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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021                   3rd SUNDAY OF ADVENT
CHRIST THE KING LUTHERAN CHURCH
CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PROGRAM
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry M. Krolus
CHURCH:  410-356-3400                         CELL: 410-707-7663
SCHOOL:  410-356-3488                        
Church email:  ctklclcms@yahoo.com
Church Web Site:  ctklchurch.org      
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WORDS OF WELCOME
P. Welcome to our Children’s Program for Christmas.  Today our children are helping us begin our celebration of the most wonderful birthday of all -- the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  We begin our worship and program in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

OPENING HYMN: 366 “It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”
It  came upon the midnight clear
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to all,
From heav’n’s all gracious king.”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heav’nly music floats
O’er all the weary world.
Above Its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hov’ring wing,
And  ever o’er its babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

INVOCATION
P. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come and kept his word to set his people free!

C. He has kept his promise to our fathers in his holy covenant and raised up for us from the house of David the stunning salvation he promised by his prophets long ago.

P. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come and kept his word to set his people free!

C. Free from all who hate us, everyone or everything that would oppose us; free to serve him fearlessly and faithfully and righteously each day that we live in his presence.

P. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come and kept his word to set his people free!

C. Now we see the brilliant dawning of his great salvation: sins forgiven by his mercy, peace to guide us on our way, and even death itself made bright with his eternal light!

P. Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has come and kept his word to set his people free!

C. Glory 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 LIGHTING OF THE SHEPHERD’S CANDLE
P. The shepherds heard the Good News that the Savior was born; and then went and saw him for themselves.

C. After seeing their Savior, the shepherds were filled with great joy and told everyone who would listen all that they had heard and seen.
(The Shepherd’s Candle is now lit.)

RESPONSIVE PRAYER
P. Children bring unrestrained joy and excitement to the days of Christmas.

C. Thank you God, for children.

P. Their eyes and hearts remind us that this is the birthday for celebration every day of our lives.

C. Thank you God, for children.

P. Their simple faith renews and reaffirms our faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior.

C. Thank you God, for children.

 P. Their discovery is our rediscovery.

C. Thank you God, for children.

P. Children are important to Jesus.  They are important to us.  They restore our joy and wonder.  Let us be as children today and worship with fresh enthusiasm and joy without restraint.

THE OFFERING

AN OFFERING SONG (783)
Take my life, that I may be consecrated, Lord, to thee;
Take my moments and my days; let them flow in ceaseless praise.
Take my silver and my gold, not a mite would I withhold;
Take my intellect, and use every pow’r as thou shalt choose.

PROCESSIONAL  HYMN:  “O Come Little Children”
O come, little children, O come, one and all,
To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small.  
God’s Son for a gift has been sent you this night  
To be your Redeemer, your Joy and Delight.

He’s born in a stable for you and for me,
Draw near by the bright gleaming starlight to see,
In swaddling clothes lying, so meek and so mild,
And purer than angels, the heavenly Child.

Kneel down and adore Him with shepherds today,
Lift up little hands now and praise Him as they,
Rejoice that a Savior from sin you can boast,
And join in the song of the heavenly host.
 

“Christmas In Genesis”
CAROLS SUNG DURING THE PRESENTATION
"Away In A Manger"  (364)
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the 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 thee 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 take us to heaven to live with you there.

"O Little Town Of Bethlehem” (361)
O little town of Bethlehem, How still we see the lie!
Above thy deep And dream-less sleep The silent stars go by;
Yet in the darkness 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, and 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 all the earth.

"The First Noel”
The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

This star drew nigh to the northwest,
O’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel, Born is the King of Israel.

"We Three Kings"
We three Kings of Orient are, Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain, moor and mountain, Following yonder star.

Chorus:
O Star of wonder, Star of night, Star of royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, Guide us to Thy perfect light.

Born a Babe on Bethlehem’s plain, Gold we bring to crown Him again,
King forever, ceasing never, Over us all to reign.  (Chorus)

“It Came Upon  The Midnight Clear” (366)
It  came upon the midnight clear
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to all,
From heav’n’s all gracious king.”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heav’nly music floats
O’er all the weary world.
Above Its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hov’ring wing,
And  ever o’er its babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

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PRAYER
O Lord, our heavenly Father, Almighty and Everlasting God, grant that the words and music we have heard this day with our outward ears may, through your grace, touch our inward hearts so we may forever keep Christmas as a celebration of the most wonderful birthday of all - the birthday of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.  Amen.

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.

THE BENEDICTION
P. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: “Let Us All With Gladsome Voice” (390)
Let us all with gladsome voice Praise the God of heaven,
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice, His own Son hath given.

To this vale of tears He comes, Here to serve in sadness,
That with Him in heav’n’s fair homes We may reign in gladness.

We are rich, for He was poor; Is not this a wonder?
Therefore praise God evermore Here on earth and yonder.


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We want to extend a word of thanks to everyone involved in our program this year who did such a wonderful job!
CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
Wednesday, December 15th
 Mid-Week Advent Worship/Devotion at 7:00 PM

Sunday, December 19 - Fourth Sunday in Advent
Worship at 10:30 AM  

Friday, December 24th - Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Choral Candlelight Service at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 25th - Christmas Day
Christmas Day Worship Service at 10:30 AM

Sunday, December 26th - First Sunday After Christmas
Worship at 10:30 AM

Friday, December 31st - New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve Service at 7:30 PM

 
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