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Blountville Presbyterian Church

Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS EVE

December 24, 2017
5:30 PM

THE PRELUDE Organist, Don Norman

SOLO INTROIT “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming”

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader: Rejoice, for God is with us – Emmanuel.
People: In the darkness of our world shines God's holy light.
Leader: Now there is reason to hope, to love, to laugh, to live.
People: God is truly with us. We are not alone.

All: Thanks be to God!

*HYMN NO. 136 “Angels We Have Heard on High”

THE CHRIST CANDLE LIGHTING

Leader: “While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger.” Tonight, angels far and near sing tender lullabies; well-worn fabric full of years holds in the warmth of parental love; animals and shepherds crowd in tight, glowing with adoration, while a muffled cry squeezes out to greet the world.

People: Tonight we give thanks for every child among us. Each new birth – regardless of circumstances – reminds us of the preciousness of life, the potential of tomorrow, the promise of God.

All: On this Christmas Eve, we light the Christ candle for the child-King, the infant-Redeemer, the lowly-Lord. And now we know . . . He is born and nothing will ever be the same!

(Light the Christ Candle)

MESSAGE IN SONG Sherry Palmer

THE SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

I. THE PROPHESY
Isaiah 9:2-9
HYMN NO. 124 “Angels from the Realms of Glory” (vs.1 & 4)

II. THE CALL OF MARY AND JOSEPH
Matthew 1: 18-25
HYMN NO. 126 “What Child Is This?” (vs.1 & 3)

III. THE PROCLAMATION
Luke 2: 1-10
HYMN NO. 125 “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing” (vs.1 & 3)

IV. THE REACTION
Luke 2: 11-20
HYMN NO. 128 “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (vs.1 & 4)

V. THE EPIPHANY
Matthew 2: 1-12
HYMN NO. 134 “We Three Kings of Orient Are” (vs.1 & 5)

VI. THE FULFILMENT
John 1: 1-14
*HYMN NO. 117 “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”

THE MEDITATION Rev. Brad Palmer

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

THE SERVICE OF CANDLE LIGHTING

*HYMN NO. 122 “Silent Night! Holy Night!”

*THE BENEDICTION

*THE POSTLUDE Organist, Don Norman

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