Worship at 8:00am & 10:30am, Spiritual Growth Hour at 9:15am

December 28, 2014                                                       Christmas 1

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Christ is the Savior—the only Savior there is—for all people. In him we have peace; for him we live.

Order of Service: Service of Word and Sacrament, page 26 in front of the hymnal

Opening Hymn- Of the Father's Love Begotten, #35

Prayer of the Day: Almighty God, in mercy you sent your one and only Son to take upon himself our human nature. By his gracious coming deliver us from the corruption of our sin and transform us into the likeness of his glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen (sung)

First Lesson- Isaiah 45:20-25

God Calls the world to seek salvation in him. His words are truth, and his mighty works are righteousness and salvation. In spite of the world's waywardness, the Lord says, “Turn to me and be saved.”

Psalm of the Day- Psalm 111, page 106 in front of the hymnal

Second Lesson- Colossians 3:12-17

Paul calls us “God's chosen people,” and urges us to do everything “in the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Gospel Lesson- Luke 2:25-40

When Joseph and Mary bring the Christchild to the temple for the right of purification, Simeon praises God for keeping his promise of sending the Savior. Anna also gives thanks to God for sending the Savior, and she speaks about him “to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”

Hymn of the Day- Let All Together Praise Our God, #41

Sermon- Based on Colossians 3:12-17

Christmas Makes You a Christian

Hymn- From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, #38

Closing Hymn- Joy to the World, #62