He Still Comes to Us in “Stables”

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

The Sermon: Titus 3: 4-7

4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

He Still Comes to Us in “Stables”

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But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

Third Sunday in Advent

Sunday, December 11, 2016 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Prepare the Way of the Lord”
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Steph Mueller ;
Duet: Steve & Annette Kuehne)

Opening Hymn LSB 343 : Prepare the Royal Highway Hymnary.org link “Prepare The Royal Highway”

The Invocation And Responsive Advent Prayer

P: Eternal Father, throughout the centuries You repeated and reaffirmed Your promises to send the Offspring of the woman to crush the serpent’s head. Through Your prophets of old, You continually directed the eyes of your people to the advent of their Savior.

C: We praise You, O Lord, for keeping Your promises and sending Your Son to destroy the works of the devil.

P: As we prepare to celebrate the birth of our King, use Your mighty Word to shatter our pride and to rouse us from spiritual slumber and apathy.

C: Move us to take to heart the words of John: “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near.”

P: You sent Your Son to redeem us from sin. Let this Good News be our joy and strength. Use it to cheer the lonely, encourage the fearful, and give hope to the despairing. In these days before Christmas, spare us from the stress of deadlines and the frenzy of commercialism.

C: Fill our lives with the message of Your peace and the music of Your grace.

P: Direct our eyes not only to the manger, but also to the skies, where we will see Your Son coming again, not as a lowly Child but as the Lord of lords.

C: Lift up our hearts in joyful anticipation of that day.

P: Come quickly, Lord Jesus – in Your grace, in Your power, and in Your glory.

C: Come, Lord Jesus! Amen.

Sung Response – “We’ll Give Him All The Glory”

♫ 1 O come, let us adore Him,  O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,  Christ the Lord.

2 We’ll praise His name forever,  We’ll praise His name forever,
We’ll praise His name forever,  Christ the Lord.

3 We’ll give Him all the glory,  We’ll give Him all the glory,
We’ll give Him all the glory,  Christ the Lord.

4 For He alone is worthy,  For He alone is worthy,
For He alone is worthy,  Christ the Lord.
 

The Scripture Reading – Matthew 1: 18-25

Joseph’s fearful concerns regarding his wife and all that was happening were met with a heavenly-sent angelic visit and reassurance of God’s love and saving purposes – followed by Joseph’s Christmas faith-response of obedience. May the Lord’s Word and love meet whatever our Christmas concerns and struggles as well.

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 359 (V 3-4): Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming Hymnary.org link  “This Flower Whose Fragrance Tender”

The Sermon….……………………………………….…… Titus 3: 4-7

4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

He Still Comes to Us in “Stables”

Hymn LSB 374 : Gentle Mary Laid Her Child Hymnary.org link “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”

Our Offering

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

The Children’s Message

Closing Hymn LSB 358 (V 1,8, 13-15): From Heaven Above to Earth I Come Hymnary.org link “From Heaven Above”

Silent Prayer And Announcements