Christmas Eve & Christmas Day – Online Church at Home Service Bulletin

December 24th & 25th, 2023 | Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there,
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OPENING HYMN: #357 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel vs 1 – 5
Hymn: # 370 – What Child Is This
CLOSING HYMN:   #363 Silent Night

PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

December 24th and 25th, 2023

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WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Hymn: #357 O Come, O Come Emmanual Vs 1-5

INVOCATION

P          In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C          Amen.

CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION                                                           Psalm 3:4, 8

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

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

Silence for meditation and reflection.

P     Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.

C     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. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. 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.

P     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 therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C     Amen.

INTRIOT        Psalm 2:1–2, 4–6; antiphon: Liturgical Text    

(spoken responsively as marked)

When all was still, and it was midnight,
            your almighty Word, O Lord, descended from the royal throne.
Why do the nations rage
            and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
            against the Lord and against his anointed.
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
            the Lord holds them in derision.

Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
            and terrify them in his fury, saying,
“As for me, I have set my King
            on Zion, my holy hill.”
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.
When all was still, and it was midnight,
            your almighty Word, O Lord, descended from the royal throne.

Kyrie           LSB 152

P     In peace let us pray to the Lord. 

 P     For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.

P     For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.

P     For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.

P     Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

SALUTATION and PRAYER OF THE DAY

P      The Lord be with you.

P     Let us pray.

O God, You make this most holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light.

Grant that as we have known the mysteries of that Light on earth we may also come

to the fullness of His joys in heaven; through the same Jesus Christ, Your Son, our

Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

OLD TESTAMENT READING         Isaiah 9:2–7

2 The people who walked in darkness
            have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
            on them has light shined.
3You have multiplied the nation;
            you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
            as with joy at the harvest,
            as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
4For the yoke of his burden,
            and the staff for his shoulder,
            the rod of his oppressor,
            you have broken as on the day of Midian.
5For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
            and every garment rolled in blood
            will be burned as fuel for the fire.
6For to us a child is born,
            to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
            and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
            Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7Of the increase of his government and of peace
            there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
            to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
            from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

L             This is the Word of the Lord.
C             Thanks be to God.

For use in printed publications, Right-Click on the filename below to download and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"GRADUAL        Isaiah 9:6; Psalm 98:1a                  (spoken together)

To us a child is born, to us a son is given;
            and the government shall be upon his shoulder.
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
            Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Sing to the Lord a new song,
            for he has done marvelous things!

EPISTLE                     Titus 2:11–14

            11For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, 14who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.

L             This is the Word of the Lord.
C             Thanks be to God.

ALLELUIAp. 156

HOLY GOSPEL   Luke 2:1–20

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

            1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

            8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. 10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. 11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13And 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 among those with whom he is pleased!”

For use in printed publications, Right-Click on the filename below to download and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As"            15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

P          This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Hymn: # 370 – What Child Is This

Christmas Message – What Child is This?

NICENE CREED

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
T of the world to come. Amen.

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

After each petition:     P   … Lord, in Your mercy:

                                    C    hear our prayer.

At conclusion:              P   … one God, now and forever.

                                    C    Amen.

OFFERING

OFFERTORY LSB 159  

PREFACE         p. 160

P     The Lord be with you.

P     Lift up your hearts,

P     Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

PROPER PREFACE

P        It is truly good, 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;

SANCTUS, p. 161

PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

P     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 faithfully to eat His body and drink His blood as He bids us do in His own testament. Gather us together, we pray, 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. Graciously receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone,

O Father, be all glory, honor, and worship, with the Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C     Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER          Matthew 6:9–13

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name,

      Thy kingdom come,

      Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;

      give us this day our daily bread;

      and forgive us our trespasses

            as we forgive those who trespass against us;

      and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory

      forever and ever. Amen.

THE WORDS OF OUR LORD   

P      Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night when He was betrayed, took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to the disciples and said: “Take, eat; this is My T body, which is given for you. This do in remembrance of Me.”

        In the same way also He took the cup after supper, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them, saying: “Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new testament in My T blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins. This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”

Pax Domini  LSB 163

P     The peace of the Lord be with you always.

C     Amen.

AGNUS DEI, p. 163

DISTRIBUTION

POST-COMMUNION CANTICLE: Nunc Dimittis          LSB 165

Post-Communion Collect

P      Let us pray.

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.

C     Amen

Benediction   LSB 166

P      The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.

The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you peace.

C     Amen

CLOSING HYMN:   #363 Silent Night

DISMISSAL

Pastor:       Go in peace as you serve the Lord.

People:     Thanks be to God!

Creative Worship for the Lutheran Parish, Series C, Quarter 3. Copyright © 2022 Concordia Publishing House. All rights reserved. Used by permission.