Tuesday morning November 20

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Opening response

Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

All your faithful ones bless you.

They speak of the glory of your kingdom.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God,

ruler and judge of all,

to you be praise and glory forever.

In the darkness of this age that is passing away

may the light of your presence which the saints enjoy

surround our steps as we journey on.

May we reflect your glory this day

and so be made ready to see your face

in the heavenly city where night shall be no more.

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.



Being of Beings, God of Love

Charles Wesley

Being of beings, God of love,

To thee our hearts we raise;

Thy all-sustaining power we prove,

And gladly sing thy praise.

Thine, wholly thine, we pant to be;

Our sacrifice receive!

Made, and preserved, and saved by thee,

To thee ourselves we give.

Heavenward our every wish aspires

For all thy mercy’s store,

The sole return thy love requires,

Is that we ask for more.

For more we ask; we open then

Our hearts to embrace thy will,

Turn and revive us, Lord again,

With all thy fullness fill.

Come, Holy Ghost, the Savior’s love

Shed in our hearts abroad:

So shall we ever live and move,

And be with Christ in God.

Confession of sin

Come, Holy Spirit of God,

and search our hearts with the light of Christ.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

‘Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord,

and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your being, with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’

No other commandment is greater than these.

All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

After a period of reflection

Come, let us return to the Lord and say:

Lord our God,

in our sin we have avoided your call.

Our love for you is like a morning cloud,

like the dew that goes away early.

Have mercy on us;

deliver us from judgment;

bind up our wounds and revive us;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


cf Hosea 6

May almighty God,

who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,

bring us his pardon and peace, now and forever.


The Word of God

Psalm 48


We dwell on your faithful love, God.

In the city belonging to our God,

the Lord is great and so worthy of praise!

His holy mountain is a beautiful summit,

the joy of the whole world.

Mount Zion, in the far north,

is the city of the great king.

God is in its fortifications,

revealing himself as a place of safety.

Look: the kings assembled themselves,

advancing all together—

when they saw it, they were stunned;

they panicked and ran away frightened.

Trembling took hold of them right there—

like a woman giving birth,

or like the east wind when it smashes

the ships of Tarshish.

Just like we had heard,

now we’ve seen it for ourselves

in the city of the Lord of heavenly forces,

in the city of our God.

May God make it secure forever!

We dwell on your faithful love, God,

in your temple.

Your praise, God, just like your reputation,

extends to the far corners of the earth.

Your strong hand is filled with righteousness.

Let Mount Zion be glad;

let the towns of Judah rejoice

because of your acts of justice!

Walk around Zion;

go all the way around it;

count its towers.

Examine its defenses closely;

tour its fortifications

so that you may tell future generations:

“This is God,

our God, forever and always!

He is the one who will lead us

even to the very end.”

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.


We dwell on your faithful love, God.

Psalm prayer

Father of lights,

raise us with Christ to your eternal city,

that, with kings and nations,

we may wait in the midst of your temple

and see your glory forever and ever.

Psalm 52


I trust in God’s faithful love forever and always.

Hey, powerful person!

Why do you brag about evil?

God’s faithful love lasts all day long.

Your tongue devises destruction:

it’s like a sharpened razor, causing deception.

You love evil more than good;

you love lying more than speaking what is right.

You love all destructive words;

you love the deceiving tongue.

But God will take you down permanently;

he will snatch you up,

tear you out of your tent,

and uproot you from the land of the living!

The righteous will see and be in awe;

they will laugh at those people:

“Look at them! They didn’t make God their refuge.

Instead, they trusted in their own great wealth.

They sought refuge in it—to their own destruction!”

But I am like a green olive tree in God’s house;

I trust in God’s faithful love forever and always.

I will give thanks to you, God, forever,

because you have acted.

In the presence of your faithful people,

I will hope in your name because it’s so good.

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.


I trust in God’s faithful love forever and always.

Psalm prayer

Faithful and steadfast God,

nourish your people in this wicked world,

and, through prayer and the Scriptures,

give us our daily bread;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Daniel 8:15-27

Now I, Daniel, needed help understanding the vision I saw. Suddenly standing in front of me was someone who looked like a man. I then heard a human voice coming out of the center of the Ulai canal. It called out: “Gabriel, help this person understand what he has seen.”

Gabriel approached me, and I was terrified when he came. I fell with my face to the ground. Gabriel said to me, “Know this, human one: the vision is for the end time.” As soon as he said this to me, I fell into a trance. My face was still on the ground. Then Gabriel touched me and set me up on my feet.

He said, “Now, I am going to tell you what will happen during the time of doom that is coming, because at the appointed time there will be an end. The two-horned ram you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. The long-haired he-goat is the king of Greece, and the big horn between its eyes is the first king. The horn that snapped so that four came up in its place means that four kingdoms will come from one nation, but these four won’t have the strength of the first one.

When their kingship nears its end

and their sins are almost complete,

a king will step forward.

He will be stern and a master of deception.

At the height of his power,

he will wreak unbelievable destructions.

He will succeed in all he does.

He will destroy both the mighty

and the people of the holy ones.

Along with his cunning,

he will succeed by using deceit.

In his own mind, he will be great.

In a time of peace,

he will bring destruction on many,

opposing even the supreme leader.

But he will be broken—

and not by a human hand.

Now this vision of evening and morning, which has been announced, is true. But you must seal it up, because it is for days far in the future.”

Then I, Daniel, was overwhelmed and felt sick for days. When I finally got up and went about the king’s business, I remained troubled by the vision and couldn’t understand it.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Revelation 11:1-14

Then I was given a measuring rod, which was like a pole. And I was told, “Get up and measure God’s temple, the altar, and those who worship there. But don’t measure the court outside the temple. Leave that out, because it has been given to the nations, and they will trample the holy city underfoot for forty-two months.

“And I will allow my two witnesses to prophesy for one thousand two hundred sixty days, wearing mourning clothes. These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. If anyone wants to hurt them, fire comes out of their mouth and burns up their enemies. So if anyone wants to hurt them, they have to be killed in this way. They have the power to close up the sky so that no rain will fall for as long as they prophesy. They also have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with any plague, as often as they wish.

“When they have finished their witnessing, the beast that comes up from the abyss will make war on them, gain victory over them, and kill them. Their dead bodies will lie on the street of the great city that is spiritually called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. And for three and a half days, members of the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations will look at their dead bodies, but they won’t let their dead bodies be put in a tomb. Those who live on earth will rejoice over them. They will celebrate and give each other gifts, because these two prophets had brought such pain to those who live on earth.

“But after three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. Great fear came over those who saw them. Then they heard a loud voice from heaven say to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud, while their enemies watched them. At that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed by the earthquake, and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.”

The second horror is over. The third horror is coming soon.

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:

The saints on earth, that they may live as citizens of heaven

All people, that they may hear and believe the word of God

All who fear the winter months

All sovereigns and political leaders, that they may imitate the righteous rule of Christ

All who grieve or wait with the dying

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


Lord, in your mercy

hear our prayer.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son was revealed

to destroy the works of the devil

and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:

grant that we, having this hope,

may purify ourselves even as he is pure;

that when he shall appear in power and great glory

we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;

where he 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.