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Here is Our Order of Worship
Prayer by Clement of Rome 96AD link
You, Lord, through your works have revealed the everlasting structure of the world.
You, Lord, created the earth.
You are faithful throughout all generations, righteous in your judgments,
marvelous in strength and majesty, wise in creating and prudent in establishing what exists,
good in all that is observed and faithful to those who trust in you, merciful and compassionate;
forgive us our sins and our injustices, our transgressions and our shortcomings.
Do not take into account every sin of your servants,
but cleanse us with the cleansing of your truth, and "direct our steps to walk in holiness and righteousness and purity of heart,"
and "to do what is good and pleasing in your sight" and in the sight of our rulers.
Yes, Lord, "let your face shine upon us" in peace "for our good,"
that we may be sheltered "by your mighty hand" and delivered from every sin "by your uplifted arm";
deliver us as well from those who hate us unjustly.
Give harmony and peace to us and to all who dwell on the earth,
just as you did to our fathers when they reverently "called upon you in faith and trust,"
that we may be saved, while we render obedience to your almighty and most excellent name,
and give harmony and peace to our rulers and governors on earth.
The Didache -Teachings of the Twelve Apostles (? early 2nd century) link
We give you thanks Holy Father, for your holy name which you have caused to dwell in our hearts,
and for the knowledge and faith and immortality which you have made known to us through Jesus your servant;
to you be the glory forever.
You, almighty Master, created all things for your name's sake,
and gave food and drink to men to enjoy, that they might give you thanks;
but to us you have graciously given spiritual food and drink, and eternal life through your servant [Jesus].
Above all we give thanks because you are mighty;
to you be the glory forever.
Remember your church, Lord, to deliver it from all evil and to make it perfect in your love;
and gather it, the one that has been sanctified, from the four winds into your kingdom,
which you have prepared for it;
for yours is the glory forever.
May grace come, and may this world pass away. Hosanna to the God of David.
If anyone is holy, let him come; if anyone is not, let him repent.
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:67-80 (NASB Bible Gateway)
And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying:
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel,
For He has visited us and accomplished redemption for His people,
And has raised up a horn of salvation for us
In the house of David His servant—
As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—
Salvation from our enemies,
And from the hand of all who hate us;
To show mercy toward our fathers,
And to remember His holy covenant,
The oath which He swore to Abraham our father,
To grant us that we, being rescued from the hand of our enemies,
Might serve Him without fear,
In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Most High;
For you will go on before the Lord to prepare His ways;
To give to His people the knowledge of salvation
By the forgiveness of their sins,
Because of the tender mercy of our God,
With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,
To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,
To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
And the child continued to grow and to become strong in spirit, and he lived in the deserts until the day of his public appearance to Israel.
Emmaus Road Prayer link
by Rev. Frank Schaefer
Meet us, Lord, on the road to Emmaus,
Guide us on the path toward our destination,
and renew our strength as we continue to walk
and commune with you.
Open our eyes, so we see the signs of your presence around us;
Open our hearts, so we may receive your peace and love;
and empower us to pass on to others
the grace you have shared with us so freely.
Benediction Romans 15:5,6 link
May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another
in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.