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2nd Sunday of Christmas - 2021

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Processional Hymn

 

Angels We Have Heard on High (368)

Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o'er the plains,

And the mountains in reply, Echoing their joyous strains.

Glo---ri-a in excelsis Deo. Glo---ri-a in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be, Which inspire your heav'nly song?

Glo---ri-a in excelsis Deo. Glo---ri-a in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see, Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.

Glo---ri-a in excelsis Deo. Glo---ri-a in excelsis Deo.

 

Invocation

          En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

All     Amen.

Confession and Forgiveness

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

All     But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

All     Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

All     Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Señor, ten piedad de nosotros

All     Señor, ten piedad de nosotros

 

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:

All     Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All     Amen.

Prayer of the Day

          Let us pray:

All     God our Father, in love you sent your Son that the world may have life: lead us to seek him among the outcast and to find him in those in need, for Jesus Christ’s sake.

 

Isaiah 61:10-62:3

Jerusalem rejoices because of what the Lord has done. She is like a bride dressed for her wedding. God has clothed her with salvation and victory. As surely as seeds sprout and grow, The Sovereign Lord will save his people, And all the nations will praise him. I will speak out to encourage Jerusalem; I will not be silent until she is saved, And her victory shines like a torch in the night. Jerusalem, the nations will see you victorious! All their kings will see your glory. You will be called by a new name, A name given by the Lord himself. You will be like a beautiful crown for the Lord.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All     Thanks be to God.

 

Ephesians 1:3-12

Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly world. Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him. Because of his love God had already decided that through Jesus Christ he would make us his children—this was his pleasure and purpose. Let us praise God for his glorious grace, for the free gift he gave us in his dear Son! For by the blood of Christ we are set free, that is, our sins are forgiven. How great is the grace of God, which he gave to us in such large measure! In all his wisdom and insight  God did what he had purposed, and made known to us the secret plan he had already decided to complete by means of Christ. This plan, which God will complete when the time is right, is to bring all creation together, everything in heaven and on earth, with Christ as head. All things are done according to God's plan and decision; and God chose us to be his own people in union with Christ because of his own purpose, based on what he had decided from the very beginning. Let us, then, who were the first to hope in Christ, praise God's glory!

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All     Thanks be to God

 

John 1:1-18

 

The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the 1st chapter.

All     Glory to You, O Lord.

In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. From the very beginning the Word was with God. Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. God sent his messenger, a man named John, who came to tell people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe. He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light. This was the real light—the light that comes into the world and shines on all people. The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children.  They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father. The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son. John spoke about him. He cried out, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘He comes after me, but he is greater than I am, because he existed before I was born.’” Out of the fullness of his grace he has blessed us all, giving us one blessing after another.  God gave the Law through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No one has ever seen God. The only Son, who is the same as God and is at the Father's side, he has made him known.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All     Praise to you, O Christ

 

Creed

All     I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

 

Children’s Sermon

 

It Came upon the Midnight Clear (366)

It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold:

"Peace on the earth, goodwill to all, From heav'n's all-gracious king."

The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing.

All you, beneath your heavy load, By care and guilt bent low,

Who toil along a dreary way, With painful steps and slow:

Look up, for golden is the hour, Come swiftly on the wing,

The Prince was born to bring you peace; Of Him the angels sing.

For lo, the days have come to pass, By prophets seen of old,

When down into the circling years, Came Christ as was foretold.

His word of peace shall to the earth, God's ancient promise bring,

And all who take this gift will hear, The song the angels sing.

 

Sermon

Prayer of the Church

After the pastor says Lord in Your Mercy, all respond with Hear our Prayer.

 

For joy this Christmas Season as we rejoice in the birth of the savior!

For blessing in our outreach; CDC; LINC, Presa Community Center.

Pastors Philip, Roy, Naresh and Matt and all church planters.

For peace, the well-being of the Church, and for unity of all.

For U.S. Leaders: President Joe, Governor Greg, Mayor Ron.

Church Leaders; LCMS President Matt, District President Mike.

For all serving in Military: Jarred, Alissa, Mark, Tom, Thomas, Ricky.

 

For Comfort, Health, and Recovery:

All who travel

Laura and Scott Simon

Darian (daughter of Sabrina Wilke Chin)

Linda Wenck

          Norma Ann (sister of Patricia Perez)

Cindy Collins (sister of Melissa Hild)

Caroline (cousin of Kellie Burgdorfer)

Jo Ann Mallow

Eulia Martinez (friend of Maria Munoz)

          Fabian Cantu (friend of Riqui Cardenas)

Rev. Bill Johnson

Eddie and Henrietta Fernandez

Artemisa Ramirez (sister of Alva-Alicia)

Bruce Simon

Beatrice (sister of America Alderete)

Jeremy Segovia

Earline Willeford

Sabrina and Fernando

Judy Simon

Michael Dean (nephew of Melissa and Jim Hild)

Cayley (granddaughter of Robert and Linda Chetwood)

Delia Flores

Keith Mason

Everett Mason

Yesenia (daughter of Anna Marquez)

Diane Beasley

Vicky Dean (sister of Melissa Hild)

Karen Turner

Austin Hernden

Robin Beasley Jr

Cantad al Senior

Cantad al Señor un cantico nuevo.  (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

 

Porque el Señor ha hecho prodigios. (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

 

Cantad al Señor alabadle con arpa.  (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

 

Es él que nos da el Espíritu Santo.  (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

 

¡Jesús es Señor, amén, aleluya!  (3 veces)

¡Cantad al Señor, cantad al Señor!

 

Offering

Service of the Sacrament

As we approach the altar for communion, please be mindful of others as you come forward. Those sitting on the pulpit side will receive first followed by those on the lectern side. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to liturgical transitions.

 

          The Lord be with you.

All     And also with you.

          Lift up your hearts.

All     We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All     It is right to give Him thanks and praise.     

It is truly right, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give You thanks, holy Father, eternal God. From sunrise to sunset this day is holy, for Christ has risen from the tomb and has scattered the darkness of death with light that will not fade. The risen Lord walks with us and makes himself known in the breaking of the bread. And though the night will overtake the day, you summon us to live in endless light, the unending Sabbath of the Lord. So, with choirs of angels and with the heavenly host, we proclaim your glory!

All     Amen!

 

 

                                                       The Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever.

All     Amen!

 

 

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

 

The Consecration

 

The Acclamation and The Invitation

As often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

All     Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

All     Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Distribution

 

 

Thank The Lord

Thank the Lord and sing His praise; Tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks the Lord, Rejoice, and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises, and leads His people forth in joy

With shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

Post-Communion Prayer

All     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 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. Amen.

 

 

Eucharistic Blessing

Announcements

Blessing

Recessional Hymn

O Come, all Ye Faithful (379)

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!

 

Highest, most holy, Light of Light eternal,
Born of a virgin, a mortal He comes;

Son of the Father, Now in flesh appearing!

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 heaven 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 glory giv'n!

Word of the Father, Now in flesh appearing!

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

The 1st Sunday of Christmas - December 26, 2021

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Meditation for the First Sunday of Christmas 

Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image and yet more wonderfully restored us through your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as he came to share in our humanity, so we may share the life of his divinity; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

  

Greeting and Welcome

The congregation stands and faces the back of the sanctuary. We begin with a procession as the cross leads the way, representing our life in Christ – our journey from death to life. Some bow as the cross passes, honoring the mystery of salvation.

 

Processional Hymn

 

Joy to the World (387)

Joy to the world, the Lord is come, Let earth receive her King:
Let ev'ry heart prepare Him room, And heav'n and nature sing,
And heav'n and nature sing, And Heav'n, and Heav’n, and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! Let men their songs employ,
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains, Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, Repeat, the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow, Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found, Far as, Far as, the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness, And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love, And wonders, wonders, of His love.

Invocation

Pastor        En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

All               Amen.

Confession and Forgiveness

Pastor        If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

All              But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Pastor        Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

People       Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor        Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

People       Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

Pastor        Señor, ten piedad de nosotros

People       Señor, ten piedad de nosotros

Pastor        Let us then confess our sins to God our Father:

All              Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Pastor        Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

All               Amen.

Prayer of the Day

Pastor        Let us pray

All              God, in Your eternal unity and perfect love: gather the nations to be one family and draw us into your holy life through the birth of Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Isaiah 45:22-25

Turn to me now and be saved, people all over the world! I am the only God there is.  My promise is true, and it will not be changed. I solemnly promise by all that I am: Everyone will come and kneel before me and vow to be loyal to me. “They will say that only through me are victory and strength to be found; but all who hate me will suffer disgrace. I, the Lord, will rescue all the descendants of Jacob, and they will give me praise.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All              Thanks be to God.

 

Colossians 3:12-17

You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Be tolerant with one another and forgive one another whenever any of you has a complaint against someone else. You must forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven you.  and to all these qualities add love, which binds all things together in perfect unity.  Let the peace that Christ gives rule your hearts; for it is to this peace that God has called you together in the one body. And be thankful.  Christ’s message in all its richness must live in your hearts. Teach and instruct each other with all wisdom. Sing psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing to God with thanksgiving in your hearts.  Everything you do or say, then, should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks through him to God the Father.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All              Thanks be to God.

Luke 2:25-40

The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the 2nd chapter.

All              Glory to You, O Lord.

 

At that time there was a man named Simeon living in Jerusalem. He was a good, God-fearing man and was waiting for Israel to be saved. The Holy Spirit was with him  and had assured him that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s promised Messiah.  Led by the Spirit, Simeon went into the Temple. When the parents brought the child Jesus into the Temple to do for him what the Law required,  Simeon took the child in his arms and gave thanks to God: “Now, Lord, you have kept your promise, and you may let your servant go in peace.  With my own eyes I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples: A light to reveal your will to the Gentiles and bring glory to your people Israel.”  The child’s father and mother were amazed at the things Simeon said about him. Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “This child is chosen by God for the destruction and the salvation of many in Israel. He will be a sign from God which many people will speak against and so reveal their secret thoughts. And sorrow, like a sharp sword, will break your own heart.”  There was a very old prophet, a widow named Anna, daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher. She had been married for only seven years and was now 84 years old. She never left the Temple; day and night she worshiped God, fasting and praying. That very same hour she arrived and gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were waiting for God to set Jerusalem free.  When Joseph and Mary had finished doing all that was required by the law of the Lord, they returned to their home town of Nazareth in Galilee.  The child grew and became strong; he was full of wisdom, and God’s blessings were upon him.

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All              Praise to you, O Christ

Creed

All              I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

 

Children’s Sermon

 

Hark! The Herald, Angels Sing (380)

Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim, "Christ is born in Bethlehem!"

Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

Christ, by highest heav'n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel!

Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

Hail, the heav'n-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings, Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth.

Hark! The herald angels sing, "Glory to the newborn King!"

 

Sermon

 

Prayer of the Church

After the pastor says Lord in Your Mercy, all respond with Hear our Prayer.

 

For joy this Christmas Season as we rejoice in the birth of the savior!

For blessing in our outreach; CDC; LINC, Presa Community Center.

Pastors Philip, Roy, Naresh and Matt and all church planters.

For peace, the well-being of the Church, and for unity of all.

For U.S. Leaders: President Joe, Governor Greg, Mayor Ron.

Church Leaders; LCMS President Matt, District President Mike.

For all serving in Military: Jarred, Alissa, Mark, Tom, Thomas, Ricky.

 

For Comfort, Health, and Recovery:

All who travel

Darian (daughter of Sabrina Wilke Chin)

Linda Wenck

          Norma Ann (sister of Patricia Perez)

Cindy Collins (sister of Melissa Hild)

Caroline (cousin of Kellie Burgdorfer)

Jo Ann Mallow

Eulia Martinez (friend of Maria Munoz)

          Fabian Cantu (friend of Riqui Cardenas)

Rev. Bill Johnson

Eddie Fernandez

Artemisa Ramirez (sister of Alva-Alicia)

Bruce Simon

Beatrice (sister of America Alderete)

Jeremy Segovia

Earline Willeford

Sabrina and Fernando

Judy Simon

Michael Dean (nephew of Melissa and Jim Hild)

Cayley (granddaughter of Robert and Linda Chetwood)

Delia Flores

Keith Mason

Everett Mason

Yesenia (daughter of Anna Marquez)

Diane Beasley

Vicky Dean (sister of Melissa Hild)

Karen Turner

Austin Hernden

Robin Beasley Jr

 

What Child Is This /Que Niño es Este

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!

¿Qué Niño es éste que al dormir en brazos de María

Del cielo huestes al venir le cantan melodías?

¡Es Cristo, Dios y Rey: adórele la santa grey!

¡Loadle con fervor, porque es el Redentor!

¿Porqué tan pobre aquí nació el Niño prometido?

Por todo el mundo pecador su amor ha ofrecido.

¡Espera que al morir Él pagará por ti y por mí!

¡Loadle con fervor, porque es el Redentor!

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 virgen sings her lullaby;

Joy, joy, for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary!

 

Offering

 Service of the Sacrament

As we approach the altar for communion, please be mindful of others as you come forward. Those sitting on the pulpit side will receive first followed by those on the lectern side. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to liturgical transitions.

 

Pastor        The Lord be with you.

All              And also with you.

Pastor        Lift up your hearts.

All              We lift them to the Lord.

Pastor        Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All               It is right to give Him thanks and praise.     

Pastor        It is truly right, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give You thanks, holy Father, eternal God. From sunrise to sunset this day is holy, for Christ has risen from the tomb and has scattered the darkness of death with light that will not fade. The risen Lord walks with us and makes himself known in the breaking of the bread. And though the night will overtake the day, you summon us to live in endless light, the unending Sabbath of the Lord. So, with choirs of angels and with the heavenly host, we proclaim your glory!

All               Amen!

                                                       The Prayer of Thanksgiving

Pastor        Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever.

All              Amen!

 

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

The Consecration

The Acclamation and The Invitation

Pastor        As often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

All              Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Pastor        Behold the Lamb of God, behold Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

All              Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Distribution

 

Thank The Lord

Thank the Lord and sing His praise; Tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks the Lord, Rejoice, and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises, and leads His people forth in joy

With shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Post-Communion Prayer

All              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 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. Amen.

 

Eucharistic Blessing

Announcements

Blessing

Recessional Hymn

 

Crown Him With Many Crowns (525)

Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne;

Hark how the heav'nly anthem drowns All music but its own.

Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee,

And hail Him as thy matchless King Through all eternity.

Crown Him the virgin's Son, The God incarnate born,

Whose arm those crimson trophies won Which now His brow adorn;

Fruit of the mystic rose, Yet of that rose the stem,

The root whence mercy ever flows, The babe of Bethlehem.

Crown Him the Lord of Love, Behold His hands and side,

Rich wounds, yet visible above, In beauty glorified.

No angels in the sky Can fully bear that sight,

But down-ward bends their wond'ring eyes At mysteries so bright.

Crown Him the Lord of Life, Who triumphed o'er the grave

And rose victorious in the strife For those He came to save.

His glories now we sing, Who died and rose on high,

Who died eternal life to bring And lives that death may die.

Crown Him the Lord of heav'n, Enthroned in worlds above,

Crown Him the King to whom is giv'n The wondrous name of Love.

Crown Him with many crowns As thrones before him fall;

Crown Him, ye kings, with many crowns, For He is King of all.

 

Christmas Day Service - 2021

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Meditation for Christmas Day

Almighty God, you have given us your only-begotten Son

to take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

 

 

The Welcome

La Binevenida

The congregation stands and faces the back of the sanctuary. We begin with a procession as the cross leads the way, representing our life in Christ – our journey from death to life. Some bow as the cross passes, honoring the mystery of salvation

 

Processional Hymn

Once in Royal David's City (376)

Once in royal David's city, Stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby, In a manger for His bed:

Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven, Who is God and Lord of all,

And His shelter was a stable, And His cradle was a stall;

With the poor, oppressed, and lowly, Lived on earth our Savior holy.

And our eyes at last shall see Him, Through His own redeeming love;

For that child so dear and gentle, Is the Lord in heav'n above;

And He leads His children on, To the place where He is gone.

Not in that poor, lowly stable, With the oxen standing by

Shall we see Him, but in heaven, Set at God's right hand on high.

Then like stars His children, crowned, All in white, His praise will sound!

 

Invocation and Confession

La Invocación Y La Confesión

 

En el nombre del Padre, y del Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.

All     Amen.

Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you

All     and also with you.

Christ the Light of the World has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts. Let us turn to the Light and confess our sins:

Silence is kept.

          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

All     Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

          Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

All     Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.

          Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

All     Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.

 

God our Father, you sent your Son full of grace and truth: forgive our failure to receive him.

All     Lord, have mercy.

Jesus our Savior, you were born in poverty and laid in a manger: forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.

All     Christ, have mercy.

Spirit of God, your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call: forgive the hardness of our hearts.

All     Lord, have mercy.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you to himself, that you may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made flesh, and be cleansed from all your sins, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All     Amen.

 

Prayer of the Day

All     Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth: accept our heartfelt praise as we worship you, our Savior and our eternal God. Amen!

 

It Came upon the Midnight Clear (366)

It came upon the midnight clear, That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth, To touch their harps of gold:

"Peace on the earth, goodwill to all, From heav'n's all-gracious king."

The world in solemn stillness lay, To hear the angels sing.

All you, beneath your heavy load, By care and guilt bent low,

Who toil along a dreary way, With painful steps and slow:

Look up, for golden is the hour, Come swiftly on the wing,

The Prince was born to bring you peace; Of Him the angels sing.

For lo, the days have come to pass, By prophets seen of old,

When down into the circling years, Came Christ as was foretold.

His word of peace shall to the earth, God's ancient promise bring,

And all who take this gift will hear, The song the angels sing.

Isaiah 52:7-10

 

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Listen! Your watchmen lift their voices; together they shout for joy. When the Lord returns to Zion, they will see it with their own eyes.  Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of God.

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All     Thanks be to God.

 

Titus 3:4-7

 

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. So, he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? Or again, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

 

This is the word of the Lord.

All     Thanks be to God.

 

 

 

 

Luke 2:1-14

 

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We have seen his glory!

All     Glory be to God in the Highest!

 

          In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to their own town to register.  So, Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.  This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

 

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All     Praise to you, O Christ.

 

 

 

Creed

All     I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

 

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

 

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen

 

Children’s Message

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay,

Remember Christ our Saviour, 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.

In Bethlehem, in Jury, This blessed babe was born

And laid within a manger, Upon this blessed morn

To which his mother Mary, Nothing did take in scorn.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our heav'nly 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 Saviour, Of virtue, power and might;

So frequently to vanquish all, The friends of Satan quite.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place,

And with true love and brotherhood, Each other now embrace;

This holy tide of Christmas, All other doth deface.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

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Prayers

 

Padre Nuestro

Padre Nuestro, que estás en el Cielo

Santificado, santificado sea tu nombre

   Vénganos tu reino, Señor.  Hágase tu santa voluntad

   En el cielo y en la tierra. Haremos tu santa voluntad.

Padre Nuestro, que estás en el Cielo

Santificado, santificado sea tu nombre

   Danos hoy, danoslo Señor, nuestro pan, el pan de cada día.

   Y perdona nuestras deudas así como nosotros perdonamos.

Padre Nuestro, que estás en el Cielo

Santificado, santificado sea tu nombre

   No nos dejes caer en tentación, antes bien líbranos del mal.

   No nos dejes caer en tentación, líbranos del mal.

   Padre Nuestro, que estás en el Cielo

Santificado, santificado sea tu nombre

 

The Liturgy of the Sacrament

La Liturgia del Sacramento

 

The Lord be with you

All     and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

All     We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All     It is right to give thanks and praise.

 

All glory and honor be yours always and everywhere, mighty creator, ever-living God. We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ, who for love of our fallen race humbled himself, was born of the Virgin Mary, and lived as one of us. In this mystery of the Word made flesh you have caused his light to shine in our hearts and have given us peace! Therefore, with the angels of heaven we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name and sing respond with our joyful hymn of praise:

 

All     Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

 

          The Prayer of Thanksgiving

Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful, the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end. Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory, honor, and worship, now and forever.

All: Amen!

 

The Consecration

 

The Acclamation and The Invitation

As often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come again.

All     Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Behold the Lamb of God, behold Jesus, who takes away the sins of the world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.

All     Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

          La paz del Señor sea con ustedes.

All     Y también contigo.

 

Lamb of God

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

 

Distribution

Thank The Lord

Thank the Lord and sing His praise; Tell everyone what He has done.

Let everyone who seeks the Lord, Rejoice, and proudly bear His name.

He recalls His promises, and leads His people forth in joy

With shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Post-Communion Prayer

All     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 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. Amen.

 

 

 

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The Blessing

 

Recessional Hymn

 

Go Tell it on the Mountain (388)

Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and ev'rywhere;

Go tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born!

While shepherds kept their watching, O'er silent flocks by night,

Behold, throughout the heavens, There shone a holy light.

Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and ev'rywhere;

Go tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born!

The shepherds feared and trembled, When lo, above the earth

Rang out the angel chorus, That hailed our Savior's birth.

Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and ev'rywhere;

Go tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born!

Down in a lonely manger, The humble Christ was born;

And God set us salvation, That blessed Christmas morn.

Go tell it on the mountain, Over the hills and ev'rywhere;

Go tell it on the mountain, That Jesus Christ is born!

 

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