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Lower United Methodist Church

Christmas Eve
December 24th, 2020

 
Rev. Ileana Rosario invites you to worship with us!

Find us inside the church sanctuary
this evening at 6pm and 7pm and on Sunday mornings at 10:30.
Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/dtUaiKVMlTc
or
Download from Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/493166843/7e2322bfbb

Greeting and Welcome
Prelude Ubi Caritas (Instrumental)

Centering Words
Light and love come down at Christmas, illuminating our path. Light shines down from a star, illuminating the babe. Love shines tonight to show us the way!

Call to Worship
Christ is here on this night of nights.
Christ is here indeed.
Christ’s love has called us here.
Christ’s love has bathed us in holy light.
Let’s sing with the angels and celebrate with joy.
For Christmas arrives this night.

Opening Prayer
Light of the world, shine upon us this night. Shine in our lives, that we may shine with your love. Shine in our world, that your light may overcome all darkness and fear. Shine through our worship, that our souls may be strengthened with the power of your light and love. Amen. 

Hymn
O Come, All Ye Faithful    UMH 234 vs. 1

Lighting of the Advent Wreath 
We light the candles of Peace, Hope, Joy and Love as our circle is complete. And we light the Christ’s candle as a sign of Christ’s presence among us, no matter how dark it may seem. The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light. Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth let there be Love.
Gracious God, we seek you everywhere with expectant eyes that invite us to see all the people that you are calling us to love today. We praise you, O God, for the King of Kings! Amen.

Scripture reading          Luke 2:1-4 
O Little Town of Bethlehem           UMH 230 vs. 1

Scripture reading          Luke 2:5-7
Away in a Manger                         UMH 217 vs. 1

Scripture reading          Luke 2:8-9
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear    UMH 218 vs. 1

Scripture Reading           Luke 2:10-14
Angels We Have Heard on High    UMH 237 vs.1

Scripture Reading:          Luke 2:15-17
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing       UMH 240 vs. 1

Scripture Reading:           Luke 2:18-20
Joy to the World     UMH 246 vs.1

Message
Love came down from heaven - Rev. Ileana Rosario

Hymn
Silent Night, Holy Night                UMH 239

Benediction 
Go to be light in the world.
Go to be love to the world.
Go to bring Christmas hope to all.

Our thanks to:
Pastor Ileana Rosario
Organist: Ann Thomas
Scripture Reader: Julianne Rosas
Acolytes: Henry Fleet and Hannah Lambert
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