Christmas Eve

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Let us pray: “As daylight turns to night, we see the fading light, our evening hymn outpouring, Father of might unknown, Thee, His incarnate Son, and Holy Ghost adoring” (LSB 888, st. 2).  Amen.  “What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?” (LSB 370, st. 1).  “This is He whom seers in old time chanted of with one accord, whom the voices of the prophets promised in their faithful word” (LSB 384, st. 3).  “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 be borne for me, for you; Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the babe, the son of Mary!” (LSB 370, st. 2).  “All you, beneath your heavy load, by care and guilt bent low, who toil along a dreary way with painful steps and slow: Look up, for golden is the hour, come swiftly on the wing, the Prince was born to bring you peace; of Him the angels sing” (LSB 366, st. 3).  “He undertakes a great exchange, puts on our human frame, and in return gives us His realm, His glory, and His name” (LSB 389, st. 4).  “The infant Priest was holy born for us unholy and forlorn; from fleshly temple forth came He, anointed from eternity. … The holy Lamb undaunted came to God’s own altar lit with flame; while weeping angels hid their eyes, this Priest became a sacrifice.  But death would not the victor be of Him who hung upon the tree” (LSB 624, sts. 1, 3, 4).  “Since all He comes to ransom, by all be He adored, the infant born in Bethl’em, the Savior and the Lord” (LSB 383, st. 4).  “O ye heights of heav’n, adore Him; angel hosts, His praises sing.  Pow’rs, dominions, bow before Him and extol our God and King.  Let no tongue on earth be silent, ev’ry voice in concert ring” (LSB 384, st. 4).  “God with us is now residing, yonder shines the Infant Light.  Come and worship, come and worship; worship Christ, the newborn King” (LSB 367, st. 2, refrain).                         

“Saints before the altar bending, watching long in hope and fear, suddenly the Lord, descending, in His temple shall appear” (LSB 367, st. 4).  “All idols then shall perish and Satan’s lying cease, and Christ shall raise His scepter, decreeing endless peace” (LSB 383, st. 5).  “Come, Thou precious Ransom, come, only hope for sinful mortals!” (LSB 350, st. 1).  “Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight” (LSB 357, st. 6).  “Sin’s dreadful doom upon us lies; grim death looms fierce before our eyes.  O come, lead us with mighty hand from exile to our promised land” (LSB 355, st. 6).  “O come, Desire of nations, bind in one the hearts of all mankind; bid Thou our sad divisions cease, and be Thyself our King of Peace” (LSB 357, st. 7). “Bruise for me the serpent’s head that, set free from doubt and dread, I may cling to you in faith, safely kept through life and death” (LSB 352, st. 5).  “May Thy body, Lord, born of Mary, that our sins and sorrows did carry, and Thy blood for us plead in all trial, fear and need: O Lord, have mercy!” (LSB 617, st. 1).  “Hear!  The Conqueror has spoken: ‘Now the foe, sin and woe, death and hell are broken!’  God is man, man to deliver, and the Son now is one with our blood forever. … Softly from His lowly manger Jesus calls one and all, ‘You are safe from danger.  Children from the sins that grieve you, you are freed; all you need I will surely give you’” (LSB 360, sts. 2, 5).  “Sound the trumpet!  Tell the message: Christ, the Savior king, is come!” (LSB 511, refrain).  Amen. 

 — Pr. Timothy Winterstein, 12/15/09


One response to “Christmas Eve

  • Lisa Casserly

    I just had to say that I liked the novel approach to the sermon for Christmas Eve. I am amazed – though I don’t know why I should be – there is a huge store of Christmas music! – at the wonderful ways that Christmas music can be “cut and pasted” to make such a comprehensive message for a sermon. It kind of made you think a little harder about the message contained within all those songs.

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