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The Nativity of Our Lord

The Living Nativity

AS WE GATHER

Worship is at the heart of Christmas as God’s people join with the angelic host and celebrate that what was promised by God for centuries has been realized in the birth of the babe of Bethlehem. What the prophets had longed and hoped for has become a marvelous reality! The “Christmas story” is more than a story—it is real, true, living history! Today, we rejoice with those who saw Jesus’ coming even before His birth and join with those who surround us here and now in bringing praise to Christ, the babe of Bethlehem, who, by His life, death, and resurrection, has opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers

Preparation  


SERIES HYMN             


O Great I Am, Almighty Word

1.  O great I AM, almighty Word, Whose saving deeds were seen and heard Among Your people Israel,

     Come now to us, and ever dwell.


2.  Appearing in a bush of flame, You called on Moses to proclaim Deliv’rance from captivity,

     And lead Your people through the sea.


3.  You dwelt amidst the wand’ring band, And led them to the Promised Land;

     Your presence hovered, as a cloud, Your glory filled the tent of God.


4.  You chose the weak and gave them might, To conquer in the mortal fight,

     Then took on flesh to draw our breath, Meek child, yet victor over death.


5.  O Word Incarnate, Christ of God, Partaker of our flesh and blood,

     Be in our midst and always dwell, As Savior, Lord, Immanuel.


INVOCATION

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

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION

P      Let us confess our sins to God, our heavenly Father.
C      Gracious God, our heavenly Father, we Your people confess our sins with contrite hearts. We are by nature sinful and separated from You. We live sin-filled lives, transgressing Your Law in thought, word, and deed. We repent of our sins and beseech Your great forgiveness. By the power of the Holy Spirit within us, direct us so that we may amend our sinful lives and joyfully walk in ways of love and peace to Your glory.

P      God be merciful to you and strengthen your faith. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Spirit.
C      Amen.


HYMN “God Loves Me Dearly” (LSB 392)
1.     God loves me dearly,
Grants me salvation,
God loves me dearly,
Loves even me. Refrain

ref   Therefore I’ll say again:
God loves me dearly,
God loves me dearly,
Loves even me.


2.     I was in slav’ry,
Sin, death, and darkness;
God’s love was working
To make me free. Refrain

3.     He sent forth Jesus,
My dear Redeemer,
He sent forth Jesus
And set me free. Refrain

4.     Jesus, my Savior,
Himself did offer;
Jesus, my Savior,
Paid all I owed. Refrain

5.     Now I will praise You,
O Love Eternal;
Now I will praise You
All my life long. Refrain
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SERMON:                                                Text:Isaiah 9:2-7

​SALUTATION

P      The Lord be with you.
C      And also with you.


​COLLECT OF THE DAY

P     
Let us pray.
        Lord Jesus, we rejoice at Your birth, which brings us reconciliation with God and fulfills the promises of God’s good will                  towards His fallen creation. We welcome You, Jesus, as the Savior of the world and the Lord of our hearts, for You live and                rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.
C     Amen.


​CHRISTMAS LITANY                                                                                                             Psalm 118:27a; 2:7; 111:9; 132:11b

P     
Alleluia. A holy day has dawned upon us. Come, all you nations, and worship the Lord. Alleluia.
C      The Lord is God, and He has made His light to shine upon us.

P     
The Lord said to Me, “You are My Son; today I have begotten You.”
C      He sent redemption to His people; He has commanded His covenant forever.

P     
One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.
C      Christ the Lord, our Savior, everlasting God and Mary’s Son, we praise You evermore.

HYMN384 “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (384:1–3)

1.     Of the Father’s love begotten
        Ere the worlds began to be,
        He is Alpha and Omega,
        He the source, the ending He,
        Of the things that are, that have been,
        And that future years shall see
        Evermore and evermore.

2.     
Oh, that birth forever blessèd,
        When the virgin, full of grace,
        By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
        Bore the Savior of our race,
        And the babe, the world’s Redeemer,
        First revealed His sacred face
        Evermore and evermore.

 3.    
This is He whom seers in old time
        Chanted of with one accord,
        Whom the voices of the prophets
        Promised in their faithful word.
        Now He shines, the long-expected;
        Let creation praise its Lord
        Evermore and evermore.
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INTROIT                                                         
Psalm 93:1–2, 5; antiphon: Isaiah 9:2

C     The people who walked in | darkness*
        have seen a | great light;
        those who dwelt in a land of deep | darkness,*
        on them has | light shined.

P     
The Lord reigns; He is robed in | majesty;*
        the Lord is robed; He has put on strength | as His belt.
        Yes, the world is es- | tablished;*
        it shall nev- | er be moved.
        Your throne is established | from of old;*
        You are from ever- | lasting.
        Your decrees are very | trustworthy;*
        holiness befits Your house, O Lord, for- | evermore.

C     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. 
       
The people who walked in | darkness*
        have seen a | great light;
        those who dwelt in a land of deep | darkness,*
        on them has | light shined.​

HYMN “Joy to the World” (LSB 387)
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 men their songs employ,
     While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
     Repeat the sounding joy,
     Repeat the 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.
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EPISTLE                                                                                                   Titus 2:11–14

  The Epistle is from Titus, the second chapter.
     11.  For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly                    passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13waiting for our blessed hope, the                            appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all                              lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.

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



GRADUAL                                                                                                                                              Isaiah 9:6; Psalm 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!



HOLY GOSPEL                                                                                         Luke 2:1–20

P      The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the second chapter.
     Glory to You, O Lord.

 

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to be registered, each to his own town.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”
When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”  And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

P      This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C      Praise to You, O Christ.

 HYMN                                                                        “Away in a Manger” (LSB 364)

1.   Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
      The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
      The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,
      The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

2.  The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
     But little Lord Jesus, no crying He makes.
     I love Thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
     And stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

3.  Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay
     Close by me forever and love me, I pray.
     Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,
     And take us to heaven to live with Thee there.
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OLD TESTAMENT READING                                                                                                                            Isaiah 9:2–7


     The Old Testament Reading is from Isaiah, the ninth chapter.


2. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
    those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.
3. You have multiplied the nation; You have increased its joy; they rejoice
before

    You as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4. For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor,
    You have broken as on the day of Midian.
5. For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled

    in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire.
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.
7. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end,

    on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it
    with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.
    The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

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

NICENE CREED
C   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.


​PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

P     
As we rejoice in Your blessings, Lord, we bring You our prayers this day. We remember Your many acts of kindness to Your            people and thank You for the grace shown to all people through the birth of Your Son. Grant Your Holy Spirit to bless us with          peace in this holy season. Lord, in Your mercy,

C      hear our prayer.

P      We pray for the world in which we live and for all people everywhere. Enable us to be witnesses to the Good News of                       salvation, echoing the great tidings shared by the heavenly host. Cause the truth of the Gospel to be known in every part of             the earth. Bless the labors of missionaries and local pastors and church workers in every place as we join in worship and                 praise with them. Lord, in Your mercy,
C      hear our prayer.

P      On this blessed day, we pray for our towns and cities and for rural areas, asking that the Prince of Peace be welcomed                       everywhere among us. Grant Your Holy Spirit to direct us, that the light of Christ in the manger shine brightly among us and           through us. Lord, in Your mercy,
C      hear our prayer.

 P     
We pray for those with special needs at this time, including the sick and shut-in, those who grieve, those who feel alone in               this season, and all others who are in need of our petitions. According to Your tender mercy, Lord, attend to those who call to           You, and be their source of hope and comfort. Lord, in Your mercy,
C      hear our prayer.

P     
Lord of time and eternity, we thank You for the faithful witness of those who are no longer among us on earth and who now rejoice in Your eternal glory. Grant that we find inspiration and strength in the witness of those who have preceded us by faith into eternity, and by Your Spirit, guide us to serve You constantly all our earthly days. Lord in Your mercy,
C      hear our prayer.

P     
Into Your hands, O Lord, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.
C      Amen.


OFFERING

OFFERTORY HYMN                                                                                                             “What Child Is This” (LSB 370

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!
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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.


CHRISTMAS LITANY                                                                                John 1:14a; Luke 19:38a; Isaiah 9:6a; Luke 2:14
P      The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
C      Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!

P      For to us a child is born, to us a son is given.
C      Alleluia. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased. Alleluia!

PRAYER

P      Let us pray.
        O God, our heavenly Father, give us grace to keep this festival of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, with pure faith and holy          love, that while we join our voices with the voices of those who sang, “Glory to God in the highest,” we also join our voices            with those of the shepherds and all others who spread abroad the Gospel of Your peace and good will toward all people;                  through Jesus Christ, the babe of Bethlehem and our loving Savior.
C      Amen.

Lighting of Candles


Hymn #363 Silent Night

Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child Holy Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.
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!
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.

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.


HYMN “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (LSB 384:4-5)               sts. 4–5

4.     O ye heights of heav’n, adore Him;
        Angel hosts, His praises sing.
        Pow’rs, dominions, bow before Him
        And extol our God and King.
        Let no tongue on earth be silent,
        Ev’ry voice in concert ring
        Evermore and evermore.

D5.  Christ, to Thee, with God the Father,
        And, O Holy Ghost, to Thee
        Hymn and chant and high thanksgiving
        And unending praises be,
        Honor, glory, and dominion,
        And eternal victory
        Evermore and evermore. Amen.
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                                        Unto Us

                                     a Child is Born

                                                                                                               

                                                                                        HAVE A BLESSED CHRISTMAS