12-25-14 The Word Made Flesh

The Nativity of Our Lord & Savior
December 25, 2014

We celebrate the Lord’s Supper today! Please prepare yourselves using these questions as a guide:
Have I been baptized in the Name of the Triune God, Father, Son & Holy Spirit?
Do I believe that I am a sinful being without hope for eternal life except in mercy of Jesus Christ?
Do I believe in Jesus as My Savior?
Do I believe that Jesus Christ is personally present in communion with His body and blood to forgive my sins, as the Bible teaches?
Do I desire and strive by the power of the Holy Spirit to live a God-pleasing life?
As you come to the Lord’s Supper you are affirming with each communicant that Jesus is your Lord and Savior, and that the Lutheran Church’s confession of Jesus Christ and His Supper is your confession as well.

Comments From the Pastor and Sharing God’s Peace

Announcements

Prelude

The Procession of the Cross (Please stand)

The Processional Hymn #380 –
“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
The Invocation
Pastor: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
People: Amen.

The Confession of Sins
Pastor: Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God, our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.
Our help is in the name of the Lord.
People: Who made heaven and earth.
Pastor: I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord.
People: And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.
All: O almighty God, merciful Father, I, a poor miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter, sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor sinful being.

The Word of Absolution
Pastor: Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.
People: Amen. (Please be seated.)

The Introit
Pastor: For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things! His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sign of the nations. He has remembered His steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Gloria Patri
All: Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
The Kyrie
People: Lord, have mercy upon us. Christ, have mercy upon us. Lord, have mercy upon us.

The Gloria in Excelsis
Pastor: Glory be to God on high:
People: And on earth peace, good will toward men. We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee, we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee for Thy great glory. O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty. O Lord, The only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ; O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer. Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord. Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

The Salutation
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And with Thy Spirit.

The Collect For The Day
Pastor: Let us pray to the Lord:
People: Almighty God, grant that the birth of Your only-begotten Son in the flesh may set us free from the bondage of sin; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
People: Amen.

The First Reading – Isaiah 52:7-10
7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
8The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy; for eye to eye they see  the return of the LORD to Zion.
9 Break forth together into singing, you waste places of Jerusalem, for the LORD has comforted his people; he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The LORD has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.

The Epistle Reading – Hebrews 1:1-12
1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.
5For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?
6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”
7Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.”
8But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”
10And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,  and the heavens are the work of your hands; 11they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment, 12like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same, and your years will have no end.”

Pastor: This is the Word of the Lord
People: Thanks be to God.

SPECIAL MUSIC – #359 “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” Michaela Farnsworth Verses 1 & 2 & 3
Congregation Verse 4

The Gradual (Please stand)
All: To us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

The Gospel
Pastor: The Holy Gospel is written in the 1st chapter of St. John beginning at the 1st verse.
People: Glory be to Thee, O Lord!

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through 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 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him.
8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.
12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)
16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.

Pastor: This is the Gospel of our Lord.
People: Praise be to Thee, O Christ!

The Nicene Creed (The Nicene Creed is omitted in Services
with a Baptism)
All: I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth and of all things visible and invisible and in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made; who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of the Father; and He will come again with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; whose Kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified, who spoke by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy Christian and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins, and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Hymn #370 “What Child is This”

Sermon

The Offertory
All: Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right Spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy Salvation; and uphold me with Thy free Spirit. Amen.
Offering
(Please help us keep our attendance numbers accurate by signing the black book in the pew and passing it to the person next to you.)

The Prayers

The Preface
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And with thy Spirit.
Pastor: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them up unto the Lord.
Pastor: Let us give thanks unto the Lord, our God.
People: It is meet and right so to do.
Pastor: It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to you, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, for in the mystery of the Word made flesh, Thou hast given us a new revelation of Thy glory, that, seeing Thee in the person of Thy Son, we may be drawn to the love of those things which are not seen. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Thy glorious name, evermore praising Thee and saying:

The Sanctus
All: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of Sabaoth; heav’n and earth are full of Thy glory; Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is He, blessed is He, blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.

The Lord’s Prayer
All: 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.
The Words Of Institution

The Pax Domini
Pastor: The Peace of the Lord be with you always!
People: Amen.

The Agnus Dei
All: O Christ Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the Sin of the world, have mercy upon us. O Christ, Thou Lamb of God, that takest away the sin of the world, grant us Thy peace. Amen!

The Distribution

Distribution Hymn #368 “Angels We Have Heard on High”

The Nunc Dimittis (Please stand)
All: Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace according to Thy Word, for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation which Thou hast prepared before the face of all People, a light to lighten the Gentiles and the Glory of Thy People Israel. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost; As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

The Thanksgiving
Pastor: O give thanks unto the Lord for He is good.
People: And His mercy endureth forever.
Pastor: The Lord be with you.
People: And with Thy Spirit.
Pastor: Bless we the Lord.
People: Thanks be to God.
The Benediction
People: Amen, Amen, Amen!

The Recessional Hymn #387 – “Joy to the World”
HOLIDAY WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Sunday, December 28th: 8:30am, 11:00am
NO 6:00pm
Dec. 31 – New Year’s Eve – 6:00 pm Communion Service

Sunday, January 4th : 8:30am, 11:00am, 6:00pm
Communion at all services
Bible Study & Sunday School at 10:00am

CHRISTMAS PRAYER
Gracious God, we celebrate this day
of our Lord’s birth as the fulfillment of Your promise of Redemption from sin.
We welcome you, Jesus, as the Savior of the world and the Lord of our hearts, who now lives and rules with the Father and the
Holy Spirit, One God, world without end.
Amen.

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