Monday morning December 24

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.



Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Charles Wesley

Come, thou long expected Jesus,

born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us,

let us find our rest in thee.

Israel's strength and consolation,

hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation,

joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,

born a child and yet a King,

born to reign in us forever,

now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal spirit

rule in all our hearts alone;

by thine all sufficient merit,

raise us to thy glorious throne.

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 45


Behold our defender, O God, and look upon the face of your anointed.

A marvelous word has stirred my heart

as I mention my works to the king.

My tongue is the pen of a skillful scribe.

You are the most handsome of men;

grace has been poured out on your lips.

No wonder God has blessed you forever!

Strap on your sword, great warrior,

with your glory and grandeur.

Go and succeed in your grandeur!

Ride out on behalf of truth, humility, and righteousness!

Let your strong hand perform awesome deeds.

Let the peoples fall beneath you.

May your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies.

Your divine throne is eternal and everlasting.

Your royal scepter is a scepter of justice.

You love righteousness and hate wickedness.

No wonder God, your God, has anointed you

with the oil of joy more than all your companions!

All your clothes have the pleasing scent of myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

The music of stringed instruments coming from ivory palaces entertains you.

The royal princess is standing in your precious jewels;

the queen stands at your right, dressed in the gold of Ophir.

Listen, daughter; pay attention, and listen closely!

Forget your people and your father’s house.

Let the king desire your beauty.

Because he is your master, bow down to him now.

The city of Tyre, the wealthiest of all,

will seek your favor with gifts, with riches of every sort

for the royal princess, dressed in pearls,

her robe embroidered with gold.

In robes of many colors, she is led to the king.

Her attendants, the young women servants following her,

are presented to you as well.

As they enter the king’s palace,

they are led in with celebration and joy.

Your sons, great king, will succeed your fathers;

you will appoint them as princes throughout the land.

I will perpetuate your name from one generation to the next

so the peoples will praise you 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.


Behold our defender, O God, and look upon the face of your anointed.

Psalm prayer

Lord our God,

bring your bride, your holy church,

with joy to the marriage feast of heaven,

and unite us with your anointed Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 113


From sunrise to sunset, let the Lord’s name be praised!

Praise the Lord!

You who serve the Lord—praise!

Praise the Lord’s name!

Let the Lord’s name be blessed

from now until forever from now!

From sunrise to sunset,

let the Lord’s name be praised!

The Lord is high over all the nations;

God’s glory is higher than the skies!

Who could possibly compare to the Lord our God?

God rules from on high;

he has to come down to even see heaven and earth!

God lifts up the poor from the dirt

and raises up the needy from the garbage pile

to seat them with leaders—

with the leaders of his own people!

God nests the once barren woman at home—

now a joyful mother with children!

Praise the Lord!

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.


From sunrise to sunset, let the Lord’s name be praised!

Psalm prayer

From sunrise to sunset,

we praise your name, Lord;

may your promise to raise the poor from the dust

and turn the fortunes of the needy upside down

be fulfilled in our time also,

as it was in your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 52:13-53:12

Look, my servant will succeed.

He will be exalted and lifted very high.

Just as many were appalled by you,

he too appeared disfigured, inhuman,

his appearance unlike that of mortals.

But he will astonish many nations.

Kings will be silenced because of him,

because they will see what they haven’t seen before;

what they haven’t heard before, they will ponder.

Who can believe what we have heard,

and for whose sake has the Lord’s arm been revealed?

He grew up like a young plant before us,

like a root from dry ground.

He possessed no splendid form for us to see,

no desirable appearance.

He was despised and avoided by others;

a man who suffered, who knew sickness well.

Like someone from whom people hid their faces,

he was despised, and we didn’t think about him.

It was certainly our sickness that he carried,

and our sufferings that he bore,

but we thought him afflicted,

struck down by God and tormented.

He was pierced because of our rebellions

and crushed because of our crimes.

He bore the punishment that made us whole;

by his wounds we are healed.

Like sheep we had all wandered away,

each going its own way,

but the Lord let fall on him all our crimes.

He was oppressed and tormented,

but didn’t open his mouth.

Like a lamb being brought to slaughter,

like a ewe silent before her shearers,

he didn’t open his mouth.

Due to an unjust ruling he was taken away,

and his fate—who will think about it?

He was eliminated from the land of the living,

struck dead because of my people’s rebellion.

His grave was among the wicked,

his tomb with evildoers,

though he had done no violence,

and had spoken nothing false.

But the Lord wanted to crush him

and to make him suffer.

If his life is offered as restitution,

he will see his offspring; he will enjoy long life.

The Lord’s plans will come to fruition through him.

After his deep anguish he will see light, and he will be satisfied.

Through his knowledge, the righteous one, my servant,

will make many righteous,

and will bear their guilt.

Therefore, I will give him a share with the great,

and he will divide the spoil with the strong,

in return for exposing his life to death

and being numbered with rebels,

though he carried the sin of many

and pleaded on behalf of those who rebelled.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
2 Peter 1:1-15

From Simon Peter, a slave and apostle of Jesus Christ.

To those who received a faith equal to ours through the justice of our God and savior Jesus Christ.

May you have more and more grace and peace through the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.

By his divine power the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of the one who called us by his own honor and glory. Through his honor and glory he has given us his precious and wonderful promises, that you may share the divine nature and escape from the world’s immorality that sinful craving produces.

This is why you must make every effort to add moral excellence to your faith; and to moral excellence, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, endurance; and to endurance, godliness; and to godliness, affection for others; and to affection for others, love. If all these are yours and they are growing in you, they’ll keep you from becoming inactive and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whoever lacks these things is shortsighted and blind, forgetting that they were cleansed from their past sins.

Therefore, brothers and sisters, be eager to confirm your call and election. Do this and you will never ever be lost. In this way you will receive a rich welcome into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

So I’ll keep reminding you about these things, although you already know them and stand secure in the truth you have. I think it’s right that I keep stirring up your memory, as long as I’m alive. After all, our Lord Jesus Christ has shown me that I am about to depart from this life. I’m eager for you always to remember these things after my death.

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

Almighty God,

you make us glad with the yearly remembrance

of the birth of your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as we joyfully receive him as our redeemer,

so we may with sure confidence behold him

when he shall come to be our judge;

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.