Thursday morning December 6

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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.



Ah, When Shall I Awake

Charles Wesley

Ah, when shall I awake

From sin's soft-soothing power,

The slumber from my spirit shake,

And rise to fall no more!

Awake, no more to sleep,

But stand with constant care,

Looking for God my soul to keep,

And watching unto prayer!

O could I always pray?

And never, never faint,

But simply to my God display

My every care and want!

I know that thou wouldst give.

More than I can request;

Thou still art ready to receive

My soul to perfect rest.

I feel thee willing, Lord,

A sinful world to save,

All may obey thy gracious word,

May peace and pardon have;

Not one of all the race

But may return to thee,

But at the throne of sovereign grace

May fall and weep, like me.

Here will I ever lie,

And tell thee all my care,

And, “Father, Abba, Father,” cry,

And pour a ceaseless prayer;

Till thou my sins subdue,

Till thou my sins destroy,

My spirit after God renew,

And fill with peace and joy.

Messiah, Prince of peace,

Into my soul bring in

Thy everlasting righteousness,

And make an end of sin.

Into all those that seek

Redemption through thy blood

The sanctifying Spirit speak,

The plenitude of God.

Let us in patience wait

Till faith shall make us whole;

Till thou shalt all things new create

In each believing soul;

Who can resist thy will?

Speak, and it shall be done!

Thou shalt the work of faith fulfill,

And perfect us in one.

Confession of sin

Come, Holy Spirit of God,

and search our hearts with the light of Christ.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

‘Israel, listen! Our God is the one Lord,

and you must love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your being, with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’

No other commandment is greater than these.

All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commandments.

Amen. Lord, have mercy.

After a period of reflection

Come, let us return to the Lord and say:

Lord our God,

in our sin we have avoided your call.

Our love for you is like a morning cloud,

like the dew that goes away early.

Have mercy on us;

deliver us from judgment;

bind up our wounds and revive us;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


cf Hosea 6

May almighty God,

who sent his Son into the world to save sinners,

bring us his pardon and peace, now and forever.


The Word of God

Psalm 42

Just like a deer that craves streams of water,

my whole being craves you, God.

My whole being thirsts for God, for the living God.

When will I come and see God’s face?

My tears have been my food both day and night,

as people constantly questioned me,

“Where’s your God now?”

But I remember these things as I bare my soul:

how I made my way to the mighty one’s abode,

to God’s own house,

with joyous shouts and thanksgiving songs—

a huge crowd celebrating the festival!

Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed?

Why are you so upset inside?

Hope in God!

Because I will again give him thanks,

my saving presence and my God.

My whole being is depressed.

That’s why I remember you

from the land of Jordan and Hermon,

from Mount Mizar.

Deep called to deep at the noise of your waterfalls;

all your massive waves surged over me.

By day the Lord commands his faithful love;

by night his song is with me—

a prayer to the God of my life.

I will say to God, my solid rock,

“Why have you forgotten me?

Why do I have to walk around,

sad, oppressed by enemies?”

With my bones crushed, my foes make fun of me,

constantly questioning me: “Where’s your God now?”

Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed?

Why are you so upset inside?

Hope in God!

Because I will again give him thanks,

my saving presence and my God.

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.

Psalm prayer

Come, creator Spirit, source of life;

sustain us when our hearts are heavy

and our wells have run dry,

for you are the Father’s gift,

with him who is our living water,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 43


Send your light and truth—those will guide me!

Establish justice for me, God!

Argue my case against ungodly people!

Rescue me from the dishonest and unjust!

Because you are my God, my protective fortress!

Why have you rejected me?

Why do I have to walk around,

sad, oppressed by enemies?

Send your light and truth—those will guide me!

Let them bring me to your holy mountain,

to your dwelling place.

Let me come to God’s altar—

let me come to God, my joy, my delight—

then I will give you thanks with the lyre,

God, my God!

Why, I ask myself, are you so depressed?

Why are you so upset inside?

Hope in God!

Because I will again give him thanks,

my saving presence and my God.

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.


Send your light and truth—those will guide me!

Psalm prayer

Come, creator Spirit, light and truth;

bring us to the altar of life

and renew our joy and gladness

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 44:1-8

But now hear this, Jacob my servant,

and Israel, whom I have chosen.

The Lord your maker,

who formed you in the womb and will help you, says:

Don’t fear, my servant Jacob,

Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.

I will pour out water upon thirsty ground

and streams upon dry land.

I will pour out my spirit upon your descendants

and my blessing upon your offspring.

They will spring up from among the reeds

like willows by flowing streams.

This one will say, “I am the Lord’s,”

and that one will be named after Jacob.

Another will write on his hand, “The Lord’s”

and will take the name Israel.

The Lord, Israel’s king and redeemer,

the Lord of heavenly forces, says:

I am the first, and I am the last,

and besides me there are no gods.

Who is like me?

Let them speak up, explain it, and lay it out for me.

Who announced long ago what is to be?

Let them tell us what is to come.

Don’t tremble; have no fear!

Didn’t I proclaim it?

Didn’t I inform you long ago?

You are my witnesses!

Is there a God besides me?

There is no other rock; I know of none.

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
Revelation 21:9-21

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues spoke with me. “Come,” he said, “I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” He took me in a Spirit-inspired trance to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. The city had God’s glory. Its brilliance was like a priceless jewel, like jasper that was as clear as crystal. It had a great high wall with twelve gates. By the gates were twelve angels, and on the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel’s sons. There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. The city wall had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the Lamb’s twelve apostles.

The angel who spoke to me had a gold measuring rod with which to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. Now the city was laid out as a square. Its length was the same as its width. He measured the city with the rod, and it was fifteen hundred miles. Its length and width and height were equal. He also measured the thickness of its wall. It was two hundred sixteen feet thick, as a person—or rather, an angel—measures things. The wall was built of jasper, and the city was pure gold, like pure glass. The city wall’s foundations were decorated with every kind of jewel. The first foundation was jasper, the second was sapphire, the third was chalcedony, and the fourth was emerald. The fifth was sardonyx, the sixth was carnelian, the seventh was chrysolite, and the eighth was beryl. The ninth was topaz, the tenth was chrysoprase, the eleventh was jacinth, and the twelfth was amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was made from a single pearl. And the city’s main street was pure gold, as transparent as glass.

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.


In faith we pray

We pray to you, our God.

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.