Christmas Eve 2020

This worship tells the story of the birth of Jesus Christ fairly chronologically with John 3:16-17 towards the beginning as a focal point, offering included right after the reading of the magi from Mathew (should that fit your context) a moment for a sermon or reflection, and closing with the magnificat. As always feel free to adapt as needed. Should you find my work helpful you can support my work here.

Here is a Link with all of the Scripture Readings in Order

A Christmas Prayer

First Lesson Luke 1:26-31, 2:1-5

Carol O Come All Ye Faithful v. 1


Second Lesson John 3:16-17

Reflective Music

Jesus is Born!

Third Lesson Luke 2:5-7

Carol #25 Away in a Manger v. 1, 2

Lighting of the Christ Candle: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love & Christ (All Children are invited forward to assist with the lighting) 

Fourth Lesson Luke 2:8-12

Carol #31 Hark the Harold Angels Sing v. 1

Fifth Lesson Luke 2:16-20

Carol #23 Angels We Have Heard on High v. 1, 2, 3 (all)

Holy Communion

God be with you

And also with you

Lift up your hearts

We life our hearts to the Lord

Give thanks to the Lord our God

It is right to giver our thanks and praise…(prayer continues)

…and praying as his son taught us to pray Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. for Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 

Carol God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen v. 1 & 4


Sixth Lesson Matthew 2:13,7-12

Offering & Carol #53   What Child is This? v. 1, 2, 3 (all)

Seventh Lesson Luke 2:13-14 

Carol #40 Joy to the World v. 1, 4

Eighth Lesson Luke 1:46-55

Candles are Lit

Carol Silent Night*

Author: katyandtheword

Pastor Katy has enjoyed ministry at New Covenant since 2010, where the church has solidified its community focus. Prior to that she studied both Theology and Christian Formation at Princeton Theological Seminary. She also served as an Assistant Chaplain at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and as the Christian Educational Coordinator at Bethany Presbyterian at Bloomfield, NJ. She is an writer and is published in Enfleshed, Sermonsuite, Presbyterian's today and Outlook. She writes prayers, liturgy, poems and public theology and is pursuing her doctorate in ministry in Creative Write and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. She enjoys working within and connecting to the community, is known to laugh a lot during service, and tells as many stories as possible. Pastor Katy loves reading Science Fiction and Fantasy, theater, arts and crafts, music, playing with children and sunshine, and continues to try to be as (w)holistically Christian as possible. "Publisher after publisher turned down A Wrinkle in Time," L'Engle wrote, "because it deals overtly with the problem of evil, and it was too difficult for children, and was it a children's or an adult's book, anyhow?" The next year it won the prestigious John Newbery Medal. Tolkien states in the foreword to The Lord of the Rings that he disliked allegories and that the story was not one.[66] Instead he preferred what he termed "applicability", the freedom of the reader to interpret the work in the light of his or her own life and times.

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