Christmas Eve Service of Lessons and Carols

PRELUDE “O Holy Night” Deborah Reed 

WORDS OF WELCOME ………………………………………………………………… Pastor Un 

*PROCESSIONAL CAROL #238 “Angels We Have Heard on High” 

*LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT/CHRIST CANDLES The Noto Family 

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, 

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 

And also with you. (Light 1st Candle) 

Jesus Christ, the son of Mary, the son of God is born this night. 

God’s word has been made flesh among us. 

(Light 2nd Candle) 

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. 

Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness – on them a light has shined. 

(Light 3rd Candle) 

You, O Lord, have multiplied the nation. You have increased its joy. 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, 

and the government shall be upon his shoulder. 

His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, 

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

(Light 4th Candle) 

He is also called Emmanuel, for in him God is with us. AMEN! 

(Light the Christ Candle) 

THE BIDDING PRAYER ………………………………………………………………. Pastor Un 

THE LORD’S PRAYER 

BLESSING 

FIRST LESSON: Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19……………………. …… Mary Douglas God announces in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve’s punishment for their rebellion and that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.

Carol #206 “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” 

SECOND LESSON: Genesis 22:15-18 ………………………………………. Ed Pickett

God promises to Abraham that by his descendants all the nations of the earth shall obtain the blessing.

Carol #211 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” (stanzas 1,2,4, 7) 

THIRD LESSON: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7……………………………Virginia Buchanan

The prophet announces the birth of a king to a people in darkness.

Organ: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” Yi-Ping Chen 

FOURTH LESSON: Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6-9 ……………………….. John Hildebrand

The King is coming and will usher in a reign of justice for the poor and peace for all of God’s creation.

Carol #230 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” 

FIFTH LESSON: Luke 1:26-35, 38 Caroline Jones

The angel Gabriel announces to the virgin Mary that she will give birth to God’s promised Son whose kingdom shall never end.

Organ: “Gentle Mary Lay Her Child” Yi-Ping Chen 

SIXTH LESSON: Luke 2:1-7 ……………………………………………………………. Valerie Noto

Against a backdrop of emperors and taxes, Jesus is born.

Carol #228 “He Is Born” 

SEVENTH LESSON: Luke 2:8-16 …………………………………………………………….. Joe Hill

The shepherds go to see the Savior of the World, lying in a manger.

Carol #245 “The First Noel (Stanza 1 and 2)” 

EIGHTH LESSON: Matthew 2:1-11………………….…………………Susan Obaugh

The wise men follow a star to find the child Jesus, the King of the Jews.

Organ: “In The Bleak Midwinter” Yi-Ping Chen 

NINTH LESSON: John 1:1-14 …………………………………………………………… Pastor Un

John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation. Carol #251 “Go, Tell It on the Mountain” 

INVITATION UMH #12 ……………………………………………………………………… Pastor Un 

*THE PEACE 

OFFERING OFFETORY “Mary, Did You Know?” Betsy Gutshall/Joe Hill 

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING Pastor Un/Connie Davis/Linda Hildebrand 

SHARING OF BREAD AND CUP 

LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES 

*BENEDICTION 

*CAROL #239 “Silent Night” Gene Blackmer 

Have a Safe & Merry Christmas & Happy New Year! 

Central’s Reverse Advent Calendar 2021

During the months of November and December, Central UMC will be collecting the following items to donate to our Food Pantry.  If you should fill your box early, feel free to bring it to the church office during the week or you can leave it in the Gathering Room any Sunday morning.  If you would like to participate but are unable to shop, we will be glad to do it for you.  A donation of $40.00 would cover the cost of a box. You can make the check payable to CUMC and add Advent Box on the memo line.   If you need us to pick up your box, please call the church office (886-3441) and leave your name and number and we will contact you to set up a pick up time.

November 29  –   stuffing mix

November 30  –   can or jar of gravy

December 1 –      cake mix   

December 2 –      canned sweet potatoes

December 3 –      paper towel roll

December 4 –      box of 6 oz Jello

December 5 –      box of 6 oz pudding

December 6 –      canned fruit cocktail

December 7 –      box of tissues

December 8 –      package of cookies

December 9 –      box of crackers

December 10 –    deodorant

December 11 –    toothpaste

December 12 –    toothbrush   

December 13 –    bottle of shampoo (16 oz or larger)

December 14 –    small bottle of ketchup

December 15 –    cake frosting

December 16 –    salad dressing

December 17 –    small jar of mayo

December 18 –    box of band aids

December 19 –    bar of soap (4 oz or larger)

December 20 –    brownie mix

December 21 –    salsa

December 22  –   bag of chips

Thanks,

Outreach Committee