St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. Matthews Evangelical Lutheran Church – A Discipleship Center, Wilmington, NC

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Morning Prayer (Matins)

L: O Lord, open my lips,

C: and my mouth shall declare your praise.

C: 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.

C: Alleluia! Alleluia! [Alleluias are omitted in Lent.]

L: Give glory to God, our light and our life.

C: Oh, come, let us worship Him.

C: Oh, come, let us sing to the Lord; let us shout for joy to the rock of our salvation.

Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving and raise a loud shout to Him with psalms.

For the Lord is a great God and a great king above all gods.

In His hands are the caverns of the earth; the heights of the hills are also His.

The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands have molded the dry land.

Oh, come, let us bow down and bend the knee, and kneel before the Lord our maker.

For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand.

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.

L: Give glory to God, our light and our life.

C: Oh, come, let us worship Him.

Other psalms appointed for daily prayer are read.

A hymn may be sung.

The appointed lessons for the day are read.

L: In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets.

C: But now in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son.

C: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; He has come to His people and set them free.

He has raised up for us a mighty Savior, born of the house of His servant David.

Through His holy prophets He promised of old that He would save us from our enemies, from the hands of all who hate us.

He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant.

This was the oath He swore to our father Abraham: to set us free from the hands of our enemies, free to worship Him without fear, holy and righteous in His sight all the days of our life.

You, my child, shall be called the prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His way, to give His people knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of their sins.

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.

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 Prayer of the Day is said. Other Prayers may be said concluding with:

L: O Lord, almighty and everlasting God, you have brought us in safety to this new day;

Preserve us with your mighty power, that we may not fall into sin, nor be overcome in adversity; and in all we do, direct us to the fulfilling of your purpose; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

L: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

L: Let us bless the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

L: The Lord almighty bless us, and direct our days and our deeds in His peace.

C: Amen.

The text of the order for Morning Prayer is reprinted in part from LUTHERAN BOOK OF WORSHIP, copyright © 1978, by permission of Augsburg Fortress. [License on file in the administrative offices of the parish church.]

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Responsive Prayer 1 (Suffrages)

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For use in the morning.

L: Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

C: have mercy and hear us.

C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day He rose again.

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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.

L: O Lord, I cry to you for help

C: In the morning my prayer comes before you.

L: Give me the joy of your saving help again

C: and sustain me with your bountiful Spirit.

L: Let my mouth be full of your praise

C: and your glory all the day long.

L: Every day will I praise you,

C: and praise your name forever and ever.

L: Awesome things will you show us in your righteousness,

C: O God of our salvation, O hope of all the ends of the earth and of the seas that are far away.

L: Bless the Lord, O my soul,

C: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

L: He redeems my life from the grave,

C: and crowns me with mercy and loving-kindness.

L: Lord, hear my prayer,

C: and let my cry come before you.

L: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

L: Let us pray… [See the Prayer of the Day is listed on the Daily Lessons page]

C: Amen.

L: We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have protected us through the night from all danger and harm. We ask you to preserve and keep us, this day also, from all sin and evil, that in all our thoughts, words, and deeds we may serve and please you. Into your hands we commend our bodies and souls and all that is ours. Let your holy angels have charge of us, that the wicked one have no power over us.

C: Amen.

L: Let us bless the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

L: The Lord almighty order our days and our deeds in his peace.

C: Amen.

Responsive Prayer 2 (Suffrages)

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For use at other times of day and before travel.

L: Holy God, holy and mighty, holy and immortal,

C: have mercy and hear us.

C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come,

Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread;

And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom,

And the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

C: I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord.

He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.

He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.

He descended into hell.

On the third day He rose again.

He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

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.

L: Show us your mercy, O Lord,

C: and grant us your salvation.

L: Clothe your ministers with righteousness.

C: Let your people sing with joy.

L: Give peace, O Lord, in all the world;

C: for only in you can we live in safety.

L: Lord, keep this nation under your care,

C: and guide us in the way of justice and truth.

L: Let your way be known upon earth;

C: your saving health among all nations.

L: Let not the needy, O Lord, be forgotten,

C: nor the hope of the poor be taken away.

L: Create in us clean hearts, O God,

C: and sustain us with your Holy Spirit.

L: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. [The Prayer of the Day is said. Additional prayers may follow.]

Then the final prayer, appropriate to the time of day, is said:

NOON

L: Gracious Jesus, our Lord and our God, at this hour you bore our sins in your own body on the tree so that we, being dead to sin, might live unto righteousness. Have mercy upon us now and at the hour of our death, and grant to us, your servants, with all others who devoutly remember your blessed Passion, a holy and peaceful life in this world and, through your grace, eternal glory in the life to come; where, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign, God forever.

C: Amen.

AFTER NOON

L: Heavenly Father, in whom we live and move and have our being: We humbly pray you so to guide and govern us by your Holy Spirit, that in all the cares and occupations of our life we may not forget you, but remember that we are ever walking in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

EVENING

L: We give thanks to you, heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ your dear Son, that you have this day so graciously protected us. We beg you to forgive us all our sins and the wrong which we have done. By your great mercy defend us from all the perils and dangers of this night. Into your hands we commend our bodies and souls, and all that is ours. Let your holy angels have charge of us, that the wicked one have no power over us.

C: Amen.

BEFORE TRAVEL

L: Lord God our Father, you kept Abraham and Sarah in safety throughout the days of their pilgrimage, you led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea, and by a star you led the Wise Men to the infant Jesus. Protect and guide us now in this time as we set out to travel, make our ways safe and our homecomings joyful, and bring us at last to our heavenly home, where you dwell in glory with your Son and the Holy Spirit, God forever.

C: Amen.

L: Let us bless the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

L: The Lord bless us, defend us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life.

C: Amen.

The text of the order for Responsive Prayer 2 is reprinted in part from LUTHERAN BOOK OF WORSHIP, copyright © 1978, by permission of Augsburg Fortress. [License on file in the administrative offices of the parish church.]

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Evening Prayer (Vespers)

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L: Jesus Christ is the Light of the world,

C: the light not darkness can overcome.

L: Stay with us Lord, for it is evening,

C: and the day is almost over.

L: Let your light scatter the darkness,

C: and illumine your Church.

L: Joyous light of glory:

C: Of the immortal Father, heavenly, holy, blessed Jesus Christ. We have come to the setting of the sun, and we look to the evening light. We sing to God, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: You are worthy of being praised with pure voices forever. O Son of God, O Giver of life: The universe proclaims your glory.

L: The Lord be with you.

C: And also with you.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C: It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

L: Blessed are you, O Lord our God, king of the universe, who led your people Israel by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night: Enlighten our darkness by the light of your Christ; may His Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for you are merciful, and you love your whole creation, and we, your creatures glorify you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

C: Amen.

C: Let my prayer rise before you as incense; the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. O Lord, I call to you; come to me quickly; hear my voice when I cry to you. Let my prayer rise before you as incense; the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord, and guard the door of my lips. Let not my heart incline to any evil thing: let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers. But my eyes are turned to you, Lord God; in you I take refuge. Strip me not of my life. 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. Let my prayer rise before you as incense; the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

Silence for meditation.

L: Let the incense of our repentant prayer ascend before you, O Lord, and let your loving-kindness descend upon us, that with purified minds we may sing your praises with the Church on earth and the whole heavenly host, and may glorify you forever and ever.

C: Amen.

Additional psalms appointed for the evening are said.

A hymn may be sung.

The lessons appointed for the day are read.

L: In many and various ways God spoke to His people of old by the prophets.

C: But now in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son.

C: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on His lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed. The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. He has mercy on those who fear Him in every generation. He has shown the strength of His arm; He has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has come to the help of His servant Israel, for He has remembered His promise of mercy, the promise He made to our fathers, to Abraham and His children forever. 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 Prayer of the Day is said. Other Prayers may follow.

L: Rejoicing in the fellowship of all the saints, let us commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life to Christ, our Lord.

C: To you, O Lord.

L: O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey your commandments; and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever.

C: Amen.

L: Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray:

C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

L: Let us bless the Lord.

C: Thanks be to God.

L: The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us. Amen.

The text of the order for Evening Prayer is reprinted in part from LUTHERAN BOOK OF WORSHIP, copyright © 1978, by permission of Augsburg Fortress. [License on file in the administrative offices of the parish church.]

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Prayer at the Close of Day (Compline)

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L: The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last.

C: Amen.

L: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,

C: to sing praise to your name, O Most High;

L: to herald your love in the morning,

C: your truth at the close of the day.

A Hymn is sung.

The Confession follows.

L: Holy and gracious God,

C: I confess that I have sinned against you this day. Some of my sin I know – the thoughts and words and deeds of which I am ashamed – but some is known only to you. In the name of Jesus Christ I ask forgiveness. Deliver and restore me, that I may rest in peace.

L: By the mercy of God we are united with Jesus Christ, and in Him we are forgiven. We rest now in His peace and rise in the morning to serve Him.

The Psalmody follows. One or more psalms (4, 33, 34, 91, 134, 136) are said. Silence for meditation follows each psalm.

As a Brief Lesson, one or more of the following are read.

You are in our midst, O Lord, and you have named us yours; do not forsake us, O Lord our God. (Jeremiah 14:9)

Come to me, all whose work is hard, whose load is heavy, and I will give you rest. Bend your necks to my yoke, and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble-hearted; and you will find rest. For my yoke is good to bear, my load is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Peace is my parting gift to you, my own peace, such as the world cannot give. Set your troubled hearts at rest, and banish your fears. (John 14:27)

I am convinced that there is nothing in death or life, in the realm of spirits or superhuman powers, in the world as it is or the world as it shall be, in the forces of the universe, in heights or depths – nothing in all creation that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)

Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand and he will lift you up in due time. Cast all your cares on him, for you are his charge. Be sober, be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith. (1 Peter 5:6-9a)

L: Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

C: Into your hands I commend my spirit.

L: You have redeemed me, O Lord, God of truth.

C: Into your hands I commend my spirit.

L: Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

C: Into your hands I commend my spirit.

The Hymn is sung.

L: Hear my prayer, O Lord;

C: listen to my cry.

L: Keep me as the apple of your eye;

C: hide me in the shadow of your wings.

L: In righteousness I shall see you;

C: when I awake, your presence will give me joy.

One or more of the following prayers are said.

L: Be present, merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of life may find our rest in you; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

L: Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and drive from them all the snares of the enemy; let your holy angels dwell with us to preserve us in peace; and let your blessing be upon us always, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

L: Eternal God, the hours both of 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; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

C: Amen.

L: Gracious Lord, we give you thanks for the day, especially for the good we were permitted to give and to receive; the day is now past and we commit it to you. We entrust you the night; we rest in surety, for you are our help, and you neither slumber nor sleep.

C: Amen.

C: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

L: Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.

C: Lord, now 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. 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. Guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping: that awake we may watch with Christ and asleep we may rest in peace.

L: The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us.

C: Amen.
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The text of the order for Prayer at the Close of Day is reprinted in part from LUTHERAN BOOK OF WORSHIP, copyright © 1978, by permission of Augsburg Fortress. [License on file in the administrative offices of the parish church.]