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Transcript: Many churches still ring their church bells and hold prayers in the evening; for example, the Nordic Lutheran churches. CHRISTMAS EVE Christmas Day is observed around the world, and Christmas Eve is widely observed as a full or partial holiday in anticipation of Christmas Day. Together, both days are considered one of the most culturally significant celebrations in Christendom and Western society. Many other varying cultural traditions and experiences are also associated with Christmas Eve around the world, including the gathering of family and friends, the singing of Christmas carols, the illumination and enjoyment of Christmas lights, trees, and other decorations, the wrapping, exchange and opening of gifts, and general preparation for Christmas Day. Legendary Christmas gift-bearing figures including Santa Claus, Father Christmas HAPPY THANKS Since tradition holds that Jesus was born at night (based in Luke 2:6-8), Midnight Mass is celebrated on Christmas Eve, traditionally at midnight, in commemoration of his birth. Christmas celebrations in the denominations of Western Christianity have long begun on the night of the 24th, due in part to the Christian liturgical day starting at sunset,a practice inherited from Jewish tradition and based on the story of Creation in the Book of Genesis: "And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day. Christmas Eve is the evening or entire day preceding Christmas Day, the festival commemorating the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

Christmas Eve

Transcript: The Word Incarnate O Come, All Ye Faithful pg. 363 Old Testament: Ezekiel 3:1-11 (Instrumental Interlude) Epistle: Galatians 4:4-7 (Alleluia Verse) Nicene Creed Prayer of the Day Hymnal, pg 379 Pastor: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. People: He was with God in the beginning. Pastor: All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. People:The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Pastor: The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. People: He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. Pastor: He came to his own and his own people did not receive him. People: But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. Pastor: The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, People: And we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. Scripture S E R M O N Once in Royal David's City (bulletin) John 1:1-4, 9-14 The Lord's Supper Closing Recession LSB 362 Hymn 1 - 364; Hymn 2 - 370 Gospel Lesson: LSB 376 Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen. Confession & Absolution Silent Night O Sing of Christ Christmas Eve Responsive Prayer The Word became flesh Closing: (When the cross and liturgists have arrived at the back of the sanctuary, feel free to wish one another a very merry Christmas and depart in His peace!) Offering & Prayer John 1:1-18

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