Monday morning December 10

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

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 44


We glory in God at all times.

We have heard it, God, with our own ears;

our ancestors told us about it:

about the deeds you did in their days,

in days long past.

You, by your own hand, removed all the nations,

but you planted our ancestors.

You crushed all the peoples,

but you set our ancestors free.

No, not by their own swords

did they take possession of the land—

their own arms didn’t save them.

No, it was your strong hand, your arm,

and the light of your face

because you were pleased with them.

It’s you, God! You who are my king,

the one who orders salvation for Jacob.

We’ve pushed our foes away by your help;

we’ve trampled our enemies by your name.

No, I won’t trust in my bow;

my sword won’t save me

because it’s you who saved us from our foes,

you who put those who hate us to shame.

So we glory in God at all times

and give thanks to your name forever.

But now you’ve rejected and humiliated us.

You no longer accompany our armies.

You make us retreat from the enemy;

our adversaries plunder us.

You’ve handed us over like sheep for butchering;

you’ve scattered us among the nations.

You’ve sold your people for nothing,

not even bothering to set a decent price.

You’ve made us a joke to all our neighbors;

we’re mocked and ridiculed by everyone around us.

You’ve made us a bad joke to the nations,

something to be laughed at by all peoples.

All day long my disgrace confronts me,

and shame covers my face

because of the voices of those

who make fun of me and bad-mouth me,

because of the enemy who is out for revenge.

All this has come upon us,

but we haven’t forgotten you

or broken your covenant.

Our hearts haven’t turned away,

neither have our steps strayed from your way.

But you’ve crushed us in the place where jackals live,

covering us with deepest darkness.

If we had forgotten the name of our God

or spread out our hands to some strange deity,

wouldn’t God have discovered it?

After all, God knows every secret of the heart.

No, God, it’s because of you that we are getting killed every day—

it’s because of you that we are considered sheep ready for slaughter.

Wake up! Why are you sleeping, Lord?

Get up! Don’t reject us forever!

Why are you hiding your face,

forgetting our suffering and oppression?

Look: we’re going down to the dust;

our stomachs are flat on the ground!

Stand up! Help us!

Save us for the sake of your faithful love.

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.


We glory in God at all times.

Psalm prayer

In the darkness of unknowing,

when your love seems absent,

draw near to us, O God,

in Christ forsaken,

in Christ risen,

our Redeemer and our Lord.

Old Testament reading
Isaiah 45:14-25

The Lord says:

Egypt will grow weary, Cush will be sold,

and the tall Sabeans will cross over to you.

They will be yours, and after you they will go.

In chains they will come;

to you they will bow down.

They will plead with you:

“Truly God is with you;

there’s no other, no other God.”

Surely you are a god who hides himself,

Israel’s God and savior.

They will all be shamed and disgraced;

the makers of idols will end up disgraced together.

Israel has been saved by the Lord of everlasting salvation.

You won’t be shamed,

and you won’t be disgraced forever and always.

For this is what the Lord said, who created the heavens,

who is God,

who formed the earth and made it,

who established it,

who didn’t create it a wasteland but formed it as a habitation:

I, the Lord, and none other!

I didn’t speak in secret

or in some land of darkness;

I didn’t say to the offspring of Jacob,

“Seek me in chaos.”

I am the Lord, the one who speaks truth,

who announces what is correct.

Gather and come,

draw near together,

fugitives of the nations!

Those who carry their wooden idols don’t know;

those who pray to a god who won’t save.

Announce! Approach! Confer together!

Who proclaimed this from the beginning, announced it from long ago?

Wasn’t it I, the Lord?

There’s no other God except me,

a righteous God and a savior;

there’s none besides me!

Turn to me and be saved,

all you ends of the earth,

for I am God, and there’s no other.

I have sworn a solemn pledge;

a word has left my mouth;

it is reliable and won’t fail.

Surely every knee will bow

and every tongue will confess;

they will say, “Righteousness and strength come only from the Lord.

All who are angry with him will come to shame.

All the Israelites

will be victorious and rejoice.”

Silence may be kept.

New Testament reading
1 Thessalonians 1

From Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy.

To the Thessalonians’ church that is in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Grace and peace to all of you.

We always thank God for all of you when we mention you constantly in our prayers. This is because we remember your work that comes from faith, your effort that comes from love, and your perseverance that comes from hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father. Brothers and sisters, you are loved by God, and we know that he has chosen you. We know this because our good news didn’t come to you just in speech but also with power and the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know as well as we do what kind of people we were when we were with you, which was for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord when you accepted the message that came from the Holy Spirit with joy in spite of great suffering. As a result you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and Achaia. The message about the Lord rang out from you, not only in Macedonia and Achaia but in every place. The news about your faithfulness to God has spread so that we don’t even need to mention it. People tell us about what sort of welcome we had from you and how you turned to God from idols. As a result, you are serving the living and true God, and you are waiting for his Son from heaven. His Son is Jesus, who is the one he raised from the dead and who is the one who will rescue us from the coming wrath.

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

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.