christmas eve

WORSHIP ORDER


Prelude // Instrumental Ensemble

Welcome Message // Rev. Dr. Todd Jordan

Opening Christmas Medley
– “O, Come All Ye Faithful” // UMH #234, 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;

Refrain: (x2)
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord!

– “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” // UMH #240, Verses 1 and 3
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 the angelic hosts proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain:
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King”

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen 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. [Refrain]

– “Angels We Have Heard on High” // UMH #238, Verses 1, 2, and 4
Angels we have heard on high,
sweetly singing o’er the plains
and the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains.

Refrain:
Gloria in excelsis Deo,
gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
which inspire your heavenly song? [Refrain]

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing.
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King. [Refrain]

Responsive Reading
PASTOR: But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, You are one of the little clans of Judah,
– PEOPLE: from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.
PASTOR: Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has brought forth;
– PEOPE: then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel.
PASTOR: And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.
– PEOPLE: And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; and he shall be the one of peace.

“Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy)”
Joy to the world the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and nature sing
And heaven and heaven and nature sing

Joy to the world 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

[Chorus] Joy unspeakable joy
An overflowing well
No tongue can tell
Joy unspeakable joy
It rises in my soul
Never lets me go

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

A Christmas Prayer // Rev. Beth Chenault

“Mary, Did You Know?” // Performed by Andy Rodriguez

Scripture Reading // Luke 2:1-20 // Rev. Beth Chenault

Sermon Message // Rev. Dr. Todd Jordan

Confession and Pardon
INVITATION
Pastor stands behind the Lord’s table.
[LEADER:] Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him,
who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another.
Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and one another.

CONFESSION AND PARDON
[ALL:] Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have failed to be an obedient church.
We have not done your will,
we have broken your law,
we have rebelled against your love,
we have not loved our neighbors,
and we have not heard the cry of the needy.
Forgive us, we pray.
Free us for joyful obedience,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All pray in silence.

[LEADER:] Hear the good news:
Christ died for us while we were yet sinners;
that proves God’s love toward us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

[PEOPLE:] In the name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

[ALL:] Glory to God. Amen.

Holy Communion
[LEADER:] The Lord be with you.
[ALL:] And also with you.

[LEADER:] Lift up your hearts. The pastor may lift hands and keep them raised.
[ALL:] We lift them up to the Lord.

[LEADER:] Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
[ALL:] It is right to give our thanks and praise.

[LEADER:] It is right, and a good and joyful thing,
always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth.
You created light out of darkness and brought forth life on the earth.
You formed us in your image and breathed into us the breath of life.
When we turned away, and our love failed, your love remained steadfast.
You delivered us from captivity, made covenant to be our sovereign God,
and spoke to us through your prophets.
In the fullness of time
you gave your only Son Jesus Christ to be our Savior,
and at his birth the angels sang
glory to you in the highest and peace to your people on earth.
And so, with your people on earth and all the company of heaven
we praise your name and join their unending hymn:

The pastor may lower hands.

[ALL:] Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.

The pastor may raise hands.

[LEADER:] Holy are you, and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ.
As Mary and Joseph went from Galilee to Bethlehem
and there found no room,
so Jesus went from Galilee to Jerusalem and was despised and rejected.
As in the poverty of a stable Jesus was born,
so by the baptism of his suffering, death, and resurrection
you gave birth to your Church,
delivered us from slavery to sin and death,
and made with us a new covenant by water and the Spirit.

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the bread, or touch the bread, or lift the bread.

[LEADER:] As your Word became flesh, born of woman, on that night long ago,
so, on the night in which he gave himself up for us, he took bread,
gave thanks to you, broke the bread, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.
Do this in remembrance of me.”

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the cup, or touch the cup, or lift the cup.

[LEADER:] When the supper was over he took the cup,
gave thanks to you, gave it to his disciples, and said:
“Drink from this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,
poured out for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

The pastor may raise hands.

[LEADER:] And so, in remembrance of these your mighty acts in Jesus Christ,
we offer ourselves in praise and thanksgiving
as a holy and living sacrifice, in union with Christ’s offering for us,
as we proclaim the mystery of faith.

[ALL:] Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

The pastor may hold hands, palms down, over the bread and cup.

[LEADER:] Pour out your Holy Spirit on us gathered here,
and on these gifts of bread and wine.
Make them be for us the body and blood of Christ,
that we may be for the world the body of Christ, redeemed by his blood.

The pastor may raise hands.

[LEADER:] By your Spirit make us one with Christ,
one with each other, and one in ministry to all the world,
until Christ comes in final victory, and we feast at his heavenly banquet.

Through your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit in your holy Church,
all honor and glory is yours, almighty Father (God ), now and for ever.

[ALL:] Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
[ALL:] 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.

And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For Thine is the kingdom and
the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.