"The Spirit and the Church cry out: Come, Lord Jesus!"
Tonight, St. Paul's gathered for our last Advent Evening Prayer. And it was the Evening Prayer liturgy, rather than Vespers - the people, I think, were rejoicing. We did Vespers two weeks ago, and it was not as well received. Tonight we went back to the Evening Prayer liturgy we've been used to for several years, with the exception of the new Magnificat from LSB - a cancticle which they really seemed to catch onto. A cantor (my wife) sang the verses, and the congregation sang the refrain: "My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!" It was a beautiful service. It speaks peace deep to the soul.
"Those who await His appearance pray: Come, Lord Jesus!"
There's something about that Eastern litany that I dearly love - "In peace, let us pray to the Lord" and the overlapping singing of "Lord, have mercy!" In addition to all those persons and circumstances the litany led us to pray for, we also prayed for our sisters and brothers in Hamel at New Life Fellowship Church (Southern Baptist) whose sanctuary was burned down last night. We asked for them the Lord's mercy and peace.
"The whole creation pleads: Come, Lord Jesus!"