Christmas Eve Service ~ 2018

Christmas Eve Service ~ 2018

Passage: Luke 2
Service Type:

Bible Text: Luke 2 | Speaker: Ann Sophie Nyman, Nelson Nyman |
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. 
(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)
(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)
(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.
(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 

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *