Lessons and Hymns for Advent 4 A

These are the Scripture lessons you will hear this coming Sunday:

Isaiah 7:10-17
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-25

God’s Word Is Fulfilled for Us in the Flesh and Blood of Christ Jesus, the Son of Mary

The Fourth Sunday in Advent turns our attention toward the Nativity of Our Lord. With the blessed Virgin Mary, we await the coming of the Christ, her Son, conceived in her womb by the Word and Spirit of God. This fulfillment of the sign once given to the House of David, that “the virgin shall conceive and bear a son” (Is. 7:14), is now given to us in the Gospel. It declares that salvation is by His grace alone, entirely His work and a free gift. It is also the way and means by which the Lord our God is Immanuel, “God with us.” The almighty and eternal Son of God is conceived and born of Mary, and is thus “descended from David according to the flesh” (Rom. 1:3–4). He comes in this way to save us with His own flesh and blood; wherefore, He is called “Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21). As Joseph received this sign in faith and immediately “did as the angel of the Lord commanded him” (Matt. 1:24), we also live by faith in this Holy Gospel.

These are the hymns we will sing:

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (LSB 357 verses 1-3)
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (LSB 357 verses 4-7)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (LSB 361)
Prepare the Royal Highway (LSB 343)
What Hope! An Eden Prophesied (LSB 342)

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