Christmas Eve * indicates standing 24 December 2018
- MUSICAL PRELUDE
When all have assembled, the Church lighting will be dimmed.
- MUSICAL CALL TO WORSHIP
“Before the Marvel of this Night”
- INTROIT (tune at # 6 – away in a Manger)
We honour Messiah with Christ Candle’s Flame
Our Christmas Eve Candles glad tidings proclaim
O Come all ye faithful, rejoice in this night
As God comes among us, the Christian’s true light!
- LIGHTING of the Advent Wreath and the Christ Candle
We light the Candle of Hope,
Eternal God, You have fulfilled the hope of your people,
You have come, as You have promised, to be our Guide,
to be a light for those who walk in darkness.
Shine before us now and be the Hope for all humanity.
We light the candle of Peace,
Eternal God, Your Son is the Prince of Peace,
may His Presence be known in seats of power,
in villages of despair, in cities of conflict,
and in all homes represented here tonight.
May the world echo with the voice of Peace.
We light the candle of Joy,
Eternal God, You brought Joy
to the Shepherds in the fields,
to Mary and Joseph in the stable,
and to millions of people throughout time.
Ignite that Joy in our lives this night.
We light the Candle of Love,
Eternal God, You have formed the entire universe in love, You have formed each of us in love
and, this night, we hear the cry of new born love resounding in a manger.
May all our actions be grounded in Love.
We light the Candle of Christmas,
Eternal God, the Light of your Presence
is now incarnate in Jesus Christ our Lord.
May we come to his cradle this night
and then follow in his steps through life.
Christ is born! Give God Glory!
Christ is born! Give God Glory!
- HYMN # 47 (VU) STILL, STILL, STILL
- PRAYER OF APPROACH
Source of Creation, Former of Creation and Life of Creation,
as loving hands have made ready this House of Prayer,
so help us make ready our hearts to welcome You.
Clear away all obstacles to faith,
refresh our lives with hope,
and gently open our eyes
to perceive the wonder of Your Presence
dwelling in our midst through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.
- SCRIPTURE LESSONS
First Testament: Isaiah 9: 2 – 7
Psalm 96 on Page 816 of Voices United
Response refrain is based on Gesu Bambino
Gospel: Luke 2: 1 – 20
- HYMN # 44 (VU) IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR*
- GATHERING OF OUR OFFERINGS as we sing
# 58 (VU) INFANT HOLY, INFANT LOWLY *
- SACRAMENT OF COMMUNION
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING
The LORD is with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts
We lift them up to the LORD.
Let us give thanks to the LORD our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.
O LORD our God, Source of Eternal Wonder, we gather around your Table, surrounded by the Mystery of Heaven’s radiance.
Lift us from the ordinary that we may be touched by the extraordinary, that we may join with the Angels and the Archangels and all the company of Heaven who forever sing this song of praise:
(Tune # 75 While Shepherds Watched)
All Glory be to God on High
And to the earth be peace
Good will hence forth from heaven to earth
Begin and never cease.
We thank You that from the very beginning, Your Word has been the Light of the World. Through your Word all things were made and by your Word, all creation shall be made new. We rejoice that your Word has become Flesh in Jesus Christ and dwells among us, full of Grace and Truth.
We remember that in every age, You have called Patriarchs and Matriarchs, prophets, preachers, priests and pastors, apostles and martyrs, men and women, young and old, to bear faithful witness to the light of your Word. We remember that, by becoming flesh of our flesh, Christ sanctified all human life, and took unto himself the entire spectrum of human existence, that each of us may sing before You the Songs of Glory.
(tune: # 62 Irby – Once in Royal David’s City)
In the darkness shines the spendour
of the Word who took our flesh
now that Word shall speak forever
and our lives shall intermesh
with the Christ who comes from glory
God has entered ev’ry human story.
Through the powerful benediction of your Holy Spirit, transform us and these gifts of bread and wine, that we offer to You. Grant that we who are fed on these holy mysteries may be so united with Christ that He may come through us to accomplish your Glory in this world.
(Tune # 69 – Cradle Song – Away in a Manger)
Send forth now your Spirit to settle on all
May we be your voices, proclaiming your call,
Your chorus now echoes from earth to the sky,
“All Glory to God in the Heavens most high!”
On that night, the darkest of nights, in which your Son was betrayed, and your WORD was broken, our Lord Jesus Christ took Bread …………
He took a Cup …… Do this in remembrance of me.
(Tune: Greensleeves # 74 – What Child is This)
What child is this who laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Good Christians fear for sinners here
This silent WORD is pleading.
Nails, spears shall pierce Him through
A Cross be borne for me, for you,
Hail, hail, God’s Word is True
In Jesus, son of Mary.
We remember your Church scattered upon the face of this earth,
gather her in unity & preserve her in truth.
We remember all your children, who have loved and served You in this life, especially those near & dear to our own souls.
We rejoice that we are still one with them in the holy fellowship of your Church. Together may we continue with them to proclaim your glory!
(Tune: # 48 – Mendelssohn)
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 us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth!
Hark! The herald angels sing,
Glory to the new born King.
Rejoice, O Israel and all the world. Tonight the Eternal Word becomes Flesh and dwells in our midst. Sing! Rejoice and be glad! Ce soir, les anges chantent dans le ciel; ce soir, les bergers viennent à Bethléem, et ce soir, ils se trouvent Joseph et Marie et l’enfant Jésus, parmi nous and by Him, with Him and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, we raise our voices with all creation to proclaim the glory of God!
(Tune: # 60 Adeste Fideles )
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
“Glory to God in the Highest”.
O Come, let us adore Him,
O Come, let us adore Him,
O Come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord!
As Christ taught us, we are bold to pray in our own languages:
The LORD’S PRAYER
OUR FATHER….. NOTRE PERE…. AR N-ATHAIR…
ONZE VADER …VATER UNSER… PADRE NEUSTRO…
الصلاة الربانية ONS VADER…. AMA NAMIN…. 我們的父親
PEOPLE ARE INVITED TO COME FORWARD
TO RECEIVE THE ELEMENTS
This is the Table, not of the Church, but of our Lord Jesus Christ.
It is made ready for those who love Him and those who want to love Him more. So, come, you who have much faith and you who have little;
you who have been here often and you who have not been for a long time; you who have tried to follow and you who have failed. Come, not because we invite you but because our Lord has made this place for you. It is Christ’s Will that those who want to meet Him should meet Him here.
MINUIT CHRÉTIENS! C’EST L’HEURE SOLENNELLE
O HOLY NIGHT
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
May your WORD so enter me that when I open my mouth,
I shall speak your WORD
in a language that will be both heard and understood
by your child to whom I speak.
May my life become a vessel
that transports You from your House to my home.
May what I resolve to do, become my un-thought action.
As You committed your Son into our hands,
now into Your Hands I commend my spirit. Amen.
- HYMN # 59 (VU) JOY TO THE WORLD *
- COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION
- HYMN # 67 (VU) STILLE NACHT \ O NUIT DE PAIX \ SILENT NIGHT *
People are invited to sing this hymn in their own language.
Oidhche shàmhach, oidhche naomh,
cadal ciùin tha air an t-saogh’l
Màiri is Iòsaph ‘san stàbull fhuar
A’ freasdal a’ phàisd tha àlainn ‘na shnuadh,
An sìth o nèamh ‘na shuain,
an sìth o nèamh ‘na shuain.
- MUSICAL POSTLUDE
Christmas Morning Worship will be at 10:30 as we give thanks to God and rejoice with our neighbours and friends. This is a very informal service – come as you are.
The Church Office will be on reduced Christmas Hours from December 24th – January 2nd. We will be checking the phone for messages.
The Staff of Port Wallis wish you and yours a healthy, happy, and holy Christmastide.
Merry Christmas Joyeux Noel Nollaig Chridheil
Vrolijk Kerstfeest Frohe Weihnachten ¡Feliz Navidad!
メリークリスマス Buon Natale
The bulletins are dedicated to the glory of God and in loving memory of Joy from the Demings family.