Christmas Eve Intergenerational Service

Prelude                   

Christmas Eve Welcome

Video: “Nativity line scene”

Call to Worship

One: Through lush farmland and bleak alleys
All: sweeps good news of great joy!
One: Through empty wants and desperate needs
All: blazes a star to light our way.
One: Through pounding turmoil and dazing fear
All: sounds an angel chorus: Glory to God in the highest; Peace to God’s people on earth!
One: Receive the news! Follow the star! Watch the angels!
All: Through song and silence, word and wonder, Let us make our way to Bethlehem.
One: Let us worship the Holy One Who beckons in an infant’s cry.

Hymn #164: “O little town of Bethlehem” 

Gathering Prayer  

Story: “Song of the Stars” by Sally Llyod-Jones,
Paintings by Alison Jay

Song: “Star Child” (Shirley Erena Murray, Carlton Raymond Young): Praise Band (led and edited by Jotham Sennema)

Welcoming Christ: we assemble our nativity scene & Light the Advent & Christ Candles

Hymn #149: “Away in a manger”     

Presentation of our offering:

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: Mary’s Boy Child (Jester Hairston): Performed by Natalie Lacoste (violin), accompanied by Deb Lacoste (piano)

Sung Prayer of Dedication: (to the tune of #161 What child is this)

These gifts we joyfully bring to you,
to fill the world with meaning;
our hearts and minds are longing for
the life of which you are dreaming.
This, this, our gift we bring,
our lives we share, your praise we sing;
show us your vision, Lord,
for hope, and peace, and loving.

Video:  “Jesus in born” Holy Moly by Sparkhouse.
Used with persmission.

Song: “Mary had a baby” African American Trad. Public Domain

Scripture (Spark Story Bible): Luke 2: 1-7 read by Naomi Ellis

Hymn #138: “While shepherds watched” (v.1)

Scripture (Spark Story Bible): Luke 2: 8-15 read by Adrianna Molenaar

Hymn #138: “Angels we have heard on high” (vs.1 & 3)

Angel Dialogue (Written by Pam Hathorn & Carolyn Morris, Performed by Elspeth & Maeve Forde)

Scripture (Spark Story Bible): Luke 2: 16-20 read by Erin Dougall

Hymn #133: “Go, tell it on the mountain”

Christmas Sending and Blessing

 

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