Saturday, December 24, 2016
Christmas Eve: Lessons and Carols
Order of Service
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus (Prime and Wesley)
Lesson One: The Light of God
Angels from the Realms of Glory (Montgomery and Smart)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 6:1-4
"In the year that King Uzziah died
I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne,
high and lifted up;
and the train of his robe filled the temple.
Above him stood the seraphim.
Each had six wings:
with two he covered his face,
and with two he covered his feet,
and with two he flew.
And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”
And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called,
and the house was filled with smoke."
Of the Father's Love Begotten (Baker, Neale, and Prudentius)
Lesson Two: The Night of Sin
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 59:1-2, 9
"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened,
that it cannot save,
or his ear dull,
that it cannot hear;
but your iniquities have made a separation
between you and your God,
and your sins have hidden his face from you
so that he does not hear."
"Therefore justice is far from us,
and righteousness does not overtake us;
we hope for light, and behold, darkness,
and for brightness, but we walk in gloom."
What Child is This (Chatterton Dix)
Lesson Three: The Dawn of Christ
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 9:1-2, 6-7
"But there will be no gloom
for her who was in anguish.
In the former time he brought into contempt
the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
but in the latter time he has made glorious
the way of the sea,
the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone."
"For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this."
Once in Royal David's City (Humphreys Alexander and Gauntlett)
O Little Town of Bethlehem (Brooks and Redner)
Lesson Four: The Day Draws Near
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 65:17-18, 23-25
“For behold, I create new heavens
and a new earth,
and the former things shall not be remembered
or come into mind.
But be glad and rejoice forever
in that which I create;
for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,
and her people to be a gladness."
"They shall not labor in vain
or bear children for calamity,
for they shall be the offspring of the blessed of the Lord,
and their descendants with them.
Before they call I will answer;
while they are yet speaking I will hear.
The wolf and the lamb shall graze together;
the lion shall eat straw like the ox,
and dust shall be the serpent's food.
They shall not hurt or destroy
in all my holy mountain,”
says the Lord."
Joy to the World (Watts)
Christmas Greeting (Aaron Adams)
O Come All Ye Faithful (Oakeley and Wade)
O Holy Night (Adam, Cappeau and Dwight)
Silent Night (Gruber, Mohr, Young)