Friday morning December 14

Saturday morning
Thursday morning


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.



Arm of the Lord, awake, awake!

Charles Wesley

Arm of the Lord, awake, awake!

thine own immortal strength put on;

with terror clothed, hell's kingdom shake

and cast thy foes with fury down.

As in the ancient days appear;

the sacred annals speak thy fame:

be now omnipotently near,

to endless ages still the same.

Thine arm, Lord, is not shortened now;

it lacks not now the power to save;

still present with thy people, thou

bearest them through life's disparted wave.

By death and hell pursued in vain,

to thee the ransomed seed shall come,

shouting, their heavenly Zion gain,

and pass through death triumphant home.

Where pure essential joy is found,

the Lord's redeemed their heads shall raise,

with everlasting gladness crowned,

and filled with love, and lost in praise.

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 85


Show us your faithful love, Lord!

Lord, you’ve been kind to your land;

you’ve changed Jacob’s circumstances for the better.

You’ve forgiven your people’s wrongdoing;

you’ve covered all their sins.

You’ve stopped being furious;

you’ve turned away from your burning anger.

You, the God who can save us, restore us!

Stop being angry with us!

Will you be mad at us forever?

Will you prolong your anger from one generation to the next?

Won’t you bring us back to life again

so that your people can rejoice in you?

Show us your faithful love, Lord!

Give us your salvation!

Let me hear what the Lord God says,

because he speaks peace to his people and to his faithful ones.

Don’t let them return to foolish ways.

God’s salvation is very close to those who honor him

so that his glory can live in our land.

Faithful love and truth have met;

righteousness and peace have kissed.

Truth springs up from the ground;

righteousness gazes down from heaven.

Yes, the Lord gives what is good,

and our land yields its produce.

Righteousness walks before God,

making a road for his steps.

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.


Show us your faithful love, Lord!

Psalm prayer

Most holy God,

when we come to you fearing that

truth condemns us,

show us that truth is one with love

in your Word made flesh,

our Savior Jesus Christ.

Psalm 86


All the nations that you’ve made will come and bow down before you, Lord.

Lord, listen closely to me and answer me,

because I am poor and in need.

Guard my life because I am faithful.

Save your servant who trusts in you—you! My God!

Have mercy on me, Lord,

because I cry out to you all day long.

Make your servant’s life happy again

because, my Lord, I offer my life to you,

because, my Lord, you are good and forgiving,

full of faithful love for all those who cry out to you.

Listen closely to my prayer, Lord;

pay close attention to the sound of my requests for mercy.

Whenever I am in trouble, I cry out to you,

because you will answer me.

My Lord! There is no one like you among the gods!

There is nothing that can compare to your works!

All the nations that you’ve made will come

and bow down before you, Lord;

they will glorify your name,

because you are awesome

and a wonder-worker.

You are God. Just you.

Teach me your way, Lord,

so that I can walk in your truth.

Make my heart focused

only on honoring your name.

I give thanks to you, my Lord, my God,

with all my heart,

and I will glorify your name forever,

because your faithful love toward me is awesome

and because you’ve rescued my life

from the lowest part of hell.

The arrogant rise up against me, God.

A gang of violent people want me dead.

They don’t give a thought for you.

But you, my Lord,

are a God of compassion and mercy;

you are very patient and full of faithful love.

Come back to me! Have mercy on me!

Give your servant your strength;

save this child of your servant!

Show me a sign of your goodness

so that those who hate me will see it and be put to shame—

show a sign that you, Lord,

have helped me and comforted me.

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.


All the nations that you’ve made will come and bow down before you, Lord.

Psalm prayer

God of mercy,

who in your great love

drew your Son from the depths of the Pit,

bring your people from death to life,

that we may rejoice in your compassion

and praise you now and forever.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 48:12-22

Listen to me, Jacob;

Israel, whom I called:

I am the one;

I am the first and I am the last.

My hand founded the earth;

my strong hand spread out the heavens.

When I call to them, they all stand up.

Gather yourselves, all of you, and listen.

Who among you announced these things?

“The Lord loves him.

He will do what God wants with Babylon

and with the descendants of Chaldea.”

I, I have spoken and told him

the things that will happen to him;

I will make him succeed.

Come close to me; listen to this:

Since the very beginning I haven’t spoken in secret.

Whenever anything happens, I am there.

(And now the Lord God has sent me with his spirit.)

The Lord your redeemer,

the holy one of Israel, proclaims:

I am the Lord your God

who teaches you for your own good,

who leads you in the way you should go.

If you would pay attention to my commands,

your well-being would be like a river,

and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.

Your offspring would be like the sand,

and your descendants like its grains.

Their name would never be eliminated,

never wiped out from before me.

Go out from Babylon;

flee from the Chaldeans!

Report this with a loud shout, proclaim it;

broadcast it out to the end of the earth.

Say, “The Lord has redeemed his servant Jacob!”

They weren’t thirsty when he led them through the deserts.

God made water flow from the rock for them;

split the rock, and water flowed out.

There is no well-being, says the Lord, for the wicked.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

So then, brothers and sisters, we ask and encourage you in the Lord Jesus to keep living the way you already are and even do better in how you live and please God—just as you learned from us. You know the instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. God’s will is that your lives are dedicated to him. This means that you stay away from sexual immorality and learn how to control your own body in a pure and respectable way. Don’t be controlled by your sexual urges like the Gentiles who don’t know God. No one should mistreat or take advantage of their brother or sister in this issue. The Lord punishes people for all these things, as we told you before and sternly warned you. God didn’t call us to be immoral but to be dedicated to him. Therefore, whoever rejects these instructions isn’t rejecting a human authority. They are rejecting God, who gives his Holy Spirit to you.

You don’t need us to write about loving your brothers and sisters because God has already taught you to love each other. In fact, you are doing loving deeds for all the brothers and sisters throughout Macedonia. Now we encourage you, brothers and sisters, to do so even more. Aim to live quietly, mind your own business, and earn your own living, just as I told you. That way you’ll behave appropriately toward outsiders, and you won’t be in need.

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.


Father, by your Spirit

Bring in your kingdom.

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.