We light the Evening Vesper Candle and say or sing:

Light and peace in Jesus Christ our Love! ~Thanks be to God!


Sunday Evening Hymn

Blessing and honor and glory and pow’r,

Wisdom and riches and strength evermore,

Give we to God who our battle has won,

Whose are the kin-dom, the crown and the throne.


Hear through the heavens the sound of God’s Name,

While rings the Earth with God’s glory and fame.

Ocean and mountains, stream forest and flow’r

Echo God’s praises and tell of God’s pow’r.


Ever ascending the song and the prayer;

Ever descending the love that we share;

Blessing and honor and glory and praise–

This is the theme of the hymn that we raise.


Let us give glory and praise to the Lamb,

Taking the robe and the harp and the palm;

Singing the song of the Lamb that was slain,

Dying in weakness, but rising to reign.

Text: Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), alt; Tune: O QUANTA QUALIA (Paris Antiphoner, 1681).

Thanksgiving for the Light

Let us give thanks to the God of Light, always and for everything.

~In the name of Jesus Christ.


Blessed are you Adonai our God, the Creator and Ruler of all that exists.  You shaped the heavens and daily bless us with their radiant light, the sacrament of that undying light, which fills our hearts and minds.  As night approaches, we thank you for the power to create the light which dispels the darkness around us.  Be with us still, enlighten our hearts with your glory and lead us to the fullness of your splendor.  All honor and blessing be to you through Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, and in the Holy Spirit who enables us to sing your praise now and forever.    Amen!




Our God answers to no one

in heaven or on earth.

Psalm 113b/115

Not to us, Adonai, not to us,

but to your Name give the glory;

because of your love and your truth,

lest the nations say, “Where is their God?”


But our God is in the heavens

and answers to no one.

Their gods are crafted by hand

nothing more than silver or gold.


They have mouths that are mute

and eyes that are blind;

they have ears that are deaf

and noses that cannot smell.


With their hands they cannot feel;

their feet cannot walk.

No sound comes from their throats,

their makers will come to be  like them

and so will all who worship and trust in them.


Let all of Israel trust in Adonai

who is their help and their shield.

Let the house of Aaron trust in Adonai

who is their help and their shield.


All who reverence God, trust in Adonai,

for God is your help and your shield.

God remembers us and will bless us;

will bless the house of Israel

and bless the house of Aaron.


Adonai will bless those who worship

the little no less than the great.

May God bless  and grant you increase,

for you and for all your children.


May you be truly blest by Adonai,

the maker of heaven and earth.

The heavens belong to Adonai

but the Earth is entrusted to us.


The dead do not sing God’s praises

nor those who go down into silence;

but we who live bless Adonai

now and forever, Amen. Alleluia!

Our God answers to no one

in heaven or on earth.

READING           II Thessalonians 3:1-5

Brothers and sisters, pray for us,
so that the word of Christ may speed forward and be glorified,
as it did among you,
and that we may be delivered from perverse and wicked people,
for not all have faith.
But our God is faithful;
and will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.
We are confident of you in Christ Jesus that what we instruct you,
you are doing and will continue to do.
May the Spirit direct your hearts to the love of God
and to the endurance of Christ.


R.  The Word became flesh and made a dwelling among us. *And we have seen the glory, such glory as befits the Abba’s only Son, full of grace and truth.   V.  Wisdom appeared on earth and lived among us.  *And we have seen the glory, such glory as befits the Abba’s only Son, full of grace and truth. V. Glory to the Abba and to the Word and to the Holy Breath of Love.



God is not the God of dead but of the living

and all are alive in God.

Canticle from Revelation

Salvation and glory and power

belong to our God, alleluia!

God’s judgments are true and just.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Praise our God

all you servants, alleluia!

Those reverencing with awe,

both small and great.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Adonai our God,

the Almighty reigns, alleluia!

Let us rejoice and exult,

giving God the glory.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

The marriage of the Lamb has come,

And his bride has made herself ready.

She has been given for her clothing,

fine linen, glistening and pure.

R.  Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Glory to the Abba and the Word,

and the Holy Breath

As always before,

so now and evermore. Amen!

God is not the God of dead but of the living

and all are alive in God.


Litany of Intercession

For those invited to the Feast which God prepares each day, but refuse to join with the poor, rejected, abandoned or forsaken, and choose instead to eat what fails to satisfy…


For those who are charged with preparing the Feast and welcoming all, but refuse to admit those who are literally hungry, thirsty, or do not adhere to community standards…


For those who mistreat or kill the messengers of peace; and those who seek revenge…


For those who come to the feast but are unwilling to put on the love which is the perfect bond of unity and the wedding garment of the reign of God…


Prayer of Jesus

Our Dear Abba in heaven..  



Closing Prayer & Blessing

God of Life and Love, you sent Jesus to announce the Reign of Heaven in parables and in  his way of living and loving among us.  Each day you prepare a banquet to celebrate the marriage of heaven and earth; may we accept your invitation, vest ourselves in the wedding garment of all-inclusive love, and join with the rest of Earthkind in the daily feast. For yours is the power and the glory of love, now and forever. ~Amen.


May the God who invites all to the feast, bless us and all Earthkind with freedom and the fulness of life.  ~Amen 


Let us bless Adonai.

~Thanks be to God.


 Those who wish may end evening prayer with the Marian Antiphon.

Salve Regina, Mater misericordiae, Vita dulcedo et Spes nostra, salve! Ad te clamamus, exsules filii Evae; Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum vale. Eia, ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos, ad nos converte; et Jesum benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis, post hoc exilium ostende.  O Clemens, O Pia, O Dulcis, Virgo Maria!