Online Worship – Dec 27th, 2020


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Welcome and Invocation

Hymn: Gloria in Excelsis

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 204

1 To God on high be glory
And peace to all the earth;
Goodwill from God in heaven
Proclaimed at Jesus’ birth!
We praise and bless You, Father;
Your holy name, we sing—
Our thanks for Your great glory,
Lord God, our heav’nly King.

2 To You, O sole-begotten,
The Father’s Son, we pray;
O Lamb of God, our Savior,
You take our sins away.
Have mercy on us, Jesus;
Receive our heartfelt cry,
Where You in pow’r are seated
At God’s right hand on high—

3 For You alone are holy;
You only are the Lord.
Forever and forever,
Be worshiped and adored;
You with the Holy Spirit
Alone are Lord Most High,
In God the Father’s glory.
“Amen!” our glad reply.

Readings: Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:22-40

Epistle Reading Galatians 4:4–7

4When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

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

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.
These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Luke 2:22-40

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

22When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, [Mary and Joseph] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
according to your word;
30for my eyes have seen your salvation
31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and for glory to your people Israel.”

33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

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

Prayer of the Day

L O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us,
C and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature.
L Grant that we may ever be alive in Him
C who made Himself to be like us;
L through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now
C and forever. Amen.

Sermon Hymn: Of the Father’s Love Begotten

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.

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.

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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.


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Confession and Absolution

L Let us kneel to confess to God our need for mercy.

-Silence is kept for reflection and self-examination –

L Gracious God,

C In Christ Jesus You came among us as light shining in the night.
We confess our failure to welcome the light.    
We have closed our eyes to glory in our midst. 
Our attention has been on self, faithless ways, and sin;
-we have chosen darkness.
Have mercy and forgive us.
Renew our hope in the light of Your grace,
welcoming Christ the Lord into our lives. Amen.

L I bring you good news of great joy for all the people: 
         to you is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.
         For His sake God forgives you all your sins;
         God has made peace with you. 
         O come, let us adore Him!
C Amen.


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