Saturday evening November 21

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Opening response

O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
All your faithful ones bless you
They make known the glory of your kingdom.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,
our light and our salvation,
to you be glory and praise forever.
Now, as darkness is falling,
wash away our transgressions,
cleanse us by your refining fire
and make us temples of your Holy Spirit.
By the light of Christ,
dispel the darkness of our hearts
and make us ready to enter your kingdom,
where songs of praise forever sound.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God forever.


Father, By Saints on Earth Adored

Charles Wesley

Father, by saints on earth adored,
By saints beyond the skies
Accept through Jesus Christ our Lord
Our evening sacrifice

If kept today from willful sin
We magnify thy grace:
Thou hast our kind preserver been,
And thine be all the praise

We live to testify the grace
Which sure salvation brings;
And sink tonight in thine embrace,
And rest beneath thy wings

But whether, Lord, we wake or sleep,
(The charge of love divine)
We trust thy providence to keep
Our souls forever thine.

Confession of sin

When we cry out to the Lord in our distress,
he will save us from our desperate circumstances.

God will bring us out of darkness
and out of the shadow of death.

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

A time of silence and self-examination may be kept.

May the Father forgive us
by the death of his Son
and strengthen us
to live in the power of the Spirit
all our days.

Let us thank the Lord for his faithful love,
and his wondrous works for all people.

Let us offer thanksgiving sacrifices
and declare what God has done in songs of joy.

cf Psalm 107

The Word of God

Psalm 78:40-72

Earth: Tremble before the Lord!
Tremble before the God of Jacob.

How often they rebelled against God in the wilderness
    and distressed him in the desert!
Time and time again they tested God,
    provoking the holy one of Israel.
They didn’t remember God’s power—
    the day when he saved them from the enemy;
    how God performed his signs in Egypt,
    his marvelous works in the field of Zoan.
God turned their rivers into blood;
    they couldn’t drink from their own streams.
God sent swarms against them to eat them up,
    frogs to destroy them.
God handed over their crops to caterpillars,
    their land’s produce to locusts.
God killed their vines with hail,
    their sycamore trees with frost.
God delivered their cattle over to disease,
    their herds to plagues.
God unleashed his burning anger against them—
    fury, indignation, distress,
    a troop of evil messengers.
God blazed a path for his wrath.
    He didn’t save them from death,
    but delivered their lives over to disease.
God struck down all of Egypt’s oldest males;
    in Ham’s tents, he struck their pride and joy.
God led his own people out like sheep,
    guiding them like a flock in the wilderness.
God led them in safety—they were not afraid!
    But the sea engulfed their enemies!
God brought them to his holy territory,
    to the mountain that his own strong hand had acquired.
God drove out the nations before them
        and apportioned property for them;
    he settled Israel’s tribes in their tents.
But they tested and defied the Most High God;
    they didn’t pay attention to his warnings.
They turned away, became faithless just like their ancestors;
    they twisted away like a defective bow.
They angered God with their many shrines;
    they angered him with their idols.
God heard and became enraged;
    he rejected Israel utterly.
God abandoned the sanctuary at Shiloh,
    the tent where he had lived with humans.
God let his power be held captive,
    let his glory go to the enemy’s hand.
God delivered his people up to the sword;
    he was enraged at his own possession.
Fire devoured his young men,
    and his young women had no wedding songs.
God’s priests were killed by the sword,
    and his widows couldn’t even cry.
But then my Lord woke up—
    as if he’d been sleeping!
Like a warrior shaking off wine,
    God beat back his foes;
    he made them an everlasting disgrace.
God rejected the tent of Joseph
    and didn’t choose the tribe of Ephraim.
Instead, he chose the tribe of Judah,
    the mountain of Zion, which he loves.
God built his sanctuary like the highest heaven
    and like the earth, which he established forever.
And God chose David, his servant,
    taking him from the sheepfolds.
God brought him from shepherding nursing ewes
    to shepherd his people Jacob,
    to shepherd his inheritance, Israel.
David shepherded them with a heart of integrity;
    he led them with the skill of his hands.

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen.

Earth: Tremble before the Lord!
Tremble before the God of Jacob.

Psalm prayer

God our shepherd,
in all our wanderings and temptations,
teach us to rest in your mercy
and trust in your defense;
through him who laid down his life for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Daniel 12

“At that time, Michael the great leader who guards your people will take his stand. It will be a difficult time—nothing like it has ever happened since nations first appeared. But at that time every one of your people who is found written in the scroll will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dusty land will wake up—some to eternal life, others to shame and eternal disgrace. Those skilled in wisdom will shine like the sky. Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and always. But you, Daniel, must keep these words secret! Seal the scroll until the end time! Many will stray far, but knowledge will increase.”

I, Daniel, looked and suddenly saw two other figures—one standing on each side of the stream. One said to the man clothed in white linen, who was farther upstream: “When will these astonishing things be over?”

I heard the man clothed in white linen, who was farther upstream, swear by the one who lives forever as he raised both hands to heaven: “For one set time, two set times, and half a set time. When the breaking of the holy people’s power is over, all these things will be over.”

I heard it, but I didn’t understand it. “My lord,” I said, “what will happen after all this?”

He said, “Get going now, Daniel, because these words must remain secret and sealed up until the end time. Many will purify, cleanse, and refine themselves, but the wicked will act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but those skilled in wisdom will understand. There will be one thousand two hundred ninety days from the time the daily sacrifice is stopped to the setting up of the desolating monstrosity. Happy is the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred thirty-five days. Now as for you, go on to the end. You will rest and will stand to receive your reward at the end of days.”

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Revelation 13:11-18

Then I saw another beast coming up from the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it was speaking like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence. It also makes the earth and those who live in it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. It does great signs so that it even makes fire come down from heaven to earth in the presence of the people. It deceives those who live on earth by the signs that it was allowed to do in the presence of the beast. It told those who live on earth to make an image for the beast who had been wounded by the sword and yet came to life again. It was allowed to give breath to the beast’s image so that the beast’s image would even speak and cause anyone who didn’t worship the beast’s image to be put to death. It forces everyone—the small and great, the rich and poor, the free and slaves—to have a mark put on their right hand or on their forehead. It will not allow anyone to make a purchase or sell anything unless the person has the mark with the beast’s name or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the one who understands calculate the beast’s number, for it’s a human being’s number. Its number is six hundred sixty-six.

Silence may be kept.

Gospel canticle
The Magnificat (The Song of Mary)

The righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom.

With all my heart I glorify the Lord!
In the depths of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.
He has looked with favor on the low status of his servant.
Look! From now on, everyone will consider me highly favored
because the mighty one has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.
He shows mercy to everyone,
from one generation to the next,
who honors him as God.
He has shown strength with his arm.
He has scattered those with arrogant thoughts and proud inclinations.
He has pulled the powerful down from their thrones
and lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away empty-handed.
He has come to the aid of his servant Israel,
remembering his mercy, 
just as he promised to our ancestors, 
to Abraham and to Abraham’s descendants forever.

Luke 1:46-55

Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen.

The righteous will shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom.

The Apostle’s Creed

Let us unite in this historic confession of the Christian faith:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.


Thanksgiving and intercession

Thanksgiving may be made for the day.
Intercessions are offered
for peace
for individuals and their needs


In faith we pray
We pray to you our God.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

Eternal Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.  

The Lord’s Prayer

Uniting our prayers with the whole company of heaven,
as our Savior taught us, so we pray

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.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and forever.


May Christ, who has opened the kingdom of heaven,
bring us to reign with him in glory.