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73. The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

74. That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear,

75. In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

76. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;

77. To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,

78. Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,

79. To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 80. And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.


PRAYER FOR FOURTH FRIDAY IN ADVENT O Lord God, Thy Word this morning reminds us of the near approach of our blessed Lord. We shall never be able to fully comprehend the marvelous plan of salvation. We know that it was in the mind of the Father ever since the fall. Immediately after man sinned and fell, Thy loving heart determined on our salvation. No cost was too great for Thee, not even the gift of Thine own Son. O God, we thank Thee for that wonderful gift. Make us worthy of it. Help us to make ready the place to receive Him, even our own hearts. Cleanse us by Thy Spirit. Search us as with a lighted candle, and may there be no wicked way in us. "Purge us with hyssop and we shall be clean," and save us for Thy dear Name's sake. Amen.



1. Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.

2. But thou, Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall be come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

3. Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she

which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

4. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.

5. And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.

6. And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

7. And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

8. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people, as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, -if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

9. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

10. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:

II. And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:

12. And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:

13. Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.


PRAYER FOR THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS O Thou blessed Christ, we have been looking forward to Thy coming through all this Advent season, and our hearts are eager with expectancy. We long for Thy coming, and we would make ready our hearts to receive Thee; for it is the heart Thou comest to rule over. Remove from us every unholy desire; cleanse the temple, then come and take full and complete possession of us.

Abide in our home and help us to bring all things into complete submission to Thy sweet will. Hasten

Thy coming to the hearts of all men. Oh, help us to make Thy name known to all men. May we give of our young people with such a burning desire to make be made to know Thee. Make our young men not only willing, but anxious to proclaim Thy truth. Fill our substance-Thy substance that the heathen may Thy name known to the heathen, that they will either go or send. Breathe upon us all the missionary spirit and use us as Thy messengers, O blessed Saviour, for Thy Name's sake. Amen.



1. Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun, and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

2. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

3. Thou hast multiplied the nation, and increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4. For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.

5. For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

7. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.



Our blessed Lord, we would join in the song of the angels this morning, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men." Let all the earth unite in this song of praise, for it is for all

men everywhere. The wise men came bringing their gifts to Thee, O Christ, and we bring ourselves, with all we have and are-our soul's homage, our songs of praise, we bow down before Thee in humble adoration and surrender ourselves to Thee, for all time and eternity. Wonderful condescension this, that Thou wast willing to be born among men and become one of us, to show us how to live! Dear Saviour, come Thou to every home and heart this day. In the midst of our festivities may we not forget the source of it all, and miss the blessings He came to bring. May the joy of this Christmas time reach and gladden every troubled heart, this day, throughout the whole world, for His dear sake. Amen.



1. That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;

2. (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)

3. That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

5. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.



We thank Thee, dear Lord, for the gladness of this happy season. The birth of Jesus has brought a new joy our home and hearts. We have found Him

who was born to be the Saviour of the world. We rejoice in it, and long to bring all men to know Him, whom to know aright is eternal life. We do thank Thee for this glorious fulfillment of prophecy. That He came as was foretold by Thy servants, the proph ets. Oh, may Thy chosen people yet see in Him the promised Messiah, and welcome Him as their Saviour' as well as ours. He came to His own first. Hasten the day when they too shall receive Him and recognize Him as "the King of the Jews," as well as of the whole world. Help us to send the blessed tidings to the ends of the earth, that the heathen may be given unto Thee, for Thy dear Name's sake. Amen.



1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2. The same was in the beginning with God.

3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

6. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

8. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

9. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

11. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his


13. Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

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