Liturgy for Prayers in the Park

December 3, 2020 6:00 P.M.

Beth Israel Park

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

Would you like to participate in next week’s service? This is a community driven service. Whether you would like to read something, contribute a spoken piece or musical offering, or help with organization- you are welcome! Please talk to Jeff or Christian, or email martinhaukj@stpaulcathedral.org or cgillette@edsd.org. You can also read more about the service here.

Table of Contents

Welcome

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 candles at the Altar are now lighted 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

In Unison

O gracious light, 

pure brightness of the ever living 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

Read responsively, the people responding with the text in bold.

Psalm 18:Part II Et retribuet mihi

21   The LORD rewarded me because of my righteous dealing; *

because my hands were clean he rewarded me;

22   For I have kept the ways of the LORD *

and have not offended against my God;

23   For all his judgments are before my eyes, *

and his decrees I have not put away from me;

24   For I have been blameless with him *

and have kept myself from iniquity;

25   Therefore the LORD rewarded me according to my righteous dealing, *

because of the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

26   With the faithful you show yourself faithful, O God; *

with the forthright you show yourself forthright.

27   With the pure you show yourself pure, *

but with the crooked you are wily.

28   You will save a lowly people, *

but you will humble the haughty eyes.

29   You, O LORD, are my lamp; *

my God, you make my darkness bright.

30   With you I will break down an enclosure; *

with the help of my God I will scale any wall.

31   As for God, his ways are perfect; the words of the LORD are tried in the fire; 

he is a shield to all who trust in him.

32   For who is God, but the LORD? *

who is the Rock, except our God?

33   It is God who girds me about with strength *

and makes my way secure.

34   He makes me sure-footed like a deer *

and lets me stand firm on the heights.

35   He trains my hands for battle *

and my arms for bending even a bow of bronze.

36   You have given me your shield of victory; *

your right hand also sustains me; your loving care makes me great.

37   You lengthen my stride beneath me, *

and my ankles do not give way.

38   I pursue my enemies and overtake them; *

I will not turn back till I have destroyed them.

39   I strike them down, and they cannot rise; *

they fall defeated at my feet.

40   You have girded me with strength for the battle; *

you have cast down my adversaries beneath me; you have put my enemies to flight.

41   I destroy those who hate me; they cry out, but there is none to help them; *

they cry to the LORD, but he does not answer.

42   I beat them small like dust before the wind; *

I trample them like mud in the streets.

43   You deliver me from the strife of the peoples; *

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.

46   The LORD lives! Blessed is my Rock! *

Exalted is the God of my salvation!

47   He is the God who gave me victory *

and cast down the peoples beneath me.

48   You rescued me from the fury of my enemies; you exalted me above those who rose against me; *

you saved me from my deadly foe.

49   Therefore will I extol you among the nations, O LORD, *

and sing praises to your Name.

50   He multiplies the victories of his king; *

he shows loving-kindness to his anointed, to David and his descendants for ever.

The Lesson

Luke 20:27-40

A reading from the Gospel according to Luke. 

Some Sadducees, those who say there is no resurrection, came to him and asked him a question, “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies, leaving a wife but no children, the man shall marry the widow and raise up children for his brother. Now there were seven brothers; the first married, and died childless; then the second and the third married her, and so in the same way all seven died childless. Finally the woman also died. In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For the seven had married her.” Jesus said to them, “Those who belong to this age marry and are given in marriage; but those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Indeed they cannot die anymore, because they are like angels and are children of God, being children of the resurrection. And the fact that the dead are raised Moses himself showed, in the story about the bush, where he speaks of the Lord as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Now he is God not of the dead, but of the living; for to him all of them are alive.” Then some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.” For they no longer dared to ask him another question.

The Reflection

Poem or Canticle

The people recite the text in bold in unison.

“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”

Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

Come, thou long expected Jesus,

born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us,

let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation,

hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation,

joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,

born a child and yet a King,

born to reign in us forever,

now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal spirit

rule in all our hearts alone;

by thine all sufficient merit,

raise us to thy glorious throne

The Prayers

Circle us, Lord

Circle us with the light of your presence, bright within this dark word

Enable us to be overcomers of fear and temptation

Enable us to be victors over sin and despair

Enable us to become that which you would desire

(Silent prayer)

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation

Circle us with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord

Circle our family within the shelter of your outstretched arms

Protect them in each moment of their daily lives

Protect them in the decisions that they face

Protect their homes and relationships

(Silent prayer)

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation

Circle our families with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord

Circle this nation with Advent love and hope

Create a desire to listen to the Advent message

Create a willingness to understand and respond

Create a need to reach out to the Christ Child

(Silent prayer)

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation

Circle our nation with the light of your presence

Circle us, Lord

Circle this world with the joy of your Salvation

Where there is sickness and disease bring healing

Where there is hunger and despair bring hope

Where there is torture and oppression bring release

(Silent prayer)

Lord of creation, Lord of Salvation

Circle this world with the light of your presence

Lord God, you choose the very least

And raise us up to greatness

For nothing is impossible with God

You take the weak, the poor and blind

And raise us out of darkness

For nothing is impossible with God

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. 

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods. 

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords: 

His love endures forever.

Teach us obedience, Lord

In every part of our lives

Ears to hear your word

Hands to do your work

Feet to walk your path

A heart for all your people

A mouth to shout your praise

A childlike faith

Humility

Confidence

That says

To the possible

And the impossible 

I am the Lord’s servant

May it be to me as you have said.

Amen.

The Blessing and Dismissal

Officiant:

God’s Blessing be with us, Christ’s peace be with us, the Spirit’s outpouring be with us, now and always. Amen

All: Amen.

Officiant:

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. 

All: Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia.

Please observe social distancing as you depart, do not linger, and check that your masks are still fitted properly.

Worship Leaders

Officiant: Stacey Klamen

Music: Maya Little-Saña

Psalm: Jairus Kleinert

Gospel: Susan Hunt Williams

Reflection: Joanna Airhart

Canticle/Poem: Christian Gillette

Prayers: Kara Nelson

Thank you FOR YOUR PLEDGE!

Because of you,

WE ARE RISING TOGETHR!

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