First Sunday after Christmas | December 27, 2020

First Sunday after Christmas | December 27, 2020

**NOTE: The 8am service had streaming difficulties. The link above contains the full worship service, later uploaded to YouTube.**

Worship Service for The First Sunday after Christmas

Rev. Gregory Mech | December 27, 2020 | Christmas Week 1 | Divine Service, Setting One | Immanuel Lutheran Church ONLINE and IN-PERSON – Joplin, Missouri | 8:00 and 10:30 am

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Special thanks to all who helped to make this broadcast possible today:
Rev. Gregory Mech, DCE Jason Glaskey, organist Betty Lingenfelter,
the COVID Committee and Board of Elders.

First Sunday after Christmas bulletin cover. Immanuel Lutheran Church LCMS. Joplin Missouri.

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation.”

A portion of the Holy Gospel from Luke 2, one of the readings assigned for the First Sunday after Christmas. May God richly bless you as you hear His Word and behold the Christ child at Christmas! Welcome to Immanuel Lutheran Church.

First Sunday after Christmas

December 27, 2020 — Divine Service, Setting One

HYMN 359 “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” 1,2,4

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming 
From tender stem hath sprung!
Of Jesse’s lineage coming 
As prophets long have sung.
It came, a flower bright, 
Amid the cold of winter 
When half-spent was the night.

Isaiah ‘twas foretold it, 
The rose I have in mind;
With Mary we behold it, 
The virgin mother kind.
To show God’s love aright, 
She bore to us a Savior 
When half-spent was the night.

O Savior, child of Mary, 
Who felt our human woe; 
O Savior, King of glory, 
Who dost our weakness know:
Bring us at length, we pray
To the bright courts of heaven, 
And to the endless day.


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1: 8-9

Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbor as ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.

Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ, and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

HYMN 390 “Let Us All with Gladsome Voice”

Let us all with gladsome voice 
Praise the God of heaven, 
Who, to bid our hearts rejoice, 
His own Son hath given.

To this vale of tears He comes, 
Here to serve in sadness, 
That with Him in heaven’s fair home 
We may reign in gladness.

We are rich, for He was poor; 
Is not this a wonder?
Therefore praise God evermore 
Here on earth and yonder.

Christ, our Lord and Savior dear, 
Be Thou ever near us.
Grant to us a glad new year. 
Amen. Jesus, hear us.

KYRIE (spoken)

In peace let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy. 

For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy. 

For this holy house and for all who offer here their worship and praise let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, have mercy. 

Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord.

HYMN 374 “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”

Gentle Mary laid her child 
Lowly in a manger; 
There He lay, the Undefiled, 
To the world a stranger.

Such a babe in such a place, 
Can He be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race 
Who have found His favor.

Angels sang about His birth, 
Wise Men sought and found Him;
Heaven’s star shone brightly forth 
Glory all around Him.

Shepherds saw the wondrous sight, 
Heard the angels singing;
All the plains were lit that night, 
All the hills were ringing.

Gentle Mary laid her child 
Lowly in a manger; 
He is still the Undefiled, 
But no more a stranger.

Son of God of humble birth, 
Beautiful the story;
Praise His name in all the earth; 
Hail the King of glory.


The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Let us pray: O God, our Maker and Redeemer, You wonderfully created us and in the incarnation of Your Son yet more wondrously restored our human nature. Grant that we may ever be alive in Him who made Himself to be like us; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


Isaiah 61:10—62:3

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; 
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to sprout up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to sprout up before all the nations.
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not be quiet,
until her righteousness goes forth as brightness,
and her salvation as a burning torch.
The nations shall see your righteousness, 
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name 
that the mouth of the Lord will give.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; 
all those who practice it have a good understanding. Psalm 111:10


To us a child is born, to us a son is | given;*
and the government shall be upon his | shoulder.
And his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, | Mighty God,*
Everlasting Father, | Prince of Peace.
Sing to the Lord a | new song,*
for he has done | marvelous things!

Galatians 4:4–7

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

This is the Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; 
all those who practice it have a good understanding. Psalm 111:10

Psalm 111

Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.
Full of splendor and majesty is his work,
and his righteousness endures forever.
He has caused his wondrous works to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and merciful.

He provides food for those who fear him;
he remembers his covenant forever.
He has shown his people the power of his works,
in giving them the inheritance of the nations.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy;
they are established forever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever.
Holy and awesome is his name!
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!

Luke 2:22–40

The Holy Gospel according to St Luke, the second chapter.
Glory to Thee, O Lord.

And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, [Mary and Joseph] brought [Jesus] up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,

“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”

And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.

And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to You, O Christ.

HYMN 358 “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” 1,3,4,8

From heaven above to earth I come
To bear good news to every home:
Glad tidings of great joy I bring, 
Whereof I now will say and sing:

“This is the Christ, our God Most High,
Who hears your sad and bitter cry;
He will Himself your Savior be
From all your sins to set you free.

“He will on you the gifts bestow
Prepared by God for all below,
That in His kingdom, bright and fair,
You may with us His glories share.”

Welcome to earth, O noble Guest,
Through whom the sinful world is blest!
You came to share my misery
That You might share Your joy with me.



I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.

And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.



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.


The Lord bless you and keep you.
The Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you.
The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace.

HYMN 358 “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” 13,14,15

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Prepare a bed, soft, undefiled,
A quiet chamber set apart
For You to dwell within my heart.

My heart for very joy must leap;
My lips no more their silence keep.
I, too, must sing with joyful tongue
That sweetest ancient cradlesong:

“Glory to God in highest heaven,
Who unto us His Son has given!
While angels sing with pious mirth
A glad new year to all the earth.

Heavenly Father, We pray to see the future as You see it, so we may live the present as You will it. We pray we may be grounded in Christ as a Lutheran congregation, and guided by Your grace as we walk in forgiveness. We pray we are growing continually in faith as servants in Christ’s Kingdom proclaiming the Gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Created by Lutheran Service Builder © 2006 Concordia Publishing House.

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