READING“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain. And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”From Isaiah 40
PREPARATIONLet the Messiah,The Christ,Jesus,be formed in us.From Galatians 4
THE BENEDICTUSBlessed 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.
RESPONSEYou are tender and mercifulYou are Immanuel.A warm light, a new day.
Psalm 67God be merciful to us, And bless us,And cause his face to shine upon us. Selah
That your way may be known on earth,Your salvation among all nations.Let the peoples praise you, O God,Let all the peoples praise you.
Oh let the nations be gladAnd sing for joy.For you will judge the peoples with equity,And govern the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise you, O God,Let all the peoples praise you.The earth has yielded its increase,God, even our own God, will bless us.God will bless us,And all the ends of the earthShall fear him.
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.