DECEMBER 24, 2021
A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

The Order for the Worship of God

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Let the first tone of the organ be a call to quiet meditation in which all may become aware of God’s presence, and lift up a prayer for yourself and for Faith Church.

 

Prelude     We Three Kings of Orient Are         John Henry Hopkins


Anthem     Christmastime


Chorus:

Ring Christmas bells ring them loud with a message bringing

Peace on the earth tidings of good cheer

Come carolers come and join with the angels singing

Joy to the world Christmastime is here


Children gather around and listen

You'll hear the sound of angels filling the sky

Telling everyone Christmastime is here


Loved ones close to our hearts

And strangers in lands afar

Together sharing the joy

Emmanuel

Go tell the world

He has come to dwell

The time is here

With one voice let the world rejoice


Angels we have heard on high

Sweetly singing o'er the plains

And the mountains in reply

Echo back their joyous strains

Gloria in excelsis Deo


Sing gloria, gloria in excelsis Deo


The Bidding Prayer

    

Hymn     # 346     Once in Royal David’s City        Anna Johnson


Once in royal David’s city

Stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby

In a manger for his bed:

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ, her little child.


He came down to earth from heaven

Who is God and Lord of all;

And his shelter was a stable

And his cradle was a stall:

With the poor and meek and lowly

Lived on earth our Savior holy.


And our eyes at last shall see him,

Through his own redeeming love,

For that child, so dear and gentle,

Is our Lord in heaven above

And he leads his children on

To the place where he has gone.


First Lesson:     Genesis 3:1-15          Caleb & Joshua Ward   

     

       3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other wild animal that the Lord God had made.  He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the

garden; 3but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” 4But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate. 7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

       8They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.  9But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” 10He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.” 13Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent tricked me, and I ate.” 14The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you among all animals and among all wild creatures; upon your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.”


Hymn     # 354     Angels from the Realms of Glory (vs. 1, 2 & 4)


Chorus:

Come and worship

Come and worship

Worship Christ the newborn king


Angels from the realms of glory

Wing your flight o’er all the earth

Ye who sang creation’s story

Now proclaim Messiah’s birth


Shepherds in the fields abiding

Watching o’er your flocks by night

God with us is now residing

Yonder shines the infant light


Though an infant now we view him

He will share his Father’s throne

Gather all the nations to him

Every knee shall then bow down


Second Lesson:     Genesis 12:1-7          Bert Chapman

       12 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

       4So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5Abram took his wife Sarai and his brother’s son Lot, and all the possessions that they had gathered, and the persons whom they had acquired in Haran; and they set forth to go to the land of Canaan. When they had come to the land of Canaan, 6Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7Then the Lord appeared to Abram, and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.


Hymn     # 7     It Came Upon the Midnight Clear


It came upon the midnight clear

That glorious song of old

From angels bending near the earth

To touch their harps of gold

Peace on the earth, good will to men

From Heaven’s all gracious King

The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing


Still through the cloven skies they come

With peaceful wings unfurled

And still their heavenly music floats

O’er all the weary world

Above its sad and lowly plains

They bend on hovering wing

And ever o’er its Babel sounds

The blessed angels sing


And ye, beneath life’s crushing lad

Whose forms are bending low

Who toil along the climbing way

With painful steps and slow

Look now! For glad and golden hours

Come swiftly on the wing

Oh rest beside the weary road

And hear the angels sing


For lo, the days are hastening on

By prophet bards foretold

When with the ever circling years

Comes round the age of gold

When peace shall over all the earth

Its ancient splendors fling

And the whole world give back the song

Which now the angels sing

Amen


Third Lesson:     Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Isaiah 52:7-10          Ray Graham

       2The people walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness — on them a light has shined.


       6For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.  He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. 


       7How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.” 8Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. 9Break forth together into singing, you, ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.


Anthem     Jesus Is Our Christmas Peace


Chorus:

Peace, peace, peace

Jesus is our Christmas peace

Though tumult rages all around 

The Savior's peace can still be found

Peace, peace, peace

Jesus is our Christmas peace


How is it Lord we can feel so alone

When we're standing in the pressing crowd

And why is it Lord we feel overwhelmed

By the sights and sounds all around

Take us back to the place

Where we knew your grace

Help us once again to see

That the manger holds the answer

Jesus came to bring us peace

  

Oh lead us Lord to the stable again 

Give us respite from the pressing crowd

A moment in time when we're undisturbed

By the sights and sounds all around

Take us back to the place where we knew your grace

Help us once again to see

That the manger holds the answer

Jesus came to bring us peace


Fourth Lesson:     Revelation 12:1-12          Diane Horner

       12 A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 2She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. 3Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. 4His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. 5And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; 6and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days.

       7And war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. The dragon and his angels fought back, 8but they were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9The great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

       10Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming,

       “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Messiah, for the accuser of our comrades has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11But they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they did not cling to life even in the face of death. 12Rejoice then, you heavens and those who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, for the devil has come down to you with great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”


Hymn     #11 Oh Little Town of Bethlehem


O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight


For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above

While mortals sleep, the angels keep

Their watch of wondering love

O morning stars together

Proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King

And peace to men on earth


How silently, how silently

The wondrous gift is given

So God imparts to human hearts

The blessings of his heaven

No ear may hear his coming

But in this world of sin

Where meek souls will receive him still

The dear Christ enters in


Fifth Lesson:     Luke 2:1-21

       2 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3All went to their own towns to be registered. 4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

       8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

       14“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

       15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16So they went with haste and found Mary and

Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

       21After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


Meditation     “To You is Born a Savior”       Pastor Andrew Winter

 
 

Hymn     # 337     Joy to the World


Joy to the world

The Lord is come

Let earth receive her King

Let every heart prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing

And heaven and nature sing

And heaven, and heaven and nature sing


Joy to the earth

The savior reigns

Let all their song employ

While fields and floods

Rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy

Repeat the sounding joy

Repeat, repeat the sounding joy


No more let sin and sorrow grow

Nor thorns infest the ground

He comes to make

His blessings flow

Far as the curse is found

Far as the curse is found

Far as, far as the curse is found


He rules the world

With truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness

And wonders of his love

And wonders of his love

And wonders, wonders of his love


The LORD’s Supper


     Invitation to the Table and Words of Institution


     Prayer of Thanksgiving and Confession


     Giving & Receiving the Bread and the Cup


Prayer of Consecration:

Almighty Lord: we are thankful for all the benefits given us in this bread and wine, this body and blood. As the grain was harvested and the grapes gathered for this food, so may your church in every place be gathered into your household. And as the grain was ground and the grapes crushed, so may our lives be spent in your service, until you return in triumph to gather to yourself the harvest and call us to the marriage feast of the lamb. Amen.


Lighting of the Candles                        


Hymn     Silent Night


1st time through:  Verse 1 - Children

2nd time through: Verse 1 Dutch - Grieke Toebes

3rd time through:  Verse 1 Russian - Donna Lofgrin, Anna Johnson

4th time through:  Verse 1 Spanish - Emily Newman

5th time through:  Verse 1 - Congregation

6th time through:  Verse 2 - Congregation

7th time through:  Verse 3 - Congregation


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 they holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord at thy birth

Jesus, Lord at thy birth


Benediction    


Extinguish Candles



Postlude     Rise Up, Shepherd, and Follow          Traditional Spiritual