20 December 2020

A Service For Use in the Home

Advent 4

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: Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness,
R: let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit.
L: The heavens declare the glory of God, and teh sky above proclaims his handiwork,
R: In them he has set a tent for the sun,
L: which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
R: and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
L: Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them,
R: and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

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: Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness,
R: let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit.

L: Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
R: Amen.

READINGS FROM HOLY SCRIPTURE
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Psalm 89:1-20 (antiphon v 8)
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38

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 #356 The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came

SERMON – Luke 1:26-38

The Apostles’ Creed (confessed all together)

THE PRAYERS

Gracious God our Father in heaven, Your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord, came as the Child of the Virgin to rescue humanity from Sin and Death; reborn in Him through water, Word, and Spirit, 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 Mt, Calvary in Lake Arrowhead,

For our missionaries including Daniel and Kathy Conrad,

For our schools and seminaries, 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 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; for your blessing upon the vaccines and treatments being discovered and deployed; 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 Peggy and Matthew; Lord in your mercy…
R: Hear our prayer

For the hope and expectation of this last week of Advent, that awaiting our Savior’s coming, we may together with blessed Mary magnify your holy Name and rejoice in You, the God of our salvation; 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.

HYMN #357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

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