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Prelude

Noel by Emily Rice and Emmy Connolly

Words of Welcome

Let There Be Light

Star of wonder, star of might
Star with royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding
Guide us to thy perfect light
From the beginning the Father
Had a magnificent plan
Revealed through the law and the prophets
To fulfill the redemption of man
You spoke after centuries of silence
In the midst of a still, starry night
And Emmanuel came down among us
And the Father said, ‘Let there be light’
Let there be light, let it shine bright
Piercing the darkness with dazzling white
Hope for the hopeless was born on that night
When God sent His Son and said, ‘Let there be light’
Let there be light
People who walked in great darkness
Gathered from near and afar
Shepherds with flocks in their keeping
Three kings who follow a star
Together the poor and the richest
Witness that Bethlehem night
And the sky full of Angels announcing
The birth of a glorious light
Let there be light, let it shine bright
Piercing the darkness with dazzling white
Hope for the hopeless was born on that night
When God sent His Son and said, ‘Let there be light’
Let there be light
We who are His have this calling
To praise Him and make His name known
So one day the presence of Jesus
Shines in every heart and every home
(Shines in our home)
(Star of wonder, star of beauty bright)
Let there be light, let it shine bright
Piercing the darkness with dazzling white

Hope for the hopeless was born on that night
When God sent His Son and said, ‘Let there be light’

Let there be light
Let there be light, let it shine bright
Piercing the darkness with dazzling white
Hope for the hopeless was born on that night
When God sent His Son and said, ‘Let there be light’
Let there be light

Prayer

Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7

Glory to God

It is such a silent night
Can they not hear it?
The Son has come to earth tonight
Can they not feel it?
He’s come to save all of mankind
Can they not know it?
The song of heaven rings tonight

Can we not show it?
Can we sing yet?
Can we shout yet?

(Repeat)

Glory, Glory to God Glory in the highest
Glory, Glory to God Glory in the highest
And peace on earth, goodwill to men

It was such a silent night
The silence is broken
I think I hear a baby’s cry 
God has spoken
God’s redemption’s drawing nigh can they not know it?
The song of heaven rings tonight
Can we not show it
Can we sing yet? Can we shout yet?

Chorus

Do not fear
Sing choirs of angels
Do not fear
Sing in exaltation
Do not fear
Sing all ye citizens
Of heaven above


Glory, Glory to God Glory in the highest
Glory, Glory to God Glory in the highest
And peace on earth, goodwill to men
And peace on earth, goodwill to men
Glory, Glory to God (repeat…)
And peace on earth, good will to men

Reading: Luke 2:1-7

Enter Mary, Joseph, Jesus, and Donkey

Mary Did You Know?

Mary did you know 
That your baby boy 
Would one day walk on water 
Mary did you know 
That your baby boy 
Would save our sons and daughters 
Did you know 
That your baby boy 
Has come to make you new 
This Child that you delivered 
Will soon deliver you 

Mary did you know 
That your baby boy 
Would give sight to the blind man 
Mary did you know 
That your baby boy 
Would calm a storm with His hand 
Did you know 
That your baby boy 
Has walked where angels trod 
And when you kiss your little baby 
You’ve kissed the face of God 
Oh Mary did you know 

Ooh Mary did you know ooh ooh 

The blind will see 
The deaf will hear 
The dead will live again 
The lame will leap 
The dumb will speak 
The praises of the Lamb 

Oh Mary did you know
That your baby boy 
Is Lord of all creation 

Mary did you know 
That your baby boy 
Will one day rule the nations
Did you know 
That your baby boy 
Is heaven’s perfect Lamb 
And the sleeping Child you’re holding 
Is the great I Am 

Reading: Luke 2:8-20

Enter Shepherds, Goat, Sheep, Cow

Christmas Eve Reflection

~ Pastor Scott Ness

God Is With Us

The skies don’t seem to be as dark as usual 
The stars seem brighter than they’ve been before 
Deep within I feel my soul a-stirring 
As though my hope has been restored 
The shepherds say they’ve heard the voice of angels 
Confirming rumors spread across the land 
That a child protected well from Herod’s anger 
Is our Father’s son and the son of man

Love is raining down on the world tonight 
There’s a presence here I can tell 
God is in us God is for us God is with us 
Emmanuel 
He’s the Savior we have been praying for 
In our humble hearts He will dwell 
God is in us God is for us 
God is with us Emmanuel 

I feel compelled to tell all who will listen 
That peace on earth is not so out of reach If we can find grace and mercy and forgiveness 
He has come to save He is all of these 
You’re the Savior we have been praying for 
In our humble hearts You will dwell 
You are in us You are for us 
You are with us Emmanuel

Read Matthew 2:1-12

Enter Wise Men and Camel

This Baby

Well, He cried when He was hungry,
Did all the things that babies do;
He rocked and He napped on His mother’s lap,
And He wiggled and giggled and cooed.
There were the cheers when He took His first step,
And the tears when He got His first teeth;
Almost everything about this little baby
Seemed as natural as it could be.

But this baby made the angels sing,
And this baby made a new star shine in the sky.
This baby had come to change the world.
This baby was God’s own son, this baby was like no other one.
This baby was God with us, this baby was Jesus.

And this baby grew into a young boy,
Who learned to read and write and wrestle with dad;
There was the climbin’ of trees and the scrapin’ of knees,
And all the fun that a boy’s born to have.
He grew taller and some things started changing,
Like His complexion and the sound of His voice;
There was work to be done as a carpenter’s son
And all the neighbors said He’s such a fine boy.

But this boy made the angels sing,
And this boy made a new star shine in the sky.
This boy had come to change the world.
This boy was God’s own son, this boy was like no other one.
This boy was God with us. This boy became a man,
And love made Him laugh and death made Him cry.
With the life that He lived and the death that He died,

He showed us heaven with His hands and His heart,
‘Cause this man was God’s own son.
This man was like no other one,
Holy and human right from the start.
This baby was God with us, this baby,
this baby was Jesus; this baby was Jesus,
this baby was Jesus.

Communion

Silent Night

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 Al-le-lu-ia!
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, oh, 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

Joy To The World

Joy to the world, the Lord has 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

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat the sounding joy 

No more let sins and sorrows grow
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found
Far as, far as the curse is found

He rules the world with truth and grace
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness
And wonders of His love, and wonders of His love
And wonders, wonders of His love

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