Advent Devotional - Compline for Families

Reader: The Lord Almighty grant us a peaceful night and a perfect end. Amen.
Reader: Our help is in the Name of the Lord;

Everyone: The maker of heaven and earth.

Reader: Let us confess our sins to Almighty God.

Almighty God and Father, we confess to you,
to one another, and to the whole company of heaven,
that we have sinned, through our own fault,
in thought, and word, and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
For the sake of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
have mercy upon us, forgive us our sins,
and by the power of your Holy Spirit
raise us up to serve you in newness of life,
to the glory of your Name. Amen.

Reader: May Almighty God grant us forgiveness of all our sins, and the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

(Read one of the following Psalms together)

Psalm 31:1-6

1 In you, O LORD, have I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion; deliver me in your righteousness. 2  Bow down your ear to me; make haste to deliver me. 3  And be my strong rock, and house of defense, * that you may save me. 4  For you are my strong rock and my castle; *
be also my guide, and lead me for your Name’s sake. 5  Draw me out of the net that they have laid secretly for me, for you are my strength. 6  Into your hands I commend my spirit, *
for you have redeemed me, O LORD, O God of truth.

Psalm 134

1       Behold now, praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD. 2  You that stand by night in the house of the LORD, even in the courts of the house of our God. 3  Lift up your hands in the sanctuary* and sing praises unto the LORD. 4  The LORD who made heaven and earth * give you blessing out of Zion.

Everyone: 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.

(Read the Scripture for today’s devotional)

(At the end of the reading …)

Reader: The Word of the Lord.

Everyone: Thanks be to God.

(A period of silence may follow. A suitable song may be sung. )

Reader: Let us pray together..

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,
thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those
who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Reader: O Lord, hear our prayer;

People: And let our cry come to you.

Reader: Let us pray. Be present, O merciful God, and protect us through the hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this life may rest in your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Reader: Let us bless the Lord.

People: Thanks be to God.

Reader: The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless us and keep us, this night and evermore. Amen.