Daily Prayers for December 23

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

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.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “Solid Rock”

Come now, bless the Lord : he is our help and our shield.

Psalm 115:9 13

O Israel, trust in the Lord : he is your help and your shield.

O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord : he is your help and your shield.

You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord : he is your help and your shield.

The Lord has been mindful of us, and he will bless us : he will bless the house of Israel; he will bless the house of Aaron;

he will bless those who fear the Lord : both small and great together.

Come now, bless the Lord : he is our help and our shield.

Isaiah 28:9 – 22 Luke 1:67 – 80

Come now, bless the Lord : he is our help and our shield.

Church father Augustine of Hippo wrote, “No man has a right to lead such a life of contemplation as to forget in his own ease the ser-vice due his neighbor; nor has any man a right to be so immersed in active life as to neglect the contemplation of God.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

O Lord whose patience is beyond comprehension, we pray that you may never tire of helping us grow in faithfulness. Though we fail more than we succeed, raise us up each morning to follow after you again. Guide us today for your glory’s sake. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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