Christ Lutheran Church, Christmas Eve 2020 – 9pm Blended Service

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I think as you grow older your Christmas lists gets smaller and the things you really want for the holidays can’t be bought ~ Annonymous

Preludes:        3 organ pieces, by Steve Wysocki

Reese Wilten solo Gary Milla,

Olivia and Jonah Harley Strings,

Steve Wysocki solo,

Gabe/Alaina duet,

Sandy Richard/Chris Sem duet)

Welcome                     No matter who you are or where you are on your journey,        you are welcome here!

Prayer

Gathering Song                                 “O Come All Ye Faithful”  ~ Sharon/Marissa Harley with Jonah and Olivia on trumpet/trombone)

 

Reading:   Luke 2:1–7                                                                                        Angela Drake

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be

registered.  2This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.  3All went to their own towns to be registered.  4Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David.  5Joseph went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.  6While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.  7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Breath of Heaven” (Mary’s Song) – (Caitlin McNeish and Kathie)

Luke 2:8-14                                                                                        Alex and Marcia Grande
8  In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9  Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11  to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12  This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.”
13  And 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!”

                                              “Angels, We Have Heard On High” Caitlin and Kathie

 

Luke 2:15-20                                                                                        Carolyn Raudenbush

15  When 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.”   16  So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.
17  When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;
18  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
19  But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.
20  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Away In a Manger” ~ CLC Praise Band –

Message  

Message Song                                                “O Holy Night” ~ Ann Borovies

Prayers                                                                                    Gary Milla

Joining our voices with the song of the angels, let us pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need.

The shepherds sing, “Jesus Christ is born!” Your church throughout the world proclaims this good news, over the hills and everywhere. We unite our voices with those of all your faithful people in hope of peace and goodwill among all people.

We are the light of the world, and darkness shall not over come us!

Heaven and nature sing, “Joy to the world!” Give respite to flocks, fields, and those who tend them. You come near to us in the beauty of nighttime, the shining of the stars, and the hush of a world at rest. May our wonder at your creation rouse our care for all the earth.

We are the light of the world, and darkness shall not over come us!

The angels sing, “Peace on earth!” Come quickly to still the strife of this world. We long for peace in our country and in the world. Hush the noise of war and violence in places of unrest. Inspire leaders of nations to seek lasting peace and sustainable provision for all in their care. Lead us as we, as individuals, seek for ways to be unifying forces in our communities.

We are the light of the world, and darkness shall not over come us!

Mary sings melodies of comfort to her newborn child. Bring rest and reassurance to those facing struggles this night. Shelter travelers and those without homes. Console those who lie awake due to pain or anxiety. Heal those who are sick or hurting, especially Mary Ann & Esther, Geoff Baer, Neil McCardle, Diane Voron, Timmy Henn, Jr.,  Andrea & Jerry, Kyle, Rod, Ruth, Linda, Rudy, Hugh, Joanne, Sean, Courtney, Lorraine, Kay, Cathy, Kristen, Lorane & Larry, Debbie Riegel, Wendy, Tony & Karen, Gene Heft, Molly, Carol Mitchell, Joe Kupsky, Teri, Patti Ruth, Melissa, Megan, Kathleen, Theresa Sherwin, Jane Atherholt, Donna Rader, Jackie & Jess, The Miliren  Family & Sue, Janet Mills, Dan, Emily, Wesley, Kevin, Lauren, Linda, Leo, Don Ratushney, Bryan Gerhab, Kelly & Mike, Mel, Joann & James Koller, Marie, and Cindy DaSilva. and those we name in our hearts.

We are the light of the world, and darkness shall not over come us!

Love sings through the sound of a new baby’s cry. Bless new parents and expectant parents. Comfort those who long for children, especially those running out of hope or options. Surround families of every shape and size with your love and care.

We are the light of the world, and darkness shall not over come us!

Words of Institution                                                                 Mark 14:22-24 (NRSV)

While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take; this is my body.”

Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, and all of them drank from it.    He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.

We gather at this table and  remember how on the night when Jesus was handed over,  he gathered with his disciples in the upper room and together they shared in an ordinary meal that had extraordinary implications.

For at this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who betrayed him.

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with one who denied him.

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with  those who fled from him in his time of  need. 

At this table,

Jesus broke bread and shared wine with people from all walks of life.

And so whenever we gather at this table to share the bread and the cup in this community of faith, we proclaim Jesus’ life, which affirms there is a place at the table for all people, for the love of God transcends every power that tries to contain it.

The Awakening Church Service

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, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.  Amen.

The Body of Christ Given for you.

The Blood of Christ Shed for you.

With this piece of bread and sip of wine we remember Jesus

Post Communion Prayer

Gracious God, as we received this bread and wine, we receive the presence and life of Christ within us so that the spirit of Christ might work through us. Amen

Candle Lighting Song –                                   “Silent Night”                Caitlin and Kathie                      

CHRISTMAS COLLAGE

Benediction

Dismissal:    Go in peace.  Serve the Lord.  Thanks be to God.