Lighting the Christ Candle
Do not be afraid, for see-
I am bringing you good news of great joy.
To us is born this day in the city of David,
a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign for you:
You will find the baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, and lying in a manger.
Tonight we light the Christ Candle to symbolize God’s promise fulfilled.
For a Child has been born to us.
A Son has been given to us.
Authority rests upon his shoulders,
and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
*Hymn 119 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
*Affirmation of Faith Apostles’ Creed p. 35
*Hymn 581 Gloria Patri
First Reading Isaiah 9:2-7
Gospel Reading Luke 2:1-20
The Sacrament of Communion
The Invitation, Words of Institution, Great Prayer of Thanksgiving,
Distribution of the Elements
Please come forward to receive the elements.
Those who wish to remain seated will be served.
Prayer After Communion
Great God, as you came at night when all was still,
so enter our lives this night.
Illumine our paths with the light of Christ’s presence,
that we may clearly see the way before us,
the truth to speak,
and the life to live for him,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
Lighting Our Candles from the Christ Candle
*Hymn 122 Silent Night
Go now, singing a song to the God of our salvation.
Sing of God’s mighty acts and proclaim God’s glory.
Join the heavenly chorus and sing:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth, peace.” Amen.