Christmas Eve -- December 24, 2012

December 24, 2012


O Jesus Christ, your manger is

My paradise where my soul is reclining.

For there, O Lord, we find the Word

Made flesh for us -- your grace is brightly shining.

(Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 40:1)

Christmas Eve -- December 24, 2012

Processional: “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 55)

1. Oh, come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant,

Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him, Born the King of angels.


Oh, come, let us adore him,

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

2. (Women only)
God from true God, and Light from Light eternal,

Born of a virgin, to earth he comes,

Only begotten Son of God the Father.


3. (Men only)

Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation

Sing, all ye citizens of heav'n above.

Glory to God, all Glory in the highest.



4. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy ev'ning;

Jesus, to thee be all glory giv'n,

Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing.


Call to Worship

P: In the name of the Father,

C: Who in love sent his only-begotten Son,

P: In the name of the Son,

C: Who became flesh 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: Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.

C: Lord, hear my voice; let your ear be attentive to my plea.

P: If you, Lord, marked our sins,

C: O Lord, who could stand?

P: But with you there is forgiveness, so that you are feared.

C: I wait for the Lord, and in his word I have hope.

P: Hope in the Lord, for with the Lord there is mercy and redemption.

C: He shall redeem me from all my iniquities.

P: When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,

C: To redeem those under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

P: The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light.

C: A light has shown on those who dwell in the land of the shadow of death.

P: Unto us a Child is born! Unto us a Son is given!

C: His name shall be called wonderful Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

P: In the peace of forgiveness, let us sing together the response of praise.

Response of Praise: (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 38:14, 15)

1. My heart for very joy must leap;

My lips no more can silence keep.

I, too, must sing with joyful tongue

That sweetest ancient cradle song:

2. Glory to God in highest heaven,

Who unto us his Son has given!

While angels sing with pious mirth

A glad new year to all the earth.

Christmas Prayer

Christmas Message: Why Christmas?

God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

Christ's Birth Remembered

Scene 1

Song: “Oh, Come, Little Children”

Time: A year or so after Jesus' birth.

Place: Fields outside Bethlehem.

Scene 2

Song: “Silent Night” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 60)

1. Children only

2. Congregation:

Silent night! Holy night!

Shepherds quake at the sight.

Glories stream from heaven afar;

Heav’nly hosts sing, Alleluia;

Christ, the Savior, is born!

Christ, the Savior, is born!

3. Congregation:

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.

Time: The day of Jesus' birth

Place: A stable in Bethlehem

Song: “Away in a Manger”

Scene 3

Time: Later that same night

Place: Fields outside Bethlehem

Song: “Run, Shepherds, Run

Song: “Angels We Have Heard on High” (CW 63:1-3)

1. Congregation:

Angels we have heard on high,

Sweetly singing o'er the plains,

And the mountains in reply,

Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain: Children Only

2. Congregation:

Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be

Which inspire your heav'nly song?

Refrain: Children Only

3. Congregation:

Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee

Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Refrain: Children Only

Scene 4

Time: A year or so after Jesus' birth.

Place: Road outside Bethlehem and a house in town.

Song: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” (CW 57)

Our Thanksgiving


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

Removed due to copyright.

(Luther's Small Catechism: A Contemporary Translation, © 1979 Northwestern Publishing House)

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

(During the offering Gideon Joos plays Carol of the Bells)

Christmas Prayer

Lord's Prayer: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


P: The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.

C: (spoken) Amen.

Congregation: “Joy to the world” (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 62:)

1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

Let ev’ry heart prepare him room

And heav’n and nature sing,

And heav’n and nature sing,

And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

2. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!

Let all their songs employ,

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat he sounding joy,

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3. No more let sins and sorrows grow

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make his blessings flow

Far as the curse is found

Far as the curse is found,

Far as, far as the curse is found.

4. He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness

And wonders of his love, And wonders of his love,

And wonders, wonders of his love.

Christmas Day Service 10:00 a.m.
Next Sunday December 30, 10:30 a.m. Service


St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Hancock, MN 56244
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