Greeting and Welcome
Prelude Ubi Caritas (Instrumental)
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.
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.
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
Love came down from heaven - Rev. Ileana Rosario
Silent Night, Holy Night UMH 239
Go to be light in the world.
Go to be love to the world.
Go to bring Christmas hope to all.