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December 24, 2023 7:00 PMCHRISTMAS EVE CANDLELIGHT SERVICE

If you have individual prayer requests, please write them on prayer cards in the pews and bring them up or give them to an usher during the prelude.

                                                                                                                                                 

**Kindly stand if you are able

 

PRELUDE             Organ Prelude                                    Mary Lee Farris, Organ

 

WELCOME

 

LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE                   John Redman and Mary Lee Farris

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Hear the Word of the Lord from Isaiah. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness —

PEOPLE: on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation. you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest.

Leader: For a child has been born for us, a son is given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders;

PEOPLE: he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Leader: His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.

PEOPLE: He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.

 

INVOCATION

Gracious Lord, in this Season of Advent into Christmas show us the way of preparation, not just for holiday celebrations but for reflection on the true meaning of what and why we celebrate the birth of Jesus and his coming to us, living with us, and remaining among us. Amen.

 

**OPENING HYMN         “Away in a Manger”                   Red #147

 

**PASSING OF THE PEACE

 

MEDITATION BY THE INNKEEPER’S ACCOUNT                    John Redman

 

**HYMN OF PRAISE      “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”                 Red # 170

 


 

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

Lord, on this Holy Night may we hear your words of hope, of peace, of joy, of love as we gather around the never ending circle of the Advent wreath sharing the light of our candles with the entire world. Amen.

 

SOLO                    “O Holy Night”                                    Mary Lee Farris, Soprano

 

SCRIPTURE READINGS

OLD TESTAMENT READING             Isaiah 52:7-10                 Nancy Thomas

GOSPEL READING                           John 1:1-14 

 

MESSAGE    The Story of Salome, from the Gospel of James     John Redman, CRE

 

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

And Lord we pray for those in our own hearts whose names you already know, for their

own healing and comfort, in your name and that of our redeemer Jesus Christ, who

taught to pray, saying:

 

LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen

 

OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS 

We give freely from the bounty we have been given by our Gracious God. May what we

offer in these moments help to become the very blessing and hope that others need.

This we pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

OFFERTORY       “To a Virgin Meek and Mild”

 

**DOXOLOGY      Traditional                                                   Red  #809

 

PRAYER OF THANKS and BENEDICTION 

Gracious God, on this most Holy of Nights, may we use this valued measure of our time and

talent and treasure for the blessing of good works in our community and in our world to honor

you and the blessing of our redeemer Jesus Christ, and may each of our lives throughout the

coming days and months reflect the depth of our faith. Amen

 


 

CANDLELIGHTING AND CLOSING HYMN       “Silent Night”            Red # 164

 

Mary Lee will play the first verse as everyone lights their candles one from another.

As we continue lighting, we sing the first verse.

With all candles lit, the lights will dim, and we will sing the second verse.

We will repeat the first verse as we exit quietly.

Please extinguish your candles and deposit them in the receptacle in the foyer.

 

 

 

 

Blessings!

John Redman, CRE 

Mobile: (914) 474-0722  

Union Church

44 Balmville Rd, Newburgh NY 12550

Phone: (845) 562-0954    Fax: (845) 562-0955


 

 



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