12 24 2020 (Christmas Eve)

The Gathering Greeting, Welcome, and Announcements Prelude Fughette on “Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland” J.S. Bach (Savior of the Nations, Come) Elizabeth Brown, organist Lighting of the Advent Wreath and Christ Candle Hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful” ADESTE FIDELES…

12 24 2020 (Christmas Eve)

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The Gathering
Greeting, Welcome, and Announcements

Prelude Fughette on “Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland” J.S. Bach
(Savior of the Nations, Come)
Elizabeth Brown, organist

Lighting of the Advent Wreath and Christ Candle

Hymn “O Come, All Ye Faithful” ADESTE FIDELES

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer

The Lessons and Carols

First Lesson: Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7
Christ’s Birth and Kingdom are foretold by Isaiah

Carol “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” VENI EMMANUEL

Second Lesson: Micah 5:2-4
The prophet Micah foretells the glory of Bethlehem

Carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” ST. LOUIS

Third Lesson: Luke 1: 26-35, 38
The angel Gabriel visits the blessed Virgin Mary

Offering of Music “Domine Deus” Antonio Vivaldi
(Lord God, heavenly King/O God, almighty Father)
Emily Crisp, soprano,
Deb Stevenson, oboe and George Radosavljevic, piano

Fourth Lesson: Luke 2:1-7
St. Luke tells of the birth of Jesus

Offering of Music “The Gift” arr. William Cutter
Zoe Nott, soloist

Fifth Lesson: Luke 2:8-20
The Shepherds go to the manger.

Carol “Angels We Have Heard on High” GLORIA
Christmas Meditation “With Outstretched Hands”

Thanksgiving – Sharing the Light

The Darkness to the Light: Genesis 1:1-3, John 1:1-5

Distribution of the Light
(You are invited to light a candle at home, knowing that your light is added
to the lights of others among our worshipping congregation and friends)

Hymn “Silent Night, Holy Night” STILLE NACHT

The Christmas Gospel Reading: John 1:14

Hymn “Joy to the World!” ANTIOCH

Charge and Blessing

Postlude “The Joy of Christmas” John Purifoy
recorded at our Carter-Westminster “Messiah” concert 2019

Prayers for a very Merry Christmas for all of you,
and a New Year of Health and Hope!

Assisting in Worship:

Lighting of the Advent Wreath: Pat & Lynn O’Dea and Bea Jacobs.

Readers: Jenny Haag, Jacob Haag, Jim Nadder, Annette Serritella, Heidi Musser,
Najeba Badal, the Akompong family.

Musicians: Lindsay Mecher, mezzo soprano; Leo Radosavljevic, bass-baritone; Emily
Crisp, soprano; Zoe Nott; Deb Stevenson, oboe; George Radosavljevic, piano;
Elizabeth Brown, organist; Pat Radosavljevic, Music Director.

Officiant: Bridge Pastor William J. Ingersoll

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