Christmas Eve Candle Light Service

A Service of Lessons and Carols

Dolores Park Church

December 24, 2017
 

Musical Prelude  Carol Mowbray and Esther Chan

Welcome and Prayer  Dan Harper

Beloved in Christ, at this Christmastide let it be our care and delight to hear again the message of the angels, and in heart and mind go even unto Bethlehem and see this thing which has come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. Let us meditate on the Babe lying in a manger as we read and mark in Holy Scripture the tale of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our disobedience unto the glorious Redemption brought us by this Holy Child.

  “O Come, All Ye Faithful”  #147 1-3

 

First Lesson   God announces in the Garden of Eden that the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.   

Genesis 3: 8-15 Tom

“Of the Father’s Love Begotten”
 

Second Lesson   God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.  

Genesis 22: 15-18 Savannah

  “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” Congregation

 

Third Lesson   Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah.

Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7;  11:1-2. Evan

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”  #148 1-3

 

Fourth Lesson   The prophet Micah foretells the glory of little Bethlehem Micah 5: 2-5a Dan

 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”  Congregational with piano/organ #154  1-4

 

Fifth Lesson    The angel Gabriel salutes the Virgin Mary

Luke 1: 26-38 Valeri

  “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven came”  #139 Dan solo
 

Sixth Lesson   Luke tells of the birth of Jesus

Luke 2: 1-7  Evan

  “Away in a Manger”   Verse 2 alternate melody sung by Dan

Carol/Esther duet, Sheep May Safely Graze

 

Seventh Lesson   The shepherds go to the manger

Luke 2: 8-12  Savannah

 “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”

 

Eighth Lesson   The wise men are led by the star to Jesus

Matthew 2: 1-11 Tom

We Three Kings

 

Ninth Lesson   John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation    John 1: 1-14  (Dan)

Message - Dan

Lighting of Candles

 “Silent Night” (words on back cover)

Benediction

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