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Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service December 24, 2015 9:00 PM

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  • GraceCovenantPresbyterianChurchChristmasEveCandlelightCommunionService

    December24,20159:00PM

  • Prelude AppalachianConsort Introit Come,LetUsAllwithGladnessRaise MichaelWeisse Come,letusallwithgladnessraise ajoyoussongofthanksandpraise

    ToHimwhorulestheheavenlyhost,God,Father,SonandHolyGhost.ForHeingraceandtenderness,regardedusinourdistress;Yea,toouraidHimselfHecame;LetalladoreHisholyname.

    LightingoftheChristCandle CalltoWorship(fromIsaiah9)

    Thepeoplewhohavewalkedindarknesshaveseenagreatlight.Thosewhodweltinthelandofdeepdarkness,onthemhaslightshined.Fortousachildisborn,tousasonisgiven,andthegovernmentwillbeonhisshoulder.HisnamewillbecalledWonderfulCounselor,MightyGod,EverlastingFather,PrinceofPeace.

    *Hymn133 OCome,AllYeFaithful ADESTEFIDELIS

    Ocome,allyefaithful,joyfulandtriumphant;Ocomeye;OcomeyetoBethlehem!Come,andbeholdhim,borntheKingofangels!REFRAIN:Ocome,letusadorehim;Ocome,letusadorehim;Ocome,letusadorehim,Christ,theLord!

  • Sing,choirsofangels;singinexultation;sing,allyecitizensofheavenabove!GlorytoGod,allgloryinthehighest![Refrain]Yea,Lord,wegreetthee,bornthishappymorning;Jesus,totheebeallglorygiven;WordoftheFather,nowinfleshappearing![Refrain]

    BiddingPrayerandLordsPrayer OurFather,whoartinheaven,

    Hallowedbethyname,Thykingdomcome,thywillbedone,Onearthasitisinheaven.Giveusthisdayourdailybread;andforgiveusourdebts,asweforgiveourdebtors;andleadusnotintotemptation,butdeliverusfromevil.Forthineisthekingdom,andthepower,Andtheglory,forever.Amen.

    * Hymn143 Angels,fromtheRealmsofGlory REGENTSQUARE Angels,fromtherealmsofglory, wingyourflightoeralltheearth; you,whosangcreationsstory, nowproclaimMessiahsbirth: comeandworship,comeandworship, worshipChrist,thenew-bornKing! Shepherds,inthefieldsabiding, watchingoeryourflocksbynight, Godwithusisnowresiding; yondershinestheinfantlight: comeandworship,comeandworship, worshipChrist,thenew-bornKing! Sages,leaveyourcontemplations; brightervisionsbeama-far; seekthegreatdesireofnations; youhaveseenhisnatalstar: comeandworship,comeandworship, worshipChrist,thenew-bornKing! Allcreation,joininpraising GodtheFather,Spirit,Son, evermoreyourvoicesraising totheeternalThreeinOne: comeandworship,comeandworship, worshipChrist,thenew-bornKing! FirstReading ThepeacethatChristwillbringisforeshown. Isaiah11:19

  • Hymn121 OLittleTownofBethlehem STLOUIS [Pleaseremainseatedandsingonlytheboldstanzasofthehymn]

    OlittletownofBethlehem,Howstillweseetheelie!AbovethydeepanddreamlesssleepThesilentstarsgoby.YetinthydarkstreetsshinethTheeverlastinglight;ThehopesandfearsofalltheyearsAremetintheetonight.Howsilently,howsilently,Thewondrousgiftisgiven!SoGodimpartstohumanheartsTheblessingsofHisheaven.NoearmayhearHiscoming,Butinthisworldofsin,WheremeeksoulswillreceiveHim,stillThedearChristentersin.

    OHolychildofBethlehem, Descendtous,wepray; Castoutoursinandenterin, Beborninustoday. WeheartheChristmasangels Thegreatgladtidingstell; Ocometous;abidewithus, OurLordEmmanuel! SecondReading TheangelGabrielgreetsMary. Luke1:2535,38 Anthem HailInfantNewborn DavidMoritzMichael HailInfantnewbornwhomtheangelsadore, whocametoredeemusandlifetorestore; WhatAdamhadlosthehasbroughtusagain, YepeoplebejoyfulforGodlovethmen. Praisehonorandgloryforeverpertain untothisdearinfantwhoforuswasslain. WhatAdamhadlosthehasbroughtusagain, YepeoplebejoyfulforGodlovethmen. ThirdReading LuketellsofthebirthofJesus. Luke2:17 Hymn115 AwayInaManger MUELLER/CradleSong [Pleaseremainseatedforthesingingofthehymn]

    Awayinamanger,nocribforhisbed,thelittleLordJesuslaiddownhissweethead.Thestarsinthebrightskylookeddownwherehelay,thelittleLordJesusasleeponthehay.Thecattlearelowing;thepoorbabywakes,butlittleLordJesus,nocryinghemakes.Ilovethee,LordJesus;lookdownfromthesky,andstaybymysideuntilmorningisnigh.Benearme,LordJesus;Iasktheetostayclosebymeforeverandloveme,Ipray.Blessallthedearchildreninthytendercare,andfitusforheaventolivewiththeethere.

  • FourthReading Theshepherdsgotothemanger. Luke2:820 Anthem MaryHadABaby MalcolmArcher*Hymn119 Hark!TheHeraldAngelsSing MENDELSSOHN

    Hark!Theheraldangelssing,GlorytothenewbornKing.Peaceonearth,andmercymild,Godandsinnersreconciled!Joyful,allyenations,rise,Jointhetriumphoftheskies;Withtheangelichostproclaim,ChristisborninBethlehem!Hark!Theheraldangelssing,GlorytothenewbornKing!Christ,byhighestheavenadored,Christ,theeverlastingLord!LateintimebeholdHimcome,Offspringofthevirginswomb.VeiledinfleshtheGod-headsee;HailtheincarnateDeity,Pleasedinfleshwithustodwell,Jesus,ourEmmanuel.Hark!Theheraldangelssing,GlorytothenewbornKing!

    Hailtheheaven-bornPrinceofPeace!Hailthesunofrighteousness!LightandlifetoallHebrings,RisenwithhealinginHiswings.MildHelaysHisgloryby,Bornthatwenomoremaydie,Borntoraiseusfromtheearth,Borntogiveussecondbirth.Hark!Theheraldangelssing,GlorytothenewbornKing!

    OfferingPrayer TosupportWheels4HopeinAsheville MusicattheOffering ChoirAnthem Still,Still,Still NormanLuboff Still,still,stillonecanhearthefallingsnow. Forallishushed,theworldissleeping, HolyStaritsvigilkeeping. Still,still,stillonecanhearthefallingsnow. Sleep,sleep,sleep,'tistheeveofourSaviour'sbirth. Thenightispeacefulallaroundyou, closeyoureyes,letsleepsurroundyou. Sleep,sleep,sleep,'tistheeveofourSaviour'sbirth. Dream,dream,dreamofthejoyousdaytocome. Whileguardianangelswithoutnumber watchyouasyousweetlyslumber. Dream,dream,dreamofthejoyousdaytocome.

  • *Doxology

    InvitationtotheTable PrayerofThanksgiving

    TheLordbewithyou. Andalsowithyou. Liftupyourhearts. WeliftthemtotheLord. LetusgivethankstotheLordourGod. ItisrighttogiveGodourthanksandpraise.

    TheBreadandtheCup

    [Pleasecomeforwardbythemiddleaisle,beginningwiththefrontpews.Takeapieceofbread,dipitinthecup,andthenreturntoyourpewbytheoutsideaisles.Pleasealertanusherifyouwishtobeservedinyourpewratherthancomingforward.Pleasenote,ALLbreadisgluten-free.]

    MusicduringCommunion Lo,HowARose MichaelPraetorius Lo,howarosee'erbloomingfromtenderstemhathsprung,

    ofJesse'slineagecoming,byfaithfulprophetssung.Itcame,afloweretbright,amidthecoldofwinter,whenhalf-spentwasthenight.Isaiah'twasforetoldit,theroseIhaveinmind;withMarywebeholdit,thevirginmotherkind.ToshowGod'slovearightsheboreforusaSavior,whenhalf-spentwasthenight.

    LightingoftheCandles

  • Hymn122 SilentNight,HolyNight STILLENACHT [Pleaseremainseatedforthesingingofthehymn&thesharingoftheLightofChrist]

    Silentnight,holynight!Alliscalm,allisbright,Roundyonvirginmotherandchild!HolyInfant,sotenderandmild,Sleepinheavenlypeace,Sleepinheavenlypeace.Silentnight,holynight!Shepherdsquakeatthesight,Gloriesstreamfromheavenafar,Heavenlyhostssing:"Alleluia;ChristtheSaviorisborn,ChristtheSaviorisborn."Silentnight,holynight!SonofGod,love'spurelightRadiantbeamsfromThyholyface,Withthedawnofredeeminggrace,Jesus,Lord,atThybirth,Jesus,Lord,atThybirth.Silentnight,holynight!Wondrousstar,lendthylight;Withtheangelsletussing,AlleluiatoourKing;ChristtheSaviorisborn,ChristtheSaviorisborn.

    *FifthReading JohnunfoldsthegreatmysteryoftheIncarnation. John1:114*Hymn134 JoytotheWorld! ANTIOCH

    Joytotheworld!theLordiscome:LetearthreceiveherKing;LeteveryheartprepareHimroom,Andheavenandnaturesing,Andheavenandnaturesing,Andheavenandheavenandnaturesing.Joytotheworld!theSaviorreigns:Letusoursongsemploy;Whilefieldsandfloods,rocks,hills,andplainsRepeatthesoundingjoy,Repeatthesoundingjoy,Repeat,repeatthesoundingjoy.Nomoreletsinsandsorrowsgrow,Northornsinfesttheground;HecomestomakeHisblessingsflowFarasthecurseisfound,Farasthecurseisfound,Faras,farasthecurseisfound.Herulestheworldwithtruthandgrace,AndmakesthenationsproveThegloriesofHisrighteousness,AndwondersofHislove,AndwondersofHislove,Andwonders,wondersofHislove.

    *ChargeandBenediction

  • Postlude AdesteFidelis RichardPurvis ------------------------------------------WaitfortheLordbyJacquesBerthier(c)1991LesPressesde.Admin.byGIAPublicationsInc.AllRightsReserved.UsedbyPermissionofOnelicense.net.,CopyrightlicenseA-724-337.

    NextSunday,December27,2015FirstSundayAfterChristmas

    NOEducationHourWorshipat10:30AM

    Sermon:ThePerfectionofChristmasbyCamMurchisonScriptures:Isaiah9:2-7;Luke2:8-20

    ThisYearsChristmasEveOfferingTheofferingtonightwillbegiventoWheels4Hopeafaithbased,volunteer-driven,nonprofitorganizationdedicatedtohelpinglow-incomefamiliesandindividualsbyprovidingthemwithreliablevehicles. Tolearnmoreaboutourchurch,checkoutourwebsiteatwww.gcpcusa.org;findusonFacebook;orfollowusonTwitter.TheChurchOfficewillbeclosedFriday,December25andMonday,December28fortheChristmasHoliday. SpecialThanksto:

    TheAppalachianConsort:LeonardHollifield(guitar);MarkClevenger(hammerdulcimer);LeeMetcalfe(bass);AndreaRosalandKatieSmith(vocalists).BrassQuintet:J.P.Carney(tromboneandtuba);WaltJustice(Euphonium);AlexBradleyandNancyCoppenbarger(trumpets).Additionalinstrumentalists:EmilyHamel(piano);ElizabethandPhoebePropst(violins)