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                The Word Made Flesh

Thanksgiving for Baptism                           p. 97
Gathering Song: “All Are Welcome,” 641
Apostolic Greeting                                 p. 203
L: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
C: And also with you.
Kyrie                                              p. 203
Hymn of Praise: “Have You Thanked the Lord?” 829
Prayer of the Day: Author of creation, eternal Word of
salvation, life-giving Spirit of wisdom, we praise you for
we are fearfully and wonderfully made! We ask that you
would nourish our faith, strengthen our spirits and enable
us to be your people in mission.*

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Genesis 1:26-28
Children’s Message
Psalm 8
Galatians 3:26-29
Gospel Acclamation                                   p. 205
John 1:1-16
Adult Meditation
Hymn of the Day: “My Soul Now Magnifies the Lord,”
Apostles’ Creed                                      p. 105

Prayers of Intercession
L.     The response is “O Lord, Hear My Prayer” (hymn
#751) and will be sung in unison following the words, “In
your mercy,”
Let us pray for the church, those in need, and all of God’s
creation. (pause)
L.      God of beginnings, you called the world into
being and daily you sustain it. Remind us that we are co-
creators with you, responsible for the care of earth’s
resources. Enable us to be good stewards. (pause) In your

C.     “O Lord, hear my prayer….”
L.     God of the Word, you sent your son into the world

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clothed in the same human flesh we wear. Imprint your
word on our hearts. Bless Bishop Susan, (Synod bishop),
our pastors, diaconal and associate ministers, lay leaders,
teachers, women of ELW and all who are called to
service within your church. (pause) In your mercy,

C.     “O Lord, hear my prayer….”
L.      God of abundant grace, you shower us with
compassion and wash away our sin. Call us to embody
your justice and truth that all may live in peace. Guide
our national and world leaders to wise decisions,
respectful of the lives and resources under their
jurisdiction. (pause) In your mercy,

C.     “O Lord, hear my prayer….”
L.      God of wholeness, you lift up the broken, heal the
wounded, seek the lost and comfort all who mourn.
Strengthen and encourage us. Prepare us to walk with
others through their struggles, bearing your words of light
and life. Especially, we keep (names) in our hearts and
prayers. (pause) In your mercy,

C.     “O Lord, hear my prayer….”
Other intercessions may be added here
L.      God of eternity, you welcome your people of all
ages into the place you have prepared. Keep us mindful
of your promises. Send us out to joyfully share your
Word of love in this life and receive us at last into your
kingdom. (pause) In your mercy,
C.     “O Lord, hear my prayer….”

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L.      Into your hands we commend all for whom we
pray, trusting in your mercy, through Christ, our Lord.

C.      Amen.
Offering Hymn: “God, Whose Giving Knows No
Ending,” 678
Offering Prayer: In the beginning, God, you created.
You created the beginning, God! Our lives are filled with
your abundance. Accept, we pray, the offering of our
hearts, the service of our bodies and these financial gifts
with which you have entrusted us. Use us and them to
continue creating your kingdom. Amen.

Great Thanksgiving                                    p. 206
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Preface for the Day (as per the season of the church year)
Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord                                p. 207
Thanksgiving Prayer VII                               p. 67
The Lord’s Prayer                                     p. 208

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Hymns During Communion: “In the Singing,” 466;
“I Received the Living God,” 477; “One Bread, One
Body,” 496, “God is Here!” 526.
Prayer after Communion: God of abundance, with this
bread of life and cup of salvation, you have united us
with Christ, making us one with all your people. Now
send us forth in the power of your Spirit, that we may
proclaim your redeeming love to all the world and
continue forever in the risen life of Jesus Christ, our
Lord. Amen.                                           p.114

Blessing: Blessed are those who walk the path of peace
when conflict dims the way. Blessed are those who
defend the rights of those who are violated at home, at
work, at school. Blessed are those who prayerfully decide
what issues are worthy of their energy. Blessed are those
who stand supportively beside, walk confidently with, or
who go on peace marches. They will be called the
children of God.
God of beginnings, Word become Flesh, we ask your
blessing as we walk, as we defend, as we pray. Send your
Holy Spirit upon us and give us your peace. Amen.
       Taken from “Clothed in Peace” by Ollie Miller
Sending Hymn: “To Be Your Presence,” 546


 ELCIC Five Strategic Directions

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                   Compassionate Justice
                    Spirited Discipleship
                    Focused Framework
                        Diverse Faces
                    Effective Partnership

                 Writer: ELW President, Pam Radunsky
                 Editor: Catherine Pate
                 ELW Executive Director: Ruth Vince
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The starburst is the logo for the 2008-2011 ELW quadrennial
theme “Be Not Afraid.” It evokes the biblical star which
heralded the birth of the Messiah. The movement implied in
the rays of the star reminds us that we are always being called
to be people on the move and to action, ever-changing, ever-
growing. We move forward into an unknown future, confident
in Jesus, the first and last sign of God’s reign over heaven and

*The prayer of the day adapted from The Holy Trinity Propers,
Evangelical Lutheran Worship, pg. 37 and ELW Mission

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