Order of Worship
December 24th 2023 ~ Christmas Eve 

7pm & 9pm Service

Prelude

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Saint Louis)

Verse 1
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

Instrumental interlude

Verse 2
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 men on earth

Instrumental interlude

Verse 5
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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As With Gladness Men of Old

Verse 1
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 be led to Thee.

Instrumental interlude

Verse 2
As with joyful steps they sped
To that lowly manger bed
There to bend the knee before
Him whom heaven and earth adore
So may we with willing feet
Ever seek the mercy seat.

Instrumental interlude

Verse 3
As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger rude and bare,
So may we with holy joy
Pure and free from sin’s alloy
All our costliest treasures bring
Christ to Thee our heavenly king

CCLI Song # 1037710
William Chatterton Dix
© 1982 The Jubilate Group (Admin. by Hope Publishing Company)
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We Three Kings (Kings Of Orient)

Verse 1
We three kings of Orient are
Bearing gifts we traverse afar
Field and fountain moor and mountain
Following yonder star

Chorus
O star of wonder star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

Instrumental interlude

Verse 2
Born a King on Bethlehem’s plain
Gold I bring to crown Him again
King forever ceasing never
Over us all to reign

Instrumental interlude (No Chorus)

Verse 3
Frankincense to offer have I
Incense owns a Deity nigh
Prayer and praising all men raising
Worship Him God on high

Instrumental interlude (No Chorus)

Verse 4
Myrrh is mine its bitter perfume
Breathes a life of gathering gloom
Sorrowing sighing bleeding dying
Sealed in the stone cold tomb

(No Chorus)

Verse 5
Glorious now behold Him arise
King and God and sacrifice
Alleluia alleluia
Earth to heaven replies

Chorus
O star of wonder star of night
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading still proceeding
Guide us to Thy perfect light

CCLI Song # 38002
John Henry Hopkins Jr.
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Hark The Herald Angels Sing
Mendelssohn

Verse 1
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

Verse 2
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

Instrumental interlude

Verse 3
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 men no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them 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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Joy To The World
Antioch

Verse 1
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

Verse 2
Joy to the earth the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods
Rocks hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat repeat the sounding joy

Instrumental interlude

Verse 4
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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Welcome

 

The First Lesson

Isaiah 11:1-4a; 6-9

The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

1. Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch from his roots will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him,
The spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The spirit of counsel and strength,
The spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3 And He will delight in the fear of the Lord,
And He will not judge by what His eyes see,
Nor make decisions by what His ears hear;
4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor,
And decide with fairness for the humble of the earth

6 And the wolf will dwell with the lamb,
And the leopard will lie down with the young goat,
And the calf and the young lion [a]and the fattened steer will be together;
And a little boy will lead them.
7 Also the cow and the bear will graze,
Their young will lie down together,
And the lion will eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child will play by the hole of the cobra,
And the weaned child will put his hand on the viper’s den.
9 They will not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain,
For the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
As the waters cover the sea.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

 Choral Opening

The Dream Isaiah Saw
By Thomas H. Troeger & Glenn L. Rudolph; Arr. Paul Dankers

 

Bidding Prayer

Beloved in Christ,
this Christmas Eve it is our duty and delight
to prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the angels,
and to go in heart and mind to Bethlehem,
and see this thing which is come to pass,
and the Babe lying in a manger.
Therefore let us hear again from Holy Scripture:
Let us go, in heart and mind, to see what has come to pass.
Let us go with the shepherds to find the Savior!
Let us go with the wise ones to find God’s promise, born for us!
Let us go with the poor and humble to find our King, born in a lowly manger.
Let us go with all the world, with all the peoples of the nations.
Come, let us worship; come, let us adore him: Christ the Lord!


Opening Hymn

O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles)

Attributed to John F. Wade, ca. 1711-86; Arr. Hal H. Hopson & Paul Dankers

Verse 1
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

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

Adeste Fideles laeti triumphantes,
Veníte, veníte in Bethlehem.
Natum vidéte, Regem Angelorum:

Veníte adoremus,
Veníte adoremus
Veníte adoremus Dóminum

Verse 2
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

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

Instrumental interlude

Verse 3
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

Chorus
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
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Music: Public Domain
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The Second Lesson

Luke 1: 26–35; 38

The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God.” Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

 Choir

Ave Maria
Ashana Lobody & Thomas Barquee; Arranged by Jack Manno & Paul Dankers

Soloist: Heidi Rovig

Translation

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

 

The Third Lesson

Luke 2: 1, 3–7

St Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. All went to their own towns to be registered. 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. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 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.

 

 Choir

All Is Well
Michael W. Smith & Wayne Kirkpatrick; Arr. Ronn Huff & Paul Dankers

Soloist: Hattie Rensberry

 

The Fourth Lesson

Luke 2: 8-16

The shepherds go to the manger.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see– I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

Congregational Hymn

Angels We Have Heard On High (Gloria)

A French Carol; Arr. Hal H. Hopson & Paul Dankers

Verse 1
Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echo back their joyous strains

Chorus
Gloria
In excelsis Deo
Gloria
In excelsis Deo

Verse 2
Shepherds why this jubilee
Why your joyous strains prolong
Say what may the tidings be
Which inspire your heav’nly song

Chorus
Gloria
In excelsis Deo
Gloria
In excelsis Deo

Verse 3
Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing
Come adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord the newborn King

Chorus
Gloria
In excelsis Deo
Gloria
In excelsis Deo

Instrumental Interlude

Verse 4
See within a manger laid
Jesus Lord of heav’n and earth!
Mary Joseph lend your aid
With us sing our Savior’s birth.

Chorus
Gloria
In excelsis Deo
Gloria
In excelsis Deo

CCLI Song # 27721
Edward Shippen Barnes | James Chadwick
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Music: Public Domain
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 Christmas Eve Message

Senior Pastor, The Rev. Dr. Charla Belinski

 

Pastoral Prayer

 

The 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.

Offertory

Candlelight Carol
John Rutter, Arr. Paul Dankers

 The Fifth Lesson

 John 1:1-5, 14

The Word Became Flesh.

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

The Word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

 

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 (Stille Nacht)

Based on “Stille Nacht” by Franz Gruber & “Night of Silence” by Daniel Kantor; Arr. Hal Hopson & Paul Dankers

 

Verse 1
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

Verse 2
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

Verse 3
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

Instrumental Interlude

Verse 4
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

CCLI Song # 27862
Franz Xaver Gruber | John Freeman Young | Joseph Mohr
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Music: Public Domain
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Christmas Eve Blessing

 

Postlude

Carol Postlude
Arranged by Hal Hopson

Our love in action now begins…

2023 Christmas Eve Participants

Soprano
Hattie Branson
Donna Dale
Sue de Campo
Lisa DiMento
Marie Kelly
Heidi Rovig

Alto
Lisa Curran
Cerys Hembury
Katriona Hembury
Tamela Kenning
Hattie Rensberry
Bettina Slusar
Sylvia Wendrow

Tenor
Michael Schoepe
Marlene Schroeder
Dan Shnider
Brit White

Bass
Richard de Campo
Steve Child
Tom Kenning
Darrell Smith
Cooper Strait
Roy Wiedinmyer

Orchestra

Violin I: Suzanne Nadeau-Porter
Violin II: Chloe Keeney Barkley
Viola: Charles Hebenstreit
Cello: Lorraine Curry
Bass: Jeanette Adams
Flute: Darla Dixon Strait
Oboe: Lori Patrick
Singing Bowls: Pam Rosenthal
Keyboard: Christina Wenning

Bells
Ben Belinski
Ali Naaseh Shary
Chad Patrick

Audio Visual Desk
Dylan Beckerman
Travis Buckner
Shane Serrano

Thank you to all of this evening’s volunteers!

5pm Readers – Paige Strecker & Peyton Aanonsen
5pm Volunteers – Sally Sparhawk, Robin Strecker, Pete Strecker, Paige Strecker, Annie Strecker, Jeanne Woods, Randy Woods

7pm Reader – Jacqui Horton
7pm Volunteers – Wendy Bowen, Nick Bowen, Sally Sparhawk, Rhonda Coxon, Jessica Coxon, Emily Garcia, Cecilia Rios

9pm Reader – Dave Ressler
9pm Volunteers – Jeannette Cohen, Cecilia Rios, Emily Garcia, Anna Kate Belinski, Robert Huber

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