December 23, 2018 

December 23, 2018

Order of Worship

Fourth Sunday of Advent / A Capital C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S

At the ringing of the bell, please observe a moment of silence


Welcome and Reminders


Confession and Forgiveness

Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the Lord of Israel who comes to set us free, the mighty Savior who comes to show mercy, the Dawn from on high who guides us into peace. Amen.


Let us come before God in confession.

Silence for reflection.

To you, O God, we lift up our souls. You know us through and through; we confess our sins to you. Remember not our sins; remember us with your steadfast love. Show us your ways; teach us your paths; and lead us in justice and truth, for the sake of your goodness in Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


Children of God, come with joy and draw water from the well of salvation. Remember the gift of baptism: your sin is washed away in the name of ☩ Jesus; you belong to Christ;

you are anointed to serve. Stand up and raise your heads! The reign of God is near. Amen.


Gathering Song – O Come, All Ye Faithful, ELW 283



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.


Kyrie p. 138


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

Response at the conclusion of the reading:

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Psalm 80:1-7

1Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, leading Joseph like a flock;
  shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim.
2In the presence of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh,
stir up your strength and come to help us. 
3Restore us, O God;
  let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved.
4O Lord God of hosts,
how long will your anger fume when your people pray?
5You have fed them with the bread of tears;
  you have given them bowls of tears to drink.
6You have made us the derision of our neighbors,
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.
7Restore us, O God of hosts;
  let your face shine upon us, and we shall be saved. 

Psalm Prayer


Choir Anthem – Mary, Did You Know


Second Reading – Hebrews 10:5-10

Response at the conclusion of the reading:

The word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Gospel Acclamation p.188


Gospel –Luke 1:26-38

Response after the Gospel is announced: Glory to you, O Lord.

Response after the conclusion of the Gospel: Praise to you, O Christ.



by Gail Gaymer Martin. Produced by special arrangement with Christian Publishers


O Come, Little Children

1. O come, little children, O come, one and all.
To Bethlehem haste, to the manger so small.
God’s Son for a gift has been sent you this day.
To be your redeemer, your joy and delight.

2. The hay is His pillow, the manger His bed
The beasts stand in wonder to gaze on His head
Yet there where He lieth, so weak and so poor
Come shepherds and wise men to kneel at His door

3. See Mary and Joseph with love beaming eyes
Are gazing upon the rude bed where He lies,
The shepherds are kneeling, with hearts full of love,
While angels sing loud hallelujahs above.

4. Kneel down and adore Him with shepherds today,
Lift up little hands now and praise Him as they;
Rejoice that a Savior from sin you can boast,
And join in the song of the heavenly host.

5. Now "Glory to God!" sing the angels on high.
And "Peace upon Earth!" heavenly voices reply.
Then come little children, and join in the day
That gladdened the world on that first Christmas Day

O Little Town of Bethlehem, ELW 279 v. 1&2


Run, Shepherds, Run

Run, shepherds, run

Run, shepherds, fast as you can.

Run, shepherds, run

Run, shepherds, to Bethlehem.


There in the manger

You'll find the Savior.

Run, shepherds, run

Tell everyone Jesus is born.


Run, shepherds, run

Run, shepherds, fast as you can.

Run, shepherds, run

Run, shepherds, to Bethlehem.


Sing with the angels,

Glory to God!”

Run, shepherds, run,

Tell everyone Jesus is born.


Away in a Manger, ELW 277


What Child Is This, ELW 296 v. 1&3


Joy to the World, ELW 267 v. 1&2


Apostles' Creed p. 105


Prayers of Intercession - Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying, ELW 752

Lord, listen to your children praying, Lord send your Spirit in this place;

Lord, listen to your children praying, send us love, send us pow’r, send us


Each petition concludes with, “Lord in your mercy,”

The congregation responds, Hear our prayer


The Meal

Peace - The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.

Offering and Prayer

God of abundance, we bring before you the precious fruits of your creation, and with them our very lives. Teach us patience and hope as we care for all those in need until the coming of your Son, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

The Great Thanksgiving - page 206

Holy, Holy, Holy – page 207

Words of Institution

The Lord’s Prayer – page 208

The Lamb of God – page 208

Distribution Song – Let Mortals Keep Silence, ELW 490



Prayer after Communion

Holy One, we give you thanks that in this bread and cup we have feasted again on your endless love. Let that love overflow more and more in our lives, that we may be messengers to prepare your way, harvesters of justice and righteousness, and bearers of your eternal Word, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.




Sending Song – People, Look East, ELW 248


Dismissal: We are set free by God’s gift in Christ to share our faith and serve others.


Thanksgivings: For our children and young people who are sharing the Advent and Christmas message with us today.


News and Events:

Thank you Sunday School students, Confirmation students, and Sunday School teachers for sharing the Christmas story with us this morning.


Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is tomorrow at 6:00 p.m.


Pastor Rick, Deb and Debi would like to say thank you for the generous Christmas gifts. You are very kind and it is our privilege to be of service as a part of this family at St. John's.


Having a difficult day or know someone who could use a warm meal? There is soup available in the chest freezer downstairs provided by Sisters into Soup. Help yourself.


Scholarship applications are available in the Gathering Area. Deadline is Dec 28.


Russ and Barb Castner have a landline again. Their phone number is 920-622-3494.


Interested in a Directory update? A directory with current photos is extremely helpful for new members and our last Directory was done in 2014. Julie has agreed to assemble the directory and take care of having it printed. The Council would appreciate it if someone would come forward and handle getting photos from everyone. If you have any reasonable ideas or comments, and especially if you could help with this huge endeavor, please contact Julie


Thank you for serving today: Ushers: Steve and Pat

Communion Servers: Cindy and Andrea

Coffee Hour: Sunday School


Readings for next week: 1 Samuel 2:18-20,26: Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:41-52



Calendar This Week:

Monday, December 24       6:00 pm – Christmas Eve Candlelight                                                                   Service

Sunday, December 30         9:00 am – Worship



                           St. John’s Lutheran Church, ELCA

(920) 622-3371

Pastor Rick Engen (414) 403-1497 cell, (920) 566-4014 home,

Debi Smith, Secretary (920) 622-3358


Welcome to those visiting today. Please fill out the yellow visitor card in the pew rack in front of you. May the Holy Spirit who has gathered us together for worship today be with you.


In Holy Communion we believe we receive the body and blood of Christ for forgiveness, renewal and strength in our faith and life. All are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Gluten-free wafers are available. Take one from the center cup of the bread tray.


On the first Sundays of the month, the sacrament is served at the altar. Come forward, kneel or stand at the rail. You will be served the bread. The wine is served in individual glasses. The lighter colored glasses in the center of the tray are juice.


Other Sundays we serve the sacrament by intinction in procession. Come forward, receive the bread and dip it in one of the chalices (the gold chalice has wine in it, the silver chalice has juice). Gluten-free wafers are in the cup in the center.


People with special needs should make these known to the ushers or to the servers as they are being served. Children who have not made their First Communion and those who do not wish to commune are invited to come forward for a blessing.


Four chairs in the back row of the sanctuary are available for people with special circumstances. Two portable lift cushions are available to help those who need assistance getting up from a sitting position. Contact an usher for assistance.


You are encouraged to contact Pastor Rick anytime at

920-566-4014 or 414-403-1497