A Christmas Eve Worship Service by Pastor Michael Zarling
Excerpt of the Worship Service:
A Christmas service based on Martin Luther’s Christmas hymn for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation
Processional Hymn: #55 — “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” (brass accompaniment)
As the hymn is introduced, please stand and face the processional cross in the back of the church, and turn to the front of the church as the cross passes you.
Minister: We worship in the name of the Father who gave us His Son, in the name of Jesus Christ, who came as the perfect Gift, and in the name of the Holy Spirit who brought us to faith in this Christ child.
Introduction by Pastor
Pastor: This year, we are celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. There are many blessings that we enjoy today because the Lord of the Church allowed Martin Luther to rediscover for God’s people. Blessings such as the truth of Scripture alone, the Bible translated into the language of the people, the doctrine of vocation, the power of congregational singing, etc. The greatest blessing is the grace of God found in the person of Jesus Christ – the Son of God born of the Virgin Mary to be the Savior of all humankind.
Martin Luther’s writings and hymns focus on this doctrine of grace. His Christmas hymn “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” is all about the grace of God found in this Christchild, young and fair. Luther wrote this hymn for his children. It is recorded that “Luther was accustomed every year to prepare for his family a happy Christmas Eve’s entertainment … and for this festival of his children he wrote this Christmas hymn.”
“From Heaven Above to Earth I Come” is based on Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth in the second chapter of his Gospel.
Before we focus on Jesus being born to Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem, we hear from Luke how the promise of the Savior was first given to Mary.
Here is the link to download the entire worship service program (it’s free!): From Heaven Above to Earth I Come
Thank you Pastor Zarling for sharing!