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Sunday, December 20, 2020

FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT, CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SERVICE

Festival of Lessons and Carols

For a livestream of the service, click here at 9 am on Sunday morning. Afterwards it will be available at the same link as a recording. If it doesn’t work properly at 9, it might mean we had a technical issue. If so, we will send out a new link to the recording.

If you prefer a bulletin, click this link: Bulletin 20-12-20. It contains most of the material below.

 

OPENING PRAYER

GENESIS 22:1-18
Sacrifice of Isaac and the promise of a savior

PLEASE STAND

O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL (HYMN 83)
O come, o come, Emmanuel,
To ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, oh Israel.

O come, o come, thou Lord of might,
Who to thy tribes, on Sinai’s height,
In ancient times didst give the law
In cloud and majesty and awe.

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell thy people save
And give them vict’ry o’er the grave.

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here;
O drive away the shades of night
And pierce the clouds and bring us light.

O come, thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav’nly home
Where all thy saints with thee shall dwell—
O come, o come, Emmanuel!

RESPONSIVE READING 20
Isaiah 9:2-7
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light:
they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy:
they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.
For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder.
And his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

YOUR NAME (Isaiah 9:6) [to tune Finlandia, Hymn 290]
Your Name, Your Name shall be called Wonderful;
Your Name, Your Name shall be called Counselor,
The mighty God, the Everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace, through all eternity—
The Mighty God, the everlasting Father,
The Prince of Peace, throughout eternity.
(#692008)

PLEASE BE SEATED

LUKE 1:26-38
The annunciation

LUKE 1:39-56
Mary’s response to the annunciation: the Magnificat

LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE
(Habakkuk 2:20)

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
     and with fear and trembling stand:
Ponder nothing earthly-minded,
     for with blessing in His hand
Christ our God to earth descendeth
     our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
     as of old on earth He stood,
Lord of Lords in human vesture,
     in the Body and the Blood,
He will give to all the faithful
     His own self for heavenly food.

At His feet the six-winged seraphs,
     cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to the Presence,
     as with ceaseless voice they cry,
“Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Lord most high!”

HOMILY
Thinking Inside the Box

PLEASE STAND

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING
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 th’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 th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.

Hail the heav’nly 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.

Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman’s conqu’ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent’s head.
Adam’s likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love!

MATTHEW 1:18-25
Joseph’s response to the annunciation

O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM (HYMN 92)
O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie—
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by,
Yet in thy dark street shineth
the everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary—
and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wond’ring love.
O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King,
and peace to men on earth.

How silently, how silently
the wondrous gift is giv’n!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of His heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming,
but, in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still
the dear Christ enters in.

O holy child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in—
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!

PLEASE BE SEATED

LUKE 2:1-20
Jesus is born

SILENT NIGHT (HYMN 85)
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright,
Round yon virgin mother and Child,
Holy Infant, so tender and mild—
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia—
Christ the Savior is born! Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

MATTHEW 2:1-23
The visit of the Wise Men from the east

PLEASE STAND

O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL (HYMN 100)
by John Wade, 1743

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.

True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
Lo, He shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

JOHN 1
The Word made flesh

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
(HYMN #89)
Angels we  have heard on high,
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply,
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo! 

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heav’nly song?

Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.

See Him in a manger laid,
Jesus, Lord of heav’n and earth;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
With us sing our Savior’s birth.

 

BENEDICTION

 

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