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.
PRELUDE Rivertown Ringers Kathy Hartman, director
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
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)
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
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
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
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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