7:30 PM Christmas Eve Service
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)
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 #60 Verses 1-4 “O Come All Ye Faithful”
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.)
* HYMN #6 “A Candle is Burning”
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 #38 “Angels We Have Heard on High”
PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION
SCRIPTURE Luke 2:1-21
ANTHEM “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
SERMON ‘The Dangerous Gift of Knowing’
*OFFERING HYMN #74 V1 “What Child is This”
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.
SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
* HYMN #67 “Silent Night”