Monday morning December 3

Tuesday morning
Sunday 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.



The Universal King

Charles Wesley

The universal King

Let all the world proclaim;

Let every creature sing

His attributes and name!

Him Three in One and One in Three,

Extol to all eternity.

In his great name alone

All excellencies meet,

Who sits upon the throne,

And shall forever sit;

Him Three in One and One in Three,

Extol to all eternity.

Glory to God belongs;

Glory to God be given,

Above the noblest songs

Of all in earth or heaven!

Him Three in One and One in Three,

Extol to all eternity.

Confession of sin

Seek the Lord when he can still be found;

call him while he is yet near.

Let the wicked abandon their ways

and the sinful their schemes.

Let them return to the Lord so that he may have mercy on them,

to our God, because he is generous with forgiveness.

cf Isaiah 55

A time of silence and self-examination may be kept.

Lord God,

we have sinned against you;

we have committed evil in your sight.

We are sorry and repent.

Have mercy on us according to your faithful love.

Wash us completely clean of our guilt; purify us from our sin.

Put a new, faithful spirit deep inside us,

and return the joy of your salvation to us

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


cf Psalm 51

May the Father of all mercies

cleanse us from our sins,

and restore us in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Bless the Lord,

because he has listened to our request for mercy.

Therefore our hearts will rejoice

and we will thank him with our song.

cf Psalm 28:7,9

The Word of God

Psalm 50


Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.

From the rising of the sun to where it sets,

God, the Lord God, speaks,

calling out to the earth.

From Zion, perfect in beauty,

God shines brightly.

Our God is coming;

he won’t keep quiet.

A devouring fire is before him;

a storm rages all around him.

God calls out to the skies above

and to the earth in order to judge his people:

“Bring my faithful to me,

those who made a covenant with me by sacrifice.”

The skies proclaim his righteousness

because God himself is the judge.

“Listen, my people, I will now speak;

Israel, I will now testify against you.

I am God—your God!

I’m not punishing you for your sacrifices

or for your entirely burned offerings,

which are always before me.

I won’t accept bulls from your house

or goats from your corrals

because every forest animal already belongs to me,

as do the cattle on a thousand hills.

I know every mountain bird;

even the insects in the fields are mine.

Even if I were hungry, I wouldn’t tell you

because the whole world and everything in it already belong to me.

Do I eat bulls’ meat?

Do I drink goats’ blood?

Offer God a sacrifice of thanksgiving!

Fulfill the promises you made to the Most High!

Cry out to me whenever you are in trouble;

I will deliver you, then you will honor me.”

But to the wicked God says,

“Why do you talk about my laws?

Why do you even mention my covenant?

You hate discipline, and

you toss my words behind your back.

You make friends with thieves whenever you see one;

you spend your time with adulterers.

You set your mouth free to do evil,

then harness your tongue to tell lies.

You sit around, talking about your own siblings;

you find fault with the children of your very own mother.

You’ve done these things and I’ve kept quiet.

You thought I was just like you!

But now I’m punishing you;

I’m laying it all out, right in front of your face.

So consider this carefully, all you who forget God,

or I’ll rip you to pieces with no one to deliver you:

The one who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving is the one who honors me.

And it is to the one who charts the correct path that I will show divine salvation.”

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.


Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving.

Psalm prayer

Mighty God,

dwelling in unapproachable light,

forgive our vain attempts to appease you,

and show us your full salvation

in Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

Psalm 54


God is my helper; my Lord sustains my life.

God! Save me by your name;

defend me by your might!

God! Hear my prayer;

listen to the words of my mouth!

The proud have come up against me;

violent people want me dead.

They pay no attention to God.

But look here: God is my helper;

my Lord sustains my life.

He will bring disaster on my opponents.

By your faithfulness, God, destroy them!

I will sacrifice to you freely;

I will give thanks to your name, Lord,

because it’s so good,

and because God has delivered me

from every distress.

My eyes have seen my enemies’ defeat.

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.


God is my helper; my Lord sustains my life.

Psalm prayer

Living God,

reach through the violence of the proud

and the despair of the weak

to create in Jesus Christ

a people free to praise your holy name,

now and forever.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 42:18-25

Hear, deaf ones,

and blind ones, look and see!

Who is blind if not my servant

and deaf like my messenger whom I send?

Who is blind like the restored one,

blind like the servant of the Lord?

You have seen many things, but don’t keep watch.

With ears open, you don’t hear.

The Lord desired for the sake of his righteousness

to expand and glorify the Instruction.

But this is a people plundered and looted,

everyone trapped in holes and hidden in dungeons.

They have become plunder with no one to rescue,

loot with no one to say, “Give it back.”

Which of you will listen to this,

will pay attention and respond from now on?

Who gave Jacob to the looter,

and Israel to the plunderers?

Wasn’t it the Lord,

the one we sinned against?

They were not willing to walk in God’s ways,

and wouldn’t listen to his teaching.

So God poured out on Jacob the heat of his anger

and the fury of battle.

It scorched him, and he didn’t know it;

it burned him, but he didn’t give it much thought.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Revelation 19

After this I heard what sounded like a huge crowd in heaven. They said,

“Hallelujah! The salvation and glory and power of our God!

His judgments are true and just,

because he judged the great prostitute,

who ruined the earth by her whoring,

and he exacted the penalty for the blood of his servants

from her hand.”

Then they said a second time,

“Hallelujah! Smoke goes up from her forever and always.”

The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped God, who is seated on the throne, and they said, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

Then a voice went out from the throne and said,

“Praise our God, all you his servants,

and you who fear him, both small and great.”

And I heard something that sounded like a huge crowd, like rushing water and powerful thunder. They said,

“Hallelujah! The Lord our God, the Almighty,

exercised his royal power!

Let us rejoice and celebrate, and give him the glory,

for the wedding day of the Lamb has come,

and his bride has made herself ready.

She was given fine, pure white linen to wear,

for the fine linen is the saints’ acts of justice.”

Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Favored are those who have been invited to the wedding banquet of the Lamb.” He said to me, “These are the true words of God.” Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said, “Don’t do that! I’m a servant just like you and your brothers and sisters who hold firmly to the witness of Jesus. Worship God! The witness of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy!”

Then I saw heaven opened, and there was a white horse. Its rider was called Faithful and True, and he judges and makes war justly. His eyes were like a fiery flame, and on his head were many royal crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He wore a robe dyed with blood, and his name was called the Word of God. Heaven’s armies, wearing fine linen that was white and pure, were following him on white horses. From his mouth comes a sharp sword that he will use to strike down the nations. He is the one who will rule them with an iron rod. And he is the one who will trample the winepress of the Almighty God’s passionate anger. He has a name written on his robe and on his thigh: King of kings and Lord of lords.

Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he called out with a loud voice and said to all the birds flying high overhead, “Come and gather for God’s great supper. Come and eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of generals, the flesh of the powerful, and the flesh of horses and their riders. Come and eat the flesh of all, both free and slave, both small and great.” Then I saw that the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies had gathered to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was seized, along with the false prophet who had done signs in the beast’s presence. (He had used the signs to deceive people into receiving the beast’s mark and into worshipping the beast’s image.) The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake that burns with sulfur. The rest were killed by the sword that comes from the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds ate their fill of their flesh.

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, hear our prayer,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

Almighty God,

give us grace to cast away the works of darkness

and to put on the armor of light,

now in the time of this mortal life,

in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day,

when he shall come again in his glorious majesty

to judge the living and the dead,

we may rise to the life immortal;

through him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, 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.