Christmas Eve 4:00 pm Contemporary Family Worship

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There is no room for Mary and Joseph in the inn. They are displaced from their home, journeying to fulfill their civic requirements to be counted in the census. And yet, the time comes to give birth where they are, and so a humble home is found. A place is made—among the feeding trough, in a cramped room abounding with chaos. In many ways, Jesus is born without an invitation, and yet, he devotes his life to inviting people who are cast out. In the same way, we might imagine the story of Christmas as God’s invitation to be welcomed home despite all barriers. How will we respond?


Order of Worship for Christmas Eve
Friday, December 24, 2021

Click here for a printable version of the Order of Worship

Leaders
Rev Hannah Hwa-Young Chong, Lead Pastor
Rev Hong-kien Jeremiah Lee, Associate Pastor

Music provided by
The OnCenter Band
with Kyle Markwell, Director of OnCenter Music
and Amy Hollander, Worship Leader

Poem
Invited Home
by Rev Sarah (Are) Speed
with Carol Craig

Song
O Come All Ye Faithful (We Adore You)
by James Francis Wade, Freerick Oakeley,
Pal Baloche, Tim Janis
arranged by Dan Galbraith

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 exaltation.
O sing, all ye citizens
of heaven above.
Glory to God,
glory in the highest.

Chorus

Bridge
[x4]
We adore you, we adore you,
we adore you, Jesus.

Gathering In
with Amy Hollander

Christmas Prayer
with Pastor Jeremiah

Lighting the Christ Candle
with the Zigterman Family

In God’s house, there is hope—
For God loves us too much to leave us just as we are.
Light the candle of hope.
In God’s house, there is peace—
For all that separates us from God falls away.
Light the candle of peace.
In God’s house, there is joy—
Because God created music, and coffee, and dance floors,
and laughter that is contagious,
and endless rounds of peek-a-boos with babies;
and if those things have
God’s fingerprints,
then God’s house surely exudes joy.
Light the candle of joy.
In God’s house, there is love—
Because God is love, from start to finish,
and that love exists for us all.
Light the candle of love.
And in the center of our hope,
In the center of our peace,
In the center of our joy,
In the center of our love, is God—
who came to this earth to dwell among us.
So tonight we light the Christ candle,
for God’s love just could not stay away.
Welcome home. Amen.

Reading
Time to Get Going
with Beth Hagemeyer

Song
The Heart of Christmas
by Matthew West
arranged by Jared Haschek

Verse 1
I’m gonna make a wish this Christmas,
I’m gonna say a little prayer.
I’m gonna stop here for a moment
before the moment disappears.
The world’s in a hurry this December,
the city streets and shopping malls.
I wish we could slow down and
Remember the meaning of it all.

Chorus
Wherever you are,
no matter how far,
come back to the heart,
the heart of Christmas.
Live while you can,
cherish the moment,
and the ones that you love,
make sure they know it.

Tag
And don’t miss it,
the heart of Christmas.

Verse 2
Let’s make it feel the way it used to,
let’s find that wonder of a child.
You can see the magic all around you,
come on and open up your eyes.
You can find it in the warm embrace of your family
or calling up a long lost friend.
You can even find it in the eyes of a stranger
when you reach out a helping hand.

Chorus

Tag

Bridge
In the shadow of a steeple,
in a star that lights the way.
You will find him in a manger,
the heart of Christmas has a name.

Verse 3
I’m gonna make a wish this Christmas,
I’m gonna say a little prayer.

Chorus [x2]

Tag

Reading
Finding a Place to Sleep
with Abby Hagemeyer

Song
What a Glorious Night
by Ben McDonald, Casey Brown, David Frey, Jonathan Smith
arranged by Erik Foster, Dan Galbraith

Verse 1
The shepherds came to see the Baby,
stood by his mother’s side.
Here laid the Savior inside a manger.
Oh what a glorious night.
Oh what a glorious night.

Chorus
I hear the angels singing,
Hallelujah!
Let the earth receive her King!
I know that Love has come.
Sing it out,
Jesus Christ is born!
Jesus Christ is born!

Verse 2
The shepherds wondered,
they couldn’t hide it,
ev’ryone in sight.
All were amazed when they heard how
God come down on the glorious night.
God came down on the glorious night.

Chorus

Bridge
Glorious, glorious, what a glorious night.
Glorious, glorious, what a glorious night.

Chorus 2
I hear the angels singing,
Hallelujah!
Let the earth receive her King!
I know that Love has come.
Sing it out,
Jesus Christ is born!

Chorus

Verse 3
All is calm now, all is quiet.
A star shining in the sky.
Below in Bethlehem, the King is sleeping.
Oh what a glorious night.
Oh what a glorious night.

Reading
Time To Be Born
with Beth Hagemeyer

Offertory Song
What Child is This?/Child of the Poor

Credits

“What Child Is This?” – Music: Traditional English Carol,
16th Century Melody “Greensleeves”; Lyrics: William Chatterton Dix

© 2017 The Hound and The Fox

“Child of the Poor” – Music and Lyrics: Scott Soper

© 2008 Oregon Catholic Press Music
This arrangement © 2017 Oregon Catholic Press Music

Reading
Good News
with Abby Hagemeyer

Homily
Invited Home
with Pastor Hannah

Song
Silent Night

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
words by Isaac Watts, music by George Frideric Handel
arranged by Mark Hall

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

Tag
And wonders, wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.


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