Friday in the Third Week of Advent
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!
Opening Sentence – (In the preparation days of Celtic Advent)
+ We have waited long for You. Deep has been our darkness.
+ We long for You to shine right here among us where we are.
+ We will not fear the shadows that surround us if only You will come among us!
+ We wait for the sound of a cry in the night, the joy that follows pain, the coming of hope.
Reading: Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 7 (NLT)
May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere. May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you.
May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you.
Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him.
Reading: Isaiah 56:1-3, 6-8 (NLT)
This is what the Lord says:
“Be just and fair to all. Do what is right and good, for I am coming soon to rescue you and to display my righteousness among you. Blessed are all those who are careful to do this. Blessed are those who honor my Sabbath days of rest and keep themselves from doing wrong.
“Don’t let foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will never let me be part of his people.’ And don’t let the eunuchs say, ‘I’m a dried-up tree with no children and no future.’
“I will also bless the foreigners who commit themselves to the Lord, who serve him and love his name, who worship him and do not desecrate the Sabbath day of rest, and who hold fast to my covenant. I will bring them to my holy mountain of Jerusalem and will fill them with joy in my house of prayer. I will accept their burnt offerings and sacrifices, because my Temple will be called a house of prayer for all nations. For the Sovereign Lord, who brings back the outcasts of Israel, says: I will bring others, too, besides my people Israel.”
Reading: John 5:33-36 (NLT)
In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about me was true. Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved. John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message. But I have a greater witness than John—my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me.
Heavenly Father: May your ways be known throughout the earth, your saving power among people everywhere.
+ Remind us of all that you have done for us in the past.
+ Prepare us for all that you have for us in the future.
+ May this Advent and Christmas season refresh our faith and trust in you.
Lord Jesus Christ: May your Kingdom come and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
+ You are the Sun of Righteousness who comes to heal and rescue us.
+ You are the fulfillment of God’s covenant promises to all who love and serve you.
+ May your presence among us, during this Advent and Christmas season, fill your people with joy and may your church become a house of prayer for all nations.
Holy Spirit: May the miracle of the Word made flesh awaken us to the power of your presence among us today.
+ You rain down signs and wonders from above on the old and the young.
+ You come with fire and burn within the souls of all who call on your name.
+ May we surrender to your glory, during this Advent and Christmas season, and become immersed in your mercy and love.
“Open Heaven” – Hillsong Worship
Make your heart ready for the King of Glory to come in. Pray: come dwell in me and be my peace today.
+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holly Spirit. Amen!