December 24, 2019 Christmas Eve Service

 

 Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church

Campus: 101 Webb Ave West, Ingram, TX

Mail: P.O. Box 629, Ingram, TX  78025

Office: (830) 367-5672 

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 Christmas Eve                  December 24, 2019

                       

Liturgy of the Christmas Candle

 

Responsive Call to Worship    (Psalm 96)

    Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!

            For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods.

   For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

            Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

   Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!

            Ascribe to the LORD the glory due His name; bring an offering, and come into His courts!

   Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth!

            Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

   Let the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

   before the LORD, for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth.

            He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness.

 

*Hymn #249                         “O Come, All Ye Faithful”                                             Adeste Fidelis

 

                       

*Prayer of Adoration

 

 

*Affirmation of Faith - Apostles’ Creed    

   I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth;

   and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

   born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried;

   He descended into hell; The third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven,

   and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty;

   from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead;

   I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church;

   the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins;

   the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

 

Hymn #281                             “What Child is This?”                                                                      Greensleeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gospel Lesson                            Luke 2:8-20 (ESV)

   And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

 

 

Homily                                   “Angels & Shepherds”

                                 

Confessing Our Need of Christ Together and Individually

   Gracious heavenly Father, in the beginning You spoke and creation was born, the object of Your loving care.

   In the fullness of time You spoke and the Word became flesh:

   Jesus, the gift of Your love.

   We wonder at the miracle of creation;

   We stand in awe before the mystery of the Incarnation.

   Forgive us earthbound creatures, who are feeble in faith, empty of hope, lacking in love.

   This year let the miracle and mystery of Christmas happen for us again.

   We wait upon you with ready hearts, O God, through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

 

Assurance of the Lord’s Pardon  (Matthew 1:21)

  “She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins“

 

The Bread & The Cup  

 

Christmas Candle Lighting

 

Hymn #253                           “Silent Night! Holy Night!”                                   Stille Nacht                                                                                          

*Benediction

 

*Congregational Response                    Three-fold Amen                         

 

Postlude

    

*You are invited to Stand when prompted by Pastor John.

 

 

 

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