Savior Of The Nations Come | Johann Sebastian Bach
What Hope! An Eden Prophesied
What hope! An Eden prophesied where tame live with the wild;
The lamb and lion side by side, led by a little child!
A shoot will sprout from Jesse’s stem, a branch from David’s line,
A Prince of Peace in Bethlehem: the fruit of God’s design.
Lo! He Comes, With Clouds Descending
Lo! he comes, with clouds descending, once for our salvation slain;
Thousand thousand saints attending swell the triumph of his train;
Alleluia, alleluia, allelluia! Christ the Lord returns to reign.
Every eye shall now behold him, robed in dreadful majesty;
Those who set at naught and sold him, pierced, and nailed him to the tree,
Deeply wailing, deeply wailing, deeply wailing, shall the true Messiah see.
Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.
Almighty God, unto whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of thy Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love thee, and worthily magnify thy holy Name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy and Mighty,
Holy Immortal One,
Have mercy upon us.
LITURGY OF THE WORD
Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
O that thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at thy presence—as when fire kindles brushwood and the fire causes water to boil—to make thy name known to thy adversaries, and that the nations might tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains quaked at thy presence. From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides thee, who works for those who wait for him. Thou meetest him that joyfully works righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways. Behold, thou wast angry, and we sinned; in our sins we have been a long time, and shall we be saved? We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. There is no one that calls upon thy name, that bestirs himself to take hold of thee; for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast delivered us into the hand of our iniquities. Yet, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art our potter; we are all the work of thy hand. Be not exceedingly angry, O LORD, and remember not iniquity for ever. Behold, consider, we are all thy people.
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
1 Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock; *
shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
2 In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh, *
stir up your strength and come to help us.
3 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts, *
how long will you be angered
despite the prayers of your people?
5 You have fed them with the bread of tears; *
you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
6 You have made us the derision of our neighbors, *
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7 Restore us, O God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
16 Let your hand be upon the man of your right hand, *
the son of man you have made so strong for yourself.
17 And so will we never turn away from you; *
give us life, that we may call upon your Name.
18 Restore us, O Lord God of hosts; *
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.
Glory 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.
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to God always for you because of the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in every way you were enriched in him with all speech and all knowledge—even as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you—so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ; who will sustain you to the end, guiltless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Creator Of The Stars Of Night
Creator of the stars of night, thy people’s everlasting light,
O Christ, thou Saviour of us all, we pray thee, hear us when we call.
Jesus said, “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven. From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away before all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Watch therefore—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning—lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. And what I say to you I say to all: Watch.”
The Nicene Creed
I believe in one God,
the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
and of all things visible and invisible;
And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of his Father before all worlds,
God of God, Light of Light,
very God of very God,
begotten, not made,
being of one substance with the Father;
by whom all things were made;
who for us men and for our salvation
came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary,
and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered and was buried;
and the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures,
and ascended into heaven,
and sitteth on the right hand of the Father;
and he shall come again, with glory,
to judge both the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost the Lord, and Giver of Life,
who proceedeth from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped
who spake by the Prophets.
And I believe one holy Catholic and Apostolic Church;
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The Prayers of the People (Form II)
I ask your prayers for God’s people throughout the world; for Bartholomew of Constantinople, Francis of Rome, Justin of Canterbury, Michael the Presiding Bishop, Susan of San Diego, and the clergy of St. Michael’s by-the-Sea; in the Anglican cycle of prayer, pray for the Lusitanian Church (Extra-Provincial to the Archbishop of Canterbury); in the Diocesan cycle of prayer, pray for the clergy and people of Christ the King, Alpine; for this gathering; and for all ministers and people.
Pray for the Church.
I ask your prayers for peace; for goodwill among nations; and for the well-being of all people.
Pray for justice and peace.
I ask your prayers for the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison. Pray for all those suffering in body, mind, or spirit from COVID-19, and all frontline workers caring for those in need; for all those suffering in body, mind, or spirit from the sins of racism, and all those working towards reconciliation and Biblical justice; for Ben and the PRO Mentors Prison ministry; for St. Michael’s Garden Guild, Community Connections organizations, and Worship Team; for Casa de Amparo; and for all needs listed in the Red Intercessory Prayer Book, especially Agnes, Al, all those suffering in body, mind, or spirit from COVID-19, all frontline workers caring for those in need, all those suffering in body, mind, or spirit from the sins of racism, all those working towards reconciliation and Biblical justice, Alberto, Ann and family, Amed, Angela and family, Asa, Assyrian Christians, Austen, Ben and the PRO Mentors prison ministry, Bob, Carl and Pat and family, Casa de Amparo, Casey, Chad, Chris, Christine, Clayton, Cloee, Dan, Darren and Jenny, Darryl, Donnie, Evie, Doris and the Fitzpatrick family, Healing Prayer and Pastoral Care members and families, Heather and family, Iris and family, Israel, Jack, Jake, Jan, Jason, Jason and Donna and family, Jhase, Joey, John, Jonny, Joy and family, Juan, Julie and family, Jung, Laura and family, Linda, Lisa and family, Lorenzo, Lou, Luke, Luke and family, Lynne, Lynnie, Marcel and Sadie, Mary Ann, Matthew, Maureen and Sue, Nada, Oriole, Peter, RJ and Casey, Ranmeen, Ron and Marianne, Rose, Salam, Sherilyn, Stacy and Gary, Tela in Honduras, Tom, Willie and Jane and family, Xander, and Yvonne; and for those serving in the armed forces, including Alex, Bryan, CJ, David, Jacklyn, Jake, Jarrett, Jennifer, Joshua, Phillip, Ryan, Stephanie, and Trent.
Pray for those in any need or trouble.
I ask your prayers for all who seek God, or a deeper knowledge of him.
Pray that they may find and be found by him.
I ask your prayers for the departed.
Pray for those who have died.
Praise God for those in every generation in whom Christ has been honored. Pray that we may have grace to glorify Christ in our own day.
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people; in the multitude of your mercies, look with compassion upon us and all who turn to you for help; for you are gracious, O lover of souls, and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
Confession of Sin
Let us humbly confess our sins unto Almighty God.
Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against thee
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved thee with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of thy Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us;
that we may delight in thy will,
and walk in thy ways,
to the glory of thy Name. Amen.
The Almighty and merciful Lord grant us absolution and remission of all our sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.
Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God.
Offertory Anthem & Doxology
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus | Charles Wesley
Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
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,
For ever and ever. Amen.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of thy Holy Ghost. Amen.
Lord, I cannot seek Thee
On Thine altar throne,
Yet I may receive Thee,
Weary and alone.
When, before Thine altar,
Crowds adoring kneel,
There in very essence,
Thou didst come to heal.
Far from Priest and altar,
Christ, to Thee I cry,
Come to me in spirit,
Let me feel Thee nigh.
In my silent worship,
Let me share the feast,
Be Thy love the altar,
By Thyself the Priest. Amen.
O most blessed Saviour, in union with the faithful at every altar of Thy Church where Thy blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father, I desire to offer Thee praise and thanksgiving, I present to Thee my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may always be united to Thee. And since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally into my heart, I unite myself to Thee and embrace Thee with all the affections of my soul. Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus, and dwell in my heart.
Savior Of The Nations, Come!
O Word, That Goest Forth On High
O Word, that goest forth on high from God’s own depths eternally,
And in these latter days wast born for succor to a world forlorn;
Pour light upon us from above, and fire our hearts with ardent love,
That, as we hear thy truth today, all wrong desires may burn away.
Soul of Christ, be my sanctification.
Body of Christ, be my salvation;
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
Water from the side of Christ, wash, wash out my stains;
Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
O good Jesu, listen to me;
Within Thy wounds I fain would hide;
Ne’er to be parted from Thy side;
Guard me when the foe assails me;
Guide me when my feet shall fail me;
Bid me come to Thee above,
With Thy Saints to sing Thy love,
For ever and ever. Amen.
Wake, Awake, For Night Is Flying
Wake, awake, for night is flying: the watchmen on the heights are crying,
Awake, Jerusalem, arise!
Midnight’s solemn hour is tolling, his chariot wheels are nearer rolling,
He comes; prepare, ye virgins wise.
Rise up, with willing feet, go forth, the Bridegroom meet:
Alleluia! Bear through the night your well-trimmed light,
Speed forth to join the marriage rite.
Let us go forth in the name of Christ.
Thanks be to God.
Wake, Awake For Night Is Flying | Johann Walther