Saturday morning November 24

Sunday morning
Friday morning


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.



Christ, Whose Glory Fills The Skies

Charles Wesley

Christ, whose glory fills the skies,

Christ, the true, the only light,

Sun of Righteousness, arise!

Triumph over the shades of night;

Dayspring from on high, be near;

Daystar, in my heart appear.

Dark and cheerless is the morn

Unaccompanied by thee;

Joyless is the day's return,

Till thy mercy's beams I see;

Till they inward light impart,

Glad my eyes, and warm my heart.

Visit then this soul of mine;

Pierce the gloom of sin and grief;

Fill me, Radiancy Divine;

Scatter all my unbelief;

More and more thyself display,

Shining to the perfect day.

Confession of sin

Let us confess our sins against God and our neighbor.

Silence may be kept.

Most merciful God,

we confess that we have sinned against you

in thought, word, and deed,

by what we have done,

and by what we have left undone.

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

have mercy on us and forgive us;

that we may delight in your will,

and walk in your ways,

to the glory of your name. Amen.

Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us all our sins

through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen us in all

goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep us in

eternal life.


The Word of God

Psalm 78:1-39


How awesome are your works, Lord!

Listen, my people, to my teaching;

tilt your ears toward the words of my mouth.

I will open my mouth with a proverb.

I’ll declare riddles from days long gone—

ones that we’ve heard and learned about,

ones that our ancestors told us.

We won’t hide them from their descendants;

we’ll tell the next generation

all about the praise due the Lord and his strength—

the wondrous works God has done.

He established a law for Jacob

and set up Instruction for Israel,

ordering our ancestors

to teach them to their children.

This is so that the next generation

and children not yet born will know these things,

and so they can rise up and tell their children

to put their hope in God—

never forgetting God’s deeds,

but keeping God’s commandments—

and so that they won’t become like their ancestors:

a rebellious, stubborn generation,

a generation whose heart wasn’t set firm

and whose spirit wasn’t faithful to God.

The children of Ephraim, armed with bows,

retreated on the day of battle.

They didn’t keep God’s covenant;

they refused to walk in his Instruction.

They forgot God’s deeds

as well as the wondrous works he showed them.

But God performed wonders in their ancestors’ presence—

in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

God split the sea and led them through,

making the waters stand up like a wall.

God led them with the cloud by day;

by the lightning all through the night.

God split rocks open in the wilderness,

gave them plenty to drink—

as if from the deep itself!

God made streams flow from the rock,

made water run like rivers.

But they continued to sin against God,

rebelling against the Most High in the desert.

They tested God in their hearts,

demanded food for their stomachs.

They spoke against God!

“Can God set a dinner table in the wilderness?” they asked.

“True, God struck the rock

and water gushed and streams flowed,

but can he give bread too?

Can he provide meat for his people?”

When the Lord heard this, he became furious.

A fire was ignited against Jacob;

wrath also burned against Israel

because they had no faith in God,

because they didn’t trust his saving power.

God gave orders to the skies above,

opened heaven’s doors,

and rained manna on them so they could eat.

He gave them the very grain of heaven!

Each person ate the bread of the powerful ones;

God sent provisions to satisfy them.

God set the east wind moving across the skies

and drove the south wind by his strength.

He rained meat on them as if it were dust in the air;

he rained as many birds as the sand on the seashore!

God brought the birds down in the center of their camp,

all around their dwellings.

So they ate and were completely satisfied;

God gave them exactly what they had craved.

But they didn’t stop craving—

even with the food still in their mouths!

So God’s anger came up against them:

he killed the most hearty of them;

he cut down Israel’s youth in their prime.

But in spite of all that, they kept sinning

and had no faith in God’s wondrous works.

So God brought their days to an end,

like a puff of air,

and their years in total ruin.

But whenever God killed them, they went after him!

They would turn and earnestly search for God.

They would remember that God was their rock,

that the Most High was their redeemer.

But they were just flattering him with lip service.

They were lying to him with their tongues.

Their hearts weren’t firmly set on him;

they weren’t faithful to his covenant.

But God, being compassionate,

kept forgiving their sins,

kept avoiding destruction;

he took back his anger so many times,

wouldn’t stir up all his wrath!

God kept remembering that they were just flesh,

just breath that passes and doesn’t come back.

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.


How awesome are your works, Lord!

Psalm prayer

God our deliverer,

as you led our ancestors through the wilderness,

so lead us through the wilderness of this world,

that we may be saved through Christ forever.

Old Testament reading
Daniel 12

“At that time, Michael the great leader who guards your people will take his stand. It will be a difficult time—nothing like it has ever happened since nations first appeared. But at that time every one of your people who is found written in the scroll will be rescued. Many of those who sleep in the dusty land will wake up—some to eternal life, others to shame and eternal disgrace. Those skilled in wisdom will shine like the sky. Those who lead many to righteousness will shine like the stars forever and always. But you, Daniel, must keep these words secret! Seal the scroll until the end time! Many will stray far, but knowledge will increase.”

I, Daniel, looked and suddenly saw two other figures—one standing on each side of the stream. One said to the man clothed in white linen, who was farther upstream: “When will these astonishing things be over?”

I heard the man clothed in white linen, who was farther upstream, swear by the one who lives forever as he raised both hands to heaven: “For one set time, two set times, and half a set time. When the breaking of the holy people’s power is over, all these things will be over.”

I heard it, but I didn’t understand it. “My lord,” I said, “what will happen after all this?”

He said, “Get going now, Daniel, because these words must remain secret and sealed up until the end time. Many will purify, cleanse, and refine themselves, but the wicked will act wickedly. None of the wicked will understand, but those skilled in wisdom will understand. There will be one thousand two hundred ninety days from the time the daily sacrifice is stopped to the setting up of the desolating monstrosity. Happy is the one who waits and reaches one thousand three hundred thirty-five days. Now as for you, go on to the end. You will rest and will stand to receive your reward at the end of days.”

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Revelation 13:11-18

Then I saw another beast coming up from the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it was speaking like a dragon. It exercises all the authority of the first beast in its presence. It also makes the earth and those who live in it worship the first beast, whose fatal wound was healed. It does great signs so that it even makes fire come down from heaven to earth in the presence of the people. It deceives those who live on earth by the signs that it was allowed to do in the presence of the beast. It told those who live on earth to make an image for the beast who had been wounded by the sword and yet came to life again. It was allowed to give breath to the beast’s image so that the beast’s image would even speak and cause anyone who didn’t worship the beast’s image to be put to death. It forces everyone—the small and great, the rich and poor, the free and slaves—to have a mark put on their right hand or on their forehead. It will not allow anyone to make a purchase or sell anything unless the person has the mark with the beast’s name or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom. Let the one who understands calculate the beast’s number, for it’s a human being’s number. Its number is six hundred sixty-six.

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 of life

In your mercy, hear us.

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.