Virtual Bulletin | Sunday – Christmas Eve (December 24, 2020)

Prelude
Charlie Orr, Organ


Wexford Carol

Verse 1
Good people all, this Christmas time,
Consider well and bear in mind
What our good God for us has done,
In sending His belovèd Son.
With Mary holy we should pray
To God with love this Christmas Day;
In Bethlehem upon the morn
There was a blest Messiah born.

Verse 2
The night before that happy tide
The noble virgin and her guide
Were long time seeking up and down
To find a lodging in the town.
But mark how all things came to pass:
From every door repelled, alas!
As long foretold, their refuge all
Was but a humble oxen stall.

Verse 3
With thankful heart and joyful mind,
The shepherds went the babe to find,
And as God’s angel has foretold,
They did our Savior Christ behold.
Within a manger He was laid,
And by His side the virgin maid
Attending to the Lord of Life,
Who came on earth to end all strife


Call To Worship
Adam Kurihara

Isaiah 9

Leader: The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
People: on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

Leader: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
People: And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.


Praise

O Come All Ye Faithful

Verse 1
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

Chorus 1
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ, the Lord

Verse 2
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above:
“Glory to God, all glory in the highest! [Refrain]

Verse 3
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing; [Refrain]

Chorus 2
For You alone are worthy, for You alone are worthy;
For You alone are worthy, Christ the Lord!

Chorus 3
We give You all the glory, we give You all the glory;
We give You all the glory, Christ the Lord!


Scripture Reading 1
Andrew Kouris

Isaiah 40:1-11


O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Verse 1
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel,
that mourns in lonely exile here
until the Son of God appear.

Verse 2
O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
our spirits by thine advent here;
disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
and death’s dark shadows put to flight

Refrain
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

Verse 3
O come, thou Wisdom from on high,
who orderest all things mightily;
to us the path of knowledge show,
and teach us in her ways to go.

Refrain

Verse 4:
O come, Desire of nations, bind
in one the hearts of all mankind;
bid thou our sad divisions cease,
and be thyself our King of Peace

Refrain


Scripture Reading 2
Ben Morse

Luke 2:8-14


Praise

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!

Verse 1
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 th’angelic hosts proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”

Refrain
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King”

Verse 2
Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of the Virgin’s womb:
veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail th’incarnate Deity,
pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel. [Refrain]

Verse 3
Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that we no more may die,
born to raise us from the earth,
born to give us second birth. [Refrain]


Sermon – Comfort, Comfort My People! 
Rev. Dr. Thomas Petter


Song of Response

In The Bleak Mid-Winter

Verse 1
In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan
Earth stood hard as iron
Water like a stone
Snow had fallen snow on snow
Snow on snow
In the bleak midwinter
Long ago

Verse 2
Our God heav’n cannot hold Him
Nor earth sustain
Heav’n and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign
In the bleak midwinter
A stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty
Jesus Christ

Verse 3
Angels and archangels
May have gathered there
Cherubim and seraphim
Thronged the air
But His mother only
In her maiden bliss
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss

Verse 4
What can I give Him
Poor as I am
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb
If I were a wise man
I would do my part
Yet what can I give Him
Give my heart


Congregational Prayer
Dr. Donna Petter


Song of Response

Silent Night

Verse 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

Verse 2
Silent night holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heav’nly hosts sing alleluia
Christ the Savior is born
Christ the Savior is born

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
Christ the Savior is born


Benediction
Rev. Dr. Thomas Petter


Postlude


Band this Evening:

  • Acoustic Guitar – Adam Kurihara
  • Acoustic Guitar – Gabe McHugh
  • Banjo – Ben Keyes
  • Vocals – Kristin Neprud