Christmas Day Service – December 25, 2016

10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

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Scriptures & Meditations    

Our first reading comes from the good news according to Matthew. 

Reading #1: Matthew 1:18-25                                 

18Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23“Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,” which means, “God is with us.” 24When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, 25but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Meditation #1: Song:   “Emmanuel”

 Our second reading comes from the good news according to Luke.

Reading #2: Luke 2:8-20                       

 8In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” 15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Meditation #2: Song:   “While Shepherds Watched”

 Our third reading comes from the good news according to Matthew.

Reading #3: Matthew 2:1-11                                 

                              1In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 6‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” 7Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” 9When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

Meditation #3: Song: “As With Gladness”

Our fourth reading comes from the good news according to John.

Reading #4: John 1:1-5, 9-14, 16-18                                               

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth. 16From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 18No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.

 

Meditation #4: Invitation to Faith Song “Good Christian Friends Rejoice”

Special Music: “I Heard the Bells”

with David, Lora, Camryn B., Scott (guitar), Missy (piano) Jackson, & Sydney F.

 

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Advent Candle Lighting:   

         Troy & Abbey Sybrant

L:         In the weeks leading up to this day our world has grown brighter!

            P:         The light of hope shines brightly in Jesus’ birth and his return! (light purple candle)

            L:         In the weeks leading up to this day our world has grown brighter.

P:         The light of peace shines brightly in Jesus’ birth and his return! (light purple candle)

L:         In the weeks leading up to this day our world has grown brighter!

P:         The light of joy shines brightly in Jesus’ birth and his return! (light pink candle)

L:         In the weeks leading up to this day our world has grown brighter.

P:         The light of love shines brightly in Jesus’ birth and his return! (light purple candle)

L:         For on this day the Word became flesh and lived among us; the people who once lived in darkness have now seen a great light! (light Christ candle)

P:         We celebrate his birth and we anticipate his return! Alleluia! Amen!

            L:         Having lit the Christ candle, let us sing “Light of Light Eternal.”

Candle Song: Light of Light Eternal

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