Thursday morning October 18

Friday morning
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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.



Infinite God, To Thee We Raise

Charles Wesley

Infinite God, to thee we raise

Our hearts in solemn songs of praise,

By all thy works on earth adored,

We worship thee, the common Lord;

The everlasting Father own,

And bow our souls before thy throne.

Thee all the choir of angels sings,

The Lord of hosts, the King of kings;

Cherubs proclaim thy praise aloud,

And seraphs shout the triune God;

And, holy, holy, holy, cry,

Thy glory fills both earth and sky!

Head of the martyrs’ noble host,

Of thee they justly make their boast;

The church, to earth’s remotest bounds,

Her heavenly Founder’s praise resounds;

And strives, with those around the throne,

To hymn the mystic three in one.

Father of endless majesty,

All might and love they render thee;

Thy true and only Son adore,

The same in dignity and power;

And God the Holy Ghost declare,

The saints’ eternal Comforter.

Confession of sin

O King enthroned on high,

filling the earth with your glory:

holy is your name,

Lord God almighty.

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

In our sinfulness we cry to you

to take our guilt away,

and to cleanse our lips to speak your word,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


May the God of all healing and forgiveness

draw us to himself,

and cleanse us from all our sins

that we may behold the glory of his Son,

the Word made flesh,

Jesus Christ our Lord.


The Word of God

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.

Psalm 146


The Lord will rule forever!

Praise the Lord!

Let my whole being praise the Lord!

I will praise the Lord with all my life;

I will sing praises to my God as long as I live.

Don’t trust leaders;

don’t trust any human beings—

there’s no saving help with them!

Their breath leaves them,

then they go back to the ground.

On that very same day, their plans die too.

The person whose help is the God of Jacob—

the person whose hope rests on the Lord their God—

is truly happy!

God: the maker of heaven and earth,

the sea, and all that is in them,

God: who is faithful forever,

who gives justice to people who are oppressed,

who gives bread to people who are starving!

The Lord: who frees prisoners.

The Lord: who makes the blind see.

The Lord: who straightens up those who are bent low.

The Lord: who loves the righteous.

The Lord: who protects immigrants,

who helps orphans and widows,

but who makes the way of the wicked twist and turn!

The Lord will rule forever!

Zion, your God will rule from one generation to the next!

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 will rule forever!

Psalm prayer

Lord of all,

our breath and being come from you,

yet our earthly end is dust;

as you loose the bound and feed the hungry,

so bring us in your mercy through the grave and gate of death

to the feast of eternal life,

where you reign forevermore.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 55

All of you who are thirsty, come to the water!

Whoever has no money, come, buy food and eat!

Without money, at no cost, buy wine and milk!

Why spend money for what isn’t food,

and your earnings for what doesn’t satisfy?

Listen carefully to me and eat what is good;

enjoy the richest of feasts.

Listen and come to me;

listen, and you will live.

I will make an everlasting covenant with you,

my faithful loyalty to David.

Look, I made him a witness to the peoples,

a prince and commander of peoples.

Look, you will call a nation you don’t know,

a nation you don’t know will run to you

because of the Lord your God,

the holy one of Israel, who has glorified you.

Seek the Lord when he can still be found;

call him while he is yet near.

Let the wicked abandon their ways

and the sinful their schemes.

Let them return to the Lord so that he may have mercy on them,

to our God, because he is generous with forgiveness.

My plans aren’t your plans,

nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.

Just as the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways,

and my plans than your plans.

Just as the rain and the snow come down from the sky

and don’t return there without watering the earth,

making it conceive and yield plants

and providing seed to the sower and food to the eater,

so is my word that comes from my mouth;

it does not return to me empty.

Instead, it does what I want,

and accomplishes what I intend.

Yes, you will go out with celebration,

and you will be brought back in peace.

Even the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you;

all the trees of the field will clap their hands.

In place of the thorn the cypress will grow;

in place of the nettle the myrtle will grow.

This will attest to the Lord’s stature,

an enduring reminder that won’t be removed.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Luke 1:1-4

Many people have already applied themselves to the task of compiling an account of the events that have been fulfilled among us. They used what the original eyewitnesses and servants of the word handed down to us. Now, after having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, I have also decided to write a carefully ordered account for you, most honorable Theophilus. I want you to have confidence in the soundness of the instruction you have received.

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.


Father, by your Spirit

Bring in your kingdom.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

God, the giver of life,

whose Holy Spirit wells up within your church:

by the Spirit's gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ

and make us eager to do your will,

that we may share with the whole creation

the joys of eternal life;

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.