December 24, 2015 ~ 10:00 pm
The People of Peace Church
Kevin Jacobsen & Annie Harala, Readers
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Wendy Durrwachter, Pianist
Rev. Kathryn Nelson
Prelude “Concerto for Two Trumpets” by Antonio Vivaldi, Tom Pfotenhauer & Earl Salemink, trumpets
God is Revealed as We Gather
Words of Welcome
Ringing of the Peace Bells
Lighting Our Advent Wreath Candles ~ the Candle of Christ
Scripture & Prayer: Bruce, Judy, Ian & Torstein Derauf
Choral Call to Worship “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel“ sung by Megan & Katie Rudd
Call to Worship adapted from Thom Shuman
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) Dale Shimmin, trombone
The Birth of Jesus Christ in Word and Song
The Story of the Birth: Luke 2:1-7
Hymn: “Away in a Manger” (#93 red hymnal)
Anthem: “Hymn to the Virgin” by Benjamin Britten
The Story of the Shepherds: Luke 2:8-12
Hymn: “The First Nowell” (#100 red hymnal, vs 1-2)
Anthem: “Once, Long Ago” (Bohemian Carol)
The Story of the Angels: Luke 2:13-20
Hymn: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” (#94 red hymnal)
Anthem: “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre
Thoughts Upon Christmas Eve
Song: “Stables” by Peter Mayer sung by Nathan Holst
We Respond to God’s Word
Pastoral Prayer by Jackie Falk, the Lords Prayer (with debts)
Sharing Our Offerings
The Offertory “O Holy Night” sung by Paul Winchester, Beth Bartlett, piano
*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