Year III: 12 Days of Christmas

New Year’s Eve: Morning Prayer


Today is the Seventh Day of Christmas, the traditional twelve day festival that begins on Christmas Day and runs until January 5th. During this time we concentrate our readings on Jesus’ early life. This leads us to January 6th, which is the Feast of the Epiphany, where we celebrate Christ’s revelation to the world as Messiah, predominantly in the events leading up to and immediately after his baptism.


Lord, Open my lips.
And my mouth will give you praise.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


Psalm 100 (Jubilate Deo)


Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.


Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


Psalm 108

Assurance of God’s Victory over Enemies

A Song. A Psalm of David.

O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
Awake, lute and harp!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples,
And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your mercy is great above the heavens,
And Your truth reaches to the clouds.

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
And Your glory above all the earth;
That Your beloved may be delivered,
Save with Your right hand, and hear me.

God has spoken in His holiness:
“I will rejoice;
I will divide Shechem
And measure out the Valley of Succoth.
Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine;
Ephraim also is the helmet for My head;
Judah is My lawgiver.
Moab is My washpot;
Over Edom I will cast My shoe;
Over Philistia I will triumph.”

Who will bring me into the strong city?
Who will lead me to Edom?
Is it not You, O God, who cast us off?
And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies?
Give us help from trouble,
For the help of man is useless.
Through God we will do valiantly,
For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen


(A time of worship and thanksgiving, led or spontaneous. Alternatively a devotional song may be played and listened to.)


Let us pray for the day and its tasks, for the church and her life, and for the world and its needs.

(You may use these prayers as written or use them as ‘prayer pointers’ for your own spontaneous petitions.

Personal Requests

  • Mighty Lord, at the start of this weekend may our bodies be refreshed and our minds renewed that we may better serve you in labours more abundant. May it be that this day we make a difference in the life of another…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
  • For the courage to stand against injustice and fight against sin…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
  • For openness of spirit and mind, and a childlike, expectant heart…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
Family and Friends
  • Lord Jesus, in whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named; we praise you for incorporating us into the household of faith and love you for adopting us as your children…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
  • Bless those we love with joy and happiness today. May the peace of God which passes all understanding guard their hearts and minds…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
  • Bring healing to those who are sick and wholeness to those who are broken. Come and give life to our bodies…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
The Church
  • Lord Jesus, we ask for you to open the windows of heaven over your church. Purge our sins, perfect the saints and prepare our hearts for your visitation. May we, in unity and in boldness be your mouthpiece to our nation…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
  • For the outreach of Churches Together in our city; for Street Pastors, Foodbank, and the Sanctuary Night Shelter…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
  • For great trust between your people and great fellowship amongst your leaders. May your church demonstrate unity and celebrate diversity…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
The World
  • Ever Living God, chase the dark night of sin away and shed over this world your holy light! At the beginning of this new year, break into our world again with power and dominion. Let your Kingdom come, O God!
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
  • For missionaries, teachers and workers who labour faithfully in other countries, may they see the desires of their hearts come to pass…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.
  • For our partners in India, for Pastor Ebenezer and the outreach of Carmel Ministries. Bless and protect the young pastors and give power to their witness…
    – As we trust in the Name of our God.


And so we pray…

Our Father in heaven,
Holy is Your Name.
Your Kingdom come.
Your 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 yours is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
Forever and ever. Amen.


Mark 1:1-8

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Pause for Reflection…


Principle of discipleship drawn from the book, “The Way of Christ”

The Way of Humility: The Principle of Joyful Submission.

Aware that the spiritual discipline of Submission is given by God to help me crucify the self-life, I submit my natural rebellious nature to the cross and my stubborn will to His transforming power. As a follower of the Way of Humility, I yield in love to those who guide my family, govern my workplace, lead my church and rule my nation.

This is The Way of Humility: The Principle of Joyful Submission.

Pause for Reflection…


And so we make our declaration of faith…

We believe in God the Father, Almighty,
Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
Born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, dead, and buried:
He descended into the grave;
The third day he rose again from the dead;
He ascended into heaven,
And sits on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
From there he shall come to judge the living and the dead.
We believe in the Holy Spirit;
The Holy Worldwide Church;
The Communion of Saints;
The Forgiveness of sins;
The Resurrection of the body,
And the Life everlasting. Amen.


(Either this or an alternative closing prayer may be said.)

Father, all-powerful God,
Your eternal Word took flesh on our earth,
When the Virgin Mary placed her life at the service of your plan.
Lift our minds in watchful hope to hear the voice which announces his glory,
And open our minds to receive the Spirit who prepares us for his coming.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


(When praying in community, this or a similar blessing may be used)

And may God the Son, coming among us in power, reveal in our midst the promise of his glory.

Psalms taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Other Scripture taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


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