Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

Christmas Eve Bulletin

Dec 22, 2017

Festival of Lessons and Carols
Faith Presbyterian Church                6:30 p.m., December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve

Prelude     To Shepherds as They Watched by Night, Arr. Nicolas Lebègue     

Choral Introit     Rejoice, Rejoice, All People     John Purifoy


The Bidding Prayer                                 

Hymn     # 346     Once in Royal David’s City

         Stanza 1:  Soloist, Anna Johnson  
         Stanza 2:  Adult Choir
         Stanza 3, 4 & 5:  Congregation

3) For he is our childhood’s pattern;
day by day like us he grew;
he was little, weak, and helpless;
tears and smiles like us he knew: 
and he feels for all our sadness,
and he shares in all our gladness.

4) And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love,
for that child, so dear and gentle,
is our Lord in heaven above: 
and he leads his children on
to the place where he has gone.

5) Not in that poor lowly stable
with the oxen standing by
we shall see him, but in heaven, 
set at God’s right hand on high: 
there his children gather round
bright like stars, with glory crowned.

First Lesson:     Genesis 3:1 – 15     Evan Kain                                                  

Hymn     # 5     The First Noel (vs. 1, 2 & 6)

1 – The First Noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields as they lay, keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

2 – They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the east beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

6 – Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
That hath made heaven and earth of naught,
And with his blood mankind hath bought
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.

Second Lesson:     Isaiah 9:1 –7    Grieke Toebes                                                                 

Hymn     # 7     It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (vs. 1 & 2)

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold:
“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men
From heavens all gracious King!”
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled;
And still their heavenly music floats
O'er all the weary world:
Above its sad and lowly plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o'er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Third Lesson:     John 1:1 – 5 & 9 - 14       Jurgen Honig               

Choir     O Holy Night     Keith Christopher

Fourth Lesson:     Luke 1:26-38        Amy Van Cott           

Hymn     # 24     God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen (vs. 1 & 2)

1 – God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Saviour
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan's power
When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy, 
comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy!

2 – From God our Heavenly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds 
Brought tidings of the same
How in that Bethlehem was born
The son of God by name
O tidings of comfort and joy, 
comfort and joy;
O tidings of comfort and joy!

Fifth Lesson:     Luke 2:1 – 14        Rob Wagner               

A Christmas Eve Meditation     “Mission Accomplished”   Pastor David Horner

Hymn     # 11     O Little Town of Bethlehem  (vs. 1,2 & 3)

1 - O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie!
Above your deep and dreamless sleep,
The silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.

2 – For Christ is born of Mary
And gathered all above
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love
O morning stars together
Proclaim the holy birth
And praises sing to God the King
And Peace to men on earth

3 – How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of His heaven
No ear may hear His coming
But in this world of sin
Where meek souls will receive him still
The dear Christ enters in

Elders please come forward during the hymn.

The Lord’s Supper
            Invitation and Words of Institution

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Confession
      Giving and Receiving of the Bread and Cup
                 The inside cups contain grape juice;
                             the outer cups contain wine.

Prayer of Consecration   (in unison)
Almighty Lord: we are thankful for all the benefits given us  in this bread and wine, this body and blood. As the grain was  harvested and the grapes gathered for this food, so may your  church in every place be gathered into your household. And  as the grain was ground and the grapes crushed, so may our  lives be spent in your service, until you return in triumph to  gather to yourself the harvest and call us to the marriage feast  of the lamb.  Amen.

Hymn     # 337     Joy to the World! the Lord Is Come!   

1 – Joy to the world!  the Lord is come: let earth receive her King.   Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

2 – Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns: let all their songs employ, while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

3 – No more let sin and sorrow grow nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make this blessings flow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found. 

4 – He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.


Lighting of the Candles

Hymn     # 9     Silent Night!  Holy Night!

Soloists — Erin Sparks, Katya Dubikovsky & Grieke Toebes

1st time through:   Verse 1 — English

2nd time through:  Verse 1 — Russian 

3rd time through:  Verse 1 — Dutch

4th time through:  Verse 1 — Children

5th time through:  Verse 2 — Congregation

6th time through:  Verse 3 — Congregation

2 – Silent night!  Holy night!  Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing, “Alleluia,
Christ, the Savior, is born! Christ, the Savior is born!”

3 – Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light,
Radiant beams from Thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,   
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth! Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth!

Extinguish Candles

Postlude     Go, Tell It on the Mountain, traditional spiritual
                                    Arr. Mark Hayes, Marvin Gaspard

An offering basket is available in the Narthex
for benevolence gifts.

Nursery available upstairs for children 5 and under

You are invited to a reception in the
Fellowship Hall following the service.


Christmas Poinsettias have been donated by the following:

* Given in loving memory of our parents — Charles & Betty Rhodes, Eugene & Mildred Matthews from Emily & Jerry Matthews.

* Given in loving memory of Ingrid Toebes Saile from Grieke Toebes.

* Given in loving memory of Albert & Mildred Chapman, Henry & Georgia Gick from Bert & Becky Chapman, Brent Chapman & Mark Gick.

* Given in loving memory of Tom Housley from Peggy Housley.