December 24 Christmas Eve Service

Claybanks United Methodist Church
December 24, 2022
6:00 PM
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

Prelude

Carol: “Once in Royal David’s City”……………………..….. UHM 250

(We will stand as we are able during this carol and the last carol.  All others please remain seated.)

Opening Prayer

First Lesson: John’s Prologue

Lighting of the Advent Candles

Carol:O Come, All Ye Faithful(verses 1,2,3.6)…………UMH 234

Second Lesson: John The Baptist

Carol:Joy to the World” (verses 1 & 2)………………….…UMH 246

Third Lesson: Jesus Is Born

Carol:Angels We Have Heard on High” …………..………UMH 238

Fourth Lesson: The Shepherds

Carol:While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” 
(verses 1, 2, 3 & 6)………………………………………..….UMH 236

Fifth Lesson: The Wise Men

Homily: Where Is the Child?

Special Music: “What Child Is This?”

Carol:The First Noel” (verses 1, 2 & 3)…………….…UMH 245

A Christmas Prayer

Carol:Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”………………….UHM 240

Sixth Lesson: And Then…..

The Great Thanksgiving

After you have received communion, please accept a candle from the ushers and form a circle around the sanctuary for the Passing of the Light.

Benediction

Circle of Light: Congregation sings “Silent Night” (printed insert) as we pass the light of Christ to each other.

Following our singing of “Silent Night,” please extinguish your candles safely and deposit them in the box provided as you exit the sanctuary. Please remain quiet as you leave the sanctuary until you gather among family and friends in the Fellowship Hall.

If you wish, you may place your offering in the Offering Plate at the sanctuary exit.  Tonight’s special offering will go to Bishop’s Advent Offering: “Readers to Leaders.”

If you purchased a Poinsettia, you may pick it up after the service or if you wish after Worship on Christmas morning.

Have a Merry Christmas and a most blessed and Happy New Year!

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