Use this as a resource to guide you through the Christmas Eve Modern worship service.

Near the end of the Modern service, we will sing Silent Night. To welcome the baby Jesus, the Light of the World, you might want to have your own candles ready to light.

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel | by For King and Country
O come, O come, Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear.

Chorus: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee O Israel!

O come, Thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

O come, desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy strife and quarrels cease; fill the world with heaven’s peace.

Spoken Word Video

It Wasn’t Supposed to Be This Way.

Joy to the World (Unspeakable Joy) | arr. Chris Tomlin
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 men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

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.

Welcome and Call to Worship

Jonathan Hancock, Associate Pastor for Congregational Care

O Come Let Us Adore Him | arr. Matt Crocker and Autumn Hardman
O come all ye faithful
Joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem
Come and behold Him
Born the King of angels

Chorus: O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him
O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord

O come all ye faithful
Come let us adore Him
O come all ye faithful
Come let us adore Him

Sing choirs of angels
Sing in exultation
Sing all ye citizens of heaven above
Glory to God
Glory in the highest

O sing Hallelujah
Come let us adore Him
O sing Hallelujah
Come let us adore Him

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Born on Christmas morning
Jesus to Thee be all glory giv’n
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing

O come all ye faithful
Come let us adore Him
O come all ye faithful
Come let us adore Him

O sing hallelujah
He alone is worthy
O sing hallelujah
He alone is worthy

O come all ye faithful
Come let us adore Him
O come all ye faithful
Come let us adore Him

Prayers of Adoration and the Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

Scripture Reading

Luke 2:1-20 (NRSV)
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Light of the World (Sing Hallelujah) | by We the Kingdom
Light of the world, treasure of heaven
Brilliant like the stars in the wintery sky

Joy of the Father, reach through the darkness
Shine across the earth, send the shadows to flight

Light of the world, from the beginning
The tragedies of time were no match for Your love

From great heights of glory, You saw my story
God You entered in and became one of us

Sing hallelujah! Sing hallelujah!
Sing Hallelujah! For the things He has done

Come and adore Him, bow down before Him
Sing hallelujah! to the Light of the world

Light of the world, crown in a manger
Born for the cross, to suffer, to save

High King of heaven, death is the poorer
We are the richer by the price that He paid

Sing hallelujah! Sing hallelujah!
Sing Hallelujah! For the things He has done

Come and adore Him, bow down before Him
Sing hallelujah! To the Light of the world

You’re the light of the world

Light of the world, soon will be coming
With fire in His eyes, He will ransom His own

Through clouds, He will lead us, straight into glory
And there, He shall reign, forevermore, forevermore

Invitation to First Presbyterian Church

Chris Griggs, Senior Pastor


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Christmas Eve offerings designated “Christmas Eve Missions” will be used to purchase textbooks for Kamwenge school (KSVS) in Uganda and computers for Kids Alive in Constanza, DR.

Peace on Earth Tonight | by A. Turner and M. Farren
Sing we now of peace on earth, all is well and all is right.
Falling now like midnight snow, peace on earth tonight.

Sing we now of peace on earth, anthems of goodwill to men.
Good news for our troubled souls, salvation now begins.
The hope, the joy our hearts are longing for is here, is now, in the presence of the Lord.

Sing we now of peace on earth, all is calm and all is bright.
Love here lies beneath the star, lowly, meek and mild.
The hope, the joy, the need in all of us fulfilled at last. Emmanuel has come.
The hope, the joy, the need in all of us fulfilled at last. Emmanuel has come.

Come you weary, come you weak, bring your burdens bring your strife,
Find your freedom, leave your fear. Peace on earth tonight. Peace on earth tonight.


Wishing You Love

Scripture Reading | Matthew 1:18-25 (NIV)
This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us.”)

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Candle Lighting

Silent Night by J. Mohr and F.X. Gruber
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!


Thank you

Over 50 people contributed their time to the many videos recorded for Christmas Eve services. Thank you!

Faith in Finance

2020 Annual Budget: $1,701,100
Budgeted: $1,635,650 thru December 13
Actual: $1,492,035 thru December 13

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