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Joy to the World LSB #387

 

Invocation

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

 

Responsive Reading

L The Jesse Tree, Christ’s fam’ly tree,

C Points us the way to Jesus.

L From Eden down to Calvary,

C Our loving Savior frees us.  

L The promise is for you and me

C And points the way to Jesus.

 

Reading Isaiah 11:1–4, 10

1There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit.
2And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him,
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and might,
the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide disputes by what his ears hear,
4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

10In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel LSB #357

 

Christmas Meditation - Jesus, Jesse's Tree for All - Isaiah 11:1-4, 10


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Little Children, Can You Tell

 

Congregation sings the first stanza, then the children sing the last two stanzas.

 

2 Yes, we know the story well;
Listen now, and hear us tell
Every girl and every boy,
Why the angels sing for joy,
On the Christmas morning.

 

6 Joy our little hearts shall fill,
Peace and love, and all good-will;
This fair Babe of Bethlehem
Children loves, and blesses them
On the Christmas morning.

 

Reading Isaiah 9:6–7

6For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

What Hope! An Eden Prophesied LSB #342

 

Reading Genesis 3:1–6, 14–15

1Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.

14The Lord God said to the serpent,

“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and her offspring;
he shall bruise your head,
and you shall bruise his heel.”

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        When Eve and Adam took that bite,
God promised to make all things right.
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Apple ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

Now Eve and Adam were the first,
And through their sin, the world was cursed.
But by God’s love, these two were blessed,
And through their fruit, we, too, find rest.

 

Reading Genesis 9:8–13

8Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him, 9“Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you, 10and with every living creature that is with you, the birds, the livestock, and every beast of the earth with you, as many as came out of the ark; it is for every beast of the earth. 11I establish my covenant with you, that never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood, and never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.” 12And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: 13I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        God cleansed the world from evil sin;
        Another promise would begin.
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Rainbow ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

The world was sinful, mean, and bad.
The people made God very sad.
The waters made the world anew—
Like Noah’s fam’ly, me, and you!

 

Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord LSB #352

 

Reading Genesis 12:1–3

1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        God promised Abraham a son;
        His line would bring the Chosen One.
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Tent ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

To Abraham and Sarah now,
The Lord would give a special vow.
Their home would be the Promised Land
With children numbered as the sand.

 

Reading Genesis 22:6–8

6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So they went both of them together. 7And Isaac said to his father Abraham, “My father!” And he said, “Here am I, my son.” He said, “Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8Abraham said, “God will provide for himself the lamb for a burnt offering, my son.” So they went both of them together.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        Through Abr’am’s line came sacrifice;
        But it was God who paid the price!
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Ram ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

God’s promise of a son came true!
This joy—through Isaac—Sarah knew.
This boy—this gift—for Abraham
Was saved by God, who sent a ram.

 

What Child Is This LSB #370

 

Reading Genesis 28:10–14

10Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place to sleep. 12And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! 13And behold, the Lord stood above it and said, “I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. 14Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        When Jacob’s planning fell apart,
        God granted him a brand-new start.
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Ladder ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

Now Jacob always liked to scheme!
But far from home, he had a dream.
Though Jacob had to hide and flee,
He’d have a mighty fam’ly tree!

 

Reading Ruth 1:15–16

15And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        God helped Ruth follow faithfully;
        She’s now part of Christ’s family!
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Redeemer ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

At first, Ruth didn’t know the Word.
But through her marriage, she had heard
About the Lord, the one true God,
And in His ways, through life, she trod.

 

O Little Town of Bethlehem LSB #361

 

Reading 1 Samuel 16:1, 10–13

1The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.”

10And Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. And Samuel said to Jesse, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Are all your sons here?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, but behold, he is keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and get him, for we will not sit down till he comes here.” 12And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him, for this is he.” 13Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        Though Jesse’s son was frail and small,
        His offspring would be King of all!
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Crown ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

This David, shepherd, lowly boy,
Was blessed by God to sing with joy!
He ruled, he conquered—he still sinned—
But God still loved him to the end.

 

Reading 1 Kings 5:2–5

2And Solomon sent word to Hiram, 3“You know that David my father could not build a house for the name of the Lord his God because of the warfare with which his enemies surrounded him, until the Lord put them under the soles of his feet. 4But now the Lord my God has given me rest on every side. There is neither adversary nor misfortune. 5And so I intend to build a house for the name of the Lord my God, as the Lord said to David my father, ‘Your son, whom I will set on your throne in your place, shall build the house for my name.’

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        The temple of King Solomon
        Prepared God’s people for His Son.
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Temple ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

King Solomon had wisdom, fame,
A giant kingdom, wealth to claim.
So people traveled far to see
The gifts God gave abundantly!

 

Angels from the Realms of Glory LSB #367

 

Reading Luke 1:11–16

11And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. 16And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God,

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        Though dear Elizabeth was old,
        Her boy—a prophet—was foretold.
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The John ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

Messenger to Zechariah:
Time was near for the Messiah.
His son, John, would spread the story
Of God’s coming grace and glory!

 

Reading Matthew 3:1–6

1In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 3For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said,

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
make his paths straight.’”

4Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, 6and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        And God gave John the pow’r to say:
        “The Lord is near; prepare the way!”
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

The Baptismal Shell ornament is placed.

 

Recitation

John the Baptist by the river
Told of Jesus, true life-giver.
What a story! What a blessing!
What a joy to be confessing!

 

Gentle Mary Laid Her Child LSB #374

 

Reading Luke 1:26–33

26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

 

O Jesse Tree

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        The virgin Mary, servant blessed,
        Would raise a Son unlike the rest.
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        Joseph the carpenter was true;
        He cared for Jesus—Mary too!
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.

 

O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus.
God’s promise shows His love for all, and with His Son, He frees us!
        The promise of the Jesse Tree:
        Our Savior came for you and me.
O Jesse Tree—Christ’s fam’ly tree—point us the way to Jesus

 

The Mary, Joseph, and Jesus ornaments are placed.

 

Recitation

Young maiden Mary, mild and meek,
Would bear the child that prophets seek.
God’s loving favor came to rest
On Mary so that all are blessed.

 

Now Joseph, righteous, kind, and just,
Would look to God with awe and trust.
For he would raise the Chosen One—
Our Savior, Lord, God’s only Son!

 

Since Adam, Eve, and through the years—
Through sin and triumph, joy and tears—
God kept His Word, His family;
The Christ has come for you, for me!

 

God Loves Me Dearly LSB #392

 

The children sing the first three stanzas, the congregation joins for the final two.

1 God loves me dearly,
Grants me salvation,
God loves me dearly,
Loves even me. Refrain

 

ref Therefore I’ll say again:
God loves me dearly,
God loves me dearly,
Loves even me.

 

2 I was in slav’ry,
Sin, death, and darkness;
God’s love was working
To make me free. Refrain

 

3 He sent forth Jesus,
My dear Redeemer,
He sent forth Jesus
And set me free. Refrain

 

 

Apostles’ Creed

C I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

     maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,

     who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

     born of the virgin Mary,

     suffered under Pontius Pilate,

     was crucified, died and was buried.

     He descended into hell.

     The third day He rose again from the dead.

     He ascended into heaven

     and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

     From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

     the holy Christian Church,

          the communion of saints,

     the forgiveness of sins,

     the resurrection of the body,

     and the life T everlasting. Amen.

 

Responsive Reading

L The Jesse Tree, Christ’s fam’ly tree,

C Points us the way to Jesus.

L From Eden down to Calvary,

C Our loving Savior frees us.  

L The promise is for you and me

C And points the way to Jesus.

 

Prayers

 

Lord’s Prayer

C Our Father who art in heaven,

     hallowed be Thy name,

     Thy kingdom come,

     Thy will be done on earth

          as it is in heaven;

     give us this day our daily bread;

     and forgive us our trespasses

          as we forgive those

          who trespass against us;

     and lead us not into temptation,

     but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom

     and the power and the glory

     forever and ever. Amen.

 

Benediction

P Our promised Savior is born, and we are made children of God! The peace of the Father, the T Son, and the Holy Spirit be with you today and every day.

C Amen.

 

O Come, All Ye Faithful LSB #379

 

Acknowledgments

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