Lighting the Advent Wreath
Hymn Light the Advent Candle (FWS 2090)
Call to Worship
Leader: Today we celebrate good tidings of great joy!
People: We come to worship a Savior who is Christ the Lord.
Leader: The angels declared, “Glory to God in the highest.”
People: When Jesus was born, peace came to the people of Earth.
Leader: He is the Wonderful Counselor and Almighty God.
All: We worship God with us this Christmas! Amen.
Hymn Angels from the Realms of Glory(UMH 220)
The Lord’s Prayer (UMH 895)
Hymn Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (UMH 240)
The Old Testament Prophecies
The Micah Prophecy Micah 5:2
The Isaiah Prophecy Isaiah 9:6-7
Hymn Angels We Have Heard on High (UMH 238)
The Christmas Story
As Told by Matthew Matthew 1:18-24
As Told by Luke Luke 1:26-38
Hymn O Little Town of Bethlehem (UMH 230)
The Magnificat Luke 1:46-56
Hymn It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (UMH 218)
The Savior Is Born
The Birth of Jesus Luke 2:1-7
The Angels and the Shepherds Luke 2:8-20
Hymn Away in a Manger (UMH 217)
Prayer of Confession
Jesus, we celebrate your birth with joy on Christmas morning. However, we often go about our days forgetting the love that brought you from Heaven to Earth. Forgive us. May your Holy Spirit always be our companion. Amen.
Giving Our Tithes and Offerings
Doxology UMH 94
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Holy One, as we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child, we seek to honor you with these monetary gifts. We know that everything in this world is a gift from you, O God, so we humbly return a generous portion of these gifts to you. We pray that these gifts may help this church to change people’s lives and to spread your message of salvation. In the name of the Babe lying in the manger, we pray, Amen.
Prayers of the People
Affirmation of Faith (UMH 882)
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Sending Forth Silent Night, Holy Night (UMH 239)