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CHRISTMAS EVE
DECEMBER 24, 2023

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.

Bulletin - Christmas Eve: Text

Prelude     The "Waits" Carol          traditional English carol, setting by Gilbert Martin


Born is a Baby, Gentle as may be
Son of the eternal Father supernal



Hymn     # 10     Once in Royal David’s City          (Christmas Songbook)      


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.



Invocation

     


Anthem     Jesus, Joy of the Highest Heaven


Jesus, joy of the highest heaven

Born as a little baby under a wondrous star

Like us, crying, he takes his first breath

Held by his mother, helpless, close to her beating heart

Jesus, laid in a lonely manger

Facing a world of dangers

Come to me, a stranger

Into a child of God


Jesus, joy of the highest heaven

Born as a little baby under a wondrous star

Like us, crying, he takes his first breath

Held by his mother, helpless, close to her beating heart


Jesus, king of the highest heaven

Learning to take his first steps that he might bring us life

Like us, knowing our smiles and sorrows

He showed the way to follow

A way that is true and right


Jesus, take away every darkness

Steady my simple footsteps that I might

In your goodness, live as a child of God



First Lesson:     Genesis 3:8-19     (NRSVUE)                       


       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.”

       16To the woman he said, “I will make your pangs in

childbirth exceedingly great; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”

       17And to the man he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree about which I

commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground

because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”



Hymn     Insert     Joy Has Dawned 



Second Lesson:     Isaiah 11:1-9          Grieke Toebes


       11 A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. 2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of

counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord. He shall not judge by what his eyes see or decide by what his ears hear, 4but with righteousness he shall judge for the poor and decide with

equity for the oppressed of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. 5Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist and faithfulness the belt around his loins.

       6The wolf shall live with the lamb; the leopard shall lie down with the kid; the calf and the lion will feed together, and a little child shall lead them. 7The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den. 9They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.



Hymn     # 29     What Child Is This?            (Christmas Songbook)


What child is this, who laid to rest

On Mary’s lap is sleeping

Whom angels greet

With anthems sweet

While shepherds watch are keeping

This, this is Christ the King

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing

Haste, haste to bring him laud

The babe, the son of Mary


Why lies he in such mean estate

Where ox and ass are feeding

Good Christian fear, for sinners here

The silent word is pleading

Nail, spear shall pierce him through

The cross be borne for me, for you

Hail, hail the Word made flesh

The babe, the son of Mary

So bring him incense, gold and myrrh

Come peasant king, to own him

The king of kings salvation brings

Let loving heart enthroned him

Raise, raise the song on high

The virgin sings here lullaby

Joy, joy, for Christ is born

The babe, the son of Mary



Third Lesson:     1 Samuel 2:1-10          Pat Kain

    

       2 Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies because I rejoice in your victory. 2There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 3Talk no more so very proudly; let not arrogance come from your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength. 5Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. 6The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. 7The Lord makes poor makes poor and makes rich; he brings low; he also exalts. 8He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world. 9He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked will perish in darkness, for not by might does one prevail. 10The Lord! His adversaries will be shattered; the Most High will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of his anointed.”



Anthem     Candlelight Carol


How do you capture the wind on the water

How do you count all the stars in the sky

How can you measure the love of a mother

Our how can you write down a baby’s first cry


Candlelight, angle light, firelight and star-glow

Shine on his cradle till breaking of dawn

Gloria, gloria, in excelsis deo

Angels are singing

The Christ child is born


Shepherds and wise men will kneel and adore him

Seraphim round him their vigil will keep

Nations proclaim him their Lord and their Savior

But Mary will hold him and sing him to sleep



Fourth Lesson:     Luke 1:46-55          Maggy Nance


       46And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has looked with favor on the lowly state of his servant. Surely from now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name; 50indeed, his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly; 53he has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. 54He has come to the aid of his child Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”



Hymn     # 345     Hark! The Herald Angels Sing


Hark, the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn king

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic hosts proclaim

Christ is born in Bethlehem

Hark, the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn king


Christ, by highest heaven adored

Christ, the everlasting Lord

Late in time, behold him come

Offspring of the virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see

Hail the incarnate deity

Pleased as man with us to dwell

Jesus, our Immanuel

Hark, the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn king


Hail the heaven-born prince of peace

Hail the sun of righteousness

Light and life to all he brings

Risen with healing in his wings

Mild, he lays his glory by

Born that we no more may die

Born to raise the lost on earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark, the herald angels sing

Glory to the newborn king



Fifth Lesson:     Luke 2:1-21                   


       2 In those days a decree went out from Caesar 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 in the guest room.

       8Now in that same 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, 19and 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, just as it had been told them.

       21When the eighth day came, 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.


Lector: This is the word of the Lord


Congregation: Thanks be to God for his word



Meditation          Pastor Andrew Winter

Bulletin - Christmas Eve: Text

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 Russian - Donna Lofgren

3rd time through:  Verse 1 Maragoli - Miriam Kisia

4th time through:  Verse 1 Dutch - Grieke Toebes

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    Postlude: In Dulci Jubilo, J. S. Bach


In dulci jubilo, Your praises hereby show

Bulletin - Christmas Eve: Text
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