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Liturgy for Contemporary Service in the Courtyard

June 23, 2022 6 pm

Entrance on 2700 block of Fifth Avenue 92103 (5th Ave. Side)

Thank you for joining us this evening for this outdoor worship service. Please follow along in this simple liturgy, based on the Doxology Life gathering at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Let us begin the evening in silence.

Regular text will be said by the leader, text in bold can be said in unison. Please participate as you feel led, or feel free to rest in quiet contemplation.

We are glad you are here.

Officiant: Stay with us, Christ, for it is evening.

All: Make your church bright with your radiance.

Officiant: Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Officiant: Let us pray.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for surrounding us, as daylight fades, with the brightness of the vesper light; and we implore you of your great mercy that, as you enfold us with the radiance of this light, so you would shine into our hearts the brightness of your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our Savior.

All: Amen.

The officiant now lights the candle at the Altar as you may light your own (electronic) candle. Please listen, watch, pray or keep silence.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:5.  

O Gracious Light

Led by officiant, said by all

O gracious light,
pure brightness of the everliving Father in heaven,
O Jesus Christ, holy and blessed!

Now as we come to the setting of the sun,
and our eyes behold the vesper light,
we sing your praises, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

You are worthy at all times to be praised by happy voices,
O Son of God, O Giver of Life,
and to be glorified through all the worlds. 


The Psalms

Psalm 105:23-45 

Israel came into Egypt,

    and Jacob became a sojourner in the land of Ham


The LORD made his people exceedingly fruitful; *

    he made them stronger than their enemies;


Whose heart he turned, so that they hated his people,

    and dealt unjustly with his servants.


He sent Moses his servant,

    and Aaron whom he had chosen.


They worked his signs among them,

    and portents in the land of Ham.


He sent darkness, and it grew dark;

    but the Egyptians rebelled against his words.


He turned their waters into blood

    and caused their fish to die.


Their land was overrun by frogs,

    in the very chambers of their kings.


He spoke, and there came swarms of insects

    and gnats within all their borders.


He gave them hailstones instead of rain,

    and flames of fire throughout their land.


He blasted their vines and their fig trees

    and shattered every tree in their country.


He spoke, and the locust came,

    and young locusts without number,


Which ate up all the green plants in their land

    and devoured the fruit of their soil.


He struck down the firstborn of their land,

    the first fruits of all their strength.


He led out his people with silver and gold;

    in all their tribes there was not one that stumbled.


Egypt was glad of their going,

    because they were afraid of them.


He spread out a cloud for a covering

    and a fire to give light in the night season.


They asked, and quails appeared,

    and he satisfied them with bread from heaven.


He opened the rock, and water flowed,

    so the river ran in the dry places.


For God remembered his holy word

    and Abraham his servant.


So he led forth his people with gladness,

    his chosen with shouts of joy.


He gave his people the lands of the nations,

    and they took the fruit of others’ toil,


That they might keep his statutes

    and observe his laws.


The Lesson

Matthew 20:17-28

A reading from the book of Matthew.

While Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside by themselves, and said to them on the way, ‘See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be handed over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death; then they will hand him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified; and on the third day he will be raised.’

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able.’ He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave; just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

The Reflection

Lead by Maya Little-Saña

Canticle / Poem

Hymn For the Hurting by Amanda Gorman



The people say in unison

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or

weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who

sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless

the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the

joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen. 

The Blessing and Dismissal

Said by Officiant.

May the road rise up to meet you.  May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


Alleluia, alleluia.  Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Thanks be to God.  Alleluia, alleluia!


Worship Leaders

Greeter – Pat Kreder 
Officiant – Susan Jester 
Lector – Ellen Hargus
Reflection – Maya Little-Saña 
Poem – Darien Delorenzo
Prayer – Joanna Airhart 
Music – Maya Little-Saña


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