Christmas Eve (10:30 AM)

The Christmas Proclamation
The Twenty-fifth Day of December, when ages beyond number had run
their course from the creation of the world, when God in the beginning
created heaven and earth, and formed man in his own likeness; when
century upon century had passed since the Almighty set his rainbow in
the clouds after the Great Flood, as a sign of covenant and peace; in
the twenty-first century since Abraham, our father in faith, came out of
Ur of the Chaldees; in the thirteenth century since the People of Israel
were led by Moses in the Exodus from Egypt; around the thousandth
year since David was anointed King; in the sixty-fifth week of the
prophecy of Daniel; in the one hundred and ninety-fourth Olympiad; in
the year seven hundred and fifty-two since the foundation of the City of
Rome; in the forty-second year of the reign of Caesar Octavian
Augustus, the whole world being at peace, JESUS CHRIST, eternal God
and Son of the eternal Father, desiring to consecrate the world by his
most loving presence, was conceived by the Holy Spirit, and when nine
months had passed since his conception, was born of the Virgin Mary in
Bethlehem of Judah, and was made man: The Nativity of Our Lord
Jesus Christ according to the flesh!


Greeting and Welcome
The congregation stands and faces the back of the sanctuary. We begin with a
procession, the crucifix leading our way. An image of our journey from death to life,
our life in Christ. Some bow as the cross passes, honoring the mystery of salvation.


O Come, all Ye Faithful (379)
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;
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Highest, most holy, Light of Light eternal,
Born of a virgin, a mortal He comes;
Son of the Father, Now in flesh appearing!
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!
Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, In the highest:
O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

Invocation
En el nombre del Padre, y del  Hijo, y del Espíritu Santo.
All Amen.
Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be
with you.
All and also with you.
Christ the Light of the World has come to dispel the darkness of our
hearts. Let us turn to the Light and confess our sins:
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Cristo, ten piedad de nosotros.
Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
All Señor, ten piedad de nosotros.
Silence is kept.
God our Father, you sent your Son full of grace and truth: forgive our
failure to receive him.
All Lord, have mercy.
Jesus our Savior, you were born in poverty and laid in a manger: forgive
our greed and rejection of your ways.
All Christ, have mercy.
Spirit of God, your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call: forgive
the hardness of our hearts.
All Lord, have mercy.
May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you to himself, that
you may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made flesh, and be
cleansed from all your sins, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All Amen.

The Prayer of the Day
The Lord be with you
All And also with you
Let us pray
All Eternal God, in the stillness of this night you sent your Son to pierce the
world’s darkness with the light of salvation: give to the earth the peace
that we long for and fill our hearts with the joy of heaven through our
Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Angels We Have Heard on High (368)
Angels we have heard on high, Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply, Echoing their joyous strains.
Glo—ri-a in excelsis Deo. Glo—ri-a in excelsis Deo.
Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be, Which inspire your heav’nly song?
Glo—ri-a in excelsis Deo. Glo—ri-a in excelsis Deo.
Come to Bethlehem and see, Him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee, Christ the Lord, the newborn King.
Glo—ri-a in excelsis Deo. Glo—ri-a in excelsis Deo.

The Scripture Readings
Isaiah 9:2-7
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living
in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged
the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people
rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that
burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is
born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting
Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and
peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his
kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will
accomplish this.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.

Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It
teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live
self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait
for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and
Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all
wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own,
eager to do what is good.
This is the word of the Lord.
All Thanks be to God.
The Gospel Procession
The Holy Gospel is read in the midst of the people as a reminder of God coming to us in
Jesus Christ. As the Gospel is announced some make a small cross on their forehead, lips,
and chest – a prayer that the Word would dwell in our minds, on our lips, and in our hearts.
Hark! The Herald, Angels Sing (380)
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to St Luke.
All Glory to You, O Lord.

Luke 2:1-14
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole
world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was
governor of Syria. So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.
And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to
Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of
the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed,
who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have
her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in
swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room
for them in the inn. Now there were shepherds in that region living in the
fields and keeping the night watch over their flock. The angel of the Lord
appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and
they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be
afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for
all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for
you who is Christ and Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find an
infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. ”And
suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,
praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth
peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
The Gospel of the Lord.
All Praise to you, O Christ.

Hark! The Herald, Angels Sing (380)
Christ, by highest heav’n adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, Hail the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as Man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Immanuel!
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King!”

The Creed
All I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by
the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was
crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell. The third day
He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the
right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to
judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Christian Church, the
communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection  of the
body, and the life everlasting. Amen


Children’s Sermon


God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen
God rest you merry, gentlemen, Let nothing you dismay,
Remember Christ our Saviour, Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s pow’r, When we were gone astray.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
From God our heav’nly Father, A blessed angel came;
And unto certain shepherds, Brought tidings of the same:
How that in Bethlehem was born, The son of God by name.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
Fear not, then said the Angel, Let nothing you affright,
This day is born a Saviour, Of virtue, power and might;
So frequently to vanquish all, The friends of Satan quite.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.
Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place,
And with true love and brotherhood, Each other now embrace;
This holy tide of Christmas, All other doth deface.
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, O tidings of comfort and joy.

Sermon


Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

The Offering

Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (805)
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host:
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.


Prayer Before Reception of Holy Communion
O Lord, I believe and profess that you are truly Christ,
The Son of the living God, who came into the world
To save sinners of whom I am the first.
Accept me as a partaker of your mystical supper, O Lord,
For I will not reveal your mystery to your enemies,
Nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas, But like the thief I profess to you:
Remember me, O Lord, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Master, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Holy One, when you come in your kingdom.
May the partaking of your Holy mysteries, O Lord,
Be not for my judgment or condemnation,
But for the healing of my soul and body.
O Lord, I believe and profess, that this,
Which I am about to receive,
Is truly your most precious Body, and your life-giving Blood,
Given for me for remission of all my sins and for life everlasting. Amen

The Service of the Sacrament
The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All It is right to give Him thanks and praise.
All glory and honor be yours always and everywhere, mighty creator,
ever-living God. We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Savior
Jesus Christ, who for love of our fallen race humbled himself, was born
of the Virgin Mary, and lived as one of us. In this mystery of the Word
made flesh you have caused his light to shine in our hearts and have
given us peace! Therefore, with the angels of heaven we lift our voices
to shout the glory of your name and proclaim our joyful hymn of praise:
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of Sabaoth adored;
Heaven and earth with full acclaim shout the glory of Your name.
Sing hosana in the highest, sing hosana to the Lord;
Truly blest is He who comes in the name of the Lord!


The Prayer of Thanksgiving
Blessed are You, Lord of heaven and earth, for You have had mercy on
those whom You created and sent Your only-begotten Son into our
flesh to bear our sin and be our Savior. With repentant joy, we receive
the salvation accomplished for us by the all-availing sacrifice of His
body and His blood on the cross. Gathered in the name and the
remembrance of Jesus, we beg You, O Lord, to forgive, renew, and
strengthen us with Your Word and Spirit. Grant us to faithfully eat His
body and drink His blood as He bids us to in His own testament. Gather
us together from the ends of the earth to celebrate, with all the faithful,
the marriage feast of the Lamb in His kingdom, which has no end.
Receive our prayers; deliver and preserve us. To You alone be all glory,
honor, and worship, now and forever.
All Amen.


The Consecration
Ringing of Altar Bells
The church has always used bells to capture our attention and imagination. From a bell
tower’s opening call to worship, to ringing bells at a wedding or funeral – bells punctuate
special moments in the church. Altar bells are rung after the bread and wine are consecrated
to remind us not to miss this miraculous moment: the body and blood of Christ is now present.


The Acclamation and The Invitation
As often as we eat of this bread and drink from this cup, we proclaim
your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection until you come
again.
All Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
Behold the Lamb of God, behold Jesus, who takes away the sins of the
world. Blessed are those called to the supper of the Lamb.
All Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall
be healed.
La paz del Señor sea con ustedes.
All Y Tambien contigo

Sharing of the Peace
Greet each other in the name of Jesus by saying, ‘peace be with you’ as a sign of
forgiveness and reconciliation in preparation for reception of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Lamb of God
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; grant us peace.

Distribution
Eucharistic Dismissal
Thank The Lord
Thank the Lord and sing His praise; Tell everyone what He has done.
Let everyone who seeks the Lord, Rejoice, and proudly bear His name.
He recalls His promises, and leads His people forth in joy
With shouts of thanksgiving. Alleluia, alleluia.


Post-Communion Prayer
We give thanks to You, almighty God, that You have refreshed us
through this salutary gift, and we implore You, that of Your mercy, You
would strengthen us in faith toward You and in fervent love toward one
another; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns
with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Announcements
Blessing


Joy to The World (387)
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King:
Let ev’ry 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.
Joy to the earth, 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.
No more let sins and sorrows grow Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found, Far as, far as the curse is found.
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.