Bulletin for December 24, 2017 - Christmas Eve 8 P.M.
Morningside Staff

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



Mac Frampton, piano 

Megan Mashburn, soprano 

Kirby Burgess, soprano 

Nan Nowell, alto 

Alex Masten, tenor 

Brandon Odom, baritone 

“Go, Tell It On the Mountain” 

The Morningside Handbell Choir; Jeff Peters, director 



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! 


*THE PROCESSIONAL CAROL  Once in Royal David’s City  arr. David Willcocks 

(Verse 1, soloist; verse 2, choir; verses 3-5, congregation) 

3. For he 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 feeleth for our sadness, and he shareth in our gladness. 

4. 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. 

5. Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by, we shall see him; but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high: when like stars his children crowned all in white shall wait around. 


THE BIDDING PRAYER (please be seated) 





Graham Lewis

God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head.

Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19 


THE CAROL  Adam lay ybounden  Carson Cooman 

Adam lay ybounden, bounden in a bond; four thousand winter thought he not too long. And all was for an apple, an apple that he took, as clerkes (clergy) finden written in their book (the bible). Ne had the apple taken been, ne had never our Lady abeen heavene queen. Blessed be the time that apple taken was; therefore we moun (must) singen Deo gracias (thanks be to God)! 



Ava Arepally

The prophet foretells the coming of the Savior 

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7 


THE CAROL  A Spotless Rose  Herbert Howells 

A spotless Rose is blowing, sprung from a tender root, of ancient seers’ foreshowing, of Jesse promised fruit; Its fairest bud unfolds to light amid the cold, cold winter, and in the dark midnight. The Rose which I am singing, whereof Isaiah said, is from its sweet root springing in Mary, purest maid; for through our God’s great love and might, the blessed babe she bare us in a cold, cold winter’s night. 



Jack McNeill

The peace that Christ will bring is foretold 

Isaiah 11:1-9 


*THE HYMN  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear  CAROL 

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth, to touch their harps of gold: “Peace on the earth, good will to all, from heaven’s all-gracious King”: the world in solemn stillness lay, to hear the angels sing. 

For lo, the days are hastening on, by prophet bards foretold, when with the ever-circling years comes round the age of gold; when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendors fling, and the whole world give back the song which now the angels sing. 



Betsy Holland

The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary 

St. Luke 1:26-33 


THE CAROL  Ave Maria  Franz Biebl 

The Choir Men 

The angel of The Lord visited Maria and she conceived of the Holy Spirit. Hail Mary, Full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. And the Word became flesh and lived among us. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners. Holy Mary, pray for us now and in the hour of our death. Amen. 



Joe Joe Knezevich

St. Luke tells of the birth of Jesus

St. Luke 2: 1-7 


THE CAROL  Angel’s Carol  John Rutter 

Have you heard the sound of the angel voices ringing out so sweetly, ringing out so clear? Have you seen the star shining out so brightly as a sign from God that Christ the Lord is here? Have you heard the news that they bring from heaven to the humble shepherds who have waited long? Gloria in excelsis Deo! Hear the angels sing their joyful song. He is come in peace in the winter’s stillness, like a gentle snowfall in the gentle night; he is come in joy like the sun at morning filling all the world with radiance and with light. He is come in love as the child of Mary; in a simple stable we have seen his birth: Gloria in excelsis Deo! Hear the angels singing ‘Peace on Earth.’ He will bring new light to a world in darkness, like a bright star shining in the skies above; he will bring new hope to the waiting nations when he comes to reign in purity and love. Let the earth rejoice at the Savior’s coming; let the heavens answer with the joyful morn: Gloria in excelsis Deo! Hear the angels singing ‘Christ is born’. 



Carolyn Cobb

The Shepherds go to the Manger

St. Luke 2:15-20 


THE CAROL  The Shepherd’s Carol  Bob Chilcott 

We stood on the hills Lady, our day’s work done, watching the frosted meadows that winter had won. The evening was calm, Lady, the air so still, silence more lovely than music folded the hill. There was a star, Lady, shone in the night, larger then Venus it was and bright, so bright. Oh, a voice from the sky, Lady, it seemed to us then telling of God being born in the world of men. And so we have come, Lady, our day’s work done, our love, our hopes, ourselves we give to your son. 


*THE HYMN  O Come, All Ye Faithful  ADESTE FIDELES 

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! 

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

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

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



Rev. Mathew Frease

The Magi are led by the star to Jesus avdvd

St. Matthew 2:1-11 


THE CAROL  A Babe is Born  William Mathias 

A babe is born all of a may, to bring salvation unto us. To him we sing both night and day. Veni Creator Spiritus. At Bethlehem, that blessed place, the child of bliss now born he was; and him to serve God give us grace, O lux beata Trinitas. There came three kings out of the east to worship the king that is so free, with gold and myrrh and frankincense, A solis ortus cardine. The angels came down with one cry, a fair song that night sung they in worship of that child. Gloria tibi domine. A babe is born all of a may, to bring salvation unto us. To him we sing both night and day. Veni Creator Spiritus. Noel! 




THE OFFERTORY  Gloria (From “Gloria”)  Francis Poulenc 

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to all people. 



Rev. Dr. Baron Mullis

St. John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation

St. John 1:1-14 



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


THE HYMN (remain seated)  Silent Night  STILLE NACHT 

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! 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. 

(Please keep your candle lit through the prayer following the solo) 


THE SOLO  O Holy Night  Adolphe Adam 

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, it is the night of our dear savior’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining, till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh hear the angel voices! O night divine! O night when Christ was born. O night divine! O night, O night divine! Truly he taught us to love one another, his law is love and his gospel is peace. Chains shall he break, for the slave is our brother, and in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, let all within us praise his holy name. Refrain. 


THE 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. 

Last Published: December 23, 2017 3:11 PM