Christmas Day

Christmas Day

December 25, 2018

Divine Service, Setting III

LSB p. 184

Welcome to the Divine Service. Here, our Lord delights to lavish gifts of forgiveness, life, and salvation upon His people. Please fill out an attendance card and pass it to the center aisle after the offering, where an usher will collect it.  Visitors are asked to speak with the pastor before communing here.

Bold Print is spoken in unison where applicable.

Preparatory Rite

Opening Hymn:  “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”    LSB 358 stz.1-4

Confession & Absolution    LSB 184

Service of the Word

Introit

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Oh sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvelous things!

His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.

The LORD has made known his salvation;

he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.

He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;

break forth into joyous song and sing praises!

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Kyrie    LSB 186

Gloria in Excelsis    LSB 187

Salutation and Collect of the Day    LSB 189

Almighty God, grant that the birth of Your only-begotten Son in the flesh may set us free from the bondage of sin; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament Reading    Isaiah 52:7-10

7How beautiful upon the mountains

are the feet of him who brings good news,

who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,

who publishes salvation,

who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”

8The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;

together they sing for joy;

for eye to eye they see

the return of the LORD to Zion.

9Break forth together into singing,

you waste places of Jerusalem,

for the LORD has comforted his people;

he has redeemed Jerusalem.

10The LORD has bared his holy arm

before the eyes of all the nations,

and all the ends of the earth shall see

the salvation of our God.

Gradual

To us a child is born, to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder.

And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Sing to the Lord a new song,

for he has done marvelous things!

Epistle Reading    Hebrews 1:1-6

1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

5For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son,

today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

“I will be to him a father,

and he shall be to me a son”?

6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

Alleluia    LSB 190

On Christmas Day, the Gospel is read from the center of the church, among the congregation, to symbolize that Christ, the Word, became flesh and dwelt among us.

Holy Gospel    John 1:1-14

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12But to all who did receive

him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Nicene Creed    LSB 191

Hymn of the Day:  “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”    LSB 358 stz.5-10

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

Offertory    LSB 192

Offering

Service of the Sacrament

Preface    LSB 194

Sanctus    LSB 195

Lord’s Prayer (spoken)    LSB 196

The Words of Our Lord     LSB 197

Pax Domini

Agnus Dei    LSB 198

Distribution Hymns: 664, 656, 662, 805

Nunc Dimittis    LSB 199

Thanksgiving    LSB 200

Salutation and Benedicamus    LSB 201

Benediction    LSB 202

Closing Hymn:  “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”    LSB 358 stz.10-15

Acknowledgments Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.


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