Grace and Truth Came By Jesus Christ

Grace and Truth Came By Jesus Christ

The Sermon: John 1:15-18

John testifies concerning the Christ, crying out, “This is He of Whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me has surpassed me because He comes before me.’ From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was give through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but His only-begotten Son, Who is at the Father’s side, He has made Him known.

Grace and Truth Came By Jesus Christ

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John 1 :16 From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another.

First Sunday After Christmas

Sunday, December 28, 2014 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir –Once in Royal David’s City” (Alexander & Willcocks)
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Stephanie Mueller)

(Congregation are asked to join on verses 1 & 4)

1 Once in royal David’s city  Stood a lowly cattle shed
Where a mother laid her Baby  In a manger for his bed.
Mary was that mother mild,  Jesus Christ her little child.

2 He came down to earth from heaven,  Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,  And His cradle was a stall;
With the poor and mean and lowly,  Lived on earth our Savior holy.

3 Not in that poor lowly stable  With the oxen standing by
We shall see Him; but in heaven,  Set at God’s right hand on high;
Where, like stars, His children crowned,  All in white shall wait around.

4 And our eyes at last shall see Him,  Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child, so dear and gentle  Is our Lord in heav’n above;
And he leads His children on  To the place where He is gone.

Opening LSB 362 : O Sing of Christ Hymnary.org link

The Invocation And Confessional Prayer

A Responsive Reading – “What Happened After Christmas?”

Luke 2: 21-40 Excerpts

P: Through His circumcision and presentation in accordance with Old Testament Law, God showed that His Son was “made under the Law” (Galatians 4:4). He also named Him the most appropriate and wonderful Name ever given a child. This beginning of a perfect life of obedience was a vital part of Jesus’ saving work as my Sin-Substitute

C: “And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His Name was called Jesus, the Name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. Now when the days of her purification according to the Law of Moses were completed, they brought Jesus to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord, as it is written in the law of the Lord.”

P: Our lives are “waiting periods”, especially the waiting to see the Lord’s Christ. Like Simeon of old, we have been privileged to see the Lord’s Christ in the manger again. Thus we have seen the salvation and light and glory God has prepared for all people. And we are ready to depart in peace – into our lives and world as well as into death and eternity.

C: “And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem named Simeon, righteous and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel. And it had been revealed to him that he would not see death until he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Coming by the Spirit into the temple, he saw the Child Jesus, took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: ‘Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace, according to Your Word; For mine eyes have seen Your salvation which You have prepared before the face of all people.”

P: Looming in the background of a mother’s joy over this holy Child was the reminder from Simeon that the destiny of souls would rest upon this Child, that many would reject Him and that a sword-piercing mother’s anguish would be her lot as she one day would stand beneath the cross of her Son.

C: “Then Simeon blessed them and said, ‘This Child is destined for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be spoken against. Indeed, a sword will pierce through your own soul also as the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.”

P: The story of a godly, faithful, church-attending woman named Anna is an inspiration to every believer. Her love for her Savior and his Word, her life of faith and her excitement over the Savior and her thanksgiving in her worship, especially in the face of some significant life trials, reflects a Christmas spirit we seek to emulate.

C: “There also was a prophetess, Anna, who was elderly and a long-time widow. She never left the temple but worshipped there day night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the Child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”

Sing “In His Temple Now Adore Him” (TLH 139, V 2-3)

♫ In the arms of her who bore Him, virgin mother, see Him lie,
While His aged saints adore Him  Ere in faith and hope they die.
Hallelujah! Hallelujah!  Lo, the Incarnate God most high.

Jesus, by Thy presentation, Thou, Who didst for us endure,
Make us see our great salvation, Seal us with thy promise sure,
And present us in Thy glory  To thy Father, cleansed and pure.

Apostle’s Creed (Hymnal Back Cover)

LSB 377 : On Christmas Night All Christians Sing Hymnary.org link

The Sermon. ………………………………………………………….. John 1:15-18

John testifies concerning the Christ, crying out, “This is He of Whom I said, ‘He Who comes after me has surpassed me because He comes before me.’ From the fullness of His grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was give through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but His only-begotten Son, Who is at the Father’s side, He has made Him known.

Grace and Truth Came By Jesus Christ

“Create In Me” ( LSB 956 : Create in Me Hymnary.org link )

LSB 373 (V 3-4): See amid the Winter's Snow Hymnary.org link

The Offering

Our Prayers And Our Lord’s Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

WS 713 : Your Little Ones, Dear Lord, Are We Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer And Announcements