Christmas Eve 10:00 pm Candlelight Service, December 24, 2017

First United Methodist Church of Stillwater, Minnesota
813 Myrtle Avenue West ~ 651.439.1880
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE OF WORSHIP
December 24, 2017 at 10:00 p.m.

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Christmas Comes

PRELUDE Rivertown Ringers Kathy Hartman, director
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
Silent Night

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES Star Child (instrumental)

READING “Light to Your People” John Harvey

CAROL O Come, All Ye Faithful No. 234 (st.1,3,5,6)

UNISON PRAYER
Good and gracious God, on this holy night you gave us your Son, the Lord of the universe, wrapped in swaddling clothes; the Savior of all, lying in a manger in a stable in Bethlehem. On this holy night draw us into the mystery of your love. Join our voices with the heavenly host that we may sing your glory on high. Give us a place among the shepherds, that we may find the one for whom we have waited, Jesus Christ, your Word made flesh, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, in the splendor of eternal light, one God forever and ever. Amen.

WORDS OF WELCOME

SCRIPTURE READING Micah 5:2-5a Pastor Marty Raths

CAROL O Little Town of Bethlehem No. 230

SCRIPTURE Matthew 1:18-25 Ben Jackson

CAROL On Christmas Night Green Hymnal No. 3064

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:1-7 Linda Ash

LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE

RIVERTOWN RINGERS Away in a Manger

READING “In This Holy Darkness” Jean Greenwood

SILENT REFLECTION

CHRISTMAS PRAYER

CHOIR ANTHEM There is a Rose Ruth Elaine Schram

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:8-14 Pastor Donna Buell

CAROL Angels We Have Heard on High No. 238

SHARING THE PEACE OF CHRIST

SCRIPTURE Luke 2:15-20 Dennis Harcey

CAROL Hark! the Herald Angels Sing No. 240

OFFERING
Offertory Manger Lullabies Smith
Christmas Doxology Thomas Ken/VENE EMMANUEL
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.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel has come to thee, O Israel.

Prayer of Dedication
Gracious and loving God, on that first Christmas night, so many years ago, you offered the most amazing gift of hope, peace, love and joy to the world. In Jesus Christ, you came and lived among us, and in his life you showed us your way, your truth, and your life. Accept these gifts which we offer as signs of our love for you, and as evidence of our desire to share the great good news of your love with others. For we offer these gifts in Jesus’ name. Amen.

BLESSING “How the Light Comes” Jan Richardson

LIGHTING THE CANDLES

SCRIPTURE John 1:1-5, 10-14

CAROL Silent Night No. 239

CARRYING THE LIGHT INTO THE WORLD

BENEDICTION

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May the hope, peace, love, and joy of God revealed in Emmanuel,
God with us, be with you this night and in all the days and nights to come.

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Thanks to all who have served us this evening as
Greeters, Ushers, Scripture Readers, and Musicians.

First United Methodist Church of Stillwater
Co-Pastors: Marty Raths and Donna Buell
Organist: Kathy Hartman Music Director: Becca Bellman

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