Christmas Eve Worship

Service of Carols and Celebration

December 24, 2019


*Those that are able are invited to stand




Christmas Trivia Countdown



- Confronting the prophecy -          


Prophecy Scripture                                                                                         Isaiah 9


Hymn                                   “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (verse 1)                               #211


Candle of HOPE                                                                                                  Richard Wilson

Song                                      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (Verse 2)                               #211


Candle of PEACE                                                                                                 Larry Viehland

Song                                      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (Verse 4)                               #211


Candle of JOY                                                                                                        Diana Spencer

Song                                      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (Verse 6)                               #211


Candle of LOVE                                                                                                     David Spencer

Song                                      “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (Verse 7)                               #211



  - Experiencing the birth -


Visual Illustration             Spoken Word Christmas  


Candle of CHRIST                                                                          Candy Morgan


*Sung Response                     “O Come All Ye Faithful” (vs. 1, 2, 3 &6)                    UMH #234



Living God, on this holy night we gather-

to stand with shepherds, amazed at your glory;

to sing with angles, rejoicing in your work;

to wait with Joseph, trusting in your promise;

to sit with Mary, cradling your love.

May the good news of this night inspire us to tell the world of our great joy:

for to us is born a Savior, the Messiah, the Lord.

Glory and praise to you forever!  Amen.


*Hymn                                                  “Silent Night”                                                           #239

(During the song, worshippers will pass the light of Christ by tipping your unlit candle to the lit candle of the person next to you.)


*Scripture                                                                                                               Luke 2:1-20


*Hymn                                      “O Little Town of Bethlehem”                                          #230

(During the song, worshippers can gradually extinguish their candles while remembering the light of Christ remains with us always.)


- Encountering a Savior –


Kids Song                                   “Away in a Manger” (vs 1)                                          #217


Children’s Sermon                        Missing Jesus


Scripture                                                                                                                   John 1:1-14


Sermon                                      Bear Witness to the Light                Rev. Kelly J. Smith


Silent Prayer / Pastoral Prayer / Lord’s Prayer

            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. 


- Sharing our blessings -

Invitation to Offering                                                                                Rev. Scott Berkley

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Visual Illustration                      Out of the Darkness


- Sharing the light with the world -




*Closing Hymn                          “Joy to the World”                                                     #246

(Weather permitting during the song, worshippers will relight their candles and proceed to the front steps of the church where we will sing.)



The staff of Mifflin Ave UMC would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.


Rev. Kelly Smith