Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

Prayer:

Gracious Child, we pray you, hear us;

From your lowly manger cheer us

Gently lead us and be near us

Till we join th'angelic choir. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 42:5)

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2010

Processional: “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 63)

1. Angels we have heard on high,

Sweetly singing o'er the plains,

And the mountains in reply,

Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo;

Gloria in excelsis Deo.

2. Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be

Which inspire your heav'nly song?

Stand

3. Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee

Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Call to Worship

P: In the name of the Father,

C: Whose love sent his only-begotten Son,

P: In the name of the Son,

C: Who humbled himself to save us sinners,

P; In the name of the Holy Spirit,

C: Who opens our eyes to see the Christ-child,

P: Grace and peace be with you.

C: And also with you.

Be Seated

P: As we kneel before the Christ-child, we see the filth of our own sins. It is right and fitting, therefore, that we confess our sins as we come to worship him tonight. For the Father sent Jesus on the mission to take away the sins of the world.

C: Holy and merciful Father, I confess to you all my sins, those that I know and those that I am unaware of. I began life empty of all good, filled with evil desires, deserving death and damnation. I have failed to do the good you command and have done the evil you forbid. Sin corrupts my thoughts, words, actions, and attitudes. I have justly earned your death sentence of hell. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, my Savior, have mercy on me.

P: Peace be with you, for your sins are forgiven. God's own Son took our flesh and blood to carry your sins to the cross. His perfect life from womb to tomb counts as your record before God. His holy blood shed on the cross washes you clean. He was born to take your place as the sacrifice that ransoms you. As your risen and living Savior, he says to you, “Peace be with you. Your sins are forgiven.”

C: Amen.

P: In the peace of forgiveness let us praise the Lord, as we encourage each other with this hymn of joy: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 53:3, 4)

1. Oh, then rejoice that through his Son

God is with sinners now at one;

Made like yourselves of flesh and blood,

Your brother is th'etenral God.

2. What harm can sin and death then do?

The true God now abides with you.

Let hell and Satan storm and rave,

Christ is your brother -- you are safe.

Christmas Prayer

Christmas Message: John 1:1-5, 14, 16-18
Remember Him Who Is Your Life and Light

Choir “The Shepherds' Nowell”

The First Christmas

2. Why lies he in such mean estate

Where oxen now are feeding?

Good Christians, fear; For sinners here

The silent Word is pleading.

Nails, spear shall pierce him through;

The cross he’ll bear for me, for you.

Hail, hail the Word made flesh,

The babe, the Son of Mary.

1. Children

2. Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht

Alles schlaft, Einsam wacht

Nur das heilige Elternpaar

Das im Stalle zu Bethlehem war

Schlaf in himmlische Ruh

Schlaf in himmlische Ruh

3. Silent night! Holy night!

Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,

Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

1. Children

2. The shepherds feared and trembled

When lo, above the earth

Rang out the angel chorus

That hailed our Savior's birth.

Go, tell it on the mountain,

Over the hills, and ev’rywhere;

Go, tell it on the mountain

That Jesus Christ is born.

3. Down in a lowly manger

The humble Christ was born;

And God sent us salvation

That blessed Christmas morn.

1. Children

2. God from true God, and Light from Light eternal,

Born of a virgin, to earth he comes,

Only begotten Son of God the Father.

Oh, come, let us adore him,

Oh, come, let us adore him,

Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

3. Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation

Sing, all ye citizens of heav'n above.

Glory to God, all Glory in the highest.

Song: “Bells are Ringing”

Christmas Confession (Luther's Explanation to the Second Article)

Offering: For East Fork Lutheran School (WELS Apache Missions)

Christmas Prayer & Lord's Prayer

Blessing:
Congregation (sings): Amen, Amen, Amen

Recessional: “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 61)

1. Children

2. Christ, by highest heav’n adored

Christ, the everlasting Lord,

Late in time behold him come,

Offspring of a virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,

Hail th’ incarnate Deity!

Pleased as man with us to dwell,

Jesus, our Immanuel!

Hark! The herald angels sing,

“Glory to the newborn King!”

3. Hail, the heav'nly Prince of Peace!

Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!

Light and life to all he brings,

Ris'n with healing in his wings.

Mild he lays his glory by,

Born that we no more may die,

Born to raise us from the earth,

Born to give us second birth.

Christmas Day Service at St. Paul's, Morris 9:00 a.m.

Next Sunday December 26, 10:30 a.m. Divine Service

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St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
859 5th Street
Hancock, MN 56244
(320) 392-5313

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