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Bulletin for Dec. 24, 2018

CHRISTMAS EVE, 2018

All is calm.  All is bright.”

 

Prelude

Welcome and Announcements

The Lighting of the Advent Candles and the Christ Candle

The response:  #82 “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”                                                   (Glory to God Hymnal)

 

THE CALL TO WORSHIP:  (Responsively, from Isaiah 9:2-7)

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

They lived in a land of shadows but now light is shining on them.

You have given them great joy, Lord.

You have made them happy.

A child is born to us!  A son is given to us!

He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father and Prince of Peace.

 

THE CHRISTMAS STORY IN WORD AND SONG (Luke 2:1-20)
 

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered.  This was the first census and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  All went to their own towns to be registered.  Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

 

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 CHIRST 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 ALL ON EARTH.

 

While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  And she gave birth to her firstborn son, wrapped him in cloths, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them to stay in the inn.

 

AWAY IN A MANGER, NO CRIB FOR HIS 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 ON THE HAY.

 

BE NEAR ME, LORD JESUS, I ASK THEE TO STAY

CLOSE BY ME FOREVER AND LOVE ME, I PRAY.

BLESS ALL THE DEAR CHILDREN IN THY TENDER CARE,

AND FIT US FOR HEAVEN TO LIVE WITH THEE THERE.

 

In that region there were shepherds living in the field, keeping watch over their flocks by night.  An angel of the Lord stood before them and the glory of the Lord shown around them and they were terrified.

 

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!

 

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; I am here with good news for you which will bring great joy to all the people.  This very day in David’s city, your Savior is born who is Christ the Lord.  This will be a sign for you:  you will find a child wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace among those whom God favors.”

 

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 TH’ANGELIC HOST PROCLAIM

CHRIST IS BORN IN BETHLEHEM.

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING,

GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING.

 

HAIL THE HEAVEN-BORN PRINCE OF PEACE! 

HAIL THE SON 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.

HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING

GLORY TO THE NEWBORN KING.

 

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 

 

ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH

SWEETLY SINGING O’ER THE PLAINS

AND THE MOUNTAINS IN REPLY

ECHO BACK THEIR JOYOUS STRAINS.

GLO----RI-A, IN EXCELSIS DEO!  

GLO----RI-A IN EXCELSIS DEO!

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 DEO! 

GLO----RI-A IN EXCELSIS DEO!

 

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph and saw the baby lying in the manger.  When the shepherds saw him, they told them what the angel had said about the child.  All who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said.

 

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, ONE AND ALL, 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.

 

Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen.

 

MEDITATION:  “Christmas According to Peanuts”

SPECIAL MUSIC:  Rachelle Skaar

 

OFFERING OUR GIFTS AND OURSELVES:

Pastoral Invitation

Offertory Meditation

 

* Response:  #609 “Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow”     (Glory to God Hymnal)

 

* Prayer of Dedication:  (together)

GRACIOUS AND LOVING GOD, EVERYTHING WE HAVE TO OFFER IS A GIFT.  BLESS AND APPROVE OUR OFFERING.  LET IT STAND AS A SIGN TO US AND TO THE WHOLE WORLD OF YOUR CONSTANT WILLINGNESS TO SHOWER US WITH EVERYTHING WE NEED.  AMEN.

 

SHARING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST

 

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

CHIRST 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! 

WONDROUS STAR, LEND THY LIGHT.

WITH THE ANGELS LET US SING,

ALLELULIA TO OUR KING.

CHRIST THE SAVIOR IS BORN.  CHRIST THE SAVIOR IS BORN.

 

 

BENEDICTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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