Saturday morning January 12

Sunday morning
Thursday morning


Opening response

Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

Your light springs up for the righteous

and all the peoples have seen your glory.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,

king of the nations,

to you be praise and glory forever.

From the rising of the sun to its setting

your name is proclaimed in all the world.

As the Sun of Righteousness dawns in our hearts

anoint our lips with the seal of your Spirit

that we may witness to your gospel

and sing your praise in all the earth.

Blessed be God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God forever.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.

Silence is kept.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and forever.



With Glorious Clouds Encompassed Round

Charles Wesley

With glorious clouds encompassed round,

Whom angels dimly see,

Will the Unsearchable be found,

Or God appear to me?

Will he forsake his throne above,

Himself to worms impart?

Answer, thou Man of grief and love,

And speak it to my heart.

Didst thou not in our flesh appear,

And live and die below,

That I may now perceive thee near,

And my redeemer know?

Come, then, and to my soul reveal

The heights and depths of grace,

Those wounds which all my sorrows heal,

Which all my sins efface.

Then shall I see in his own light,

Whom angels dimly see:

And gaze, transported at the sight,

To all eternity.

Confession of sin

The Lord is compassionate and merciful,

very patient, and full of faithful love.

He doesn’t deal with us according to our sin

or repay us according to our wrongdoing.

Because as high as heaven is above the earth,

that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor him.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy God,

Holy and strong,

Holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

As far as east is from west—

that’s how far God has removed our sin from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,

that’s how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him.

Let my whole being bless the Lord.

Let everything inside me bless his holy name.

Let my whole being bless the Lord,

and never forget all his good deeds.

The Word of God

Psalm 96


Bow down to the Lord in his holy splendor!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Sing to the Lord! Bless his name!

Share the news of his saving work every single day!

Declare God’s glory among the nations;

declare his wondrous works among all people

because the Lord is great and so worthy of praise.

He is awesome beyond all other gods

because all the gods of the nations are just idols,

but it is the Lord who created heaven!

Greatness and grandeur are in front of him;

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Give to the Lord, all families of the nations—

give to the Lord glory and power!

Give to the Lord the glory due his name!

Bring gifts!

Enter his courtyards!

Bow down to the Lord in his holy splendor!

Tremble before him, all the earth!

Tell the nations, “The Lord rules!

Yes, he set the world firmly in place;

it won’t be shaken.

He will judge all people fairly.”

Let heaven celebrate! Let the earth rejoice!

Let the sea and everything in it roar!

Let the countryside and everything in it celebrate!

Then all the trees of the forest too

will shout out joyfully

before the Lord because he is coming!

He is coming to establish justice on the earth!

He will establish justice in the world rightly.

He will establish justice among all people fairly.

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.


Bow down to the Lord in his holy splendor!

Psalm prayer

Lord God, you draw us by your beauty

and transform us by your holiness;

let our worship echo all creation’s praise

and declare your glory to the nations;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 145


The Lord is great and so worthy of praise!

I will lift you up high, my God, the true king.

I will bless your name forever and always.

I will bless you every day.

I will praise your name forever and always.

The Lord is great and so worthy of praise!

God’s greatness can’t be grasped.

One generation will praise your works to the next one,

proclaiming your mighty acts.

They will talk all about the glorious splendor of your majesty;

I will contemplate your wondrous works.

They will speak of the power of your awesome deeds;

I will declare your great accomplishments.

They will rave in celebration of your abundant goodness;

they will shout joyfully about your righteousness:

“The Lord is merciful and compassionate,

very patient, and full of faithful love.

The Lord is good to everyone and everything;

God’s compassion extends, to all his handiwork!”

All that you have made gives thanks to you, Lord;

all your faithful ones bless you!

They speak of the glory of your kingdom;

they talk all about your power,

to inform all human beings about God’s power

and the majestic glory of God’s kingdom.

Your kingdom is a kingship that lasts forever;

your rule endures for all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all that he says,

faithful in all that he does.

The Lord supports all who fall down,

straightens up all who are bent low.

All eyes look to you, hoping,

and you give them their food right on time,

opening your hand

and satisfying the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways,

faithful in all his deeds.

The Lord is close to everyone who calls out to him,

to all who call out to him sincerely.

God shows favor to those who honor him,

listening to their cries for help and saving them.

The Lord protects all who love him,

but he destroys every wicked person.

My mouth will proclaim the Lord’s praise,

and every living thing will bless God’s holy name

forever and always.

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 Lord is great and so worthy of praise!

Psalm prayer

King of the universe,

you show the bright glory of your reign

in acts of mercy and enduring love;

raise the spirits of the downcast

and restore those who have fallen away,

that we may sing forever of your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 66:12-23

The Lord says:

Look, I’m extending prosperity to her like a river,

and the wealth of nations like an overflowing stream.

You will nurse and be carried on the hip

and bounced upon the knee.

As a mother comforts her child,

so I will comfort you;

in Jerusalem you will be comforted.

When you see this, your heart will rejoice;

your entire being will flourish like grass.

The Lord’s power will be known among his servants,

but his fury among his enemies.

The Lord will come with fire,

God’s chariots like a windstorm,

to repay in hot anger,

to rebuke with fiery flames.

With fire and with sword the Lord will judge all humanity;

many will be slain by the Lord.

Those who became holy and purify themselves, following their leader into the gardens, who eat pork, detestable animals, and mice, will meet their end together, says the Lord.

Because of their actions and thoughts, I’m coming to gather all nations and cultures. They will come to see my glory. I will put a sign on them, by sending out some of the survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Libya, and Lydia, and to the archers of Cilicia and Greece—distant coastlands that haven’t heard of my fame or seen my glory. They will declare my glory among the nations. They will bring your family members from all nations as an offering to the Lord—on horses, in chariots, in wagons, on mules, and on camels—to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the Lord, like Israelites bringing an offering in purified containers to the Lord’s house. I will select some of them as priests and Levites, says the Lord.

As the new heavens and the new earth that I’m making will endure before me, says the Lord,

so your descendants and your name will endure.

From month to month and from Sabbath to Sabbath,

all humanity will come to worship me, says the Lord.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
3 John

From the elder.

To my dear friend Gaius, whom I truly love.

Dear friend, I’m praying that all is well with you and that you enjoy good health in the same way that you prosper spiritually.

I was overjoyed when the brothers and sisters arrived and spoke highly of your faithfulness to the truth, shown by how you live according to the truth. I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth. Dear friend, you act faithfully in whatever you do for our brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers. They spoke highly of your love in front of the church. You all would do well to provide for their journey in a way that honors God, because they left on their journey for the sake of Jesus Christ without accepting any support from the Gentiles. Therefore, we ought to help people like this so that we can be coworkers with the truth.

I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, doesn’t welcome us. Because of this, if I come, I will bring up what he has done—making unjustified and wicked accusations against us. And as if that were not enough, he not only refuses to welcome the brothers and sisters but stops those who want to do so and even throws them out of the church! Dear friend, don’t imitate what is bad but what is good. Whoever practices what is good belongs to God. Whoever practices what is bad has not seen God.

Everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, even the truth itself. We also speak highly of him, and you know that what we say is true.

I have a lot to say to you, but I don’t want to use pen and ink. I hope to see you soon, and we will speak face-to-face.

Peace be with you. Your friends here greet you. Greet our friends there by name.

Silence may be kept.

Gospel canticle
The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)


This is the Christ, the Chosen of God, the one who will bring healing to the nations.

Bless the Lord God of Israel

because he has come to help and has delivered his people.

He has raised up a mighty savior for us in his servant David’s house,

just as he said through the mouths of his holy prophets long ago.

He has brought salvation from our enemies

and from the power of all those who hate us.

He has shown the mercy promised to our ancestors,

and remembered his holy covenant,

the solemn pledge he made to our ancestor Abraham.

He has granted that we would be rescued

from the power of our enemies

so that we could serve him without fear,

in holiness and righteousness in God’s eyes,

for as long as we live.

You, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High,

for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way.

You will tell his people how to be saved

through the forgiveness of their sins.

Because of our God’s deep compassion,

the dawn from heaven will break upon us,

to give light to those who are sitting in darkness

and in the shadow of death,

to guide us on the path of peace.”

Luke 1:68-79

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.


This is the Christ, the Chosen of God, the one who will bring healing to the nations.

Brief silence.

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.


Intercession and thanksgiving

Prayers may be offered for:

the day and its tasks

the world and its needs

the church and her life

Prayers may include the following concerns:

The unity of the church

The peace of the world

The healing of the sick

The revelation of Christ to those from whom his glory is hidden

All who travel

Other intercessions and supplications may be offered as the Holy Spirit leads.


Father, hear our prayer,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

O God,

who by the leading of a star

manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:

mercifully grant that we,

who know you now by faith,

may at last behold your glory face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever.


The Lord’s Prayer

Believing the promises of God, 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 sends us to the nations, give us the power of his Spirit.