Christmas Eve 4:00 pm Contemporary Family Worship

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We tell this story every year. We tell this story because it illustrates so clearly God’s desire to be in a relationship with us. We tell this story because we, too, are invited to come to the manger and witness the miracle of birth. We tell this story because it brings us hope and good news—hope especially for those deemed powerless, unworthy, or unwelcome. We tell this story because it is a story we need to hear again and again; if we didn’t tell it, what would become of our faith? And so, on this night, we tell this story to pass along this good news and to continue to thread together the generations with hope.


Order of Worship for Christmas Eve
Saturday, December 24, 2022

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Leaders
Rev Hannah Hwa-Young Chong, Lead Pastor
Amy Hollander, Worship Leader

Music provided by
The OnCenter Band
with Kyle Markwell, Director of OnCenter Music

Song

This Is Christmas

by Erik Neider

Verse 1
Come gather round and hear the story.
Come one, come all and hear the sound.
This lowly child born in a manger.
He is the Lord, the hope of all.
 
Pre-Chorus
The star led the way, the wise men they came.
The angels and shepherds, they sang.
 
Chorus
This is Christmas, the Savior is born.
He is Jesus, the light of the world.
Came to save us, Emmanuel, God is with us.
Oh, what a day, this is Christmas.

Verse 2

Come and behold the King of Glory.
Fully God and fully man.
The Father’s gift for our salvation.
He is the Lord, the hope of all.

Chorus

Bridge
Glory to God to God in the highest.
Glory to God in all the earth.
Glory to God in the highest.
Join with the angels and sing.
Glory to God in the highest.
Glory to God in all the earth.
Glory to God in the highest.
Forever and ever we sing.

Chorus [x2]

Tag
This is Christmas.

Gathering In
with Amy Hollander

Lighting of the Advent Candle
with Becky & Ellie Buckland, Mary Jacobs,
Carrie & Emma Ray

Song

O Come, All Ye Faithful

by C Frederick Oakeley,
John Francis Wade & Jeremy Camp
arranged by Dan Galbraith & Aaron Wade

Verse 1
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of angels.

Chorus
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Verse 2
Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exaltations.
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above.
Glory to God, glory in the highest.

Chorus

Bridge
You’re my king.
Come and behold him,
born the King of angels.

Chorus

Tag
Christ the Lord, Christ oh Christ the Lord

Drama

The Christmas Story

by Graham Wills
with Carol Craig, Ed Green & Connor Hagemeyer

Song

We Came to Meet with You

by Nathan Eshman & David Wakerley

Verse
Hey! Ev’ryone is here. We got atmosphere.
We love this place.
Hey! Living diff’rent lives
but we all unite for this one Name.

Pre-Chorus
And when we all come together,
your love is making us better.
The world will see the truth of who you are.

Chorus
No bigger life than growing up in your house,
where we discover who we can become.
Praising with your people going all out.
We came to meet with you, you, you, you, you. [x2]

Time for Young Disciples & Invitation to the Nativity
with Beth Hagemeyer

Song

Go Tell It on the Mountain

arranged by Sandra Mccracken

Chorus [x2]
Go, tell it on the mountain,
over the hills and everywhere.
Go, tell it on the mountain
that Jesus Christ is born.

Verse 1
While shepherds kept their watching
over silent flocks by night,
behold, throughout the heavens,
there shone a holy light.

Chorus

Verse 2
Down in a lonely manger,
the humble Christ was born,
God sent to us salvation
that blessed Christmas morn.

Chorus

Ending
[repeats]
Oh, hallelujah!

Message

We Tell This Story

with Pastor Hannah

Song

Angels We Have Heard on High

traditional French carol
arranged by Ryan Morgan & Josh Silverberg

Verse 1
Angels we have heard on high,
sweetly singing o’er the plains.
And the mountains in reply,
echoing their joyous strains.

Verse 2
Come to Bethlehem and see,
Christ, whose birth the angels sing.
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.

Chorus [x2]
Gloria! Gloria! Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Verse 3
See him in the manger laid,
whom the choirs of angels praise,
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
while our hearts in love we raise.

Chorus

Bridge
Angels we have heard on high.
The mountains tremble in reply.
Angels we have heard on high.
Oh, the mountains tremble in reply

Chorus

Christmas Prayer and The Lord’s Prayer
with Pastor Hannah

Loving Creator, we honor you, and we honor all that you have made. May we build your community here and now rather than waiting for it to come down from above. Give us what we need for today, and a hunger to see the whole world fed. Strengthen us for what lies ahead; heal us from the hurts of the past; give us courage to follow your call in this moment. For your love is the only power, the only home, the only honor we need, in this world and in the world to come. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer by Sarah Dylan Breuer

Offering Invitation
with Amy Hollander

Offertory

Make Room

by Mark Hall & Matt Maher
arranged by Dan Galbraith

Verse 1
Fam’ly hiding from the storm
found no place at the keeper’s door.
It was for this a Child was born,
to save a world so cold and hollow.

Verse 2
The sleeping town, it did not know
that lying in a manger low
a Savior King who had no home
has come to heal our sorrows.

Chorus
Is there room in your heart,
is there room in your heart,
is there room in your heart
for God to write his story?

Verse 3
Shepherds counting sheep at night
do not fear the glory light.
You are precious in his sight,
God has come to raise the lowly.

Chorus

Chorus 2
You can come as you are,
but it may set you apart.
Then you make room in your heart
and trade your dreams for his glory.
Make room in your heart,
make room in your heart.

Verse 4
Mother holds the Promise tight.
Ev’ry wrong will be made right.
The road is straight, the burden’s light,
for in his hands he holds tomorrow.

Chorus

Chorus 2

Tag
Make room in your heart, make room in your heart.

Sending Forth
with Amy Hollander

Candle Lighting

Silent Night

music by Franz Gruber
words by Joseph Mohr, trans. by John F Young
guitar arranged by Dave Jenkins

Verse 1
Silent night, holy night,
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.

Verse 2
Silent night, holy night,
shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Verse 3
Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
radiant beams from thy holy face
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus Lord at thy birth,
Jesus Lord at thy birth.

Verse 4
Silent night, holy night,
wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing,
Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!

Verse 1

Song

Joy To The World

by Isaac Watts & Mark Hall
arranged by Joel Mott

Verse 1
Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

Verse 2
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

Verse 3
He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders, of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

Tag
Joy to the world!
(The wonders of your love, the wonders of your love)


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