Watercolor painting by E. J. Kirsch

Christmas Eve Service

Dec 21, 2018

Festival of Lessons and Carols
Faith Presbyterian Church                6:30 p.m., December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve

Prelude     Pastorale on "  From the Depth of my Heart",  Sigfrid Karg-Elert
Choral Introit 
    How Great Our Joy   



The Bidding Prayer                                 

Hymn     # 346     Once in Royal David’s City

         Stanza 1:  Anna Johnson & Lizzie Kucik 
         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     Andrew & Ethan White                                                  

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:     Genesis 12:1 –7    Mike Bergmann                                                                 

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

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie
Above thy 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

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.

Third Lesson:     Isaiah 11:1-9         Dorothy Bethel               

Choir     Gesu, Bambino

Fourth Lesson:     Galatians 3:27-4:7       Jerry Matthews           

Hymn     # 347     Angels We Have Heard on High (vs. 1, 2 & 3)

1 – Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly, sweetly through the night
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their brave delight
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

2 – Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why these songs of happy cheer?
What great brightness did you see?
What glad tidings did you hear?
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

3- Come to Bethlehem and see
Him whose birth the angels sing,
Come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo
Gloria, in excelsis Deo

Fifth Lesson:     Luke 2:1 – 7        Kris Stith               

A Christmas Eve Meditation     “No Place for Them”   Pastor Paul Copeland

Hymn     # 341     Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence  (vs. 1 & 2)

1 - Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
and with fear and trembling stand;
set your minds on things eternal,
for with blessing in his hand
Christ our Lord to earth descended
came our homage to command.

2 – King of kings, yet born of Mary,
once upon the earth he stood;
Lord of lords we now perceive him
in the body and the blood
He has given to all the faithful
his own self for heavenly food.

Elders please come forward during the hymn

The Lord’s Supper

Prayer of Thanksgiving & Confession
      Words of Institution
      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 — Anna Johnson, Donna Lofgren, Everett Johnson, Grieke Toebes & Jim Elliott

1st time through:   Verse 1 — German

2nd time through:  Verse 1 — Spanish 

3rd time through:  Verse 1 — Russian

4th time through:  Verse 1 — Dutch

5th time through:  Verse 1 — Congregation

6th time through:  Verse 2 — Congregation

7th time through: Verse 3 — Congregation

1 – Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright,
Round yon virgin, mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

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     Toccata on "  Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella"      Richard Hudson
Bring a torch, to the cradle run! It is Jesus, good folk of the village

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 my parents and brother Bill from Gayle Weast.

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

* Given in loving memory of Lola Miller from John Miller.

* Given in loving memory of John C. Thornburg, brother of Marilyn from Bill & Marilyn Hinze.