Christmas Eve 2020

 

Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome to Northminster. We thank you for spending Christmas Eve with us.

Call to Worship

He’s coming! He’s coming! The Savior of the World is coming!
Let us prepare our hearts to greet him!
He comes to each one of us, healing and restoring our lives!
Praise be to God for God’s mighty gift to us.
O Come, Prince of Peace, bring your light to us!
We are ready to receive you in our lives! AMEN.

The Star of David has flowered in our darkness

Joy to the world.

The Bread of Life has come to satisfy the hungry.

Gloria in excelsis Deo!

The Good Shepherd has come to seek out the lost.

Glory to the newborn king.

the arms of God have reached up from the straw.

Go tell it on the Mountain.

the hands of God have grasped our own.

O come, let us adore him.

The Word has become flesh and dwells among us.

O come, let us adore him. Christ the King.

 

Praise Song- Hark the Herald/King of Heaven

 

Reading 1   Joseph’s Dream and the Birth of Jesus       Matt. 1:18-25

18 The birth of Jesus took place like this. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. Before they came to the marriage bed, Joseph discovered she was pregnant. (It was by the Holy Spirit, but he didn't know that.) 19 Joseph, chagrined but noble, determined to take care of things quietly so Mary would not be disgraced. 20 While he was trying to figure a way out, he had a dream. God's angel spoke in the dream: "Joseph, son of David, don't hesitate to get married. Mary's pregnancy is Spirit-conceived. God's Holy Spirit has made her pregnant. 21 She will bring a son to birth, and when she does, you, Joseph, will name him Jesus - 'God saves' - because he will save his people from their sins." 22 This would bring the prophet's embryonic sermon to full term: 23 Watch for this - a virgin will get pregnant and bear a son; They will name him Emmanuel (Hebrew for "God is with us"). 24 Then Joseph woke up. He did exactly what God's angel commanded in the dream: He married Mary. 25 But he did not consummate the marriage until she had the baby. He named the baby Jesus.

 

Hymn- Little Drummer Boy- for King and Country

 

Reading 2             The Birth of Jesus                             Luke 2:1-7

1 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. 2 This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. 4 So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David's town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. 5 He went with Mary, his fiancé, who was pregnant. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7 She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

 

“Christmas Hallelujah”          by Covington

 

Reading 3           The Witness of the Shepherds            Luke 2:8-20

8 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. 9 Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. 10 The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: 11 A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. 12 This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger." 13 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: 14 Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him. 15 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. "Let's get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us." 16 They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. 17 Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. 18 All who heard the sheepherders were impressed. 19 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. 20 The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they'd been told!

 

Praise Song- Messiah by Francesca Battistelli

 

Sermon- “A Unique Perspective on Christmas”

 

 

Closing Hymn- Silent Night by for King and Coutnry

 

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