Immanuel Lutheran High School, College, and Seminary
Eau Claire, WI

2009-12-15 ILC Chapel — Sydow Christmas chapel

Sydow Christmas chapel


Date : 2009-12-15
Speaker : Pastor Walter Schaller

Luke 2:1–20 (Listen)

The Birth of Jesus Christ

2:1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when1 Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed,2 who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.3

The Shepherds and the Angels

And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14   “Glory to God in the highest,
    and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”4

15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.


[1] 2:2 Or This was the registration before

[2] 2:5 That is, one legally pledged to be married

[3] 2:7 Or guest room

[4] 2:14 Some manuscripts peace, good will among men


Hymn: TLH 84: Christians, Awake Organ Audio

1. Christians, awake, salute the happy morn 
Whereon the Savior of the world was born. 
Rise to adore the mystery of love 
Which hosts of angels chanted from above; 
With them the joyful tidings first begun 
Of God Incarnate and the Virgin’s Son. 

2. Then to the watchful shepherds it was told, 
Who heard the angelic herald’s voice, “Behold, 
I bring good tidings of a Savior’s birth 
To you and all the nations upon earth; 
This day hath God fulfilled His promised word; 
This day is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.” 

3. He spake; and straightway the celestial choir 
In hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire; 
The praises of redeeming love they sang, 
And heaven’s whole orb with alleluias rang. 
God’s highest glory was their anthem still, 
Peace upon earth, and unto men good will. 

4. To Bethl’m straight th’ enlightened shepherds ran 
To see the wonder God had wrought for man 
And found, with Joseph and the blessed maid, 
Her Son, the Savior, in a manger laid; 
Then to their flocks, still praising God, return. 
And their glad hearts with holy rapture burn. 

5. Oh, may we keep and ponder in our mind 
God’s wondrous love in saving lost mankind! 
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss, 
From His poor manger to His bitter cross, 
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace, 
Till man’s first heavenly state again takes place. 

6.Then may we hope, th’ angelic hosts among, 
To sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song. 
He that was born upon this joyful day 
Around us all His glory shall display. 
Saved by His love, incessant we shall sing 
Eternal praise to heaven’s almighty King. 

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