December 24, 2016 ~ 10:00pm
The People of Peace Church
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Wendy Durrwachter, pianist
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude: “Vivaldi Concerto for Two Trumpets”
Earl Salemink & Tom Pfotenhauer, trumpet;
Dale Shimmin, trombone; Brad Bombardier, bassoon;
Henry Bray & Frost Bowen-Bailey, horn; Mariah Berner, viola
God is Revealed as We Gather
Choral Call to Worship “Mary Did You Know?” Megan & Katie Rudd
Words of Welcome
Ringing of the Peace Bells
The Lighting of Our Advent Candles: “The Candle of Christ”
Scripture & Prayer read by Mariah & Laurie Berner
Song: “Awake! Awake and Greet the New Morn” (#107, vs 4)
Call to Worship Leader: Kevin Jacobsen
Let us go, just as we are, to see what has happened.
Let us go with the shepherds:
let us go and find the One of whom the angels sang.
Let us go with those who are wise:
let us go and find the One who brings God’s truth to us.
Let us go with the poor in spirit, and in flesh;
let us go with those who are humbled by life:
let us find the Glory of God
born in a stable, and placed in a manger.
Let us go with our friends and family,
let us go with our neighbors and with strangers,
let us go with all the children of God:
let us go to find the One who comes to lead us home to God.
O come, let us go to the Babe of Bethlehem;
O come, let us adore him!
Christ our Lord!
*Opening Hymn “O Come All Ye Faithful” (#89 red hymnal)
Reading of a Christmas Poem Gary Boelhower
Song: “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Ives
The Birth of Jesus Christ in Word and Song
The Story of the Birth: Luke 2:1–7 Reader: Annie Harala
Hymn: “Away in a Manger” (#93 red hymnal) Mariah Berner, viola
Anthem: “Still, Still, Still”
The Story of the Shepherds: Luke 2:8–12 Reader: Kevin Jacobsen
Hymn: “The First Nowell” (#100 red, verses 1 & 2)
Anthem: “A Spotless Rose” by Herbert Howells Paul Winchester, solo
The Story of the Angels: Luke 2:13–20 Reader: Annie Harala
Hymn: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (#94 red hymnal)
Anthem: “My Lord Has Come” by Will Todd
Thoughts Upon Christmas Eve
Song: “O Holy Night” sung by Paul Winchester
We Respond to God’s Word
Pastoral Prayer, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), Choral Amen
Sharing Our Offerings
The Offertory “Where Did Jesus Go?” by Sara Thomsen sung by Nathan Holst
*The Thanksgiving (Old Hundredth)
Praise God whose dawn transfigures night,
Whose daystar shines for us on high,
Whose Spirit brings into our sight,
The hope to which our world draws nigh. Amen.
*Prayer of Dedication
Lighting of Candles
Closing Hymn “Silent Night” (#95 red hymnal) Cathy Ameel, harp