Mifflin Avenue United Methodist Church

7:00 PM Worship†††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† ††††Christmas Eve††††††† ††††††††† ††††††††††24 December 2011

 

GATHERING

†† Of the Fatherís Love Begotten††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† F. Peeters

 

GREETING AND WELCOME †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

*INTROIT††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

*CALL TO WORSHIP

†† Jesus Christ is born!

†† O come, let us adore him!

 

*HYMNUMH 234

†† O Come, All Ye Faithful (verses 1-5)†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Adeste Fideles

 

PRAYERin unison

†† Gracious God,

†† †† you have brought us again to the glad season

†† †† when we celebrate the birth of your Son, our Savior.

†† Grant that his Spirit may be born anew in our hearts this night

†† †† and that we may joyfully welcome him to reign over us.

†† Open our ears that we may hear again the angelic chorus of old.

†† Open our lips that we, too, may sing with uplifted hearts.

†† Glory to you in the highest,

†† †† and on earth, peace, goodwill toward all;

†† †† through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.

††

ANTHEM

†† On Christmas Night†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† R. Artman

 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

 

FIRST READING

†† Isaiah 9:2-7

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SECOND READING

†† Luke 2:1-20

 

†† The Word of the Lord.

†† Thanks be to God.

 

LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE

†† We light the Christ candle and joyfully receive the gift of the Savior,

†† whose light dispels the darkness of the world.

†† Pour forth your blessings upon us as we light the Christ candle.

†† May its light reflect the splendor of our Lord, both now and forever.

†† Amen.

 

THE CHRISTMAS STORY

†† All children are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary for the sharing of the Christmas

story by Rev. Hornyak.Children may sit on a chair or on the floor.

 

*HYMN see insert

†† Come and See the King†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† R. Brand

 

PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS

 

THE LORDíS PRAYERin 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 trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into

††† temptation, but deliver us from evil.For thine is the kingdom and the power and†††

††† the glory, forever.Amen.

 

*THE PEACE

 

OFFERING

†† Lo, How a Rose Is Growing†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† W. Vogel

 

*DOXOLOGYUMH 95

 

*PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

†† What can I give you, poor as I am?

†† If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

†† if I were a wise man, I would do my part;

†† yet what can I give you:

†† give my heart.

 

*HYMNSsee insert

†† Joy to the World††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Antioch

†† Silent Night†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Stille Nacht

 

†† During the singing of Joy to the World, worshipers are invited to form a circle around the sanctuary.

When the sanctuary is in darkness, the Light of Christ will be passed around the circle.As you share

the Light, please tip your unlit candle to the flame of the person beside you.

 

*BENEDICTION†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

†† Go in peace and joy to love and serve the Lord.

†† We are sent in the name of the Christ Child.

†† Let us bless the Lord.

†† Thanks be to God!Alleluia!

 

*GOING FORTH

†† The First Noel††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† H. Gehrke

 

*Those who are able are invited to stand.