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)
Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love,
for they have been from of old.
Remember not the sins of my youth or my transgressions;
according to your steadfast love remember me,
for the sake of your goodness, O LORD!
Good and upright is the LORD;
therefore he instructs sinners in the way.
He leads the humble in what is right,
and teaches the humble his way.
All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness,
for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. (Psalm 25:6-10)
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.
Lord You came to us and found us when we were lost and unable to find You. You have placed the value of our lives as the cost of Your own. As we continue on our Advent journey make us mindful what it means to be called dearly beloved in Christ Jesus our Lord, so that we may value our neighbors even as You value us. 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)
Creator of the Stars of Night
Text: Latin, 5th-10th cent.: tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-66, alt. Public Domain.
Stanzas 1,2 &5
Creator of the stars of night,
Thy people’s everlasting Light:
O Christ, Redeemer, save us all
And hear Thy servants when they call.
Thou Grieving that the Ancient curse
Should doom to death a universe,
Hast found the healing, full of grace,
To cure and save our ruined race.
O Thou, whose coming is with dread
To judge the living and the dead,
Preserve us from the ancient foe
While still we dwell on earth below.
O Lord, have mercy on us.
A reading from the Prophet Jeremiah, the thirty-third chapter.
Thanks be to God.
The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard: “Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it—the LORD is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah that were torn down to make a defense against the siege mounds and against the sword: They are coming in to fight against the Chaldeans and to fill them with the dead bodies of men whom I shall strike down in my anger and my wrath, for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their evil. Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it. (Jeremiah 33:1-9)
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.
Lord God of hosts You have revealed Yourself in righteousness and strength as the Lord whose name is above all names. You alone are the Author of Life and have bound us together with You in the waters of Baptism. We come to Your table and our cleansed by Your blood. Your alone are our fortune and rest. Give us Your peace so that we who are the many members of Your body may continue to do the work of Your kingdom tirelessly and without fear. Grant us a full measure of faith nurtured by the Comforter so that we might proclaim salvation to the lost, lose the chains of the captive yet caught in darkness and be Your comfort to all who are in need. Grant us the strength to glorify You rightly by laying down our lives for our neighbors and edifying one another so that all the world may clearly see the first fruits of the reconciliation of all things to the Father, through the Son, by the power of the Holy Spirit. 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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