CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE OF SCRIPTURE, CAROLS
AND HOLY COMMUNION
DECEMBER 24, 2015
PRELUDE Joshua L. Mazur, Organist
RINGING OF THE BELL
CALL TO WORSHIP
DR. DON MCGARITY
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway
for our god.
Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
*CAROL- NO. 170 – “O Come All Ye Faithful” (Red Hymnal)
*CONFESSION OF SIN AND DECLARATION OF PARDON
Minister: Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of Peace:
Lord, have mercy.
All: Lord have mercy.
Minister: Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God and Son of Mary.
Christ have mercy.
All: Christ have mercy.
Minister: Lord Jesus, you are the Word made flesh and splendor of the
Father: Lord have mercy.
All: Lord have mercy.
Minister: May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and
bring us to everlasting life.
*GLORIA PATRI- NO. 546 (Red Hymnal)
THE INCARNATION FORETOLD-Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 Page 555 (Pew Bible)
*CAROL NO. 163 – “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” (Red Hymnal)
THE ANGELIC ANNUNCIATION TO MARY- LUKE 1: 26-35 Page 831 (PB)
THE MAGNIFICAT- Luke 1:46-55
Minister: And Mary said, “My soul praises the Lord and my spirit
rejoices in God my Savior,
People: For He has been mindful of the humble estate of His
Minister: From now on all generations will call me blessed for the
Mighty One has done great thinga for me- Holy is His
People: His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from
generation to generation.
Minister: He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; He has
scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
People: He has brought down rulers from their thrones bust has
lifted up the humble.
Minister: He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the
rich away empty.
People: He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be
merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even
as he said to our fathers.
Minister: Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and the Holy
People: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.
THE BIRTH OF JESUS- Luke 2: 1-7 Page 832 (Pew Bible)
*CAROL-NO. 171 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (Red Hymnal)
THE ANGELIC ANNUNCIATION TO THE SHEPHERDS-Luke2:8-20 P833
*CAROL- NO. 158 “Angels We Have Heard on High” (Red Hymnal)
OFFERTORY (Special Music) Joshua L. Mazur
DOXOLOGY- NO. 544 (Red Hymnal)
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (Unison): Give us, O God such Love and wonder that with the shepherds and magi, and pilgrims unknown, we may come to adore the holy child, the promised King; and with our gifts worship him, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
INVITATION TO THE LORD’S SUPPER
(See Insert Holy Communion)
LIGHTING IF THE CHRIST CANDLE- John 1:9-12 Page 862 (Pew Bible)
*CAROL- NO. 154- “Silent Night” (Seated)
THE LIGHT CHRISTMAS BRINGS TO EVERYONE WHO BELIEVES
You are the light of the world. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
*CAROL- NO. 161 – “Joy to the World” (Red Hymnal)
THE BLESSING AND BENEDICTION
MINISTER: The Lord be with you.
PEOPLE: And also with you.
MINISTER: May God bless you, the Father, the Son, and the Holy
MINISTER: Go in peace.
PEOPLE: Thanks be to God.
POSTLUDE Joshua L. Mazur
*ALL WHO ARE ABLE PLEASE STAND
MAY YOU HAVE A JOYFUL CHRISTMAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR!
The Session, Pastor, and Congregation
1st Presbyterian Church