CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION DECEMBER 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM Dorchester United Church
CALL TO WORSHIP
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with you.
All: And also with you.
PASSING OF THE PEACE
: "O Come, All Ye Faithful" V.U. 60
LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
PRAYERS & LORD'S PRAYER
: "What Child is This" V.U. 74
PRAYER OF CONFESSION AND ASSURANCE OF PARDON
A TRIO OF CAROLS (all sing)
48 Hark! The herald angels sing,
Glory to the newborn King,
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations rise, join the triumph of the skies,
With the angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King!"
69 Away in a manger
, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where He lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.
91 The First Nowell
the angel did say,
Was to certain poor shepherd in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
born is the King of Israel.
THE NEW CREED
We are not alone,
we live in God's world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.
We trust in God.
THE NEW CREED cont'd
We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.
In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.