A Service of Evening Prayer with Holy Communion

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Greeting

Light and peace in Jesus Christ our Lord. Thanks be to God.

 

Evening Prayer 

May God be with you.

And also with you.

Let us pray: 

We praise and thank you, O God, for you are without beginning and without end, 

Through Christ, you created the whole world; through Christ, you preserve it. 

You made the day for the works of light and the night for the refreshment of our minds and our bodies. 

Keep us now in Christ, grant us a peaceful evening, a night free from sin,

and bring us at last to eternal life.

Through Christ and in the Holy Spirit, we offer you all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever. Amen

 

Opening Music

 

Psalm 121

1I lift up my eyes to the hills—

    from where will my help come?

2 My help comes from the Lord,

    who made heaven and earth.

 

3 He will not let your foot be moved;

    he who keeps you will not slumber.

4 He who keeps Israel

    will neither slumber nor sleep.

 

5 The Lord is your keeper;

    the Lord is your shade at your right hand.

6 The sun shall not strike you by day,

    nor the moon by night.

 

7 The Lord will keep you from all evil;

    he will keep your life.

8 The Lord will keep

    your going out and your coming in

    from this time on and forevermore.

 

Psalm Prayer 

O God, ever wakeful, ever vigilant,

Your protection and loving care are always with us.

Even in times when evil seems rampant. 

In times of natural disaster.

In times of anxiety or grief.

You guard our going out and our coming in.

Through Jesus Christ we know your grace is sufficient. Amen. 

 

Scripture 

Old Testament Reading                Exodus 16:2-15

 

16:2 The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 16:3 The Israelites said to them, "If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

 

16:4 Then the LORD said to Moses, "I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not. 16:5 On the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather on other days."

 

16:6 So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, "In the evening you shall know that it was the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 16:7 and in the morning you shall see the glory of the LORD, because he has heard your complaining against the LORD. For what are we, that you complain against us?" 16:8 And Moses said, "When the LORD gives you meat to eat in the evening and your fill of bread in the morning, because the LORD has heard the complaining that you utter against him--what are we? Your complaining is not against us but against the LORD."

 

16:9 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Say to the whole congregation of the Israelites, 'Draw near to the LORD, for he has heard your complaining.'" 16:10 And as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the Israelites, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud.

 

16:11 The LORD spoke to Moses and said, 16:12 "I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, 'At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.'" 16:13 In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 16:14 When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. 16:15 When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the LORD has given you to eat.

 

The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God. 

 

Gospel Reading               Matthew 20:1-16

 

20:1 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 20:2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.

 

20:3 When he went out about nine o'clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 20:4 and he said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.' So they went.

 

20:5 When he went out again about noon and about three o'clock, he did the same. 20:6 And about five o'clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, 'Why are you standing here idle all day?' 20:7 They said to him, 'Because no one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard.'

 

20:8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, 'Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.' 20:9 When those hired about five o'clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.

 

20:10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage. 20:11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 20:12 saying, 'These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.' 20:13 But he replied to one of them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 20:14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?' 20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last."


The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God.

Homily

 

Special Music 

 

Prayers of Intercession

In peace, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For the peace of the world, that a spirit of respect and forbearance may grow among nations and peoples,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For those in positions of public trust, that they may serve justice

and promote the dignity and freedom of all people, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For a blessing upon the labors of all and for the right use of the riches of creation, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

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, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For this community, for those who are present and for those who are absent,

that we may be delivered from hardness of heart and may show forth your glory in all that we do,

we pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For our enemies and those who wish us harm and for all whom we have injured or offended,

let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For ourselves, for the forgiveness of our sins, and for the grace of the Holy Spirit to amend our lives,

let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

For all who commend themselves to our prayer: for our families, friends, and neighbors;

those names we lift aloud now ---

that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, let us pray to the Lord.

Lord, have mercy.

For all who have died in the faith of Christ, that with all the saints,

they may have rest in that place where there is no pain of grief by life eternal, let us pray to the Lord. 

Lord, have mercy.

In the communion of the Holy Spirit and of all the saints,

let us commend ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ our Lord. Amen

Invitation

Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,

who earnestly repent of their sin

and seek to live in peace with one another.

Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

 

Confession and Pardon

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 not heard the cry of the needy.

Forgive us, we pray.

Free us for joyful obedience,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Hear the good news:

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; 

that proves God's love toward us.

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

 

In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

Glory to God. Amen.

 

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them up to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

...we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

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.

 

… as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

 

...all honor and glory is yours, almighty God, now and forever. 

Amen.

 

The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,

and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

 

Breaking the Bread 

 

Sharing the Bread and Cup 

 

Prayer after Communion

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,

in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Benediction

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United Methodist Church

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703-670-4143

Serving the Community in Dale City, Manassas and Woodbridge VA

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