Christmas Eve Service on A CHRISTMAS CHILD

Order of Worship:+ (“Darkness” – Lights Out)
Opening Voice With Instrumental & Piano (Choir Groups)
(PK -2 Go Up Front; Grades 3-8 To Seats)+ Recitation By Pre-K – Grade 2 (With Symbols – Break After Each Part)Come, O Child Of Hope, we pray Jesus is our Light and Way (Break For Symbol)
Come, O Child Of Love, we pray, Jesus loves us every day. (Break For Symbol)
Come, O Child Of Peace, we pray, Jesus takes our sins away. (Break For Symbol)
Come, O Child Of Joy, we pray, Jesus was born on Christmas day. (Break For Symbol)+ Song By Pre-K – Grade 2: “Little Children, Can You Tell” (Adult – V 1; Children – V 2 & 3)

+ Pre-K – Grade 2 Sit Down; Choir Sings: “The First Noel/Pachelbel Canon” (Grade 6 Goes Up)

I. A CHRISTMAS CHILD OF HOPE

+ Recitations By Grade 6

– Jocelyn G: “I know the thoughts that I think toward you”, says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11). Our God is a God of hope. We are His children of hope. When sin entered our world, it not only destroyed man’s wonderful relationship with His loving God, it also removed all hope for the future. Hopelessness filled man’s heart and life.”
– Bailey G: But the God of hope intervened. With His mercy, He promised to Adam and Eve an “Offspring Who would crush the serpent’s head” and restore hope to a lost world. As the years passed, this hope was reaffirmed as God’s people waited in faith for that hope to become reality.
– Aben S: The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 146 – “Blessed is the man whose hope is in the Lord”. In the midst of many life & ministry struggles, the prophet Jeremiah proclaims: “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord’s great mercy we are not consumed; His compassions fail not; They are new every morning.”
– Riley S: On that first Christmas night “hopes and fears of all the years” were finally realized. The Child of Hope came from heaven above and was born as the world’s Savior. For us, the Child of Hope has come. And now, in faith and hope we await His coming again in power and glory to take us home to heaven.
– Bryan S: The Apostle Paul reminds us that “our faith rests on the hope of eternal life, which God, Who does not lie, has promised since the beginning of time. And now the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all people as we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
– Taylor S: Yes, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Peter reminds us that God, Whose promises never fail, has given to us a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. We celebrate your coming, O Child of Hope!

+ Grades 3-5 & 7-8 Join Grade 6

+ Grades 3-8 (& Congregation) Sing: “O Little Town Of Bethlehem”

+ All Children Go Down Except Grade 5

II. A CHRISTMAS CHILD OF LOVE

+ Group Recitation By Grade 5 (Christopher B, Brennan W, Jonathan G and Zachary T)

The Bethlehem Infant was indeed a Child of Love – of God’s great love for a lost world. It was the Father’s love which sent His dear Son to earth, and it was the Son’s love which moved Him to come to us that first Christmas as our infant Savior::
“And it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David; To be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her first-born Son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2: 1-7)

Grades 5 Returns To Seats

• Choir Song: “Birthday Carol”
+ The Christmas Eve Offering

III. A CHRISTMAS CHILD OF PEACE

+ Grades 3-4 & Ethan To Front

+ Ethan G: The Child of Peace entered a world that far from peaceful – filled with human hatred, strife and conflict. It remains so today. But the ChristChild came bringing the greatest peace ever – spiritual peace between a holy God and sinful man because He paid for our sins. “Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. And the Kingdom shall be upon His shoulders. And His Name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.” And this is the peace proclaimed by Christmas angels as we now hear:

+ Grades 3-4 Recitation: ”And there were in the same country shepherds, abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not; For behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” (Luke 2: 8-14) Grades 3-4 & Ethan G go to seats

IV. A CHRISTMAS CHILD OF JOY

+ Congregational Carol – “Joy To the World”
( All Children Except PK Go To Front During Last stanza Of Carol)

+ All Children: “And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another: ‘Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known to us. And they came with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning the Child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” (Luke 2: 15-20)

+ Song By All Children (Not PK) And Choir: “Christmastime”

+ The Lord’s Prayer And Benediction (Grades 3-8 Remain Up Front, Rest To Seats)

+Sam N: We have heard the Christmas angels proclaim the good tidings of great joy and we have seen the hearts and lives of shepherds and of ourselves filled with joy and praise. God’s great Christmas gift to us this night is This wonderful, heaven-sent Child of Hope, Child of Love, Child of Peace and Child of Joy. Thanks be to God for this indescribable Gift! May we return to our homes and lives glorifying and praising God for all things that we have heard and seen, which the Lord has made known to us. As our Sunday School now sings, “This Peaceful Night” you are invited to join in the conclusion as it leads into the beloved carol, “Silent Night”

+ Song By Grades 3-8 – “This Peaceful Night”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.