Saturday morning December 15

Sunday morning
Friday 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.



To Thee, Great God of Love, I Bow

Charles Wesley

To thee, great God of love, I bow,

And prostrate in thy sight adore;

By faith I see thee passing now;

I have, but still I ask for more,

A glimpse of love cannot suffice,

My soul for all thy presence cries.

I cannot see thy face and live,

Then let me see thy face and die!

Now, Lord, my gasping spirit receive,

Give me on eagles' wings to fly,

With eagles' eyes on thee to gaze,

And plunge into the glorious blaze.

The fullness of my vast reward

A blest eternity shall be;

But hast thou not on earth prepared

Some better thing than this for me?

What, but one drop! One transient sight!

I want a sun, a sea of light.

Moses thy backward parts might view,

But not a perfect sight obtain;

The gospel doth thy fullness show

To us, by the commandment slain;

The dead to sin shall find the grace,

The pure in heart shall see thy face.

More favored than the saints of old,

Who now by faith approach to thee

Shall all with open face behold

In Christ the glorious Deity;

Shall see, and put the Godhead on,

The nature of thy sinless Son.

This, this is our high calling's prize!

Thine image in thy Son I claim;

And still to higher glories rise,

Till all transformed I know thy name,

And glide to all my heaven above,

My highest heaven in Jesus’ love.

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 145


The Lord is great and so worthy of praise!

I will lift you up high, my God, the true king.

I will bless your name forever and always.

I will bless you every day.

I will praise your name forever and always.

The Lord is great and so worthy of praise!

God’s greatness can’t be grasped.

One generation will praise your works to the next one,

proclaiming your mighty acts.

They will talk all about the glorious splendor of your majesty;

I will contemplate your wondrous works.

They will speak of the power of your awesome deeds;

I will declare your great accomplishments.

They will rave in celebration of your abundant goodness;

they will shout joyfully about your righteousness:

“The Lord is merciful and compassionate,

very patient, and full of faithful love.

The Lord is good to everyone and everything;

God’s compassion extends, to all his handiwork!”

All that you have made gives thanks to you, Lord;

all your faithful ones bless you!

They speak of the glory of your kingdom;

they talk all about your power,

to inform all human beings about God’s power

and the majestic glory of God’s kingdom.

Your kingdom is a kingship that lasts forever;

your rule endures for all generations.

The Lord is trustworthy in all that he says,

faithful in all that he does.

The Lord supports all who fall down,

straightens up all who are bent low.

All eyes look to you, hoping,

and you give them their food right on time,

opening your hand

and satisfying the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all his ways,

faithful in all his deeds.

The Lord is close to everyone who calls out to him,

to all who call out to him sincerely.

God shows favor to those who honor him,

listening to their cries for help and saving them.

The Lord protects all who love him,

but he destroys every wicked person.

My mouth will proclaim the Lord’s praise,

and every living thing will bless God’s holy name

forever and always.

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.


The Lord is great and so worthy of praise!

Psalm prayer

King of the universe,

you show the bright glory of your reign

in acts of mercy and enduring love;

raise the spirits of the downcast

and restore those who have fallen away,

that we may sing forever of your love;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 49:1-13

Listen to me, coastlands;

pay attention, peoples far away.

The Lord called me before my birth,

called my name when I was in my mother’s womb.

He made my mouth like a sharp sword,

and hid me in the shadow of God’s own hand.

He made me a sharpened arrow,

and concealed me in God’s quiver,

saying to me, “You are my servant,

Israel, in whom I show my glory.”

But I said, “I have wearied myself in vain.

I have used up my strength for nothing.”

Nevertheless, the Lord will grant me justice;

my reward is with my God.

And now the Lord has decided—

the one who formed me from the womb as his servant—

to restore Jacob to God,

so that Israel might return to him.

Moreover, I’m honored in the Lord’s eyes;

my God has become my strength.

He said: It is not enough, since you are my servant,

to raise up the tribes of Jacob

and to bring back the survivors of Israel.

Hence, I will also appoint you as light to the nations

so that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.

The Lord, redeemer of Israel and its holy one,

says to one despised,

rejected by nations,

to the slave of rulers:

Kings will see and stand up;

commanders will bow down

on account of the Lord, who is faithful,

the holy one of Israel,

who has chosen you.

The Lord said:

At the right time, I answered you;

on a day of salvation, I helped you.

I have guarded you,

and given you as a covenant to the people, to restore the land,

and to reassign deserted properties,

saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”

and to those in darkness, “Show yourselves.”

Along the roads animals will graze;

their pasture will be on every treeless hilltop.

They won’t hunger or thirst;

the burning heat and sun won’t strike them,

because one who has compassion for them will lead them

and will guide them by springs of water.

I will turn all my mountains into roads;

my highways will be built up.

Look! These will come from far away.

Look! These from the north and west,

and these from the southland.

Sing, heavens! Rejoice, earth!

Break out, mountains, with a song.

The Lord has comforted his people,

and taken pity on those who suffer.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

Brothers and sisters, we want you to know about people who have died so that you won’t mourn like others who don’t have any hope. Since we believe that Jesus died and rose, so we also believe that God will bring with him those who have died in Jesus. What we are saying is a message from the Lord: we who are alive and still around at the Lord’s coming definitely won’t go ahead of those who have died. This is because the Lord himself will come down from heaven with the signal of a shout by the head angel and a blast on God’s trumpet. First, those who are dead in Christ will rise. Then, we who are living and still around will be taken up together with them in the clouds to meet with the Lord in the air. That way we will always be with the Lord. So encourage each other with these words.

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 of life

In your mercy, hear us.

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.