Christmas Eve worship at 7 & 9 P.M.

Welcome to Liverpool First United Methodist Church

December 24, 2017 at 7 & 9 p.m.

Christmas Eve

PRELUDE                           Ding Dong! Mer­ri­ly on High, Arr. by Joel Raney

(Light­ing the altar can­dles)

CALL TO WORSHIP

One:   In the midst of the dark­ness of this world and our lives

All:     A light has been revealed and a hope giv­en to those who would receive it.

One:  The hope comes sur­pris­ing­ly as a vul­ner­a­ble child, yet not an ordi­nary child.

All:     For He will be called Won­der­ful Coun­selor, Mighty God, Ever­last­ing Father, Prince of Peace. 

One:   As a child grows and matures so must God’s Child grow with us and fill the  world with His light.

All:     Of the increase of his gov­ern­ment and peace there will be no end. He will  reign over his king­dom, estab­lish­ing and uphold­ing it with jus­tice and right­eous­ness from that time on and for­ev­er.

One:  We cel­e­brate tonight the Child who is the Light of the world.

All:     We receive Him to live by His truth, to chase the dark­ness from our world and to build the King­dom of our Lord.

One:   We cel­e­brate the vic­to­ry that is already ours, for the zeal of the Lord Almighty will accom­plish what we hope in Christ for.

ANTHEM                      An Antiphonal Noel — Joel Raney               Chan­cel Choir

Wes­ley Bell Ringers & Alleluia Choir

PRAYER

In the cold and dark­ness of win­ter we are painful­ly aware of the strug­gles and bro­ken­ness of our world. We long for heal­ing, for whole­ness, but it remains an elu­sive dream we grow weary chas­ing after. We thank you, O God, that in due time you sent your Son fol­low­ing eons of prepa­ra­tion. We praise you that He came as our Sav­ior to pro­vide us hope when we thought there was none left. We cel­e­brate His birth tonight to remind our­selves of your evolv­ing plan and your promise of His return to com­plete what we are inca­pable of doing ful­ly, that of right­ing the world. Renew our fad­ed hope and fill us with renewed dreams so we might be strength­ened in our per­se­ver­ance to bear the light of Jesus where we live. Amen!

CAROL No. 234 (vs. 1, 3)                          O Come, All Ye Faith­ful

THE CANDLE OF ANTICIPATION      Luke 1:26–38   The Rev­e­la­tion To Mary

(7:00) Mary Hoy, (9:00) Ron Peck­ham

THE GIFT OF MUSIC

(7:00)                    Alleluia for Christ­mas — Phil Cohen                       Alleluia Choir

(9:00)                         Mary Did You Know                       Jen Sny­der & Chloe Miller

Mark Lowry & Bud­dy Green

THE CANDLE OF COMMITMENT  Matthew 1. 18–25, The Rev­e­la­tion to Joseph

(7:00) Eliz­a­beth & Miguel Pati­no, (9:00) Con­nie & Gary Schopfer

ANTHEM         Christ­mas Bells are Ring­ing — Mark Hayes         Chan­cel Choir            

THE CANDLE OF CHALLENGE  Luke 2:1–7, The Birth of the Sav­ior

(7:00) Michael Parish, (9:00) Charles McCh­es­ney

CAROL No. 230 (vs. 1 & 3)         O Lit­tle Town of Beth­le­hem

THE CANDLE OF HOPE    Luke 2:8–12, The Rev­e­la­tion to the Shep­herds

(7:00) Pas­tor Can­dace Lawrence, (9:00) Pas­tor Pen­ny Hart

CAROL No. 245 (vs. 1 & 2)                               The First Noel

THE CANDLE OF PRAISE, THE CHRIST CANDLE   Luke 2:13–16, The Glo­ri­fi­ca­tion of Angels

(7:00) Dar­lene & Bill Pat­ton, (9:00) Pas­tor Blessed Sikhosana & Birnie Bird

CAROL  No. 238 (vs. 1 & 3)              Angels We Have Heard on High

GIVING OUR GIFTS TO GOD        Matthew 2:1–2, 11–12

OFFERTORY                                                    O Holy Night (Can­tique de Noel)               Nan­cy B. James

PRESENTING OUR GIFTS No. 234 (cho­rus) O Come Let Us Adore Him

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE       Trans­form­ing the Scrooge in Us All      Dr.  Homan                                                                                                                 Hebrews 2. 1–4

PRAYER

Lord, oh how you love me! I can scarce­ly take in the thought that I mat­tered that much to You. By faith, I receive this most beau­ti­ful gift ever giv­en to me. I look for­ward to awak­en­ing each day know­ing that I am yours and uncov­er­ing the plan You have for my life. I pray that You help me to share Your gift with oth­ers, espe­cial­ly my fam­i­ly and friends, for there is no greater gift I can give than shar­ing the gift of Your love with oth­ers. Thank You for lov­ing me, giv­ing Your life for mine, and com­ing to live in my life! I love You, Lord! Amen

LIGHTING THE CANDLES OF CHRISTMAS

*BEARING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST No. 239     Silent  Night 

The per­son at the end of the pew will light his/her can­dle from the can­dle­lighter and pass the light along. Please leave burn­ing can­dles upright and tip only unlit can­dles.

TOLLING OF THE BELL          (7:00) Kathy Nort­man, (9:00) Michael Nort­man

 

HYMN No. 246                        Joy To The World

PRAYER OF BLESSING

POSTLUDE                                 In dul­ci jubi­lo BWV 729 — J S Bach