Friday, December 24, 2021

CHRISTMAS EVE

CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

DECEMBER 24, 2021

7:00PM

 

6:45 PM Choral Prelude

O Come to Us, Emmanuel (arr. Harlan)

O come to us, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear,

O come, thou Rod of Jesse, free thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depths of Hell Thy people save

And gave them victory over the grave.

O come, Thou Dayspring, come

And cheer our spirits by Thine advent here;

And drive away the shades of night,

Pierce the clouds, bring us Your light!

O come, we pray, Messiah, come,

And open wide our heavenly home;

Make safe the path and guide our way,

O come, Emmanuel, we pray.

O come, Desire of nations, bind

All peoples in one heart and mind;

Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;

Fill all the world with Heaven’s peace.

O come to us, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel

 

I’m Not Dreaming of a White Christmas

By Gilbert Ob  Solo, Bill Murphy

I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas,

All I dream about the whole day long is a peaceful world.

 

Merry Christmas and happy New Year

To those of you who live in fear

And let us hope that very soon

The peace you need will there resume

 

I’m not dreaming of a white Christmas,
All I dream about the whole day long is a peaceful (happy) world.

 

Christ Is Born, Sing Glory to God  (Larson)

The stars shone bright, the angels sang,

Across the earth the promise rang.

All darkness banished with His birth,

God has sent His Son to earth.

A Child of hope, a Child of joy,

God’s gift to all, this little boy.

How still the night of Jesus’ birth!

How great the gift of peace on earth!

O Child of everlasting light!

O miracle that holy night!

Our hopes and fears through all the years

Were met in You that night.

 

O Child of hope, you touch my heart,

With a simple message You impart

That God has sent His grace and love,

And You shall reign with Him above.

O Child of hope, to You we pray,

Guide our steps along life’s way.

Renew our faith, help us believe,

Great gift of God we now receive.

O Child of everlasting light!

O miracle that holy night!

 

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.

 

Tidings of Comfort and Joy (Martin)

God fill your hearts with joyfulness,

Let nothing you dismay;

Remember Christ, our Savior,

Was born on Christmas Day

To save us all from Satan’s power

When we had gone astray;

O, tidings of comfort and joy!

 

Let all who mourn be comforted and let the blind now see.

Let every broken heart be healed, set every captive free;

For Christ has come to bring us life and give our spirits peace;

O, tidings of comfort and joy!

 

Now to the Lord sing praises, all you within this place,

And with a heart of gratitude each other now embrace;

And tell the world this Christmas of Jesus’ love and grace:

O, tidings of comfort and joy!

 

Welcome Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Choral Introit “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,

And with fear and trembling stand;

Ponder nothing earthly minded,

For with blessing in His hand

Christ our God to earth descendeth,

Our full homage to demand.

 

Call to Worship

L: We once walked in darkness, but tonight we walk in light.
P: We once lived in sorrow, but tonight we live in joy!
L: Our burdens have been lifted and laid in a manger of love.
P: A child has given us hope, mercy, grace, and peace.
L: We gather this evening with thanks and praise,
P: to witness the gift of a baby,
L: Christ Jesus, the promised one, the light of God’s redeeming love.
P: We rejoice in God’s miraculous gift!

 

Opening Carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful”   Vs. 1, 3 & 6    UMH 234

1. Oh, come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant! Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem.

Come and behold him, Born the King of angels;

Chorus: Oh, come, let us adore him; Oh, come, let us adore him; Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

3. Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation; Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above!

Glory to God, Glory in the highest; Chorus

6. Yea, Lord, we greet thee, Born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n. Word of the Father,

Now in flesh appearing; Chorus

 

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.

 

Choral Response “O Holy Night” (Adam)    Jordan McKenney, Tenor

O holy night!  The stars are brightly shining;        Truly, He taught us to love one another;

It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.                 His law is Love and His gospel is Peace.

Long lay the world in sin and error pining,           Chains shall he break, for the slave is His brother,

Till He appeared, and the soul felt its worth.        And in His name all oppression shall cease.

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices,               Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.        Let all within us praise His holy name.

Fall on your knees!  Oh, hear the angel voices!     Christ is the Lord, then ever praise we,

O night divine!  O night when Christ was born!    His power and glory evermore proclaim.

 

 

Old Testament Lesson Isaiah 9:2-7 NIV

2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered

the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. The Word of God….

THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Carol “Hark The Herald Angels Sing”   UMH 240

1. Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”

Joyful, all ye nations rise, Join the triumph of the skies,

With th’angelic host proclaim: “Christ is born in Bethlehem.”

Refrain: Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

2. Christ by highest heav’n adored, Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a Virgin’s womb.

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity,

Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel. Refrain

3. Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of

Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings, Ris’n with healing in His wings.

Mild He lays His glory by, Born that man no more may die,

Born to raise the sons of earth, Born to give them second birth. Refrain

 

Gospel Lesson Luke 2:1-20

2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

The Word of God for the people of God….THANKS BE TO GOD

 

Christmas Meditation 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

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Fairest Lord Jesu (arr.Martin)”

Fairest Lord Jesus, Ruler of all nature,

O Thou of God and man the Song;

Thee will I cherish,

Thee will I honor;

Thou, my soul’s glory, joy and crown/

 

Jesu, joy of man’s desiring,

Holy wisdom, Love most bright.

Drawn by Thee our souls aspiring,

Soar to uncreated light.

Word of God our flesh that fashioned

With the fire of life impassioned.

Striving sill to Truth unknown,

Soaring, dying, round Thy throne.

 

Beautiful Savior,

Lord of all nations,

Blessed Son of God and Son of man!

Glory and honor,

Praise, adoration,

Now and forever more be Thine!

 

Offering Prayer

Thank you, God, for coming to us in a human life so expressive of love that two thousand years have not extinguished the flame. May that love burn so brightly in our lives that its’ fires will spread. Use our offerings to ignite in the world such caring and compassion that all your children may know joy and peace, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Service of Candle Lighting (Choir will sing vs. 1 in German as Candles are being lit)

Carol “Silent 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 Hymn “Joy to the World”     UMH  246 Vs. 1, 2 & 4

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

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 of His love

And wonders, wonders of His love

 

Benediction

L: Go forth as light-bearers and peace-makers, heralds of God’s good news to the world.

P: It is a joy and privilege to be God’s messengers, sharing the wonder, love, and grace of this holy  night

with others.

L: See for yourselves what God has done. Live among others the good news of great joy.

P: We leave this time of worship, glorifying and praising God for all we have seen and heard.

 

Congregational Response “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”

We wish you a Merry Christmas                Good tidings we bring           Repeat Chorus

We wish you a Merry Christmas                To you and your kin;

We wish you a Merry Christmas                Good tidings for Christmas

And a happy New Year!                            And a happy New Year.

 

Postlude

 

We thank our members and friends for placing poinsettias on the Lovely Lane Altar. Please click on the link below to view out poinsettia list:

http://lovelylane.net/home/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Poinsettias.pdf

 

 

We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday (with the exception of Dec 25th and Jan 1st)

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

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