Christmas Eve Service Outline:
Christmas Eve 2011
Almyra First Baptist Church
Call to Worship
Silent Night, Holy Night
Performed by the Almyra Baptist Church Choir
Reading: Genesis 3:15
The Lord God said to the serpent…”I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall strike you on the head and you shall strike Him on the heel”
Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus #176
Reading: Isaiah 9:2
The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; those who live in a dark land, the light will shine on them.
O Come, All Ye Faithful #199
Reading: Isaiah 60:1-4
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes round about and see; They all gather together, they come to you. Your sons will come from afar, And your daughters will be carried in the arms.”
Angels, from the Realms of Glory #179
Reading: Luke 2:10-14
“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 Saviour, 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.”
Joy Has Dawned #186
Reading: Matthew 2:10
“When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!”
Message: John 1:4-5
In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.
The Light has existed since before the dawn of Creation.
The darkness has strived and struggled to overcome the Light but never has.
The darkness never will.
The Light broke through plainly that first Christmas in the birth of Jesus and now, His light is ever-shining in our world.
Will you see His light?
Will you allow His light to illuminate you?
Will you carry His light with you?
His Light brings salvation, and with that brings joy, peace, love, faith, and hope. Find those this Christmas and carry them throughout the year.
Congregational Singing and Lighting of the Candles
Silent Night, Holy Night #206
Have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
Christmas Day: Luke 2:1-20
Glory to God in the Highest: Above all else, let us remember this this Christmas
Peace on Earth: It starts between you and God. Then, through Christ we can strive for peace with others. Finally, we are at peace because the stuff of this earth is not worth fighting over.
Good will toward humanity: God is showing His good will by sending Jesus!