St James and St John United Church

We extend a warm welcome and Season’s Greetings to all who are joining us this evening. May you feel the awe and wonder of this Holy Night as we celebrate the birth of the Saviour coming into our world. May you be filled with the hope, peace, joy and love that only Christ can bring and may you carry it with you in the new year to come.

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2021, 4:00 Pm

Greetings & Welcome

Christmas Carol
“Gloria Deo!” by Ava Gallant

Call to Worship
Welcome tonight to a celebration like no other!
This is the night of the Holy Birth!
Let the love of Jesus be born in your hearts and spirits!
Open our hearts to receive this blessed gift,
Loving God.
Rejoice, good friends, the Good News is here!
Christ our Savior is Born! Hallelujah! AMEN.

Christmas Carol
“The First Noel” by Megan Gallant

Opening Prayer
Tonya Rubidge

Scripture
Luke 2:1-20

This is the word of God
Thanks be to God!
Message of the Prophecy Candle & Candle lighting – Ronda Whyte

Message of the Bethlehem Candle & Candle Lighting – Kathy Buckley

Message of the Shepherd Candle & Candle Lighting – Daniel Szemők

Message of the Angel Candle & Candle Lighting – Tracy Taylor

Message of the Christ Candle & Candle lighting – Kimberley Shaddick

Dedication
Sydney Murray

Christmas Carol
“Breathe of Heaven” by Kimberley Shaddick

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Christmas Carol
“Mary’s Boy Child” by United Harmony

Pastoral Prayer & The Lord’s Prayer

Benediction

Christmas Carol
“Silent Night”

The Sunday School Presents “One Night in Bethlehem”

Postlude – The Sunday School (2019)

Merry Christmas to all & and Many Blessings for 2022
Worship Participants
Music Ministry
Ava Gallant, Megan Gallant,
United Harmony & Kimberley Shaddick
Greeters
Corey, Amy, Elisabeth, Norah & Ava Shaddick
Distributing Communion
Andrew & Craig Doyle
Counter
Grace LeFloch
Sound Tech
David Watling

 

A Christmas Eve Prayer
Loving Father,
help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
May Christmas morning make us happy to be Your children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds
with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven,
in Your precious Son’s name. Amen.