The Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 22, 2013


Come, O long-expected Jesus, Born to set your people free; From our sins and fears release us By your death on Calvary. Israel’s Strength and Consolation, Hope to all the earth impart, Dear Desire of ev’ry nation,Joy of ev’ry longing heart. (Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal 6:1)

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

December 22, 2013

Order of Service -- Carols and Songs

The opening was from Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal: Supplement, “Meditation on the Ministry of the Keys,” p. 76 (c) 2008 Northwestern Publishing House.

Candle Lighting

Prelude: Gloria

Responsive Litany:

P: The angel told Mary that she would give birth to the Son of God, who would reign forever and ever.

C: O Jesus, Prince of Peace, you alone reconcile us to God by taking away our sin.

P: The angel told Joseph to give Mary's Child the name Jesus, because he would save his people from their sins.

C: O, Jesus, Prince of Peace, you alone reconcile us to God by taking away our sin.

P: The angels proclaimed peace when they appeared to the shepherds. For the Savior had been born to bring us peace with God.

C: O, Jesus, Prince of Peace, you alone reconcile us to God by taking away our sin.

Candle Lighting

The Prophecy Candle brings us hope because God's promises never fail. The Bethlehem Candle leads us to the lowly manger as we bow with repentant hearts, looking to Jesus in faith. The Shepherd Candle brings us joy as we rejoice with the shepherds at the birth of our Savior. The Angel Candle reminds us of the Good News the angels proclaimed that we have peace with God through this Child.

Postlude: God Is Near
(Printed on the next page. Congregation may sing along)

God's Word

Prayer of the Day

First Lesson: Isaiah 7:10-14

Ahaz, King of Judah, refused to trust the Lord to deliver Jerusalem from the enemies that were laying siege. Despite Ahaz’s unbelief, the Lord promised a sign of an even greater deliverance. The Child born of a virgin would bring eternal deliverance. For he would be Immanuel, our God who came to be with us to save us.

Gospel: Luke 1:18-25

God kept his promise. His Son came, born of a virgin. His name is Jesus, which means “the Lord saves.” Jesus saves us from sin and death, for he is Immanuel.

Hymn 23 “Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel”


Romans 1:1-7

Cherish God’s Christmas Letter

Apostles’ Creed, p. 41


Prayer of the Church for Advent, p. 123

Lord's Prayer


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.

Hymn 4 “Lift Up Your Heads, You Mighty Gates”

Upcoming Kingdom Work
Week of December 22, 2013

  • Monday
    • 7:00pm Final Christmas Practice
  • Tuesday
    • 6:30pm Children’s Christmas Eve Service
  • Wednesday
    • 10:00am Christmas Day Service
    • Sunday 10:30am Divine Service

December Ushers: Chuck Nelson (capt.) Jeff Flaten, Evan Nelson, David Paul, Kevin Zeltwanger

December Cleaners: Dave & Connie Paul, Doug & Leah Nelson


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