New Year’s Eve

31 December 2019

7:30pm

 
Time of the Church:         Christmas
Color:                               White
Divine Service:                 Setting III
Introit:                               Psalm 98: 1 – 3    antiphon: Psalm 124: 8
Old Testament:                 Isaiah 30: 15 – 17
Psalm:                              Psalm 90: 1 – 12     antiphon: verse 17
Epistle:                             Romans 8: 31b – 39
Gradual:                           Psalm 90: 12, 14
Alleluia & Verse:              Psalm 103: 17a
Gospel:                            Luke 12: 35 – 40
Proper Preface:               Christmas
 

Our Times Are In His Hands

     The Church and the world are awake, but for very different reasons.  The world counts down to midnight; the Church watches eagerly for her Master who is “coming at an hour ” we “do not expect” (Luke 12: 40).  For, many, the changing year brings regrets, fears, and desperate wishes for improvement.  The world delights in the smooth talk and illusions of prosperity at any cost (Isaiah 30: 9 – 10).  It has already forgotten “the Holy One of Israel ” born six days earlier (Isaiah 30: 11).  The Church ends the calendar year differently, “In returning and rest..in quietness and in trust.” that is, in repentance and faith, for the Holy One saves us, and He is our strength (Isaiah 30: 15.  Our times are in His hands (Psalm 31: 15), the hands of Mary’s Son – God not only with us, but for us (Matthew 1: 23).  So, who could be against us?  If God has given His Son, “how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8: 31-32).  The Church dresses for action not in fear, but in hope; Christ is coming to serve her with His gifts (Luke 12: 37).  Who is there to condemn us for the passing year? Christ has died, is raised and intercedes for us!  What distress will the new year bring? Nothing can “separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord ” (Romans 8: 34-39).
 
 
 

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Opening Hymn:             861 / Christ Be My Leader
Sermon Hymn:              733 / O God, Our Help In Ages Past
Distribution Hymns:       725 / Children Of The Heavenly Father
878 / Abide With Me
739 / Precious Lord, Take My Hand
Closing Hymn:               919 / Abide, O Dearest Jesus

First Sunday in Christmas

 29 December 2019

Time of the Church:          Christmas
Color:                                White
Divine Service:                  Setting III
Introit:                                Jeremiah 31: 15 – 17   antiphon: Hosea 11: 1
Old Testament:                  Isaiah 63: 7 – 14
Psalm:                               Psalm 111     antiphon: verse 9a,b
Epistle:                              Galatians 4: 4 – 7
Gradual:                            Isaiah 9: 6; Psalm 98: 1a
Verse:                               Luke 2: 30, 32
Gospel:                             Matthew 2: 13 – 23
Proper Preface:                Christmas

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 The Lord Jesus Undergoes a New Exodus in Order to Save His People from Their Sins

     Herod’s efforts to destroy the little Lord Jesus anticipate the cross for which He was born.  In response to Herod’s edict, Joseph must “take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt” (Matthew 2: 13).  But the Lord does not abandon the Holy Family there..  He brings about salvation for all people, just as He “had spoken by the prophet ‘Out of Egypt I called my son” (Matthew 2: 15).  With might and strength, God accompanies His people, causing “his glorious arm to go at the right hand of Moses” (Isaiah 63: 12).  Now through Jesus, even our afflictions are borne by Christ on the cross.  “He redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them” (Isaiah 63: 9).  All of this is accomplished by God’s might so that we, too, are claimed as members of His family.  For we “received adoption as sons” in the only begotten Son, Christ Jesus, even as He became like us by His conception and birth of the woman.  Thus redeemed by Christ, no longer slaves of sin and death but beloved children and heirs of God, we pray in Jesus’ name: “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4: 4 – 6).
 

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Opening Hymn:             349 / Hark The Glad Sound
Sermon Hymn:              359 / Lo, How A Rose E’ver Blooming
Distribution Hymns:       352 / Let The Earth Now Praise The Lord
376 / Once In Royal David’s City
358 / From Heaven Above To Earth I Come [stanzas 1 – 5]
370 / What Child Is This
392 / God Loves Me Dearly
Closing Hymn:               388 / Go Tell It On The Mountain
 

Christmas Day

25 December 2019

10am

 
 
 
Time of the Church:          Christmas
Color:                                White
Divine Service:                 Setting III
Introit:                               Psalm 98: 1 – 4  antiphon: Isaiah 9: 6
Old Testament:                 Isaiah 52: 7 – 10
Psalm:                              Psalm 110: 1 – 4  antiphon: verse 2a
Epistle:                             Hebrews 1: 1 – 6
Gradual:                           Isaiah 9: 6; Psalm 98:1a
Verse:                              John 1: 14
Gospel:                            John 1: 1 – 14
Proper Preface:               Christmas
 

 

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 The Living and Life-Giving Word of God Dwells Among Us in the Flesh

     The Lord sends out His ministers of the Gospel to make disciples of “all nations,”all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”  The Lord has “bared his holy arm”  in the incarnate Christ (Isaiah 52: 7, 10).  The child in the manger, born of the Virgin Mary, is the very Word of God, the only begotten Son of the Father, “whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world” (Hebrews 1: 2).  As “all things were made through him” (John 1: 3), so are all things redeemed and made new in Him.  In His body of flesh and blood, we behold “the radiance of the glory of God ” (Hebrews 1: 3), “glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth  ” (John 1: 14).  He dwells among us in peace, that we might have life and light and salvation in Him.  For by His Word of the Gospel, we are born again as the children of God, bearing His name and sharing His eternal life.
 
 
 
Opening Hymn:             370 / What Child Is This
Sermon Hymn:              387 /Joy To The World
Distribution Hymns:       379 / O Come, All Ye Faithful
384 / Of The Father’s Love Begotten
380 / Hark! The Herald Angels Sin
388 / Go Tell It On The Mountain
383 / A Great And Mighty Wonder
Closing Hymn:               367 / Angels From The Realms Of Glory

Christmas Eve

24 December 2019

4pm and 7:30pm

 
Time of the Church:     Christmas
Color:                           White
Divine Service Setting: III
Introit:                           Psalm 24: 1, 3-5 antiphon: Psalm 2: 7
Old Testament:             Isaiah 7: 10 – 14
Psalm:                          Psalm 110: 1 – 4  antiphon: verse 2a
Epistle:                         1 John 4: 7 – 16
Gradual:                       Isaiah 9: 6; Psalm 98: 1a
Verse:                          Matthew 1: 21
Gospel:                         Matthew 1: 18 – 25
Proper Preface:            Christmas
 

  The Word of the Lord is Fulfilled in the Flesh of Jesus

     Though Ahaz would not ask, the Lord gives a sign to the house of David, that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Is. 7: 14).  With this promise, He signifies that salvation is by His grace alone; it is no work or achievement of man, but the Lord’s own work and His free gift.  The promise is fulfilled as the Son of God is conceived and born of the blessed Virgin Mary, and the sign is received in faith by the house of David in the person of Joseph (Matt 1: 20 – 24).  “Incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary (Nicene Creed), God is with us (Immanuel) in the flesh of Jesus, Mary’s Son.  Joseph believes that Word of God and so demonstrates a marvelous example in his immediate and quiet obedience, taking Mary to be his wife and caring for her in faith and love.  He loves her because the love of God is manifest in this, that “the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world,” “to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4: 10, 14).
 
 


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Opening Hymn:             379 / O Come All Ye Faithful
Sermon Hymn:              364 / Away In A Manger
Distribution Hymns:       361 / O Little Town of Bethlehem
366 / It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
365 / Angles We Have Heard On High
359 / Lo, How A Rose E’ver Blooming
387 / Joy To The World
Closing Hymn:               363/ Silent Night, Holy Night

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT

22 December 2019

Time of the Church:                Christmas; Advent
Color:                                      Blue
Divine Service:                       Setting III
Introit:                                     Psalm 130: 5 – 8 antiphon: Isaiah 64: 1
Old Testament:                       Isaiah 7: 10 – 17
Psalm                                      Psalm 24 antiphon: verse 7
Epistle:                                    Romans 1: 1 – 7
Gradual:                                  Zechariah 9: 9; Psalm 118: 26. alt
Verse:                                      Matthew 1: 23a
Gospel:                                    Matthew 1: 18 – 25
Proper Preface:                       Advent

 

God’s Word Is Fulfilled for Us in the Flesh and Blood of Christ Jesus, the Son of Mary

     The Fourth Sunday in Advent turns our attention toward the Nativity of Our Lord. With the blessed Virgin Mary, we await the coming of the Christ, her Son, conceived in her womb by the Word and Spirit of God. This fulfillment of the sign once given to the house of David, that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Is. 7:14), is now given to us in the Gospel. It declares that salvation is by His grace alone, entirely His work and a free gift. It also is the way and means by which the Lord our God is Immanuel, “God with us.” The almighty and eternal Son of God is conceived and born of Mary, and is thus “descended from David according to the flesh” (Rom. 1:3–4). He comes in this way to save us with His own flesh and blood; wherefore, He is called “Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). As Joseph received this sign in faith and immediately “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Matt. 1:24), we also live by faith in this Holy Gospel.

 

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Fourth Sunday In Advent Pulpit Notes

 
 
 
Opening Hymn:             356 / The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came
Sermon Hymn:              357 / O Come, O Come, Emmanuel with 22 Dec stanza
Distribution Hymns:       352 / Let The Earth Now Praise The Lord
358 / From Heaven Above To Earth I Come
LSB 248 / Magnificat           
350 / Come, Thou Precious Ransom, Come
339 / Lift Up Your Heads, You Everlasting Gate

Closing Hymn:          340 / Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gate

 

THIRD MIDWEEK SERVICE IN ADVENT

18 December 2019

 

Time of the Church:                Christmas / Advent
Color:                                      Blue
Divine Service:                       Setting III
Introit:                                     Psalm 85:  antiphon: verse 1
Old Testament:                       Malachi 4: 1 – 6
Verse:                                      Luke 1: 66c                     For the hand of the Lord was with him
Gospel:                                    Luke 1: 57 – 80
Proper Preface:                       Advent

 

Opening Hymn:             357 / O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Sermon Hymn:              LSB page 248 / Magnificat
Distribution Hymns:       936 / Sing Praise To The God Of Israel
633 / At The Lamb’s High Feast We Sing                                   
AGPS 145 / Jesus, Name Above All Names

Closing Hymn:          634 / Sent Forth By God’s Blessing

THIRD SUNDAY IN ADVENT

15 December 2019

 

Time of the Church:                Christmas; Advent  
Color:                                      Blue
Divine Service:                       Setting III
Introit:                                     Psalm 71: 14 – 18 antiphon: Philippians 4: 4
Old Testament:                       Isaiah 35: 1 – 10
Psalm:                                    Psalm 146 antiphon: verse
Epistle:                                   James 5: 7 – 11 
Gradual:                                 Zechariah 9: 9; Psalm 118: 26. alt
Verse:                                      Matthew 11: 10b 
Gospel:                                    Matthew 11: 2 – 15
Proper Preface:                       Advent

 

The Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Brings True Rejoicing, Even Under the Cross

     Sometimes life requires the astonishing patience of Job. Like him, we are to rejoice in the midst of affliction, be grounded in repentance under the cross of Christ, and hope relentlessly in His resurrection, that we might see “the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful” (James 5:11). In the promise of the Gospel, therefore, be patient and “establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:7, 8). Like St. John the Baptist, whatever your own kind of prison or suffering may be, call upon Jesus and receive the strength of His Word from those He sends to you. For as “the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up,” so is the Good News of Jesus preached to you also (Matt. 11:5). He comes and restores the fortunes of Zion, His Holy Church, so that “sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Is. 35:10).

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Opening Hymn:            348 / The King Shall Come When Morning Comes 
Sermon Hymn:              345 / Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding
Distribution Hymns:       633 / At The Lamb’s High Feast We Sing
336 / Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending
342 / What Hope! An Eden Prophesied   
637 / Draw Near And Take The Body Of the Lord             
934 / My Soul Now Magnifies The Lord
Closing Hymn:               803 / Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee

SECOND MIDWEEK SERVICE IN ADVENT

11 December 2019

 
Time of the Church:                Christmas / Advent 
Color:                                      Blue 
Divine Service:                       Setting III 
Introit:                                     Psalm 132:  antiphon: verse 1 
Old Testament:                       2 Samuel 7: 4 – 17
Verse:                                      Luke 1: 28
Gospel:                                    Luke 1: 26 – 45 
Proper Preface:                       Advent

 

Second Midweek Advent Worship

 

Opening Hymn:             344 / On Jordan’s Bank, The Baptist’s Cry 
Sermon Hymn:              356 / The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came 
Distribution Hymns:       348 / The King Shall Come
349 / Hark, The Glad Sound
637 / Draw Near And Take The Body Of The Lord
Closing Hymn:               343 / Prepare The Royal Highway

 

SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT

8 December 2019

 

Time of the Church:                Christmas; Advent
Color:                                      Blue
Divine Service:                       Setting III
Introit:                                     Psalm 105: 4 – 8  antiphon: Isaiah 40: 3b
Old Testament:                       Isaiah 11: 1 – 10
Psalm                                      Psalm 72: 1 – 7 antiphon: verse 18
Epistle:                                    Romans 15: 4 – 13
Gradual:                                  Zechariah 9: 9; Psalm 118: 26. alt
Verse:                                      Luke 3: 4b, 6
Gospel:                                    Matthew 3: 1 – 12
Proper Preface:                       Common

 

By the Preaching of Repentance, We Are Prepared for the Coming of the Lord

     “John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, ‘Repent’” (Matt. 3:1–2). His preaching of repentance for the forgiveness of sins prepared people for the coming of Christ into the world. St. John’s work was historically complete with the incarnate advent of Jesus, but his vital ministry continues in preaching Law and Gospel. The Son of God has come in the flesh, “a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots” (Is. 11:1), and continues to bear the fruits of righteousness. His good tree of the cross is “a signal for the peoples” (Is. 11:10), by which He calls the nations to repentance. “With the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips” (Is. 11:4), He slays the wicked and brings the dead to life, making sons of Abraham out of lifeless stones. So also the “root of Jesse” comes to us, “even he who arises to rule the Gentiles” (Rom. 15:12), that “we might have hope” and be filled “with all joy and peace in believing” (Rom. 15:4, 13).

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Opening Hymn:             331 / The Advent Of Our King
Sermon Hymn:              344 / On Jordon’s Bank The Baptist’s Cry
Distribution Hymns:       AGPS 145 / Jesus, Name Above All Name
348 / The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns                                   
790 / Praise To The Lord, The Almighty
803 / Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee
643 / Sent Forth By God’s Blessing

Closing Hymn:          352 / Let The Earth Now Praise The Lord

First Mid Week Service In Advent

 4 December 2019

 
 
Time of the Church:                        Christmas / Advent
Color:                                              Blue
Divine Service:                                Setting III
Introit:                                              Psalm 21:  antiphon: verse 1
Old Testament:                                Isaiah 40: 1 – 5
Gospel:                                            Luke 1: 5 – 25
Proper Preface:                               Advent

 

First Advent Mid Week Sermon Pulpit Notes 

 

Opening Hymn:                    331 / The Advent Of Our King
Sermon Hymn:                     332 / Savior Of The Nations Come
Distribution Hymns:              350 / Come Thou Precious Ransom Come
                                    345 / Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding
                          790 / Praise To The Lord, The Almighty

Closing Hymn:               347 / Comfort, Comfort, Ye My People

First Sunday In Advent

1 December 2019

 

Church Year:                          Time Of Christmas – Advent

Color:                                     Blue or Purple

Divine Service:                        Setting III

Lectionary Propers:                

Introit:                                     Psalm 118: 25 – 28 antiphon: Zechariah 9: 9b, alt

Old Testament:                         Isaiah 2: 1 – 5

Psalm:                                     Psalm 122  antiphon: verse 6

Epistle:                                    Romans 13: 8 – 14

Gradual:                                  Zechariah 9: 9; Psalm 118: 26, alt

Verse:                                      Psalm 24: 7

Gospel:                                    Matthew 24: 36 – 44

Proper Preface:                       Advent

 

The Lord Comes in Meekness and Humility to Save Us Now

     The Lord Jesus enters Jerusalem “humble, and mounted on a donkey,” riding on “a beast of burden” (Matt. 21:5), as He Himself bears the sins of the world in His body. Now He comes by the ministry of the Gospel to save us from sin, death, the devil and hell. Therefore, we sing, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” (Matt. 21:9). For we are called “to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob,” His Holy Church, “that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths” (Is. 2:3). By His Word, we “walk in the light of the Lord” (Is. 2:5). That is to live in love, which “does no wrong to a neighbor” (Rom. 13:10). We “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light,” for “salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed” (Rom. 13:11, 12). Hence, the entire Christian life is a time to wake and watch, “for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Matt. 24:42).
 
 
 
Opening Hymn:                      357 / O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Sermon Hymn:                       332 / Savior Of The Nations Come
Distribution Hymns:                349 / Hark! A Thrilling Voice Is Sounding
338 / Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus
347 / Comfort, Comfort Ye My People
344 / On Jordan’s Banks The Baptist’s Cry
550 / Lamb of God
Closing Hymn:                         832 / Jesus Shall Reign