9 am service

Nativity Lutheran Church 

The Christ Mass on the Nativity of Our Lord

Merry Christmas to all who come to worship with us at Nativity.

Our liturgy this evening is the special Eucharist from which we have the word Christmas. It is the Christ Mass, the incarnation of our Lord and Savior: in a holy manger in Bethlehem, in the Word of proclamation, in the sacrament of Holy Communion, and in our hearts as we take him into the world.

Ancient songs and ancient scripture combine with candles, carols, and bright array to tell the story of the Christ Child’s birth in the quiet of this special night. In the intimacy of this evening, we meditate by the manger. In awe, we adore him as the infant God and King.

Prelude                                      Sue Steiger, West Winds Quartet

 

Welcome

Unto us a child is born. Unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Mighty Counselor, the Prince of peace. O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he has done marvelous things. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen.

I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born 

this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

Hymn  O, Come, All Ye Faithful  #283

Special Music

Dialogue for Christmas

Blessed are you, O Christ, Son of God, you were before time began and came into the world to save us.

Blessed are you, Son of Righteousness, you shine with the Father’s love and illumine the whole universe.

Blessed are you, Son of Mary; born a child, you share our humanity. 

Let heaven and earth ring out their praise.

O Mystery of the Word made flesh, with all the voices of heaven, we celebrate your coming as our Savior.

Let all creation and the angels sing of your glory.

O Splendor of the Father’s Light, with all the creatures on earth we sing and dance at your birth.

Praise and honor and glory to you, O Incarnate Word.

Today the Christ is born.  Today a Savior has appeared. Today on earth Angels are singing, archangels are rejoicing.  Today the righteous exult and say, Glory to God in the highest.

Alleluia.

 

Prayer of the Day

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

 

 

 

First Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7

The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Hymn  Away in a Manger  #277

Gospel Lesson:  Luke 2:1-20

The Gospel of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.

Message 

Hymn of the Day  What Child is This? #296

Prayers of Intercession

The peace of the Lord be with you always.

And also with you.

(Greet one another (in a safe and socially distant manner)  in the name of the Lord, saying “Peace be with you”

 

 

Offering

Special Music                                              Jesu Bambino

Offertory Prayer

Let us pray.

Gracious God,

you came to us as one unknown,

bringing joy and salvation to the earth.

Nourish us at your banquet table,

that with all who welcome your birth

we may proclaim your peace,

revealed in Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Amen.

 

The Great Thanksgiving

The Lord be with you.

And with you his servant!

Oh, come, let us lift our hearts unto the Lord.

With hearts uplifted, thanks to Him we render, 

with joy we come before him,

in gratefulness implore Him,

 with thankful hearts adore him, 

evermore!

It is indeed right. . . we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

(to the tune of Hark the Herold Angels Sing)

Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord! 

God of hosts, by all adored!

Heaven and earth cannot contain, all the glory of Your name!

Hail, hosanna, God most high!  

Blest is He who now draws nigh.

In the name of God the King!  

Hallelujahs, glad we sing:

Hail, Hosanna!  

Praises due, be forever, Lord, to You!

The Words of Institution 

The Lord’s Prayer

And now as our Savior taught us, we are bold to say:

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

as we forgive those who sin against us. 

Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. 

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours,

now and forever.

Amen.

Communion

Special Music                                                               O, Holy Night

The true presence of our Lord Jesus Christ strengthen you

and keep you in his grace. 

 Amen.

Distribution of the Light

We light our candles and share the light with those near us, symbolizing the warmth and light of Christ gently entering the world.

Hymn                  Silent Night, Holy Night #281

Closing Prayer and Benediction

Let us pray. Almighty God and Father of Light, a child is born for us and a son is given to us. Your eternal Word leaped down from heaven in the silent watches of the night, and now your Church is filled with wonder and light at the nearness of our God. Open our hearts to receive his light and increase our vision with the rising of the dawn, that our lives may be filled with his glory and his peace.

Amen.

The almighty and incarnate God, Father, Son

and Holy Spirit bless you now and forever.

Amen

Closing Hymn   Joy to the World  #267

Dismissal

Go in peace. Share the gift of Jesus.

Thanks be to God! We Will!