Advent Worship

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve


Call to Worship

(from Isaiah 9:2)


L:             The people walking in darkness

    have seen a great light;

    on those living in the land of the shadow of death

    a light has dawned.


P:            Jesus Christ is our life and light.

    In his name and in his power, let us worship God!



Hark the Herald Angels Sing


    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 host 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 the incarnate Deity

    Pleased as man with man 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 Son of Righteousness

    Light and life to all He brings, ris’n with healing in His wings

    Mild He lays His glory by, born that man 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

    “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” Words and Music by Charles Wesley/Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy ©Public Domain  CCLI. No. 11258550.



Go Tell It On the Mountain        


        Go tell it on the mountain

        Over the hills and everywhere

        Go tell it on the mountain

        That Jesus Christ is born


    While shepherds kept their watching 

    Over silent flocks by night

    Behold throughout the heavens 

    There shone a holy light


        Go tell it on the mountain

        Over the hills and everywhere

        Go tell it on the mountain

        That Jesus Christ is born


    The shepherds feared and trembled 

    When lo above the earth

    Rang out the angel chorus 

    That hailed our Savior’s birth


        Go tell it on the mountain

        Over the hills and everywhere

        Go tell it on the mountain

        That Jesus Christ is born


    Down in a lowly manger 

    The humble Christ was born 

    And brought us God’s salvation 

    That blessed Christmas morn


        Go tell it on the mountain

        Over the hills and everywhere

        Go tell it on the mountain

        That Jesus Christ is born

    “Go Tell it On The Mountain” Words and Music by John W. Work Jr. ©Public Domain  CCLI. No. 11258550.



Welcome & Announcements



Confession of Sin

(from the Worship Sourcebook)


L:            Generous God,

    you give us the greatest gift of all, yourself,

    but often we find it hard to take notice;

    we are caught up with our own gifts, given and received.

    Forgive us, generous God,

    for the casual way we treat your gift of love.

    Cast out our sin and enter in,

    be born in us today.



Assurance of Grace              

(based on 2 Corinthians 4:6)


P:            God has caused light to shine in our hearts,

    the light that is the knowledge of the glory of God

    in the face of Jesus Christ.



What Child is This?


    What child is this, who laid to rest

    On Mary’s lap is sleeping?

    Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,

    While angels watch are keeping?


        This, this is Christ the King

        Whom shepherds guard and angels sing

        Haste, haste to bring Him laud the Babe, the Son of Mary


    Why lies He in such mean estate,

    Where ox and ass are feeding?

    Good Christians, fear, for sinners here

    The silent Word is pleading. 

        Nails, spear shall pierce him through,

        The cross be borne for me, for you

        Hail, hail the Word made flesh the Babe, the Son of Mary


    So bring him incense, gold and myrrh

    Come peasant, king to own him

    The King of Kings salvation brings

    Let loving hearts enthrone him


        Raise, raise the song on high,

        The Virgin sings her lullaby

        Joy, joy for Christ is born the Babe, the Son of Mary

“What Child is This?” Words and Music by Unknown/William Chatterton Dix ©Public Domain  CCLI No. 11258550



O Little Town of Bethlehem    


    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 men on earth!


    How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n!

    So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven.

    No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,

    Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in. 


    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:

    Oh, come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

    “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Words and Music by Lewis Henry Redner/Phillips Brooks ©Public Domain  CCLI No. 11258550



Advent Candle Lighting

(based on the Prophet Isaiah)


L1:          We light these candles as a sign of the coming of Christ.

    Advent means coming.

    We are preparing for the full coming of God’s kingdom:


L2:          The nations shall beat their swords into plowshares,

    and their spears into pruning hooks;

    nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

    neither shall they learn war any more. (Isaiah 2:4)


L1:          The wolf shall live with the lamb,

    the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

    the calf and lion and the fatling together,

    and a little child shall lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)


L2:          The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad,

    the desert shall rejoice and blossom;

    like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly,

    and rejoice with joy and singing. (Isaiah 2:4)


L1:          The Lord will give you a sign.

    Look, the young woman is with child

    and shall bear a son,

    and shall name him Immanuel (“God is with us”). (Isaiah 7:14)


P:           The people who walked in darkness

    have seen a great light;

    those who lived in a land of deep darkness,

    on them light has shined. (Isaiah 9:2)



Prayer for the City



Affirmation of Faith

(from John 1)


L:            In the beginning was the Word,

    and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

    He was in the beginning with God.

    All things came into being through him,

    and without him not one thing came into being. 

    What has come into being in him was life,

    and the life was the light of all people.

    The light shines in the darkness,

    and the darkness did not overcome it.

    The true light, which enlightens everyone, 

    was coming into the world.

    He was in the world, 

    and the world came into being through him;

    yet the world did not know him.

    He came to what was his own,

    and his own people did not accept him. 


P:            But to all who received him, who believed in his name,

    he gave the power to become children of God,

    who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh

    or of the will of man, but of God.

    And the Word became flesh and lived among us,

    and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,

    full of grace and truth. 



Kid’s Story

(“He’s Here” - Jesus Storybook Bible)






Scripture Reading        

Isaiah 9:2-7 (ESV)


2 The people who walked in darkness

have seen a great light;

those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,

on them has light shone.

3 You have multiplied the nation;

you have increased its joy;

they rejoice before you

as with joy at the harvest,

as they are glad when they divide the spoil.

4 For the yoke of his burden,

and the staff for his shoulder,

the rod of his oppressor,

you have broken as on the day of Midian.

5 For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult

and every garment rolled in blood

will be burned as fuel for the fire.

6 For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given;

and the government shall be upon his shoulder,

and his name shall be called

Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

7 Of the increase of his government and of peace

there will be no end,

on the throne of David and over his kingdom,

to establish it and to uphold it

with justice and with righteousness

from this time forth and forevermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.



Scripture Meditation

“The Arrival of Light”        

Rev. Patrick Donohue



Silent Night


    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

    Heavenly 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” Words and Music by Franz Xaver Gruber/John Freeman Young/Joseph Mohr ©Public Domain  CCLI. No. 11258550.