READINGHave this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.From Philippians 2
REFLECTIONHumility is humiliating. Humility has a way of humiliating us but glorifying God.Jesus was/is humble. PREPARATIONShow us your ways,Guide us in your truth,Teach us.For you are the God of our salvation,We wait for you all day long.THE BENEDICTUS WITH RESPONSEBlessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,For he has visited and worked redemption for his people,And has raised up a horn of salvation for usIn the house of his servant DavidAs he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets that have been from old,Salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;To show mercy towards our fathers,And to remember his holy covenant;The oath which he swore to Abraham, our father,To grant to us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemiesShould serve him without fear,In holiness and righteousness before him all our days.Yea and you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High:For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;To give knowledge of salvation to his peopleIn the forgiveness of their sins,Because of the tender mercy of our God,Whereby the dayspring from on high will visit us,To shine upon them that sit in darkness and the shadow of death;To guide our feet into the way of peace.
PSALM 62My soul waits in silence for God alone,From him comes my salvation.He alone is my rock and my salvation,He is my fortress; I shall not be greatly moved.
How long will all of you set upon a man,That you may slay him,Like a leaning wall,Like a tottering fence?They only plan to thrust him down From his dignity,They delight in lies,They bless with their mouth,But they curse inwardly. Selah
My soul waits in silence for God alone,For my hope is from him.He alone is my rock and my salvation,He is my fortress; I shall not be moved.
With God is my salvation and my glory.The rock of my strength,And my refuge, is in God.You people, trust in him at all times.Pour out your heart before him.God is a refuge for us. Selah
Surely, those of low position are a breath and those of rank are a delusion.In the balances they will go up,They are together lighter than a breath.Do not trust in oppression,Or hope in robbery,If riches increase,Do not set your heart on them.One thing God has spoken,These two things I have heard:That power belongs to God,And to you O Lord belongs lovingkindness.For you render to every manAccording to his work.
SHEMA & THE JESUS CREEDHear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.
THE LORD’S PRAYEROur Father in heaven,Hallowed be your name.Your kingdom come,Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven.Give us this day our daily bread.Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever and ever.
CLOSINGWe say Yes! Amen!Come Lord Jesus!
BENEDICTIONMay Jesus,The light from heaven,Visit us, shine on those sitting in darkness, And guide our feet in his way.Grace and peace friends.