Zion-Friedheim Evangelical Lutheran Church

During this season of great anticipation, we are glad that you joined us as we search for the presence of God in our lives and in our world today.  Please help us know you by signing our guest registry, which can be found in either entranceway of the church.  If you are communing with us this morning, please take a moment to complete a communion registration card.  There are cards in either entranceway of the church.  The cards can be placed in the offering plate or given to one of the Deacons.  We welcome you to Friedheim and invite you to worship with us again soon.

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December 25, 2005
Christmas Festival Service

+ In Nomine Jesu +

Bulletin Table of Contents

Pre-Service Music






The Invocation



P:         In the strong name of God the Father, who created our world; God the Son, whose birth we celebrate this day; and God, the Holy Spirit, who has led us to faith and opened our eyes to the promises of God’s Holy Word.

C:        Amen.






The Hymn

“Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful”

TLH #102




The Sentences



P:         “ The days are coming,’ says the Lord

C:        “That I will raise up a branch of righteousness, …”




P:         Now this is His name by which He will be called

C:        “The Lord our Righteousness.”  (Jeremiah 23:5a, 6b)




P:         “The Lord Himself will give you a sign

C:        Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son




P:         And shall call His name, Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

C:        Which means, “God with us.




The Choir

“Heaven and Nature Sing”





The First Lesson

Isaiah 40:1-5


P:         Let us now sing with confidence of the assurance Christ’s birth brings us today




God rest ye merry gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior  Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r  When we were gone astray;
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
From God our Heav’nly Father  The blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds  Brought tidings of the same;

How that in
Bethlehem was born  The Son of God by Name
O tidings of comfort and joy,  Comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
Now to the Lord sing praises  All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood  Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas  All others doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy, Comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.




The Second Lesson

Micah 5:2-4


P:         We now sing of the place where Jesus was born.




Once in Royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby in a manger for His bed.
Mary was that mother mild  Jesus Christ, her little Child.
He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable, and His cradle was a stall.
With the poor and mean and lowly, lived on earth our Savior holy.
And our eyes at last shall see Him through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above.
He shall lead His children on to the place where He is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable with the oxen standing by,
We shall see Him but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high.
When like stars His children crowned, all in white His praise will sound!




The Third Lesson

Luke 2:1-14


P:         Let us sing of the angels who attended the birth of the Savior.




It came upon a midnight clear  That glorious song of old
From angels bending near the earth  To touch their harps of gold;
Peace on the earth, good will to men  From heav’n’s all gracious king.
The word in solemn stillness lay  To hear the angels sing.


Still through the cloven skies they come, With peaceful wings unfurl’d
And still their heav’nly music floats  O’er all the weary world.

Above its sad and lowly plains  They bend on hov’ring wing.
And ever o’er its
Babel sounds  The blessed angels sing.
O ye, beneath life’s crushing load, Whose forms are bending low
Who toil along the climbing way  With painful steps and slow!

Look now, for glad and golden hours  Come swiftly on the wing.
O rest beneath the weary road, And hear the angels sing.




The Fourth Lesson

Luke 2: 15-20


P:         Let us welcome the Christ Child of Bethlehem’s manger.




Welcome to earth, Thou noble Guest          
Through whom the sinful world is blest!
You came to share my misery;         
What thanks shall I return to Thee?

Ah, dearest Jesus, holy Child,
Make Thee a bed, soft, undefiled,
Within my heart that it may be
A quiet chamber kept for Thee


 The Sermon Meditation

"Without Christ" - Luke 2:1-20


Christmas is bunk unless...

1. Christ is born anew in us (v. 11)
2. Worship of the Christ-child is experienced (vv. 15-16)
3. The joy of Christmas is the joy of salvation (v. 10)


The Gathering of the Christmas Day Offerings 




The Prayers of the People of God at Friedheim




The Words of Institution




The Distribution




Distribution Hymns

“Now Sing We, Now Rejoice”

TLH #92


“To Shepherds as They Watched by Night”

TLH #103


“O Holy Night”

Lydia Dahling


“Away in a Manger”

See Back Page


“The First Noel”

See Insert


“Go Tell It On a Mountain”

See Insert




The Fifth Lesson

Philippians 2:5-10


P:         Let us sing of the joy in our hearts that Christ’s birth brings.




Joy to the world!  The Lord is come; Let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heav’n and nature sing, And heav’n and nature sing
And heav’n and heav’n and nature sing.


Joy to the world!  The Savior reigns.  Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.





The Sixth Lesson

Matthew 2:1-12


P:         Let us sing our praises to God, the Father, who sent Jesus to be our Savior.




Let us all with gladsome voice         
Praise the God of heaven,
Who, to make our hearts rejoice,
His own Son has given.         

To this place of fears He came,
Servant, healer, mender,
Through His death we heaven claim,
There to reign in splendor.

We are rich, for He was poor,          
Is not this a wonder   
Therefore praise God ever more
Here on earth and yonder.   

Christ, our Lord and Savior dear,
Oh be ever near us.
Be our joy throughout each year.
Amen, Jesus, hear us.




The Benediction




The Postlude




The Acolyte

Paul Drier





+  Soli Deo Gloria  +




The flowers on the altar are to the glory of God and in loving memory of Dawson Bultemeier. placed in church by his family.




Away in a Manger – Lutheran Worship #64

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes,
I love thee, Lord Jesus!  Look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.


Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven to live with thee there.


Go Tell It on the Mountain – Lutheran Worship #504

Refrain: Go tell it on the mountain,
             Over the hills and ev’rywhere;
             Go tell it on the mountain
             That Jesus Christ is born!


While shepherds kept their watching
O’er silent flocks by night,
Behold, throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.


The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo, above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Savior’s birth.


Down in a lonely manger
The humble Christ was born;
And God sent us salvation
That blessed Christmas morn.





The First Noel

Refrain: Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
             Born is the King of Israel.


The first Noel the angels did say,
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.



They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East, beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.



Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of nought,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.



We remember our members who are celebrating birthdays this week—Oliver Gehres, Jason Miller, Carol Brandt, Elizabeth Kiefer, Angie Werling, Cindy Des Jean, Grayson Ryan Douglas Kaehr (His first!!), and Emily Miller.  We remember all those involved in education including the support staff of our Wyneken school, our childcare staff, Tami Schultz and Tammy Melcher, our Sunday School superintendent, Shirley Drier, and Lisa Kiess who teaches at Adams Central.  May our loving Savior direct, bless, and guide their lives.

We remember Marvin & Laurina Conrad in our prayers as they will celebrate their 64th wedding anniversary this Tuesday, December 27.  May the Lord continue to be a presence in their home and bestow His blessings upon them.

May the Great Physician grant health and strength to all who are in need of His healing hand.  We remember in our prayers Gary Jeffrey, Bob Keuneke, Ruby Miller, Leesa Heckman’s aunt, who is at Adams Memorial, Ed Aspy, and Bryan Miller.

You are invited to our New Year’s Eve service this Saturday, December 31, that begins at 7 p.m. 

Adult Bible Class will take a brief break, resuming on Sunday, January 8, with the lesson, “Moses Before Pharaoh.”  “But they refuse to listen!” Have you ever encountered someone who would not budge, who rejected every reasonable offer? Such was the case when Moses and Aaron stood before Pharaoh. Nine plagues will visit Egypt, yet at every turn the Lord hardens Pharaoh’s heart.

Included in this morning’s bulletin is our weekly study guide, “Time in the Word.”  This week’s theme is “Human’s Responses to Divine Initiative.”  

Tune in to the Lutheran Hour next Sunday.  The show airs on Sunday on WLW (700) out of Cincinnati at 7 a.m. and on Van Wert stations WERT (1220) and WKSD (99.7 FM) at 10:30 a.m.   The program airs on Sunday at 8:05 a.m. on WZBD (92.7 FM) and then on WFCV (1090 AM) at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Have you ever tuned in to “Issues, Etc.” that airs LIVE on Sunday evenings from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. on WLYV (1450 AM) in Fort Wayne and on a tape-delay basis on Sunday evenings from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on WFCV (1090 AM) in Fort Wayne? 

The men’s basketball team plays twice this week.  On Tuesday, December 27, they will play St. Mary’s at 8 p.m. and on Thursday, December 29, the team will play United Brethren at 6 p.m. Both games are at Bellmont Middle School.

Stewardship Committee’s Food for Thought:  Now that Christmas is upon us, think of creative ways to bless others during the entire year.  Find ways to surprise others with acts of kindness.  Listen to the people around you (not just friends and family) and look for ways to “make their day.”  In the end, you will both be blessed!

Council Members:  The minutes from the December 6 Council Meeting are in your slots in the entranceway of the church.  The January Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 3, at 8 p.m. in the church basement.

The LWML Thursday morning Bible class will not meet again until Thursday, January 5.  They will meet at 9 a.m. that day at the home of Dorothy Heckman.

Did you know that there are 346 Thrivent members here at Friedheim?  So far, 76 members have made contributions to the Wyneken account, with 35 members turning in their GivingPlus form.  As of Thanksgiving, we have applied for $8,750 in matching funds from Thrivent.  If you are a Thrivent member, there is still time to contribute and apply for the matching funds.  If you have any questions about your Wyneken contributions, you can contact Mike Heckman, the treasurer for our Wyneken contributions.

An update from the Lutheran Foundation concerning their matching grant for hurricane relief:  Cash gifts from a congregation, school, or individual already raised will be matched.  Any new funds raised by a congregation will be matched.  An individual who completed Thrivent’s matching grant form prior to November 30 can have that gift matched once again by Lutheran Foundation.  Any gift given to other Lutheran organizations will be matched.  How?  Contact the church office with the following information—Name, amount donated, date of donation, and where donation was sent—for individual donations.  One form will be sent to the Lutheran Foundation.  These gifts will then be matched and used to help support the four congregations in the Southern District adopted by the Indiana District.  Please turn this information in to the church office as soon as possible.  A form must be sent to Lutheran Foundation by the end of the year.  Thanks!

As was decided at last year’s Budget and Election meeting, this year we will be using generic offering envelopes.  Envelopes have been printed with no dates or offering numbers on them.  There will be three different envelopes—a Home Purpose envelope (white), a Mission envelope (blue), and a miscellaneous envelope (#10 white).  A letter explaining the new system and assigning you your permanent offering number was mailed last Friday.  If you don’t receive it in a timely manner, please contact the church office.

Youth ushers for January are Brandon, Jordan, and Nathan Buuck.

Serving on Altar Guild for January are Dorothy Heckman and Sherril Bradtmueller.

Attendance:  Sunday Worship Service – 273 with 180 receiving Holy Communion; Sunday School – 60; Monday Evening Bible Class - 4


Last Week’s

Weekly Budget

+/- for the Week

+/- for the Year

Home Purpose








12/14 - $471.84

12/18 - $260.00




Wyneken News

See Kim Weiland, Friedheim’s SCRIP rep, following the worship service this morning to purchase your SCRIP.  You can also E-mail Kim at kimw@sgiinc.com and place your order.

The faculty and staff wish all a blessed Christmas and New Year and look forward to seeing the students back in class on Tuesday, January 3.

Chimes will practice on Thursday, January 5, prior to our performance at Lutheran Home.  There will be no band on January 5.

ISTEP results have been received for students in grades 3-8.  The results will be mailed to the parents.

Market Day order forms need to be returned to Sharon Franke by Friday, December 30 with Internet orders due by noon on Saturday, December 31.  The delivery date is Thursday, January 5, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  If you have any questions, you can contact Sharon Franke (623-3992).

Sporting News

Good luck to all those participating in the Heritage Feeder Tournament.  Check with a player about game time and date!

No practices will be held on Monday and Tuesday, December 26 and 27.  The school will be closed.



9:00 a.m. Christmas Day Worship Service with Holy Communion   


8:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ BMS


6:00 p.m. Men’s basketball @ BMS


7:00 p.m. New Year’s Eve Worship Service


January 1

9:00 a.m.

New Year’s Day Worship Service with Holy Communion  

January 3

6:00 a.m.  Early-bird Bible Class


9:00 a.m. Morning Glories
  7:00 p.m. Elders’ Meeting
  7:30 p.m. Trustees’ Meeting
  8:00 p.m. Council Meeting

January 4 

All Day

Tabea Society

  7:00 p.m. Choir
January 5  9:00 a.m. LWML Bible Class @ Dorothy Heckman’s
January 6 8:20 a.m.  Chapel @ Wyneken


The Lutheran Hymnal midi files copyright © 1998 Rev. Richard Jordan, used by permission