Saturday Worship Service

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December 11, 2021

Pastor Frick’s Welcome & Greeting

The Blessing and Call to Worship

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: In the Name of the Father who sent his Son to save us.
C: Amen.

P: In the Name of the Son, who took on human flesh and blood.
C: Amen.

P: In the Name of the Holy Spirit who brought forth life in the womb of a virgin.
C: Amen.

Opening Hymn

Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel

Oh, come, oh, come, Emmanuel, 
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here 
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

Oh, 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. 
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel 
Shall come to thee, O Israel!

He has come, he has come.  
  He has come, he has come.  
    He has come, he has come.  

Confession of Sins

P: Almighty Triune God, you have called us to glorify your name through our love for you and for one another. We confess that because of our selfish love for self we have erred and strayed from your will. 
C: We have too eagerly followed the desires of our own sinful hearts.

P: We have offended you by disobeying your will and word.
C: We have not done what we ought. We have done what we ought not.  

P: For all this we deserve to be eternally separated from your love and goodness and punished forever.
C: Lord, have mercy on us. 

P: But in the Christ-Child we hope, we trust, we flee for mercy.
C: We trust and believe that the Christ-Child’s name is Jesus because he will save the people from their sins.  

P: God sent the angel Gabriel to proclaim to Mary, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus.”
  Mary’s child would be named Jesus because he would save the people from their sins. People of God, Jesus has saved you from your sins. Therefore, in his place and on his authority, I forgive you all your sins, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C: We believe in Jesus who was born to save us from our sins.

Hymn of Praise

Go Tell it on the Mountain

Refrain
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,
All, throughout the heavens 
There shone a holy light.
Refrain

The shepherds feared and trembled 
When lo, above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus 
That hailed our Savior’s birth.
Refrain

Down in a lowly manger 
The humble Christ was born;
God sent our salvation 
That blessed Christmas morn.
Refrain

Prayer of the Day

P: Let us pray.
  Hear our prayers, Lord Jesus Christ, and come with the good news of your mighty deliverance. Drive the darkness from our hearts and fill us with your light; for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.

The Word

The First Reading – Zephaniah 3:14-17

Rejoice with all your heart. The Lord is with you.

Sing, O Daughter of Zion; 
  shout aloud, O Israel! 
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, 
  O Daughter of Jerusalem! 
The LORD has taken away your punishment, 
  he has turned back your enemy. 
The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; 
  never again will you fear any harm. 
On that day 
  they will say to Jerusalem, 
“Do not fear, O Zion; 
  do not let your hands hang limp. 
The LORD your God is with you, 
  he is mighty to save. 
He will take great delight in you, 
  he will quiet you with his love, 
  he will rejoice over you with singing.” 

The Second Reading – Philippians 4:4-7

Rejoice in the Lord always.

  Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

Verse of the Day

P: Alleluia. I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you. Alleluia.

The Gospel – Luke 3:7-18

The Lord’s judgment is near. Rejoice!

P: The Gospel according to Luke chapter 3.
C: Glory be to you, O Lord!

  John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” 
  “What should we do then?” the crowd asked. 
  John answered, “The man with two tunics should share with him who has none, and the one who has food should do the same.” 
  Tax collectors also came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?” 
  “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them. 
  Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” 
  He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely – be content with your pay.” 
  The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Christ. John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” And with many other words John exhorted the people and preached the good news to them. 

P: This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C: Praise be to you O Christ!

Hymn

What Child is This?

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!

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh; 
Come, peasant, king, to own him.
The King of kings Salvation brings;
Let loving hearts enthrone him.
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing.
Haste, haste to bring him laud,
The babe, the Son of Mary!

Oh come adore our King.
Glory in the highest.
  Glory in the highest. 
Let all creation sing.
Glory in the highest.
  Glory in the highest. 

Sermon – Philippians 4:4-7

The Best Christmas Preparations

Confession of Faith (The Explanation – 2nd Article Apostles’ Creed)

  I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. 
  He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death. 
  All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally. 

The Presentation of the Offering

Prayer of the Church 

P: Mighty Lord, faithful God, you have fulfilled your gracious promises and have sent your Son as the righteous Branch from the line of David. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: Hosanna in the highest!

P: Lift up our heads and prepare our hearts as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, our heavenly King. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: Hosanna in the highest!

P: Your Son’s coming is nearer to us now than when we first believed. Make us shine like lights in this dark world as we live by faith. Empower us by your Spirit to witness to those around us in word and deed. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: Hosanna in the highest!

P: We thank you for those authorities, parents in the home, pastors, teachers and elders in the church who watch over our souls, and those in the government who have the responsibility of watching over the safety of our bodies. Keep them faithful in their tasks, bless them, and make them a blessing to us. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: Hosanna in the highest!

P: We pray for those who are weighed down with griefs and the anxieties of life, who wait for relief of sicknesses of body or mind. Heal, restore and relieve all pain and sorrow as it fits your gracious will and plan. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
C: Hosanna in the highest!

P: O Lord, purify our consciences by your daily presence, that when your Son, our Lord comes, he may find in us a place prepared for himself; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen. 

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen.

The Order of Holy Communion

P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts. 
C: We lift them up unto the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God. 
C: It is good and right so to do. 

P: Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In love he has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. When the time had fully come, he sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ. To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and thanks and honor and glory for ever and ever.

Words of Institution

P: Our Lord Jesus Christ, on the night he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
Then he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is poured out for you for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Distribution of the Lord’s Supper

The Departing Prayer

P: Almighty God, you have filled us with the new light of the Word who became flesh and lived among us. Let the light of our faith shine in all we do; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
C: Amen.

Blessing

P: Brothers and sisters go in peace.
  Live in harmony with one another.
    Serve the Lord with gladness.

The Lord bless you and keep you.
  The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
    The Lord look on you with favor and give you peace.
C:  Amen.

Closing Hymn

Silent Night

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! 
Wondrous star, lend thy light.
With the angels let us sing
Alleluia to our King
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.