December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve

Pastor: David Range

Miramar United Methodist Church
December 24, 2020 
Christmas Eve service, A Service of Lessons and Carols
7:30 p.m. 

You are invited to have a bell ready to ring on the chorus of “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing” and also get a candle for every member of the household so that the light may be spread throughout the land as we sing “Silent Night” at the end.

Call to worship 

Emmanuel, God with us, has been made manifest in our world. The waiting is over, the time has come for celebration. Christ our Savior is born anew among us.
(Light the candle in the center.)
"O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!" (Psalm 95:1-2)

*Opening Hymn 234 O Come All Ye Faithful
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.

O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

2 True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
Lo, he shuns shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;

O Come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord

3 Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,
O sing, all ye citizens of heav’n above:
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

4 See how the shepherds, Summoned to His cradle, Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze; We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps;

O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord

5 Child, for us sinners Poor and in the manger, We would embrace Thee, with love and awe; Who would not love Thee, Loving us so dearly?

O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him,
Christ the Lord

6 Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory given;
Word 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

WORDS: John F. Wade, ca 1743; trans. By Frederick Oakeley, 1841 and others MUSIC: John F. Wade ca. 1743; from Collections of Motetts or Antiphons, 1792

Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer 
Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name;
Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven:
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses, 
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, 
For ever and ever. Amen.

 
First Lesson--The Prophets Promise the Savior, Numbers 24:16-17; Isaiah 7:14; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Micah 5:2, 4; Isaiah 9:6

Hymn 203 Hail to the Lord’s Anointed
1. Hail to the Lord's Anointed,
great David's greater Son!
Hail in the time appointed,
his reign on earth begun!
He comes to break oppression,
to set the captive free;
to take away transgression,
and rule in equity.

2. He comes with succor speedy
to those who suffer wrong;
to help the poor and needy,
and bid the weak be strong;
to give them songs for sighing,
their darkness turn to light,
whose souls, condemned and dying,
are precious in his sight.

3. He shall come down like showers
upon the fruitful earth;
love, joy, and hope, like flowers,
spring in his path to birth.
Before him on the mountains,
shall peace, the herald, go,
and righteousness, in fountains,
from hill to valley flow.

4. To him shall prayer unceasing
and daily vows ascend;
his kingdom still increasing,
a kingdom without end.
The tide of time shall never
his covenant remove;
his name shall stand forever;
that name to us is love.
WORDS: James Montgomery, 1821 MUSIC: Gesangbuch der H. W. k. Hofkapelle, 1784, alt; adapt. and harm. by W. H. Monk, 1868

Second Lesson--Mary hears the news, Luke 1:26-38

Hymn 215  To a Maid Engaged to Joseph
1 To a maid engaged to Joseph,
The angel Gabriel came.
“Fear not,” the angel told her,
“I come to bring good news,
Good news I come to tell you,
Good news, I say, good news.

2 “For you are highly favored By God the Lord of all, Who even now is with you. You are on earth most blest, You are most blest, most blessèd, God chose you, you are blest!”

3 But Mary was most troubled
To hear the angel’s word.
What was the angel saying?
It troubled her to hear,
To hear the angel’s message,
It troubled her to hear.

4 “Fear not, for God is with you, And you shall bear a child. His name shall be called Jesus, God’s offspring from on high. And he shall reign forever, Forever reign on high.”

5 “How shall this be?” said Mary,
“I am not yet a wife.”
The angel answered quickly,
“The power of the Most High Will come upon you shortly, Your child will be God’s child.”

6 As Mary heard the angel,
She wondered at his words.
“Behold, I am your handmaid,”
She said unto her God.
“So be it; I am ready According to your word.”
WORDS: Gracia Grindal, 1983 MUSIC: Rusty Edwards, 1983

Third Lesson--Mary visits Elizabeth, Luke 1: 39-55

Hymn 242 Love Came Down at Christmas
1 Love came down at Christmas,
love all lovely, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas;
star and angels gave the sign.

2 Worship we the Godhead,
Love incarnate, Love divine;
worship we our Jesus,
but wherewith for sacred sign?

3 Love shall be our token;
love be yours and love be mine;
love to God and all neighbor,
love for plea and gift and sign.
WORDS: Christina G. Rossetti, 1885 MUSIC: Trad. Irish melody; harm. by David Evans, 1927; alt.

Fourth Lesson--Joseph learns the truth, Matthew 1:18-25

Hymn 217 Away in a Manger
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.

2 The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
but little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.
I love thee, Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,
and stay by my cradle till morning is nigh.

3 Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay
close by me forever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there.
WORDS: Anon. MUSIC: James R. Murray, 1887

Fifth Lesson--Jesus is born and the angels announce the birth, Luke 2:1-14

Sixth Lesson--The shepherds find the baby, Luke 2:15-20

Hymn 220  Angels from the Realms of Glory
1 Angels from the realms of glory, 
wing your flight o'er all the earth; 
ye who sang creation's story 
now proclaim Messiah's birth: 

Come and worship, come and worship, 
worship Christ, the newborn King.

2 Shepherds, in the field abiding, 
watching o'er your flocks by night, 
God with us is now residing; 
yonder shines the infant light: 

Come and worship, come and worship, 
worship Christ, the newborn King.

3 Sages, leave your contemplations, 
brighter visions beam afar; 
seek the great Desire of nations; 
ye have seen his natal star:

Come and worship, come and worship, 
worship Christ, the newborn king.

4 Saints before the altar bending, 
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In his temple shall appear:

Come and worship, come and worship, 
worship Christ, the newborn king.

WORDS: James Montgomery, 1816 MUSIC: Henry T. Smart, 1867

 

Our Tithes and Offerings tonight are in aid of the United Methodist Children’s Home, Deltona, Florida.

Doxology

Seventh Lesson--The wise men follow the star, Matthew 2:1-11

Hymn 249 There’s a Song in the Air
1 There's a song in the air! 
There's a star in the sky! 
There's a mother's deep prayer 
and a baby's low cry! 
And the star rains its fire 
while the beautiful sing, 
for the manger of Bethlehem 
cradles a King! 

2 There's a tumult of joy 
o'er the wonderful birth, 
for the virgin's sweet boy 
is the Lord of the earth. 
Ay! the star rains its fire 
while the beautiful sing, 
for the manger of Bethlehem 
cradles a King! 

3 In the light of that star 
lie the ages impearled; 
and that song from afar 
has swept over the world. 
Every hearth is aflame, 
and the beautiful sing 
in the homes of the nations 
that Jesus is King! 

4 We rejoice in the light, 
and we echo the song 
that comes down through the night 
from the heavenly throng. 
Ay! we shout to the lovely 
evangel they bring, 
and we greet in his cradle 
our Savior and King! 
WORDS: Josiah G. Holland, 1874 MUSIC: Karl P. Harrington, 1904 ccli # 242496

Eighth Lesson--The family returns from Egypt and Simeon recognizes the Messiah, Matthew 2:19-23, Luke 2:2:25-32

Hymn 230 O Little Town of Bethlehem
1 O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see thee lie;
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
the everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in thee tonight.

2 For Christ is born of Mary,
and gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, 
And peace to all on earth!

3 How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given;
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him still 
the dear Christ enters in.

4 O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray,
cast out our sin, and enter in,
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell.
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!
WORDS: Phillips Brooks, ca. 1868 MUSIC: Lewis H. Bedner, 1868

Ninth Lesson-- The apostles explain the meaning, John 1:1, 3, and 14; 
Colossians 1:15, 17; Hebrews 1:1-3, Second Corinthians 4:6, 8:9; 
Philippians 2:6-7; John 1:11-12

Hymn 219  What Child Is This?
1 What child is this who, laid to rest
On Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,
While shepherds watch are keeping?

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the son of Mary.

2 Why lies He in such mean estate,
Where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christians, fear, for sinners here
The silent Word is pleading.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the son of Mary.

So bring Him incense, gold and myrrh,
Come, peasant, king, to own Him;
The King of kings salvation brings,
Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
Haste, haste, to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the son of Mary.
WORDS: William C. Dix, 1865 MUSIC: 16th cent. English melody

Sermon   “A Christmas Gift That Fits Us All”

Hymn 240 Hark the Herald Angels Sing
 (please ring your bell on the chorus only) 

1 Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem.”
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!”

2 Christ, by highest heaven adored:
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see;
Hail, th’incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King!”

3 Hail! the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing,
“Glory to the new-born King !”
WORDS: Charles Wesley, 1739; alt. By George Whitefield, 1753, and others MUSIC: Felix Mendelssohn, 1840: arr. by William H. Cummings, 1856

The Light Spreads into Every Hand--please light a candle in your home and pass it to your family members or a neighbor as we sing this last hymn with the love and joy the birth of Jesus brought into the world.

Hymn 239  Silent Night 

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.

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!

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. 

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!
WORDS: Joseph Mohr, 1818, alt.; sts. 1, 2, 3 trans. by John F. Young; st. 4 trans. anon

Benediction 

Have a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!  This coming Sunday December 27 you are invited to join online with us at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. We also have a special Watch Night Service on Thursday, December 31 starting at 11:00 pm. and ending at midnight with the singing of “We shall overcome”. On Sunday, January 3 our Sunday services at 8:30 and 11:00 will feature the Wesley Covenant Service first conducted by the founder of the Methodist Movement, the Rev. John Wesley.

Please continue to worship with us online each Sunday at 8:30 or 11:00 a.m. at www.MiramarUMC.org and click on the Twitter icon or on youtube.com by putting Miramar UMC in the search bar. 

Miramar United Methodist Church 
2507 Utopia Drive, Miramar, FL 33023, 
Phone 954-989-4711 
Email: 
mirumeth@gmail.com

 
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