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Worship Guide
Sunday, December 24th, 2023

Scripture Reading

 

John 1:1,14

 

In the beginning was the Word, and  the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Worshiping God by Singing

 

O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

come and behold him born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord.

 

God of God, Light of Light;
lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb,

very God, begotten, not created;

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord.

 

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above;

glory to God in the highest;

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord.

 

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;

Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, late in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

O come, let us adore him,

Christ the Lord.

 

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Scripture Reading

 

Isaiah 7:14

 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Worshiping God by Singing

 

O Come, O Come Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depths of hell thy people save, and give them vict’ry o’er the grave.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

 

O come, thou Key of David, come and open wide our heav’nly home;

Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

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Scripture Reading

Micah 5:2-5
 

2 But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of his brothers shall return to the people of Israel. 4 And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall dwell secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth. 5 And he shall be their peace.

Worshiping God by Singing

O Little Town of Bethlehem

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.

 

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!

 

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Scripture Reading

Matthew 1:18-25

 

18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

Worshiping God by Singing

O Holy Night

O holy night! the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope- the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night divine, O night, O night divine!

 

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Scripture Reading

Matthew 2:1-6

 

1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’”

Worshiping God by Singing

What Child Is This

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.

 

Why lies he in such mean estate,

where ox and lamb 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.

 

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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Sermon: Jesus Fulfills

Worshiping God by Celebrating the Lord's Supper

1 Corinthians 11:23-32

For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes.  Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.  That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.  But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.  But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.

Worshiping God by Singing

 

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

God rest you merry gentlemen let nothing you dismay

remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day,

to save us all from Satan's pow'r when we were gone astray;

 

O tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

 

From God our heavenly Father, a blessed angel came;

and unto certain shepherds brought tidings of the same:

how that in Bethlehem was born the Son of God by name.

 

O tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

 

“Fear not, then,” said the angel “let nothing you affright;
this day is born a Savior of a pure virgin bright,
to free all those who trust in him from Satan's pow'r and might.”

 

O tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

 

The shepherds at those tidings rejoiced much in mind,

and left their flocks a feeding, in tempest storm, and wind:

and went to Bethlehem straightway, the Son of God to find.

 

 

O tidings of comfort and joy

Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy

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Benediction                                                                                   

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.

Candle Lighting                                                                               
 

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 a-far,

heav’n-ly 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.

 

Silent night! Holy night!

Wondrous star, lend they light;

with the angels let us sing

alleluia to our King;

Christ, the Savior is born!

Christ, the Savior, is born!

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