HENDERSON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES

Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
http://www.hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com   prayerrequest@hendersonunitedmethodistchurch.com       office -  814-453-6041

*GATHERING HYMN         “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful"    UMH #234 (Verse 1 and 6)


PRELUDE

OPENING WORDS

SPECIAL MUSIC                    “O Holy Night”                        Il Divo

LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE                             Luke 2:1-20

*OPENING HYMN                “What Child Is This”                      #219

CHRISTMAS PRAYER

SPECIAL MUSIC                     “The Lord’s Prayer”                 Il Divo
 

CELEBRATING THE WORD

 

Prayer for Illumination

 

Scripture  Lesson                                                       Isaiah 9:2-7

 

Homily                           “Future Hope”                        Pastor Mary

 

 

THE SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION

 

Invitation

 

Prayer of Confession

Gracious God, forgive us when the Christmas story becomes so familiar that it loses its power. Instill in us a willingness to listen for your still small voice, which alters our plans, calms our fears and challenges us to step out in faith, believing the unbelievable. Like Joseph, let us make room in our lives for Emmanuel - God with us. Amen.

 (moment of silent confession)

 

Words of Assurance

       Leader:  In the name of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven.

       All:       Thanks be to God. Amen!

 

The Great Thanksgiving

Pastor:    Loving God, at this blessed Christmas feast we give you thanks and praise…so we join with them and with all people to praise your name:

People:  Holy Lord, God of endless love, heaven and earth are surely full of your glory. The angels sang of it, the shepherds encountered it, we have been blessed with it. Blessed is he who is born this night. Glory to God and on earth peace to all people.

Pastor:    As you, O God, shared your love and yourself with us in the person of Jesus so he…and awaiting with expectation the coming of his kingdom. Amen.

 

The Giving of the Bread and the Cup


Christmas Offering

Please bring forward your tithes and offerings when receiving Communion.  Place them in the cradle.

 

*Doxology

  

Candle light Service

 

(Please gather in a circle surrounding the sanctuary)

 

*Hymn                  “Silent Night, Holy Night”                                 

Silent night, holy night,

All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Silent night, holy night
Wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

 

*Extinguishing of Candles  

*Benediction 

*Passing of the Peace

Let us greet one another in the name of the Newborn King!

 

Blessings of peace and joy to each of you on this most glorious of holy nights! A special welcome to all our visitors this evening.

 

December Worship Helpers:

Announcer  - Wanda
Scripture  -     Mary
Greeters     Michelle/family
Ushers  -    Walter and Youth
Counters   -   Carl / Sandy S.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Friday, December  25           Christmas Day   office closed  no Girl Scouts

Sunday, December 27  
           9:30 a. m..                Worship
          10:45 a.m.                  Sunday School

 

Tuesday, December 29        
  1:00 p.m.     Food Pantry Volunteer Luncheon  Meet at the Ministry building at noon.

Wednesday, December 30
           9:00 a.m.                Pick up perishables
          12:00 p.m.               Food Pantry Distribution

Dec 26 - Jan 2                      Pastor on Vacation

 
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