December 30, 2018            Christmas 1

ORDER OF SERVICE

The Common Service (also found on page 15 in the front part of the red hymnal).


 

OPENING HYMN

Hymn 226, To Your Temple I Draw Near

 

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.

(sung) Amen.

 

FIRST LESSON

1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26 (printed on back of worship folder)

The boy Samuel served in the temple of the Lord. This was his home and here was his work. The Lord was pleased with Samuel.


 

PSALM OF THE DAY

Psalm 111 (also found on page 106 of the hymnal)

 

SECOND LESSON

Hebrews 2:10-18 (printed on back of worship folder)

God demanded a perfect sacrifice for the world. Therefore Jesus became fully human. He became our brother, like us in every way, except without sin, that he might atone for our sins. In the face of temptation, we turn to Jesus who overcame all temptations to sin.

 

GOSPEL

Luke 2:41-52 (printed on back of worship folder)

Even as a twelve year old boy Jesus was zealous for God’s Word. He stayed in the temple, his Father’s House, to learn more even more. When his parents found him, he obediently followed them home, thus keeping the fourth commandment perfectly for us. In all things, Jesus served as our substitute.

 

HYMN OF THE DAY

Hymn 41, Let All Together Praise Our God

 

SERMON

Luke 2:52
"Watch This Child Grow!"

 

DISTRIBUTION HYMN

Hymn 54, Where Shepherds Lately Knelt

 

CLOSING HYMN

Hymn 226, 226 To Your Temple I Draw Near (st.5-7)