Tuesday, January 15
The Vespers Office To Be Observed on the Hour or Half Hour Between 5 and 8 p.m


The Call to Prayer
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.
Psalm 95:6–7

The Request for Presence
O LORD, watch over us* and save us from this generation for ever. The wicked prowl on every side,* and that which is worthless is highly prized by everyone.
Psalm 12:7–8


The Greeting

How glorious you are!* more splendid than the everlasting mountains!
Psalm 76:4

The Hymn

I am thine, O Lord, I have heard your voice, And it told your love to me; But I long to rise in the arms of faith And be closer drawn to thee. Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross where you have died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord To your precious bleeding side. Consecrate me now to your service, Lord, By the power of grace divine; Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, And my will be lost in thine. Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross where you have died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord To your precious bleeding side. O the pure delight of a single hour That before your throne I spend, When I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend! Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross where you have died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord To your precious bleeding side. I am thine, O Lord, I have heard your voice, And it told your love to me; But I long to rise in the arms of faith And be closer drawn to thee. Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross where you have died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord To your precious bleeding side. Consecrate me now to your service, Lord, By the power of grace divine; Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, And my will be lost in thine. Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross where you have died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord To your precious bleeding side. O the pure delight of a single hour That before your throne I spend, When I kneel in prayer, and with thee, my God, I commune as friend with friend! Draw me nearer, nearer, blessed Lord, To the cross where you have died. Draw me nearer, nearer, nearer, blessed Lord To your precious bleeding side.
Fanny Crosby

The Refrain for the Vespers Lessons

Tell it out among the nations: “The LORD is King!”
Psalm 96:10

The Vespers Psalm

He Shall Keep Me Safe

One thing have I asked of the LORD; one thing I seek;* that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life; To behold the fair beauty of the LORD* and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he shall keep me safe in his shelter;* he shall hide me in the secrecy of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock. Even now he lifts up my head* above my enemies round about me. Therefore I will offer in his dwelling an oblation with sounds of great gladness;* I will sing and make music to the LORD.
Psalm 27:5–9

The Refrain

Tell it out among the nations: “The LORD is King!”

The Gloria

Glory be to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, so it is now and so it shall ever be, world without end. Alleluia. Amen.

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, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ is the light of the world: Grant that your people, illumined by your Word and Sacraments, may shine with the radiance of Christ’s glory, that he may be known, worshipped, and obeyed to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, now and for ever. Amen.†

The Concluding Prayer of the Church

Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer,* nor withheld his love from me.
Psalm 66:18