* The Exhortation and Confession, p. 120
*Versicles and Gloria patri, p. 120
Jubilate Deo in B-flat C.V. Stanford (O Be Joyful in the Lord All Ye Lands)
* Lesson, Isaiah 40
* Hymn 38:1 We All Believe in One True God
* Catechism, p. 32 The First Article
Canticle: We Praise You and Acknowledge You G. Holst, arr. M. Bender
We praise You and acknowledge You, O God, to be the Lord,
The Father everlasting, by all the earth adored.
To You all angel powers cry aloud, the heavens sing,
The cherubim and seraphim their praises to You bring:
“O holy, holy, holy Lord God of Sabaoth;
Your majesty and glory fill the heavens and the earth!”
The band of the apostles in glory sing Your praise;
The fellowship of prophets their deathless voices raise.
The martyrs of Your kingdom, a great and noble throng,
Sing with the holy Church throughout all the world this song:
“O all-majestic Father, Your true and only Son,
And Holy Spirit, Comforter—forever Three in One!”
You, Christ, are King of glory, the everlasting Son,
Yet You, with boundless love, sought to rescue ev’ryone:
You laid aside Your glory, were born of virgin’s womb,
Were crucified for us and were placed into a tomb;
Then by Your resurrection You won for us reprieve—
You opened heaven’s kingdom to all who would believe.
You sit in splendid glory, enthroned at God’s right hand,
Upholding earth and heaven by forces You command.
We know that You will come as our Judge that final day,
So help Your servants You have redeemed by blood, we pray;
May we with saints be numbered where praises never end,
In glory everlasting. Amen, O Lord, Amen!
© 1999 Stephen P. Starke
*Kyrie, Lord’s Prayer, p. 124
*Hymn 584 Grant Peace, We Pray
*Collect, Benedicamus and Benediction, p. 125-127
*Hymn 448:1,3,6 I Will Sing My Maker’s Praises