Living between the two Advents...
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Grant us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
My soul is filled with joy as I sing to God my savior:
you have looked upon your servant, you have visited your people.
And holy is your name through all generations! Everlasting is your mercy to the people you have chosen, and holy is your name.
I am lowly as a child, but I know from this day forward
that my name will be remembered, for all will call me blessed.
I proclaim the pow'r of God, you do marvels for your servants;
though you scatter the proud hearted, and destroy the might of princes.
To the hungry you give food, send the rich away empty.
In your mercy you are mindful of the people you have chosen.
In your love you now fulfill what you promised to your people. I will praise you Lord, my savior, everlasting is your mercy.
Text: Luke 1:46-55, David Haas
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