Welcome to Christmas Eve Worship with Mayville Lutheran Church!
We are a spiritual community called by God into being.
Casting a new vision to learn and grow as disciples of Jesus. Care, Aware, Share, Together.
“We are one body in Christ, seeking life, growth, and renewal, gifted by God to serve all creation.”
Talk to a member here or share information in the Welcome Pad if you would like to know more.
We are glad to be together this Christmas Eve. Make yourself at home and Merry Christmas!
Welcome and Announcements
You are invited to stand.
Invocation: (Matthew 28:19)
We gather for worship in the name of the one who sends us into the world. In the name of the Father, and of the + Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
1st Candle “Hope” Romans 5:3b-5 pew Bible p.917
We know that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
2nd Candle “Peace” Philippians 4:6-7 pew Bible p.955
6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
3rd Candle “Joy” 3 John 1:3-4 pew Bible p.993
3 I was overjoyed when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
4th Candle “Love” 1 John 4:7-8 pew Bible p.991
7 Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Lighting the Advent Candles
ADVENT HYMN: ELW #240 “Light One Candle to Watch for Messiah”
Christ Candle “Light” John 1:5 pew Bible p.862
5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Lighting the Christ Candle
CHRISTMAS HYMN: ELW #292 “Love Has Come”
Greeting: (2Corinthians 13:13)
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. And also with you.
Prayer of the Day:
Eternal God, your Word became flesh and lived among us. Receive our gratitude and praise for all that you have done through Jesus Christ. We celebrate in awe the birth of your Son who, born in our world of death and darkness, brings life and light. Amen.
Please be seated.
LESSONS AND CAROLS:
1st SCRIPTURE Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10 pew Bible p.596
Hymn: ELW #283 “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
2nd SCRIPTURE Reading: John 1:14, 16-18 pew Bible p.862
Hymn: ELW #275 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
3rd SCRIPTURE Reading: Luke 1:26-38 pew Bible p.831
Hymn: ELW #289 “Angels We Have Heard on High”
4th SCRIPTURE Reading: Luke 2:1-7 pew Bible p.832
Hymn: ELW #277 “Away in a Manger”
5th SCRIPTURE Reading: Luke 2:8-20 pew Bible p.833
Hymn: ELW #279 “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
Sermon: Pastor Keith Walka
CHRISTMAS Around the World:
Germany: The tradition of the Christmas tree decorated with lights and glass globes.
Hymn: ELW #288 “Good Christian Friends, Rejoice”
Poland: A child points out the first star to appear before having Christmas Eve supper.
Hymn: ELW #276 “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”
Norway: Small paper baskets called 'Julekurver' are made in the shape of a heart.
Hymn: ELW #271 “I Am So Glad” (1st verse Norwegian, all verses in English)
England: Christmas Crackers are pulled – with a bang! – to get a party hat, toy, or gift!
Hymn: ELW #282 “It Came upon the Midnight Clear”
The peace of Christ be with you always. And also with you.
Offertory Hymn: ELW #300 “The First Noel” (sung while offering is received)
Glory to God! In the greatest act of giving, you present the world with a Savior, a great light that shines for a people who had walked in darkness! As we celebrate and receive this gift of your Son born to us, remind us that we respond by carrying your light and offering our humble gifts to bless the world. Grant that we, and the gifts we offer, shine light in the darkness, bring warmth from the cold, fill the hungry with good things, and share your love to those who have not heard. Send us out to share the transforming miracle of Christmas, that you loved and blessed an undeserving and dying world that there may be hope and new life. We go out as your apostles to do the same, in your name we pray dear Jesus. Amen.
Prayers of the People (…Lord in your mercy. Hear our prayer.)
You are invited to stand.
Candles are lit by tilting the unlit candle to light from a lit one.
hymn: ELW #281 “Silent Night” (hum until all candles are lit, all verses)
Prayer for Illumination: (while candles are being lit)
God, source of all light, by your Word you give light to the soul. Guide us, into your light through the birth of your Son Jesus. Send your Holy Spirit, that we may see your light in us and others, find freedom and release through your truth, and discover peace as you light the way for us to follow your gracious will. Amen.
After singing all verses of Silent Night, raise your candles.
As you raise your candles may this be a sign of hope and remind you that Jesus entered the world to shine the light of God’s love to all. You are called and baptized in God’s name to shine the light of Christ throughout the world. Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to God our Creator. Amen.
You may extinguish your candles.
Go in the light of God’s love prepared for you, sharing peace with those you meet, and celebrating the blessing of God’s gifts this day and every day. Amen.
Hymn: ELW #267 “Joy to the World”
Go in peace. Christ is with you.
Thanks be to God. Merry Christmas!