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December 31st, 2023 | First Sunday After Christmas
“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,” born of the woman, “to redeem those who were under the law” (Gal. 4:4–5). Therefore, “according to the Law of Moses,” Mary and Joseph “brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). There He was received and taken up into the arms of Simeon, who was righteous and devout, “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25)….
PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH | “Simeon and Anna”

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OPENING HYMN: #388 Go Tell It on the Mountain
HYMN OF THE DAY: #367 Angels from the Realms of Glory
CLOSING HYMN: #366 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

PINNACLE LUTHERAN CHURCH

First Sunday after Christmas

“Simeon and Anna”

December 31, 2023

+ AS WE GATHER +

The Time Has Fully Come for Redemption and Purification through Jesus Christ, Our Lord

“When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son,” born of the woman, “to redeem those who were under the law” (Gal. 4:4–5). Therefore, “according to the Law of Moses,” Mary and Joseph “brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord” (Luke 2:22). There He was received and taken up into the arms of Simeon, who was righteous and devout, “waiting for the consolation of Israel” (Luke 2:25). Simeon praised God and blessed the parents by confessing the cross for which this child was appointed. “At that very hour,” old and faithful Anna, who had watched, prayed and worshiped in the temple for so long, came up and “began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” (Luke 2:38). The Lord causes “righteousness and praise to sprout up before all the nations” (Is. 61:11). We also “greatly rejoice in the Lord,” because this child has clothed us “with the garments of salvation,” covered us “with the robe of righteousness” and called us “by a new name” (Is. 61:10; 62:2).

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING HYMN: #388 Go Tell It on the Mountain

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.

+ Service of the Word +

INTROIT          Psalm 98:1–4; antiphon: Isaiah 52:10    (spoken responsively as marked)

The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations,
            and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things!
            His right hand and his holy arm have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made known his salvation;
            he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel.
            All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
            break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
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.
The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations,
            and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. Amen.

Kyrie

P     In peace let us pray to the Lord. 

C     Lord, have mercy.

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

C     Lord, have mercy.

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.

C     Lord, have mercy.

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

C     Lord, have mercy.

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

C     Amen.

SALUTATION and PRAYER OF THE DAY

P     The Lord be with you.

C     And also with you.

P     Let us pray.

O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C     Amen.

OLD TESTAMENT READING    Isaiah 61:10-62:3

10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
            my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
            he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
            and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
            and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
            to sprout up before all the nations.

1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
            and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
            and her salvation as a burning torch.
2The nations shall see your righteousness,
            and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
            that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
            and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

8For I the Lord love justice;
            I hate robbery and wrong;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
            and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9Their offspring shall be known among the nations,
            and their descendants in the midst of the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge them,
            that they are an offspring the Lord has blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
            my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
            he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
            and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
            and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
            to sprout up before all the nations.

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


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             Galatians 4:4–7

            4When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

 

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

ALLELUIA,  p. 156

HOLY GOSPEL  Luke 2:22–40

P         The Holy Gospel according to St. Luke, the Second chapter.
C          Glory to You, O Lord.

                  22When the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, [Mary and Joseph] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace,
     according to your word;
30for my eyes have seen your salvation
     31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
     and for glory to your people Israel.”

            33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

            36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

            39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

P          This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C          Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN OF THE DAY: #367 Angels from the Realms of Glory

Christmas Message Simeon and Anna

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: #366 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

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.