St. James & St. John United Church
556 King George Highway, Miramichi, NB, E1V 1N3,
Phone: 622-1598
Website: www.newcastlepastoralcharge.ca
Facebook: St. James & St. John United Church
Minister: Rev. Alice Szemők
Worship Leader: Kathy Buckley
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able)

Christmas Eve Live Nativity Family Service
4:00 PM December 24, 2019

GREETING Rev. Alice

WELCOME Kathy Buckley

CHRISTMAS SKIT “Spread Your Light into the Darkness”
Erica Hill, Michelle Howett, Ronda Forrest Whyte

MUSICAL SELECTION “Shine a Light”
The Sunday School

*CALL TO WORSHIP
This is a season of miracles and we pray for one today. Where there is sorrow
We pray for Your grace to lighten the darkness
Where there is despair
We pray for Your hope to lighten the darkness
Where there is hatred
We pray for Your forgiveness to lighten the darkness
Where there is fear
We pray for Your joy to lighten the darkness
It is the season for miracles and we pray for one today; Come Lord Jesus, may Your light come into our world
Amen

*HYMN #67 “Silent Night”

LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE Rev. Alice
Those who know the darkness of the world, know the fragility of light; we hold our breath as the candles flicker and we know they don’t always last. The birth of Jesus Christ, helps show us, that the only

way the darkness can be beaten, is to say yes to the light of Christ. On this night, we light the Christ candle to remind us that God’s love shines bright and clear in our world.
We light this candle to spread the light of Christ through the darkness to each one of us. Jesus is born! Thanks be to God!

SCRIPTURE Paige Howett
Mathew 2:1-10

*HYMN #59 “Joy to the World”

OFFERING

*OFFERTORY HYMN “A Gift to You”

OFFERTORY PRAYER
In the greatest gift of giving, You presented the world with a Savior, a light that shines for people who walk in darkness. Remind us, as we give our humble gifts that we are called to carry that light into the world. In the name of Christ, the Light, we pray. Amen

HOLY COMMUNION

PRAYERS and THE LORD’S PRAYER

*HYMN #69 “Away in a Manger”

THE LIVING NATIVITY
Sunday School
Baby Jesus – Ava Jacqueline daughter of Corey & Amy Shaddick

MUSICAL SELECTION “O What a Glorious Night”
Sunday School
Soloist Payton Lingley & Kimberley Shaddick

*BENEDICTION “Shine a Light”

POSTLUDE “Go Tell it on the Mountain”

Our Greeters for this evening:
Gwen Geikie, Amy & Amber Geikie

Our Offering Leaders:
Ethan Colepaugh and Carl Farris
Carrie & Andrew Doyle & Aiden Duffy

Our Communion Leaders:
Corey Shaddick, Diane Forrest, Peter & Jackie Murray, Joshua Shaddick,
Gwen Geikie, Kimberley & Keith Shaddick,

Our Counters:
Ellie & Linda Hubbard

A Christmas Prayer of Good Wishes
May you be filled with the wonder of Mary,
the obedience of Joseph, the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the determination of the magi,
and the peace of the Christ child.
Almighty God, Father,
Son and Holy Spirit
bless you now and forever.

Merry Christmas to all
And a blessed, Happy New Year!