Thursday morning November 22

Friday morning
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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.


Blest Be Our Everlasting Lord

Charles Wesley

Blest be our everlasting Lord,

Our Father, God, and King!

Thy sovereign goodness we record,

Thy glorious power we sing.

By thee the victory is given:

The majesty divine,

Wisdom and might, and earth and heaven,

And all therein are thine.

The kingdom, Lord, is thine alone,

Who dost thy right maintain,

And high on thine eternal throne,

Over men and angels reign.

Riches, as seemeth good to thee,

Thou dost, and honor give;

And kings their power and dignity

Out of thy hand receive.

Thou hast on us the grace bestowed,

Thy greatness to proclaim;

And therefore now thank we our God,

And praise thy glorious name.

Thy glorious name, thy nature’s powers,

Thou hast to man made known;

And all the Deity is ours,

Through thy incarnate Son.

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 61


You are my refuge, Lord, a tower of strength in the face of the enemy.

God, listen to my cry;

pay attention to my prayer!

When my heart is weak,

I cry out to you from the very ends of the earth.

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I am

because you have been my refuge,

a tower of strength in the face of the enemy.

Please let me live in your tent forever!

Please let me take refuge

in the shelter of your wings!

Because you, God, have heard my promises;

you’ve given me the same possession

as those who honor your name.

Add days to the king’s life!

Let his years extend for many generations!

Let him be enthroned forever before God!

Make it so love and faithfulness watch over him!

Then I will sing praises to your name forever,

and I will do what I promised every single day.

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 are my refuge, Lord, a tower of strength in the face of the enemy.

Psalm prayer

Risen Christ,

as you knew the discipline of suffering

and the victory that brings us salvation,

so grant us your presence in our weakness

and a place in your unending kingdom

now and forevermore.

Psalm 62


I must find rest in God only, because my hope comes from him!

Only in God do I find rest;

my salvation comes from him.

Only God is my rock and my salvation—

my stronghold!—I won’t be shaken anymore.

How long will all of you attack others;

how long will you tear them down

as if they were leaning walls or broken-down fences?

The only desire of this people

is to bring others down low;

they delight in deception.

With their mouths they bless,

but inside they are cursing.

Oh, I must find rest in God only,

because my hope comes from him!

Only God is my rock and my salvation—

my stronghold!—I will not be shaken.

My deliverance and glory depend on God.

God is my strong rock.

My refuge is in God.

All you people: Trust in him at all times!

Pour out your hearts before him!

God is our refuge!

Human beings are nothing but a breath.

Human beings are nothing but lies.

They don’t even register on a scale;

taken all together they are lighter than a breath!

Don’t trust in violence;

don’t set false hopes in robbery.

When wealth bears fruit,

don’t set your heart on it.

God has spoken one thing—

make it two things—

that I myself have heard:

that strength belongs to God,

and faithful love comes from you, my Lord—

and that you will repay

everyone according to their deeds.

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 must find rest in God only, because my hope comes from him!

Psalm prayer

God, teach us to seek security,

not in money or theft,

not in human ambition or malice,

not in our own ability or power,

but in you, the only God,

our rock and our salvation.

Old Testament reading
Daniel 9:20-27

While I was still speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sins of my people Israel—while I was still praying my prayer for help to the Lord my God about my God’s holy mountain— while I was still speaking this prayer, the man Gabriel approached me at the time of the evening offering. This was the same Gabriel I had seen in my earlier vision. He was weary with exhaustion.

He explained as he spoke with me: “Daniel, here’s why I’ve come: to give you insight and understanding. When you began making your requests, a word went out, and I’ve come to tell it to you because you are greatly treasured. So now understand this word and grasp the meaning of this vision! Seventy weeks are appointed for your people and for your holy city to complete the rebellion, to end sins, to cover over wrongdoing, to bring eternal righteousness, to seal up prophetic vision, and to anoint the most holy place.

“So you must know and gain wisdom about this: There will be seven weeks from the moment the word went out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until a leader is anointed. And for sixty-two weeks the city will be rebuilt with a courtyard and a moat. But in difficult times, after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one will be eliminated. No one will support him. The army of a future leader will destroy the city and the sanctuary. His end will come in a flood, but devastations will be decreed until the end of the war. For one week, he will make a strong covenant with many people. For a half-week, he will stop both sacrifices and offerings. In their place will be the desolating monstrosities until the decreed destruction sweeps over the devastator.”

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Revelation 12:1-17

Then a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant, and she cried out because she was in labor, in pain from giving birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: it was a great fiery red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven royal crowns on his heads. His tail swept down a third of heaven’s stars and threw them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth so that when she gave birth, he might devour her child. She gave birth to a son, a male child who is to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was snatched up to God and his throne. Then the woman fled into the desert, where God has prepared a place for her. There she will be taken care of for one thousand two hundred sixty days.

Then there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, but they did not prevail, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. So the great dragon was thrown down. The old snake, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world, was thrown down to the earth; and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say,

“Now the salvation and power and kingdom of our God,

and the authority of his Christ have come.

The accuser of our brothers and sisters,

who accuses them day and night before our God,

has been thrown down.

They gained the victory over him on account of the blood of the Lamb

and the word of their witness.

Love for their own lives didn’t make them afraid to die.

Therefore, rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them.

But oh! The horror for the earth and sea!

The devil has come down to you with great rage,

for he knows that he only has a short time.”

The dragon pursues the woman

When the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he chased the woman who had given birth to the male child. But the woman was given the two wings of the great eagle so that she could fly to her place in the desert. There she would be taken care of—out of the snake’s reach—for a time and times and half a time. Then from his mouth the snake poured a river of water after the woman so that the river would sweep her away. But the earth helped the woman. The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon poured out of his mouth. So the dragon was furious with the woman, and he went off to make war on the rest of her children, on those who keep God’s commandments and hold firmly to the witness of Jesus.

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.


In faith we pray

We pray to you, our God.

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.