Bulletin Christmas Eve: Short, No singing

Hey folks we are doing Christmas Eve where we light a bunch of Candles and then doing carol singing in our cars afterwards. Feel free to adapt or use.

Welcome
Psalm 62:5-8For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress;
I shall not be shaken.
On God rests my deliverance and my honour;
 my mighty rock, my refuge is in God.

Trust in him at all times, O people;
Pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us.
Selah

Second Reading Luke 2:1-4
Light Candles

Third Reading Luke 2:5-7
Light Advent Wreath

Reflection Roger Held

Sermon “Christmas Disasters” Pastor Katy

Holy Communion
Invitation from Christ
The Lord be with you
And also with you
Lift up your hearts
We lift our hearts to the lord
Give thanks to the Lord our God
It is right to give our thanks and praise….(prayer continues)

Jesus, you are here. In the manger and the elements, and the Holy Spirit. We confess we do not know how to fully imbibe your presence. So we pray that we can practice taking you in as we experience communion: we pray that it binds us together, that the taste on our tongue tastes like grace, and we pray that you send your Holy Spirit to bless us as we do. In Christ’s name we pray. Amen
The Lord’s Prayer (unison)
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.
Bread & Cup
Prayer after Communion

Luke 2:8-14 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, ‘Fear not; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord.
This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth 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 heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!’

Matthew 2:8-12
Light Candles

Luke 2:15-20
Offering

John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was in the beginning with God.
All things came into being through him,
and without him not one thing came into being
.
What has come into being in him was life, & the life was the light of all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.

Light Candles

Christmas Story

John 1:1-5

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life,* and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

Luke 1:26-30, 2:1-5

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ 29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. 38Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph 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. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.

Luke 1:46-56

46 And Mary said,
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
47   and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’

56 And Mary remained with her for about three months and then returned to her home.

Luke 2:5-7

5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Luke 2:8-12

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ 

Luke 2:16-20

16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
6 “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Luke 2:13-14

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,
14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’

John 3:16-17

16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.17 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Christmas Eve/Day Resources: Prayers, Bulletins, etc.

Lessons & Carols

https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2019/12/17/christmas-eve-bulletin/. Early Confession & Communion, includes Magnificat

https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2018/12/19/carols-lessons-order-of-worship/

https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/christmaseve-liturgy-lessons-and-carols/

Collection of Readings telling the story 

A Christmas Prayer 

Call to Worship/Confession and other Prayer resources https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/prayer-links-for-advent-narrative-lectionary-dec-24th-morning/

Sermon Thoughts: https://katyandtheword.wordpress.com/2014/12/17/the-waiting-room-adoption-narrativelectionary-joseph-christmas/

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: Room at the Inn

Bulletin at https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgbxV99WSkxbYAabjnQ

Full script for service at https://1drv.ms/w/s!AuB3z496aTHTgbxusXJyI-R2418hTw

 

Christmas Eve Bulletin, Lessons & Carols

Prelude                 “ O Holy Night”

FIRST LESSON         Luke 1:26-30, 2:1-5

    CAROL #43 v. 1&3       “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

WELCOME                 Pastor

SECOND LESSON             Luke 1:46-56

      CAROL #5                   “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

Holy Communion

Invitation from Christ

The Lord be with you 

And also with you

Lift up your hearts 

We lift our hearts to the lord 

Give thanks to the Lord our God It is right to give our thanks and praise….(prayer continues) Let us continue our prayer with a silent offering of our confession. (Silence) In the grace if God let us eat this bread and drink this cup in celebration of the Forgiveness Jesus brings

 ….and praying as his son taught us to pray……..The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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 glory and power forever. Amen. 

Bread & Cup: Communion will be taken by intinction, where congregants come forward and dip the bread in the cup. If you need assistance, the pastor will come to serve you individually.]

THIRD LESSON Luke 2:5-7

       CAROL # 24 “Away in a Manger”

Lighting of the Christ Candle: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love & Christ

                 (All Children are invited forward to assist with the lighting)

  FOURTH LESSON                                                               Luke 2:8-14

     CAROL # 23                               “Angels We Have Heard on High”

CONFESSION OF FAITH 

Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts.

In his light let us examine ourselves and confess our sin God our Father, you sent your Son full of grace and truth: forgive our failure to receive him. Jesus our Saviour, you were born in poverty and laid in a manger: forgive our greed and rejection of your ways. Spirit of love, your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call: forgive the hardness of our hearts.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you to himself, that you may behold the glory of Jesus Christ the Word made flesh, and be cleansed from all your sins, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

FIFTH LESSON                     Luke 2:16-20

      CAROL # 50                               “There’s A Star in the East”

                         

SIXTH LESSON & Offering Matthew 2:1-12

CAROL # 66                           “We Three Kings” v. 1-4

SEVENTH LESSON Luke 1:46-55

CAROL #40                                                         “Joy to the World”

EIGHTH LESSON John 3:16-17

CAROL (insert)                                                        “Silent Night”

(Please encircle the nativity so we can pass the light of Christ to the entire congregation.)

Carols & Lessons Order of Worship

FIRST LESSON                                                                         Luke 1:26-30

    CAROL #38         “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”

WELCOME                 Pastor

SECOND LESSON                                                           Isaiah 9: 6-7             

            CAROL # 31                         “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

Prayer of Confession (Unison) Merciful God, we confess we have trouble understanding a Jesus who came for all the outcasts. We have trouble seeing Jesus sitting with the homeless, aiding the immigrant and healing any and all who approached him. We confess that we get caught up in worthiness. Forgive us, teach us to love as easily as we might love a baby we pray. (Silent Confession)  Amen

Assurance of Forgiveness: Christ rises with healing in his wings know the truth In Jesus Christ we are forgiven

THIRD LESSON Luke 2:1-7

       CAROL # 24 “Away in a Manger”

Lighting of the Christ Candle: Hope, Peace, Joy, Love & Christ

                 (All Children are invited forward to assist with the lighting)

  

FOURTH LESSON                                                               Luke 2:8-14

     CAROL # 23                               “Angels We Have Heard on High”

FIFTH LESSON                     Luke 2:16-19

      CAROL #53                                         “What Child is This?”

               

Offering                                 Anthem                           

                

SIXTH LESSON Matthew 2:1-12

CAROL # 66                           “We Three Kings” v. 1-4

Holy Communion

Invitation from Christ

The Lord be with you 

And also with you

Lift up your hearts 

We lift our hearts to the lord 

Give thanks to the Lord our God It is right to give our thanks and praise….(prayer continues)

 ….and praying as his son taught us to pray……..The Lord’s Prayer (unison)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by 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 glory and power forever. Amen. 

Bread & Cup: Communion will be taken by intinction, where congregants come forward and dip the bread in the cup. If you need assistance, the pastor will come to serve you individually.]

SEVENTH LESSON Luke 1:46-55

CAROL #40                                                         “Joy to the World”

EIGHTH LESSON John 3:16-17

CAROL                                                          “Silent Night”

(Please encircle the nativity so we can pass the light of Christ to the entire congregation. Feel free to take the Silent Night Insert with you.)

Prayer Links for Advent Narrative Lectionary Christmas Eve Dec. 24th

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A broad number of prayers from a variety of pastors/denominations. All variations of theology and kinds of prayers were accepted to show the vast richness of God’s work.
 These prayers are meant for personal spiritual practice or for congregations who follow the narrative lectionary.

Feel free to use/edit. Credit to the original author (i.e. based on prayer written by XXX) appreciated.

Dec 24th 2017 Prayer Resource Created by Rev. Lee Ann Higgins  

Luke 21:1-20 and Psalm 96:7-10

Call to Worship

Like the shepherds at the manger of the little tiny Babe,

on that first Christmas Day, all are welcome;

Come worship the little One who will one day rule the world;

Come, all ye who are called to share the divinity of the Christ Child;

Come.  Let us worship our Lord together.

OR

Responsive Call to Worship (Psalm 96:7-10, NIV)

Leader: Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,

People: ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Leader: Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

People: bring an offering and come into his courts.

Leader: Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;

People: tremble before him, all the earth.

Leader: Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”

People: The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;

Leader: He will judge the peoples with equity.

Opening Prayer

O most gracious and ever loving Father;

We come, as your children, to be with you.

We come to experience the love you have for us as revealed by the birth

of your son over 2000 years ago.

Just a babe, not knowing what His life would bring, he obeyed your will.

The most precious baby born among us … to live with us … to love us … to save us.

Be with us Father, as we worship and remember that day O so long ago.  Amen.

Advent Wreath Prayer (adapted from umcdiscipleship.org)

Reader: “While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger” (Luke 2:6-7).

Reader: Tonight, angels far and near sing tender lullabies; well-worn fabric full of years holds in the warmth of parental love; animals and shepherds crowd in tight, glowing with adoration, while a muffled cry squeezes out to greet the world.

People: Tonight we give thanks for every child among us. Each new birth, regardless of circumstances, reminds us how precious life is, the potential of tomorrow, and the promise of God.

Reader: On this Christmas Eve, we light the Christ candle for the child-King, the infant-Redeemer, the lowly-Lord.  And now we know … He is born, and nothing will ever be the same!

Hymn:  Infant Lowly

Prayer of Confession / Assurance

Almighty God and Father;

Delight in our pleas for forgiveness as we repent of our sins.

We come before you shameful that a little Babe had to be born into this dark world,

and then suffer to save us.

We come wholly committed to doing your will;

we accept your Son, Jesus the Christ, as our Lord and Savior.

Teach us to forgive as you have forgiven us.  Let us hold no grudges.

Keep us from prideful acts and hurtful behavior.

Show us the path of love as we struggle in our human flesh.

Teach us your ways and remind us daily of our need to give up bad habits, anger,

unforgiveness, and all the things that keep us from being close to you.

Most Holy One, the birth of your Son, Jesus the Christ child, assures us of a future with you;

a future of joy, happiness and peace.

He came to be born this day to save us from eternal damnation.

Through him you poured upon us your grace, hope and forgiveness.

Help us to see this little babe in the manger, not as a cute cuddly baby that we’d

like to snuggle and rock, but as the Savor and King you sent him to be.  Amen.

We ask all these things, in the name of the tiny babe, Jesus the Christ,

whose birth we celebrate today.  Amen.

Hymn:  What Child is This

Communion Prayer

For the Bread

We give thanks Father for this Bread of Life,

for your Son, born to die.

We remember the sacrifice He made

so that we can have the opportunity to live in your presence.

Let us never forget the reason he so willingly came to us this night.

As we partake in this meal we remember the babe,

who so willingly gave all for us.

For the Cup

We give you thanks Father for the cup of eternal salvation,

for the healing he brought us.

By taking of this cup we experience the glory of your majesty.

By taking this cup we experience your saving grace

By taking this cup we experience faith and hope so freely given

In this communion encounter may we experience

oneness with you, may we experience your presence,

and may we go forth into the world sharing your light.

Prayer of Dedication / Offering

Gracious Father,

You gave us your son;

we give you our lives.

You supply our needs;

we share with the needy.

You are generous with us.

We return a portion of that which you have so graciously given us.

Bless these gifts, dear Lord;

that they will be used for your purpose and for your kingdom.

Hymn:  Silent Night

 

Dec. 3rd by Rev. Johanna  Rehbaum 

Dec. 10th by Rev. Mike Williams

Dec. 17th by Rev. Dr. Marilyn Pagán-Banks

Dec. 24th Morning by Rev. Kate Johnson Martin

Christmas Eve Favorites

My favorite parts of this year Christmas eve service are many…but I’d love to name some

1. The children helping to light the advent candle. I did away with pre-planning a family to light candles (who has time to do that? not me, not them) and have been cycling through the children youngest to eldest–without repeating the previous weeks’ lighters, and reviewing the meanings as the Children’s sermons (they remembered ALL of it!!!!). Christmas Eve I invited all the children up…I believe there were about 10, to come and help to light the candles. Siblings shared holding the stick, and we did not set the church on fire….then I got to explain why we were lighting the Christ Candle and how we were going to share the light. It was awesome.

2. My children were totally distracted, my eldest belted out the carols and my middle child (who has communicative difficulties i.e. words are hard for him) answered back to every single Bible reading I made, plust there was the whining and rustling and near-escapes…but it reminded me of why we were there. Its why *my* family sings “the little Lord Jesus lotsa crying he makes” for Away in the Manger.

3. Communion, where we got to hear the choir sing plus some young adults sang the Christmas Alleluia which is the cool new Christian song (YAY). We took it by intinction (where we dip the bread), which means I got to pass to every single person, it was amazing.

4. Candles at the end, and raising the lights for the last verse of Silent Night

5. Being able to wish EVERY single person there a MERRY CHRISTMAS

🙂