Christmas Eve December 24, 2021
Prelude “Ave Maria” Franz Schubert, arr. D. Preucil
Tom Tatton, Violist
Welcome and Call to Worship Rachel and Jennifer Stones
To us a child is born.
To us a Son is given.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,
For we have known Emmanuel, God-with-us!
Carol “O Come, All Ye Faithful” #234
Opening Prayer Pastor Gilbert Stones
Lighting the Advent Candle
Carol "Joy to the World" #246
First Lesson Isaiah 9:2-7 Jora Landis
Carol “The Friendly Beasts” #227
A Story for Christmas The Rev. Rich Bolin
Carol "It Came upon the Midnight Clear" #218
Second Lesson Titus 2:11-14 Cheryl Dove
Solo “Away in a Manger” Betty Rivers, soprano
Alexander Hume, arr.Ruth Elaine Schram
Gospel Lesson Luke 2:1-20 The Rev. Mike Eggleston
Carol "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" #240
Meditation Pastor Gilbert Stones
Carol "Christmas Come Close” Jim and Jean Strathdee
Prayer The Rev. Mike Eggleston
The Lord’s Prayer Matthew Fochtman and Kasey P. Lindsay
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we
forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.
Carol / Candle Lighting “Silent Night” Jennifer Stones
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Thanks to everyone who made this service possible:
The Rev. Rich Bolin, Cheryl Dove, The Rev. Mike Eggleston, Barbara Hoff, Jora Landis, Matthew Fochtman, Kasey P. Lindsay, Betty Rivers, Jennifer Stones, Rachel Stones, Jim and Jean Strathdee and Tom Tatton
Lighting the Christ Candle
Creator, we give you thanks for all you are and all you bring to us for our visit
within your creation. In Jesus, you place the Gospel in the center of this sacred
circle through which all creation is related. You show us the way to live a
generous and compassionate life. Give us your strength to live together with
respect and commitment as we grow in your spirit, for you are God, now and
Lighting of the Christ Candle (Center) The Source of Light
“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, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness did not overcome it.” John 1:1-5
We light this candle at the center, the place from which all things come and to
which all things return. We light this candle remembering Jesus who is all in all. In
his eternity we join as children, youth, mature adults and elders in our praise. We
light this candle as a beacon to light the way for all from North, South, East and
West. We light this candle as a sign that hope, peace, joy, faith and love all find
their center in Jesus.
Creator, you give yourself to us in Jesus – “Emmanuel, God with us.” In him you
choose to dwell with us continually and to redeem us. May we look up to see
your love, your majesty, your truth in our lives. May we bear witness to the
presence of Jesus in our lives and in our communities. Creator, deliver us that the
earth be full of the knowledge of your ways. Amen
Christmas Eve December 24, 2021