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Christmas Eve & Christmas Day

Date: 
December 24, 2016 - 4PM & 9PM, December 25, 2016 - 10 AM
Speaker: 
Rev. Terry Martinson

Dennis Union Church 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve

Prelude – “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen” Emma Crowell, trumpet
Welcome

Intro: Every time you hear the word, Shepherds, our Shepherd will hold up the poster and everyone says, let’s go see! Every time you hear the words, Wise Ones, our Wise One will hold up that poster and say, Look, a star! When you hear, Angel, our Angel will hold up another poster and everyone says, Hallelujah!

A is for ANGEL. The ANGEL Gabriel began the story by telling Mary,
Luke 1:28-33 Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty. Beautiful inside and out! God be with you . Mary, you have nothing to fear. God has a surprise for you: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son and call his name Jesus.”

B is for Bethlehem, where our story takes place. People traveled from far and wide to get to Bethlehem, which was not a very big village.

C is for Census, which means an official counting of all the people. The reason so many people came to Bethlehem.

D is for Donkey. A donkey carried the family on their long journey. Mary and Joseph had to travel 107 miles along the Jordan River to get from Nazareth to Bethlehem. That’s a pretty long journey.

E is for Exhausted. That’s how everyone must have felt when they arrived. It would take about 36 hours of walking to go that far. That’s three days in a row of doing nothing but walking.

Hymn: It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold: "Peace on the earth, goodwill to men from heavens all gracious King!" The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

F is for Family. Mary and Joseph and their new baby Jesus created a new family, one that would bless the whole world.
Luke 2:6-8 “While they were there, the time came for Mary to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

G is for the Good News about to be shared with all the earth. This is what the ANGELS said: Luke 2:10-14 “There were SHEPHERDS camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s ANGEL stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. The SHEPHERDS were terrified. The ANGEL said, Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket lying in a manger.”

Interlude: “Twas In the Moon of Wintertime”
Willa Crowell, violin; Charlie Crowell, clarinet

At once the ANGEL was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights. Peace to all men and women on earth.

Hymn: ”Hark the Herald Angels Sing”
Hark the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn king! Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled Joyful all ye nations rise; join the triumph of the skies With angelic host proclaim: Christ is born in Bethlehem Hark! The herald angels sing, Glory to the newborn King!

H is for Hope. Now we light the Advent candle of Hope. Hope is knowing that good news is coming, even when things look bleak. Jesus is the source of our hope.

Anthem – “Go Tell It on the Mountain” Junior Choir

I is for Imagine. If we close our eyes and imagine the scene, we can see the beauty and wonder of the ANGELS proclaiming good news to all men and women. We can see the SHEPHERDS, first terrified, but then overcome with joy as they hear the good news. If we try even harder, we can imagine a world where God’s peace reigns, where there is no war or hunger. And if we can imagine it, we can do it with God’s help.

J is for Joy. Now we light the Advent candle of Joy. Joy is a kind of happiness that comes from God. It cannot be dampened, and is always shared. The birth of Jesus gives us joy.

Hymn: “Joy to the World”
Joy to the world! The Lord is come, let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare Him room.
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing.
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing!

K is for King. Though Jesus would be King, he was not the kind of King people were used to. Most kings are born in palaces, surrounded by servants. He was born in a stable, surrounded by dirty, smelly SHEPHERDS. Most kings rule with power and fear. Jesus rules with mercy and love.

L is for Lost. When Jesus grew up he told a lot of stories, and three of them were about lost things that were found. He loved to find lost things, and when you are with Jesus, you will never be lost. He is the good SHEPHERD, who would do anything to find his lost sheep.

L is also for Love. Now we light the Advent candle of Love, Jesus summarized his ministry by saying Love God and Love your neighbor as yourself.

M is for Manger. A manger is for animals, but this time it held the baby because he had no crib.

Hymn: “Away in the Manger” Ellen Clancy, first verse
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay. The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes. But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky, and stay by my cradle til morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay. Close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in thy tender care, and take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

N is for Noel. Noel is another word for Christmas. It means new birth, and that’s what happened in our story. That’s what happens every year at Christmas time. That’s what happens every time we decide to follow Jesus he is born anew in us.

O is for Offering. The WISE ONES gave gifts to the baby, and we can offer our gifts every day. We give our time, our talents, and our treasure to God, and pray that as a Church, we are good stewards of all that is entrusted to us. So we share our gifts now.

Offertory – “The Snow Lay

Junior Choir

Doxology
Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow; Praise Him, all creatures here below; Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host; Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Dedication on the Ground”

The Christmas Eve offering will be received for the Pastor’s Discretionary Fund and A Baby Center

Great Shepherd of the sheep, Accept these gifts that we bring you in response to the love you have shown to us in Christ. Amen.

P is for Peace. Now we light the Advent candle of peace. Jesus is the Prince of Peace, and is the source of the kind of peace that surpasses all understanding.

Q is for Quiet. We begin a time of prayer in quiet, allowing God to speak to us, and joyful when the quiet is broken by small voices.

SOLO O Holy Night Catie Crowell

R is for revelation, God showing us who God is... in a little baby born one night.

S is for Star. One special star guided WISE ONES to come to see the baby. They were mysterious, and they lived far away, but they brought gifts to Jesus because they knew that he would grow up to be a King.
Matthew 2:9-11 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time! They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they knelt and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

T is for Table. When Jesus grew up he invited all to his table. He gave his friends bread and wine, and told them to remember him always. When we gather at the Lord’s Table, we call it Communion because we come together. So at this table, we also remember the next letter:

U is for Unity. Communion is a time when all people can come together and be one. Just as many grains come together to form one bread. We, who are many people, come together to be one body of Christ.

V is for Vulnerable. Vulnerable means, able to be hurt. Every baby is very vulnerable, and so are we when we love one another. God became vulnerable when Jesus was born, and we are called to be vulnerable when we love our brothers and sisters.

W is for Wonder. Like the WISE ONES, we stand in awe and wonder of the newborn King.

X is for Christ. X is the Greek letter Chi, the first letter in the word Christ. The X is one of the most ancient symbols of Christianity. People have been using the letter X to stand for Christ for centuries. And now we light the Christ candle, symbolizing the coming of light into the world. Jesus is born.

Y is for You. You ANGELS. You WISE ONES. You SHEPHERDS. You sons and daughters. You mothers and fathers. You friends and strangers. You are all here to worship and celebrate the birth of Jesus.

Z is for Zeal. Let your zeal for Christ burn brightly. As these lights are passed out, know that the light of God burns much, much brighter. Though these lights will die out, the light of God is steadfast, and endures forever.

Sharing of the Light: For safety, please tilt unlit candle toward the lit candle. Also, please extinguish candle as house lights come up. Please closely monitor children around the use of flame!

Hymn - Silent Night first verse

Abby Bishop,

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.
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! 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.

Benediction
Postlude – “In Dulci Jubilo”

Bach

9:00 PM Worship Bulletin

 

“FOR HE IS LORD OF LORDS, AND KING OF KINGS . . .” (Revelation 17:14)

December 25, 2016 10:00 A.M.

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS RINGING THE BELL – Gathering of the People

ORGAN PRELUDE CALL TO WORSHIP

God is the shining star in every dark sky,

The kindness in every embrace,

The love in every gift given,

The joy in every new birth.

God is the hope in every deep sigh,

The spark in the angels’ song,

The peace in every night’s rest,

The delight in every carol sung.

Come and worship, come and worship . . .

Let us praise God indeed!

*HYMN - “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
blue hymnal No. 149

*PRAYER OF INVOCATION (unison)
God of manger and star, open us to the depths and heights of your incredible love which comes through humble stories and glorious songs. Speak to us in word and music and lift us to the realms of glory. Amen.

*GLORIA PATRI
CALL TO PRAYER
PASTORAL PRAYER and LORD’S PRAYER OFFERING

*DOXOLOGY *OFFERING PRAYER

LESSONS AND CAROLS

First Lesson Carol 153

Second Lesson Carol 144
Third Lesson Carol 147 Fourth Lesson Carol 155
Fifth Lesson Carol 145
Sixth Lesson Carol 172 Seventh Lesson

*Carol 143

BENEDICTION ORGAN POSTLUDE

Cheryl Cerbone

Isaiah 11:1-9
It Came upon the Midnight Clear

(vs. 1 and 3) Luke 1:28-38

Dan Roberts O Little Town of Bethlehem

Luke 2:1-7
Away in a Manger Luke 2:8-14

Margaret Bossi

Brian DeMarsh Angels We Have Heard on High

Luke 2:15-20 Annalyse Roughan Silent Night, Holy Night

John 1:1-5, 14-17 Joy To The World

Rev. Terry Martinson

Matthew 2:1-11
We Three Kings of Orient Are

Ted Walker Heather Draycott

Flower Insert