Christmas Eve, 4 p.m.

Order of Worship – Christmas Eve 

Prelude and Choir Processional 

Call to Worship 

Hymn 297: “Silent Night”

Verse 1 (German) Men’s Choir

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht, Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh! Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!

Verse 2 Choir

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 Congregation

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light 

radiant beams from your holy face,

with the dawn of redeeming grace, 

Jesus, Lord, at your birth, Jesus, Lord, at your birth,  

Prayer

Hymn 283: “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (verses 1, 3, and 4)

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.

O sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above:

glory to God, 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.

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.

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20, page 832

Message 

Anthem

Offering  

Welcome to Lovefeast

Hymn 290 “The First Noel” (verses 1 and 2)  

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.

Hymn 288  “Angels We Have Heard On High” (Verses 1, 2 and 3)

Angels we have heard on high, 

singing sweetly through the night,

and the mountains in reply

echoing their brave delight.

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o,

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why these songs of happy cheer?

What great brightness did you see? 

What glad tidings did you hear? 

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o,

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o.

Come to Bethlehem and see 

him whose birth the angels sing.

Come adore on bended knee

Christ, the Lord, the newborn king.

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o,

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o. 

Hymn 292: “Once in Royal David’s City”     (verses 1,2 & 3)

Once in royal David’s city, 

stood a lowly cattle shed

where a mother laid her baby

in a manger for his bed.

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven

who is God and Lord of all,

and his shelter was a stable,

and his cradle was a stall;

with the poor and meek and lowly

lived on earth our Savior holy.

For he is our childhood’s pattern; 

Day by day like us he grew; 

He was little, weak and helpless; 

Tears and smiles like us he knew;

and he feels for all our sadness, 

and he shares in all our gladness. 

Hymn 816. Table Blessing 

Be present at our table Lord;

be here and everywhere adored;

from your all-bounteous hand our food

may we receive with gratitude.

Partaking of Lovefeast 

Anthem 

Hymn 294:Joy to the World, the Lord is Come”(vs. 1, 2 & 4)

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 us our 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.

Distribution of Candles 

HYMN

Behold, a great, a heavenly light,

From Bethlehem’s manger shining bright,

Around those who in darkness dwell,

The night of evil to dispel.

Incarnate God, exert thy power!

Arise, Thou glorious Conqueror!

Subdue sin, death and ev’ry foe,

Erect thy Kingdom here below.

Hymn  305  “WHAT CHILD IS THIS” (verses 1 and 3) 

What child is this, who, laid to rest

on Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet 

while shepherds 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!

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh;

come peasant, king, to own him.

The King of kings salvation brings;

let loving hearts enthrone him.

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing.

Haste, haste to bring him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary!

Hymn 301  “Away in the Manger”

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,

The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,

The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,

But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love you, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky

And stay by my cradle ’til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay

Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in your tender care,

And fit us to heaven, to live with you there.

Hymn 282: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”      (vs. 1, 3, & 4)

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.

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

So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of his heav’n. 

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;

O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Immanuel.

Hymn 281: Morning Star Solo and Congregation

Morning Star, O cheering sight!

Ere Thou cam’st, how dark earth’s night!

Morning Star, O cheering sight! 

Ere thou cam’st, how dark earth’s night!

Jesus mine, in me shine;

in me shine, Jesus mine;

fill my heart with light divine.

Morning Star, thy glory bright

far excels the sun’s clear light.

Morning Star, thy glory bright 

far excels the sun’s clear light. 

Jesus be, constantly,

constantly, Jesus be

more than thousand suns to me.

Thy glad beams, thou Morning Star,

cheer the nations near and far.

Thy glad beams, thou Morning Star, 

cheer the nations near and far.

Thee we own, Lord alone

Lord alone, thee we own,

our dear Savior, God’s dear Son.

Morning Star, my soul’s true light,

tarry not, dispel my night.

Morning Star, my soul’s true light, 

tarry not, dispel my night.

Jesus mine, in me shine;

in me shine, Jesus mine;

fill my heart with light divine. 

Hymn: “Candle Glowing”

Candle glowing, my heart knowing

I should follow Him;

Jesus leading, guiding, pleading,

“Let no light be dim.”

Candle burning, let it shine, 

Glowing for a friend divine

to be near me, bless and cheer me,

be forever mine.

Candle gleaming, my face beaming,

let me rise and go

while He leads me, where He needs me,

in His world below.

Candle flaming, Him I call, 

Jesus Christ, the Lord of all, 

Jesus, Savior, mine forever;

I have heard your call.

Candle glorious – Christ victorious

leads His people on

round the world now, tells the world how

Jesus is God’s Son.

Wondrous love and peace on earth 

testify to Jesus’ birth

into glory, forward journey, 

till the goal is won!

Benediction  

Silent prayer  –  (Please extinguish candles) 

Postlude 

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