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

December 25, 2016                                                   Christmas Day

Welcome to all worshipers of Jesus! Mary pondered all these things in her heart!” Like Mary, on Christmas Day we meditate on the mystery of the Nativity: Christ is born to lie and die and rise again for us! The Word becomes flesh, yet his glory is visible to eyes of faith. Glory to God in the highest!

Order of Service

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

Opening Hymn

O Little Town of Bethlehem, #65

Hymn (replaces O Lord, Our Lord pg. 28)

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, #61

Prayer of the Day

Almighty God, grant that the birth of your only Son in the flesh may set us free from our old bondage under the yoke of sin; 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 52:7-10

The Christmas proclamation of good news is captured in Isaiah’s words: “The Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem.” Jesus has been born to save us from our sins. Christmas Day heralds the “good news to Zion.”

Psalm of the Day

Choir sings “He Is Born, the Child Divine

Second Lesson

Hebrews 1:1-9

Jesus is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.” The baby in Mary’s arms is the almighty Son, who sustains all things by the power of his word. He has left his majesty above to do the will of his Father, “provid[ing] purification for sins.” When he speaks, God is speaking directly to us by his Son.

Gospel Lesson

John 1:1-14

Christ the eternal Word takes on human flesh to dwell among us. With majestic prose John relates the central mystery of the faith. Those who hear him in faith behold “the glory of the One and Only [Son]...full of grace and truth.”

Hymn of the Day

Of the Father's Love Begotten, #35

Sermon

Isaiah 52:7-10—The Good News Is Still Fresh

Hymn (replaces Holy, Holy, Holy pg. 34)

Rejoice, Rejoice This Happy Morn, #49

Hymn (replaces O Christ, Lamb of God pg. 35)

See In Yonder Manger Low, #58

Hymn

From Heaven Above to Earth I Come, #38

Hymn (replaces Thank the Lord pg. 36)

Go, Tell It on the Mountain, #57

Closing Hymn

Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful, #55