Order of Worship for Christmas Eve Drive-In Service

Christmas Eve

The United Methodist Church of Chugiak
Pastor: Rev. David Hall
6 pm Drive-In Christmas Eve Service
December 24, 2020

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Welcome to Christmas Eve Service

Call to Worship
One: We are a people who have walked in deep darkness.
All: We come tonight, seeking to be a people who have seen a great light.
One: Light comes to us on this holiest of nights.
All: The light of a small babe, the light of a bright star
One: The light of God’s love
All: Shining for all the earth.
One: Come and see… the child has been born! Lights are shining!

Opening Prayer
Holy God, we pray for your brightness to shine upon our hearts this evening. May we know your grace as it appears for us in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. Help us to live lives that are joyous and just, godly and righteous. As we await the blessed hope of your glory to shine on our world forever, we come this night to rejoice in the blessed hope of your glory that already shines in our lives. Shine on us, dear Child, that we may see you not only in the manger but in our hearts as well! Amen.

Hymn:   “Joy to the World”    UMH #246

Lesson #1:    Isaiah 9: 2-7    Read by Tucker Gryting-Lien

Hymn:    “O Come O Come Emmanuel”    UMH #211 (Verse 1)

  1. O come, O come, Emmanuel,
    and ransom captive Israel,
    that mourns in lonely exile here
    until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.

Lesson #2:    Micah 5: 2-5a    Read by Erik Rueb

Hymn:    “Angels We Have Heard on High”    UMH #238 (Verse 1)

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

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Lesson #3:    Luke 2: 1-7    Read by Rylyn Hall

Hymn:    “Away in a Manger”    UMH #217 (Verse 1)

1. Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

Lesson #4:    Luke 2: 8-16    Read by Wesley Rueb

Hymn:    “The First Noel”    UMH #245 (Verse 1)

  1. The first Noel the angel did say
    was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
    in fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
    on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
born is the King of Israel.

Lesson #5:    Matthew 2: 1-11    Read by Kelsey Gryting-Lien

Hymn:    “We Three Kings”    UMH #254 (Verse 1)

  1. We three kings of Orient are;
    bearing gifts we traverse afar,
    field and fountain, moor and mountain,
    following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of light,
star with royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to thy perfect light.

Reading of the Gospel:    John 1: 1-14    Pastor David Hall

Christmas Eve Meditation    Pastor David Hall

Lighting of the Christ Candle

Candle Light Singing of Silent Night  UMH #239

One: In the midst of darkness, candles have shone.
All: Glory to God in the highest!
One: In the midst of darkness, we have seen the light of Christ.
All: Glory to God in the highest!
One: In the midst of darkness, we have been promised peace and good will.
All: Glory to God in the highest!
One: In the midst of darkness, we go forth to be the light of Christ.
All: Glory to God in the highest! Alleluia! Amen.