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Christmas Eve

Collect: Proper I

Remember, O Lord, what you have wrought in us (what you intend us to be) and not what we deserve; and, as you have called us to your service, make us worthy of our calling; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.

Isaiah 9:2-7 A hymn of thanksgiving. The prophet hails the one born to be ruler of his people.  His reign will end oppression and bring justice, righteousness, and lasting peace

Psalm 96 A song of praise to the Lord in which the whole heavens and earth are invited to join.

Titus 2:11-14 Two comings of Christ: first in his sacrificial ministry for all people and then the glory.  Disciples are enabled to free themselves from the ways of evil. Disciplined and eager to do good, they look forward to the fulfillment of the hope God has given to the world in Jesus.

Luke 2: 1-14 (15-20) The 1st coming: birth amid very humble human circumstances.  An Angel announces the joyful news of the Saviors birth.

Sermon preached at 11pm on Christmas Eve 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in McHenry, IL by the Reverend George F. Borghardt III. Merry Christmas!


Lectionary Readings for December 18

Emmanuel Sunday

14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman[a] shall conceive and bear[b] a son, and shall call his name Imman′u-el.  (Isaiah 7:14)

Collect: IV Advent

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

Isaiah 7:10-16 – the prophet insist that King Ahaz of Judah will receive a sign from God, whether he wants it or not, the sign of a young women bearing a son called, Emmanual.

Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 – A lament and a plea to the Lord, the shepherd of Israel, that God will turn away divine anger and restore the people.

Romans 1:1-7 – Paul greets the new disciples in Rome and summarizes the gospel message

Matthew 1:18-25 – the story of the birth of Jesus.

Two Sermons:

Homily-for-the-4th-sunday-of-advent   by Fr. Charles Irvin,  Senior Priest  Diocese of Lansing

The Son of Adam

Collect: 7th Sunday of the extended Advent Season

Eternal God, you do not abandon us in exile but hear our plea for return and rest: Visit us we pray with your presence and raise us to greet with hope and joy the promised day of salvation; through Jesus Christ, who with you and th4e Holy Spirit, lives and reigns now and forever. Amen

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, (Mathew 1:2)