L See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me… But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap; and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the LORD in righteousness. (Malachi 3:1-3) Let us confess our need to be purified.
Silence is kept for confession and reflection
L Blessed are you, Lord, the God of Israel,
C you have come to your people and set them free. You have raised up for us a mighty Savior… to set us free to worship you without fear, holy and righteous before you, all the days of our life. (Luke 1:68-69, 74-75)
L In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Luke 1:78-79)