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Christmas Eve, 2013

Celebration  of  Worship

Christmas Eve                                                    December 24, 2013

 

* * * Entering Into God’s Presence * * *


 
Prelude                                                                                           
 (Please refrain from conversation during the Prelude as we quietly prepare to worship God)

 

Welcome                                                                     (Please Sign and Pass Fellowship Pads)

 

* Call to Worship   

 

* Hymn                            “O Come, All Ye Faithful"                                Red Book # 249

 

Lighting of the Christ Candle      (See Bulletin Insert)                    Jim & Shirley Madary

 

* Hymn                      “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"                      Blue Book # 31

 

* * * The Story Shared * * *

 

Scripture Reading                     Luke 2:1-5                                        Jim Madary

 

   Hymn                            “O Little Town of Bethlehem"                 Blue Book # 44

 

Scripture Reading                     Luke 2:6-7                                    Shirley Madary

 

   Hymn                                    “Away in a Manger”                       Blue Book # 25

 

Scripture Reading                     Luke 2:8-14                                Barbara Haifley

 

   Hymn                         "Angels We Have Heard on High"              Blue Book # 23

 

Scripture Reading                     Luke 2:15-20                             Peter Pfefferkorn

 

  Hymn                                  "What Child Is This"                           Blue Book # 53

 

Scripture Reading                     John 1:1-14                                       Don Killmer

 

  Hymn                        "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel"                 Blue Book # 09

 

Responsive Prayer of Adoration

All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Alleluia!

Shout to the Lord, all the earth.

Alleluia!

O Christ, splendor of God’s eternal glory, the mighty Word, sustaining the universe: Renew our lives by Your presence.

 Lord, have mercy

O Christ, born into the world in the fullness of time for the liberation of all creation: Bring us all into Your promised freedom.

Lord, have mercy

O Christ, begotten of the Father before all time, born in a stable at Bethlehem: May your church be a sign of hope and joy.

Lord, have mercy

O Christ, truly God and truly human, born to a people in fulfillment of their expectations: Fulfill our desires in You.

Lord, have mercy

O Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, child of wonder and splendor, mighty God of all ages, Prince of Peace: May the whole world live in peace and justice.

 Lord, have mercy

 

Silent Prayer. . . AMEN.

 

* * * The Gift Realized in Communion * * *

 

Words of Institution and Invitation

 

Communion Prayer and The Lord's Prayer

 

Coming Forward to Receive the Elements

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

Sharing the Light    (As the light is passed, also pass the Peace of Christ.)

 

* Hymn                             "Silent Night, Holy Night!"                        (See Bulletin Insert)           

 

* Benediction

 

* Postlude                                                  

    

* Please stand (if able) when prompted by the worship leader.

 

WHETHER you’re investigating the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ, looking for a church home, or have been with us for a long time – welcome! God is real, God is present, and we hope you sense and experience the grandeur of God today in this evening’s worship. We invite you to return on Sunday at 9:55 am for worship.

 

THIS EVENING - We will celebrate the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. In the Presbyterian Church (USA), all who sincerely trust in Jesus Christ and Him alone for the forgiveness of sin are invited to the Lord’s table, including baptized children with parental permission.

 

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS ALL ABOUT? – Complimentary copies of this booklet of 10 reflections from the publishers of Our Daily Bread are located on the table in the Narthex.

 

POINSETTIA SPONSORS - Poinsettias donated for the advent season may be removed from the sanctuary following this Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service.

 

 

A wonder-filled life is ours

when we know the Christ of Christmas.

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