Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church
1300 Mansfield Street
Chippewa Falls, WI 54729
715-723-6048
Office Hours: M-Th, 8a.m.-4p.m.

12-27-2020 (Christmas 1)

**Today’s service is provided by the staff at the Synod office of the Northwest Synod of Wisconsin**

WELCOME

GATHERING SONG

“It Came Upon The Midnight Clear”

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,

from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold:

“Peace on the earth, good will to all, from heav’n’s all-gracious king.”

The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

 

Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled,

and still their heav’nly music floats o’er all the weary world.

Above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hov’ring wing,

and ever o’er its babel sounds the blessed angels sing.

 

And you, beneath life’s crushing load, whose forms are bending low,

who toil along the climbing way with painful steps and slow:

look now, for glad and golden hours come swiftly on the wing;

oh, rest beside the weary road and hear the angels sing!

 

For lo! The days are hast’ning on, by prophets seen of old,

when with the ever-circling years shall come the time foretold,

when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling,

and all the world give back the song which now the angels sing.

CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

P: Mary accepted your call to be the mother of Jesus.
C: Forgive our lack of faith and trust.
P: Your Son was born in the poverty of a stable.
C: Forgive our neglect of the poor.
P: The shepherds left their flocks and went to Bethlehem.
C: Forgive our selfishness and complacency.
P: With great joy the angels proclaimed, “Do not fear. For I bring you good news of great joy. Today is born a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
In ☩ Jesus, who is Savior, Christ, and Lord, our sins are forgiven. May you know the peace which the
angels sang from the heavens. Indeed, God’s forgiveness is good news of great joy!
C: Amen.

GREETING

P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God sent from heaven above, be with you all.
C: And also with you.

PRAYER OF THE DAY

P: Incarnate God, during this Christmas season we give you thanks for sending your Son to bring light to our darkness. Grant that we, like the angels over Bethlehem, may sing your praises in our hearts and lives.
C: Amen.

SPECIAL MUSIC

“Away In A Manger”

FIRST READING – Isaiah 61:10-62:3

10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.

62:1For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
and her salvation like a burning torch.
2The nations shall see your vindication,
and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

PSALM 148

1Hallelujah! Praise the Lordfrom the heavens;
praise God in the heights.
2Praise the Lord, all you angels;
sing praise, all you hosts of heaven.
3Praise the Lord, sun and moon;
sing praise, all you shining stars.
4Praise the Lord, heaven of heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.
5Let them praise the name of the Lord,
who commanded, and they were created,
6who made them stand fast forever and ever,
giving them a law that shall not pass away.
7Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps;
8fire and hail, snow and fog,
tempestuous wind, doing God’s will;
9mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars;
10wild beasts and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds;
11sovereigns of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the world;
12young men and maidens,
old and young together.
13Let them praise the name of the Lord,
whose name only is exalted, whose splendor is over earth and heaven.
14The Lord has raised up strength for the people and praise for all faithful servants,
the children of Israel, a people who are near the Lord. Hallelujah!

SECOND READING – Galatians 4:4-7

4When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

HOLY GOSPEL – Luke 2:22-40

22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, [Joseph and Mary] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23(as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord”), 24and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”
25Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
29“Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
30for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.”
33And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
36There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

SERMON – Bishop Laurie Skow-Anderson

SONG – Now That I’ve Held Him In My Arms

That old man in the temple Waiting in the court
Waiting for the answer to a promise And all at once he sees them
In the morning sunshine A couple come and carry in a baby

Chorus
Now that I’ve held Him in my arms My life can now come to an end
Let Your servant now depart in peace Cause I’ve seen Your salvation
He’s the Light of the Gentiles And the glory of His people Israel

Mary and the baby come And in her hand five shekels
The price to redeem her baby boy The baby softly cooing
Nestled in her arms Simeon takes the boy and starts to sing Chorus

Now’s the time to take Him in your arms Your life will never come to an end
He’s the only way that you’ll find peace He’ll give you salvation cause
He’s the Light of the Gentiles And the glory of His people Israel

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

P: Gracious God, you come from heaven above into the midst of our world.
C: Fill our hearts with the joy of the angels at your birth.
P: You come from heaven above to the lowliest of human conditions.
C: Watch over those in need, the sick, the hungry, the grieving.
P: You come from heaven above to walk the way of the cross.
C: Guide us to follow your path of forgiveness, mercy, and peace.
P: You come from heaven above to become flesh and live among us.
C: May we see your glory, full of grace and truth.
Amen.

OFFERING

SPECIAL MUSIC

OFFERING PRAYER

P: 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.
C: Amen.

INVITATION TO COMMUNION

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

P: O Lord our God, we give you thanks for the gifts of bread and wine, the body and blood of your Son, Jesus Christ. Send us out into your world to proclaim with joy:

C: Glory to God in highest heaven, who unto us the Son has given. Amen.

BLESSING

DISMISSAL

P: Go in peace. Share the gift of Jesus.
C: Thanks be to God.

SENDING SONG – Still, Still, Still

Still, still, still, One can hear the falling snow.
For all is hushed, The world is sleeping,
Holy Star its vigil keeping.
Still, still, still, One can hear the falling snow.

Sleep, sleep, sleep, ‘Tis the eve of our Saviour’s birth.
The night is peaceful all around you, Close your eyes,
Let sleep surround you.
Sleep, sleep, sleep, ‘Tis the eve of our Saviour’s birth.

Dream, dream, dream, Of the joyous day to come.
While guardian angels without number,
Watch you as you sweetly slumber.
Dream, dream, dream, Of the joyous day to come.