The Great Christmas Gift Exchange

2 Corinthians 8:9"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that, though He was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, so that we through His poverty might be rich."

The Sermon: 2 Corinthians 8 : 9

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that, though He was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, so that we through His poverty might be rich.”

The Great Christmas Gift Exchange

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2 Corinthians 8:9"For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that, though He was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, so that we through His poverty might be rich."

Christmas Day Service

Monday, December 25, 2017 (9:00 a.m.)

Opening Hymn LSB 360 (V 1-4): All My Heart Again Rejoices Hymnary.org link “Awake, My Heart, With Gladness”

The Invocation

P: On this Christmas Day, it is good and right for us to come before God’s throne of grace in Christ Jesus and confess our many sins and our great need for Christmas. The command of our Lord is that His people be comforted with the message of forgiveness in the Christ. Through the prophet Isaiah, the Lord says to His people Israel: “Tell her that her sins I have covered, and her warfare now is over.” Our Savior came to make peace between God and man. Now he desires to come to us and abide with us – in our hearts – with His forgiveness and peace.

C: O most merciful God, we confess to You all of our many sins. We have sinned against You by what we have thought, said and done. Yet You have made Christmas happen by sending Your beloved Son for us. Have mercy on us and grant us forgiveness for all our sins. By the power of the Holy Spirit lead us to believe and remain faithful to You all our days so that, by Your grace, we finally come to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ, our ChristChild Lord and Savior.

P: Since God has given you the Keys of the Kingdom of heaven and as you have called me to administer the same, even so may it be to you as you believe. By the command of our Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins, in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. He who believes and is baptized shall be saved! For if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. O Lord, grant this to us all.

Sing “Still, Still, Still”

The Scripture Reading – John 1 (Excerpts)

At Christmas the eternal Word became also the human Word, God’s great revelation of His glory and grace, the ultimate Light in a sin-darkened world – all so that we might become His true children by faith and all that it means and promises for us!

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.

Carol: “I Am So Glad Each Christmas Day”

♫ I am so glad each Christmas Day, The day of Jesus’ birth!
Then like the sun the star shone forth, And angels sang on earth.

The little Child in Bethlehem, He was a King indeed!
For He came down from Heaven above To help a world in need.

He dwells again in Heaven’s realm, The Son of God today;
And still He loves His little ones And hears them when they pray.

I am so glad on Christmas Day! His praises then I sing;
He opens then for everyone  The palace of the King.

The Sermon ………………………………………………….. 2 Corinthians 8 : 9

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that, though He was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, so that we through His poverty might be rich.”

The Great Christmas Gift Exchange

Carol: “Sleepy Little Bethlehem”  (Lyrics By Judith Snell)

The Christmas Day Offering

Our Christmas Prayer

Dear Child in the manger, we rejoice that on that first Christmas You came down from heaven above to be born of the virgin Mary and to be our precious Redeemer. May we see in You the fulness of the Godhead in human form.

Help us to treasure You as the greatest Christmas gift we receive, the Gift that gives us eternal life. We thank You for coming and for giving Yourself for us. Give us the true Christmas spirit of giving of ourselves to You and to others in love. Give us the courage to follow the example of the shepherds of Bethlehem that we may tell others the Good News of great joy that a Savior has been born for us.

May the Gospel carols of Christmas and their Biblical message from heaven ring out throughout the world. Help each of us to celebrate a truly spiritual Christmas in word and song and prayer. Let the joy of Christmas abide in our hearts all year long. All this we ask for Your sake, O dearest Lord Jesus, in Whose Name we now pray:

The Lord’s Prayer (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

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.

Benediction ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen

Closing Hymn LSB 367 (V 1-2,5): Angels from the Realms of Glory Hymnary.org link “Angels From The Realms Of Glory”

Silent Prayer And Announcements