Christmas – A Celebration of Two Births

O holy Child of Bethlehem descend on us we pray

The Sermon: John 1: 11-13

11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Christmas – A Celebration of Two Births

Listen to the sermon:

O holy Child of Bethlehem descend on us we pray

Christmas Day
Friday, December 25, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Preservice Instrumental Christmas Carols –
French Horn: Joel ; Trumpet: Evan ; Piano – Steve Kuehne 

Song by Choir – “Come and See the Babe”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Susi Rehm)

Opening Hymn LSB 360 (v 1-2, 5-6): All My Heart Again Rejoices Hymnary.org link “All My Heart Again Rejoices”

The Invocation And Christmas Litany

P: Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.

C: Lord, we confess that we made Christmas necessary. Our sins brought down Your just anger and condemnation upon us. Yet Your mercy brought down Your Son from heaven to save us. Indeed, Love came down at Christmas in the Person of the ChristChild. Forgive us our sins for Jesus’ sake.

The Absolution (God’s Assurance Of Forgiveness)

P: Lord Jesus Christ, true God, Son of the Father from eternity:

C: Lord Jesus Christ, true Man, born of the virgin Mary.

P: At great cost You rescued and redeemed us from sin, death and the power of the devil.

C: You freed us from the terrible curse of sin, the certainty of eternal death and the destructive power of the Evil One.

P: Not with gold or silver,

C: But with Your holy, precious blood and with Your innocent suffering and death.

1 O little town of Bethlehem,  How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by; Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting light.

The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.
[LSB 361]

2 For Christ is born of Mary,  And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wond’ring love.

O morning stars, together  Proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the king  And peace to all the earth!

P: Claim us as Your own, to live under You in Your Kingdom,

C: To serve You in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness.

P: Just as You have risen from the dead and live and rule eternally,

C: So now lift up our hearts to look to Your manger, Your cross and Your empty tomb and there  in faith to find Your great Christmas gift to us – forgiveness, peace and eternal life.

3 How silently, how silently  The wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heav’n.

No ear may hear His coming;  But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him,
Still  The dear Christ enters in.

P: Savior of the nations, come to us this Christmas with Your grace. Help us to truly celebrate and proclaim before all Your gift of love we have neither earned nor deserved.

C: Let not the fears and struggles of our loves diminish our true Christmas joy. In faith, help us ever to remember Your blessings of Christmases past, Your presence and power in Christmas present and Your promises for Christmas future.

4 O holy Child of Bethlehem,  Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in,  Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels  The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,  Our Lord Immanuel!

The Scripture Reading – John 1: 1-5, 15-17

While Matthew and Luke present the “stories” of that first Bethlehem Christmas and surrounding events, it is John Who provides further insight into the spiritual and eternal significance of the eternal Son of God and the world’s Creator and Life and Light-Giver coming down from heaven to become one of us and bring us grace and truth.

The Apostles Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

I 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, died and was buried; He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven And sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn LSB 362 : O Sing of Christ Hymnary.org link  “O Sing of Christ”

The Sermon ….……………………………………………..…………… John 1: 11-13

11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Christmas – A Celebration of Two Births

Hymn LSB 369 : Where Shepherds Lately Knelt Hymnary.org link “Where Shepherds Lately Knelt”

The Christmas Day Offering And Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer (Sung To The Melody Of Hymn 366)

The Christmas Day Benediction  ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 373 (v 1&3): See amid the Winter's Snow Hymnary.org link “See Amid the Winter’s Snow”

Silent Prayer And Announcements