Praise the Lord!

Villeneuve-sur-LotFirst Sunday after Christmas Day (December 29, 2013)

Isaiah 63:7-9; Psalm 148; Hebrews 2:10-18; Matthew 2:13-23

1 Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens!
Praise him from the skies!
2 Praise him, all his angels!
Praise him, all the armies of heaven!
3 Praise him, sun and moon!
Praise him, all you twinkling stars!
4 Praise him, skies above!
Praise him, vapors high above the clouds!
5 Let every created thing give praise to the Lord,
for he issued his command, and they came into being.
6 He set them in place forever and ever.
His decree will never be revoked.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
you creatures of the ocean depths,
8 fire and hail, snow and clouds,
wind and weather that obey him,
9 mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all livestock,
small scurrying animals and birds,
11 kings of the earth and all people,
rulers and judges of the earth,
12 young men and young women,
old men and children.

13 Let them all praise the name of the Lord.
For his name is very great;
his glory towers over the earth and heaven!
14 He has made his people strong,
honoring his faithful ones—
the people of Israel who are close to him.

Praise the Lord!

Christmas Day

wallpaper-vector-desktop-christmas-nativityIsaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-12; John 1:1-14

Sing a new song to the Lord,
for he has done wonderful deeds.
His right hand has won a mighty victory;
his holy arm has shown his saving power!
The Lord has announced his victory
and has revealed his righteousness to every nation!
He has remembered his promise to love and be faithful to Israel.
The ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.

Shout to the Lord, all the earth;
break out in praise and sing for joy!
Sing your praise to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and melodious song,
with trumpets and the sound of the ram’s horn.
Make a joyful symphony before the Lord, the King!

Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the earth and all living things join in.
Let the rivers clap their hands in glee!
Let the hills sing out their songs of joy
before the Lord.
For the Lord is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
and the nations with fairness.

Christmas Day

Gerard_van_Honthorst_001Nativity of the Lord – Proper II (December 24, 2013)

Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:1-20

The Lord is king!
Let the earth rejoice!
Let the farthest coastlands be glad.
Dark clouds surround him.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
Fire spreads ahead of him
and burns up all his foes.
His lightning flashes out across the world.
The earth sees and trembles.
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.
The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
every nation sees his glory.
Those who worship idols are disgraced—
all who brag about their worthless gods—
for every god must bow to him.
Jerusalem has heard and rejoiced,
and all the towns of Judah are glad
because of your justice, O Lord!
For you, O Lord, are supreme over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.

You who love the Lord, hate evil!
He protects the lives of his godly people
and rescues them from the power of the wicked.
Light shines on the godly,
and joy on those whose hearts are right.
May all who are godly rejoice in the Lord
and praise his holy name!

Christmas Eve Psalm

Nativity of the Lord – Proper I (December 24, 2013)

Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-20

nativity siloutte082Sing a new song to the Lord!
    Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
    Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
    Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
    He is to be feared above all gods.
The gods of other nations are mere idols,
    but the Lord made the heavens!
Honor and majesty surround him;
    strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;
    recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!
    Bring your offering and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor.
    Let all the earth tremble before him.
Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
    The world stands firm and cannot be shaken.
    He will judge all peoples fairly.

Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice!
    Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise!
Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy!
    Let the trees of the forest rustle with praise
before the Lord, for he is coming!
    He is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with justice,
    and the nations with his truth.

Lessons and Carols

lessons

Opening Songs

Joy to the World

Here I Am to Worship

Once In David’s Royal City

Lighting of the Advent Candles

First Lesson: Genesis 1:1-2, 26-28 – The Creation

Glory In the Highest

Second Lesson: Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19 – The Fall of Man

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Third Lesson: Jeremiah 23:5-6 – A King is Promised

The Birthday of a King

Fourth Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-6 – The prophet announces the birth of a king to a people in darkness

Carol: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Fifth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38 – The angel Gabriel announces to the virgin Mary that she will give birth to God’s promised son, whose kingdom will never end.

Carol: What Child is This?

Sixth Lesson: Luke 1:39-56 – Mary’s Song

Song: Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)

Seventh Lesson: Luke 2:1-20 -Jesus is born!

Carol: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Carol: O Come All Ye Faithful

Eighth Lesson: Matthew 2:1-11 – The wise men follow a star to find the child Jesus, the King of the Jews

Carol: Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

Ninth Lesson: John 1:1-14 -John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation

Carol: Joy Has Dawned

Candlelighting

Carol: Silent Night

Benediction

My Soul Magnifies the Lord