December 24, 2019 ~ 10:00pm

Christmas Eve

The People of Peace Church
Jim Pospisil, Music Director
Wendy Durrwachter, pianist
Nathan Holst, Faith Formation Minister
Rev. Kathryn Nelson

Prelude    Voluntary in C Major by Purcell   –   Earl Salemink & Tom Pfotenhauer, trumpet

God is Revealed as We Gather

Words of Welcome and Ringing of our Peace Bells

The Lighting of Our Advent Candles:      “The Candle of Christ”  
Readers:  Laurie and Mariah Berner

Song:  “Awake! Awake…”           (#107 black hymnal, vs 4)

Call to Worship

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)  Frost Bowen-Bailey, horn; Dale Shimmin, trombone

A Christmas Poem: “Census” by Dr. Gary Boelhower

Duet:   “Traveling to be Counted” by Wendy Durrwachter,  Melanie Sever, flute

The Birth of Jesus Christ in Word and Song

The Story of the Birth:   Luke 2:1–7                Reader: Ellie Hoffman

Hymn:       “Away in a Manger”                             (#93 red hymnal)

Anthem:    “See Amid the Winter Snow”

The Story of the Shepherds:   Luke 2:8–12    Reader: Seth Hoffman

Hymn:       “The First Nowell”               (#100 red hymnal, vs 1 & 2)

Anthem:    Gaudete (Christ is Born of the Virgin Mary, Rejoice!) –  Cathy Ameel, soloist

The Story of the Angels:   Luke 2:13–20          Reader: Kai Hoffman

Hymn:       “Angels We Have Heard On High”        (#90 red hymnal)

Anthem:    “Still, Still, Still” (Austrian Carol)

Thoughts Upon Christmas Eve

Duet:  “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”   Tim & Maddie Carpenter

We Respond to God’s Word

Pastoral Prayer by Nathan Holst, the Lord’s Prayer (with debts), Choral Amen

Sharing Our Offerings

The Offertory “Lully Lullay”   Mary Pat Renaud & Jennifer Boyle

*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) –  Melanie Sever, flute; Nathan Holst, guitar

Benediction and Postlude