Bulletin – December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Service, December 24, 2010

GATHERING

WELCOME IN THE NAME OF THE SAVIOR JESUS THE CHRIST

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Gather together for cookies and drinks following the service.

There is a room in the back for more comfort with children if you need.

PRELUDE MUSIC Patty Bell

*OPENING HYMN:    “O Come All Ye Faithful” UMH 234  verses 1-4

**LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLES:

(light the first candle)

We light this first candle, reminding us of God’s promise of peace on earth.

(light the second candle)

We light the second candle, reminding us that we are to dispel the darkness of sickness, poverty, injustice, and suffering all around us.

(light the third candle)

We light the third candle, reminding us to be constant and patient in our relationships and in our living.

(Light the fourth candle)

We light the fourth candle to illumine our path through life, so that our way is the way of righteousness, trust, and faithfulness.

O God, we have watched for your coming with longing and with expectation, with patience and with hope.  Now, as the prophets promised so long ago, you have come to us once again; and with the shepherds, we are filled with wonder and amazement.

(Lighting the Christ candle)

Lord, you come as a tiny, fragile baby; yet we know you are God and you are with us.  May the flame of this candle remind us that you are the Light of the World and

that if we follow you, we will never walk in darkness, but will have the true Light of Life.

Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amen

HYMN:                      “O Little Town of Bethlehem” UMH 230 verse 4

INVOCATION: Together

And the messenger of the Lord came to Mary and Joseph, and the words said were not easy. The requirements that message made upon them were not simple. The

word of God brought about life that neither of them imagined. Today we pray that our hearts and minds will be open to hear God’s message for us: a message of hope and grace even amid great stress and anxiety. For unto us a child has been born, unto us the Son of the Most High has come to dwell within our midst. Amen.

THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS:           PRESENTATION BY THE YOUTH

PROCLAMING GOD’S WORD

LUKE 2:1-20 Pastor Vicki Lerdahl

HYMN RESPONSE:            “Angels We Have Heard On High” UMH 238

PRAYERS AND OFFERING

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE: Joys and Concerns

Prayer request cards can be filled out and put in the offering plate for pastor.

PASTORAL PRAYER

THE LORD’S PRAYER Louis Galluzzi

SING CHRISTMAS SONGS

We will be taking our offering during the hymn sing

“The First Noel” UMH 245 verses 1&2

“Away In A Manger” UMH 217   verse 1

“What Child Is This” UMH 219   verses 1&3

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” UMH 240   verse 1

“Silent Night, Holy Night” UMH 239   verses 1&3

*PRESENTATION OF OUR GIFTS

Our offering today will be given to the Heifer Project and Hope for the Hopeless.

RESPONSE SONG              “Jesu Bambino” Louis Galluzzi

SENDING FORTH

*BLESSING: Pastor Vicki

*CANDLE LIGHTING

*CLOSING HYMN:             “Joy To The World” all verses UMH 246

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*Please stand as you are able.

**Used by permission: copyright 2010 General Board of Discipleship

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