Saturday morning December 22

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.



Partners of a glorious hope

Charles Wesley

Partners of a glorious hope,

Lift your hearts and voices up!

Nobly let us bear the strife,

Keep the holiness, of life;

Still forget the things behind,

Follow Christ in heart and mind,

To the mark unwearied press,

Seize the crown of righteousness.

Jesus, fill us with thy love,

Never from our souls remove,

Heart to heart unite and bless,

Keep us in thy perfect peace!

In our lives our faith be known,

Faith by holy actions shown;

Faith that mountains can remove,

Faith that always works by love.

Confession of sin

Let us admit to God the sin which always confronts us.

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

Almighty God,

patient and of great goodness:

I confess to you,

I confess with my whole heart

my neglect and forgetfulness of your commandments,

my wrong doing, thinking, and speaking;

the hurts I have done to others,

and the good I have left undone.

O God, forgive me, for I have sinned against you;

and raise me to newness of life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


May the God of love and power

forgive us and free us from our sins,

heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,

and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.


The Word of God

Psalm 124


Our help is in the name of the Lord.

If the Lord hadn’t been for us—

let Israel now repeat!—

if the Lord hadn’t been for us,

when those people attacked us

then they would have swallowed us up whole

with their rage burning against us!

Then the waters would have drowned us;

the torrent would have come over our necks;

then the raging waters would have come over our necks!

Bless the Lord

because he didn’t hand us over

like food for our enemies’ teeth!

We escaped like a bird from the hunters’ trap;

the trap was broken so we escaped!

Our help is in the name of the Lord,

the maker of heaven and earth.

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.


Our help is in the name of the Lord.

Psalm prayer

O God, maker of heaven and earth,

through the blood of your Son you have set us free;

help us to put our trust in his victory

and to know the salvation won for us

by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 125


Glorious things are said about you, the city of God!

The people who trust in the Lord

are like Mount Zion:

never shaken, lasting forever.

Mountains surround Jerusalem.

That’s how the Lord surrounds his people

from now until forever from now!

The wicked rod won’t remain

in the land given to the righteous

so that they don’t use their hands to do anything wrong.

Lord, do good to people who are good,

to people whose hearts are right.

But as for those people who turn to their own twisted ways—

may the Lord march them off with other evildoers!

Peace be on Israel!

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.


Glorious things are said about you, the city of God!

Psalm prayer

God of power,

you are strong to save

and you never fail those who trust in you;

keep us under your protection

and spread abroad your reign of peace

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 126


The Lord has done great things for us.

When the Lord changed Zion’s circumstances for the better,

it was like we had been dreaming.

Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter;

our tongues were filled with joyful shouts.

It was even said, at that time, among the nations,

“The Lord has done great things for them!”

Yes, the Lord has done great things for us,

and we are overjoyed.

Lord, change our circumstances for the better,

like dry streams in the desert waste!

Let those who plant with tears

reap the harvest with joyful shouts.

Let those who go out,

crying and carrying their seed,

come home with joyful shouts,

carrying bales of grain!

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 has done great things for us.

Psalm prayer

Lord, as you send rain and flowers

even to the wilderness,

renew us by your Holy Spirit,

help us to sow good seed in time of adversity

and to live to rejoice in your good harvest of all creation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 127


The Lord will protect you on your journeys— whether going or coming— from now until forever from now.

Unless it is the Lord who builds the house,

the builders’ work is pointless.

Unless it is the Lord who protects the city,

the guard on duty is pointless.

It is pointless that you get up early and stay up late,

eating the bread of hard labor

because God gives sleep to those he loves.

No doubt about it: children are a gift from the Lord;

the fruit of the womb is a divine reward.

The children born when one is young

are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

The person who fills a quiver full with them is truly happy!

They won’t be ashamed when arguing with their enemies in the gate.

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 will protect you on your journeys— whether going or coming— from now until forever from now.

Psalm prayer

Lord, you are ever watchful

and bless us with your gifts;

as you provide for all our needs,

so help us to build only what pleases you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 52:1-12

Awake, awake,

put on your strength, Zion!

Put on your splendid clothing,

Jerusalem, you holy city;

for the uncircumcised and unclean

will no longer come into you.

Shake the dust off yourself;

rise up; sit enthroned, Jerusalem.

Loose the bonds from your neck,

captive Daughter Zion!

The Lord proclaims:

You were sold for nothing,

and you will be redeemed without money.

The Lord God proclaims:

Long ago my people went down

to reside in Egypt.

Moreover, Assyria has oppressed them without cause.

And now what have I here? says the Lord.

My people are taken away for nothing.

Their rulers wail, says the Lord,

and continually all day long my name is despised.

Therefore, my people will know my name on that day;

I’m the one who promises it; I’m here.

How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of a messenger

who proclaims peace,

who brings good news,

who proclaims salvation,

who says to Zion, “Your God rules!”

Listen! Your lookouts lift their voice;

they sing out together!

Right before their eyes they see the Lord returning to Zion.

Break into song together, you ruins of Jerusalem!

The Lord has comforted his people and has redeemed Jerusalem.

The Lord has bared his holy arm in view of all the nations;

all the ends of the earth have seen our God’s victory.

Depart! Depart! Go out from there!

Unclean! Don’t touch!

Get out of that place; purify yourselves,

carriers of the Lord’s equipment!

You won’t go out in a rush,

nor will you run away,

because the one going before you is the Lord;

your rear guard is the God of Israel.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading

Jude, a slave of Jesus Christ and brother of James.

To those who are called, loved by God the Father and kept safe by Jesus Christ.

May you have more and more mercy, peace, and love.

Dear friends, I wanted very much to write to you concerning the salvation we share. Instead, I must write to urge you to fight for the faith delivered once and for all to God’s holy people. 4 Godless people have slipped in among you. They turn the grace of our God into unrestrained immorality and deny our only master and Lord, Jesus Christ. Judgment was passed against them a long time ago.

I want to remind you of something you already know very well. The Lord, who once saved a people out of Egypt, later destroyed those who didn’t maintain their faith. I remind you too of the angels who didn’t keep their position of authority but deserted their own home. The Lord has kept them in eternal chains in the underworld until the judgment of the great day. In the same way, Sodom and Gomorrah and neighboring towns practiced immoral sexual relations and pursued other sexual urges. By undergoing the punishment of eternal fire, they serve as a warning.

Yet, even knowing this, these dreamers in the same way pollute themselves, reject authority, and slander the angels. The archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil about Moses’ body, did not dare charge him with slander. Instead, he said, “The Lord rebuke you!” But these people slander whatever they don’t understand. They are destroyed by what they know instinctively, as though they were irrational animals.

They are damned, for they follow in the footsteps of Cain. For profit they give themselves over to Balaam’s error. They are destroyed in the uprising of Korah. These people are like jagged rocks just below the surface of the water waiting to snag you when they join your love feasts. They feast with you without reverence. They care only for themselves. They are waterless clouds carried along by the winds; fruitless autumn trees, twice dead, uprooted; wild waves of the sea foaming up their own shame; wandering stars for whom the darkness of the underworld is reserved forever.

Enoch, who lived seven generations after Adam, prophesied about these people when he said, “See, the Lord comes with his countless holy ones, to execute judgment on everyone and to convict everyone about every ungodly deed they have committed in their ungodliness as well as all the harsh things that sinful ungodly people have said against him.” These are faultfinding grumblers, living according to their own desires. They speak arrogant words and they show partiality to people when they want a favor in return.

But you, dear friends, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ. They said to you, “In the end time scoffers will come living according to their own ungodly desires.” These people create divisions. Since they don’t have the Spirit, they are worldly.

But you, dear friends: build each other up on the foundation of your most holy faith, pray in the Holy Spirit, keep each other in the love of God, wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will give you eternal life. Have mercy on those who doubt. Save some by snatching them from the fire. Fearing God, have mercy on some, hating even the clothing contaminated by their sinful urges.

To the one who is able to protect you from falling,

and to present you blameless and rejoicing before his glorious presence,

to the only God our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord,

belong glory, majesty, power, and authority,

before all time, now and forever. Amen.

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.


Loving God, we look to you.

Receive our prayer.

Silence may be kept.

Collect of the day

O Lord Jesus Christ,

who at your first coming sent your messenger

to prepare your way before you:

grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries

may likewise so prepare and make ready your way

by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just,

that at your second coming to judge the world

we may be found an acceptable people in your sight;

for you are alive and reign with the Father

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.