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Versicle

God said: “Let there be light”; and there was light,
And God saw that the light was good.
This very day the Lord has acted.
May God’s Name be praised. 

Venite [Psalm 95]

Come, let us raise a joyful song,
a shout of triumph to the rock of our salvation.
Let us come into Your presence with thanksgiving,
singing songs of triumph.
For You are a great God, a great king over all gods.
The depths of the earth are in Your hands; mountains belong to You.
The sea is Yours, for You made it;
and the dry land Your hands fashioned.
Let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the One who made us.
For You are our God, and we are the flock that You shepherd.
We will know Your power and presence this day,
if we will but listen for Your voice.

Collect of the Season [A Collect for Advent]

You sent your messengers, the prophets,
to preach repentance and to prepare the way for our salvation:
Give us grace to heed their warnings, and to forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of our Redeemer...

Collect of the Office [A Collect for Morning Prayer]

Drive far from us all wrong desires,
and incline our hearts to keep Your ways:
Grant that having cheerfully done Your will this day,
we may, when night comes, rejoice and give You thanks;
through the One Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen

Canticle: Benedictus [Zechariah's Song]

Blessed be God, who has turned to His people and saved us and set us free.
You have raised up for us a strong deliverer, and so You promised:
Age after age You proclaimed by the lips of Your holy prophets,
that You would deliver us, calling to mind Your solemn covenant.
This was the promise that You made: To rescue us and free us from fear,
so that we might worship You with a holy worship,
in Your holy presence our whole life long.
In Your tender compassion, the morning sun has risen upon us –
to shine on us in our darkness, to guide our feet into the paths of peace.

Canticle of the Day [A Song of Divine Love from the First Letter of Paul to the Corinthians]

Faith and hope and love last forever,
and the greatest of these is love.

Love is patient and kind.
Love never envies, never boasts, is never conceited, never rude.
Love is never selfish, never quick to take offense.
Love keeps no score of wrongs,
and takes no pleasure in the sins of others,
but always delights in the truth.
There is nothing that love cannot face;
there is no limit to its faith, its hope, its endurance.
Love will not ever come to an end.

Prophecies will cease; tongues of joy will fall silent;
and all of our knowledge will vanish.
For our knowledge and prophecy are partial,
and the partial will vanish when the whole is revealed.
When we were children, we spoke as children,
and thought as children, and reasoned as children.
But when we grew older, we finished with childish things.
At present we see as through a glass darkly;
one day we shall see things clearly.
Our knowledge for now is partial, but one day it will be whole,
as is Your knowledge of us. [A]

Psalter

107. We give You thanks, for You are good.
Let all whom You have redeemed proclaim that You are their salvation.
Let us give thanks for Your mercy, the wonders you do for Your children.
Some of us wandered in the desert, and found no place in which to dwell.
We were hungry and thirsty, and our spirits languished within us.
Then we cried to You in our trouble, and were delivered from our distress.
Our feet were placed on a path that was straight.
We give You thanks for Your mercy, and the wonders You do for Your children,
For You satisfy the thirsty and fill the hungry with good things. [A]

Some of us sat in darkness and gloom, bound fast in our misery,
Because we had rebelled against Your word and despised Your counsel.
Our spirits were humbled, and we stumbled and found no one to help us.
Then we cried to You in our trouble, and were delivered from our distress.
We were led from the darkness and gloom, and our bonds were broken.
We give You thanks for Your mercy, and the wonders You do for Your children,
For You break the bonds that hold us, and shatter the bars that confine us. [A]

Some of us were foolish and took to rebellious ways.
We were afflicted by our sins, and we drew near to the doors of death.
Then we cried to You in our trouble, and were delivered from our distress.
You sent forth Your word, and healed us, and saved us from the grave.
We give You thanks for Your mercy, and the wonders You do for Your children,
To You we offer thanksgiving, and tell of Your acts with joy. [A]

Some of us went down to the sea in ships, to ply our trade in deep waters.
Then the storms arose and tossed high the waves, and our hearts were afraid.
Then we cried to You in our trouble and were delivered from our distress.
You stilled the storm to a whisper, and brought us into the harbor we sought.
We give You thanks for Your mercy, and the wonders You do for Your children,
And we exalt You before all people and praise You in the congregation. [A]

We give You thanks for You are good, and Your mercy endures forever.
You changed the desert into pools of water, and dry land into water springs.
You blessed us so that we increased greatly, and lifted the poor from their misery.
Whoever is wise will ponder these things, considering the mercy of God. [A]

Gospel

Give to everyone who begs of you.

Every fox has a den
and every bird has a nest.
It is only the sons and daughters of humankind
that have nowhere to lay their heads.

The rich get more and more of everything
and the poor lose even what little they have.
And the poor will always be with you.
Blessed are the poor;
they will be shown the kingdom of God.

Do not give only to those
who will repay you with interest.
Rather give to those who will not repay you at all.
Give alms from what you have
and everything will be made clean for you.
When you give a feast,
do not invite only your friends,
but invite the poor, those who cannot repay you.
There is where you will find joy.

This is the way of the kingdom–
At midnight a friend comes to your door and calls from outside:
“A traveler has arrived at my house in the night
and I have no food for him to eat
and no place for him to sleep.
Can you help me?”
But you call back from behind the door:
“The hour is late and we are all in bed.
Leave us alone.”

Can you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you have ears, then hear what I say:
Give to everyone who begs of you.

Prayers of the People

We give You thanks, Almighty God: For all Your gifts
so freely bestowed upon us and all whom You have made:
We bless You for our creation, preservation, and all the blessings of life;
above all, for the redemption of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ,
for the hope of glory and for the means of grace.

We thank You, O Lord.

Grant us such an awareness of Your mercies, we pray,
that with truly thankful hearts, we may give You praise,
not only with our lips, but in our lives, by giving ourselves to Your service,
and by walking before You in holiness and righteousness all our days.

Hear us, O Lord.

We offer prayers for all those with whom we share the Journey:
For our loved ones, those who have been given to us,
and to whom we have been given: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

For those whom we have loved who are now absent from us: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

And for those we know who face particular trials and tests this day: [n].

Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy.

We entrust all who are dear to us to Your never-failing love and care,
for this life and the life to come;
knowing that You will do for them
far more than we can desire or pray for.

Amen.

Now with all your people on earth, we pray the prayer
that Jesus taught those He called brothers and sisters and friends:

   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, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Blessing

Thanks be to God – Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life.
We go in peace to serve the Lord,
and may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ go with us all.

Amen.


[Taken from Venite: A Book of Daily Prayer. Please send any typos to Phil Owen.]