Welcome to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church!
In the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we welcome you to St. Mark’s. We especially welcome our guests who have joined us today. We pray that your soul will be strengthened by the good news about God’s grace, love, and forgiveness to us through his Son, Jesus Christ.

Our congregation also operates a Lutheran school for students in Jr. K through eighth grade. If you would like to learn more about our church or school, please contact one of our pastors, the principal, or another representative of our church or school. They would be happy to assist you. Please call (916) 961-7891

ORDER OF WORSHIP
PRELUDE Students from St. Mark’s Church and School will play several
piano selections before the start of today’s service.

PROCESSIONAL HYMN Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel - Christian Worship #23
CALL TO WORSHIP
O COME, LET US SING TO THE LORD Psalm 95:1-7
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES

We light four Advent candles remembering Jesus, the Son of God and Son of Mary.
the congregation sings Christian Worship #1, stanzas 1, 2, 6
DEVOTION
INTRODUCTION
SONG Still, Still, Still
PART ONE: Be Still, and Hear a Father Welcoming
RECITATION
Jr. K and K: Shhh! We must be very quiet!
SONG Quiet, Quiet Town
Jr. K-grade 2, grade 6 girls, soloist Sammie Miller
PART ONE: Be Still, and Hear a Father Welcoming

RECITATION
Jr K and K: As we take a little peak.... We hear Joseph start to speak

Tell us all, what do you know...Of that night so long ago?
Joseph (Jacob Clausen): My name is Joseph. No doubt you’ve all heard of me... (Luke 3:23)
Joseph: That birth line traces my ancestors for 24 generations...
Grades 3-4: “In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree...(Luke 2:1-4)

Joseph: When you hear the story of my son’s birthday....

Grades 5-6: “This is how the birth of Jesus came about ...(Matthew 1:18,19)

Joseph: But I soon discovered....
Grades 7-8: “But after he had considered this... (Matthew 1:20,21)

Joseph: I can say with all certainty...

SONG His Name Is Jesus Grades 3-8
RECITATION
Jr K-grade 2: There’s Mary, Jesus’ mother mild...
HYMN Gentle Mary Laid Her Child - Christian Worship #56
PART TWO: Be Still, and Hear a Mother Praying
RECITATION
Grades 3-4: “But Mary treasured all these things.. (Luke 2:19)
Mary (Hannah Rausch): What words can I find to tell you the marvels that I have seen in my life?
Grades 5-6: “The angel said to her, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! ...(from Luke 1:28-35)
Mary: My life was a simple life in Nazareth...
Grades 7-8: “My soul glorifies the Lord... (Luke 1:46-49)
Mary: I will never forget the long and painful trip to Bethlehem...
HYMN O Little Town of Bethlehem - Christian Worship #66
PART THREE: Be Still, and Hear a Baby Crying
SONG Just Like Me - Jr. K – grade 2
Jr. K-Grade 2: “While they were there...
HYMN Away in a Manger Christian Worship #68
PART FOUR: Be Still, and Hear the Angels Praising
RECITATION
Grades 1-2: Angels filled the sky that night
SONG Angels We Have Heard on High - Grades 3-8
RECITATION
Gabriel (Jessica McPeak): My name is Gabriel...
Grades 3-4: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah...
Gabriel: I was also told to give Mary the good news...
Grades 5-6: “In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel...
Angel (Hannah Hopping): Never in the history of this world...
Grades 7-8: “...Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10,11)
Angel: But that announcement was just beginning...
Grades 7-8: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14)
HYMN Hark the Herald Angels Sing - Christian Worship #61
PART FIVE: Be Still, and Hear the Shepherds Telling
RECITATION
HYMN Where Shepherds Lately Knelt - Christian Worship #54
OFFERING
PRAYER OF THE DAY
LORD’S PRAYER
PART SIX: Be Still, and Hear God’s People Rejoicing
RECITATION
SONG Glory to God the Angels Sing - Grades 1-8
RECESSIONAL HYMN Joy to the World - Christian Worship #62
ANNOUNCEMENTS

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