Christmas Eve Candlelight and Communion

7:00pm and 9:00pm

By Rev. David Bonnema, December 24, 2022

Prelude - “O Holy Night” arr. Perks - Jeff Perks

Welcome - Rev. David Bonnema

Call to Worship - Rev. Dana Seiler

  • Leader: We gather in the darkness of evening to celebrate the newborn Light.
  • People: With family and friends, we worship and adore the Christ Child.
  • Leader: With Mary, we will ponder these things in our hearts.
  • People: With Joseph, we will give thanks to the Lord for God’s steadfast love.
  • Leader: Lift up your hearts in thanksgiving, for a child, The Child, has been born!
  • People: We gather to worship Him and welcome His peaceful kingdom.
  • Leader: His name will be blessed among all the earth;
  • People: His reign shall have no end.
  • Leader: Come, our wait is finished! Let us worship the newborn King!

Hymn - “Joy to the World” - #40 v 1-4

A Time of Greeting

Children’s Message

Lighting the Advent Candles and the Christ Candle

Opening Scripture - Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Hymns - “What Child is This?” - #53 v 1, 3 - “Away in a Manger” #25 v 1, 3

Giving of Our Gifts

Special - “Merry Christmas With Love” - Unity Choir Featuring Ginny Preston (7:00pm) and Barbara Plekes (9:00pm)

Scripture Lesson - Luke 2:1-20

Christmas Eve Meditation - Rev. David Bonnema

Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper

Anthem - “Night of Silence” - Unity Choir

Candlelighting - John 1:1-4

Hymn - “Silent Night” - #60 v 1-4

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.

Charge and Benediction

Postlude - “Joy to the World” arr. Varner - Jeff Perks