Sunday, September 24
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m.


The Call to Prayer
But I will call upon God,* and the LORD will deliver me. In the evening, in the morning, and at noonday, I will complain and lament,* and he will hear my voice. He will bring me safely back . . . God, who is enthroned of old, will hear me.
Psalm 55:17ff

The Request for Presence
I cry out to you, O LORD;* I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.”
Psalm 142:5


The Greeting

I will confess you among the peoples, O LORD;* I will sing praises to you among the nations.
Psalm 108:3

The Hymn

Stand By Me

When the storms of life are raging, Stand by me; When the world is tossing me, Like a ship upon the sea; You who rule the wind and water, Stand by me. In the midst of tribulation, Stand by me; When the hosts of hell assail, And my strength begins to fail, You who never lost a battle, Stand by me. In the midst of faults and failures, Stand by me; When I do the best I can, And my friends misunderstand, You who know all about me, Stand by me. When I’m growing old and feeble, Stand by me; When my life becomes a burden, And I’m nearing chilly Jordan, O You “Lily of the Valley,” Stand by me.
Charles A. Tindley

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

The LORD will hear the desire of the humble;* you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear . . .
Psalm 10:18

The Vespers Psalm

We Wish You Well in the Name of the LORD

“Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth,”* let Israel now say; “Greatly have they oppressed me since my youth,* but they have not prevailed against me.” The plowmen plowed upon my back* and made their furrows long. The LORD, the Righteous One,* has cut the cords of the wicked. Let them be put to shame and thrown back,* all those who are enemies of Zion. Let them be like grass upon the housetops,* which withers before it can be plucked; Which does not fill the hand of the reaper,* nor the bosom of him who binds the sheaves; So that those who go by say not so much as,* “The LORD prosper you. We wish you well in the Name of the LORD.”
Psalm 129

The Refrain

The LORD will hear the desire of the humble;* you will strengthen their heart and your ears shall hear . . .

The Small Verse

The Lord is my shepherd and nothing is wanting to me. In green pastures He hath settled me.
THE SHORT BREVIARY

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

Grant that I, Lord, may not be anxious about earthly things, but love things heavenly; and even now, while I am placed among things that are passing away, hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Lead me not into temptation. Deliver me from evil. Yours are the kingdom and the glory.