READING“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and the messenger of the covenant in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.From Malachi 3
PREPARATIONSpirit of Truth,Guide us into truth.Guide us into you.Speak,So we can hear.
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 way;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.
You are tender mercyYou are Immanuel, A warm light, a new day for usunder death’s shadow.
PSALM 111Praise the Lord.I will give thanks to the LordWith my whole heart,In the council of the upright,And in the congregation.Great are the works of the Lord,Sought by all who delight in them.Majestic and splendid are his works. And his righteousness endures forevermore.He made his wonderful works to be remembered;The Lord is gracious and merciful.He provides food to those who fear him;He is ever mindful of his covenant.He has shown his people the power of his worksIn giving them the heritage of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;All his precepts are trustworthy.They are established forevermore.They are done in faithfulness and uprightness.He has sent redemption to his people.He has commanded his covenant forever.Holy and revered is his name.The beginning of wisdom is the fear of the Lord,All who practice it have good understanding.His praise endures forevermore.
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 greatlight from heaven,Visit us, shine on those sitting in darkness, And guide our feet in his way.Grace and peace friends.