5pm Order of Worship
December 24th 2021 ~ Christmas Eve

Prelude:  Christmas Carol Sing-along

The first Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep

Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night

Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far
To seek for a king was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went

Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

Then entered in those wise men three
Full rev’rently upon the knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense

Noel Noel Noel Noel
Born is the King of Israel

CCLI Song # 31047
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Away in a manger no crib for a bed
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay

The cattle are lowing the Baby awakes
But little Lord Jesus no crying He makes
I love Thee Lord Jesus look down from the sky
And stay by my cradle ’til morning is nigh

Be near me Lord Jesus I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever and love me I pray
Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care
And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there

CCLI Song # 5950047
Frank Anderson | James Ramsey Murray | John Thomas McFarland | Martin Luther
© Words: Public Domain
Music: 1979 New Spring (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.)
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Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room
And heav’n and nature sing
And heav’n and nature sing
And heav’n and heav’n and nature sing

Joy to the earth 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

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 wonders of His love

CCLI Song # 24016
George Frideric Handel | Isaac Watts
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Music: Public Domain
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It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
String Quartet

As with gladness men of old
Did the guiding star behold
As with joy they hailed its light
Leading onward beaming bright
So most gracious Lord may we
Evermore your splendour see

As they offered gifts most rare
At your cradle plain and bare
So may we with holy joy
Pure and free from sin’s alloy
All our costliest treasures bring
Christ to you our heavenly king

In the heavenly country bright
Need they no created light
You its light its joy its crown
You its sun which goes not down
There for ever may we sing
Alleluias to our king

CCLI Song # 4986524
William Chatterton Dix | Word & Music
© Word & Music – The Jubilate Group (Admin. by Jubilate Hymns Ltd, sub to Hope Publishing for various regions) (Admin. by Hope Publishing Company)
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O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight

For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep
The angels keep their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And peace to all on earth

O holy Child of Bethlehem
Descend to us we pray
Cast out our sin and enter in
Be born in us today
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell
O come to us abide with us
Our Lord Emmanuel

CCLI Song # 27879
Lewis Henry Redner | Phillips Brooks
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Music: Public Domain
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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 hosts proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of the Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail th’incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with men to dwell
Jesus our Emmanuel
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Sun of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that we no more may die
Born to raise us from the earth
Born to give us second birth
Hark the herald angels sing
Glory to the newborn King

CCLI Song # 27738
Charles Wesley | Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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Music: Public Domain
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What Child Is This
String Quartet

Welcome

 

Opening of Worship

Miracle of Love
Chris Tomlin

 

Christmas Eve Prayer

Dear Lord, help us remember the birth of Jesus, that we may share in the songs of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds and the worship of the wise men. May Christmas morning make us happy to be Your children, and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, joyful hearts forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen. (Adapted from Robert Louis Stevenson)

 

Opening Hymn

O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

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

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

Sing choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
O sing all ye bright
Hosts of heav’n above
Glory to God all
Glory in the highest

O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

CCLI Song # 31054
C. Frederick Oakeley | John Francis Wade
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Scripture Reading

Peyton Aanonsen, Reader

Luke 1:46-56; 2:1-7
NRSV

46 Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” 56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

 Christmas Eve Message

Senior Pastor Robert de Wetter

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

 

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / We Three Kings
BareNaked Ladies

 

Lighting of the Candles

Please keep the lighted candle upright and tip the unlighted candle. The candles are extinguished after the hymn.

 

Closing Hymn

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

Silent night holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

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 Thy birth
Jesus Lord at Thy birth

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

CCLI Song # 27862
Franz Xaver Gruber | John Freeman Young | Joseph Mohr
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
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Closing Prayer

We rejoice in the steadfast presence of Jesus Christ, born of Mary, growing through childhood into adulthood, in all His life manifesting the peace, love, and justice of God; His voice undimmed by the centuries; His call and His promise as clear to us as it was to His disciples so long ago. Come to us, Lord Jesus, Be born in us this night, in our hearts, our minds, our lives. May the light of Your life be kindled in us, And lead us to the shining truth of God with us, God for us, God in us. Amen.  

 

Christmas Eve Blessing

 

Postlude

Carol of the Bells
String Quartet

Our love in action now begins…

This evening’s Special Music is brought to you by:

Music Director: Paul Dankers
Worship Leader: Michael Schoepe
Violin: Suzanne Nadeau-Porter
Viola: Abigail Dreher
Cello & Bass: Lorraine Curry
Mandolin, Dobro & Guitar: Craig Curry
Vocals & Percussion: Heidi Rovig

 

Thank you to all of this evening’s volunteers!

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