Monday, December 1, 2014

Worship Notes for the first Wednesday of Advent

Monday after the First Sunday of Advent
December 1, 2014

The Lord be with you

This coming Wednesday we will gather for our first mid-week Advent service. We will be using Evening Prayer (page 243) for our liturgy. There will be three services (December 3, 10 & 17). Each service will be preceded by a soup supper that begins at 6:15 pm. Following the services the choir will rehearse.

The theme of the homily series is “The Meaning of Christmas is …” The homily schedule is:
December 3: The Meaning of Christmas is Love
December 10: The Meaning of Christmas is Family
December 17: The Meaning of Christmas is Giving

The Christmas story, as we have come to know and love it, is drawn from the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. As part of this year’s scripture lessons, we will hear those texts. The lessons for this Wednesday, then, are Luke 2:1-21 (Christmas story), John 3:16-21 and Psalm 141:1-4, 8. The opening hymn will be “Of the Father’s Love Begotten (LSB 352). The homily hymn is actually from Lutheran Worship. It is one of the hymns that didn’t make it to Lutheran Service Book. It is “Love Came Down at Christmas” (LW 46). The words are printed in the worship bulletin. The closing hymn will be “God Loves Me Dearly” (LSB 392).

Below is a video of a children’s choir singing “Love Came Down at Christmas.”

Blessings in Christ,
Pastor Rickert

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