Good Evening, Lord!

Words of Comfort

Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome.[1]

Prayer of Confession

Visit our dwellings, O Lord, and in Your great mercy defend us from all perils and dangers of this night. Lead us to repentance for our sins, trusting in Your forgiveness which is ours for the sake of Your only Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.[2]

Catechism Reflections

The Sacrament of Holy Baptism: Third

How can water do such great things?

Certainly not just water, but the word of God in and with the water does these things, along with the faith which trusts this word of God in the water. For without God’s word the water is plain water and no Baptism. But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is, a life-giving water, rich in grace, and a washing of the new birth in the Holy Spirit, as St. Paul says in Titus, chapter three: “He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, who He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. This is a trustworthy saying.

Questions for Meditation

What does this reading teach you?

What does this reading lead you to be thankful for?

What behavior, thought, or attitude does this reading challenge? What sin does it lead you to confess?

How might you pray for God to have a richer impact on your life through this reading?

Petitions of the Lord’s Prayer

“But deliver us from evil.”

Dear Father, please rescue us from every evil of body and soul, possessions and reputation, and finally, when our last hour comes, give us a blessed end, and graciously take us from this valley of sorrow to heaven, where will live eternally with You, and with Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever. Amen.

Verse of Benediction

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD forever. (Ps. 23:6 ESV)

[1] Lutheran Service Book, Concordia Publishing House, p. 243 – This liturgical verse comes from Evening Prayer and refers to John 8:12 and John 1:5

[2] Lutheran Service Book, Concordia Publishing House, p. 298 – Adapted from the concluding prayer.