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Christmas Day Worship - Shepherds' First Blessings


Pastor: Lee Laaveg

Pianist: Mavis Finseth

Reader: Darlene Sollie

Ushers: Sid Finseth, Larry Sollie, Mark Lee

Secretary: Kathy Finseth


Introduction to the Day As on the first day of creation, on this Christmas Day the Word illumines the world, shining forth to bring all things into being. Today we celebrate the incarnate Word, God becoming flesh to live among us in the person of Jesus Christ then and now. Emboldened by the good news of Christ’s birth, along with the shepherds, Mary and Joseph, and all witnesses to the light of Christ, we declare to the world that we have indeed seen and been transformed by the arrival of “the salvation of our God.” O come, let us adore!


Lighting of the Christ Candle

Call to Worship: O Come All Ye Faithful (LBW #45)

Confession & Forgiveness

Prayer of the Day

Special Music ‘Silent Night’ – Rudy, Cindy & Courtney

Scripture Lessons:

· Isaiah 62:6-12 God comes to restore the people

· Psalm 97 Light dawns for the righteous, joy for the honest of heart.

· Titus 3:4-7 Saved through water and the Spirit

*Response Your Little Ones Dear Lord Are We (LBW #52 v1)

Gospel: Luke 2:1-20 The birth of the Messiah revealed to shepherds

Sermon: Shepherds’ First Blessings

Hymn of the Day: Good Christian Friends Rejoice (LBW #55)

Prayers of the Church

Lord’s Prayer

Offering / Offering prayer

Blessing

Sending Song: Joy to the World (LBW #39)

Go in peace. Rejoice in Christ our Savior. Thanks be to God.


Sermon: 'Shepherds' First Blessings' - Pastor Lee Laaveg




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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Birthdays this week: 27th Linda Bergeson, Megan Lofgren

Anniversaries: 30th- Rudy & Kathy Finseth

Prayer Time @ Vernes:

You are encouraged to pray weekly for those listed in the bulletin.

Call or Text additional prayer requests to Lynn at 218.791.7520.

Prayers for this week:

Special Prayers:

Mark & Joan Lee

Healing Prayers:

Delores Syverson, Pat Finseth, Norris Syverson, Dorothy Fick,

Bob Jasinski, Chad Nelson, Marlys Brovold, Roxanne Boehrnsen,

Hilda & Wendell Opdahl, Bernice Voxland, Lucy Solheim, Cindy Schmiedeberg, Faith Hanson

Military:

Austin Sannes, Brianna Finseth, Dawn Fick, Mason Rominski

Dusty & Lisa Halvorson, Zackary Olson-Burkman, Katherine Finseth,

Missions:

Jennifer Albright, our missionary intern in Slovenia

No Sunday Services tomorrow, Dec 26th.

Mission Sunday – Jan 9th @ 10:00am – Dinner to follow. Jennifer Albright will speak about her internship and mission work in Slovenia. Mark your calendar!

*Vernes Annual Meeting*

Sunday, January 16th following worship.

Have reports to Kathy Finseth by January 2nd.

The following need to submit reports:

Pastor Statistics

President Ladies Aid President

Treasurer Ladies Aide Treasurer

Secretary Ladies Aide Secretary

Janitor List SS Superintendent

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