Christmas Eve Service ~ 2018
12/24/2018

Christmas Eve Service ~ 2018

Passage: Luke 2
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Pu’uanahulu Baptist Church ~ Christmas Eve 2018

Call to Worship ~ 6pm

Lighting of the Final Advent Candle

Reading: John 3:16-19 ~ Ann Sophie Nyman

(All Stand: Congregation Reads Bold)

Leader - Rejoice, for God is with us — Emmanuel.
Congregation - In the darkness of our world shines God's holy light.
Leader - Now there is reason to hope, to love, to laugh, to live.
Congregation - God is truly with us. We are not alone.
Thanks be to God! 

Opening Prayer ~ Craig Nichols

O Come, All Ye Faithful 

(Congregation sings together)

Congregational Prayer

(Prayed out loud together)

Gracious God,

With joy and thanksgiving we gather as your people.

We have come to hear again the timeless story of Christ's birth.

Despite various distractions tonight, quiet our hearts

that we might know the peace and fullness of this holy time.

Shine, O Light, in the darkness of the world.

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, 

peace to those on whom his favor rests."

This we pray in the name of the Jesus. 

Amen.

(Please be seated - Lights are dimmed)

Reading #1

John 1:1-5

Here I Am To Worship

(Congregation sings together)

Reading #2

Luke 1:26-38

What A Beautiful Name

(Congregation sings together)

Reading #3

Luke 2:1-7

Away in a Manger 

(Congregation sings together) 

Reading #4

Luke 2:8-14

Hark the Herald Angels Sing 

(Congregation sings together)

Reading #5 - Lights Dimmed 

Luke 2:15-18

Jesus, the Word to the World” ~ Pastor Nelson Nyman

Passing of the Pomegranate 

(Please take and hold 1 seed then pass it on)

Oh Holy Night 

(Congregation sings together)

PRAYER OF CONFESSION and PARDON 

(Prepare our hearts then pray out together)

Merciful God, we confess that often 

we find darkness more comfortable than light.

We confess that, at times, 

we find your good news frightening and unsettling, 

especially when we consider your call and your promises.

We confess that Christmas can become more

 to us than the birthday of the Christ, 

partly because we do not want you 

in our lives or in our world.

Forgive us, break us, bend us, remake us.

Give us the courage to lay ourselves open to 

the wonder and healing of your coming.

Be born again into our world, 

be born again into our hearts and lives.
Thanks be to God!

(All eat together)

Jesus At The Center / O Come O Come Emanuel 

(Congregation sings together)

Congregation

(Reads out loud together) 

We are filled with joy for we have heard the good news of great joy.

We are filled with love for we have tasted and seen that God is good.

We are filled with hope for the angels still sing in our world

and there is a Light for us to follow.

Silent Night - PASSING OF THE LIGHT

(All stand, sing, and light personal candles off one another)

Joy to the World 

(Congregation sings and exits sanctuary)

Joy to the world! The Lord is come:

let earth receive her King!

Let every heart prepare him room

and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns:

let men their songs employ

while fields and floods rocks hills and plains

repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow

nor thorns infest the ground:

he comes to make his blessings flow

far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace

And makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness

And wonders of His love

And wonders of His love

And wonders, wonders, of His love

For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given…

Isaiah 9:6a 

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