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Christmas Eve

Here is the bulletin for the Christmas Eve service at St Mark UMC at 5:00 PM. Please join us and bring a flashlight or the light of your cellphone as we will not be using candles this year.

Community-St. Mark United Methodist Christmas Eve Service

Entrance

*Hymn                                   “What Child Is This”                                       UMH 219

Passing the peace

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hidden. Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord. Amen

*Hymn                            “O Come, All Ye Faithful”                           UMH 234

*Responsive Reading:

Leader: Sing a new song to God, as we join with the songs of old.

People: Glory to God on the highest.

Leader: Sing with the heavenly angels, who rejoice with us on this holy night. People: Glory to God on the highest.

Leader: Sing a new song to God, as we join with the songs of old. Tonight we light the last candle, the Christ Candle, and we share in the joy of our risen Savior.

Prayer of Confession: Merciful God, we confess that we have not loved You with our whole heart. We have failed to be an obedient church. We have not done Your will, we have broken Your law, we have rebelled against Your love, we have not loved our neighbors, and we have not heard the cry of the needy. Forgive us, we pray. Free us for joyful obedience, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Words of Assurance: Hear the good news: Christ died for us while we were yet sinners; that proves God’s love toward us. In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven!

People: In the Name of Jesus Christ, you are forgiven! Glory to God. Amen.

*Hymn                      “Angels We Have Heard on High”                     UMH 238

Joys and Concerns of the People

Prayers for Life                                                                                  Pastor       

The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father in heaven, help us to honor your name. Come and set up your kingdom, so that everyone on earth will obey you, as you are obeyed in heaven. Give us our food for today. Forgive us for doing wrong as we forgive others. Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil. Amen.                              

*Affirmation of Faith                                                                          UMH 881

*Gloria Patri                    “Glory Be to the Father”                      UMH 70

*Hymn                           “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”                 UMH 218

Prayer of Illumination

New Testament Reading: Titus 2:11-14

Gospel Reading: Luke 2:1-20

Leader: The Word of God for the people of God

People: Thanks be to God

The message of Christmas                                                                  Pastor

Thanksgiving

Sharing the Word and Table                                                               UMH 15

Invitation- Christ our Lord invites to his table all who intend a Christian life, together with their children, all who love and wish to serve him. The individual cups contain juice and the chalice contains wine, for those whose tradition is wine and bread please take the bread and dip it in the wine.

Sending Forth

*Hymn                                   “Silent Night, Holy Night”                    UMH 239

Lighting of the individual lights from the Christ Candle

*Christmas blessing                                                                           Pastor

(*) Please stand if able, (UMH) is The United Methodist Hymnal

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