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Festival of St. John, Apostle & Evangelist - Jonn 21:19-24 - December 27, 2015

Order of Service - Pg. 15
Hymn #105 Praise God the Lord, Ye Sons of Men
Hymn #271 Word Supreme, Before Creation
Hymn #137 In Peace and Joy I Now Depart

Readings
Hosea 14:1-9
1 John 1:1-10
John 21:19-24

Sermon on the Holy Gospel

1)The season of Christmas is relatively short, lasting only twelve days. But in these twelve days a lot gets packed in. The second day of Christmas is St. Stephen’s day, Stephen being the first martyr for the faith after Christ’s ascension. The third day of Christmas, today, the church commemorates St. John, the apostle whom Jesus loved and the author of the fourth Gospel. Stephen died a bloody death for His confession of Christ while John is on the opposite end of the spectrum. John is the only one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ to die a natural death. There was even a saying among the apostles that John wouldn’t die at all, that he would remain alive until Christ’s return. We hear where this saying comes from in the Gospel lesson appointed for John’s day. By t…

Christmas Day - Hebrews 1:1-12 - December 25, 2015

Order of Service - Pg. 15
Hymn #102 Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful
Hymn #85 From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
Hymn #87 Joy to the World

Readings
Isaiah 7:10-14
Hebrews 1:1-12
John 1:1-14

Collect for the Nativity of Our Lord
Grant, we beseech Thee, Almighty God, that the new birth of Thine Only-Begotten Son in the flesh may set us free, who are held in the old bondage under the yoke of sin; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Sermon on the Epistle


Christmas Eve - Luke 2:1-20 - December 24, 2015

Order of Vespers - Pg. 41
Hymn #90 Come, Your Hearts and Voices Raising
Hymn #103 To The Shepherds As They Watched By Night
Hymn #646 Silent Night, Holy Night
Hymn #136 Angels From the Realms of Glory