Isaiah 61:10—62:3 (I will exult in God, who has clothed me with salvation;
Zion will shine with the vindication of God, and all nations will see it!)
Psalm 111 (God has sent redemption; the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom)
(ELW: Psalm 148)
Galatians 4:4-7 (God sent his Son under the law, adopts us as children
so we may say Abba)
Luke 2:22-40 (The Holy Family in the temple)
Opening hymn: LBW #55, Good Christian Friends, Rejoice (ELW #288)
OR LSB #386, Now Sing We, Now Rejoice (same tune, different lyrics)
OR LSB #362, O Sing of Christ (easy English folk tune)
OR LBW #53, Cold December Flies Away (ELW #299)
Hymn of Praise: LBW #47, Let All Together Praise Our God (LSB #389 ELW #287)
Hymn of the Day: LBW #184, In His Temple Now Behold Him (if tune is unfamiliar
– though it is easy – sing this to Regent Square, #50, Angels From the
Realms of Glory, which is what ELW #417 uses!)
OR LSB #519, (which has the wonderful “Westminster” as the tune, which is
an alternate tune for “Christ is Made the Sure Foundation)
Communion Hymn #1: LBW #40, What Child is This (LSB #370, ELW #296)
Communion Hymn #2: LBW #44, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (LSB #393, ELW #276)
Closing Hymn: LBW #339, O Lord, Now Let Your Servant (ELW #313)
OR LSB #937, Lord, Bid Your Servant Go In Peace
OR my hymn paraphrase of the Nunc Dimitis, sung to “The Bells of Christmas Chime Once More” or to “From Heaven Above to Earth I Come”
Lord, let your servant go in peace, your faithful Word you have fulfilled.
This Word made flesh I now embrace: the sure salvation you have willed!
With my own eyes I see the lamp of glory giv’n to Israel,
The light for nations lost; the peace that makes your wounded people well.
Glory and praise, blest Trinity, dear Father, Holy Spirit, Son,
Your light no darkness overtakes, while endless ages ever run!