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Dorchester United Church
DECEMBER 24th, 2017 - 7:00 pm
A CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE OF
LESSONS AND CAROLS

Pulpit Supply Minister: Rev. Keith Rameshwar
Music Director: Kathleen Hyde
Door Greeters And Handing out the Tea light Candles
Keith and Mary Kaiser, Ernie and Carol Reid

GATHERING AS GOD'S PEOPLE

DECLARATION OF GOOD NEWS

PROCESSIONAL CAROL: "O Come, All Ye Faithful" V.U. 60

CALL TO WORSHIP
Like the shepherds, we come to the stable, uncertain of what we have heard and seen.
We long to hear a word of peace and joy.
Like the Wise Ones, we have journeys to make, gifts to offer and hope in our hearts.
Can this world change for the better?
Here, in the stillness of a winter's night, we gather to share the light of Christ, a light that shines in the night.
We gather in the wonder of this night to share our joy and thanks for new life.

LIGHTING THE ADVENT WREATH
Kim, Ashleigh and Brandon Malcolm
Advent, the season of preparation, is nearly over. Our waiting is nearly finished. Now is the time of fulfillment and celebration.
In the darkness of night, we give thanks for light.
We light a candle of hope: hope for ourselves and for God's beloved world.
We light a candle of peace: peace in our hearts and peace on earth.
We light a candle of joy: joy to the world and joy in our whole being.
We light a candle of love: the promise of God's love for us and for all creation.
The hour has now come and the season is fulfilled.

We light the Christ candle, the light of the world, the light of possibility.

SOLO "Sweet little Boy Jesus" Shannon Wakeling

SIGN OF PEACE
"Even as the heavens opened and angels spoke, the first word they sang was 'Peace.' Even as confused shepherds came from their hills and flocks, uncertain but hopeful, they greeted one another with 'Peace.' In the midst of our preparation and excitement, we take a moment to greet one another with a word of peace: peace in this place, peace in our homes. peace in this world. . . " Peace be with you.
And also with you.

SOLO "A Christmas Hallelujah" Tia Tessier

A SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS
Dating back to the nineteenth century, and made popular by King's College, Cambridge, a format that began in 1918, this Service pairs Scripture readings with carols to tell the whole story of God's loving promise and redemptive work. The Scriptures chosen help to tell the story of faith, including creation, promise and incarnation.

The First Lesson 2 Genesis 1: 26 - 2:4 Joyce Holland
Carol "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (VU 1 vs 1,3,7)

The Second Lesson Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 Keith Finnigan
Carol "Once in Royal David's City" (VU 62)

The Third Lesson Luke 1: 26-35 Kim Malcolm
Carol "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" (VU 48)

The Fourth Lesson Luke 2: 1-20 Brian Courtis
Carol "Away in a Manger" (VU 69)

Duet " Mary, did you know?" Tia and Theresa Webster

The Fifth Lesson John 1: 1-14 Rev. Keith
Carol Joy to the World (VU 59)

REFLECTION "An Iconic Tableau"
RESPONDING IN LOVE

DOXOLOGY
What can I give him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise [one], I would do my part;
yet what can I give Him - give Him my heart. (VU 55)

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE

MOVING IN GOD'S WAY

SHARING THE CHRIST LIGHT

CAROL: "Silent Night, Holy Night" (VU 67)

BLESSING AND BENEDICTION