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Christmas Eve Bulletin, Dec 24, 2022

Veradale United Church of Christ

An Open & Affirming Congregation

Worshiping God in Christ – Welcoming All – Working for Justice & Peace

“No matter who you are, or where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here!”

December 24, 2022 • 7p.m.

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6:50pm Prelude and gathering

Wayne Shull, Music Director

Charlie Salt, AV

Naomi Hanvey, Facebook Monitor

Scotty Patton, Zoom Monitor

Diane Smith, Scripture Reader

Scott Robertson, Candle Lighter and Advent Candle Message

Rev. Gen Heywood, Pastor

7:00pm Worship begins

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of people. That light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:1-5, Diane Smith, Reader

Welcoming the Light of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love

And nativity figures move to Bethlehem

*Hymn: “O Come, All Ye Faithful” verses 1 and 2

1. Oh, come, all ye faithful, Joyful and triumphant! Oh, come ye, oh come ye to Bethlehem. Come and behold him, Born the King of angels

[Chorus] Oh, come, let us adore him; Oh, come, let us adore him; Oh, come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

2. Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation; Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above! Glory to God, Glory in the highest; (Chorus)

Lighting of the Christ Candle

“A child has been born to us, a son given to us; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:2

Message about Christ from Scott Robertson

Prayer at the lighting of the Christ Candle:

All: Emmanuel, we give thanks and praise for your light shining in the darkness. Bless us to know and feel your presence especially when our way seems hard and no light seems to shine. Move us ever closer to your heart. Amen.

Community Prayer

Our Community in Prayer

Sharing Prayers of Gratitude & Celebration

All: “Amen, Amen” 161 (NCH) Public Domain

first stanza

Sharing Prayers of Concern

All: “Amen, Amen” 161 (NCH)

first stanza

Sharing Prayers Which Take Us Beyond Words Into Silence

All: “Amen, Amen” 161 (NCH)

first stanza

The Lord’s Prayer

In the spirit of diversity, you are invited to

use the words most familiar to you.

Response: All: “Amen, Amen” 161 (NCH) Public Domain

A Time of Offering

Invitation to share

Response: Joy to the World v 3

Christ 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.

Dedication prayer

Loving God, bless these gifts and offerings. Be born anew in each one of us that we may fulfill your vision for our for our lives, the world, and this community. In the name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Listening for God in Word and Music

Message With Young Hearts

Placing the Jesus figure in the manager

A Christmas Eve Play based on Luke 2:1-20

Narrator: Naomi Hanvey

Shepherd 1: Don Young

Shepherd 2: Cherall Anne St. James

Shepherd 3: Marvin Wilson

Head Angel 1: Jan Young

Head Angel 2: Noah

Joseph: Sky Young

Mary: Ashley

Baby Jesus: Karl

Act 1 Shepherds

Act 2 Angels

All sing "Angels We have Heard on High” verse 1

Angels we have heard on high

Sweetly singing o'er the plains

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their joyous strains

Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Act 3 In Bethlehem

All sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem “

O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight

Act 4 At the Manger

All: Silent Night verse 3

Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light; Radiant beams from Thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Narrator: Joseph lovingly cradled the tiny baby in his arms. When the shepherds saw him, they saw a poor child of a poor family. He was just like them. As they left, one shepherd wondered aloud…

Isaiah 11:6-10 Diane Smith, Reader

The wolf shall live with the lamb,

the leopard shall lie down with the kid,

the calf and the lion and the fatling together,

and a little child shall lead them.

7 The cow and the bear shall graze,

their young shall lie down together;

and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,

and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.

9 They will not hurt or destroy

on all my holy mountain;

for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord

as the waters cover the sea.

10 On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious.

Message: The Earth shall be Full of the Knowledge of God

Sharing the Light of Christ

Prayer at the kindling of the Christ Light

1. Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright. Round yon virgin mother and Child. Holy Infant, so tender and mild, Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

2. Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight; Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia! Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!

3. Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light; Radiant beams from Thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus Lord, at Thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

Silence

Prayer – Light sent into the world

Benediction and Silent Reflection

Postlude

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