Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS EVE

December 24, 2018

PEACE ON EARTH – GOOD WILL TO ALL

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1stUNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF SEA BRIGHT

1104 OCEAN AVENUE

SEA BRIGHT, NEW JERSEY 07760

CHURCH OFFICE (732) 530-7003 – Natalie Turner, Secretary

E-mail:  seabrightumc1@verizon.net

SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE 10:00 AM

MERIDIAN MINISTRY IN SHREWSBURY

1STSUNDAY– 2PM

 

WELCOME TO SEA BRIGHT UNITED METHODIST CHURCH,

WHERE JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!

A Service of Word & Music

RINGING OF THE BELL

PREPARATION FOR THE WORD

PRELUDE      (A time to relax and enter the mindset of worship)

 

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Leader: All praise to thee, my God, this night, for all the blessings of the light!  

People:  Keep me, O keep me, King of kings, beneath thine own almighty wings.

INTRODUCTION   “INTO MY HEART”(Verse 1)               FWS 2160

 HYMN OF INVOCATION                                                    UMH 218 

       “IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR”                

CALL TO WORSHIP

Leader:  At Christmas we celebrate the coming of God to earth in human form.

People:   The shepherds listen to the songs of angels, 

Leader:  And the sages follow the stars,

People:  But the glory of God shines in a manger.  

Leader:  “Go, tell it on the mountain, 

People:  Over the hills and everywhere, 

Leader:  Go, tell it on the mountain

ALL:  That Jesus Christ is born! 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE 

PRAYER OF INVOCATION

O Jesus, light of the world, in you God broke the hold of darkness on the world of Caesar.  We pray that today, as in those days, you will illumine us with the vision of a new world – a world in which hate yields to love, weapons are turned into tools, and enemies become allies.  Give us the grace not only to see that vision, but to put flesh on it as did Jesus in Nazareth of Galilee.  

HEARING OF THE WORD

OLD TESTAMENT READING                                        

 “ISAIAH 9:2-7                                                            PAGE 1073

HYMN OF PREPARATION                                        UMH 217

       “AWAY IN A MANGER”               

Psalm                “ 96”                                                UMH  815                                       

NEW TESTAMENT READING

“TITUS 2:11-14”                      PAGE 1856   

GOSPEL            

 “LUKE 2:1-20                                                      PAGE 1593

MESSAGE       

“MORNING MESSAGE”              PASTOR MICHAEL TURNER       

RESPONSE TO THE WORD

MOMENT OF SILENCE

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH                                         

GLORIA PATRI                                                              UMH 70

PRAYERS FOR THE PEOPLE                THE LORD’S PRAYER            

INVITATION TO COMMUNION                                      UMH 12

PASSING OF THE PEACE                            

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING                                      UMH 13

HYMN OF DEDICATION                                             UMH 239

            “ SILENT NIGHT 

During the hymn:     Overhead lights will be extinguished.  

             The candles will be lit, from one to another.  

AS YOU ARE ABLE – PLEASE STAND TO PRAISE GOD

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