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Who is the son of David? Just like Adam and Eve and Abram and Sarai, so also David received a promise from God. The Lord’s promise for King David was that his house and kingdom would be established forever. But this promise seems to be in jeopardy when David’s son Absalom rebels against his own father. In the end, however, this disobedient prince dies, hanging from a tree. Yes, God would indeed establish David’s reign, but it would be through Jesus, the greater Son, who is obedient to the will of His Father in heaven. This Prince of Peace dies by hanging nailed to the tree of the cross so we can be restored as sons and daughters of the King of kings.

HYMN: #348 – The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns


P     In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

OPENING SENTENCES     Psalm 146:3–5

P     Put not your trust in princes,

C     in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.

P     When his breath departs

C     he returns to the earth;

P     on that very day

C     his plans perish.

P     Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

C     whose hope is in the Lord his God.


P     The Sprit and the Church cry out:

C     Come, Lord Jesus.

P     All those who await His appearance pray:

C     Come, Lord Jesus.

P     The whole creation pleads:

C     Come, Lord Jesus.

P     Awaiting the Son of Man and the Son of God, we implore:

C     Come, Lord Jesus.


P     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

C     It is right to give Him thanks and praise.

P     Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the universe, who allowed Your only begotten Son to die on the tree of the cross that we might be redeemed and adopted sons and daughters of the King of kings. Enlighten our darkness by the light of Your Christ; may His Word be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path; for You are merciful, and You love Your whole creation and we, Your creatures, glorify You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

PSALM 141   LSB, p. 245

P     Let my prayer rise before You as incense,
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

C     O Lord, I call to You; come to me quickly;
hear my voice when I cry to You.

P     Let my prayer rise before You as incense,
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

C     Set a watch before my mouth, O Lord,
and guard the door of my lips.

P     Let not my heart incline to any evil thing;
let me not be occupied in wickedness with evildoers.

C     But my eyes are turned to You, O God;
in You I take refuge.

Strip me not of my life.

       Glory be 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.

P     Let my prayer rise before You as incense,
the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

FIRST READING   2 Samuel 18:24–33

P     A reading from Second Samuel, the eighteenth chapter.

24Now David was sitting between the two gates, and the watchman went up to the roof of the gate by the wall, and when he lifted up his eyes and looked, he saw a man running alone. 25The watchman called out and told the king. And the king said, “If he is alone, there is news in his mouth.” And he drew nearer and nearer. 26The watchman saw another man running. And the watchman called to the gate and said, “See, another man running alone!” The king said, “He also brings news.” 27The watchman said, “I think the running of the first is like the running of Ahimaaz the son of Zadok.” And the king said, “He is a good man and comes with good news.”

28Then Ahimaaz cried out to the king, “All is well.” And he bowed before the king with his face to the earth and said, “Blessed be the Lord your God, who has delivered up the men who raised their hand against my lord the king.” 29And the king said, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” Ahimaaz answered, “When Joab sent the king’s servant, your servant, I saw a great commotion, but I do not know what it was.” 30And the king said, “Turn aside and stand here.” So he turned aside and stood still.

31And behold, the Cushite came, and the Cushite said, “Good news for my lord the king! For the Lord has delivered you this day from the hand of all who rose up against you.” 32The king said to the Cushite, “Is it well with the young man Absalom?” And the Cushite answered, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up against you for evil be like that young man.” 33And the king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

P     O Lord, have mercy on us.

C     Thanks be to God.

SECOND READING  Ephesians 5:1–10

P     A reading from Ephesians, the fifth chapter.

1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7Therefore do not associate with them; 8for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9(for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.

P     O Lord, have mercy on us.

C     Thanks be to God.

THIRD READING Matthew 22:41–46

P     A reading from Matthew, the twenty-second chapter.

41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is He?” They said to Him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls Him Lord, saying,

44“ ‘The Lord said to my Lord,

Sit at My right hand,

until I put Your enemies under Your feet’?

45If then David calls Him Lord, how is He his son?” 46And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask Him any more questions.

P     O Lord, have mercy on us.

C     Thanks be to God.


P     In many and various ways, God spoke to His people of old by the prophets.

C     But now in these last days, He has spoken to us by His Son.

HYMN: #343 – Prepare the Royal Highway



After each petition:

P     …let us pray to the Lord:

C     Lord, have mercy.

P     For the faithful who have gone before us and are with Christ, let us give thanks to the Lord:

C     Alleluia.

P     Rejoicing in the fellowship of the saints, let us commend ourselves, one another, and our whole life to Christ, our Lord:

C     To You, O Lord.

P     O God, from whom come all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works, give to us, Your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, that our hearts may be set to obey Your commandments and also that we, being defended from the fear of our enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C     Amen.


P     Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

C     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 forever and ever. Amen.


P     During this season of Advent, we pray, “Come, Lord Jesus.” True Son of Adam,

C     come, Lord Jesus.

P     True Son of Abraham,

C     come, Lord Jesus.

P     True Son of David,

C     come, Lord Jesus.

P     True Son of God,

C     come, Lord Jesus.

P     True Son of Man,

C     come, Lord Jesus.

P     That we might receive adoption as sons,

C     come, Lord Jesus. Amen.


P     Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob,

C     whose hope is in the Lord his God.

P     The almighty and merciful Lord, the Father, the T Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless and preserve you.

C     Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: #376 – Once in Royal David’s City

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