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
Organist: Ryan Leger
Greeters: Nancy & Royden Donald
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able)

Christmas Eve Traditional Service
7:30 PM December 24, 2019

GREETING

CALL TO WORSHIP

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.
Those who dwelt in the land of deep darkness,
on them light has shined.
We have beheld Christ’s glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father.
For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given.
In him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

*INTROIT #74 “What Child Is This”

ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING

Every year we light our candles.
We watch the flames flicker with wonder.
God’s light is here.
This light is life for all people.
The darkness will never overcome it.
The Word is with us. Thanks be to God.
(Light the Christ candle)

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING PRAYER

Almighty God, you have filled us with the new light of the Word who became flesh and lived among us. Let the light of our faith shine in all we do; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

*HYMN #59 “Joy to the World”

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 9:2-7
Luke 2:1-21

SERMON ‘The Greatest Gift’

PASTORAL PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER

*OFFERING HYMN #58 Verse 1 “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”
DEDICATION

The hope born in a manger long ago is birthed again. We gratefully offer these financial gifts as a way to provide hope for all God’s children. We rejoice in knowing that your ministry is strengthened by our gifts and prayers. We pray in the name of the Babe in the Manger. Amen

*Hymn #69 “Away in a Manger”

SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION

BENEDICTION

*CLOSING HYMN #67 “Silent Night! Holy Night!”

POSTLUDE

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!