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December 24, 2020

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Reading + Christ Candle

Isaiah 9:2, 6

The people walking in darkness
see a bright light;
light shines
on those who live in a land of deep darkness.

For a child has been born to us,
a son has been given to us.
He shoulders responsibility
and is called
Wonderful Adviser,
Mighty God,
Everlasting Father,
Prince of Peace.

Invitation to Worship

Read the italicized lines aloud.

L: Rejoice, for God is with us — Emmanuel.

C: In the darkness of our world shines God’s holy light.

L: Now there is reason to hope, to love, to laugh, to live.

C: God is truly with us. We are not alone. Thanks be to God!

O Come All Ye Faithful

C. Frederick Oakeley and John Francis Wade
© Public Domain
CCLI#: 31054

Verse 1
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and tri – um – phant,
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

Chorus
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Verse 2
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exul – ta – tion;
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest.

Chorus
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Verse 3
Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy mor – ning;
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

Chorus
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Felix Mendelssohn and Charles Wesley
© Public Domain
CCLI#: 27738

Verse 1
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 host proclaim:!
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Chorus
Hark! The herald angels sing!
“Glory to the new – born King!”

Verse 2
Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell
Jesus, our Emmanuel

Chorus
Hark! The herald angels sing!
“Glory to the new – born King!”

Verse 3
Hail the heavenly Prince of Peace!!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!!
Light and life to all He brings!
Ris’n with healing in His wings!
Mild He lays His glory by!
Born that man no more may die!
Born to raise the sons of earth!
Born to give them second birth

Chorus
Hark! The herald angels sing!
“Glory to the new – born King!”

O Come O Come Emmanuel

Henry Sloane Coffin, Thomas Helmore, and John Mason Neale
© Public Domain
CCLI#: 31982

Verse 1
O come, O come, E–mma -n–uel
And ransom captive Isra–el
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appears

Chorus
Rejoice! Rejoice! E–mma–anu- el
Shall come to thee, O I–srael

Verse 2
O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
And death’s dark shadows put to flight

Chorus
Rejoice! Rejoice! E–mma–anu- el
Shall come to thee, O I–srael

Verse 3
O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and discord cease,
Fill the whole world with Heaven’s peace.

Chorus
Rejoice! Rejoice! E–mma–anu- el
Shall come to thee, O I–srael

Reading

John 1:1-4, 9

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. 2 The Word was with God in the beginning. 3 All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, but the darkness has not mastered it.

9 The true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

Silent Night

Words: Josef Mohr, cir­ca 1816-1818. Stan­zas 1 & 3 trans­lat­ed from Ger­man to Eng­lish by John F.

Verse 1
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

Verse 2 
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

Verse 3
Silent night, holy night!
Son of God love’s pure light.
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth
Jesus Lord, at Thy birth

O Holy Night

Adolphe Charles Adam, Placide Cappeau, and John S. Dwight
© Public Domain
CCLI#: 32015

Verse 1
O holy night, The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world, In sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth
A thrill of hope, The weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks, A new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices
O ni – ght div – ine , O night when Christ was born
O night, O ho – ly night
O night divine

Verse 2 
Led by the light, Of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts, By His cradle we stand
So led by light, Of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men, From Orient land
The King of kings, Lay thus in lowly manger,
In all our trials, Born to be our Friend
He knows our need, To our weakness is no stranger
Beh – old your King, Before Him lowly bend
Behold your Ki – ng, Before Him lowly bend

Verse 3
Truly He taught us, To love one another,
His law is love, And His gospel is peace
Chains shall He break, For the slave is our brother,
And in His name, All oppression shall cease
Sweet hymns of joy, In grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us, Praise His holy name
Christ is the Lord. Oh praise His name forever
His po – wer and glo – ry, e – vermore proclaim
His power and glo – ry, e – vermore proclaim