Order of Worship
Prelude & Lighting of the Candles
* Hymn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 240
* Opening Prayer:
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 to see this thing which has come to pass, and the Babe lying in the manger. Therefore, let us hear again from Holy Scripture and the story of the loving purpose of God from the first days of our sin until the glorious redemption brought us by the holy Child; and let us make this house of prayer with carols of praise. Amen.
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Scripture Reading Isaiah 9:6-7, Micah 5:2
* Hymn: O Little Town of Bethlehem 230
Scripture Reading Matthew 1:18-21
* Hymn: What Child is This 219
(Our offering this evening will go to our Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, which helps people who have financial needs in our Community.)
* Doxology (in unison)
– Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; Praise God, all creatures here below; Praise God, above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Scripture Reading Luke 2:1-7
* Hymn: Away in a Manger 217
Scripture Reading Luke 2:8-20
* Hymn: Angels From the Realms of Glory 220
Sermon “Do You Want to Hold the Baby?”
* Hymn: Joy to the World 246
Scripture Reading John 1:1-15
* Hymn Silent Night, Holy 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, holy night, Wonderous star, lend thy light; With the angles let us sing, Alleluia to our King; Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!
* Dismissal with Blessing