First Tuesday in Advent

November 28, 2011 — Leave a comment

OPENING

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)
For your name’s sake, O LORD,
pardon my guilt, for it is great.
Who is the man who fears the LORD?
Him will he instruct in the way that he should choose.
His soul shall abide in well-being,
and his offspring shall inherit the land.
The friendship of the LORD is for those who fear him,
and he makes known to them his covenant.  (Psalm 25:11-14)
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 have had a plan to bless us and not curse.  Ever do You desire mercy and not sacrifice, even making the final sacrifice for our sins, once and for all, Yourself on the cross.  Prepare our hearts as we, Your people, prepare to receive You in incarnate flesh anew.  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)

MEDITATION

Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord
Heinrich Held, 1620-59; tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1827-78, alt.
Stanzas 1-4

1
Let the earth now praise the Lord,
Who has truly kept His word
And at last to us did send Christ,
The sinner’s help and friend.
2
What the fathers most desired,
What the prophets’ heart inspired,
What they longed for many a year,
Stands fulfilled in glory here.
3
Abram’s promised great reward,
Zion’s helper, Jacob’s Lord
Him of two-fold race behold
Truly came, as long foretold.
4
As Your coming was in peace,
Quiet, full of gentleness,
Let the same mind dwell in me
Which is Yours eternally.

SCRIPTURE

O Lord, have mercy on us.

A reading from the Prophet Jeremiah, the thirty-third chapter.

Thanks be to God.

“Thus says the LORD: In this place of which you say, ‘It is a waste without man or beast,’ in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man or inhabitant or beast, there shall be heard again the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the LORD:
“ ‘Give thanks to the LORD of hosts,
for the LORD is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!’
For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the LORD.

“Thus says the LORD of hosts: In this place that is waste, without man or beast, and in all of its cities, there shall again be habitations of shepherds resting their flocks.  In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the Shephelah, and in the cities of the Negeb, in the land of Benjamin, the places about Jerusalem, and in the cities of Judah, flocks shall again pass under the hands of the one who counts them, says the LORD.  (Jeremiah 33:10-13)

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.

Prayers

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 are steadfast in Your faithfulness to Your people who have proven themselves to be faithless throughout the ages. Continually You have chastised and corrected Your children.  Father You are slow to anger and quick to forgive.  Even when You sent Israel into exile You were faithful to uphold Your promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to bless the whole earth in them.  For this reason You preserved a remnant by the power of Your Holy Spirit and kept them faithful in waiting until the day You fulfilled those same promises through the life, death and resurrection of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  For His sake, Father, preserve us too for we are no less sinful than all those who have gone before us, so that we may be revealed together with Christ in glory upon His promised return.  Hear us for the sake of Your love for us shown through Christ Jesus, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, unto the ages of ages.  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.

CLOSING

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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