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1 Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church Sunday, December 24, 2017 Christmas Eve 9:00am Pastor Michael P. Sullivan (Church Office) (Cell)

2 Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod 1000 Wisconsin Ave Kewaunee, WI Sunday Worship 9:00am Monday Worship 6:30pm OUR MISSION IS TO SHARE THE TIMELESS MESSAGE OF SALVATION IN LOVE AND TO SHOW OUR FAITH IN WORDS AND ACTIONS. Welcome We welcome you to this hour of worship and pray that this time together might be a blessing for all of us. Large print hymnals and hearing impaired receiver units are available in the Narthex by the bulletin board. Just ask an usher. We are also equipped with a Hearing Loop System that can be used with hearing aids featuring a t-coil. If you are a resident of this area and have no church home, we invite you to give consideration to Immanuel. Please worship with us again! We ask that everyone in attendance please take the time to sign our Friendship Register. These red folders can be found in each pew. Thanks! Hearing Loop System We are pleased to offer a Hearing Loop system to aid members & guests with hearing loss. If you wear hearing aids with a telecoil (T-coil), the system will either automatically amplify the sound or you may need to turn that function on. If you do not wear hearing aids or your hearing aids are not equipped with the T-coil, please ask an usher for a headset. If you experience problems with the hearing loop receivers, please ask an usher for help. A Christmas Service of Nine Lessons and Carols Invocation M: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. C: Amen. M: We light four Advent candles remembering Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Mary. He came to share our humanity. C: We remember Jesus, whose name means Savior. He came to save his people from their sins. M: We hear his call to give him a place in our hearts. C: We light four Advent candles as a sign of our joy and hope. M: Come, Lord Jesus, be our guest. C: Through your Word and Spirit may our souls be blessed.

3 Prayer of the Day M: Let us pray: C: Amen Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true light. Grant that as we have known on earth the wonder of that light, we may also behold him in all his glory in the life to come; through your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Four Advent candles are lit.) Opening CW 42:1-2, 5 Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising Devotion Galatians 4:4-5 CW 35:1-2 Of The Father s Love Begotten The First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-19 The first promise of a Savior and earthly consequences of the fall into sin. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (verses 1) God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay, Remember Christ our Savior Was born on Christmas Day; To save us all from Satan's power When we were gone astray. O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy! The Second Lesson: Genesis 22:15-18 The LORD promises Abraham a descendant through whom all nations will be blessed.

4 CW 50:1-2 Once in Royal David s City The Third Lesson: Isaiah 9:2,6-7 Isaiah prophesies the birth of the Savior to whom divine names are ascribed. CW 90:1-3 The People That in Darkness Sat The Fourth Lesson: Micah 5:2-4 Micah prophesies that the Messiah will come from Bethlehem. CW 65 O Little Town of Bethlehem The Fifth Lesson: Matthew 1:18-25 The annunciation to Joseph Choir: How Quietly The Sixth Lesson : Luke 2:1-7 The birth of our Savior CW 60 Silent Night, Holy Night (Verse 1 will be sung in German as a solo. The congregation is invited to sing verses 2 & 3 in English)

5 The Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:8-20 The Shepherds worship Jesus CW 63 :1,3 Angels We Have Heard On High The Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-12 The Magi worship Jesus CW 83:1-2 As With Gladness Men of Old M This is the Word of the Lord. The Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14 John describes the mystery of Christ s incarnation CW 61 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (The Christmas offering is gathered) Confession of Faith I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead. What does this mean? I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and won me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death.

6 All this he did that I should be his own, and live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he has risen from death and lives and rules eternally. This is most certainly true. Prayer M: Oh gracious and almighty Father, we praise you that you kept your ancient promises by sending your everlasting Son in human flesh. C: On this holy night, receive our thanks and devotion, our songs and prayers. M: You sent Jesus as a lowly child to demonstrate your concern for all, the weak and lonely, the troubled and frightened, the timid and helpless. No one is overlooked by your ever-seeking eyes. No one is excluded from your upholding arms. No one is denied the comfort and help of your outstretched hand. C: Bless us with a childlike faith in the divine assurance that you love and care for us always. M: You sent Jesus as the Savior of the world to deliver all from the curse of sin, the power of death, and the torment of hell. He took our place. He was born under the law to set us free. He became the innocent lamb of sacrifice. He came to die and rise again in order that we might live eternally. Firmly implant this good news in our hearts, and fill us with an eager desire to spread the Word concerning what we have heard tonight. C: May all who hear the message, in every nation under heaven, be amazed and believe what is told them about the child. M: You sent Jesus as the Light of the world to drive out all darkness that would rob us of the full life that you intend for us. May the joy that will be for all people be our joy. May the peace on earth to all on whom his favor rests be our peace. May the treasure that Mary pondered in her heart be our treasure. C: For today in the town of David, a Savior has been born to us. He is Christ, the Lord. Amen. 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 M: May he who by his incarnation gathered things earthly and heavenly into one, fill us with such joy that comes with the knowledge of the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life. And the blessing of God Almighty the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be upon you and remain with you always. C: Amen.

7 CW 62 Joy To The World Children s Bulletins Available! Children s Worship Bulletins are available in the Narthex. Worship Service Dvd s The A/V committee makes DVD copies of each service and they are available in the Narthex. Please take one and share it with a family member or friend. Little Lambs is a free playgroup for children ages 0-5 and a caregiver. The Winter Session starts on January 9th. For more info, join us on Facebook at Little Lambs Kewaunee, Wisconsin Stewardships Attendance Last Weekend: 127/23 Received for Budget Last Week: $6, or 134% Needed Weekly for Budget: $4, Sunday School Mission Collection: $12.75 December ALMS to Date: $ Stained Glass Window Fund: Cash donations of $550 were received this past week. December Alms Recipient WELS Women s Ministry Motivated solely by the gospel, WELS Women s Ministry exists to assist our congregations in nurturing, encouraging and equipping women to faithfully and fully use their God-given gifts to glorify God. Christmas Worship Schedule Christmas Eve Worship Sunday, December 24 th at 9:00am Children s Service Sunday, December 24 th at 4:00pm Christmas Day Worship Monday, December 25 th at 9:00am New Year s Eve Worship Sunday, December 31 st at 9:00am Monday Night Worship will be held on January 1 st at 6:30pm Calendar Updates There will be no Tuesday Bible class until 1/9/2018. There will be no confirmation on 12/27. There will be no Sunday Bible class on the 24 th or 31 st. Church Pictures Please see Glenn or Ann Brunner today if you opted to not order pictures and only receive your complimentary 8x10. Those were shipped to the church in one package. Thanks! Church Greeters Dick Stuebs is updating the Greeter list for Please contact him at if you would like to be a greeter or make changes for 2018.

8 NEW Bible Information Class We are going to start a new Bible Information Class called Paul and Luther. This unique class combines the entire New Testament book of Romans and Luther s Small Catechism. It is open to all (members and non-members alike). Non-members who complete this class will have the opportunity to become members of Immanuel. The class will meet Sundays at 4pm, starting January 7th. Please bring a small empty binder for the handouts. OWLS Organization of Wisconsin Lutheran Seniors invites everyone 55+ to join our organization. OWLS meets at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Kewaunee the first Tuesday of most months. We meet in the Immanuel Fellowship Hall at 12:30. We invite you to join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, January 2, Questions may be directed to Carol Krueger at Pastor Johannes Retirement Please invite your congregation to join us as we celebrate the ministry of Pastor Robert Johannes on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church, 325 Randolph Street, Mishicot. 9:00AM Sunday Service with Communion Pastor Johannes preaching. 10:15AM Reception after church in the east narthex. Please join us to thank Pastor for his many years of service to the Lord and to us. Birthdays: (24) Jesus; Greg Gretz; (25) Merrie Novak; (29) Haylie Novak; (30) Aidan Gretz, Lois J. Siegmund, Makayla Stauber. Organist: Greeters: December 24: December 25: December 31: December Altar Guild: Tonya Fenendael (9:00am) Lois J Siegmund & LaVerne Dax (4:00pm) Glenn & Ann Brunner Dave Doden & Dick Stuebs Jeff & Rachel Christian Kathy Gerdmann, Mari Fager, Sandy Hlinak Secretary: Julie Siegmund: Bible Class Opportunities at Immanuel Sunday Morning: 8:00am Sunday Bible Information Class: 4:00pm Tuesday Morning: 9:00am December IMMANUEL S CALENDAR S (24) 9:00am Christmas Eve Worship Service 4:00pm Children s Christmas Program M (25) 9:00am Christmas Day Worship Service T (26) NO Bible Class W (27) NO Confirmation Class S (31) 9:00am New Year s Eve Worship Service January M (1) 6:30pm Worship Service

9 T (2) NO Bible Class 12:30pm OWLS Meeting W (3) 6:00pm Confirmation Class SA (6) 8:00am Coffee with Christ Women s Bible Study S (7) 7:45am Sunday School 8:00am Bible Class 9:00am Worship Service w/communion 4:00pm NEW Bible Information Class l.

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