Wednesday morning December 12

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Opening response

Lord, open our lips

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.

Reveal among us the light of your presence

that we may behold your power and glory.

Prayer of thanksgiving

Blessed are you, Sovereign God of all,

to you be praise and glory forever.

In your tender compassion

the dawn from on high is breaking upon us

to dispel the lingering shadows of night.

As we look for your coming among us this day,

open our eyes to behold your presence

and strengthen our hands to do your will,

that the world may rejoice and give you praise.

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.



Light of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling

Charles Wesley

Light of those whose dreary dwelling

Borders on the shades of death,

Come, and by thy love's revealing

Dissipate the clouds beneath.

The new heaven and earth's Creator,

In our deepest darkness rise,

Scattering all the night of nature,

Pouring eyesight on our eyes.

Still we wait for thine appearing;

Life and joy thy beams impart,

Chasing all our fears, and cheering

Every poor benighted heart.

Come, and manifest the favor

God hath for our ransomed race;

Come, thou universal Savior,

Come, and bring the gospel grace.

Save us in thy great compassion,

O thou mild, pacific Prince;

Give the knowledge of salvation,

Give the pardon of our sins.

By thine all restoring merit

Every burdened soul release;

Every weary, wandering spirit

Guide into thy perfect peace.

Confession of sin

The Lord is compassionate and merciful,

very patient, and full of faithful love.

He doesn’t deal with us according to our sin

or repay us according to our wrongdoing.

Because as high as heaven is above the earth,

that’s how large God’s faithful love is for those who honor him.

Silence is kept for reflection.

Holy God,

Holy and strong,

Holy and immortal,

have mercy upon us.

As far as east is from west—

that’s how far God has removed our sin from us.

As a father has compassion on his children,

that’s how the Lord feels compassion for those who honor him.

Let my whole being bless the Lord.

Let everything inside me bless his holy name.

Let my whole being bless the Lord,

and never forget all his good deeds.

The Word of God

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

O 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.

Psalm 63


My whole being thirsts for God, for the living God.

God! My God! It’s you—

I search for you!

My whole being thirsts for you!

My body desires you

in a dry and tired land,

no water anywhere.

Yes, I’ve seen you in the sanctuary;

I’ve seen your power and glory.

My lips praise you

because your faithful love

is better than life itself!

So I will bless you as long as I’m alive;

I will lift up my hands in your name.

I’m fully satisfied—

as with a rich dinner.

My mouth speaks praise with joy on my lips—

whenever I ponder you on my bed,

whenever I meditate on you

in the middle of the night—

because you’ve been a help to me and I shout for joy in the protection of your wings.

My whole being clings to you;

your strong hand upholds me.

But what about those people who want to destroy me?

Let them go into the bowels of the earth!

Let their blood flow by the sword!

Let them be food for wild jackals!

But the king should rejoice in God;

everyone who swears by God should give praise

when the mouths of liars are shut for 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.


My whole being thirsts for God, for the living God.

Psalm prayer

To you we come, radiant Lord,

the goal of all our desiring,

beyond all earthly beauty;

gentle protector, strong deliverer,

in the night you are our confidence;

from first light be our joy;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 47

Go down and sit in the dust,

virgin Daughter Babylon!

Sit on the ground without a throne,

Daughter Chaldea,

because they will no longer call you tender and pampered.

Take the millstones and grind flour!

Remove your veil, strip off your robe,

expose your thighs, wade through the rivers!

Your nakedness will be exposed,

and your disgrace will be seen.

I will take vengeance;

no one will intervene.

Our redeemer has spoken;

the Lord of heavenly forces is his name,

the holy one of Israel.

Sit silent and go into darkness, Daughter Chaldea,

because they will no longer call you Queen of Kingdoms.

I was enraged with my people;

I made my inheritance impure

and put them under your power.

You took no pity on them.

You made your yoke heavy even on the elderly.

You said, “I’m forever; I’m the eternal mistress.”

You didn’t stop and think;

you didn’t consider the outcome.

So listen to this,

luxuriant one who sits secure,

who says in her heart,

I’m utterly unique;

I’ll never sit as a widow;

I’ll never know childlessness:

Both of these will happen to you at once, on a single day:

childlessness and widowhood

will envelop you in full measure,

despite your many sorceries,

despite your very powerful spells.

You felt secure in your evil;

you said, “No one sees me.”

Your wisdom and knowledge spun you around.

You thought to yourself, I and no one else.

Now evil will come against you,

something you won’t anticipate.

A curse will fall upon you,

something you won’t be able to dispel.

Destruction will come upon you suddenly,

something you won’t foresee.

Continue with your enchantments,

and with your many spells,

which you have practiced since childhood.

Maybe you will be able to succeed.

Maybe you will inspire terror.

You are weary from all your consultations;

let the astrologers stand up and save you,

those who gaze at the stars,

and predict what will happen to you at each new moon.

They are just like stubble;

the fire burns them.

They won’t save themselves from the powerful flames.

This is no warming ember or fire to sit beside.

Those with whom you have wearied yourself are like this,

those with whom you were in business from your youth:

each has wandered off on their own way;

none will save you.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

We also thank God constantly for this: when you accepted God’s word that you heard from us, you welcomed it for what it truly is. Instead of accepting it as a human message, you accepted it as God’s message, and it continues to work in you who are believers. Brothers and sisters, you became imitators of the churches of God in Judea, which are in Christ Jesus. This was because you also suffered the same things from your own people as they did from the Jews. They killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets and drove us out. They don’t please God, and they are hostile to the entire human race when they try to stop us from speaking to the Gentiles so they can be saved. Their sins are constantly pushing the limit. God’s wrath has caught up with them in the end.

Brothers and sisters, we were separated from you for a while physically but not in our hearts. We made every effort in our desire to see you again face-to-face. We wanted to come to you—I, Paul, tried over and over again—and Satan stopped us. What is our hope, joy, or crown that we can brag about in front of our Lord Jesus when he comes? Isn’t it all of you? You are our glory and joy!

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 church, that she may be ready for the coming of Christ

The leaders of the church

The nations, that they may be subject to the rule of God

Those who are working for justice in the world

The broken, that they may find God’s healing

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


Lord, hear your people

and answer our prayers.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power

and come among us,

and with great might succor us;

that whereas, through our sins and wickedness

we are grievously hindered

in running the race that is set before us,

your bountiful grace and mercy

may speedily help and deliver us;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

to whom with you and the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory, now and forever.


The Lord’s Prayer

Awaiting his coming in glory, 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 the Lord, when he comes, find us watching and waiting.