Opening Hymn 357 “O Come, O come Emmanuel”
Children’s Christmas Program (Assisted by Adult Ensemble)
Scripture Reading – Luke 2:8-18 (NKJV)
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” 15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds.
The Apostles’ Creed (Inside back cover of hymnal) Hymn 390 “Let Us All with Gladsome Voice”
The Sermon……………………………………….. Luke 1:76-79 76
“And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest;
For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.”
The Way Prepared for Christ: Knowledge of Salvation to His People!
“Create In Me” (page 192)
Hymn 392 “God Loves Me Dearly”
Prayers & Lord’s Prayer ♫ Amen, Amen, Amen Closing Hymn 379 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”