Christmas Eve Service – December 24, 2021

Our 5pm Christmas Eve service told the story of Jesus’s birth through music and readings.  The readings from the Old and New Testaments told the story of the prophecy of the Messiah and the birth of Jesus.  The music illustrated the readings and added to the beauty of the season.

The service ended with the lighting of candles as we sang Silent Night, celebrating the Eve of the birth of our Savior.

The service is provided below in its entirety in video format.


The Season of Advent

By Pastor Linda Holbrook

Christmas is the most popular of any season in Western Christianity.  We are reminded of images of the holy family, the poverty and difficulties of Mary and Joseph’s circumstances.  We are struck by the simplicity of the manger and the majesty of the angels singing to the shepherds.  This is the place where heaven and earth have met.  These scenes touch our hearts with the celebration of Christmas.

In the church the season of Advent comes before Christmas.  Advent is a season observed in many Western Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”.

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used to refer to the Second Coming of Christ. For Christians, the season of Advent anticipates the coming of Christ from two different perspectives. The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming.

Advent is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday. This year Advent begins on November 28th.  During Advent we light the Advent candle, sing hymns appropriate to the season and prepare ourselves for the coming of our Lord and Savior.

This year let’s pause and reflect on our preparation for the significance of the birth of Jesus.

 


Service credits and copyrights

  • “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” words 9th cent. Latin, music 15th cent. French, arr. and harm. by  Thomas Helmore. CCLI song #31982, public domain.
  • “People, Look East” words by Eleanor Farjeon, music trad. French carol, harm. By Martin Shaw.  CCLI song #3011380, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Lo, How a Rose” words 15th cent. German, music Alte Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesäng, harm. by Michael Praetorius. Public domain.
  • “Emmanuel, Emmanuel” words and music by Bob McGee. © 1976 C.A. Music (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.).  CCLI song #12949, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Bethlehem” words and music by Marilyn E. Thornton. © 1985 Marilyn E. Thornton.
  • “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” words by  Edmund H. Sears, music by Richard Storrs Willis.  CCLI song #31078, public domain.
  • “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” Polish carol, words trans. by Edith M.G. Reed, music arr. by  Edith M.G. Reed and harm. by Austin C. Lovelace. CCLI song #5943690, public domain.
  • “The Friendly Beasts” words 12th cent. French carol, music medieval French melody, harm. by Carlton R. Young. CCLI song #2514084, public domain.
  • “Christmas Doxology” music attr. to Louis Bourgeois, words by David B. Bowman.
  • “Silent Night” music by Franz Gruber, music by Joseph Mohn, trans. by John F. Young. CCLI song #27862, public domain.

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