1st Thursday after Christmas Day: 30 Dec 2021: Psalm 147:12-20; 2 Chronicles 1:7-13; Mark 13:32-37 ~ Stay alert! Watch for the Son of Man.

1st Thursday after Christmas Day: 30 Dec 2021:

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among
us; and as we are sorely hindered by our sins from running the
race that is set before us, let your bountiful grace and mercy
speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to
whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now
and for ever. Amen.

“No one knows the day or hour
when [the Son of Man] will come,
not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself.
Only the Father knows.
And since you don’t know when that time will come,
be on guard! Stay alert!

(Mark 13:32-33)

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Psalms: Psalm 147 – Praise the Lord, Jerusalem (Mark Haas)

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OT Reading: 2 Chronicles 1:7-13 (NLT)

1:7 That night God appeared to Solomon and said, “What do you want? Ask, and I will give it to you!”

8 Solomon replied to God, “You showed great and faithful love to David, my father, and now you have made me king in his place. 9 O Lord God, please continue to keep your promise to David my father, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth! 10 Give me the wisdom and knowledge to lead them properly, for who could possibly govern this great people of yours?”

11 God said to Solomon, “Because your greatest desire is to help your people, and you did not ask for wealth, riches, fame, or even the death of your enemies or a long life, but rather you asked for wisdom and knowledge to properly govern my people— 12 I will certainly give you the wisdom and knowledge you requested. But I will also give you wealth, riches, and fame such as no other king has had before you or will ever have in the future!”

13 Then Solomon returned to Jerusalem from the Tabernacle at the place of worship in Gibeon, and he reigned over Israel.

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God I Look To You – Bethany Wohrle | Heaven Come 2018
[Bethel Music]

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NT Reading: Mark 13:32-37 (NLT)

13:32 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows. 33 And since you don’t know when that time will come, be on guard! Stay alert!

34 “The coming of the Son of Man can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. When he left home, he gave each of his slaves instructions about the work they were to do, and he told the gatekeeper to watch for his return. 35 You, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know when the master of the household will return—in the evening, at midnight, before dawn, or at daybreak. 36 Don’t let him find you sleeping when he arrives without warning. 37 I say to you what I say to everyone: Watch for him!”

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Are you ready for His coming?ActiveChristianity
Brunstad Christian Church

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Prayer: (ACNA / BCP2019)

For WatchfulnessLancelot Andrewes

+ Thou, who with thine own mouth hast told us that at midnight the bridegroom shall come: Grant that the cry, “The bridegroom cometh!” may sound evermore in our ears, that so we be never unprepared to meet him, or forgetful of the souls for whom he died, for whom we watch and pray. And save us, O Lord. Amen.

For the Coming of God’s Kingdom

+ Hasten, O Father, the coming of your kingdom; and grant that we your servants, who now live by faith, may with joy behold your Son at his coming in glorious majesty; even Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate. Amen.

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Closing: Mark 13:36-37

Don’t let [the Son of Man] find you sleeping
when he arrives without warning.
I say to you what I say to everyone:
Watch for him!”

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.