Christmas Eve

2019 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service including the Music Prelude

The Service for the Lord’s Day
December 24, 2019 5:00 pm
Christmas Eve Worship

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MEDITATION

“For unto you is born this day in the City of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2.11

 

Christmas Eve Prelude 2019

“Christmas Medley”                                                                                                       Traditional, arr. J Purifoy

Handbells

 

“Mary, Did You Know”                                                                                                                  Lowry & Greene

September Symens-Lacroix and Violet Symens, violins

 

“Noel”                                                                                                                          Tomlin, Cash and Redman

Kameron Brooks, soprano

 

“In the Bleak Midwinter”                                                                                                       Holst, arr. F. Lopez

Alex Barrett, piano

 

“Sweet Little Jesus Boy”                                                                                                                 R MacGimsey

Gloria Stover, soprano and Amber Stover, autoharp

 

“O Thou that Tellest Good Tidings to Zion”                                                                                    G F Handel

James Wilson, violin

 

“He Is Born”

Traditional French, arr. T Beaney

Alex Barrett, piano

 

“Mary, Did You Know”                                                                                                             Lowry & Greene

AJ Baratta, baritone

 

*WELCOME   Staffed Nursery available in Millard Hall (infant through age 5)            Dr. Jonathan Sloan

 

(There are no strangers in God’s House, just friends we have not as yet met. 

Greet your neighbor with Christian love and let them know that you’re glad to see them!)

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:                          Jesus is the Light of the World.

People:           News of His birth began with a star of unimaginable brightness!

Leader:            Jesus is the Son of God.

People:           Born of a virgin, fully man yet fully God.

Leader:            Jesus is the Good Shepherd.

People:           A guide and protector, like those called to witness His magnificent

                        birth.

Leader:            The Savior of the World was named Jesus at birth; yet He is many things

to many people:  Leader, Friend, Savior, Light in the darkness!

People:           Let us worship God!

(Please be seated.)

 

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

 

THE FIRST LESSON                  Sin Enters the World                                           Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19

 

Lighting of the Advent Candle         The Christ Candle                                        Girthoffer Family

 

*Hymn                                           “Go Light the World”                                                  C Rice

        

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE                                                                                                                          Dr. Blake

 

THE SECOND LESSON                God Promises Blessings                           Genesis 22:15-18

Hymn #133 vs. 1 & 2                 “O Come All Ye Faithful”

 

THE THIRD LESSON                        A Messiah is Promised                                Isaiah 9:2,6-7

Hymn #147 vs. 1, 2 & 6                    “The First Nowell”

 

THE FOURTH LESSON             The Messiah’s Lineage                           Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6-9

Hymn #145                                    “What Child Is This”

 

THE FIFTH LESSON                An Angel Appears to Mary                           Luke 1:26-35, 38

Pastorale on “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came“           G Macchia

 

THE SIXTH LESSON                    Travels to Bethlehem                                      Luke 2:1-7

Hymn #121 vs. 1, 2 & 4          “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

 

THE SEVENTH LESSON         Angels Appear to Shepherds                             Luke 2:8-16

Anthem                                              “Away in a Manger”                                 arr. P Sjolund

Chancel Choir

 

THE EIGHTH LESSON            Kings Come from the East                             Matthew 2:1-11

Response of our Offering

Offertory – Anthem                             “O Holy Night”                                                        Adam

Jesse Black

 

*Doxology (The Hymnal, P. 606)

 

*Prayer of Dedication

 

THE NINTH LESSON               Light Comes to the World                                   John 1:1-14

The Lighting of the Candles             “Silent Night”                     

 

(Please use extreme care as you hold your lighted candle during our closing song. Please dip the unlit candle to the lit candle.)

 

*“Silent Night, Holy Night”

 

Silent night, holy night!  All is calm, all is bright, Round yon virgin mother

      and child! Holy Infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace. Sleep in

      heavenly peace.

 

      Silent night, holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight, Glories stream from        

      heaven afar.  Heavenly hosts sing “Alleluia; Christ the Savior is born,

      Christ the Savior is born.”

 

      Silent night, holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light.  Radiant beams from

      Thy holy face.  With the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord at Thy birth. 

      Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

     

      Silent night, holy night! Wondrous star, lend thy light; With the angels let us

      sing, Alleluia to our King; Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is

      born.

 

*BENEDICTION

 

POSTLUDE:                             “Angels We Have Heard on High”                   arr. M McDonald

 

*Please stand, in body or in spirit

 

All are asked to extinguish their candles and go out into the world, strengthened and nourished by the Light of the world, with God’s love, grace and Christ’s peace in your heart.  You may take your candle home with you. 

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When you enter God’s house, please do so in prayerful silence.  We request you turn off pagers and cell phones.

 

If you purchased a poinsettia(s) for this evening’s service, kindly take it with you after worship.

 

Thank you to all who participated in this evening’s worship.

 

As you leave this evening, take within you the light of Christ,

reflecting it brightly wherever you may go!

 

Have a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas!