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Home For Christmas

The Sermon: Matthew 18: 20

“Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.”

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Luke 2:16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the Babe lying in a manger. Home for Christmas

Christmas Day

Sunday, December 25, 2013 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Glory to God in the Highest” (by Krapf)
(Director: Cathy Augustin, Accompanist: Susi Rehm)

“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men of good will with whom he is pleased.” Luke 2:14

Opening TLH 102 : Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful Hymnary.org link

The Invocational and Christmas Day Litany

P: Lord Jesus, as we behold You lying a manger:

C: Your lowliness does not make You seem a stranger.

P: With eyes of faith we see true God in Thee:

C: The Son begotten in eternity.

P: By Thee were made all things in earth and heaven:

C: By Thee our daily breath and bread are given.

P: Yet Thou didst choose in crib and stall to lie:

C: That we might live and reign with Thee on high.

Sing (Melody Of Hymn 105)

Hail to the Father’s Son Who came  From heav’n to sinful earth!
Then sing for joy! Loud, loud proclaim  The wonders of His birth!

P: O Lord, what mind can know, what tongue can tell:

C: The wonder: Thou with men as man dost dwell?

P: And yet a greater mystery stands revealed:

C: All Thy great might and power for us concealed.

P: On Thee was laid all our iniquity:

C: O’er Thee was poured God’s wrath – for you and me.

P: But when Thou hadst as One accursed died:

C: God, raising Thee, declared Thee justified.

P: From all men’s guilt He there pronounced Thee free:

C: Then we through Thee, our Substitute, are free.

P: Incarnate God, of Thee our song shall be:

The Son redeemed and justified  All guilty sons of earth!
Then share your joy, Tell far and wide  The wonders of His birth!

P: The angel hosts once at Thy birth rejoiced:

C: In glorious song their glad thanksgiving voiced.

P: No less their joy when Thou from death didst rise:

C: They saw men pardoned, guiltless in God’s eyes.

P: And now they see Thee rule on high as King:

C: And Thy Glad Tidings to a lost world bring.

P: Now Thou, the Lowly, homeless at Thy birth:

C: Dost find a home in countless hearts on earth.

P: Our hearts and souls now ring with joy that sings:

Our King brings souls from ev’ry clime; In grace He rules the earth.
Then, Christians, praise in song sublime  The wonders of His birth.

The Christmas Scripture – John 1: 1-5, 9-14

While Matthew and Luke focus on the events of the Christmas Story, the apostle John provides an eternal divine perspective. The eternal Son of God, Creator of all, comes to us as the “Word made flesh” bringing Light and Life to a world of darkness and death. In Him we see the grace and glory of God….. and of Christmas!

The Athanasian Creed (Excerpts)

It is necessary to everlasting salvation that we also believe faithfully the incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ. For the right faith is that we believe and confess that our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is God and Man; God of the Substance of the Father, begotten before the worlds; And Man of the substance of His mother, born in the world; perfect God and perfect Man, of true soul and human flesh subsisting: Equal to the Father as touching His Godhead and inferior to the Father as touching His manhood; Who, although He be God and Man, yet He is not two, but one Christ: One, not by conversion of the Godhead into flesh, but taking the manhood into God; One completely – Not by confusion of Substance, but by unity of Person. For as true soul and flesh is one man, so God and Man is one Christ; Who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell and rose again the third day from the dead; He ascended into heaven; He sitteth at the right hand of the Father, God almighty; From whence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. At Whose coming all men shall rise again with their bodies and shall give account of their lives. And they who are righteous by faith shall go into life everlasting; And they who have done evil into everlasting fire. This is the true Christian faith which, unless a person believe faithfully and firmly, he cannot be saved.

LSB 402 : The Only Son from Heaven Hymnary.org link

The Sermon…..……………………………………. Matthew 18: 20

“Where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there am I in the midst of them.”

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Hymn – “When Christmas Morn Is Dawning”

The Christmas Day Offering And Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer & The Christmas Benediction

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.

Closing LSB 349 : Hark the Glad Sound Hymnary.org link

 Silent Prayer and Announcements