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

Welcome

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

Sermon/Reflection

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*

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.)

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