Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2014
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 9:2-7
Reading 2: 
Psalm 96
Reading 3: 
Titus 2:11-14
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:1-20
By David J. Lull

“What God has done and is doing in the world for all peoples” is the theme for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!

 

Christmas Eve

December 24, 2011
See Also: 
Reading 1: 
Isaiah 9:2-7
Reading 2: 
Titus 2:11-14
Reading 3: 
Psalm 97
Reading 4: 
Luke 2:1-20
Alt Reading 2: 
Titus 3:4-7
Alt Reading 1: 
Isaiah 62:6-12
By Bruce G. Epperly

A comment regarding the lectionary: there are a variety of texts to choose from for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. I have chosen to include both Isaiah passages to present a more realistic vision of Christmas, a vision that joins, as the hymn proclaims, “the hopes and fears of all the years.”

On Christmas Eve, the theme is revelation and incarnation, in terms of both presence and absence. December 24 is more than a chronological date. Christmas Eve is a frame of mind and movement of spirit that brings out joy, wonder, exaltation, and sometimes grief and despair.

Holy Communion Service for Christmas Eve

Author - First Name: 
Carolyn
Author - Last Name: 
Bohler

THE INVITATION

Pastor:  God is with you.

All:  And also with you.

Pastor:  Let us open our hearts to the Spirit of Christ, born a long time ago, and born again this night (can be “today” if anytime during Advent or Christmastide), in our lives.

All:  We open our hearts to God, the Christ birthing now in our lives, and to one another—precious embodiments of Your creation.

Pastor:  We give thanks.

All:  We thank God with joy.

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