Advent Midweek EVENING PRAYER Dec 2
In this Advent time of waiting and watching, the words of the angel Gabriel break into our world:
“Greetings! The Lord is with you.
Do not fear, for nothing will be impossible with God.”
We respond with Mary to the angel’s message:
“Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”
We join with Elizabeth to greet the mother of our Lord:
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
We echo Mary’s song of praise:
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
In this Advent time of waiting and watching, let us pray:
Gracious God, you come to us in new and surprising ways. You make the impossible possible.
Help us, like Mary, to answer your call, that the light of Christ may spread to all the world.
In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
(Based on Luke 1:28-47)
HYMN OF LIGHT “Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers” #244
1. Rejoice, rejoice, believers! And let your lights appear;
The evening is advancing, And darker night is near.
The Bridegroom is arising, And soon is drawing nigh;
Up, pray, and watch, and wrestle! At midnight comes the cry.
2. The watchers on the mountain proclaim the bridegroom near;
Go forth as he approaches with alleluias clear.
The marriage feast is waiting; the gates wide open stand.
Arise, O heirs of glory; the bridegroom is at hand.
3. The saints who here in patience their cross and sufferings bore,
Shall live and reign forever when sorrow is no more.
Around the throne of glory the Lamb they shall behold;
In triumph cast before him Their diadems of gold.
4. Our hope and expectation, O Jesus, now appear;
Arise, O Sun so longed for, o’er this benighted sphere.
With hearts and hands uplifted, we plead, O Lord, to see
The day of earth’s redemption that sets Your people free!
Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
TIME OF SILENT REFLECTION
CANDLE LIGHTING (if you have an Advent wreath, use that, or any candle...)
Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come.
As darkness falls, may we watch for your light.
Keep us awake and alert to your coming and strengthen us to the end,
that we may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. (light candle)
PRAYERS OF THE CHURCH
During these weeks of waiting and expecting, where people live in fear of the unknown,
we pray for peace.
Where people are confused about your will for their lives or for the world,
we pray for clarity.
Where people doubt your presence and your word,
we pray for trust.
Where people are curious, and await the future with hopeful anticipation,
we pray for wonder.
Most of all, when the world longs for you,
we pray you help us respond with glad tidings of comfort and joy.
We pray all this in the name of Jesus, our long-expected Savior. Amen.
THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. AMEN
The peace of God accompany your waiting,
the light of ☩ Christ warm your hearts,
and the joy of the Spirit fill you with hope. Amen.
All Praise to Thee My God This Night ELW #565
All praise to Thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light!
Keep me, O keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.
2. Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear Son,
The ill that I this day have done,
That with the world, myself, and Thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
3. Teach me to live, that I may dread 4. O may my soul on Thee repose,
The grave as little as my bed. And with sweet sleep mine eyelids close,
Teach me to die, that so I may Sleep that may me more vigorous make
Rise glorious at the judgment day. To serve my God when I awake.
5. When in the night I sleepless lie, 6. Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
My soul with heavenly thoughts supply; Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest, Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
No powers of darkness me molest. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.