PREPARATIONSpeak Lord, for your servant is listening.
READINGIn the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.”from Luke 1
REFLECTIONStories like Zechariah & Elizabeth’s remind us that trials are not curses, they are opportunities for us to practice and display our faith in our God who has been faithful.
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. ResponseYou are tender and mercifulYou are Immanuel, A warm light, a new day for us, under death’s shadow.From Luke 1
PSALM 23The Lord is my shepherd:I lack nothing.He makes me lie down in green pastures.He leads me beside still waters.He restores my soul.He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil, for you are with me.Your rod and your staff,they comfort me. You prepare a table before mein the presence of my enemies.You anoint my head with oil.My cup runs over.Surely goodness and loving kindnessshall follow me all the days of my life,and I will dwell in Yahweh’s house forever.
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.
Prayers are based off of the following scripturesLuke 1, 1 Samuel 3, Psalm 23, Luke 1, Matthew 6, Revelation 22