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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15, 2019                    3rd SUNDAY IN ADVENT
PASTOR:  Rev. Harry M. Krolus
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The Savior’s birth is second in importance only to His resurrection on Easter Sunday.  During Christmas and its season, Christians take time to reflect on God’s great and gracious gift of Himself.
Begins the fourth Sunday before December 25, or the Sunday closest to St. Andrew (November 30).  
Ends with midday prayer on December 24.
The calendar of the Church begins with Advent (from Latin adventus, which means “coming into”), a four-week period of preparation before Christmas.  The story of Jesus in Advent is the story of hope coming into the world.  When the time was just right, God sent His Son, Jesus, into the world.  The Advent season teaches us to prepare to receive Jesus, the hope of the world.
It has become common to use an Advent wreath to mark the season.  An Advent wreath has four candles one for each week in Advent.  As these candles are lit each week, our anticipation mounts as we look forward to Jesus’ coming.                             -TREASURY OF DAILY PRAYER (9)

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: 358 “From Heaven Above To Earth I Come”
"From heaven above to earth I come
To bear good news to every home;
Glad tidings of great joy I bring,
Whereof I now will say and sing:

"To you this night is born a child
Of Mary, chosen virgin mild;
This little child, of lowly birth,
Shall be the joy of all the earth.

"This is the Christ, our God and Lord,
Who in all need shall aid afford;
He will Himself your Savior be
From all your sins to set you free.

Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto us His Son hath given!
While angels sing with pious mirth
A glad new year to all the earth.

P. We begin in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

C. Amen.

P.    Come, let us celebrate God’s gifts in this joyous season.

C.    Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above.

P.    Come, let us worship the Father, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

C.    O come, let us adore him!

P.    Come, let us humble ourselves before the Lord, recognizing that we live in the darkness of our own sin, undeserving of his gifts.

C.    Lord, have mercy on us.

P.    Come and rejoice. The true light, which gives light to everyone, has come into the world.

C.    From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace already given.

P.    Come, let us adore him,

C.    Christ the Lord, our good and perfect gift sent from above.

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.)

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.

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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.


“From The Beginning - A Christmas Story”

384 “Of The Fathers’ Love Begotten”
 Of the Father's love begotten,
Ere the worlds began to be,
He is Alpha and Omega,
He the source, the ending He,
Of the things that are, that have been,
And that future years shall see,
Evermore and evermore!

O that birth forever blessed,
When the Virgin, full of grace,
By the Holy Ghost conceiving,
Bare the Savior of our race;
And the Babe, the world's Redeemer,
First revealed His sacred face,
Evermore and evermore!

357 “O Come, O 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 Key of David, come And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high.  And close the path to misery.
Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel

361 “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”
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.

368 “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. (Ref.)

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be,
Which inspire your heavenly song? (Ref.)

Refrain: Gloria in excelsis Deo
               Gloria in excelsis Deo

370 “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!

Why lies he in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian fear; for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spear shall pierce him through,
The cross he bore for me, for you;
Hail, hail the Word made flesh,
The babe, the son of Mary!

386 “Now Sing We, Now Rejoice”
Now sing we, now rejoice        
Now raise to heaven our voice;
He from whom joy streameth
Poor in a manger lies;
Not so brightly beameth
The sun in yonder skies.
Thou my Savior art!
Thou my Savior art!

Oh, where shall joy be found?
Where but on heavenly ground?
Where the angels singing
With all His saints unite,
Sweetest praises bringing
In heavenly joy and light.
Oh, that we were there!
Oh, that we were there!


P.    Dearest Jesus, thank you for the endless flow of blessings you give us each day. Thank you especially for the gift of salvation that you secured for us on the cross where you died for our sins. Send us now with the same eagerness the shepherds had, to tell the Good
    News to our families, friends and neighbors, so that many may share in your good gifts of salvation and life. In your name we pray.

C. Amen.

(Little children recite rhyme.)
I know this gift from heaven above The gift that comes from God’s great love. He is the Christ—God’s Chosen One, Who brings true hope for everyone.

P.    Now go, led by the Light of Christ Jesus, overflowing with joy because you belong to him, abiding in his peace that casts out all fear, certain of the forgiveness of all your sins, and filled with hope because you are alive with Christ now, and for eternity.

C. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN: 380 “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 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 as Man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel! 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 man no more may die, Born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!

We want to extend a word of thanks to everyone involved in our program this year. They did a most excellent job!

Saturday, December 21, 2019
Christmas Caroling & Cookie Exchange at 5:00 PM

Sunday, December 22, 2019 - 4th Sunday In Advent
Worship at 10:00 AM
(One Service Only)

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 - Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve Choral Candlelight Service at 7:30 PM

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 - Christmas Day
Christmas Day Worship Service at 10:00 AM
(One Service Only)

Sunday, December 29, 2019 - 1st Sunday After Christmas
Worship at 10:00 AM
(One Service Only)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019  – New Year’s Eve
Worship at 7:30 PM