Gradual                                                                                                                           Is. 9:6; Ps. 98:1a

​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…………………………………………………………………….......................Hebrews 1:1–6

​Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but 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.  He 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, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.


For 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”?

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

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

R     This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.

Post-Communion Canticle

 Nunc Dimittis​

​O  Lord, now let Your servant depart in heavenly peace,
​For I have seen the glory  Of Your redeeming grace:
​A light to lead the Gentiles unto Your holy hill, 
the glory of Your people, your chosen Israel 
​All glory to the Father, All glory to the Son,
​All glory to the Holy Spirit, Forever, Three in One;
​For as in the beginning, Is now, shall ever be,
​God's triune name resounding Through all eternity

Common Alleluia and Verse​

​Alleluia, Lord to whom shall we go?  You have the

words of eternal life,  Alleluia, Alleluia.

​Prayer of the Church
Christmas Day
25 December 2020


Word made flesh, in the joyous celebration of Your nativity, we have seen Your glory. Your goodness and loving kindness have appeared to us. Grant us comfort and peace in the knowledge of Your incarnation and a blessed new year. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Word made flesh, in Your Holy Gospel we have seen Your glory. Bless the preaching of the Gospel from the altars and pulpits You have consecrated for the purpose of delivering Your gift of faith through the preaching of Your Word. Bless those called to preach and those called to hear, that the light of Your Word may continue to illumine the darkness of our world. Abide with those who suffer persecution for confessing its truth. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Word made flesh, by Your Sacrament of Holy Baptism we have seen Your glory. Make all the baptized confident in the promise given to them in the waters of Baptism. Grant repentance to parents who have withheld the treasures of Baptism from their children. Give to all Your people hearts welcoming of children. Continue to expand Your kingdom through this blessed portal to eternal life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Word made flesh, in Your ongoing provision of daily bread we have seen Your glory. By Your Spirit, visit those who suffer: the sick, the sorrowing, the hospitalized, the poor, the destitute, the homeless, the unemployed. Remember those who have requested our intercessions, [especially _____________,] that they might not be given to despair but entreat their heavenly Father’s protection even in times of great need. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Word made flesh, in Your crucifixion and resurrection we have seen Your glory. Give comfort to those who grieve [especially those who mourn _____________]. Grant to all people a sure and certain hope in the resurrection of all the dead and eternal life for all believers in You on the day of Your return. Keep us steadfast and faithful until that day. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

Word made flesh, in Your Holy Supper we have seen Your glory. From Your humble entry into our world in the womb of the blessed Virgin to Your first bed in a feed trough, You set aside the honor You rightly deserve to bless us with Your presence. As You now come to us humbly under the forms of bread and wine, bless us with a right faith, that we might worthily receive Your body and blood for the forgiveness of our sins. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.

 Word made flesh, we give You thanks that of Your mercy and compassion, You become incarnate and have redeemed us from sin and everlasting death. Enlighten our hearts by Your Holy Spirit, that we may ever be thankful for such grace and comfort ourselves by it in all tribulation and temptation and at last obtain eternal salvation; who with the Father and the Holy Spirit are one Lord, one God, now and forever. Amen.​

Distribution Hymn# 374 “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”​


​​​1. Gentle Mary laid her child
Lowly in a manger;
There He lay, the Undefiled,
To the world a stranger.
Such a babe in such a place,
Can He be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race
Who have found His favor.

2. Angels sang about His birth,
Wise Men sought and found Him;
Heaven's star shone brightly forth
Glory all around Him.
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight,
Heard the angels singing;
All the plains were lit that night,
All the hills were ringing.

3. Gentle Mary laid her child
Lowly in a manger;
He is still the Undefiled
But no more a stranger.
Son of God of humble birth,
Beautiful the story;
Praise His name in all the earth;
Hail the King of glory!

​Offertory

What shall I render to the Lord for all His benefits to me?  I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord,

I will take the cup of salvation and will call on the name of the Lord.  I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people, in the courts of the Lord's house, in the midst of you, O Jerusalem.

Agnus Dei

​Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us.  Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.  Lamb of God you take away sin of the world; grant us peace.

​The Words of Our Lord​


​​P     Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My + body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My + blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

P     As often as we eat this bread and drink this cup, we proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes.
C     Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

    O Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, in giving us Your body and blood to eat and to drink, You lead us to remember and confess Your holy cross and passion, Your blessed death, Your rest in the tomb, Your resurrection from the dead, Your ascension into heaven, and Your coming for the final judgment. So remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:

Hymn of Praise
Gloria in Excelsis


​A   Glory to God in highest, and peace to His people on earth.  

C   Lord God, heavenly king, almighty God and Father

      We worship You, we give You thanks, we praise for Your glory.

​      Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God:

​      You take away the sin of the world;  have mercy on us.

       You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer.

       You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,

       in the glory of God the Father.    Amen.


 Salutation and Collect of the Day


P     The Lord be with you.

​C     And also with you


    Let us pray.
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.

C    Amen.


Old Testament Reading…………………………………………………......................Isaiah 52:7–10

​​How 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.”
The 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.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
The 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.

A    This is the Word of the Lord.
C     Thanks be to God.

SERVICE OF THE WORD

Introit                                                                                 Ps. 98:1–4; antiphon: Is. 9:6

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 salva- | tion for him.
The Lord has made known his sal- | vation;*
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 be- | ginning,*
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.

Offering

  • Jesus, Son of Mary9:47

​The Mission of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church: is to gather together to be built up in God’s word and to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the presence of the Holy Spirit.​

ANNOUNCEMENTS

DISMISSAL

​Distribution

Distribution Hymn#361 O Little Town of Bethlehem​

​1.  O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

2.  For Christ is born of Mary,
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wond'ring love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the king
And peace to all the earth!

3. How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is giv'n!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heav'n.
No ear may hear His coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him, still
The dear Christ enters in.

4. O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in,
Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Immanuel!

Hymn#380 “Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing”

​​1. Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Refrain:
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"

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 the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel! [Refrain]

3. Hail, the heav'n-born 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 man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth. [Refrain]

Pax Domini 

P    The peace of the Lord be with you always.​

C    Amen.

Thought for Today December 25, 2020   

Luther wrote: “[God] turns the world with all its wisdom and power into foolishness and gives us another wisdom and power”. A virgin found to be with child. A Savior wrapped in swaddling cloths. A King lying in a manger. Peace on earth in infant form. Good news for all the world announced to shepherds. But it all comes together as God’s plan and his fulfillment of his promises. God’s ways are certainly not our ways, but he has remained ​faithful to all of his promises that were given to all the saints of old. The list of names serves as a beautiful reminder that Jesus Christ came for all people. The genealogy of Jesus isn’t a fairy tale. It is a reality show full of sinners and scandals. But all are people for whom Jesus died—David and Abraham, Joseph and Mary—all.

                                        Welcome to Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church!

We give thanks that gracious Lord Jesus Christ has gathered us together here for his Divine Service. Today again our Lord comes to serve us and lavish us with his gifts of life, forgiveness, and salvation. Rejoicing in those wonderful gifts, we sing with David in Psalm 84: “How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD of hosts! A day in your courts is better than a thousand Elsewhere.”

RINGING OF THE BELL


LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES

WELCOME

​Sanctus 

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and mighty:
Heaven and earth are full of Your glory.  Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Pastor Jonathan Bontke

HYMN #370 What Child Is This?

1.  What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
     Whom angels greet with anthems sweet While shepherds watch are keeping?
     This, this is Christ the king, Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
     Haste, haste to bring Him laud, the babe, the son of Mary!

2.  Why lies He in such mean estate where ox and ass are feeding?
     Good Christian, fear; for sinners here The silent Word is pleading.
     Nails, spear shall pierce Him through, The cross be borne for me, for you;
     Hail, hail the Word made flesh, The babe, the son of Mary!
 
3.   So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh; Come peasant, king, to own Him.
      The King of kings salvation brings; Let loving hearts enthrone Him.
      Raise, raise the song on high, The virgin sings her lullaby;
      Joy, joy, for Christ is born, The babe, the son of Mary!

​​

​Sermon Text: Matthew 1:16​​

Post-Communion Collect                                                                                             A       Let us pray.
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
      Amen.

​Kyrie
​A    In peace let us pray to the Lord.
C    Lord, have mercy.  

   For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C     Lord, have mercy.

​A     For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of  God and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.
C     Lord have mercy.

   For this holy house and  for all that offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
C     Lord have mercy.

    Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.
C      Amen.

The Lord's Prayer                                                                        C     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.​

SERVICE OF THE SACRAMENT 

​P    The Lord be with you.

C    And also with you. 


P    ​ Lift up your hearts.

C     ​We lift them to the Lord, our God.


P     ​Let us give thanks to the Lord or God.

C    It is right to give Him thanks and praise.


P     It is truly good, right, and salutary that we should at all                 times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord,                   almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our         Lord; for in the mystery of the Word made flesh You have           given us a new revelation of Your glory that, seeing You in           the person of Your Son, we may know and love those things         which are not seen.  Therefore with angels and archangels           and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify             Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

Nicene Creed                                                                                                   

    I believe in one God,
             the Father Almighty
             maker of heaven and earth
             and of all things visible and invisible.
       And in one Lord Jesus Christ,
             the only-begotten Son of God,
             begotten of His Father before all worlds,
             God of God, Light of Light,
             very God of very God,
             begotten, not made,
             being of one substance with the Father,
             by whom all things were made;
             who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven
             and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary and was made man;
             and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.
             He suffered and was buried.
             And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures
             and ascended into heaven
             and sits at the right hand of the Father.
             And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,
             whose kingdom will have no end.
       And I believe in the Holy Spirit,
             the Lord and giver of life,
             who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
             who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,
             who spoke by the prophets.
             And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,
             I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,
             and I look for the resurrection of the dead
             and the life + of the world to come. Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P     In the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C     Amen.

    If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
C     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

    Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C     Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

P     Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.​

​​​​​​​​Beautiful Savior  Lutheran Church (LCMS)

​PREPARING FOR WORSHIP
December 27, 2020
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist

READINGS

Revelation 1:1–6
John writes to the seven churches in Asia.

Psalm 11
“The Lord tests the righteous.”

1 John 1:1—2:2
“God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”

John 21:20–25
John bears witness about Jesus

 ​

Hymn# 368 “Angels We Have Heard on High”

​1   Angels we have heard on high,
Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
And the mountains in reply,
Echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain:
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? [Refrain]

3   Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King. [Refrain]

Benediction                                                                                                                   P       The Lord bless you and keep you.
         The Lord make His face shine on you

         and be gracious to you.
         The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.​

C       Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving​                                                                                               

    Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross.

Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament.  Gather us together, we pray, from the ends of the earth to celebrate with all the faithful the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end.  Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone, O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C     Amen.​

Holy Gospel…………………………………………………………………………Matthew 1:1–16


​P     The Holy Gospel according to St. Matthew, the first chapter.

​C     Glory to You,   O Lord.


The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Ram, and Ram the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of David the king.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon. And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Shealtiel, and Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.


​P     This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C     Praise to You,   O  Christ.