The Holy Spirit Works Sight Unseen to Make The First Christmas Possible

The Holy Spirit Works Sight Unseen to Make The First Christmas Possible

The Sermon:  Luke 1: 35 (NKJV)

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

The Holy Spirit Works Sight Unseen to Make The First Christmas Possible

Listen to the sermon:

The Holy Spirit Works Sight Unseen to Make The First Christmas Possible "The Holy Spirit will come upon you...will be the Son of God."

First Sunday in Advent

Saturday, November (6:00 pm) and Sunday, December 1, 2013 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Come to My Heart” (Director: Cathy Augustin, Accompanist: Stephanie Mueller)

Opening  WS 703 : Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers Hymnary.org link  

The Invocational and Confessional Prayer

C: As we today begin a new church year and Advent season, our thoughts turn to Your gracious “comings” to us, dear Lord. Mercifully You once came into the world as our Savior; Lovingly You come into our hearts through Your Word and Gospel;  Victoriously You will return in glory on the last Day to take us home.

Humbly we confess our sins which make us underserving of Your grace and comings. In repentance and faith we look to your cross, confident of Your promised forgiveness and salvation. May Your Advent grace comfort, reassure and bless our hearts in this holy season.

The Absolution

The Scripture Reading – Luke 1:26-35

(God’s Angelic Announcement to A Startled Young Virgin Of The Impending Christmas Miracle Leads To A Wonderful Faith Response.) 

LSB 375 : Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising Hymnary.org link

Nicene Creed (Supplement pg. 5)

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 Spirit 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.  And 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.

TLH 274 : Praise We the Lord this Day Hymnary.org link

(The Lighting of the First Advent Candle)

The Sermon …..…………………………………….  Luke 1: 35 (NKJV)

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God.”

The Holy Spirit Works Sight Unseen to Make The First Christmas Possible

The Holy Spirit Conceives the Christ-Child in the Virgin Mary’s Womb

The Offering, Pre-Communion Prayer and Consecration

The Distribution of the Lord’s Supper ( TLH 61 : Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People Hymnary.org link  & TLH 73 : Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates Hymnary.org link – 2nd Tune)

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

The Lord’s Prayer

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

TLH 95 : Savior of the Nations Come Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer and Announcements