Bulletin for December 24, 2014 - Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols
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Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols


To maintain the reverence of this service of worship, please make sure your cell phone is off and refrain from applause.


PRELUDE  Improvisation on Carols of Christmas


INTROIT  Gabriel’s Oboe  Ennio Morricone

Barbara Cook, oboist


ORGAN PRELUDE  Ave Maria  Franz Biebl

Sung in Latin


*CALL TO WORSHIP  Baron Mullis

Leader: Unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given.

People: His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Leader: Let us worship God!


*PROCESSIONAL CAROL  Once in Royal David’s City  David Willcocks’ Descant

Nan Nowell, alto; Mark Mashburn, trumpet

He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all, and his shelter was a stable and his cradle was a stall. With the poor, oppressed, and lowly, lived on earth our Savior holy.

Jesus is our childhood’s pattern, day by day like us he grew; he was little, weak and helpless, tears and smiles like us he knew; and he feels for all our sadness and he shares in all our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love, for that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above; and he leads his children on to the place where he is gone.






FIRST LESSON  Isaiah 9:2-7  Isabella Perez


ANTHEM  Veiled in Darkness  Plainchant

Kellie Motter, soprano

Veiled in darkness Judah lay, waiting for the promised day, while across the shadowy night streamed a flood of glorious light, heav’nly voices chanting then, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”

Still the earth in darkness lies. Up from death’s dark vale arise voices of a world in grief, prayers of those who seek relief: Now our darkness pierce again, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”

Light of light, we humbly pray, shine upon Thy world today; break the gloom of our dark night, fill our souls with love and light, send Thy blessed Word again, “Peace on earth, good will to men.”


SECOND LESSON  Isaiah 60:1-6  Lucy Grant


ANTHEM  Arise, Shine, for Thy Light Is Come  Healey Willan

Arise, shine, for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. Alleluia!

Oh, praise the Lord, all ye nations, and laud him, all ye people! For his merciful kindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord endureth forever. Alleluia!


THIRD LESSON  Luke 1:46-55  Jennye Guy


ANTHEM  Magnificat in D Major  Herbert Brewer

My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the lowliness of his handmaiden: For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me: and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him throughout all generations. He hath shewed strength with his arm: He hath scattered the proud in their imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel, as he promised our forefathers, Abraham and his seed for ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


FOURTH LESSON  Luke 1:26-33  Matt Frease


CAROL Of the Father’s Love Begotten  Charles H. Giffen

Of the Father's love begotten, ere the worlds began to be, he is Alpha and Omega; he the source, the ending he, of the things that are, that have been, and that future years shall see, evermore and evermore!

O ye heights of heaven, adore him. Angel hosts, his praises sing. Powers, dominions, bow before him, and extol our God and King. Let no tongue on earth be silent; every voice in concert ring, evermore and evermore!

Christ, to thee with God the Father, and, O Holy Ghost, to thee, hymn and chant and high thanksgiving and unwearied praises be. Honor, glory, and dominion, and eternal victory, evermore and evermore! Amen.


FIFTH LESSON  Luke 2:1-7  Melinda Sandkam


ANTHEM  In the Bleak Midwinter  Gustav Holst

In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan, earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone; snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow, in the bleak midwinter, long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him, nor earth sustain; heaven and earth shall flee away when he comes to reign. In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed the Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.

What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb, if I were a wise man I would do my part, yet what I can I give him, give my heart.


SIXTH LESSON  Luke 2:8-14  Barbara Ray


*CAROL  Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains, And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains. Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see Him whose birth the angels sing; Come, adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the newborn King. Gloria in excelsis Deo; Gloria in excelsis Deo.


SEVENTH LESSON  Luke 2:15-20  Drew Stockstill


ANTHEM  A Babe is Born  William Mathias

Sung in Latin and English

A babe is born all of a may to bring salvation unto us. To him we sing both night and day: Come, Creator Spirit! At Bethlehem, that blessed place, the Child of bliss now born he was; and Him to serve God gives us grace: O Trinity of blessed light! There came three kings out of the East to worship Him that is so free with gold and myrrh and frankincense: from the rising of the sun. The angels came down with one cry, a merry song then sungen they in the worship of that Child: Glory to you, O Lord!





Es ist ein Rose entsprungen

Kellie Motter, soprano; Nan Nowell, alto;

John Young, tenor; Brandon Odom, bass



O Come, All Ye Faithful 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!

Chorus: O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

God of God, Light of Light, Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb; Very God, begotten, not created. Chorus

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation! Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above! Glory to God, all Glory in the highest! Chorus

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning, Jesus, to Thee be all glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! Chorus


EIGHTH LESSON  John 1:1-14  Baron Mullis



(The light is passed throughout the congregation during the singing of the hymn.)


CAROL  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.


SOLO  O Holy Night  Adolphe Adam

Pam Sharpe, soloist


PRAYER (in unison)

(The congregation is asked to extinguish the candles following the prayer.)

Eternal God: in Jesus Christ your light shines in our darkness, bringing joy in our sorrow and presence in our loneliness. On this holy night, draw us in to the mystery of your love. May the blessings of Christmas fill every heart, and may we fall to our knees in recognition and joy. In the name of the Christ child we pray. Amen.


*CAROL  Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come: Let earth receive her king; let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing. And heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world! The Savior reigns: Let us our songs employ; while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground; he comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love, and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love.




*POSTLUDE  Hallelujah Chorus  G.F. Handel


* (The asterisk indicates parts of the worship when the congregation is invited to stand as they are able.)

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