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December 24th, 2021

Christmas Eve

Drive-In Worship

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PRELUDE

Noel (Grand Jeu et Duo)  (Louis-Claude Daquin)

From Heaven Above  (Johann Pachelbel)

What Child Is This  (Richard Purvis)

Joy to the World  (Craig Phillips)

GREETING

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world, the light no darkness can overcome.

May the grace and truth of Christ be with you.

And also with you.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

All may make the sign of the cross, the sign marked at baptism, as the presiding minister begins.
Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God,
who alone does wonders,
who lifts up the lowly,
who fills the hungry with good things.

Amen.

Let us confess our sin, trusting in the tender mercy of our God.
 

Silence is kept for reflection.


God for whom we wait,
in the presence of one another,
we confess our sin before you.
We fail in believing that your good news is for us.
We falter in our call to tend your creation.
We find our sense of self in material wealth.
We fear those different from ourselves.
We forget that we are your children
and turn away from your love.
Forgive us, Blessed One,
and assure us again of your saving grace.
Amen.


God, in Christ Jesus, has looked with favor upon you!
Through the power of the Holy Spirit,
☩ your sins are forgiven.
You are children of the Most High,
inheritors of the eternal promise,
and recipients of divine mercy.
God strengthens you anew to follow the way of peace.
Amen.

GREETING

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.

And also with you.

 

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Stir up your power, Lord Christ, and come. With your abundant grace and might, free us from the sin that binds us, that we may receive you in joy and serve you always, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

Amen.

FIRST READING: Micah 5:2-5a

The prophet Micah, having pronounced judgment upon Judah, speaks of a future shepherd-king who, like David, will come from the small town of Bethlehem. (Ephrathah refers to the area around Bethlehem.) This king will restore Israel and bring peace. New Testament writers understood this passage to be referring to Jesus.

A reading from Micah.


2But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,
  who are one of the little clans of Judah,
 from you shall come forth for me
  one who is to rule in Israel,
 whose origin is from of old,
  from ancient days.

3Therefore he shall give them up until the time
  when she who is in labor has brought forth;
 then the rest of his kindred shall return
  to the people of Israel.

4And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD,
  in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
 And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great
  to the ends of the earth;

5aand he shall be the one of peace. 

The word of the Lord.

     Thanks be to God.

PSALM: Luke1:46b-55

46And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness | of the Lord,

  47my spirit rejoices in | God my Savior,

48for you, Lord, have looked with favor on your | lowly servant.

  From this day all generations will | call me blessed:

49you, the Almighty, have done great | things for me

  and holy | is your name.

50You have mercy on | those who fear you,

  from generation to | generation.

51You have shown strength | with your arm

  and scattered the proud in | their conceit,

52casting down the mighty | from their thrones

  and lifting | up the lowly.

53You have filled the hungry | with good things

  and sent the rich | away empty.

54You have come to the aid of your | servant Israel,

  to remember the promise of mercy,

55the promise made | to our forebears,

  to Abraham and his children forever.

 

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION  O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (ELW #257, St. 7)

7)

O come, O King of nations, come,

O Cornerstone that binds in one:

refresh the hearts that long for you;

restore the broken, make us new.

Refrain

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

shall come to you, O Israel.

Text: Psalteriolum Cantionum Catholicarum, Köln, 1710; tr. composite

Text sts. 2, 6, 7 © 1997 Augsburg Fortress.

GOSPEL  Luke 1:39-45

Elizabeth, John’s mother, and Mary, the mother of Jesus, are two women filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. In Elizabeth’s inspired greeting and Mary’s song of praise we hear of a saving God who remembers, scatters, lifts up, and fulfills all things.

The holy gospel according to Luke, the first chapter.

   Glory to you, O Lord.

39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

The gospel of our Lord.

        Praise to you, O Christ.

SERMON    Pastor Tim Hansen

HYMN OF THE DAY   Canticle of the Turning (ELW #723)

My soul cries out with a joyful shout

that the God of my heart is great,

and my spirit sings of the wondrous things

that you bring to the ones who wait.

You fixed your sight on your servant's plight,

and my weakness you did not spurn,

so from east to west shall my name be blest.

Could the world be about to turn?

Refrain

My heart shall sing of the day you bring.

Let the fires of your justice burn.

Wipe away all tears, for the dawn draws near,

and the world is about to turn.

2)

Though I am small, my God, my all,

you work great things in me,

and your mercy will last from the depths of the past

to the end of the age to be.

Your very name puts the proud to shame,

and to those who would for you yearn,

you will show your might, put the strong to flight,

for the world is about to turn. Refrain

 

3)

From the halls of pow'r to the fortress tow'r,

not a stone will be left on stone.

Let the king beware for your justice tears

ev'ry tyrant from his throne.

The hungry poor shall weep no more,

for the food they can never earn;

there are tables spread, ev'ry mouth be fed,

for the world is about to turn. Refrain

4)

Though the nations rage from age to age,

we remember who holds us fast:

God's mercy must deliver us

from the conqueror's crushing grasp.

This saving word that our forebears heard

is the promise which holds us bound,

till the spear and rod can be crushed by God,

who is turning the world around. Refrain

 

Text: Rory Cooney, b. 1952, based on the Magnificat

Text © 1990 GIA Publications, Inc., 7404 S. Mason Ave., Chicago, IL 60638. www.giamusic.com.

800.442.3358. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Reprinted with permission under ONE LICENSE #A-736533

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

 

In this season of watching and waiting, let us pray for all people and places that yearn for God’s presence.

 

A brief silence.

 

…Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of new life, you come among us in the places we least expect. Receive these prayers and those of our hearts, in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

SHARING THE PEACE

The peace of the Lord be with you always.
  And also with you.

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Preface
It is indeed right…
…and join their unending hymn:


Sanctus

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WORDS OF INSTITUTION

In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave thanks;

broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it for all to drink, saying:

This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sin.

Do this for the remembrance of me.

Lord, remember us in your kingdom and teach us to pray:


THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven,
  hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
  your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

INVITATION

Come to Christ’s banquet. Feast on God’s gift of grace.

SHARING THE MEAL

TABLE BLESSING

May the body and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ strengthen you and keep you in his grace and peace.

Amen.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Most High God, you have come among us at this table.

By the Spirit’s power, form us to be bearers of your word,

sharing gifts of mercy and grace with all,

through Christ Jesus, our host and our guest.

Amen.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS
 

BLESSING

The God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing, so that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit, through Christ Jesus for whom we wait.

Amen.

 

DISMISSAL

Go in peace. Christ is near.

Thanks be to God.


POSTLUDE

     Savior of the Nations, Come (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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