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Raising Heirs of God - Luke 2:22-40
December 31, 2017


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Today in Worship - First Sunday After Christmas
Preacher, Worship Leader & Children's Message: Pastor Bob Liebmann
Elder: Dorwood Borgschulte

 
Welcoming One Another

Remembering Whose We Are
Leader: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.
All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Opening Song
"Lord I Lift Your Name On High"

Confession of Sin

Absolution

Songs of Praise
"Lead Me To The Rock"
"Son Of God"

First Reading
Galatians 4:4-7
4  But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law,
5  to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.
6  Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father."
7  So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

Children's Message

Sermon Scripture Reading
Luke 2:22-40
22  When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord
23  (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord" ),        
24  and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."
25  Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.
26  It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ.
27  Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,
28  Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29  "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.
30  For my eyes have seen your salvation,
31  which you have prepared in the sight of all people,
32  a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel."
33  The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34  Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
35  so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."
36  There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
37  and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.
38  Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.
39  When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.
40  And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

Sermon

Offering
"Offering"

In Whom Do We Believe? The Apostles' Creed
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 everlasting. 
Amen.

Prayers Of The Day

The Lord's Prayer
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.

Blessing

Sending Song
"Joy To The World! The Lord Is Come"