First Wednesday in Advent

November 29, 2011 — Leave a comment


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)
My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
for he will pluck my feet out of the net.
Turn to me and be gracious to me,
for I am lonely and afflicted.
The troubles of my heart are enlarged;
bring me out of my distresses.
Consider my affliction and my trouble,
and forgive all my sins.  (Psalm 25:14-18)
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 we desire to be with You and see You face to face, and yet how could we behold Your glory in our sinfulness?  Yet You have given us hope more tangible than life itself, give us also patient faithfulness to wait and watch for Your return.  Continue to nurture and strengthen faith within us by the power of the Holy Spirit who holds us steadfast until Your return.  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)


The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns
John Brownlie, 1859-1925, alt.
Stanzas 1-5

The King shall come when morning dawns
And light triumphant breaks,
When beauty gilds the eastern hills
And life to joy awakes
Not as of old a little child,
To bear and fight and die,
But crowned in glory like the sun
That lights the morning sky.
Oh, brighter than the rising morn
When Christ, victorious, rose
And left the lone-some place of death
Despite the rage of foes.
Oh, brighter than that glorious morn
Shall dawn upon our race
The day when Christ in splendor comes
And we shall see His face.
The King shall come when morning dawns
And light and beauty brings.
Hail, Christ the Lord! Your people pray:
Come quickly, King of kings!


O Lord, have mercy on us.

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

Thanks be to God.

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.  In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The LORD is our righteousness.’

“For thus says the LORD: David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man in my presence to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings, and to make sacrifices forever.”  (Jeremiah 33:14-18)

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 heaven and earth who alone is worthy to judge all peoples according to their deeds, have mercy upon us for Christ’s sake!  We cannot attain to the standard of Your righteousness as You have revealed it to us in Your Law and through the mouths of Your Prophets.  Merciful God hide us beneath the banner of Your Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ and by His blood wash us so that we may be whiter than snow and cleansed from all unrighteousness.  Merciful Father You delayed Your final judgement of our sin until in the fullness of Your time our Lord was revealed.  According to Your steadfast love towards us You placed the burden of our guilt upon the shoulder’s of Your Son, so that having warned us of the judgment yet to come You have called us not fulfill the requirements of the law ourselves, but to trust in Your Son who has done so on our behalf.  For His sake preserve until You yet again bring time to completion and send Your holy angels out to gather the last harvest.  Father, You have grafted us onto the Vine, continue to change our hearts we pray, by making us ever new after the fashion of our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One Holy God, both in this world and the one that is to come.  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.

All scripture passages are ESV


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