Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve

Pre-Service MusicChristmas Day (Gustav Holst)

Organ PreludeHodie Christus natus est (Gregorian)

Words of Welcome Rev. Debbie Scott

Choral IntroitThe Birthday of a King (Neidlinger)

Alleluia! O how the angels sang;
Alleluia! How it rang!
And the sky was bright with a holy light;
‘Twas the birthday of a King.

* Call to Worship

L: In snow-capped churches, and on sand-strewn beaches,
P: God’s people gather in joy to celebrate a birth.
L: With hopes littering our hearts like wrapping paper under a tree,
P: We offer our thanks and praise for the gift of grace swaddled in love.
L: With eyes wide open like little children, with hearts full of wonder and laughter,
P: We join our lives with Mary & Joseph, with the shepherds who ran to tell the good news.

* Opening Carol O Come, All Ye Faithful (Vs. 1, 3, 4, & 6)   UMH 234

1. O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem. Come and behold him, born the King of angels; O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

3. Sing, choir of angels, sing in exultation; O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all glory in the highest; O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

4. See how the shepherds, summoned to his cradle, leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; we too will thither bend our joyful footsteps; O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

6. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning, Jesus, to thee be all glory given. Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: O come, let us adore him, O Come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Opening Prayer (All)

Gracious Lord, you have gathered the whole world around the manger in Bethlehem. Help the light of your love to shine brightly in all that we see, all that we hear, all that we smell, and touch, and taste, and feel that this holy child might transform our hearts into your likeness, made visible in this baby, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lighting the Christ Candle

L: Today we remember the birth of the baby named Jesus – a tiny, fragile child.
P: God chose to come to us wrapped in a diaper and asleep in a trough.
L: This tiny child comes to us as a symbol of promise –
P: That God chooses to be with us.
L: As a symbol of courage –
P: That God’s strength takes the form of vulnerability.
L: As a symbol of trust –
P: That God protects us in our fragility.
L: As a symbol of comfort –
P: That God comforts us as Mary comforted Jesus.
L: On this Christmas Eve, we light the candle that represents Christ. May we open our hearts to the light of God’s Spirit which comforts and protects and heals. Come, Lord Jesus, into our world, and fill us with your love. Amen.

AnthemO Night Divine! (Adam)                                                                                            Scott Nunn, Tenor

O Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
Fall on your knees,
O hear the angels’ voices!
O night divine,
O night when Christ was born
O night divine,
O night divine,
O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from Orient land.
The King of kings lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials born to be our Friend!
He knows our need; to our weakness is no stranger.
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King; before Him lowly bend!

Children’s Moment

AnthemIn the Bleak Midwinter (Cantata version – Gustav Holst)

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan;
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain,
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty -
Jesus Christ.

What can I give Him,
Poor as I am? -
If I were a Shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man
I would do my part, -
Yet what I can I give Him, -
Give my heart.

Old Testament Lesson – Isaiah 9:2-7   Dr. Emora T. Brannan
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

* CarolO Little Town of Bethlehem UMH 230

1. O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie; above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by. Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

2. For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love. O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth, and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all on earth!

3. How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given; so God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heaven. No ear may hear his coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive him, still the dear Christ enters in.

4. O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Gospel Lesson ­– Luke 2:1-14

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

Christmas Meditation – “Good News of Great Joy”   Rev. Debbie Scott

A Christmas Prayer

L: Let us affirm the love that God has for us – a love that was not, and cannot, be hindered.
P: We thank God for coming unto us; we praise him for Christ’s birth into our world.
L: It was cold and Mary and Joseph were fearful.
P: But that did not stop the birth.
L: They were poor and had no place fitting for their child.
P: But that did not stop the birth.
L: They were uncertain about what God wanted from them.
P: But that did not stop the birth.
L: And today we are still sometimes cold and fearful, certainly poor in many ways.
P: We often feel that we have no place and are unclear about what God wants of us.
L: But these things did not stop the birth of Jesus then, nor will they do it now. To all who are open to God’s leading, He comes.
P: Lord Jesus be born in us tonight.

Invitation to Christmas Offering

Offertory Torches (Joubert)

Torches, torches, run with torches
All the way to Bethlehem!
Christ is born and now lies sleeping;
Come and sing your song to Him!
Torches, torches, run with torches
All the way to Bethlehem!
Christ is born and now lies sleeping;
Come and sing your song to Him!

Ah, Roro, Roro, my baby
Ah, Roro, my love, Roro;
Sleep you well, my heart’s own darling
While we sing you our Rorro

Sing, my friends, and make you merry
Joy and mirth and joy again;
Lo, He lives, the King of heaven
Now and evermore. Amen
Lo, He lives, the King of heaven
Now and ever, evermore. Amen.

* Presentation of Offerings with Response (Tune -Tallis Canon)

Praise God for gifts of hope and peace, Praise God for gifts of joy and love
Praise God for sending Christ to dwell, on earth for us – Emmanuel.

* Offering Prayer

May the gifts we share be from the heart, just as yours was that day, God of Bethlehem. May they serve those who look for welcome, those who struggle with loss and grief, those who need to be blessed by hope. This we pray in the name of your Child, Jesus. Amen.

Service of Candle Lighting (Remain Seated, Choir will sing Vs. 1 in German as Candles are being lit)

CarolSilent Night, Holy Night

1. 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.

2. 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!

3. 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 they birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

4. 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!

Prayer of Dedication (Unison)

O Christ, we ask, as we hold our candles, that you would dwell within us that we may go forth with the light of hope in our eyes, the fire of inspiration on our lips, your Word on our tongues, and your love in our hearts. Amen.

* Closing HymnJoy to the World UMH 246

1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

2. Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let all their songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3. No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.

4. He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.

* Benediction

L: Thank you, God, for coming among us as a baby so long ago.
P: Thank you for coming among us this Holy Night and every day of our life.
L: We remember that there are people who do not rejoice in you tonight, people who cannot sing the Magnificat as we do.

P: Help us to be as Christ for them. Help us to bring Christ’s Light into their lives and into the life of all creation. Amen.
L: May the mystery of the Baby and the strength of the Man and the Grace of the Risen One, Jesus Christ, go with you tonight and dwell in you always.
P: Amen! Amen!

* Congregational ResponseWe Wish You A Merry Christmas

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year.

Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin;
Good tidings for Christmas
And a happy New Year!

We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
We wish you a Merry Christmas
And a happy New Year.

* PostludeIn Dulci Jubilo (Honegger)

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