Grace Lutheran Church
 
Grace Lutheran Church
4th Sunday in Advent
December 24, 2017

 

LSB 332 sts. 1–4

Savior of the Nations, Come

 

Stand

 

The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

 

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

C Amen.

 

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

 

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.

 

Silence for reflection on God's Word and for self-examination.

 

During this time, it may be helpful to ponder these words of the Small Catechism:

 

Consider your place in life according to the Ten Commandments.

 

• Are you a father, mother, son, daughter, husband, wife, or worker?

 

• Have you been disobedient, unfaithful, or lazy?

 

• Have you been hot-tempered, rude, or quarrelsome?

 

• Have you hurt someone by your words or deeds?

 

• Have you stolen, been negligent, wasted anything, or done any harm?

 

Confession and Absolution

 

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

 

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, 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.

 

 

Ps. 19:1, 4c, 5–6; antiphon: Is. 45:8a, b

Introit

Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness;

let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.

In them he has set a tent for the sun,

which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,

and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them,

and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son

and to the Holy Spirit;

as it was in the beginning,

is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness;

let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit.

 

 

LSB 186

Kyrie

 

The Gloria in Excelsis is omitted during Advent.

 

Salutation and Collect of the Day

 

 

P Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come and help us by Your might, that the sins which weigh us down may be quickly lifted by Your grace and mercy; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

 

Sit

 

Prayer at Meals

Catechesis

Asking a Blessing



The eyes of all look to You, [O Lord,] and You give them their food at the proper time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. (Ps. 145:15-16)

[Then shall be said the Lord’s Prayer and the following:]

Lord God, heavenly Father, bless us and these Your gifts which we receive from Your bountiful goodness, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Bible Passages

I am not worthy of the least of all the deeds of steadfast love and all the faithfulness that you have shown to your servant… –Genesis 32:10a

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him. –Psalm 103:13

Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?”–Proverbs 30:8-9a

 

2 Samuel 7:1–11, 16

Old Testament Reading

1Now when the king lived in his house and the Lord had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, 2the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent.” 3And Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that is in your heart, for the Lord is with you.”

4But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 5“Go and tell my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord: Would you build me a house to dwell in? 6I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent for my dwelling. 7In all places where I have moved with all the people of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’ 8Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel. 9And I have been with you wherever you went and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house.

16And your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me. Your throne shall be established forever.’”

 

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

Romans 16:25–27

Epistle

25Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.

 

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

Stand

 

Alleluia and Verse

 

Alleluia. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel. Alleluia.

 

Luke 1:26–38

Holy Gospel

P The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the first chapter.

 

 

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

34And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

35And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

 

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 

 

 

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.

 

Sit

 

Children's Sermon

 

The children of the congregation are invited to come forward and be seated in the first pew for a brief children’s message.

 

LSB 356

The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

 

 

(Click on link above to hear the sermon.)

 

Stand

 

LSB 192

Offertory

 

Sit

 

Offering

 

Prayer Intentions

 

Stand

 

Prayer of the Church

P Let us pray for all the people of God in Christ Jesus and for all people according to their needs.

 

Lord, the time of preparation is almost over and Your visitation is near; keep us focused on the Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ. May it bring about the obedience of faith in us and all who hear Your Word this season. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Lord, You continue to provide pastors for Your Church to proclaim the coming of Your Son. Be with all professional church workers as they work to serve Your people with the gifts of Word and Sacrament. Allow them to boldly speak the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Lord of the nations, look with mercy upon Donald, our president; _______________, our governor; and all those who make, administer and judge our laws. May they use their authority wisely and according to Your will. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Lord, we thank You for those who look out for our well-being and protect us from harm. Give Your blessing and protection to police, to firefighters, to medical workers, to the members of our armed forces and to all first responders whose vocations put them on the front lines of danger, trouble and disaster. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Lord, nothing is impossible with You. You sent Your Son into the world to be the great physician of body and soul. Give to _______________ and all who are ill comfort and healing, if it be Your will, and patience and trust that come what may, You are with them. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Lord, even as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Your Son, He comes to us in the Sacrament of the Altar. May all who receive the bread and wine, that is the body and blood of Jesus, do so for the strengthening of faith and the forgiveness of sins. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

P Lord, while we await the coming of Your Son, we remember with thanksgiving those who were before us in the faith and are now with You. Keep and preserve us in the one true faith to life everlasting until You bring us together with them into Your eternal Kingdom. Lord, in Your mercy,

C hear our prayer.

 

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

C Amen. 

 

We confess our Lord's presence in the Eucharist as we prepare for this Sacrament with this hymn stanza.

 

LSB 338 st. 1

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

 

Today’s service includes the celebration of Holy Communion, that blessed Sacrament where our Lord comes to us in His True Body and Blood by means of the elements of bread and wine. Because reception of the Lord’s Supper is part of continuing pastoral care and can be taken to our spiritual harm rather than good (1 Cor. 11:29f.), we ask that visitors please speak with the pastor before receiving the Sacrament or wait until returning to your home parish to receive the Sacrament from your own pastor. If you did not do so last week, please remember to fill out a Communion Registration Card (in the pew rack in front of you) and place the card in the offering basket, give it to an usher, or hand it to pastor on your way out of church today.

 

Those desiring to receive the Blood of our Lord from the Chalice are asked to hold out their hands as Pastor walks by to make it easier for him to see.

 

LSB 194

Preface

 

 

 

 

 

It is truly meet, right, and salutary that we should at all times and in all places give thanks to You, holy Lord, almighty Father, everlasting God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, whose way John the Baptist prepared, proclaiming Him the promised Messiah, the very Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world, and calling sinners to repentance that they might escape from the wrath to be revealed when He comes again in glory. Therefore with angels and archangels and with all the company of heaven we laud and magnify Your glorious name, evermore praising You and saying:

 

LSB 195

Sanctus

 

LSB 196

Lord's Prayer

 

 

LSB 197

The Words of Our Lord

 

LSB 197

Pax Domini

 

 

LSB 198

Agnus Dei

 

Sit

 

LSB 334

O Lord How Shall I Meet You

alternate tune: Valet Will Ich Dir Geben (442)

 

5 Sins debt, that fearful burden,
Cannot His love erase;
Your guilt the Lord will pardon
And cover by His grace.
He comes, for you procuring
The peace of sin forgivn,
His children thus securing
Eternal life in heavn.

 

6 He comes to judge the nations,
A terror to His foes,
A light of consolations
And blessèd hope to those
Who love the Lords appearing.
O glorious Sun, now come,
Send forth Your beams so cheering,
And guide us safely home.

 

 

Stand

 

LSB 199

Nunc Dimittis

 

LSB 200

Thanksgiving

 

 

We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us through this salutary gift, and we implore You that of Your mercy You would strengthen us through the same in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

 

Salutation and Benedicamus

 

 

 

 

 

LSB 202

Benediction

 

 

LSB 357

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

 

ref Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

 

6 O come, Thou Dayspring from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight. Refrain

 

7 O come, Desire of nations, bind
In one the hearts of all mankind;
Bid Thou our sad divisions cease,
And be Thyself our King of Peace. Refrain

 

Silent Prayer

 

Acknowledgments

Unless otherwise indicated, all scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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