Worship: Christmas 1B (31 Dec 2017)

Worship audio from Dec 31, 2017. 

Bulletin PDF here or underneath podcast notes.


Green Pastures with Jesus is the daily podcast from Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church of Fairmont, MN.  Here you’ll find a variety of segments to lead you to the green pastures of the Word of God, where our Good Shepherd feeds our faith.  


Find us online: 

www.shepherdofthelakes.net or http://facebook.com/shepherdofthelakes 

Worship is Sunday mornings at 9:30 AM.

Bible class & Sunday School follow at 10:40 AM.

323 E. 1st St – Fairmont, MN

pastorhagen@icloud.com or (507) 236-9572


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Intro & Outro courtesy of Koine - The Church Band.  Check them out at www.koinemusic.com, or find them on iTunes & Amazon: Search for Koine.


Bible text from Biblegateway.com - EHV.


Welcome to Shepherd of the Lakes!  We’re here to shepherd Christ’s flock and seek the lost sheep by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with all.  Come, let us worship!

For your convenience, in the back corner of the sanctuary there is a room for any parents with children in need of a quiet place.  The restrooms are located on the lower level.  Please ask if you have any further questions or concerns.  

Lord Jesus, you took on our humanity in order to live under the law and redeem us.  Grant that I always marvel at your grace, and receive you with joy;  AMEN.

The Role of the Law in the Life of the Christian:

The whole world with all diligence has struggled to figure out what God is, what He has in mind and does. Yet the world has never been able to grasp ‹the knowledge and understanding of› any of these things. But here [in the Apostles’ Creed] we have everything in richest measure.  For here in all three articles God has revealed Himself and opened the deepest abyss of His fatherly heart and His pure, inexpressible love [Ephesians 3:18–19]. He has created us for this very reason, that He might redeem and sanctify us. In addition to giving and imparting to us everything in heaven and upon earth, He has even given to us His Son and the Holy Spirit, who brings us to Himself [Romans 8:14, 32]. For we could never grasp the knowledge of the Father’s grace and favor except through the Lord Christ. Jesus is a mirror of the fatherly heart [John 14:9; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3], outside of whom we see nothing but an angry and terrible Judge. But we couldn’t know anything about Christ either, unless it had been revealed by the Holy Spirit [1 Corinthians 2:12].    Large Catechism, Apostles’ Creed (Concordia p. 406)

Born to Save Us:

There is nothing trite or trivial in what has happened at Christmas: The deepest lowliness is but the mask for the greatest glory, the glory of him who came to be our Savior!
How does the birth of Christ comfort & encourage us?

OPENING HYMN: 56 – Gentle Mary Laid Her Child

LITURGY: Service of Word & Sacrament, CW p. 26
Please rise.


M: Almighty God, grant that the birth of your one and only Son in the flesh may set us free from our old bondage under the yoke of sin; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. 

C: Amen.

The Word

FIRST READING: Isaiah 52:7-10

God has kept his word: Hidden in the lowliness of the manger is the glory of God for our salvation. 

7How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of a herald, 

who proclaims peace and preaches good news, 

who proclaims salvation, 

who says to Zion, “Your God is king!” 

8The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voices. 

Together they shout for joy, 

because with both eyes they will see it 

when the LORD returns to Zion. 

9Break out, shout for joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, 

because the LORD is comforting his people. 

He is redeeming Jerusalem. 

10The LORD lays bare his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations, 

and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation from our God. 

The Word of the Lord.   
Thanks be to God!

PSALM: 98, p. 103

SECOND READING: Hebrews 1:1-9

In the manger, we see Eternal God in the form of a baby:

In the past, God spoke to our forefathers by the prophets at many times and in many ways. 2In these last days, he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact imprint of the divine nature. He sustains all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 

4The Son became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. 5For to which of the angels did God ever say: 

    You are my Son. Today I have begotten you? 

And again: 

    I will be his Father, and he will be my Son. 

6And again, when he brought his firstborn into the world, he said: 

    Let all God’s angels worship him. 

7About the angels he says: 

    He makes his messengers winds and his ministers flaming fire. 

8But about the Son he says: 

    God, your throne is forever and ever, 

    and the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. 

    9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. 

    Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of joy beyond     your companions. 

THEME VERSE: Galatians 4:4-5

Alleluia. When the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law. Alleluia. 

Alleluia! Alleluia!  Alleluia!  These words are written that we may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.  Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!



As the manger and the Virgin’s arms held him whom the heaven of heavens cannot contain, so we too recognize and receive him who has come in human flesh and blood to dwell in us through the Word and sacrament:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him everything was made, and without him not one thing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5The light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 

6There was a man, sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as an eyewitness to testify about the light so that everyone would believe through him. 8He was not the light, but he came to testify about the light. 

9The real light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not recognize him. 11He came to what was his own, yet his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who did receive him, to those who believe in his name, he gave the right to become children of God. 13They were born, not of blood, or of the desire of the flesh, or of a husband’s will, but born of God. 

14The Word became flesh and dwelled among us. We have seen his glory, the glory he has as the only-begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. 

This is the Gospel of our Lord Jesus.

Praise be to you, O Christ!

HYMN OF THE DAY: 35 – Of the Father’s Love Begotten

SERMON based on Hebrews 2: Radiance in Humility

CONFESSION OF FAITH: Nicene Creed, p. 31




The sacrament

For our Holy Communion practice, please see the purple sheet in the pew racks.


DISTRIBUTION HYMN: 40 – O Jesus Christ, Your Manger Is


CLOSING HYMN: 58 – See in Yonder Manger Low


No 7 PM Worship tonight.  Stay warm!

February 4, Annual Voters’ Mtg.


Today        Joshua 19

        9:30 - Christmas 1 Worship with Holy Communion

Monday    Joshua 20

Tuesday    Joshua 21

Wednesday    Joshua 22

Thursday    Joshua 23

Friday        Joshua 24

Saturday    Judges 1

        8 AM - Men’s Bible Breakfast @The Ranch

Sunday    Judges 2

        9:30 - Epiphany 1 Worship with Holy Communion; 40         Years of SOTL

        10:58 - Bible Class: Genesis 3 & Godly Discipline