Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Worship Schedule

Monday in the week of Advent 4
December 20, 2010

The Lord be with you

As with most Christian Churches, our schedule is full of worship services this week. This post will give you some information about these special services at Lamb of God. As I sit here writing these worship notes I am being bombarded by a barrage of so-called Christmas songs from the radio, piece after piece performed by individuals who, judging from their recordings, don’t have a clue about the true meaning of Christmas. Join us and rejoice in the real meaning of Christmas, God’s saving action.

Wednesday, December 22

This is our final Advent worship service for the year. We will again have two services, one at 12:15 and a second at 7:00 PM. The message, based on Luke 2:24-35, is titled “Simeon’s Song.”

12:15 PM
Liturgy: Responsive Prayer I (page 282) (Spoken)
Hymn: “Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace,” (LSB 937)

7:00 PM
Liturgy: Evening Prayer (page 243) (sung)
Hymns: “Savior of the Nations, Come,” (LSB 332); “Lord, Bid Your Servant Go in Peace,” (LSB 937); “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” (LSB 367)

Also on Wednesday
We will have our Soup Supper, beginning at 6:15 PM
The evening worship service will be followed by our choir practice.

Friday, December 24 – Christmas Eve
We will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service at 7:00 PM. We will be using a specially designed liturgy which accents the light/darkness theme of the season. The message is titled “A Christmas Story.” No, it is not about the book/TV special with the same title. I promise no references to bb guns or boys getting their tongues stuck to lampposts. Our choir has prepared two special pieces.
Hymns: “Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel,” (LSB 357); “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful,” (LSB 379); “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” (LSB 380), “Silent Night, Holy Night,” (LSB 363)

Saturday, December 25 – Christmas Day
At Lamb of God we have a Christmas Day service at 10:00 AM. Once again we have a special liturgy. This is a service of Carols and Communion. Instead of a single homily, I give a series of short homiletical introductions to each of the hymns we sing. Pastor Schuette, one of Lamb of God’s former pastors, used to do this. He had gone to be with the Lord before I arrived, but his wife was still with us. She told me about this tradition, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Hymns: “It Came upon the Midnight Clear,” (LSB 366); “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child,” (LSB 374); “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” (LSB 379); “Go, Tell It on the Mountain,” (LSB 388)

May the Lord bless the end of your Advent season, as we look forward to the Christmas season (which begins December 25).

Pastor John Rickert

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