13 December 2020

A Service For Use in the Home

Advent 3

The following service order is intended for use in the home at a time when our congregation cannot gather. It may be lead by a family member, or if you live alone, you may use it by yourself, in which case, simply say all parts. Of course this is not intended to be a substitute for the Divine Service of the gathered church, but as a provision for household devotion and prayer. You may also use the daily service orders of Matins, Morning Prayer, Vespers, Evening Prayer, or Compline depending on the time of day. For a simple service order, see Daily Prayer (LSB p. 294ff) .

Leader: O Lord, open my lips.
Response: And my mouth will declare your praise.
L: Make haste, O God, to deliver me.
R: Make haste to help me, O Lord.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

L: Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
R: and grant us your salvation.
L: Let me hear what God the LORD will speak,
R: for he will speak peace to his people, to his saints; but let them not turn back to folly.
L: Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
R: that glory may dwell in our land.
L: Yes, the LORD will give what is good,
R: and our land will yield its increase.
L: Righteousness will go before him
R: and make his footsteps a way.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.

L: Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
R: and grant us your salvation.

L: Lord Jesus Christ, we implore You to hear our prayers and to lighten the darkness of our hearts by Your gracious visitation; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
R: Amen.

READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
Psalm 126 (antiphon: v 5)
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
John 1:6-8, 19-28

L: Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion,
R: Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem.
L: Behold, your king is coming to you;
R: righteous and having salvation.
L: Bess is he who comes in the name of the Lord,
R: From the house of the Lord we bless you.

HYMN #345 Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding

SERMON – John 1:6-8, 19-28

The Apostles’ Creed (confessed all together)

THE PRAYERS

Gracious God our Father in heaven, Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, is the Light of the world, the Light no darkness can overcome. John bore witness to that Light, and gathered in His dawning day, we are bold to pray

For your holy church scattered throughout the world, for our brothers and sisters in Christ who suffer persecution for the sake of the Gospel and for all who confess the name of Jesus; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For our fellowship in the Missouri Synod, for those who watch over our teaching and life together, for Matthew, Michael, and Paul, and for all pastors and teachers in Christ,

For our fellow congregations including St. John Lutheran in Covina,

For our missionaries including Andrew and Kelsey Schlund, for our schools and seminaries, and for our AfterSchool and for Vicki its director; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For the government and all in authority, for the president of the nation, for the governor of the state, all legislators and judges, and those in public service; that we would live peaceful lives in all godliness, uprightness, honor, and integrity; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For our military and their families, for police, fire, and emergency workers, for medical workers and all who attend to our health, for those who risk their own lives and health in service of others; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For mutual respect, harmony, and peace among all peoples, for an increase of humility, kindness, gentleness, patience, self-discipline, and hope; Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For an end to the pandemic that plagues our humanity, for those who are suffering both known and unknown, for those who care for the sick, for researchers and scientists seeking treatments and cures; Lord, in your mercy….
R: Hear our prayer

For those who call upon you in their time of need: (everyone may speak the names of those for who they wish to pray); Lord, in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For our recognition of the sanctity of all human life, for the unborn and the mothers who carry them including Kimmy, that mother and child would be protected through childbirth; for those who celebrate the sacred gift of life on their birthdays, for Ruth; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For the renewed joy of our salvation on this Sunday of joy in Advent; for hope in the midst of despair, courage in fear, light in darkness, joy in sadness, comfort in trouble, strength in weakness; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer.

Into your hands we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord.  
R: Amen.

The Our Father (prayed together)

(Morning) I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have kept me this night from all harm and danger; and I pray that You would keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please You. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

(Evening) I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day; and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night. For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul, and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me, that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

L: Let us bless the Lord.
R: Thanks be to God.

L: The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the +Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve us.
R: Amen.

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