Christmas Eve Worship Service 1 (Sanctuary 4:30pm)Back to all Events
- Date: December 24, 2018
- Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
CHRISTMAS EVE FAMILY WORSHIP
December 24, 2018 4:30 P.M.
Preakness Reformed Church
Wayne, New Jersey
Welcome to the Preakness Reformed Church!
Was there a moment, known only to God, when all the stars held their breath,
when the galaxies paused in their dance for a fraction of a second,
and the Word, who had called it all into being,
went with all his love into the womb of a young girl,
and the universe started to breathe again, and the ancient harmonies resumed their song, and the angels clapped their hands for you? - Madeline L’Engle
- Congregation standing, as able
Bold Text is spoken in unison by the congregation
We GATHER TO CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
PRELUDE Mary, did you know? Arr. M. Hayes
INTROIT “The Unbelievable” Steve & Vikki Cook
CHRIST’S LIGHT SHINES FOR ALL TO BEHOLD
Tonight, we hear the good news of great joy;
for to us is born in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord!
Jesus has arrived in grace and mystery,
renewing faded hopes and announcing peace to a weary world.
Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom God favors!
Jesus comes among us in power and glory inspiring fresh Christmas joy
and calling us to lives that are full of God’s love.
Jesus, the light of the world, is born.
Let Christ’s light shine in the darkest corners of our lives.
Let Christ’s light shine in the darkest corners of the world. God is with us.
-written by Rev. Kristine O’Brien
(Lighting of the Christ Candle)
OPENING CAROL 76 O Come, All Ye Faithful ADESTE FIDELES
CHRISTMAS PRAYER Martin Luther, adapted
Little Child of God, laid in a manger, we adore your coming!
Now God, is our image, God is our flesh and blood.
Now there is no difference at all between your body and ours.
You are our Saviour and our brother lying in a cot.
You join our human frailty, share our needs, and assure us of utter glory. Halleluiah!
This night, in your face, little Lord Jesus, we see the face of God. AMEN!
THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTMAS
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE “The Invisible Presence” Pastor Mary Marcus
Carol 86 Away in a Manger CRADLE SONG
READING OF THE GOSPEL Luke 2:1-20 (p.58-59)
SONG “Hallelujah Christmas”
I've heard about this baby boy
Who's come to earth to bring us joy
And I just want to sing this song to you
It goes like this, the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
With every breath I'm singing Hallelujah
A couple came to Bethlehem
Expecting child, they searched the inn
To find a place for You were coming soon
There was no room for them to stay
So in a manger filled with hay
God's only Son was born, oh Hallelujah
The shepherds left their flocks by night
To see this baby wrapped in light
A host of angels led them all to You
It was just as the angels said
You'll find Him in a manger bed
Immanuel and Savior, Hallelujah
OFFERINGS TO THE NEWBORN KING
OFFERING OUR PRAYERS AROUND THE MANGER
OFFERING OUR POSSESSIONS
Offertory Prelude in C Major WTC book I J.S. Bach
(The Christmas Eve Offering Envelopes and cash collected will be designated to Strengthen Our Sisters.
If you would like to give to Preakness Reformed Church as well please specify in the memo line by writing “PRC”)
OFFERING LIGHT FROM OUR HEARTS
JESUS CHRIST THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD
Everyone is invited journey to the manger;
Let us join the light of our hearts to the light from the manger, Infant Jesus
CAROL 88 O Little Town of Bethlehem ST. LOUIS
CAROL 85 Silent Night! Holy Night STILLE NACHT
May the Light of Christmas be with you!
And also with you!
Please greet one another with a “Merry Christmas.”
Carol 92 Joy to the World ANTIOCH
- POSTLUDE On Christmas Night All Christians Sing with O Come, All Ye Faithful Sussex Carol arr. C.S. Robins
Leading God's people in worship are Pastor Eric Nichols and Pastor Mary L. Marcus, worship leaders; Ken Tanis, Glenn O’Connell, Dan O’Connell, trio; Anna Keiserman, accompanist; and Daniel King, Director of Music Ministries.
The Christmas offering is for Strengthen Our Sisters, a Passaic County non-profit organization serving women and children, including emergency shelter services.
Words & Music reproduced under permission of CCLI # 11100448