Thursday morning October 11

Friday morning
Wednesday morning


Opening response

Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God, creator of all,

to you be glory and praise forever.

You founded the earth in the beginning

and the heavens are the work of your hands.

In the fullness of time you made us in your image,

and in these last days you have spoken to us

in your Son Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh.

As we rejoice in the gift of your presence among us

let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,

your Spirit ever renew our lives

and your praises ever be on our lips.

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.



God Is Gone Up On High

Charles Wesley

God is gone up on high,

With a triumphant noise;

The clarions of the sky

Proclaim the angelic joys!

Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;

Glory ascribe to glory’s King.

God in the flesh below,

For us he reigns above:

Let all the nations know

Our Jesus’ conquering love!

Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;

Glory ascribe to glory’s King.

All power to our great Lord

Is by the Father given;

By angel hosts adored,

He reigns supreme in heaven:

Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;

Glory ascribe to glory’s King.

High on his holy seat

He bears the righteous sway;

His foes beneath his feet

Shall sink and die away:

Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;

Glory ascribe to glory’s King.

His foes and ours are one,

Satan, the world, and sin;

But he shall tread them down.

And bring his kingdom in:

Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;

Glory ascribe to glory’s King.

Till all the earth, renewed

In righteousness divine,

With all the hosts of God

In one great chorus join,

Join all on earth, rejoice and sing;

Glory ascribe to glory’s King.

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 113


From sunrise to sunset, let the Lord’s name be praised!

Praise the Lord!

You who serve the Lord—praise!

Praise the Lord’s name!

Let the Lord’s name be blessed

from now until forever from now!

From sunrise to sunset,

let the Lord’s name be praised!

The Lord is high over all the nations;

God’s glory is higher than the skies!

Who could possibly compare to the Lord our God?

God rules from on high;

he has to come down to even see heaven and earth!

God lifts up the poor from the dirt

and raises up the needy from the garbage pile

to seat them with leaders—

with the leaders of his own people!

God nests the once barren woman at home—

now a joyful mother with children!

Praise the Lord!

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.


From sunrise to sunset, let the Lord’s name be praised!

Psalm prayer

From sunrise to sunset,

we praise your name, Lord;

may your promise to raise the poor from the dust

and turn the fortunes of the needy upside down

be fulfilled in our time also,

as it was in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 115


The Lord remembers us and will bless us.

Not to us, Lord, not to us—

no, but to your own name give glory

because of your loyal love and faithfulness!

Why do the nations say,

“Where’s their God now?”

Our God is in heaven—

he can do whatever he wants!

Their idols are just silver and gold—

things made by human hands.

They have mouths, but they can’t speak.

They have eyes, but they can’t see.

They have ears, but they can’t hear.

They have noses, but they can’t smell.

They have hands, but they can’t feel.

They have feet, but they can’t walk.

They can’t even make a noise in their throats!

Let the people who made these idols

and all who trust in them

become just like them!

But you, Israel, trust in the Lord!

God is their help and shield.

Trust in the Lord, house of Aaron!

God is their help and shield.

You who honor the Lord, trust in the Lord!

God is their help and shield.

The Lord remembers us and will bless us:

God will bless the house of Israel;

God will bless the house of Aaron;

God will bless those who honor the Lord—

from the smallest to the greatest.

May the Lord add to your numbers—

both you and your children.

May you be blessed by the Lord,

the maker of heaven and earth!

The highest heaven belongs to the Lord,

but he gave the earth to all people.

The dead don’t praise the Lord,

nor do those who go down to silence.

But us? We will bless the Lord

from now until forever from now!

Praise the Lord!

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 remembers us and will bless us.

Psalm prayer

Living God,

defend us from the idols which our hearts enthrone,

that we may not go down into silence

but be raised to our heaven of heavens

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
2 Kings 19:1-19

When King Hezekiah heard this, he ripped his clothes, covered himself with mourning clothes, and went to the Lord’s temple. He sent Eliakim the palace administrator, Shebna the secretary, and the senior priests to the prophet Isaiah, Amoz’s son. They were all wearing mourning clothes. They said to him, “This is what Hezekiah says: Today is a day of distress, punishment, and humiliation. It’s as if children are ready to be born, but there’s no strength to see it through. Perhaps the Lord your God has heard all the words of the field commander who was sent by his master, Assyria’s king—how he insulted the living God—perhaps God will punish him for the words the Lord your God heard. Send up a prayer for those few people who still survive.”

When King Hezekiah’s servants got to Isaiah, Isaiah said to them, “Say this to your master: ‘This is what the Lord says: Don’t be afraid at the words you heard, which the officers of Assyria’s king have used to insult me. I’m about to put a spirit in him, so when he hears a rumor, he’ll go back to his own country. Then I’ll have him cut down by the sword in his own land.’”

The field commander heard that the Assyrian king had left Lachish. So he went back to the king and found him attacking Libnah. Then the Assyrian king learned that Cush’s King Tirhakah was on his way to fight against him. So he sent messengers to Hezekiah again, saying, “Say this to Judah’s King Hezekiah: Don’t let the God you trust in persuade you by saying, ‘Jerusalem won’t be handed over to the Assyrian king.’ You yourself have heard what Assyrian kings do to other countries, wiping them out. Is it likely that you will be saved? Did the gods of the nations destroyed by my fathers—Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, or the people of Eden in Telassar—save them? Where now is Hamath’s king, Arpad’s king, or the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena, or Ivvah?”

Hezekiah took the letters from the messengers and read them. Then he went to the temple and spread them out before the Lord. Hezekiah prayed to the Lord, saying, “Lord God of Israel, you sit enthroned on the winged creatures. You alone are God over all the earth’s kingdoms. You made both heaven and earth. Lord, turn your ear this way and hear! Lord, open your eyes and see! Listen to Sennacherib’s words. He sent them to insult the living God! It’s true, Lord, that the Assyrian kings have destroyed many nations and their lands. The Assyrians burned the gods of those nations with fire because they aren’t real gods. They are only man-made creations of wood and stone. That’s how the Assyrians could destroy them. So now, Lord our God, please save us from Sennacherib’s power! Then all the earth’s kingdoms will know that you, Lord, are the only true God.”

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Philippians 2:14-30

Do everything without grumbling and arguing so that you may be blameless and pure, innocent children of God surrounded by people who are crooked and corrupt. Among these people you shine like stars in the world because you hold on to the word of life. This will allow me to say on the day of Christ that I haven’t run for nothing or worked for nothing. But even if I am poured out like a drink offering upon the altar of service for your faith, I am glad. I’m glad with all of you. You should be glad about this in the same way. Be glad with me!

I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to see you soon so that I may be encouraged by hearing about you. I have no one like him. He is a person who genuinely cares about your well-being. All the others put their own business ahead of Jesus Christ’s business. You know his character, how he labors with me for the gospel like a son works with his father. So he is the one that I hope to send as soon as I find out how things turn out here for me. I trust in the Lord that I also will visit you soon.

I think it is also necessary to send Epaphroditus to you. He is my brother, coworker, and fellow soldier; and he is your representative who serves my needs. He misses you all, and he was upset because you heard he was sick. In fact, he was so sick that he nearly died. But God had mercy on him—and not just on him but also on me, because his death would have caused me great sorrow. Therefore, I am sending him immediately so that when you see him again you can be glad and I won’t worry. So welcome him in the Lord with great joy and show great respect for people like him. He risked his life and almost died for the work of Christ, and he did this to make up for the help you couldn’t give me.

Silence may be kept.

Gospel canticle
The Benedictus (The Song of Zechariah)


You have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered your holy covenant.

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.


You have shown the mercy promised to our ancestors, and remembered your holy covenant.

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:

Local government, community leaders

All who provide local services

Those who work with young or elderly people

Schools, colleges and universities

Emergency and rescue organizations

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


In faith we pray

We pray to you, our God.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

O God, forasmuch as without you

we are not able to please you;

mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit

may in all things direct and rule our hearts;

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

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.



The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life.