Evening Prayer for December 15 (3rd Sunday of Advent)

December 15


Evening Prayer for the Sundays of Advent: from Daily Prayer for All Seasons and Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline


Opening

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. Psalm 31:24

Prayer

Holy One, whose coming we await,
we lift our hearts to you:
Remind us of your faithfulness,
that we may trust ever more deeply in your grace.
We set down the tasks of the day
so that we may arise renewed,
to love and serve you. Amen.

Praise

Canticle 15
The Song of Mary Magnificat

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in you, O God my Savior, *
for you have looked with favor on your lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed: *
you, the Almighty, have done great things for me,
and holy is your name.
You have mercy on those who fear you *
from generation to generation.
You have shown strength with your arm *
and scattered the proud in their conceit,
Casting down the mighty from their thrones *
and lifting up the lowly.
You have filled the hungry with good things *
and sent the rich away empty.
You have come to the help of your servant Israel, *
for you have remembered your promise of mercy,
The promise made to our forebears, *
to Abraham and his children for ever

Scripture

Daily Office Lectionary Readings:

Amos 9:11-15

2 Thess. 2:1-3,13-17

John 5:30-47

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners; and to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. Isaiah 61:1-2a 18

Meditation

Advent Calendar by Rowan Williams

He will come like last leaf’s fall.
One night when the November wind
has flayed the trees to bone, and earth
wakes choking on the mould,
the soft shroud’s folding.

He will come like frost.
One morning when the shrinking earth
opens on mist, to find itself
arrested in the net
of alien, sword-set beauty.

He will come like dark.
One evening when the bursting red
December sun draws up the sheet
and penny-masks its eye to yield
the star-snowed fields of sky.

He will come, will come,
will come like crying in the night,
like blood, like breaking,
as the earth writhes to toss him free.
He will come like child.

Prayers

God of grace and hope:
Help us to move from fear to trust.
Your grace surrounds and fills us:
Remind us that you provide all we need.
Your healing love is offered to all:

Feel free to add your own prayers and intercessions, or take a moment to Light a Prayer Candle with your intention for the day.

We pray for those in formation with the St. Phoebe School; for those seeking and discerning; and for all deacons in their lives, work, and ministries bridging the Church and the world.

May we be full of peace in our waiting
And full of joy in our praise of you. Amen.

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. 
Save us from the time of trial, 
     and deliver us from evil. 
For the kingdom, the power, 
     and the glory are yours, 
     now and for ever. Amen.

Prayer

Merciful God of peace, your word, spoken by the prophets, restores your people’s life and hope: Fill our hearts with the joy of your saving grace, that we may hold fast to your great goodness and proclaim your justice in all the world. Amen.

Closing

Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. Psalm 31:24