Order of Worship Service

    Second Sunday in Advent - December 5, 2021
  • Second Sunday in Advent  
    December 5, 2021
     
    The Common Service - Page 15
     
     
    HYMN 11   Comfort, Comfort All My People
    “Comfort, comfort all my people; speak of peace,” so says our God.
    “Comfort those who sit in darkness, groaning from their sorrows’ load.
    Speak to all Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them;
    Tell them that their sins I cover, that their warfare now is over.”
     
    All their sins our God will pardon, blotting out each dark misdeed;
    All that well deserve his anger he no more will see or heed.
    They have suffered many a day; now their griefs have passed away.
    God will change their aching sadness into ever-springing gladness.
     
    John the Baptist’s voice is crying in the desert far and near,
    Calling people to repentance for the kingdom now is here.
    Oh, that warning cry obey! Now prepare for God a way;
    Let the valleys rise to meet him and the hills bow down to greet him.
     
    Straighten out the crooked highway; make the rougher places plain.
    Let your hearts be true and humble, ready for his holy reign.
    For the glory of the Lord now o’er earth is spread abroad,
    And all flesh shall see the token that his word is never broken.
     
     
    INVOCATION
    In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. 
    AMEN.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    Beloved in the Lord: let us draw near with a pure heart and confess our sins to God our Father, asking Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
     
    Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful and that I have disobeyed You in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done with is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve Your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior, Jesus Christ, I pray:  Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.
    (Sing): Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us. Lord, have mercy on us.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given His only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    AMEN.
     
    In the peace of forgiveness, let us praise the Lord.
    Glory be to God on high, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
    We praise you, we bless you, we worship you, we glorify you, we give thanks to you for your great glory.
    O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father almighty.
    O Lord, the only begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. You take away the sin of the world; receive our prayer. You sit at the right hand of God the Father; have mercy on us.
    For you only are holy; you only are the Lord. You only, O Christ, with the Holy Spirit, are most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the way for your only Son. By his coming give us strength in our conflicts and shed light on our path through the darkness of this world; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.        
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   MALACHI 3:1-7b       
    Look! I am sending my messenger! He will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord, whom you are seeking, will come to his temple! The Messenger of the Covenant, in whom you delight, will surely come, says the Lord of Armies.
    2But who can endure the day when he comes? Who will remain standing when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire, like launderer’s bleach! 3He will be seated like a refiner and a purifier of silver. He will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and like silver. They will belong to the Lord and bring him an offering in righteousness.
    4Judah and Jerusalem’s offerings will be pleasing to the Lord as they were in the days of old, in years long ago.
    5I will approach you to judge you. I will be quick to give testimony against those who practice occult arts, those who commit adultery, those who swear false oaths, those who cheat workers out of their wages, those who wrong a widow and a fatherless child, those who turn away a resident alien—all those who do not fear me, says the Lord of Armies.
    6Certainly I, the Lord, do not change. That is why you, sons of Jacob, have not come to an end. 7Since the days of your fathers, you have turned aside from my statutes and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Armies.
     
     
    PSALM 24  (page 73)
     
    REFRAIN: Let the Lord enter; he is the King of glory.
     
    The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it,
                the world, and all who live in it;
    for he founded it upon the seas
                and established it upon the waters.
    Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
                Who may stand in his holy place?
    He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
                he will receive blessing from God his Savior.
     
    Refrain
     
    Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors,
                that the King of glory may come in.
    Who is this King of glory?
                The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
    Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors,
                that the King of glory may come in.
    Who is he, this King of glory?
                The LORD Almighty – he is the King of glory.
    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.
     
    Refrain
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -  PHILIPPIANS 1:3-11
    I thank my God every time I remember you. 4Every time I pray for all of you, I always pray with joy, 5because of your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. 6I am convinced of this very thing: that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7I am equally convinced that it is right for me to think this way about all of you, because I have you in my heart, for both in my chains and in my defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all share in this grace with me. 8Yes, God is my witness of how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
    9And I pray that your love may still increase more and more in knowledge and every insight. 10This will result in your approval of the things that really matter, so that you will be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. Watch therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. Alleluia. (Matthew 24:42)
    ALLELUIA!  ALLELUIA!  ALLELUIA!
     
     
    GOSPEL LESSON   -   LUKE 3:1-6
    After the announcement of the Gospel, the congregation sings:
    GLORY BE TO YOU, O LORD!
     
    In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—while Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod was tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip was tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias was tetrarch of Abilene— 2during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John, the son of Zechariah, in the wilderness. 3He went into the whole region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4Just as it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
    A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
    “Prepare the way of the Lord! Make his paths straight.
    5Every valley will be filled, and every mountain and hill will be made low.
    The crooked will become straight, and the rough ways smooth.
    6And everyone will see the salvation of God.”
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    APOSTLES’ CREED
    I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                maker of heaven and earth.
    I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,
                who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
                born of the virgin Mary,
                suffered under Pontius Pilate,
                was crucified, died, and was buried.
             He descended into hell.
             The third day He rose again from the dead.
             He ascended into heaven
                and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty.
             From there He will come to judge the living and the dead.
    I believe in the Holy Spirit;
                the holy Christian Church,
                     the communion of saints;
                the forgiveness of sins;
                the resurrection of the body;
                and the life everlasting. Amen.
     
     
    HYMN  16   On Jordan’s Bank the Baptist’s Cry
    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh;
    Come, then, and listen, for he brings good news about the King of kings.
     
    Then cleansed be ev’ry life from sin and furnished for a guest within,
    And let us all our hearts prepare for Christ to come and enter there.
     
    We hail you as our Savior, Lord, our refuge and our great reward.
    Without your grace we waste away like flow’rs that wither and decay.
     
    Stretch forth your hand, our health restore, and lift us up to fall no more.
    Oh, make your face on us to shine, and fill the world with love divine.
     
    All praise to you, eternal Son, whose advent has our freedom won,
    Whom with the Father we adore and Holy Spirit evermore.
     
     
    SERMON        Luke 3:1-6          
                                        Listen to the Voice of the Lord
                                                      I. “Repent!”
                                                     II. “Forgiven!”
                                                    III. “Prepare!”
     
     
    After the sermon, the congregation sings:
    Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
    Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
    Restore unto me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with your free Spirit. Amen.
     
     
    Thankoffering prayer
     
     
    PRAYER of the Church for Advent  (page 123)   
    Eternal Father, throughout the centuries you repeated and affirmed your promise to send the offspring of the woman to crush the serpent’s head. Through your prophets of old, you continually directed the eyes of your people to the advent of their Savior.
     
    We praise you, O Lord, for keeping your promise and sending your Son to destroy the works of the devil.
     
    As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our King, use your mighty Word to shatter our pride and to rouse us from spiritual slumber and apathy.
     
    Move us to take to heart the words of John: “Repent, for the kingsdom of heaven is near.”
     
    You sent your Son to redeem us from sin. Let this good news be our joy and strength. Use it to cheer the lonely, encourage the fearful, and give hope to the despairing. In these days before Christmas, spare us from the stress of deadlines and the frenzy of commercialism.
     
    Fill our lives with the message of your peace and the music of your grace.
     
    Direct our eyes not only to the manger but also to the skies, where we will see your Son coming again, not as a lowly child but as the Lord of lords.
     
    Lift up our hearts in joyful anticipation of that day.
     
    Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
     
    Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
     
    Silent prayer.
     
    Come quickly, Lord Jesus, in your grace, in your power, and in your glory.
     
    Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.
     
     
    LORD’S PRAYER
     
     
    HYMN 4   Lift Up Your Heads, You Mighty Gates  
    Lift up your heads, you mighty gates! Behold, the King of glory waits.
    The King of kings is drawing near; the Savior of the world is here.
    Life and salvation he will bring; therefore rejoice and gladly sing.
    To God the Father raise your joyful songs of praise.
     
    The King is born in poverty, his chariot is humility,
    His kingly crown is holiness, his scepter, pity in distress.
    The end of all our woe he brings; therefore the earth is glad and sings.
    To God the Savior raise your grateful hymns of praise.
     
    How blest the land, the city blest, where Christ the ruler is confessed!
    O peaceful hearts and happy homes to whom the King in triumph comes!
    The cloudless sun of joy is he who comes to set his people free.
    To God the Spirit raise your happy shouts of praise.
     
    Fling wide the portals of your heart; make it a temple set apart
    From earthly use from heav’n’s employ, adorned with prayer and love and joy.
    So shall your Sov’reign enter in and new and nobler life being.
    To God alone be praise for word and deed and grace!
     
    Redeemer, come! I open wide my heart to you; here, Lord, abide!
    Oh, enter with your saving grace; show me your kind and friendly face.
    Your Holy Spirit guide us on until our glorious goal is won.
    Eternal praise and fame we offer to your name.
     
     
    PRAYER
    Blessed Lord, you have given us your Holy Scriptures for our learning. May we so hear them, read, learn, and take them to heart, that being strengthened and comforted by your holy Word, we may cling to the blessed hope of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN.  AMEN.  AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN  552:1,12,3    By All Your Saints Still Striving
    By all your saints still striving, for all your saints at rest,
    Your holy name, O Jesus, forevermore be blessed.
    You rose, our King victorious, that they might wear the crown
    And ever shine in splendor reflected from your throne.
     
    All praise for John the Baptist, forerunner of the Word,
    Our true Elijah, making a highway for the Lord.
    The last and greatest prophet, he saw the dawning ray
    Of light that grows in splendor until the perfect day.
     
    Then let us praise the Father and worship God the Son
    And sing to God the Spirit, eternal Three in One,
    Till all the ransomed number who stand before the throne
    Ascribe all pow’r and glory and praise to God alone.
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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    First Sunday in Advent - November 28, 2021
  • First Sunday in Advent  
    November 28, 2021
     
    Service of Word and Sacrament - Page 26
     
     
    HYMN 2  -   Savior of the Nations, Come
    Savior of the nations, come; virgin’s Son, make here your home.
    Marvel now, O heav’n and earth, that the Lord chose such a birth.
     
    Not by human flesh and blood, by the Spirit of our God
    Was the Word of God made flesh, woman’s offspring, pure and fresh.
     
    Wondrous birth! O wondrous Child of the virgin undefiled,
    Though by all the world disowned, yet to be in heav’n enthroned!
     
    From the Father’s throne he came and ascended to the same,
    Captive leading death and hell – high the song of triumph swell!
     
    Praise to God the Father sing, praise to God the Son, our King,
    Praise to God the Spirit be ever and eternally.
     
     
    INVOCATION
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
    And also with you.
     
     
    CONFESSION OF SINS AND ABSOLUTION
    God invites us to come into his presence and worship him with humble and penitent hearts. Therefore, let us acknowledge our sinfulness and ask him to forgive us.
     
    Holy and merciful Father, I confess that I am by nature sinful, and that I have disobeyed you in my thoughts, words, and actions. I have done what is evil and failed to do what is good. For this I deserve your punishment both now and in eternity. But I am truly sorry for my sins, and trusting in my Savior Jesus Christ, I pray: Lord, Have mercy on me, a sinner.
     
    God, our heavenly Father, has been merciful to us and has given his only Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Therefore, as a called servant of Christ and by his authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
    AMEN.
     

    PRAYER AND PRAISE
    For all that we need in life and for the wisdom to use all your gifts with gratitude and joy, hear our prayer, O Lord.
    Lord, have mercy.
     
    For the steadfast assurance that nothing can separate us from your love and for the courage to stand firm against the assaults of Satan and every evil, hear our prayer, O Christ.
    Christ, have mercy.
     
    For the well-being of your holy Church in all the world and for those who offer here their worship and praise, hear our prayer, O Lord.
    Lord have mercy.
     
    Merciful God, maker and preserver of life, uphold us by your power and keep us in your tender care:
    AMEN
     
    The works of the Lord are great and glorious, his name is worthy of praise.
    O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth.
    Almighty God, merciful Father, you crown our life with your love.
    You take away our sin; you comfort our spirit; you make us pure and holy in your sight.
    You did not spare your only Son, but gave him up for us all.
    O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth.
    O Son of God, eternal Word of the Father, you came to live with us, you made your Father known; you washed us from our sins in your own blood.
    You are the King of glory; you are the Lord!
    O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name in all the earth.

     
     
    PRAYER OF THE DAY
    Stir up your power, O Lord, and come. Protect us by your strength and save us from the threatening dangers of our sins; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    FIRST LESSON   -   JEREMIAH 33:14-16 
    14Listen, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will fulfill the good promises that I have spoken to the house of Israel and concerning the house of Judah.
    15In those days and at that time,
    I will cause a righteous Branch to grow up from David’s line.
    He will establish justice and righteousness on earth.
    16In those days Judah will be saved,
    and Jerusalem will dwell securely.
    This is what she will be called:
    The Lord Our Righteousness.
     
     
    PSALM 25 (page 74)
     
    REFRAIN: To you, O Lord, I lift my soul; in you I trust, my God.
     
    To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul;
                in you I trust, O my God.
    Remember, O LORD, your great mercy and love,
                for they are from of old.
    Remember not the sins of my youth and my rebellious ways;
                according to your love remember me, for you are good, O LORD.
     
    REFRAIN
     
    Turn to me and be gracious to me,
                for I am lonely and afflicted.
    Look upon my affliction and my distress
                and take away all my sins.
    Guard my life and rescue me,
                for I take refuge in you.
    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.
     
    REFRAIN
     
     
    SECOND LESSON   -   1 THESSALONIANS 3:9-13
    9Indeed, how can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have before God on account of you? 10Night and day we are praying earnestly to see you in person and to supply what is lacking in your faith.
    11May God our Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. 12And may the Lord increase your love and make it overflow for each other and for all people, just as ours does for you, 13so that he may establish your hearts as blameless in holiness before our God and Father, when our Lord Jesus comes with all his saints.
     
     
    VERSE OF THE DAY
    Alleluia. He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Alleluia. (Revelation 22:20)
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
    These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
    Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
     

    GOSPEL LESSON   -       LUKE 21:25-36
    25“There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And on the earth nations will be in anguish, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the surging waves, 26people fainting from fear and expectation of the things coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28But when these things begin to happen, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.”
    29He told them a parable. “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30As soon as they are sprouting leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is actually near. 31So also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32Amen I tell you: This generation will not pass away until all these things happen. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
    34“Watch yourselves or else your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and the worries of this life, and that day may come on you suddenly. 35For it will come like a trap on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36Stay alert all the time, praying that you may be able to escape all these things that are going to happen and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”
     
    This is the Gospel of our risen Savior.
    PRAISE BE TO YOU, O CHRIST!
     
     
    HYMN 376   -   Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness
    Jesus, your blood and righteousness my beauty are, my glorious dress;
    Mid flaming worlds, in these arrayed, with joy shall I lift up my head.
     
    Bold shall I stand in that great day – who can a word against me say?
    Fully through you absolved I am from sin and fear, from guilt and shame.
     
    Lord, I believe your precious blood, which at the very throne of God
    Forever will for sinners plead, for me – e’en for my soul – was shed.
     
    Lord, I believe were sinners more than sands upon the ocean shore,
    You have for all a ransom paid, for all a full atonement made.
     
    When from the dust of death I rise to claim my mansion in the skies,
    E’en then this shall be all my plea: Jesus has lived and died for me.
     
    Jesus, be worshiped endlessly! Your boundless mercy has for me,
    For me and all your hands have made, and everlasting ransom paid.
     
     
    SERMON        Luke 21:25-36  
                What Good Is Christmas If Christ Isn’t Coming Back?
                             I. But He is – so be ready!
                            II. But He is – so be joyful!
     
     
    NICENE CREED
    We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,
                maker of heaven and earth,
                of all that is,
                seen and unseen.
     
    We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God,
                eternally begotten of the Father,
                God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God,
                begotten, not made,
                of one being with the Father.
      Through him all things were made.
      For us and for our salvation, he came down from heaven,
                was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary,
                and became fully human.
      For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate.
      He suffered death and was buried.
      On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.
      He ascended into heaven
                and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
      He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
                And his kingdom will have no end.
     
    We believe in the Holy Spirit,
                the Lord, the giver of life,
                who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
                who in unity with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
                who has spoken through the prophets.
      We believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
      We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
      We look for the resurrection of the dead
                and the life of the world to come.  Amen.
     
     
    PRAYER OF THE CHURCH
    Gracious God and Father, we praise you for the countless blessings, which we receive from your hand: the beauties of creation and the bounties of the earth, the joy of life and the pleasure of friendship, the good of work and the gift of rest, the privilege to share happiness and sorrow with one another. Above all we praise and thank you for your saving Word and for your Son’s body and blood, which you give us to eat and to drink in the sacrament. Through these means of grace, you send the Holy Spirit into our hearts and unite us to Jesus and to the whole Christian Church on earth.
     
    Strengthen us through this heavenly food; increase our trust in Christ and our love for one another.
     
    Great God and Lord, without your continuing help we easily waver in our faith, lose courage, and grow careless in our watchfulness. The times and days are perilous. Give us strength to face the evils of each day with fresh confidence. Open our lips to speak of your grace, and move us to use the gifts that you give us to share your Word of salvation with all people. Protect and prosper the family, the school, the government, and all good institutions that you have established for the benefit of society. Remember in mercy those who are sick and suffering, and bring your healing to troubled homes and lives.
     
    Move us to pray for those in need and to help them with deeds of kindness.
     
    Special prayers and intercessions may follow.
     
    Hear us, Lord, as we bring you our private petitions.
    Silent prayer
     
    Now, eternal God and Father, keep us in  the saving faith and so enable us to overcome all things through our Lord Jesus Christ.
     
     
    LORD’S PRAYER
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven.
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
    Amen. 
     
     
    THE SACRAMENT
    The Lord be with you.
    And also with you.
     
    Lift up your hearts.
    We lift them up to the Lord.
     
    Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
    It is right to give him thanks and praise.
     
    Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing…
     
    Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of your glory.
    You are my God and I will exalt you. I will give you thanks, for you have become my salvation.
    Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. The whole earth is full of your glory.
     
     
    WORDS OF INSTITUTION
     

    The peace of the Lord be with you always.
    Amen.
    O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
    O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
    O Christ, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; grant us your peace. Amen. 
     
    Distribution
     
    Thank the Lord and sing his praise Tell ev’ryone what he has done.
    Let all who seek the Lord rejoice and proudly bear his name.
    He renews his promises and leads his people forth in joy with shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia! Alleluia!
     
    Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
    AMEN.
     
     
    BLESSING
    Brothers and sisters, go in peace. Live in harmony with one another. Serve the Lord with gladness.
     
    The Lord bless you and keep you.
    The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
    AMEN. AMEN. AMEN.
     
     
    HYMN 219   Lord, When Your Glory I Shall See
    Lord, when your glory I shall see and taste your kingdom’s pleasure,
    Your blood my royal robe shall be my joy beyond all measure!
    When I appear before your throne, your righteousness shall be my crown;
    With these I need not hide me. And there, in garments richly wrought,
    As your own bride I shall be brought to stand in joy beside you.
     
     
    Silent prayer
     
     
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