REDEEMER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
December 24, 2021
Christmas Eve Service
May the Birth of Jesus fill you with Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace!
Ringing of the Bell: The Historic Redeemer Bell is rung to remind us of members, past and present, who with God’s help have formed our congregation: and also to symbolize God’s summons of us to worship.
Processional: “O Little Town / The Glory of Christmas” Fred Love Jr
Music: “A Quiet Christmas “ Fred Love Jr., Melanie and Graham Barash
Glorious God, who presents us with the most precious of gifts, we praise you for all your blessings in our lives. Today we have come to this place, in the midst of a busy time. We might not even have everything ready at home, yet we have come, because we ourselves need to be ready. Work in our hearts this night, preparing us for your presence. Work in our lives that we may reach out to others in comfort and compassion; work in our world that the darkness that has encompassed it may be dispelled by the brightness of your love and your Gift. In faith and expectation, we pray. AMEN.
Music: “Carol of the Bells” Heidi Simpson on Flute, Fred Love Jr. on piano
Call to Worship
L: He’s coming! He’s coming! The Savior of the World is coming!
P: Let us prepare our hearts to greet him!
L: He comes to each one of us, healing and restoring our lives!
P: Praise be to God for God’s mighty gift to us.
L: O Come, Prince of Peace, bring your light to us!
P: We are ready to receive you in our lives! AMEN.
Music: The First Noel Mitch Nummer on Trumpet, Fred Love Jr. on Piano
God of light and love, shine upon us this Christmas Eve and in the year ahead. Guide us out of darkness and into your joyous light. May our lives reflect your glorious love, that others may see your Christmas Spirit in us, each and every day of our lives. Amen.
Prayer focus: The Birth of Christ
Music: “Mary Did You Know” Melanie Barish and Fred Love Jr.
Advent Reading & Candle Lighting Rev. Marshall and Marian Murphy
Pastor: This night, this night is a night to remember. A night when home broke in on us. A night when we were not forgotten or alone or abandoned. This night. This night is the night when here and there became one, when past and future combined in a breathless present. This is a night when we are home, in ourselves, in this family, in the God who loved us enough to walk beside us.
We gather in the night to proclaim the light. We shrug off despair and embrace hope. We set aside conflict and choose peace. We push away despair by claiming joy. We overcome hate by rising into love. Because this night we know, even in the shadows of our doubts, we know that we are loved. That’s what it means to be home.
We light these candles, hoping to become the light, hoping to radiate light by how we live. We light these candles to create a space called home in this place, in our place, in inner places. We light these candles to declare that unto us a Savior is born, who is Christ the Lord. Welcomed home by angels singing and shepherds kneeling. Welcomed home by those like us who have worshiped for thousands of years. Welcomed home again tonight, right here, right now, in us.
It’s time to be home.
Light the Christ Candle and all candles of the wreath.
Music: “Christmas Bell Medley” Fred Love Jr., Melanie and Graham Barash
Christmas Reflection Rev. Marshall Murphy Jr.
Music: “Joy to the World” Fred Love Jr.
Prayer for Christmas:
help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clear hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be thy children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.
Music “The Greatest Love of All “ Heidi and Brunzivel Simpson
Music “Bells O Holy Night” Fred Love Jr., Melanie and Graham Barash
May the light that began at creation, continued through the witness of the prophets, and has come to fullness at the Birth of Jesus Christ, be in your hearts and minds today. As you go into the world may your spirits be filled with joy and hope; for God’s precious Light has been given for you. Go in Peace and know that God’s peace always goes with you. AMEN.
Recessional Hymn: Silent Night – Fred
(The ushers will light the first candle in each row. As you light your candle please remember to tip the unlit candle to the lit candle, this prevents wax from dripping, congregation does not sing.)
(Please extinguish your candle before exiting in silence)