Beautiful Savior Ev. Lutheran Church
New Year’s Eve 2020
Beautiful Savior Ev. Lutheran Church
David M. Warskow, Pastor
Office: 635-7672 Home: 939-1099
www.bslcspooner.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Thank you for turning your cell phone to “off” or “vibrate.”)
As disciples of our Beautiful Savior, we dedicate ourselves to grow in faith and spread His Word to all people, through the diligent study and practice of the inerrant Word of God.
New Year’s Eve - December 31, 2020
Personal preparation for Holy Communion is found on page 156.
Personal Prayers to use before worship may be found on pages 10-11.
Opening Hymn: 69
Order of Service: The Common Service (Hymnal p. 15)
Prayer of the Day:
Eternal Father, before whom all generations rise and fall, teach us to think earnestly on the brevity of our lives and on the immensity of your goodness. Help us to enter the new year trusting in the name of your Son and walking in the way of his peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
First Lesson: Isaiah 51:1-6
Listen to me, you people who pursue righteousness,
you people who seek the LORD!
Look confidently to the rock from which you were hewn
and to the quarry from which you were cut.
2Look confidently to Abraham your father,
and to Sarah, who gave birth to you.
Yes, when I called him, Abraham was only one person,
but I blessed him and multiplied him.
3The LORD is certain to comfort Zion.
He will comfort all her ruins.
Certainly he will make her wilderness like Eden
and her wasteland like the garden of the LORD.
Joy and gladness will be found in her,
thanksgiving and the sound of music.
4Pay attention to me, O my people.
My nation, listen to me!
For the law will go out from me,
and I will establish my justice as a light to the peoples.
5My righteousness is near.
My salvation goes forth,
and my arms will bring justice to the peoples.
The seacoasts will wait for me.
They will have confidence in my arm.
6Lift up your eyes to the heavens.
Look closely at the earth beneath,
because the heavens will vanish like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a garment,
and its inhabitants will die like gnats.
But my salvation will remain forever,
and my righteousness will never be abolished.
Psalm of the Day: 90 (p. 99 in CW)
Second Lesson: 1 Peter 1:22-25
22Since you have purified your souls by obeying the truth, resulting in sincere brotherly love, love one another constantly from a pure heart. 23For you have been born again, not from perishable seed but from imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For:
All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory is like a flower of the field.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25but the word of the Lord endures forever.
And this is the word that was preached to you.
Gospel Lesson: Luke 13:6-9
6He told them this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it, but he did not find any. 7So he said to the gardener, ‘Look, for three years now I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and I have found none. Cut it down. Why even let it use up the soil?’ 8But the gardener replied to him, ‘Sir, leave it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it. 9If it produces fruit next year, fine. But if not, then cut it down.’”
Nicene Creed: (page 18)
Hymn of the Day: 70
Sermon Text: Isaiah 51:1-6
Theme: “The Lord Helps Us Face the New Year”
Prayer of the Church & Lord’s Prayer (p.20)
Responsive Lord’s Prayer
(as explained by Martin Luther)
M: O God, in Jesus’ name, as your forgiven children, we pray:
C: Our Father in heaven.
M: Help us to know you through your revealed Word and to live as your children who revere your majesty.
C: Hallowed be your name.
M: By your grace, send the Holy Spirit that you may rule in our hearts that we lead lives that glorify you now on earth and forever in heaven.
C: Your kingdom come.
M: Make us earnest to conform our desires and our actions to what you desire.
C: Your will be done on earth as in heaven.
M: Merciful Lord, you are providing us with all the things necessary for our bodies. Fill us also with appreciation and trust.
C: Give us today our daily bread.
M: Continue to show us your pardon, and make us ready to show mercy and to do good to those who wrong us.
C: Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
M: Defeat treachery of the enemy who seeks to destroy our souls by deceiving us into disobedience; bring to naught the world’s persistent appeal to our corrupt nature; and guard us from the trap of unrepented sin and the poison of doubt.
C: Lead us not into temptation.
M: Preserve our faith, so that when we depart this life we will be ready and confident, still trusting in Jesus.
C: But deliver us from evil.
M: In all our requests we look to you as governor of your universe and Lord of your church, and we join the angels to adore you from whom all blessings flow.
C: For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
M: This is most certainly true.
The Sacrament: (page 21)
(Close Communion: Christians understand Holy Communion as, among other things, a statement of agreement with all the Bible’s teacheings. Members of Beautiful Saviour or any WELS or ELS congregation are invited. Others are asked to wait to commune with us until after you have had a chance to compare your beliefs with what the Bible teaches. Please speak to the Pastor to set up an appointment.)
Distribution Hymns: 742, 745
Closing Hymn: 587
Gladly serving the Lord
Please find a replacement if you cannot serve your assignment.
Ushers Dave Schwab
Organist Charlie Faught
If you provided a poinsettia for the chancel, you may take it home with you this evening
To the new friends among us, we bid you welcome! To the friends who know us, we renew our welcome. If you are seeking to know Jesus Christ better, we invite you to keep studying God’s inspired, inerrant Word with us. Classes giving Bible information which you will appreciate are offered regularly. Beautiful Savior became a congregation in 1991, and today proclaims the same message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.