Lessons and Carols 2016

A Service of Lessons and Carols

December 18, 2016 8:15 & 10:45 a.m

PRELUDE Christmas Celebration: The Birth by Aaron Weitekamp
                Once in Royal David’s City    arr. Dan Goeller

WELCOME, RITUAL OF FRIENDSHIP, ANNOUNCEMENTS 

INTROIT Gloria Fanfare by Jay Althouse

CALL TO WORSHIP 

BIDDING PRAYER
THE LORD’S PRAYER Choral Response

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES Candle of Love

READING Genesis 22: 15-18 
(God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall nations of the earth be blessed) 

CAROL Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus arr. Dan Goeller

READING Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7 (Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah)

CAROL Your Light Has Come by Dan & Heidi Goeller

READING   Micah 5: 2-4 (The prophet Micah foretells the glory of Bethlehem) 

CAROL Bethlehem by Lloyd Larson

READING Luke 2, 1-7 (Luke tells of the birth of Jesus)

CAROL Fall on Your Knees by Pepper Choplin

*HYMN Angels We Have Heard on High   No. 238

READING Luke 2: 8-16 (The shepherds go to see the Savior)

CAROL The Shepherds’ Lamb   by Susan Boersma & Dan Forrest

READING Matthew 2: 1-12 (The visit of the Wise Men)

CAROL Behold That Star arr. D. Goeller & D. Huntsinger

OFFERTORY Silent Night arr. Dan Goeller

CAROL A Merry Carol of the Bells arr. Randy Vader & Jay Rouse

READING John 1: 1-14 (St. John unfolds the great Mystery of the Incarnation)

CAROL I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day   arr. L. Larson

CAROL   Let There Be Peace on Earth arr. C. Courtney

*HYMN Joy to the World No. 246

*BENEDICTION The Work of Christmas   by Howard Thurman/Dan Forrest

POSTLUDE   Worship Christ, The New-Born King arr. Jeff Cranfill