December 24, 2018 Christmas Eve

Candlelight Service of
Lessons and Carols

OPENING HYMN

Hymn 55, Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful

 

FIRST LESSON

Genesis 3:8-15: the Seed of the woman will crush the serpent's head. The need for a Savior from sin for all people stemmed from mankind's rebellion in the Garden of Eden.

 

Hymn 23, Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel

SECOND LESSON

Genesis 22:15-18: God's promises to Abraham. God further revealed how his plan of salvation would take place by promising Abraham that the Savior would come from his line.

 

THIRD LESSON

Isaiah 9:2,6-7: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light. Through Isaiah the prophet, God reveals the broad scope and effects of the coming Savior's saving work.

 

FOURTH LESSON

Micah 5:2-4: A Branch from the stem of Jesse. The location of the Savior's birth is prophesied.

 

Hymn 50, Once in Royal David's City

FIFTH LESSON

Luke 1:26-38: The angel Gabriel announces the birth of the Messiah to Mary.

 

Hymn 67, What Child Is This

SIXTH LESSON

Matthew 1:18-25 & Luke 2:1-7: The birth of Jesus.

 

Choral Selection

SEVENTH LESSON

Luke 2:8-20: The shepherds visit the manger. We join to worship Jesus for the saving work he came to do for us.

 

Hymn 63, Angels We Have Heard on High


 

EIGHTH LESSON

Matthew 2:1-12: The Magi worship the newborn King. Some time after the birth of Jesus, the Magi (or Wisemen) came to see the prophesied Savior.

 

Hymn 51, I Am So Glad When Christmas Comes

NINTH LESSON

John 1:1-14: The mystery of the incarnation. The miracle of Immanuel, God with us, is the basis for our hope of eternal life. We have salvation only through his saving work of paying for all sin on the cross. Guaranteeing God's free gift of salvation is the resurrection that shows us that all who believe on His name will rise to eternal life.

 

Hymn 64, Let Us All with Gladsome Voice

 

PRAYER

     O God, who makes us glad with the yearly remembrance of the birth of your only Son, Jesus Christ, grant that as we joyfully receive him as our Redeemer, so we may with sure confidence behold him when he shall come to be our judge, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

C: Amen.

 

DISTRIBUTION OF CANDLES

The pastor will light a candle from the Christ candle; the ushers will light their candles from the pastor’s candle; the ushers will then light the candle of the worshiper in each pew nearest to the aisle. Please keep lit candles upright and tip your unlit candle to receive the flame from an upright lit candle.

SILENT NIGHT

Candles are extinguished.

CLOSING HYMN

Hymn 62, Joy to the World