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Wednesday Service @ 6:30pm

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2090 Emerson Ave Alliance, NE 69301

Bulletin for Christmas Eve Services 4:00PM & 7:00PM

In winter’s deepest night, we welcome the light of the Christ child. Isaiah declares that the light of the
long-promised king will illumine the world and bring endless peace and justice. Paul reminds us that the
grace of God through Jesus Christ brings salvation to all people. The angels declare that Jesus’ birth is
good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds. Filled with the light that shines in our
lives, we go forth to share the light of Christ with the whole world.
(*) Please stand as you are able
(-) Please be seated
GATHERING
The Holy Spirit calls us together as the people of God.
-PRELUDE
-WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
-LITANY & LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT WREATH
P: Blessed be the holy Trinity, ☩ one God, the Word made flesh, our life and our salvation.
C: Amen.
P: Trusting the goodness and lovingkindness of God our Savior, let us confess our sin.
Silence is kept for reflection.
P: God of life, you promise good news of great joy for all people,
C: and call us to be messengers of your peace.
P: We confess that too often we hoard our joy, our resources, and our security.
C: We nurture conflict and build barriers. We neglect the needs of our neighbors and
ignore the groaning of creation. Have mercy on us.
P: Where we are self-centered,
C: open our hearts.
P: Where we are reluctant,
C: give us courage.
P: Where we are cynical,
C: restore our trust.
P: Renew us with your grace given through your Son, whose birth we celebrate tonight.
C: Give us again the light and hope of new life in you. Amen.
P: Hear the good news: In ☩ Jesus we are forgiven and redeemed! We are children of God and heirs of
God’s promises through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit! Sing with joy, for the Light shines in the
darkness and the darkness does not overcome it!
C: Amen!

*OPENING HYMN O Come All Ye Faithful ELW 283

*GREETING
P: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
*HYMN OF PRAISE Joy to the World ELW 267
*PRAYER OF THE DAY
A: Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant
that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the
brightness of his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen.
WORD
God speaks to us in scripture reading, preaching, and song.
-FIRST READING: Isaiah 9:2-7
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
-SECOND READING: Titus 2:11-14
(after the reading)
L The word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
-LET THE CHILDREN COME
*GOSPEL ACCLAMATION He Came Down ELW 253
*GOSPEL: Luke 2:1-20
L The holy gospel according to Luke, the 2nd chapter. C Glory to you, O Lord.
(after the reading)
L The Gospel of the Lord. C Praise to you, O Christ.
-MESSAGE
-HYMN OF THE DAY Hark! The Herald Angels Sing ELW 270
*APOSTLES’ CREED ELW p. 105
*PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION (Each petition ends with..)
P God of peace, C hear our prayer.
*PEACE
L The peace of Christ be with you always.
C And also with you.
(Please share a sign of God’s peace with one another, such as Peace be with you.)

-PRESENTATION OF THE GIFTS
The Offering is presented at the altar as the Offertory is sung and the Lord’s table is prepared.
-OFFERTORY What Child is This (vs 1 & 3) ELW 296
*OFFERING PRAYER
MEAL
God feeds us with the presence of Jesus Christ.
*LORD’S PRAYER
P: Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us.
L: 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.
*INVITATION TO COMMUNION
*HOLY COMMUNION
(We invite you to come forward down the center aisle starting with the back pews. When you reach the
front, hold out your hands if you would like to receive communion, or hold your arms across your chest
to receive a blessing. If children receive communion in their home congregation, they are welcome to
receive communion at St. John’s. Just say, “Gluten free” if you would like gluten free wafers. There are
cups with red wine and white grape juice in the trays. Let us know if you’d like communion brought to
you in the pew. All are welcome at Christ’s table!)
*COMMUNION HYMNS O Little Town of Bethlehem ELW 279
Away in a Manger ELW 277
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear ELW 282
-POST-COMMUNION BLESSING
*PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
SENDING
God blesses us and sends us in mission to the world.
-LIGHTING OF INDIVIDUAL CANDLES
-SONG OF LIGHT Silent Night, Holy Night ELW 281
-BLESSING
P: May the Lord God, who has called you out of darkness to be servants of light, grant you the joy of the
angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, and the peace of the Christ Child. In the name of Almighty God,
the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. C: Amen.
*DISMISSAL
P: Christ the Savior is born! Go in peace. Proclaim this good news!
C: Thanks be to God.
*SENDING SONG Go Tell It on the Mountain ELW 290
-POSTLUDE

ADDITIONAL WORSHIP SCHEDULES
ONLINE WORSHIP –WEBSITE: Alliancestjohns.org FACEBOOK: Alliance NE St Johns Lutheran

ANNOUNCEMENTS
SCRIPTURES FOR WEEK OF DECEMER 31ST – Isaiah 61:10- -62:3, Psalm 148,
Galatians 4:4-7, Luke 2:22-40.
FELLOWSHIP FOR DECEMBER 31ST– Ray & Carol Rockwell, Ray & Luayne Weisgerber.
JANUARY 7TH– Kathy Bell, Kurt & Tracy Lambert.
WORSHIP HELPERS -December 31st– Melinda Ewing, Luayne Weisgerber, January 7TH–
Reader– Natalie Tyler, Lay Assistant– Melinda Ewing .
POINSETTIAS FURNISHED BY:
Wayne & Mary Crawford– In memory of Eugene & Caroline Bargman/Ray & Dorothy Crawford.
Chuck & Elaine Leisy- Lyle & Martha Stone/Raymond & Betty Leisy.
Megan Morrow- Those we’ve lost at St. John’s this year.
Harold & Maurine Roller– In memory of Bonnie Hutt/ May Hall/Marylin Sallee.
Patricia & Earl Jones- In honor of 90th birthday of Delma Jones.
Linda & Richard McCune– In memory of family & friends.
Mike & Jane McConkey– In memory of: Deb Wegehoft/Marion & Delbert Grothen/
Fran & Bill McConkey.
Jack & Kay Brock/Sharron Jones/Anne Henze– In memory of: John & Bernadine Brock/
Lou & Albert Friese/George Brock/John Brock III.
GROCERY KART RECEIPTS- We are collecting Grocery Kart receipts for the Preschool. Please
place them in the grocery kart in the Fellowship Room.
HEAD START BACKPACKS- We are still collecting individually wrapped food items for the
Head Start Backpack Program. Your donations are greatly appreciated!
“GO AND…” – JANUARY-Rest At the start of the new year, we are pushed to get organized, exercise more, and make New Year’s resolutions. How do we take rest among all this? What does it
mean to be like Jesus? It means taking time to pause, rest, and embrace the day. That might mean
taking a nap, getting together with old friends, reading a good book, or enjoying the arts as we recognize God makes all things new.
Questions to consider: What brings you rest? What does Sabbath mean for you? What does it
look like in your life? Let GO, what are you going to give up this year so that you can rest?
Prayer: O God, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as
yet untrodden, through perils and joys unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing
where we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.
FINANCES
Actual expenses thru 12/17/2023 $179,520.65 Giving thru 12/17/2023 $144,990.15
Giving under actual expenses ($34,530.50)
50 Weeks of Budget Expenses $190,794.50 Giving under Budget Expenses ($45,804.35)