Christmas Eve Candlelight/Holy Communion – Christmas Eve December 24th at 3:30 pm led by Pastor Nancy Isaacson

Christmas Eve Candlelight/ Holy Communion Worship

Friday, December 24, 2021 – 3:30 pm

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

            In winter’s deepest night, we welcome the light of the Christ child.  Isaiah declares that the light of the long-promised king will illumine the world and brind endless peace and justice.  Paul reminds us that the grace of God through Jesus Christ brings salvation to all people.  The angels declare that Jesus’ birth is good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds.  Filled with the light that shines in our lives we go forth to share the light of Christ with the whole world.   

 

ORDER FOR WORSHIP

PRELUDE

 

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

PROCLAMATION

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

In the name of the Father, and of the ☩ Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hid: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you and worthily magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and of one another.

Most merciful God, we confess that we are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves. 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. 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.

          In the Word who has come to dwell with us, God has given us grace upon grace:  forgiveness that is stronger than our sins, love that can heal every broken heart.  Hear this word of God’s pardon and peace:  in the name of Jesus our Savior, your sins are forgiven.  Rise, shine, for your light has come.  Amen.

HYMN #283 ELW (v. 1, 3, 4) – Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful

Oh, come, all ye faithful, Joyful & triumphant!

Oh, come ye, oh, come ye to Bethlehem; 

Come and behold him  Born the king of angels:

Oh, come, let us adore him,  Oh, come, let us adore him,

Oh, come let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation;

Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God   In the highest:

Oh, come, let us adore, him,  Oh, come, let us adore him

Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy morning;

Jesus, to thee be glory giv’n!  Word of the Father,

Now in flesh appearing:

Oh, come, let us adore him, Oh, come, let us adore him,

Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

CHRISTMAS DIALOGUE

         Long ago God promised to bless the world with a Messiah.

         We worship you, O Blessed One.

         The prophets of old proclaimed the blessings of life and salvation that the Savior would bring. 

We worship you, O Son of God.

         Micah declared that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of the King of Kings. 

We worship you, O Babe of Bethlehem.

         Isaiah announced the comfort and peace that would accompany Christ. 

We worship you, O Prince of Peace.

         Mary sang the Magnificat in praise of the child that she would bear.

         We worship you, O Blessed Lord, for you are worthy of praise.

         When the time had fully come, God sent forth his Son.

         The word became flesh, and we beheld His glory.

         For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given.

         In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

         To you is born this day a Savior, Christ the Lord.

         Alleluia!  O come let us worship him.

         The Lord be with you.  And also with you.

         Let us pray:  Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light.  Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.                                                                                          

HYMN #287 ELW – Angels We Have Heard on High

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?

Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing;

Come adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn king.

Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.

BIBLE READING – Isaiah 9:2-7

          This poem promises deliverance from Assyrian oppression, a hope based on the birth of a royal child with the name full of promise.  While Judah’s king will practice justice and righteousness, the real basis for faith lies in God’s passion for the people:  The zeal of the Lord of host will do this!

          The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness – on them light has shined.  You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.  For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.  For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.  For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.  He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.  The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. 

HYMN #270 ELW (v. 1, 3) – 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 you nations, rise; Join the triumph of the skies;

With angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king!”

Hail the heav’n-born 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 we no more may die,

Born to raise each child of earth, Born to give us second birth.

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king!”

PSALM 96    

Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the whole earth.

          Sing to the LORD and bless his name;

          proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations and his wonders among all peoples.

          For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised;

          he is more to be feared than all gods.

As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;

but it is the LORD who made the heavens.

          Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence!

          Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!

Ascribe to the LORD, you families of the peoples;

ascribe to the LORD honor and power.

          Ascribe to the LORD the honor due his name;

          bring offerings and come into his courts.
Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him.

          Tell it out among the nations:  “The LORD is king!  He has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge the

          peoples with equity.”                                                                                 

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

let the sea thunder and all that is in it; let the field be joyful and all that is therein.

          Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the LORD when he comes, when he comes to judge the earth.               

He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with his truth.

HYMN #279 ELW (v. 1, 4) – O Little Town of Bethlehem

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 streets shineth  The everlasting light.

The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight.

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;

Oh, come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Immanuel!

BIBLE READING – Titus 2:11-14  

          The appearance of God’s grace in Jesus Christ brings salvation for all humanity.  Consequently, in the present we live wisely and justly while also anticipating the hope of our Savior’s final appearance.

          The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.     

HOLY GOSPEL – Luke 2:1-20

          God’s greatest gift comes as a baby in a manger.  Angels announce the “good news of great joy” and proclaim God’s blessing of peace.

          In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.  This was the first registration, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.  And all went to  be enrolled, each to his own city.  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house

and lineage of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.  And while they were there, the time came for her to be delivered.  And she gave birth to her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.  

          And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  And the angels said to them, “Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!”

          When 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.”  And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.  And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.  

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE – Pastor Nancy Isaacson                                            

HYMN #277 ELW – Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for his bed,

the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head;

The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay;

the little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the poor baby wakes,

but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky

and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask you to stay

close by me forever and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in your tender care

and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.

THE NICENE CREED

          We believe in one God, the Father the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

          We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father.  Through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the virgin Mary, and was made man.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried.  On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.  He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.          We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.  With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.  He has spoken through the prophets. 

          We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen. 

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH

          Joining our voices with the heavenly host and Christians throughout time and space, let us pray for the church, the world, and all in need.

A brief silence.

Love proclaims that a Savior has been born to us! Inspire your church throughout the world to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ birth to all who seek salvation, hope, and new life. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Love whispers to a weary world that the time for rest and restoration has come. Maintain healthy cycles of wake and sleep for all creatures. Where light pollution disrupts natural rhythms, encourage new practices. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Love cries to a warring world that the time for peace is at hand. Direct those in power who make decisions on behalf of others, that they nurture and sustain all that is healthy, good, and holy. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Love sings through the wails of a newborn baby. Respond to all who cry out in pain, despair, or need this night (especially). Bring comfort to those for whom separation, grief, or loss makes the Christmas season especially difficult. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Love murmurs words of comfort to a newborn child and exhausted parents. Bless new and expectant parents or caregivers, especially those who are alone or afraid this night. Pour out your love upon families of every kind. Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Here other intercessions may be offered.

God’s ever-present love is proclaimed through the faithful who came before us. We give you thanks for Mary, John the baptizer, Elizabeth his mother, Joseph the dreamer, and all who point toward your love (especially). Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Rejoicing in your Word made flesh among us, we commend these prayers to you, confident of your grace and love made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior.  Amen.

OFFERING FOR FOREIGN MISSIONARY SPONSORSHIP

(All loose offering will be for Our Savior’s general fund,

unless otherwise noted.)

OFFERTORY PRAYER

          Good and loving God, we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of your grace.  As you have blessed us with your gifts, let them be a blessing for others.  With the trees of the field, with all earth and heavens, we shout for joy at the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed,

our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,

and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood,

shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

For as often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup,

we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

THE LORD’S PRAYER

          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. 

DISTRIBUTION OF HOLY COMMUNION

          Prepackaged bread and wine is available in baskets by the baptismal font for those who prefer it; there will also be continuous communion at several stations.  Ushers will direct you.

MUSIC DURING DISTRIBUTION

          Special Music

Hymn #282 ELW (v. 1, 3, 4) –  It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old.

From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold.

Peace on the earth, good will to all,

from heav’n’s all-gracious king.

The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

And you, beneath life’s crushing load,

whose forms are bending low,

Who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow,

Look now, for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing.

O rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing.

For Lo!  The days are hast’ning on, by prophets seen of old,

When with the ever-circling years shall come the time foretold.

When peace shall over all the earth, its ancient splendors fling,

And all the world give back the song which now the angels sing.

POST COMMUNION PRAYER

          We give you thanks, O God, that in this bread and cup of Christ’s very life, you give us food for our journey.  As you led the magi by a star, as you brought the holy family home again, guide us on the way unfolding before us.  Wherever we go, may our lives proclaim good news of great joy in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

 

A CELEBRATION OF LIGHT

          (A tray of candles is located under one end chair of most rows. Please pass them down the row.  Individual candles are lighted now.  Tip only unlit candles to receive the flame.  Keep lighted candles straight to avoid dripping wax.)

HYMN #281 ELW – Silent Night, Holy 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! Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from your holy face,

With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at your birth, Jesus, Lord, at your birth.

(Extinguish candles & pass the trays to put them away.)

BLESSING

HYMN #267 ELW – Joy to the World

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!  Let earth receive its King;

Let ev’ry heart prepare him room And heav’n and nature sing,

And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns! Let all their songs employ,

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace And makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness And wonders of his love,

And wonders of his love, And wonders, wonders of his love.

CHIMES & POSTLUDE

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Welcome and thank you for joining us here at Our Savior’s for this Christmas Eve Candlelight and Holy Communion Worship Service! 

Please join us for these worship services also –

Saturday, December 25:

5 p.m. Holy Communion Worship

Sunday, December 26:

8:30 a.m.  Worship – A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols

     ALL 2021 CONTRIBUTIONS MUST be placed in offering plate or delivered to the church office by the end of the day on December 31.  Donations made after this date will count towards 2022 contributions regardless of the date on the check.  Thank you!

POINSETTIAS ARE GIVEN:

          In loving memory of Duane & Buda Larson by Terry & Nancy Helmers and family.

          In loving memory of Vernon & Mark Beseke by Joyce Beseke.

          In loving memory of son, Kent Larson by Lee & Maren Larson.

          In loving memory of parents, William & Mary Gilbert by Michael & Bridget Kolander Gilbert.

          In loving memory of father, Rodney L. Kolander by Michael & Bridget Kolander Gilbert. 

          In loving memory of Mier & Marian Chozen by Brent & Terry Chozen; Shelly & Dan Condon family; and Blair Chozen.

          In loving memory of Keith & Velma Bush and Robin Anderson by Gary & Gayl Berkner.

          In loving memory of Leland Fransen by Evie Fransen and family.

          In loving memory of Lisa Koehler (Jan’s sister) by Steve & Jan Fransen.

          In loving memory of Verna Polz by Dave Polz.

          In loving memory of Teresa Polz by Dave Polz.

          In loving memory of Teresa Polz by Joshua, Kara, Braylan & Ryker Polz.

          In loving memory of Mary Ann Werner by Joshua, Kara, Braylan & Ryker Polz.

WORSHIP ASSISTANTS

Acolytes              

Communion          Corey Christopher,  Matt Benson, Jon Schmitt, Maren Larson,

Karen Zoch

Greeters                         

Scripture Reader            

Ushers                           

Soundboard          Steve Fransen 

Projectionist          Jan Fransen                   

Organist               Melynda Tracey             

MISSION STATEMENT

We come to meet Jesus and we want other people to meet Him, too.

MINISTERS: All Members of the Congregation

OUR SAVIOR’S LUTHERAN CHURCH

614 Logan Avenue – Jackson, MN 56143

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