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COLINGTON UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

“Making Disciples for Jesus Christ”

December 24, 2018

Christmas Eve

PRELUDE & LIGHTING OF CANDLES                 Patsy Rush      

As you listen, let the music fill your soul with the love and joy of Jesus. Tonight we celebrate his birth. Give God thanks for this wonderful gift of love.

GREETING

    Tonight is a holy night: a night of stars and angels,

      a night of shepherds and sheep,

      and a family in a stable.

    Tonight we celebrate in memory and in hope

      the birth of our Savior, the Holy Child of Bethlehem.

    Thanks be to God.

    Let all God’s children come to the manger.

OPENING PRAYER

Gracious God, with joy and thanksgiving, we gather as your people. We have come to hear again the timeless story of Christ's birth. In the excitement of this night, quiet our hearts that we may know the peace and fullness of this holy time. Shine, O Light, in the darkness of our world.

Sing, O angels, in the stillness of our hearts,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those God favors."

This we pray in the name of the Child of Bethlehem. Amen.

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE  Ron & Lettie Baxter

    RESPONSIVE LITANY 

   For anyone who has walked in darkness,

   a new light has dawned!

   O come, let us adore him!

   For anyone who has ever felt forgotten,

   a new light has dawned!

   O come, let us adore him!

   For anyone whose patience has been put to the test,

   a new light has dawned!

   O come, let us adore him!

   For anyone in search of the way, the truth, and the life,

   a new day has dawned!

   O come, let us adore him!

CANDLE LIGHTING

SONG (choir and congregation)           

           Lift up your eyes and see the light surround you

           With radiant hope, illuminate the night.

           Lift up your voice and sing,

let earth and heaven ring,

lift up your eyes and see the everlasting light.

PRAYER

HYMN          “O Come All Ye Faithful”           UMH 234

PROCLAMATION AND RESPONSE

OLD TESTAMENT LESSON                                     Isaiah 9:2-7

May God add his blessings to the reading of His holy Word.                  Amen

GOSPEL LESSON                                                      Luke 2:8-20

 (The children are invited to come forward,)                                                 

SERMON                                                      Rev. Teresa Holloway 

“Would You Like to Hold the Baby?”

THE SERVICE of WORD & TABLE

PRAYER OF CONFESSION                       

Merciful God, we confess that often we find darkness more comfortable than light.  We confess that we find your good news frightening and unsettling, especially when we consider its demands as well as its promises.

We confess that Christmas has become more to us than the birthday of the Christ, partly because we do not want a Christ-Child in our lives or in our world.

Forgive us, break us, bend us, remake us.

Give us the courage to lay ourselves open to the wonder and healing of your coming.  Be born again into our world, be born again into our hearts and lives.

Hear now our silent and personal confessions as we prepare ourselves for your nativity.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE AND PARDON

The true light that enlightens all has come into the world.

That light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never been able to put it out.

This is the good news: God has heard our confession. God has forgiven our sin.

Thanks be to God!

OUR TITHES AND OFFERINGS   (All proceeds from our offerings will go to benefit Hurricane victims in our District.)                              

      *DOXOLOGY                                                             

Praise God from whom all blessings flow.  Praise Him

all creatures here below.  Praise Him above ye heavenly

hosts. Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen  

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING

A CHRISTMAS CAROL COMMUNION**

(to the tune of “Good King Wenceslas”)

May the Lord be with you all. 

   And with you, God’s servant. 

Lift your hearts unto the Lord.

   We lift our hearts most fervent.

Let us give our thanks to God.

   Thanks to God the Father.

Good and right it is to do,

   And it has God’s blessing.

Blessing, honor, glory, power unto God Almighty.

Praise to you, eternal Lord, giver of all mercy.

Long ago you made us, Lord, made us in your image.

But through sin we broke the form of our Lord within us.

Still your love came shining through,

From heav’n you did send us.

Christ to take on human flesh, here to live among us.

Christ has suffered for our sin, died a death most cruel.

Now he lives and reigns in heaven, as the brightest jewel.

We the church on earth do sing

with the hosts of heaven.

Glory to the one who died, for he has arisen.

Jesus born at Bethlehem is the king of heaven,

And we praise your blessed name

with the song unending.

(to the tune of “Angels We Have Heard on High”)

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of hosts, all praise be given!

All your glory fills the earth; 

all your pow-er fills the heavens.

Glo - - - - ri-a, in excelsis Deo!

Glo - - - - ri-a, in excelsis Deo!

Blessed is the one who came,

bringing love and light divine. 

Blessed is the king who comes

in the bread and in the wine.

Glo - - - - ri-a, in excelsis Deo!

Glo - - - - ri-a, in excelsis Deo!

(to the tune of “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”)

Good Christian friends, rejoice

with heart and soul and voice;

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus to the Father prayed;

Bless this bread we are to eat,

let it bring forgiveness sweet.

My body dwells therein; my body dwells therein.

Good Christian friends, rejoice

with heart and soul and voice;

Then he took the blessed cup, praying as he raised it up;

In the wine forever more is the way to heaven’s door.

My blood poured out for you;

my blood poured out for you.

Good Christian friends, rejoice

with heart and soul and voice;

Eat this bread and drink this cup,

share the peace that’s from above.

Angels sing of heaven’s bliss,

as we share this Eucharist.

Christ was born for this; Christ was born for this.

(to the tune of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”)

O send your Spirit now upon these gifts;

Make them to be Christ’s body and Christ’s blood,

Make real in us his life and show

That we are one with him in ministry.

Now by - our Spirit - make us one with Christ,

Until he comes in love’s great victory.

Through Jesus, your Emmanuel,

and with the Spirit in your holy church,

all honor and glory are yours,

for now and for evermore.

Amen! Amen! To God the glory be.

Amen! Amen! Alleluia! Amen!

(to the tune of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”)

O Lamb of God from Bethlehem,

where Mary gave you birth,

Grant us your mercy, gracious Lord,

Redeemer of the earth.

O lamb of God, forgive us,

for we still live in sin.

O, come to us, abide with us,

and grant us peace within.

BREAKING THE BREAD

GIVING THE BREAD AND CUP

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

(to the tune of “Away in a Manger”)

Lord, now in your mercy, your servants release.

As your word has promised, oh, grant us your peace.

Our eyes your salvation and mercy behold,

Prepared for the nations as prophets foretold.

A light to the Gentiles, by whom they now see,

The glory of Israel, the Promised One be,

Who lives now and ever, the heaven’s bright Son,

With Father and Sprit, eternally one.

*HYMN                  “Silent Night”                    UMH 239

(The ushers will light the candle of the person on the aisle, who will then pass the light to the person next to them.)

*DISMISSAL WITH BLESSING 

 Go in peace and joy to serve God and neighbor in all

that you do.

      We are sent in the name of the Christ child.

      The peace of God, which passes all understanding,

keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his son Jesus Christ our Lord;

      And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the

            Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you,

and remain with you always.

      Amen.  Thanks be to God!

POSTLUDE   

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WE WORSHIP GOD WITH OUR:

PRAYERS

Please keep the pastor updated on their status by phone or e-mail.

Allan Norton

Joe Camacho

Luann Mason

Anna Sadler

Jake Campbell

Pat Washington

Arnette Smith

Janet Riddick

Rachel Billmyer

Beth Behringhaus

Jayden Liverman

Rachel Dunn

Betty & Rodney Midgett

Karen Trimyer

Cap & Ronnie Sue Pfeiffer

Doug Swanson

Loretta Cook

Selby Cooper

Ella Niles

Maris Osman

Sonny Albarty

Fr. JR Hadagny

Martha Butcher

Steve Presgraves

Gary Corbell

Matt Augustine

Sylvia Mentel

Glen Baxter

Mercy Eubank

Verna Kendall

Ida Mae Beasley

Paige Harrell

 

PRESENCE

Our presence here is our offering to God so that God might be glorified. We had 61 persons at worship last Sunday.

GIFTS

We were blessed to be able to offer $2,455.00 to the General Fund and $5.00 to the Restricted Fund for Christmas Greenery). The weekly budget is $3,100.00. We pray that God will bless & sanctify our gifts to do God’s work.

COMING UP!

NEW SERMON SERIES! – “Dear Church: Seven Letters to Seven Churches” -  begins January 20.

NEW BIBLE STUDY! – The book of Revelation!

Thurs., Jan. 3 –  Choir resumes practice! If you would like to make a joyful noise, please join us!

Mon. Jan. 7 – 6 pm - Monday Night Alive, a tutoring ministry with a hot meal, resumes!

  • 7 pm – OBX Quilt Guild meets in the sanctuary – Come and bring your projects for show and tell or to get help on something if you’re stuck! Or just come to see what others are doing!

Thurs., Jan. 10 – 7:30 am - Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast

Sat. Jan. 12 – 9 am – United Methodist Women meet! Come and be a part of a powerful ministry group!

Wed., Jan. 16 – 4:30 pm – Mobile Food Pantry @ First Flight Elementary School parking lot! 40+ pounds of food given away each month to anyone who needs it! Come and help!

Fri., Jan. 25 -  12 noon – Single Women of Colington @ Saltbox. Come and enjoy the fellowship and a great meal!

Tues., Jan. 29 – 7:30 pm – Student of the Month reception @First Flight Elementary. We provide food and encouragement to these outstanding students!

Flowers for the Altar - Please sign up on the Flower Chart in the Fellowship Hall if you would like to dedicate flowers in honor or in memory of a loved one or for a special occasion during 2019.

 

Ushers

Larry Bray/Brien Green

 

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