Christmas Day – John 1:14 – The Word Became Flesh!

Christmas Day – John 1:14 – The Word Became Flesh!

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Choir:         “A Sequence of Christmas Carols”
OPENING HYMN: # 66                                                  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
INVOCATION
CHRISTMAS LITANY
THE PRAYER OF THE DAY
THE WORD OF GOD
THE FIRST LESSON                                                                       Isaiah 52:7-10
HYMN RESPONSE: # 61                                     “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
SECOND LESSON                                                                               Hebrews 1:1-9
GOSPEL LESSON                                                                                    John 1:1-14
SERMON HYMN: # 35 (sing vs 1,3, & 5)         “Of the Father’s Love Begotten”  
THE SERMON:                                        John 1:14 – The Word Became Flesh!
THE RESPONSE TO THE SERMON: #49     “Rejoice, Rejoice This Happy Morn”
THE PRAYERS
THE HYMN: # 54                                       “Where Shepherds Lately Knelt”
THE CLOSING PRAYER
THE BLESSING
THE CLOSING HYMN: # 38                      “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”

The Season of Christmas
For many, Christmas is about what is cute and trite and trivial. But there is nothing trite or trivial in what has happened today! The deepest lowliness into which Christ was born is but the mask for the greatest glory – the glory of him who came to be our Savior! In spirit we fall on our knees as did the shepherds to worship and adore the Child, the incarnate Son of God! We have come here this morning in search of Jesus, and we will find him revealed in sacred Scripture. With the saints and angels in glory we sing his praises for keeping his promise to come to sinners and to win for us a place in his eternal kingdom!

The Festival of the Nativity
Nativus is Latin for “birth.” By the fourth century, the early Christian Church had set December 25th as the day to celebrate the birth of Christ. Along with Easter, it quickly became one of the major celebrations in the Church Year. For many years the Christian church celebrated the Lord’s Supper on this day. This is seen in the word Christmas, which is simply short for “Christ’s Mass.”