O LORD, you are my God. I will exalt you, I will praise your name, for you have done wonderful things; your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. (Isaiah 25:1)
LORD, restore to the common life of your church and your people your counsels of old, for they are faithful and true.
For you have made a city a ruin, a fortified city a ruin, a palace of foreigners to be a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. (Isaiah 25:2)
Jesus, we see the ruins of much that we thought was secure and strong in your church: repair the breach and restore the streets to dwell in. (See Isaiah 58:12)
Therefore the strong people will glorify you; the city of the terrible nations will fear you. (Isaiah 25:3)
Holy Spirit, please help us find our strength in you so that we may fear and glorify Jesus and his father (and our father).
For you have been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat; for the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm against the wall. (Isaiah 25:4)
Jesus, you will satisfy our soul in drought and strengthen our bones. You will make of us a watered garden and a spring of water whose waters do not fail. (See Isaiah 58:11) Let the Diocesan Convention of 2011 be a watered garden.
You will reduce the noise of aliens, as heat in a dry place; as heat in the shadow of a cloud, the song of the terrible ones will be diminished. (Isaiah 25:5)
Father, shut the lions’ mouths as you did for Daniel and protect us from the strife of tongues (See Psalm 31:20).
Lord Jesus, stop the accusers of the brethren as you did with the woman caught in adultery (See John 7:53-8:11). Protect Bishop Mark Lawrence and the Diocese of South Carolina and this diocese.
And in this mountain The LORD of hosts will make for all people a feast of choice pieces, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of well-refined wines on the lees. (Isaiah 25:6)
LORD, help all of us in this diocese hear your call to come to your banquet table.
And he will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations. (Isaiah 25:7)
Lord Jesus Christ, please remove the veil from our eyes.
He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; the rebuke of his people he will take away from all the earth; for the LORD has spoken. (Isaiah 25:8 )
Jesus, thank you for wiping away the tears from our eyes, for sending your comforter, the Holy Spirit.
And it will be said in that day: “Behold, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us. This is the LORD; we have waited for him; we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” (Isaiah 25:9)
Behold, LORD, you are our God, we have waited for you, and you will save us; we will be glad in you and rejoice in your salvation.
Dec. 30: 20, 21:1-7(8-14) * 23, 27; Isaiah 25:1-9; Rev. 1:9-20; John 7:53-8:11
Dec. 31: 46, 48 * –; Isaiah 26:1-9; 2 Cor. 5:16-6:2; John 8:12-19
Eve of Holy Name: — * 90; Isaiah 65:15b-25; Rev. 21:1-6
Notes from the Front Line
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