Sunday, July 22
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
Bless our God, you peoples;* make the voice of his praise to be heard; Who holds our souls in life,* and will not allow our feet to slip.
Psalm 66:7–8

The Request for Presence
Hear my prayer, O LORD,* and give ear to my cry . . . For I am but a sojourner with you,* a wayfarer, as all my forebears were.
Psalm 39:13ff


The Greeting

O God, you have taught me since I was young,* and to this day I tell of your wonderful works.
Psalm 71:17

The Hymn

Listen to the Lambs, All a-Cryin’

Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’ Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’ Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’ All a-cryin’, all a-cryin’. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd, Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’; And carry the young lambs in his bosom. Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’; Come on sister with your ups and downs, Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’; Angels waiting for to give you a crown, Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’; Come on, sister, and don’t be ashamed, Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’; Angels waiting for to write your name, Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’; Mind out, brother, how you walk the cross, Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’; Foot might slip, and your soul get lost, Listen to the lambs, all a-cryin’.
Traditional

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in,* from this time forth for evermore.
Psalm 121:8

The Vespers Psalm

The LORD Is My Shepherd

The LORD is my shepherd;* I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures* and leads me beside still waters. He revives my soul* and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake. Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil;* for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me;* you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over. Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,* and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.
Psalm 23:1–6

The Refrain

The LORD shall watch over your going out and your coming in,* from this time forth for evermore.

The Cry of the Church

Even so, come Lord Jesus!

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be your Name. May your kingdom come, and 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. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

The Prayer Appointed for the Week

Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know my necessities before I ask and my ignorance in asking: Have compassion on my weakness, and mercifully give me those things which for my unworthiness I dare not, and for my blindness I cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ my Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Protect me, Lord, as I stay awake; watch over me as I sleep, that awake I may watch with Christ, and asleep, rest in his peace. Amen.