In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
O LORD, You are our Father;
we are the clay, and You are our potter;
we are all the work of Your hand. (Is. 64:8)
To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
O my God, in you I trust;
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies exult over me.
Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame;
they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.
Make me to know your ways, O LORD;
teach me your paths.
Lead me in your truth and teach me,
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you I wait all the day long. (Psalm 25:1-5)
Be not so terribly angry, O LORD,
and remember not iniquity forever.
Behold, please look, we are all Your people. (Is. 64:9)
O Lord, open my lips,
And my mouth will declare Your praise. (Psalm 51:15)
Make haste, O God, to deliver me;
Make haste to help me, O Lord. (Psalm 70:1)
Glory be 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.
Heavenly Father bless Your children as we begin our Advent journey. Give us eyes to examine ourselves and ears to hear Your Word so that we may rejoice anew at the birth of Your Son born in lowly estate who has become our head and the reconciliation of all things with You. Amen.
If you are using an advent wreath, light the first candle now.
Jesus Christ, You are the Light of the world that no darkness can overcome; for darkness is as light with You. Keep us from sin and straighten our path, so that we may be prepared for Your coming. Amen.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Rev. 21:1-2)
O Lord, How Shall I Meet You
Stanzas 1 & 3
Paul Gerhardt, 1607-76
O Lord, how shall I meet You,
How welcome You aright?
Your people long to greet You,
My hope, my heart’s delight!
O kindle, Lord most holy,
Your lamp within my breast
to do in spirit lowly all that may please You best.
I lay in fetters, groaning;
You came to set me free.
I stood, my shame bemoaning;
You came to honor me.
A glorious crown You give me,
A treasure safe on high that will not fail or leave me
As earthly riches fly.
O Lord, have mercy on us.
A reading from the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the twenty-first chapter.
Thanks be to God.
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
And he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. As soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all has taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“But watch yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a trap. For it will come upon all who dwell on the face of the whole earth. But stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21:25-36)
In many and various ways, God spoke to His people by the prophets.
But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.
O Lord hear my prayer.
And let my cry come to You.
Holy God Your words go out and never return empty handed. Most Merciful Lord forgive us, for so often our words are full of emptiness, returning only with shortcomings, pain and disappointment. Yet Your promises never fade, and ever prove that Your good will towards us is as long suffering as Your love for us is immeasurable. Lord, You have created us in Your image, which we gladly traded for the Enemy’s lies. Forgive us for we have no hope save in You. Grant to us diligence and sobriety so that we may be ever mindful to trust in Your appointed salvation. For You will not fail to save Your children, born not of our mother’s wombs, but rather, made anew by water and word. Heavenly Father strengthen our feet to stand before our Lord on the day that You have appointed for His return, and for the sake of His innocent suffering and death, preserve us in the true faith to life everlasting that we may share in His resurrection. Even as You have promised, may it be so. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Holy God, holy and most gracious Father
Have mercy and hear us. Amen.
Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Amen.
The Lord Almighty bless us and direct our days and our deeds in peace. Amen.
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