Special Music - I
Welcome and Prelude
Please rise in body or spirit
Confession and Forgiveness
P Blessed be the holy Trinity, + one God, the Maker of heaven and earth, the Word made flesh, the Lord and giver of life.
P Let us come before God in confession.
Silence is kept for reflection.
P God of glory,
C God of peace, we confess that we have shunned the light that reveals the truth abut us. We cling to worldly things rather than share the gifts of this earth. We trust ourselves above all. Save Your people, O God, and free us to live boldly in the Light and Truth of Jesus, our Savior and Lord. Amen.
P The grace of God shines upon us, bringing salvation to the whole world. We are saved; our sins are washed away, not because of anything we have done, but according to God's mercy in + Jesus Christ. Renewed by the Holy Spirit, let us live in hope and joy.
Greeting and Prayer of the Day
P Christ is born: Alleluia, alleluia! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C AND ALSO WITH YOU. ALLELUIA, ALLELUIA!
P Let us pray.
A brief silence is kept before the prayer.
Creator God, by Your greatness You became small, by Your power You became powerless, by Your limitlessness You became limited. Through the birth of Your Son, we can live in Your light that shines on a world transformed by the limitless power of Your love.
Please be seated.
Sung responsively by verse.
Sing to the LORD | a new song;
sing to the LORD, | all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless the name | of the LORD;
proclaim God's salvation from | day to day.
Glory be to the Father, and | to the Son
and to the | Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now and |ever shall be
world without | end. Amen.
Children’s Time - "The Angel & Baby Jesus"
Special Music - II
Preaching Text - Luke 2:1-20
Silence for reflection follows the sermon.
Special Music - III
Prayers of Intercession and Thanksgiving
A Filled with expectation and longing, let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God's creation.
A brief silence.
Word of God/STAY WITH US.
P Hear the prayers of Your people, O God, and in Your mercy grant us all we need, for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Offering the Gifts and Tithes and Prayer
Special Music - IV
A Let us pray. Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of Your grace. As You have blessed us with Your gifts, let them be blessing for others. With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven, we shout for joy at the coming of Your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
P The Lord be with you.
C AND ALSO WITH YOU.
P Lift up your hearts.
C WE LIFT THEM TO THE LORD.
P Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C IT IS RIGHT TO GIVE OUR THANKS AND PRAISE
P We give You thanks, Father, through Jesus Christ, Your beloved Son, whom You sent in this end of the ages to save and redeem us and to proclaim to us Your will
He is Your Word, inseparable from You, through whom You created all things, and in whom You take delight. He is Your Word, sent from heaven to a virgin's womb. He there took on our nature and our lot and was shown forth as Your Son, born of the Holy Spirit and of the virgin Mary. He, our Lord Jesus, fulfilled all Your will and won for You a holy people; He stretched out His hands in suffering in order to free from suffering those who trust You.
He is the one who, handed over to a death He freely accepted, in order to destroy death, to break the bonds of the evil one, to crush hell underfoot, to give light to the righteous, to establish His covenant, and to show forth the resurrection, taking bread and giving thanks to You, said:
Take and eat; this is My body, given for You.
Do this for the remembrance of Me.
P Remembering, then, His death and resurrection, we take this bread, giving You thanks that You have made us worthy to stand before You and to serve You as Your priestly people.
Send Your Spirit upon these gifts of Your church; gather into one all who share this bread and wine; fill us with Your Holy Spirit to establish our faith in truth, that we may praise and glorify You through Your Son Jesus Christ; through whom all glory and honor are Yours, almighty Father, with the Holy Spirit, in Your holy church with the Holy Spirit, in Your holy Church, both now and forever.
P Lord, remember us in Your kingdom and teach us to pray:
C OUR FATHER, WHO ART…
P God fills the hungry with good things. Taste and see that the Lord is good.
Distribution of Bread
P The body of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in His grace.
A Let us pray. God our Father, whose Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem: may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through Him who is Christ the Lord.
P May God direct Your ways in peace, make You abound in love for one another and for all, and strengthen Your hearts until the coming of our Lord Jesus. Almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you now and forever.
Announcements, Silent Night, & Dismissal