Evening Prayer, Christmas Eve, 24 Dec 2020: Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Luke 2:1-7 ~ “A Son is born!”


Christmas Eve, 24 Dec 2020

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

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God our Creator,
who made this most holy night radiant
with the splendor of the one true light,
grant in your mercy
that, as we celebrate on earth the mystery of that light,
we may also rejoice in its fullness in heaven.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
(Isaiah 9:6)

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Once in Royal David’s City – Daniel O’Donnell

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A Reading from the Prophets: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 (ESV)

2 The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.

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“For unto us a Child is born” from Messiah – Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir

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A Reading from the Gospels: Luke 2:1-7 (ESV)

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6 And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

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O Holy Night – Fellowship Creative

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Prayer: 

Psalm 96:1-3 – Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

96 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!

Psalm 96 – Vertical Worship

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Closing – Titus 2:11-14 (ESV)

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.”

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

Praying the Psalms: Fri, 19 Oct – Psalm 96 ~ Rejoice! He is coming to judge the earth.

Praying the Psalms

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

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 96 (NLT)

Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: We join with the voices of heaven and earth to praise your great Name –

+ for you are matchless in power, wisdom, and love…
+ for you made everything in heaven and earth, you made us…
+ for you are matchless in faithfulness and loving-kindness…
+ for you reign over heaven and earth with justice and truth…

O Lord our God: Give us songs to sing, arising from our experience of your saving grace –

+ refresh in us the joy of sins forgiven, and new life begun…
+ refresh in us words to express your loving-kindness and mercy…
+ refresh in us an all-pervading spirit of worship throughout our day…
+ refresh in us the commission to go into all the world and make disciples…

O Lord our God: Give us new songs to sing to welcome Jesus, our coming King. Prepare our hearts to receive him at a moment’s notice for he comes to reveal your glory, and to judge the earth in righteousness and truth. It’s in his Name we pray. Amen.
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” Psalm 96″ [Let The Earth Rejoice] – Robbie Seay Band

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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Second Ordinary Sunday, 17 January: Isaiah 62:1-5; Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; John 2:1-11 ~ glory revealed

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

There are echoes of the Christmas Season in the Gospel story of the wedding feast of Cana, in which God’s glory becomes visible in Jesus, as it did at his Epiphany and Baptism.

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

Opening Prayer:

God of wonders, at Cana in Galilee you revealed your glory in Jesus Christ and summoned all humanity to life in him. Show to your people gathered on this day your transforming power and give us a foretaste of the wine you keep for the age to come. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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Hymn: “God Of Wonders” – Third Day


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A Reading from the Old Testament: Isaiah 62:1-5 (NLT)
[God’s relationship with us is described in terms of a wedding — God is as close as a bridegroom to a bride.]

Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch.

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The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. And you will be given a new name by the Lord’s own mouth. The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see — a splendid crown in the hand of God.

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride. Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem, just as a young man commits himself to his bride. Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.
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A Reading from Psalms: Psalm 96:1-3, 7-10 (NLT)

Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
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O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.
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“Overwhelmed” – Big Daddy Weave (Sand Stories by Heather Curless)


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A Reading from the Letters: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (NLT)
[Between now and the start of Lent, the second reading each Sunday is from St Paul’s first letter to the people of Corinth. He wrote to them in response to a request for practical guidance. Today’s reading outlines the different gifts needed by each community, which the Spirit provides.]

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.

presents-under-a-christmas-tree

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
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A Reading from the Gospels: John 2:1-11 (NLT)
[The story of the wedding feast of Cana repeats the message of the Epiphany and the Baptism of the Lord. Jesus’ glory was seen by his disciples.]

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”

The Wedding Feast at Cana (detail) Paolo Veronese, 1562–3 Paris, Musée du Louvre
The Wedding Feast at Cana (detail)
Paolo Veronese, 1562–3
Paris, Musée du Louvre

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
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Hymn: “God is able” – Hillsong United

God is able | He will never fail | He is almighty God | Greater than all we seek | Greater than all we ask | He has done great things

Lifted up | He defeated the grave | Raised to life | Our God is able | In His name | We overcome | For the Lord | Our God is able

God is with us | God is on our side | He will make a way | Far above all we know | Far above all we hope | He has done great things

God is with us | He will go before | He will never leave us | He will never leave us | God is for us | He has open arms | He will never fail us | He will never fail us
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Intercessions:

Gracious God; move among your people with wonder-working power as we bring our needs before you.

+ For all who seek to follow Christ – may we not be slow to do what he asks of us…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Christians facing persecution in Africa and the Middle East – draw close to them and show them your glory…. Lord, hear us.
+ For refugees and migrants – provide for their immediate needs and return them home safely, rejoicing at the wonders you have shown them…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those preparing to celebrate marriage this year – that your presence at their wedding may bring them joy and oneness in spirit…. Lord, hear us.
+ For all married couples – that their witness of love may show the world your continuing mercy and presence…. Lord, hear us.
+ For widowed, separated and divorced people – that the support of their friends may help them in difficult times…. Lord, hear us.
+ For our loved ones who have died – that they may sing God’s praises in their eternal home…. Lord, hear us.

Loving God, we proclaim to the nations: ‘God is king’: let your power be seen as you answer our prayers offered through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
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Hymn: “How Great Is Our God” – (World Edition) [feat. Chris Tomlin]


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Benediction:

He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6:15b-16)

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

Morning Prayer: 25 November – Psalm 96; Romans 8:35-37 ~ overwhelming victory is ours

A Season of Thanksgiving

Morning Prayer

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

Opening sentence

Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Sing to him; yes, sing his praises. Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 96 NLT

Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord! Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods. The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens! Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

christus victor

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.
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Morning Reading: Romans 8:35-37 NLT

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
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Prayer:

Nothing can separate us from the love of Christ: Stay with us, Lord Jesus, and listen to the cries of our hearts.

+ In all things we are victorious through Your love – take us into Your care today.
+ Fill us with Your Holy Spirit – so that we may overflow with Your love and consecrate this day to You.
+ Help all believers to answer Your call – so that we may be salt to the earth and light to the world.
+ Help us in our daily activities and work – that we may work in harmony with others for justice and for the good of the whole community.
+ Help those who are experiencing trouble, calamity, persecution, hunger, impoverishment, danger, or threatened with death – comfort them and assure them of Your love in palpable, recognizable ways today.

Shed Your clear light on our hearts, Lord, so that walking continually in the way of Your commandments we may never be deceived or misled. Bless us today, and keep us from all evil, and bring us to everlasting life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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“Stay With Me” – Chardonae Rose

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Canticle

Christ, as a light illumine and guide me. Christ, as a shield overshadow me. Christ under me; Christ over me; Christ beside me on my left and my right. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Be in the heart of each to whom I speak; in the mouth of each who speaks unto me. This day be within and without me, lowly and meek, yet all-powerful. Christ as a light; Christ as a shield; Christ beside me on my left and my right.

Blessing

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.

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