First United Methodist Church of Freehold

Virtual Bulletin

 

Sunday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve

We come this day to celebrate the birth of Christ, the Savior of the world.

 

 

Lighting of the Advent Wreath:

Throughout this season of expectant waiting, God has offered us hope, peace, joy and love. These things have invited each of us closer to the coming one, the Christ Child. This night, we light this center candle for Christ – who changed and continues to change the world with hope, peace, joy and love. May we carry these gifts in our hearts and share them in the world.

 

Prelude

 

Welcome

 

Opening Prayer: (In Unison)

Holy One, we celebrate this night that you came into this world not with trumpets blazing or with any obvious power but as a baby in an ordinary place. You turned the world on its head that night, and you continue to turn the world today. Turn us towards justice, towards hope, towards peace, towards joy, and towards love. Turn us so that we can witness you in every moment of every day. Joy to the world! The Lord has come! Amen.

 

First Reading:                                                                  Luke 1:26-38

 

Hymn:                                                             “Angels we Have Heard on High”                                               UMH #238

                                                                                                (v. 1-2)

 

Second Reading:                                                              Luke 2:1-7

 

Choir Presentation                                                  “Away in a Manger”

 

Third Reading:                                                                 Luke 2:8-20

 

Hymn:                                                                        “What Child Is This”                                                            UMH #219  

 

Fourth Reading:                                                          Matthew 2:1-12 

 

Choir Presentation                                                        “Still, Still, Still”

 

Sermon:                                                             “Deck the Halls for Christ”                                           Pastor Wil Wilson

 

Special Music                                                                     “Emmanuel”                                                                        Ken Budka

 

 

 

Offering:

 

Our Special Offering throughout December will benefit Local Charities: Open Door, Habitat for Humanity, E.H.A.P and The Maker’s Place.

 

                                                                                         

Candle Lighting

*You are invited to light a candle at home

 

Hymn:                                                                  “Silent Night, Holy Night”                                                        UMH #239

 

Benediction:                                                                                                                                                Pastor Wil Wilson

 

Closing Hymn:                                                         “Joy to the World”                                                               UMH #246

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leading Us In Worship:

 

Wil Wilson, Pastor

Justin Ryan, Music Director

 

Liturgists:

Lyn Johnson

Kathy Mulholland

Gayle Trulli

Pam Wentworth

 


 

                                     Hymn #2

 

“Angels We Have Heard On High”: UMH #238

(v. 1-2)

 

Angels we have heard on high

Sweetly singing o’er theh plains,

And the mountains in reply

Echoing their joyous strains.

 

Glo----- ----- -----ria,

in excelsis Deo!

Glo----- ----- -----ria,

in excelsis Deo!

 

Shepherds, why this jubilee?

Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the Gladsome tidings be

Which inspire your heavely song?

 

Glo----- ----- -----ria,

in excelsis Deo!

Glo----- ----- -----ria,

in excelsis Deo!

 

 

 

Hymn #3

 

“What Child Is This”: UMH #219

 

What child is this who, laid to rest,

On Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,

While shepherds watch are keeping?

 

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

haste, haste to bring him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary.

 

Why lies he in such mean estate

Where ox and ass are feeding?

Good Christians fear, for sinners here

The silent Word is pleading.

 

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

haste, haste to bring him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary.

 

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,

Come, peasant, king, to own him;

The King of kings salvation brings,

Let loving hearts enthrone him.

 

This, this is Christ the King,

whom shepherds guard and angels sing;

haste, haste to bring him laud,

the babe, the son of Mary.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hymn #4

 

“Silent Night, Holy Night”: UMH #239

 

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,

Son of God, love’s pure light;

radiant beams from thy holy face

with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord at thy birth,

Jesus, Lord at thy birth.

 

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!

 

 

 

Hymn # 5

 

“Joy to the World”: UMH #246

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!

Let earth receive her King;

let every heart prepare him room,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven, and heaven, and nature sing.

 

Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!

Let all their songs employ;

while fields and floods,

rocks, hills, and plains

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

 

No more let sins and sorrows grow,

nor thorns infest the ground;

he comes to make

his blessings flow

far as the curse is found,

far as the curse is found,

far as, far as, the curse is found.

 

He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove

the glories of

his righteousness,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders, wonders of his love.