they are cut off from your hand. Psalm 88 / 707

716 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 708 6 ou have laid me in the depths of the pit, * Y in dark places, and in the abyss. 7 our anger weighs upon me heavily, Y * and all your great waves overwhelm me. R 8 Y ou have put my friends far from me; * you have made me to be abhorred by them; I am in prison and cannot get free. 9 * My sight has failed me because of trouble; , I have called upon you daily; L ORD I have stretched out my hands to you. 10 Do you work wonders for the dead? * will those who have died stand up and give you thanks? 11 Will your loving-kindness be declared in the grave? * your faithfulness in the land of destruction? 12 W ill your wonders be known in the dark? * R or your righteousness in the country where all is forgotten? 13 ORD , I cry to you for help; * But as for me, O L in the morning my prayer comes before you. 14 ORD , why have you rejected me? L * why have you hidden your face from me? 15 Ever since my youth, I have been wretched and at the point of death; * I have borne your terrors with a troubled mind. 16 * Y our blazing anger has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me; 17 they surround me all day long like a flood; * they encompass me on every side. [Unison] 18 * My friend and my neighbor you have put away from me, R and darkness is my only companion. O Lord, where we are plunged into the darkness of despair, make known to us the wonders of your grace, for you alone are God and from you comes all our help and strength. [608] We Amen. ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. 708 / Psalm 88

717 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 709 P 89 T one 8; PH 209; PS 80–82 SALM R 1 ORD , forever will I sing; * Y our love, O L from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness. 2 * For I am persuaded that your love is established forever; you have set your faithfulness firmly in the heavens. 3 * “I have made a covenant with my chosen one; I have sworn an oath to David my servant: 4 * ‘I will establish your line forever, R and preserve your throne for all generations.’ ” 5 , * The heavens bear witness to your wonders, O L ORD and to your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones; 6 ? * for who in the skies can be compared to the L ORD among the gods? ORD who is like the L 7 God is much to be feared in the council of the holy ones, * great and terrible to all those circled around. R 8 ORD God of hosts? * Who is like you, L O mighty L ORD , your faithfulness is all around you. 9 Y ou rule the raging of the sea * and still the surging of its waves. 10 Y * ou have crushed Rahab of the deep with a deadly wound; you have scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. R 11 Y ours are the heavens; the earth also is yours; * you laid the foundations of the world and all that is in it. 12 Yo u have made the north and the south; * abor and Hermon rejoice in your name. T 13 Y * ou have a mighty arm; strong is your hand and high is your right hand. 14 * Righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne; love and truth go before your face. R 15 * Happy are the people who know the festal shout! ORD , in the light of your presence. they walk, O L Psalm 89 / 709

718 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 710 16 * They rejoice daily in your name; they are jubilant in your righteousness. 17 * For you are the glory of their strength, and by your favor our might is exalted. 18 ORD * T is our ruler; ruly, the L the Holy One of Israel is our Sovereign. R 19 * Yo u spoke once in a vision and said to your faithful people: “I have set the crown upon a warrior and have exalted one chosen out of the people. 20 * I have found David my servant; with my holy oil have I anointed him. 21 * My hand will hold him fast and my arm will make him strong. 22 No enemy shall deceive him, * nor any wicked man bring him down. 23 * I will crush his foes before him and strike down those who hate him. R 24 My faithfulness and love shall be with him, * and he shall be victorious through my name. 25 I shall make his dominion extend * from the great sea to the river. 26 He will say to me, ‘You are my father, * my God, and the rock of my salvation.’ 27 I will make him my firstborn * and higher than the rulers of the earth. 28 I will keep my love for him forever, * and my covenant will stand firm for him. 29 * I will establish his line forever R and his throne as the days of heaven. 30 If his children forsake my law * and do not walk according to my judgments; 31 if they break my statutes * and do not keep my commandments; 32 * I will punish their transgressions with a rod and their iniquities with the lash; 710 / Psalm 89

719 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 711 33 * But I will not take my love from him, nor let my faithfulness prove false. 34 * I will not break my covenant, R nor change what has gone out of my lips. 35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness: * ‘I will not lie to David. 36 His line shall endure forever * and his throne as the sun before me; 37 * it shall stand fast forevermore like the moon, the abiding witness in the sky.’” R 38 But you have cast off and rejected your anointed; * you have become enraged at him. 39 * Y ou have broken your covenant with your servant, defiled his crown, and hurled it to the ground. 40 * Y ou have breached all his walls and laid his strongholds in ruins. 41 All who pass by despoil him; * he has become the scorn of his neighbors. 42 ou have exalted the right hand of his foes Y * and made all his enemies rejoice. 43 Y ou have turned back the edge of his sword * and have not sustained him in battle. 44 Y * ou have put an end to his splendor and cast his throne to the ground. 45 * Y ou have cut short the days of his youth and have covered him with shame. R 46 ORD ? How long will you hide yourself, O L * will you hide yourself forever? how long will your anger burn like fire? 47 ORD , how short life is, * Remember, L how frail you have made all flesh. 48 Who can live and not see death? * who can escape from the power of the grave? R Psalm 89 / 711

720 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 712 49 * Where, Lord, are your loving-kindnesses of old, which you promised David in your faithfulness? 50 * Remember, Lord, how your servant is mocked, how I carry in my bosom the taunts of many peoples, 51 ORD * , the taunts your enemies have hurled, O L which they hurled at the heels of your anointed. 52 Blessed be the L ORD forevermore! * R Amen, I say, Amen. Remember us, gracious God, when we cannot see your way and purpose, and renew in us the joy of your kingdom of light and life. [609] ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. We Amen. 90 one 8; PH 210, 211; PS 83, 84 SALM P T R 1 Lord, you have been our refuge * from one generation to another. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or the land and the earth were born, * from age to age you are God. R 3 Y ou turn us back to the dust and say, * “Go back, O child of earth.” 4 For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past * and like a watch in the night. R 5 Yo u sweep us away like a dream; * we fade away suddenly like the grass. 6 In the morning it is green and flourishes; * in the evening it is dried up and withered. R 7 * For we consume away in your displeasure; we are afraid because of your wrathful indignation. 8 Our iniquities you have set before you, * and our secret sins in the light of your countenance. R 9 * When you are angry, all our days are gone; we bring our years to an end like a sigh. 712 / Psalm 90

721 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 713 10 The span of our life is seventy years, perhaps in strength even eighty; * yet the sum of them is but labor and sorrow, R for they pass away quickly and we are gone. 11 Who regards the power of your wrath? * who rightly fears your indignation? 12 So teach us to number our days * R that we may apply our hearts to wisdom. 13 ; how long will you tarry? * ORD Return, O L be gracious to your servants. 14 * Satisfy us by your loving-kindness in the morning; so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life. R 15 * Make us glad by the measure of the days that you afflicted us and the years in which we suffered adversity. 16 Show your servants your works * and your splendor to their children. [Unison] 17 ORD our God be upon us; May the graciousness of the L * prosper the work of our hands; R prosper our handiwork. Eternal God, you alone are constant in this changing world. Grant us true wisdom of heart and guide us in serving you all the days of our life; [610] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. P T one 6; PH 212; PS 85 SALM 91 R 1 ou who dwell in the shelter of the Most High, * Y abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 ou shall say to the L , Y ORD “You are my refuge and my stronghold, * my God in whom I put my trust.” 3 * God shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter and from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91 / 713

722 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 714 4 God’s pinions will cover you, and you shall find refuge under the wings of the L * ORD , whose faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler. R 5 Y * ou shall not be afraid of any terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day; 6 * Of the plague that stalks in the darkness, nor of the sickness that lays waste at mid-day. 7 A thousand shall fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, * but it shall not come near you. 8 our eyes have only to behold * Y to see the reward of the wicked. R 9 ORD your refuge, * Because you have made the L and the Most High your habitation, 10 * there shall no evil happen to you, neither shall any plague come near your dwelling. R 11 * For God shall give the holy angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12 * They shall bear you in their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone. 13 ou shall tread upon the lion and adder; * Y you shall trample the young lion and the serpent under your feet. R 14 Because they are bound to me in love, therefore will I deliver them; * I will protect them, because they know my name. 15 They shall call upon me, and I will answer them; * I am with them in trouble; will rescue them and bring them to honor. 16 With long life will I satisfy them, * R and show them my salvation. O God, to know you is to live, to serve you is to reign. Defend us from every enemy, that, trusting in your protective care, we may have no fear; [611] Amen. through the power of Jesus Christ our Lord. 714 / Psalm 91

723 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 715 P 92 T one 6; PS 86 SALM R 1 , * It is a good thing to give thanks to the L ORD and to sing praises to your name, O Most High; 2 to tell of your loving-kindness early in the morning * and of your faithfulness in the night season; 3 * on the psaltery, and on the lyre, and to the melody of the harp. 4 ORD ; * For you have made me glad by your acts, O L and I shout for joy because of the works of your hands. R 5 L * ORD , how great are your works! your thoughts are very deep. 6 The dullard does not know, * nor does the fool understand, 7 that though the wicked grow like weeds, and all the workers of iniquity flourish, they flourish only to be destroyed forever; * 8 ORD , are exalted forevermore. but you, O L 9 For lo, your enemies, O L , ORD * lo, your enemies shall perish, and all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. R 10 * But my horn you have exalted like the horns of wild bulls; I am anointed with fresh oil. 11 My eyes also gloat over my enemies, * and my ears rejoice to hear the doom of the wicked who rise up against me. R 12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, * and shall spread abroad like a cedar of Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the L ORD * shall flourish in the courts of our God; 14 * they shall still bear fruit in old age; they shall be green and succulent; 15 ORD is, that they may show how upright the L * my Rock, in whom there is no fault. R Psalm 92 / 715

724 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 716 Creator God, you have planted your Word in our hearts that you might harvest forth justice. So root us in your love, that we may always flourish, yielding all the fruits of the Spirit from youth to old age; [612] Amen. through Christ our Lord. P 93 T one 2; PH 213; PS 87 SALM R 1 ORD , are Sovereign; ou, O L Y you have put on splendid apparel; * ORD you, O L , have put on your apparel and girded yourself with strength. ou have made the whole world so sure Y * that it cannot be moved; 2 ever since the world began, your throne has been established; * you are from everlasting. R 3 The waters have lifted up, O L , ORD the waters have lifted up their voice; * the waters have lifted up their pounding waves. 4 Mightier than the sound of many waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea, * mightier is the L who dwells on high. ORD 5 Y our testimonies are very sure, * ORD , and holiness adorns your house, O L R forever and forevermore. Omnipotent God, your glory is incomprehensible, your majesty infinite, and your power incomparable. Found us on the certainty of your promises, that no matter what happens, we may be firm in faith and live uprightly in your church, [613] bought by the blood of Jesus Christ. Amen. 716 / Psalm 93

725 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 717 P 94 T one 5 SALM R 1 God of vengeance, * O L ORD O God of vengeance, show yourself. 2 Rise up, O Judge of the world; * give the arrogant their just deserts. 3 ORD * , How long shall the wicked, O L R how long shall the wicked triumph? 4 * They bluster in their insolence; all evildoers are full of boasting. 5 ORD , They crush your people, O L * and afflict your chosen nation. 6 They murder the widow and the stranger * and put the orphans to death. 7 Y does not see, * et they say, “The L ORD R the God of Jacob takes no notice.” 8 * Consider well, you dullards among the people; when will you fools understand? 9 Does the One who planted the ear not hear? * does the One who formed the eye not see? 10 Does the One who admonishes the nations not punish? * does the One who teaches all the world have no knowledge? 11 The L * ORD knows our human thoughts; R how like a puff of wind they are. 12 ORD ! * Happy are they whom you instruct, O L whom you teach out of your law; 13 * to give them rest in evil days, until a pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For you, O L ORD , will not abandon your people, * nor will you forsake your own. 15 * For judgment will again be just, and all the true of heart will follow it. R Psalm 94 / 717

726 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 718 16 * Who rose up for me against the wicked? who took my part against the evildoers? 17 ORD If the L had not come to my help, * I should soon have dwelt in the land of silence. 18 * As often as I said, “My foot has slipped,” ORD , upheld me. your love, O L 19 When many cares fill my mind, * R your consolations cheer my soul. 20 Can a corrupt tribunal have any part with you, * one which frames evil into law? 21 They conspire against the life of the just * and condemn the innocent to death. 22 But the L has become my stronghold, * ORD and my God the rock of my trust. [Unison] 23 ORD will turn their wickedness back upon them The L and destroy them in their own malice; * ORD our God will destroy them. the L R Faithful God, you do not abandon your people to the power of evil. Grant that those who suffer for the sake of justice may find strength in the cross of Jesus [614] and be filled with your peace now and forever. Amen. SALM 95 T one 2; PH 214, 215; PS 88–90 P R 1 ORD ; * Come, let us sing to the L let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation. 2 * Let us come before God’s presence with thanksgiving ORD and raise a loud shout to the L R with psalms. 3 For the L is a great God, * ORD and a great Sovereign above all gods. 4 ORD The L * holds the caverns of the earth, and sustains the heights of the hills. 718 / Psalm 95

727 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 719 5 * The sea belongs to God, who made it, whose hands have molded the dry land. R 6 * Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee, and kneel before the L our Maker. ORD 7 is our God, ORD For the L * and we are the people of God’s pasture and the sheep of God’s hand. R Oh, that today you would hearken to God’s voice! 8 Harden not your hearts, * as your ancestors did in the wilderness, at Meribah, and on that day at Massah, when they tempted me. 9 * They put me to the test, though they had seen my works. 10 Forty years long I detested that generation and said, * “This people are wayward in their hearts; they do not know my ways.” [Unison] 11 So I swore in my wrath, * R “They shall not enter into my rest.” O Lord, our protector and our strength, you guide us as the sheep of your fold. In your goodness sustain us, that our hearts may never be hardened through unbelief of your holy Word, but that we may serve you in true and living faith and so enter into your heavenly rest; [615] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 96 one 3; PH 216, 217; PS 91, 92 P T SALM R 1 Sing to the L * ORD a new song; ORD , all the whole earth. sing to the L 2 ORD and bless the L Sing to the L ’s name; * ORD proclaim the good news of salvation from day to day. 3 Declare the glory of the L among the nations * ORD ORD and the wonders of the L R among all peoples. Psalm 96 / 719

728 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 720 4 ORD and greatly to be praised, For great is the L * more to be feared than all gods. 5 As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; * but it is the L ORD who made the heavens. 6 * Oh, the majesty and magnificence of the presence of the L ORD ! R Oh, the power and the splendor of the sanctuary of our God! 7 , you families of the peoples; * Ascribe to the L ORD honor and power. ORD ascribe to the L 8 ORD * the honor due the divine name; Ascribe to the L come to the holy courts with your offerings. 9 W in the beauty of holiness; * orship the L ORD R let the whole earth tremble in awe. 10 T ORD is Sovereign! * ell it out among the nations: “The L the L has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved ORD and will judge the peoples with equity.” 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea thunder and all that is in it; * 12 let the field be joyful and all that is therein. Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy 13 before the L * ORD who is coming, who is coming to judge the earth. [Unison] ORD will judge the world with righteousness The L * and the peoples with truth. R Ever-living God, the heavens were glad and the earth rejoiced when you sent your Son, the incarnate Word, to dwell with us. Help us to proclaim your glory to those who do not know you, until the whole earth sings a new song to you [616] now and forever. Amen. 720 / Psalm 96

729 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 721 P 97 T one 2; PS 93 SALM R 1 is Sovereign; The L ORD let the earth rejoice; * let the multitude of the isles be glad. 2 Clouds and darkness are round about you, * righteousness and justice are the foundations of your throne. 3 A fire goes before you * and burns up your enemies on every side. 4 * Y our lightnings light up the world; the earth sees it and is afraid. 5 , The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the L ORD * R at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth. 6 ORD * The heavens declare your righteousness, O L , and all the peoples see your glory. 7 Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods! * Bow down before the L ORD , all you gods. 8 * Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice, ORD . because of your judgments, O L 9 For you are the L ORD , * most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods. R 10 loves those who hate evil; * The L ORD preserves the lives of the faithful the L ORD and delivers them from the hand of the wicked. 11 Light has sprung up for the righteous, * and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted. 12 ORD Rejoice in the L * , you righteous, ORD R and to the holy name of the L give your praise. O God, you clothe the sky with light, and ocean depths with darkness. u work your mighty wonders among us. Yo Claim us for your purposes, that we may be among those who see your glory and give you praise, [617] for you live and reign, now and forever. Amen. Psalm 97 / 721

730 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 722 P 98 T one 2; PH 218, 219; PS 94, 95 SALM R 1 a new song, * Sing to the L ORD has done marvelous things. for the L ORD The right hand and the holy arm of the L * ORD have secured the victory. 2 The L has made known this victory * ORD and has openly showed righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 The L * ORD remembers mercy and faithfulness to the house of Israel, R and all the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God. 4 Shout with joy to the L , all you lands; * ORD lift up your voice, rejoice, and sing. 5 ORD with the harp, * Sing to the L with the harp and the voice of song. 6 ith trumpets and the sound of the horn * W ORD . shout with joy before the Sovereign, the L R 7 * Let the sea make a noise and all that is in it, the lands and those who dwell therein. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands, * , and let the hills ring out with joy before the L ORD who is coming to judge the earth. 9 ORD In righteousness shall the L * judge the world and the peoples with equity. R Eternal God, you redeemed humanity by sending your only Son in fulfillment of your promises of old. Let the truth and power of your salvation be known in all places of the earth, that all nations may give you praise, honor, and glory; [618] through Jesus Christ your Son. Amen. 722 / Psalm 98

731 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 723 P 99 T one 3; PS 96 SALM R 1 is Sovereign; The L ORD let the people tremble; * the L ORD is enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth shake. 2 ORD is great in Zion The L * and is high above all peoples. R 3 , Let them confess the name of the L ORD * which is great and awesome; is the Holy One. the L ORD 4 “O mighty Sovereign, lover of justice, you have established equity; * you have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.” 5 ORD * Proclaim the greatness of the L our God, and fall down before the footstool of the Holy One. R 6 Moses and Aaron among your priests, and Samuel among those who call upon your name, * ORD , and you answered them. they called upon you, O L 7 ou spoke to them out of the pillar of cloud; * Y they kept your testimonies and the decree that you gave them. R 8 O L * ORD our God, you answered them indeed; you were a God who forgave them, yet punished them for their evil deeds. [Unison] 9 ORD Proclaim the greatness of the L our God and worship upon God’s holy hill; * ORD R for the L our God is the Holy One. Holy God, you are exalted over all the nations, and just in all your ways. Strengthen us to worship you with our deeds and to proclaim your greatness with our lips, [619] Amen. for the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord. Psalm 99 / 723

732 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 724 P 100 T one 3; PH 220; PS 97–101 SALM R 1 , all you lands; * Be joyful in the L ORD 2 ORD with gladness serve the L and come before God’s presence with a song. 3 ORD * alone is God; Know this: The L ORD we belong to the L , who made us, R we are God’s people and the sheep of God’s pasture. 4 Enter God’s gates with thanksgiving; go into the holy courts with praise; * . give thanks and call upon the name of the L ORD 5 For good is the L ORD , whose mercy is everlasting; * R and whose faithfulness endures from age to age. Mighty God, by your power you created us, and by your goodness you call us to be your people. Accept the offering of our worship that every race and nation may enter your courts, praising you in song; [620] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM 102 one 7 or 8 P T R 1 L * , hear my prayer, and let my cry come before you; ORD 2 hide not your face from me in the day of my trouble. * Incline your ear to me; when I call, make haste to answer me, R 3 for my days drift away like smoke, * and my bones are hot as burning coals. 4 * My heart is smitten like grass and withered, so that I forget to eat my bread. 5 Because of the voice of my groaning * I am but skin and bones. 6 I have become like a vulture in the wilderness, * like an owl among the ruins. 724 / Psalm 100

733 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 725 7 * I lie awake and groan; I am like a sparrow, lonely on a house-top. 8 * My enemies revile me all day long, and those who scoff at me have taken an oath against me. 9 * For I have eaten ashes for bread and mingled my drink with weeping. 10 Because of your indignation and wrath * you have lifted me up and thrown me away. 11 * My days pass away like a shadow, R and I wither like the grass. 12 , endure forever, * But you, O L ORD and your name from age to age. 13 Y ou will arise and have compassion on Zion, * for it is time to have mercy upon it; indeed, the appointed time has come. 14 For your servants love its very rubble, * and are moved to pity even for its dust. 15 , * The nations shall fear your name, O L ORD and all the rulers of the earth your glory. 16 ORD , will build up Zion, * For you, O L and your glory will appear. 17 u will look with favor on the prayer of the homeless; * Yo you will not despise their plea. R 18 * Let this be written for a future generation, so that a people yet unborn may praise the L ORD . 19 For the L * ORD looked down from the holy place on high and from the heavens beheld the earth; 20 to hear the groan of the captive * and to set free those condemned to die; 21 that they may declare in Zion the name of the L , * ORD and the praise of our God in Jerusalem; 22 when the peoples are gathered together, * and the realms also, to serve the L ORD . R 23 The L has brought down my strength before my time * ORD and shortened the number of my days; Psalm 102 / 725

734 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 726 24 and I said, “O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; * your years endure throughout all generations. 25 * ORD In the beginning, O L , you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands; 26 they shall perish, but you will endure; they all shall wear out like a garment; * as clothing you will change them, and they shall be changed; 27 * but you are always the same, and your years will never end. 28 The children of your servants shall continue, * and their offspring shall stand fast in your sight.” R Lord, while our days vanish like shadows and our lives wear out like a garment, you are eternal. Although our earthly lives come to an end, help us to live in Christ’s endless life and at length attain our home, the heavenly Jerusalem, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, [621] now and forever. Amen. SALM 103 T P one 4; PH 222, 223; PS 102, 103 R 1 Bless the L * ORD , O my soul, and all that is within me, bless God’s holy name. 2 Bless the L , O my soul, * ORD and forget not all the benefits of the L ORD , 3 who forgives all your sins * and heals all your infirmities; 4 * who redeems your life from the grave and crowns you with mercy and loving-kindness; 5 * who satisfies you with good things, and your youth is renewed like an eagle’s. R 6 ORD The L * executes righteousness and judgment for all who are oppressed. 726 / Psalm 103

735 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 727 7 Moses were made known God’s ways To * . and to the children of Israel the works of the L ORD 8 is full of compassion and mercy, * ORD The L slow to anger and of great kindness. 9 will not always accuse us ORD The L * nor remain angry forever. 10 * has not dealt with us according to our sins, The L ORD nor rewarded us according to our wickedness. R 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, * so is the L mercy great upon the God-fearing. ORD ’s 12 As far as the east is from the west, * removed our sins from us. ORD so far has the L 13 As a father cares for his children, * care for the God-fearing. so does the L ORD 14 ORD knows whereof we are made * For the L and remembers that we are but dust. R 15 Our days are like the grass; * we flourish like a flower of the field; 16 when the wind goes over it, it is gone, * and its place shall know it no more. 17 * ORD But the merciful goodness of the L endures forever on the God-fearing, on children’s children; ORD and the righteousness of the L 18 on those who keep the holy covenant * and remember the commandments and do them. R 19 The L ORD has set up a throne in heaven, * and the sovereignty of the L ORD has dominion over all. 20 Bless the L , you holy angels, ORD you mighty ones who do God’s bidding, * and hearken to the voice of God’s word. 21 ORD , all you holy hosts, * Bless the L you holy ministers who do God’s will. 22 ORD , all you works of God, Bless the L * in all places of God’s dominion; bless the L ORD , O my soul. R Psalm 103 / 727

736 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 728 God of might and mercy, you bring us to new life each day, and nurture us in your tender love. Keep us far from all sinfulness, that our lives may be a blessing to you; [622] Amen. in Jesus Christ our Lord. T P one 1 or 3; PH 224; PS 104, 105 SALM 104 R 1 * Bless the L ORD , O my soul; my God, how excellent is your greatness! ORD O L you are clothed with majesty and splendor. 2 Y ou wrap yourself with light as with a cloak * and spread out the heavens like a curtain. 3 * Y ou lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind. 4 * Y ou make the winds your messengers R and flames of fire your servants. 5 Y ou have set the earth upon its foundations, * so that it never shall move at any time. 6 Y * ou covered it with the deep as with a mantle; the waters stood higher than the mountains. 7 At your rebuke they fled; * at the voice of your thunder they hastened away. 8 They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, * to the places you had appointed for them. 9 Y ou set the limits that they should not pass; * R they shall not again cover the earth. 10 ou send the springs into the valleys; * Y they flow between the mountains. 11 * All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them, and the wild asses quench their thirst. 12 Beside them the birds of the air make their nests * and sing among the branches. 13 Y * ou water the mountains from your dwelling on high; the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works. R 728 / Psalm 104

737 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 729 14 ou make grass grow for flocks and herds * Y and plants to serve humankind; * that they may bring forth food from the earth, 15 and wine to gladden our hearts, * oil to make a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen the heart. 16 * The trees of the L ORD are full of sap, planted, the cedars of Lebanon which the L ORD 17 in which the birds build their nests, * and in whose tops the stork makes its dwelling. R 18 * The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats, and the stony cliffs for the rock badgers. 19 Y * ou appointed the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows the time of its setting. 20 Y ou make darkness that it may be night, * in which all the beasts of the forest prowl. 21 The lions roar after their prey * and seek their food from God. 22 The sun rises, and they slip away * and lay themselves down in their dens. 23 Mortals go forth to their work * R and to their labor until the evening. 24 ORD , how manifold are your works! * O L in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. 25 Y onder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, * creatures both small and great. 26 There move the ships, * and there is that Leviathan, R which you have made for the sport of it. 27 All of them look to you * to give them their food in due season. 28 ou give it to them; they gather it; * Y you open your hand, and they are filled with good things. Psalm 104 / 729

738 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 730 29 ou hide your face, and they are terrified; * Y you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust. 30 Y * ou send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth. R 31 May your glory, O Lord, endure forever; * may you rejoice in all your works. 32 ou look at the earth and it trembles; Y * you touch the mountains and they smoke. 33 as long as I live; * I will sing to the L ORD I will praise my God while I have my being. 34 May these words of mine please you; * . ORD I will rejoice in the L 35 Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, * and the wicked be no more. [Unison] Bless the L * ORD , O my soul. R Hallelujah! God of majesty, we are constantly surrounded by your gifts and touched by your grace; our words of praise do not approach the wonders of your love. Send forth your Spirit, that our lives may be refreshed and the whole world may be renewed, [623] in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 105 one 4; PS 106, 107 SALM T P R 1 Give thanks to the L * ORD and call upon God’s name; ORD among the peoples. make known the deeds of the L 2 ORD Sing to the L * , sing praises, and speak of all God’s marvelous works. 3 Glory in God’s holy name; * let the hearts of those who seek the L ORD rejoice. 4 ORD and the strength of the L Search for the L ; * ORD continually seek the face of God. 730 / Psalm 105

739 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 731 5 * Remember the marvels God has done, the wonders and the judgments of God’s mouth, 6 * O offspring of Abraham, God’s servant, R O children of Jacob, God’s chosen. 7 The L is our God, * ORD whose judgments prevail in all the world. 8 * ORD The L has always been mindful of the covenant, the promise made for a thousand generations: 9 The covenant made with Abraham, * the oath sworn to Isaac, 10 * which God established as a statute for Jacob, an everlasting covenant for Israel, 11 Saying, “To you will I give the land of Canaan * to be your allotted inheritance.” R 12 When they were few in number, * of little account, and sojourners in the land, 13 wandering from nation to nation * and from one realm to another, 14 God let no one oppress them * and rebuked rulers for their sake, 15 saying, “Do not touch my anointed * and do my prophets no harm.” R 16 ORD called for a famine in the land * Then the L and destroyed the supply of bread. 17 sent a man before them, * ORD The L Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 18 * They bruised his feet in fetters; his neck they put in an iron collar. 19 * Until his prediction came to pass, ORD tested him. the word of the L 20 The king sent and released him; * the ruler of the peoples set him free. 21 He set him as a master over his household, * as a ruler over all his possessions, Psalm 105 / 731

740 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:14 PM Page 732 22 * to instruct his officials according to his will and to teach his elders wisdom. R 23 * Israel came into Egypt, and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham. 24 made the chosen people exceedingly fruitful; The L * ORD the L ORD made them stronger than their enemies; 25 whose heart God turned, so that they hated the chosen people, * ORD . R and dealt unjustly with the servants of the L 26 , ORD There came Moses, the servant of the L * and Aaron whom God had chosen. 27 They worked signs from the L among them, * ORD and portents in the land of Ham. 28 God sent darkness, and it grew dark; * but the Egyptians rebelled against the words of the L ORD . 29 * God turned their waters into blood and caused their fish to die. 30 * Their land was overrun by frogs, in the very chambers of their rulers. 31 * God spoke, and there came swarms of insects and gnats within all their borders. 32 God gave them hailstones instead of rain, * and flames of fire throughout their land. 33 God blasted their vines and their fig trees * and shattered every tree in their country. 34 God spoke, and the locust came, * and young locusts without number, 35 which ate up all the green plants in their land * and devoured the fruit of their soil. 36 God struck down the firstborn of their land, * the first fruits of all their strength. R 37 God led out the chosen people with silver and gold; * in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled. 38 Egypt was glad of their going, * because they were afraid of them. 732 / Psalm 105

741 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 733 39 * God spread out a cloud for a covering and a fire to give light in the night season. 40 * They asked, and quails appeared, and God satisfied them with bread from heaven. 41 * God opened the rock, and water flowed, so the river ran in the dry places. 42 For God remembered the holy promise * R and Abraham, chosen to serve. 43 * So God led forth the people with gladness, the chosen ones with shouts of joy. 44 God gave the chosen people the lands of the nations, * and they took the fruit of others’ toil, [Unison] 45 that they might keep God’s statutes * . and observe the laws of the L ORD Hallelujah! R God of our salvation, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, you have fulfilled your promise to our ancestors in the faith to redeem the world from slavery and to lead us into the promised land. Grant us living water from the rock and bread from heaven, that we may survive our desert pilgrimage and praise you forever; [624] through Jesus Christ our Redeemer. Amen. 106 T P SALM one 4; PS 108 R 1 Hallelujah! ORD , who is good, Give thanks to the L * whose mercy endures forever. 2 Can anyone declare the mighty acts of the L * ORD or show forth all God’s praise? 3 * Happy are those who act with justice R and always do what is right! Psalm 106 / 733

742 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 734 4 ORD , with the favor you have for your people, Remember me, O L * and visit me with your saving help; 5 that I may see the prosperity of your elect * and be glad with the gladness of your people, R that I may glory with your inheritance. 6 We have sinned as our ancestors did; * we have done wrong and dealt wickedly. 7 In Egypt they did not consider your marvelous works, * nor remember the abundance of your love; they defied the Most High at the Red Sea. 8 But you saved them for your name’s sake, * to make your power known. 9 rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up; * The L ORD God led them through the deep as through a desert. 10 The L * saved them from the hand of those who hated them ORD and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11 The waters covered their oppressors; * not one of them was left. 12 ORD Then they believed the words of the L * R and sang out songs of praise. 13 * But they soon forgot the deeds of the L ORD and did not await divine counsel. 14 A craving seized them in the wilderness, * and they put God to the test in the desert. 15 * God gave them what they asked, but sent leanness into their soul. 16 They envied Moses in the camp, * ORD and Aaron, the holy one of the L . 17 * The earth opened and swallowed Dathan and covered the company of Abiram. 18 Fire blazed up against their company, * and flames devoured the wicked. R 19 * Israel made a bull-calf at Horeb and worshiped a molten image; 734 / Psalm 106

743 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 735 20 * and so they exchanged their glory for the image of an ox that feeds on grass. 21 * They forgot God their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, 22 * wonderful deeds in the land of Ham, and fearful things at the Red Sea. 23 So God would have destroyed them, had not Moses, the chosen one, stood before God in the breach, * R to turn away divine wrath from consuming them. 24 * They refused the pleasant land and would not believe God’s promise. 25 They grumbled in their tents * . and would not listen to the voice of the L ORD 26 * So God’s hand was lifted against them, to overthrow them in the wilderness, 27 to cast out their seed among the nations, * and to scatter them throughout the lands. R 28 * They joined themselves to Baal-Peor and ate sacrifices offered to the dead. 29 They provoked the L to anger with their actions, * ORD and a plague broke out among them. 30 Then Phinehas stood up and interceded, * and the plague came to an end. 31 This was reckoned to Phinehas as righteousness * throughout all generations forever. 32 Again they provoked God’s anger at the waters of Meribah, * punished Moses because of them; and the L ORD 33 for they so embittered his spirit * R that he spoke rash words with his lips. 34 They did not destroy the peoples * ORD as the L had commanded them. 35 They intermingled with the heathen * and learned their pagan ways, 36 * so that they worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them. Psalm 106 / 735

744 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 736 37 * They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to evil spirits. 38 They shed innocent blood, * the blood of their sons and daughters, which they offered to the idols of Canaan, and the land was defiled with blood. 39 Thus they were polluted by their actions * and went whoring in their evil deeds. R 40 * ORD Therefore the wrath of the L was kindled against the people and God abhorred the chosen inheritance. 41 God gave them over to the hand of the heathen, * and those who hated them ruled over them. 42 Their enemies oppressed them, * and they were humbled under their hand. 43 Many a time did God deliver them, but they rebelled through their own devices, * and were brought down in their iniquity. 44 ORD saw their distress * Nevertheless, the L and heard their lamentation. 45 God remembered the covenant with them * R and out of abundant mercy relented. 46 God caused them to be pitied * by those who held them captive. 47 our God, Save us, O L ORD and gather us from among the nations, * that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise. 48 ORD , the God of Israel, Blessed be the L * from everlasting and to everlasting; and let all the people say, “Amen!” Hallelujah! R Merciful God, remembering your covenant, you graciously pardoned those who rebelled against you. Grant that, where sin abounds, grace may abound more; [625] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 736 / Psalm 106

745 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 737 P 107 T one 3; PS 109, 110 SALM R 1 , who is good, * Give thanks to the L ORD whose mercy endures forever. 2 Let all those whom the L ORD * has redeemed proclaim redeemed them from the hand of the foe. ORD that the L 3 God gathered them out of the lands; * from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. R 4 Some wandered in desert wastes; * they found no way to a city where they might dwell. 5 They were hungry and thirsty; * their spirits languished within them. 6 Then in their trouble they cried to the L , * ORD who delivered them from their distress. 7 ORD put their feet on a straight path * The L to go to a city where they might dwell. 8 * Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, ORD does for all people. for the wonders the L 9 For God satisfies the thirsty * and fills the hungry with good things. R 10 * Some sat in darkness and deep gloom, bound fast in misery and iron; 11 because they rebelled against the words of God * and despised the counsel of the Most High. 12 So God humbled their spirits with hard labor; * they stumbled, and there was none to help. 13 ORD Then in their trouble they cried to the L * , who delivered them from their distress. 14 The L led them out of darkness and deep gloom * ORD and broke their bonds asunder. 15 * Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, ORD does for all people. for the wonders the L Psalm 107 / 737

746 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 738 16 * For God shatters the doors of bronze and breaks in two the iron bars. R 17 * Some were fools and took to rebellious ways; they were afflicted because of their sins. 18 They abhorred all manner of food * and drew near to death’s door. 19 * Then in their trouble they cried to the L ORD , who delivered them from their distress. 20 * God sent forth a word to heal them and saved them from the grave. 21 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, * does for all people. ORD for the wonders the L 22 * Let them offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving R and recount the deeds of God with shouts of joy. 23 Some went down to the sea in ships * and plied their trade in deep waters; 24 ORD , * they beheld the works of the L whose wonders are in the deep. 25 Then the L spoke, and a stormy wind arose, * ORD which tossed high the waves of the sea. 26 They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; * their hearts melted because of their peril. 27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards * and were at their wits’ end. 28 , * Then in their trouble they cried to the L ORD who delivered them from their distress. 29 God stilled the storm to a whisper * and quieted the waves of the sea. 30 Then were they glad because of the calm, * and God brought them to the harbor they were bound for. 31 Let them give thanks for the mercy of God, * for the wonders the L ORD does for all people. 32 ORD Let them exalt the L * in the congregation of the people and praise God in the council of the elders. R 738 / Psalm 107

747 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 739 33 ORD changed rivers into deserts, The L * and water-springs into thirsty ground, 34 * a fruitful land into salt flats, because of the wickedness of those who dwell there. 35 * God changed deserts into pools of water and dry land into water-springs. 36 * God settled the hungry there, and they founded a city to dwell in. 37 They sowed fields, and planted vineyards, * and brought in a fruitful harvest. R 38 God blessed them, so that they increased greatly; * God did not let their herds decrease. 39 Y * et when they were diminished and brought low, through stress of adversity and sorrow, 40 * (God pours contempt on nobles and makes them wander in trackless wastes) 41 * God lifted up the poor out of misery and multiplied their families like flocks of sheep. 42 * The upright will see this and rejoice, but all wickedness will shut its mouth. [Unison] Whoever is wise will ponder these things, * . R and consider well the mercies of the L ORD O God, you are light to the lost, bread to the hungry, deliverance to the captive, healing to the sick, eternal vision to the dying, and harbor to every soul in peril. Gather the wanderers from every corner of the world into the community of your mercy and grace, that we may eternally praise you [626] for our salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Psalm 107 / 739

748 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 740 P 108 T one 6 SALM R 1 My heart is firmly fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; * I will sing and make melody. 2 ake up, my spirit; W awake, lute and harp; * I myself will waken the dawn. 3 I will confess you among the peoples, O L ORD * ; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 4 For your loving-kindness is greater than the heavens, * and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. R 5 Exalt yourself above the heavens, O God, * and your glory over all the earth. 6 So that those who are dear to you may be delivered, * save with your right hand and answer me. R 7 * From God’s holy place came a voice; God said, “I will exult and parcel out Shechem; I will divide the valley of Succoth. 8 Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; * Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my scepter. 9 Moab is my washbasin, * on Edom I throw down my sandal to claim it, and over Philistia will I shout in triumph.” R 10 * Who will lead me into the strong city? who will bring me into Edom? 11 * Have you not cast us off, O God? you no longer go out, O God, with our armies. 12 * Grant us your help against the enemy, for vain is the help of mortals. [Unison] 13 * With God we will do valiant deeds, R and God shall tread our enemies under foot. 740 / Psalm 108

749 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 741 O God, your love is wider than all the universe and your mercy greater than the heights of heaven. When we are tempted to break faith with you, put a new song of love on our lips, that we may sing your praises to all nations on earth, [627] through your Son, our only hope and defense. Amen. T 110 SALM P one 6 R 1 said to my lord, “Sit at my right hand, * The L ORD R until I make your enemies your footstool.” 2 will send the scepter of your power out of Zion, The L * ORD saying, “Rule over your enemies round about you. 3 Nobility has been yours from the day of your birth; * in the beauty of holiness have I begotten you, like dew from the womb of the morning.” 4 The L has sworn and will not recant: * ORD “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” R 5 The lord who is at God’s right hand will smite rulers in the day of his wrath; * he will rule over the nations. 6 He will heap high the corpses * and will smash heads over the wide earth. [Unison] He will drink from the brook beside the road * R and therefore will lift high his head. Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords, born as one of us, exalted now on high, priest of the new covenant, judge who will come at the end of time, [628] glory to you forever and ever. Amen. Psalm 110 / 741

750 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 742 P 111 T one 3 or 4; PS 111 SALM R 1 Hallelujah! with my whole heart, ORD * I will give thanks to the L in the assembly of the upright, in the congregation. 2 ORD * ! Great are the deeds of the L they are studied by all who delight in them. 3 * ORD Full of majesty and splendor is the work of the L , whose righteousness endures forever. 4 Gracious and full of compassion is the L * ORD , whose marvelous works are to be remembered. 5 gives food to the God-fearing, The L ORD * ever mindful of the covenant. R 6 has shown the chosen people works of power * The L ORD in giving them the lands of the nations. 7 ORD work faithfulness and justice; * The hands of the L ORD are sure. all the commandments of the L 8 * They stand fast forever and ever, because they are done in truth and equity. 9 sent redemption to the chosen people, The L ORD commanding the covenant forever; * holy and awesome is the name of the L ORD . 10 ORD is the beginning of wisdom; The fear of the L * those who act accordingly have a good understanding; ORD R the praise of the L endures forever. Faithful God, you have nourished us in your holy covenant with the food and drink of Christ’s love. Keep us firm in our faith and loyal in our love, that we may obediently serve as disciples of Jesus Christ, [629] our Lord and Savior. Amen. 742 / Psalm 111

751 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 743 P 112 T one 3 or 6; PS 112 SALM R 1 Hallelujah! * ORD Happy are they who fear the L commandments! ORD ’s and have great delight in the L 2 * Their descendants will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. 3 * W ealth and riches will be in their house, and their righteousness will last forever. R 4 Light shines in the darkness for the upright; * the righteous are merciful and full of compassion. 5 It is good for them to be generous in lending * and to manage their affairs with justice. 6 For they will never be shaken; * R the righteous will be kept in everlasting remembrance. 7 They will not be afraid of any evil rumors; * their heart is right; they put their trust in the L ORD . 8 * Their heart is established and will not shrink, until they see their desire upon their enemies. 9 They have given freely to the poor, * and their righteousness stands fast forever; they will hold up their head with honor. 10 The wicked will see it and be angry; * they will gnash their teeth and pine away; R the desires of the wicked will perish. Eternal God, in the order of your creation you have given righteousness, justice, peace, and love for the enlightenment of all people. Keep us always in that light so that throughout our lives, we may show forth the glory of Jesus Christ, [630] the light of the world. Amen. Psalm 112 / 743

752 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 744 P 113 T one 1 or 3; PH 225, 226; PS 113 SALM R 1 Hallelujah! ; ORD * Give praise, you servants of the L praise the name of the L ORD . 2 * ORD Let the name of the L be blessed, from this time forth forevermore. 3 * From the rising of the sun to its going down let the name of the L ORD be praised. 4 , * High above all nations is the L ORD R whose glory is above the heavens. 5 ORD our God, who sits enthroned on high * Who is like the L but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth? 6 ORD takes up the weak out of the dust * The L and lifts up the poor from the ashes. 7 ORD sets them with the nobles, * The L with the nobles of the chosen people. 8 makes the woman of a childless house * The L ORD R to be a joyful mother of children. Sovereign God, you subdue the arrogant and raise the humble; you feed the hungry and reveal the poverty of wealth. Help us to praise your name in all times and places, that we may be faithful servants [631] of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. P SALM T one 4; PS 114 114 R 1 Hallelujah! When Israel came out of Egypt, * the house of Jacob from a people of strange speech, 2 Judah became God’s sanctuary * and Israel God’s dominion. 744 / Psalm 113

753 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 745 3 * The sea beheld it and fled; Jordan turned and went back. 4 * The mountains skipped like rams, R and the little hills like young sheep. 5 What ailed you, O sea, that you fled? * O Jordan, that you turned back? 6 ou mountains, that you skipped like rams? Y * you little hills like young sheep? 7 * Tr emble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob, 8 who turned the hard rock into a pool of water * R and flint-stone into a flowing spring. Mighty God, by your power you led your people out of slavery in Egypt, and raised the dead Christ to life. Deliver us continually by your power from slavery to freedom and from death to life, [632] for the glory of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen. SALM P T one 6; PH 227 115 R 1 Not to us, O L ORD , not to us, * but to your name give glory; because of your love and because of your faithfulness. 2 Why should the heathen say, * “Where then is their God?” R 3 * Our God is in heaven; whatever God wills to do, God does. 4 * Their idols are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 5 * They have mouths, but they cannot speak; eyes have they, but they cannot see; 6 they have ears, but they cannot hear; * noses, but they cannot smell; Psalm 115 / 745

754 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 746 7 they have hands, but they cannot feel; feet, but they cannot walk; * they make no sound with their throat. 8 * Those who make them are like them, and so are all who put their trust in them. R 9 O Israel, trust in the L , * ORD who is your help and your shield. 10 * , O house of Aaron, trust in the L ORD who is your help and your shield. 11 ORD , trust in the L ORD Y * ou who fear the L , R who is your help and your shield. 12 ORD * The L has been mindful of us and will bless us; the L ORD will bless the house of Israel and will bless the house of Aaron; 13 ORD will bless the God-fearing, * the L both small and great together. R 14 ORD May the L * increase you more and more, you and your children after you. 15 , * May you be blessed by the L ORD R the maker of heaven and earth. 16 ’ s, * The heaven of heavens is the L ORD entrusted the earth to its peoples. ORD but the L 17 ORD , * The dead do not praise the L nor all those who go down into silence; 18 ORD * but we will bless the L , from this time forth forevermore. Hallelujah! R God, you delivered Israel from the worship of false gods. Redeem your people in every age from the pursuit of all that is worthless and untrue; through Jesus our Savior, [633] who came to bring us life in all its fullness. Amen. 746 / Psalm 115

755 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 747 P 116 T one 6; PH 228; PS 115, 116 SALM R 1 , because the L ORD has heard the voice of my supplication * I love the L ORD 2 and inclined an ear to me whenever I cried out. 3 The cords of death entangled me; the grip of the grave took hold of me; * I came to grief and sorrow. 4 * Then I called upon the name of the L ORD : R , I pray you, save my life.” “O L ORD 5 and righteous; * Gracious is the L ORD our God is full of compassion. 6 watches over the innocent; * The L ORD helped me. ORD I was brought very low, and the L 7 * Tu rn again to your rest, O my soul, has treated you well. R ORD for the L 8 * For you have rescued my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling. 9 I will walk in the presence of the L ORD * in the land of the living. 10 I believed, even when I said, * “I have been brought very low.” 11 In my distress I said, “No one can be trusted.” R 12 , * How shall I repay you, O L ORD for all the good things you have done for me? 13 I will lift up the cup of salvation * ORD . and call upon the name of the L 14 I will fulfill my vows to the L * ORD in the presence of all the chosen people. 15 ORD , * Precious in your sight, O L is the death of your servants. R 16 O L , I am your servant; * ORD I am your servant and the child of your handmaid; you have freed me from my bonds. Psalm 116 / 747

756 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 748 17 * I will offer you the sacrifice of thanksgiving . and call upon the name of the L ORD 18 ORD * I will fulfill my vows to the L in the presence of all the people, [Unison] 19 in the courts of the L house, * ORD ’s in the midst of you, O Jerusalem. R Hallelujah! God our Redeemer, you have delivered us from death in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and brought us to new life by the power of your Spirit. Give us grace to keep our promises to praise and serve you all our days; [634] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 117 T one 3; PH 229; PS 117 SALM P R 1 Praise the L ORD , all you nations; * give praise, all you peoples. 2 For the loving-kindness of the L toward us is great, * ORD ORD endures forever. and the faithfulness of the L Hallelujah! R Lord God, you have revealed your kindness to all peoples. Gather all nations to yourself, that in all the various tongues of the earth one hymn of praise may rise to you; [635] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM 118 T one 3; PH 230–232; PS 118–120 P R 1 ORD * Give thanks to the L , who is good, whose mercy endures forever. 2 * Let Israel now proclaim, ORD endures forever.” “The mercy of the L 748 / Psalm 117

757 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 749 3 * Let the house of Aaron now proclaim, endures forever.” “The mercy of the L ORD 4 ORD now proclaim, Let those who fear the L * R endures forever.” “The mercy of the L ORD 5 I called to the L ORD in my distress; * the L ORD answered by setting me free. 6 is at my side, therefore I will not fear; * ORD The L what can anyone do to me? 7 The L * ORD is at my side to help me; I will triumph over those who hate me. 8 * It is better to rely on the L ORD than to put any trust in flesh. 9 It is better to rely on the L ORD * than to put any trust in rulers. R 10 * All the ungodly encompass me; in the name of the L ORD I will repel them. 11 They hem me in, they hem me in on every side; * in the name of the L I will repel them. ORD 12 They swarm about me like bees; they blaze like a fire of thorns; * I will repel them. ORD in the name of the L 13 I was pressed so hard that I almost fell, * but the L ORD R came to my help. 14 is my strength and my song * The L ORD and has become my salvation. 15 There is a sound of exultation and victory * in the tents of the righteous: 16 ORD “The right hand of the L * has triumphed! the right hand of the L is exalted! ORD ORD the right hand of the L has triumphed!” 17 I shall not die, but live, * and declare the works of the L ORD . 18 The L has punished me sorely * ORD but did not hand me over to death. R Psalm 118 / 749

758 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 750 19 * Open for me the gates of righteousness; I will enter them; . ORD I will offer thanks to the L 20 ; “This is the gate of the L * ORD those who are righteous may enter.” R 21 * I will give thanks to you, for you answered me and have become my salvation. 22 * The same stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. 23 This is the L doing, * ORD ’s and it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 has acted; On this day the L * ORD we will rejoice and be glad in it. R 25 , hosanna! * ORD Hosanna, L ORD L , send us now success. 26 ORD ; Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the L * . ORD we bless you from the house of the L 27 , who has shined upon us; * God is the L ORD form a procession with branches up to the horns of the altar. 28 “You are my God, and I will thank you; * you are my God, and I will exalt you.” [Unison] 29 ORD Give thanks to the L * , who is good; whose mercy endures forever. R Holy and mighty God, your Son’s triumph over sin and death has opened to us the gate of eternal life. Purify our hearts that we may follow him and share in the radiance of his glory. [636] We Amen. ask this for the sake of our risen Lord. 750 / Psalm 118

759 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 751 P 119 T one 5; PH 233; PS 121–124 SALM R 1 Happy are they whose way is blameless, * ! who walk in the law of the L ORD 2 Happy are they who observe your decrees * and seek you with all their hearts! 3 * Who never do any wrong, but always walk in your ways. 4 * ou laid down your commandments, Y that we should fully keep them. 5 * Oh, that my ways were made so direct that I might keep your statutes! 6 Then I should not be put to shame, * when I regard all your commandments. 7 I will thank you with an unfeigned heart, * when I have learned your righteous judgments. 8 I will keep your statutes; * R do not utterly forsake me. 9 How shall the young cleanse their way? * By keeping to your words. 10 With my whole heart I seek you; * let me not stray from your commandments. 11 I treasure your promise in my heart, * that I may not sin against you. 12 Blessed are you, O L * ORD ; instruct me in your statutes. 13 ith my lips will I recite * W all the judgments of your mouth. 14 * I have taken greater delight in the way of your decrees than in all manner of riches. 15 I will meditate on your commandments * and give attention to your ways. 16 My delight is in your statutes; * I will not forget your word. R Psalm 119 / 751

760 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 752 17 * Deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word. 18 * Open my eyes, that I may see the wonders of your law. 19 * I am a stranger here on earth; do not hide your commandments from me. 20 My soul is consumed at all times * with longing for your judgments. 21 * ou have rebuked the insolent; Y cursed are they who stray from your commandments! 22 * Tu rn from me shame and rebuke, for I have kept your decrees. 23 Even though rulers sit and plot against me, * I will meditate on your statutes. 24 For your decrees are my delight, * R and they are my counselors. *** 33 each me, O L ORD , the way of your statutes, T * and I shall keep it to the end. 34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep your law; * I shall keep it with all my heart. 35 Make me go in the path of your commandments, * for that is my desire. 36 Incline my heart to your decrees * and not to unjust gain. 37 rn my eyes from watching what is worthless; * Tu give me life in your ways. 38 Fulfill your promise to your servant, * which you make to those who fear you. 39 Tu * rn away the reproach which I dread, because your judgments are good. 40 * Behold, I long for your commandments; R in your righteousness preserve my life. *** 752 / Psalm 119

761 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 753 73 our hands have made me and fashioned me; * Y give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments. 74 Those who fear you will be glad when they see me, * because I trust in your word. 75 ORD * , that your judgments are right I know, O L and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me. 76 Let your loving-kindness be my comfort, * as you have promised to your servant. 77 Let your compassion come to me, that I may live, * for your law is my delight. 78 Let the arrogant be put to shame, for they wrong me with lies; * but I will meditate on your commandments. 79 Let those who fear you turn to me, * and also those who know your decrees. 80 Let my heart be sound in your statutes, * R that I may not be put to shame. *** 97 Oh, how I love your law! * all the day long it is in my mind. 98 Y our commandment has made me wiser than my enemies, * and it is always with me. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, * for your decrees are my study. 100 I am wiser than the elders, * because I observe your commandments. 101 I restrain my feet from every evil way, * that I may keep your word. 102 * I do not shrink from your judgments, because you yourself have taught me. 103 * How sweet are your words to my taste! they are sweeter than honey to my mouth. 104 * Through your commandments I gain understanding; R therefore I hate every lying way. Psalm 119 / 753

762 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 754 105 our word is a lantern to my feet * Y and a light upon my path. 106 * I have sworn and am determined to keep your righteous judgments. 107 * I am deeply troubled; ORD , according to your word. preserve my life, O L 108 * ORD Accept, O L , the willing tribute of my lips, and teach me your judgments. 109 My life is always in my hand, * yet I do not forget your law. 110 The wicked have set a trap for me, * but I have not strayed from your commandments. 111 Yo * ur decrees are my inheritance forever; truly, they are the joy of my heart. 112 I have applied my heart to fulfill your statutes * forever and to the end. R *** 129 ur decrees are wonderful; * Yo therefore I obey them with all my heart. 130 * When your word goes forth it gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. 131 * I open my mouth and pant; I long for your commandments. 132 Tu r n to me in mercy, * as you always do to those who love your name. 133 * Steady my footsteps in your word; let no iniquity have dominion over me. 134 Rescue me from those who oppress me, * and I will keep your commandments. 135 * Let your countenance shine upon your servant and teach me your statutes. 136 * My eyes shed streams of tears, because people do not keep your law. R 137 ou are righteous, O L Y , * ORD and upright are your judgments. 754 / Psalm 119

763 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 755 138 ou have issued your decrees Y * with justice and in perfect faithfulness. 139 * My indignation has consumed me, because my enemies forget your words. 140 our word has been tested to the uttermost, * Y and your servant holds it dear. 141 * I am small and of little account, yet I do not forget your commandments. 142 our justice is an everlasting justice * Y and your law is the truth. 143 ouble and distress have come upon me, Tr * yet your commandments are my delight. 144 The righteousness of your decrees is everlasting; * grant me understanding, that I may live. R Holy God, you are just in all your ways and your commandments are the greatest of treasures. Give us understanding of your law and direct us according to your will that we may be faithful in serving you [637] Amen. for the sake of Jesus our Lord. SALM 121 T one 6; PH 234; PS 125 P R 1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; * from where is my help to come? 2 My help comes from the L ORD * , the maker of heaven and earth. R 3 ORD will not let your foot be moved, * The L and the One who watches over you will not fall asleep. 4 * Behold, the One who keeps watch over Israel R shall neither slumber nor sleep; 5 ORD who watches over you; * it is the L ORD is your shade at your right hand, the L Psalm 121 / 755

764 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 756 6 * so that the sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. R 7 ORD shall preserve you from all evil; The L * shall keep you safe. the L ORD 8 * ORD The L shall watch over your going out and your coming in, from this time forth forevermore. R God, our helper, you are strength greater than the mountains; you look to our needs and watch over us day and night. each us to hold confidently to your grace T that in times of fear and danger we may know you are near and depend on you, [638] Amen. our sure deliverer. 122 T P SALM one 2; PH 235; PS 126 R 1 I was glad when they said to me, * ORD .” “Let us go to the house of the L 2 Now our feet are standing * R within your gates, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is built as a city * that is at unity with itself; 4 to which the tribes go up, , * the tribes of the L ORD the assembly of Israel, ORD . to praise the name of the L 5 * For there are the thrones of judgment, R the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: * “May they prosper who love you. 7 Peace be within your walls * and quietness within your towers. 8 * For the sake of my kindred and companions, I pray for your prosperity. 756 / Psalm 122

765 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 757 [Unison] 9 Because of the house of the L * ORD our God, I will seek to do you good.” R Lord Jesus, because there was no peace in Jerusalem, you wept hard tears. Bring all nations under your rule that they make peace and, with thanksgiving enter together the heavenly Jerusalem where you live and reign with the Father [639] Amen. and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. P T one 8; PS 127 123 SALM R 1 you I lift up my eyes, * To to you enthroned in the heavens. 2 As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, * and the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, ORD our God, so our eyes look to you, O L * R until you show us your mercy. 3 Have mercy upon us, O L ORD * , have mercy, for we have had more than enough of contempt, [Unison] 4 too much of the scorn of the indolent rich, * and of the derision of the proud. R Lord, our creator and redeemer, we look to you for all that we need. Look with favor on us, your servants, and give us your grace; [640] for the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Psalm 123 / 757

766 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 758 P 124 T one 3; PH 236; PS 128 SALM R 1 had not been on our side, * If the L ORD let Israel now say; 2 if the L ORD * had not been on our side, when enemies rose up against us; 3 * then would they have swallowed us up alive in their fierce anger toward us; 4 then would the waters have overwhelmed us * and the torrent gone over us; 5 * then would the raging waters have gone right over us. R 6 ORD * Blessed be the L , who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth. 7 have escaped like a bird from the snare of the fowler; * We the snare is broken, and we have escaped. 8 ORD , * Our help is in the name of the L R the maker of heaven and earth. Helper and defender of Israel, rescue the peoples of the world from destructive anger, and set us free to love and serve each other [641] in the peace of Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM 125 T one 6; PS 129 P R 1 ORD are like Mount Zion, * Those who trust in the L which cannot be moved, but stands fast forever. 2 * The hills stand about Jerusalem; ORD so does the L stand round about the chosen people, from this time forth forevermore. 3 The scepter of the wicked shall not hold sway over the land allotted to the just, * so that the just shall not put their hands to evil. 4 ORD Show your goodness, O L * , to those who are good and to those who are true of heart. 758 / Psalm 124

767 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 759 [Unison] 5 As for those who turn aside to crooked ways, will lead them away with the evildoers; * the L ORD but peace be upon Israel. R Almighty God, surround us with your power and defend us from the forces of evil. Keep us standing on the solid rock of your Word, that we may not fall, but remain upright in your presence; [642] Amen. through the Lord Jesus Christ. 126 T one 8; PH 237; PS 130, 131 P SALM R 1 restored the fortunes of Zion, * When the L ORD then were we like those who dream. 2 * Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, * ORD “The L has done great things for them.” 3 ORD has done great things for us, The L * R and we are glad indeed. 4 , * ORD Restore our fortunes, O L like the watercourses of the Negev. 5 Those who sowed with tears * will reap with songs of joy. [Unison] 6 * Those who go out weeping, carrying the seed, R will come again with joy, shouldering their sheaves. Faithful God, let the seeds of justice, which we have sown in tears, grow and increase in your sight. May we reap in joy the harvest for which we patiently hope; [643] in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Psalm 126 / 759

768 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 760 P 127 T one 6; PH 238; PS 132 SALM R 1 builds the house, * Unless the L ORD their labor is in vain who build it. ORD watches over the city, Unless the L * in vain the sentries keep vigil. 2 * It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, ORD gives sleep. R for to the beloved the L 3 , Children are a heritage from the L ORD * and the fruit of the womb is a gift. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior * are the children of one’s youth. 5 Happy are the warriors with a quiver full of them! * they shall not be put to shame R when they contend with their enemies in the gate. Lord God, the land is brought to flower not with human tears but with the tears of your Son. Grant that those who labor for you may not trust in their own work but in your help; [644] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 128 one 6; PH 239; PS 133 SALM T P R 1 Happy are they all who fear the L * ORD , ORD ! and who follow in the ways of the L 2 Y * ou, O man, shall eat the fruit of your labor; happiness and prosperity shall be yours. R 3 Y * our wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive shoots round about your table. 4 ORD The husband who fears the L * shall thus indeed be blessed. R 760 / Psalm 127

769 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 761 5 ORD bless you from Zion, The L * and may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6 May you live to see your children’s children; * may peace be upon Israel. R Gracious God, giver of life in its fullness, you take no pleasure in human want but intend your bounty to be shared among your children. Lead us in the ways of justice and peace, [645] for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen. T one 7; PH 240; PS 134 130 SALM P R 1 ORD Out of the depths have I called to you, O L ; 2 ORD * L , hear my voice; let your ears consider well the voice of my supplication. R 3 , were to note what is done amiss, * If you, L ORD O Lord, who could stand? 4 For there is forgiveness with you; * therefore you shall be feared. R 5 I wait for you, O L * ORD ; my soul waits for you; in your word is my hope. 6 My soul waits for the L , ORD more than sentries for the morning, * R more than sentries for the morning. 7 O Israel, wait for the L ORD , * for with the L there is mercy; ORD [Unison] 8 there is plenteous redemption with the L , * ORD who shall redeem Israel from all their sins. R O God, you come to us in the depths of our darkest despair, in the suffering of Jesus Christ. By the rising of your Son, give us new light to guide us, Psalm 130 / 761

770 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 762 that we may always praise your holy name; [646] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. 131 SALM T P one 6; PS 135 R 1 ORD * O L , I am not proud; I have no haughty looks. * I do not occupy myself with great matters, or with things that are too hard for me. 2 But I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mother’s breast; * my soul is quieted within me. 3 , * O Israel, wait upon the L ORD R from this time forth forevermore. Lord Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, you promised your kingdom to those who are like children. Never let pride reign in our hearts. In compassion embrace all who willingly bear your gentle yoke [647] now and forever. Amen. SALM P T one 4; PS 136 132 R 1 L * ORD , remember David, and all the hardships he endured; 2 how he swore an oath to the L * ORD and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 * “I will not come under the roof of my house, nor climb up into my bed; 4 * I will not allow my eyes to sleep, nor let my eyelids slumber; 5 ORD * until I find a place for the L , a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” R 6 “The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; * we found it in the fields of Jearim. 762 / Psalm 131

771 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 763 7 * Let us go to God’s dwelling place; let us fall upon our knees before God’s footstool.” 8 ORD , into your resting-place, Arise, O L * you and the ark of your strength. 9 * Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; let your faithful people sing with joy. 10 * For your servant David’s sake, R do not turn away the face of your anointed. 11 has sworn an oath to David, * The L ORD and in truth will not break it: “A son, the fruit of your body * will I set upon your throne. 12 If your children keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, * their children will sit upon your throne forevermore.” R 13 ORD has chosen Zion For the L * and desired it for the holy habitation: 14 “This shall be my resting-place forever; * here will I dwell, for in Zion I delight. 15 I will surely bless the provisions of Zion, * and satisfy its poor with bread. 16 I will clothe its priests with salvation, * and its faithful people will rejoice and sing. 17 There will I make the horn of David flourish; * I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. [Unison] 18 As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; * R but as for him, his crown will shine.” Faithful God, we remember your promises to David, and how you kept them in Jesus Christ. Come to dwell among us in Christ, [648] that we at last may come to dwell with you forever. Amen. Psalm 132 / 763

772 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 764 P 133 T one 6; PS 137 SALM R 1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, * when the community lives together in unity! 2 * It is like fine oil upon the head that runs down upon the beard, * upon the beard of Aaron, and runs down upon the collar of his robe 3 * It is like the dew of Hermon that falls upon the hills of Zion. [Unison] For there the L * ORD has ordained the blessing: R life forevermore. Creator of the universe, from whom all things come, to whom all things return, give your people such unity of heart and mind, that all the world may grow in the life of your eternal kingdom; [649] through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. SALM 134 P one 2; PH 242; PS 138 T R 1 Behold now, bless the L ORD , * ORD , all you servants of the L ORD you that stand by night in the house of the L . 2 Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the L ORD ; 3 the L who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion. R ORD Lord, where two or three gather in your name, you promise to be with them. Look upon your family gathered in your name, and graciously pour out your blessing upon us; [650] for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 764 / Psalm 133

773 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 765 P 135 T one 1 or 3 SALM R 1 Hallelujah! ; ORD * Praise the name of the L give praise, you servants of the L ORD , 2 ORD , * you who stand in the house of the L in the courts of the house of our God. 3 ORD is good; * ORD Praise the L , for the L sing praises to the name of God, for it is lovely. 4 has chosen Jacob * For the L ORD R and taken Israel as a possession. 5 ORD * is great, For I know that the L and that our Lord is above all gods. 6 The L ORD wills, in heaven and on earth, * ORD does whatever the L in the seas and all the deeps. 7 ORD brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth, * The L sends out lightning with the rain, and brings the winds out of heaven’s storehouse. R 8 It was the L * ORD who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn both of humans and beasts. 9 The L sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, * ORD against Pharaoh and all his servants. 10 overthrew many nations The L ORD * and put mighty rulers to death: 11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Bashan, * and all the realms of Canaan. 12 The L gave their land to be an inheritance, * ORD an inheritance for Israel, the chosen people. R 13 O L , your name is everlasting; * ORD your renown, O L ORD , endures from age to age. 14 For you, O L , give your people justice * ORD and show compassion to your servants. R Psalm 135 / 765

774 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 766 15 * The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of human hands. 16 * They have mouths, but they cannot speak; eyes have they, but they cannot see. 17 * They have ears, but they cannot hear; neither is there any breath in their mouth 18 Those who make them are like them, * R and so are all who put their trust in them. 19 , O house of Israel; * ORD Bless the L O house of Aaron, bless the L ORD . 20 , O house of Levi; * Bless the L ORD , bless the L . ORD you who fear the L ORD [Unison] 21 ORD out of Zion, * Blessed be the L who dwells in Jerusalem. R Hallelujah! Deliver us, O God, from the tyranny of idols; they cannot give happiness or life; they bind us to the ways of death. Claim us as your own and lead us in the way, the truth, and the life, [651] Amen. Jesus Christ our Lord. P T one 4; PH 243, 244; PS 139 SALM 136 R 1 ORD , who is good, * Give thanks to the L for the mercy of God endures forever. 2 * Give thanks to the God of gods, for the mercy of God endures forever. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, * for the mercy of God endures forever. R 4 * Who only does great wonders, for the mercy of God endures forever; 766 / Psalm 136

775 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 767 5 * who by wisdom made the heavens, for the mercy of God endures forever; 6 * who spread out the earth upon the waters, for the mercy of God endures forever; 7 * who created great lights, for the mercy of God endures forever; 8 the sun to rule the day, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 9 * the moon and the stars to govern the night, for the mercy of God endures forever. R 10 Who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 11 * and brought out Israel from among them, for the mercy of God endures forever; 12 with a mighty hand and a stretched-out arm, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 13 who divided the Red Sea in two, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 14 * and made Israel to pass through the midst of it, for the mercy of God endures forever; 15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 16 who led the chosen people through the wilderness, * for the mercy of God endures forever. R 17 Who struck down great rulers, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 18 and slew mighty kings, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 19 Sihon, king of the Amorites, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 20 * and Og, the king of Bashan, for the mercy of God endures forever; 21 and gave away their lands for an inheritance, * for the mercy of God endures forever; Psalm 136 / 767

776 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 768 22 * an inheritance for Israel, the chosen servant, for the mercy of God endures forever. R 23 * Who remembered us in our low estate, for the mercy of God endures forever; 24 and delivered us from our enemies, * for the mercy of God endures forever; 25 * who gives food to all creatures, for the mercy of God endures forever. 26 * Give thanks to the God of heaven, for the mercy of God endures forever. R God of everlasting love, through your Word you made all things in heaven and on earth; you have opened to us the path from death to life. Listen to the song of the universe, the hymn of resurrection sung by your church, and give us your blessing; [652] Amen. through Jesus Christ our Lord. P 137 T one 8; PH 245, 246; PS 140 SALM R 1 By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, * when we remembered you, O Zion. 2 As for our harps, we hung them up * on the trees in the midst of that land. 3 For those who led us away captive asked us for a song, and our oppressors called for mirth: * “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” R 4 ORD ’s song How shall we sing the L * upon an alien soil. 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, * let my right hand forget its skill. 6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth * if I do not remember you, R if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy. 768 / Psalm 137

777 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 769 7 ORD , Remember the day of Jerusalem, O L * against the people of Edom, who said, “Down with it! down with it! even to the ground!” 8 O city of Babylon, doomed to destruction, * happy the one who pays you back for what you have done to us! [Unison] 9 * Happy shall they be who take your little ones, and dash them against the rock! R God of courage and compassion, comfort the exiled and oppressed, strengthen the faith of your people, and bring us all to our true home, [653] the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. 138 T one 3; PH 247; PS 141 P SALM R 1 I will give thanks to you, O L * , with my whole heart; ORD before the gods I will sing your praise. 2 I will bow down toward your holy temple and praise your name, * because of your love and faithfulness; * for you have glorified your name and your word above all things. 3 When I called, you answered me; * R you increased my strength within me. 4 , * ORD All the rulers of the earth will praise you, O L when they have heard the words of your mouth. 5 They will sing of the ways of the L ORD , * ORD . that great is the glory of the L 6 The L is high, yet the L ORD cares for the lowly * ORD R and perceives the haughty from afar. 7 * Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you keep me safe; you stretch forth your hand against the fury of my enemies; your right hand shall save me. Psalm 138 / 769

778 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 770 [Unison] 8 O L * ORD , you will make good your purpose for me; , your love endures forever; O L ORD do not abandon the works of your hands. R God of creation and fulfillment, help us to seek and discover your purposes, that we may become willing instruments of your grace, and that all the world may come to love and praise your name, [654] Amen. in the kingdom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 139 T one 6; PH 248; PS 142, 143 P SALM R 1 , you have searched me out and known me; * L ORD 2 you know my sitting down and my rising up; you discern my thoughts from afar. 3 * Y ou trace my journeys and my resting-places and are acquainted with all my ways 4 Indeed, there is not a word on my lips, * ORD , know it altogether. but you, O L 5 Y * ou press upon me behind and before and lay your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; * R it is so high that I cannot attain to it. 7 * Where can I go then from your Spirit? where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I climb up to heaven, you are there; * if I make the grave my bed, you are there also. 9 If I take the wings of the morning * and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there your hand will lead me * and your right hand hold me fast. 11 * If I say, “Surely the darkness will cover me, and the light around me turn to night,” 12 darkness is not dark to you; the night is as bright as the day; * darkness and light to you are both alike. R 770 / Psalm 139

779 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 771 13 * For you yourself created my inmost parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 * I will thank you because I am marvelously made; your works are wonderful, and I know it well. 15 * My body was not hidden from you, while I was being made in secret and woven in the depths of the earth. 16 our eyes beheld my limbs, yet unfinished in the womb; Y all of them were written in your book; * they were fashioned day by day, when as yet there was none of them. 17 How deep I find your thoughts, O God! * how great is the sum of them! 18 If I were to count them, they would be more in number than the sand; * to count them all, my life span would need to be like yours. R 19 Oh, that you would slay the wicked, O God! * Y ou that thirst for blood, depart from me. 20 They speak despitefully against you; * your enemies take your name in vain. 21 Do I not hate those, O L , who hate you? * ORD and do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 22 I hate them with a perfect hatred; * they have become my own enemies. 23 Search me out, O God, and know my heart; * try me and know my restless thoughts. [Unison] 24 Look well whether there be any wickedness in me * R and lead me in the way that is everlasting. Almighty God, creator of the universe, we are awed by your wondrous works and overwhelmed by your infinite wisdom. For all your majesty we praise you; yet even more we rejoice that you do not forget us, that you want to know us, that you come to care for us, [655] sisters and brothers of Jesus Christ, your Son. Amen. Psalm 139 / 771

780 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 772 P 141 T one 8; PH 249; PS 144, 145 SALM R 1 , I call to you; come to me quickly; * O L ORD hear my voice when I cry to you. 2 Let my prayer be set forth in your sight as incense, * the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. 3 ORD , Set a watch before my mouth, O L * and guard the door of my lips; 4 let not my heart incline to any evil thing. Let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers, * R nor eat of their choice foods. 5 Let the righteous smite me in friendly rebuke; * let not the oil of the unrighteous anoint my head; for my prayer is continually against their wicked deeds. 6 Let their rulers be overthrown in stony places, * that they may know my words are true. 7 * As when a plower turns over the earth in furrows, let their bones be scattered at the mouth of the grave. 8 OD ; But my eyes are turned to you, Lord G * in you I take refuge; do not strip me of my life. 9 Protect me from the snare which they have laid for me * and from the traps of the evildoers. 10 Let the wicked fall into their own nets, * while I myself escape. R Holy God, let the incense of our prayer ascend before you, and let your loving-kindness descend upon us, that with devoted hearts we may sing your praises with the church on earth and the whole heavenly host, [456] and glorify you forever and ever. Amen. P 142 T one 8 SALM R 1 I cry to the L with my voice; * ORD ORD to the L I make loud supplication. 772 / Psalm 141

781 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 773 2 ORD , I pour out my complaint before you, O L * and tell you all my trouble. 3 When my spirit languishes within me, you know my path; * in the way wherein I walk they have hidden a trap for me. 4 * I look to my right hand and find no one who knows me; R I have no place to flee to, and no one cares for me. 5 * ORD I cry out to you, O L ; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” 6 * Listen to my cry for help, for I have been brought very low; save me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me. [Unison] 7 Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name; * when you have dealt bountifully with me, the righteous will gather around me. R God our refuge, when all friends have forsaken us and enemies line all our paths, come quickly to our aid. Lead us out from captivity into the light of your freedom, secured for us in the sacrifice [656] Amen. of Jesus Christ our Lord. 143 one 7; PH 250; PS 146 P T SALM R 1 L ORD , hear my prayer, * and in your faithfulness heed my supplications; answer me in your righteousness. 2 Enter not into judgment with your servant, * for in your sight shall no one living be justified. 3 For my enemy has sought my life, * crushed me to the ground, and made me live in dark places like those who are long dead. 4 * My spirit faints within me; R my heart within me is desolate. Psalm 143 / 773

782 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 774 5 I remember the time past; I muse upon all your deeds; * I consider the works of your hands. 6 * I spread out my hands to you; my soul gasps to you like a thirsty land. 7 ORD * , make haste to answer me; my spirit fails me; O L do not hide your face from me or I shall be like those who go down to the pit. 8 Let me hear of your loving-kindness in the morning, * for I put my trust in you; show me the road that I must walk, for I lift up my soul to you. R 9 , Deliver me from my enemies, O L ORD * for I flee to you for refuge. 10 T * each me to do what pleases you, for you are my God; let your good Spirit lead me on level ground. 11 , for your name’s sake; * Revive me, O L ORD for your righteousness’ sake, bring me out of trouble. 12 Of your goodness, destroy my enemies * and bring all my foes to naught, R for truly I am your servant. God of our hope, when we are distracted by care and sickness, help us to recognize your image in ourselves and others, that we may be made whole and the world become the kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. [657] Amen. P T one 6 SALM 144 R 1 ORD my rock! Blessed be the L * who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle; 2 my help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, * my shield in whom I trust, who subdues the peoples under me. R 3 ORD O L * , what are we that you should care for us? mere mortals that you should think of us? 774 / Psalm 144

783 06 Psalms (597-784) 2/18/05 2:15 PM Page 775 4 are like a puff of wind; We * our days are like a passing shadow. R 5 * Bow your heavens, O L , and come down; ORD touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. 6 * Hurl the lightning and scatter them; shoot out your arrows and rout them. 7 Stretch out your hand from on high; * rescue me and deliver me from the great waters, from the hand of foreign peoples, 8 * whose mouths speak deceitfully and whose right hand is raised in falsehood. R 9 * O God, I will sing to you a new song; I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre. 10 * Y ou give victory to rulers and have rescued David your servant. 11 * Rescue me from the hurtful sword and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples, whose mouths speak deceitfully * R and whose right hand is raised in falsehood. 12 May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, * and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace. 13 May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops; * may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands; 14 may our cattle be fat and sleek. May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, * no wailing in the public squares. 15 Happy are the people of whom this is so! * ORD R happy are the people whose God is the L ! Generous and bountiful God, give compassion to