Click right here Thursday shortly before 5:00 PM to join our Christmas Eve Service.
Join us at 5:00 PM for our special holiday service of music and carols, words and stories to honor this season of peace and light. This will be a service for all of us, as we welcome and celebrate this night together!
“THE BIRTH OF PEACE”
WITH REV. TELOS WHITFIELD
Order of Service
Thursday, December 24 , 2020
Words of Welcome Catie Berg
Prelude: I Wonder As I Wander
Appalachian carol from Songs of the Hill Folk (1934)
Peter Gibbons, viola; Eva Greene, piano
Call to Worship Rev. Telos Whitfield
Lighting Our Chalice Maisie Crowther
We kindle this flame to bring
Light in a time of darkness,
Love in a time of fear, and
Hope in a time of uncertainty.
We light this flame to honor our common light
Carol: The First Nowell English Christmas carol (c.1823)
Maisie Crowther and Elizabeth Lewis, sopranos
Story For The Season: “This is the Star”
Reading: Luke 2:1-7- A Humble Birth Marty Shaw
Response: The Moment of Magic – part 1 Marty Shaw
Carol: Angels We Have Heard on High
based on traditional French carol, Les anges dans nos campagnes
Catie Berg, soprano
Reading: Luke 2:8 – 14 News of Peace and Joy Ed Burke
Anthem: “O Magnum Mysterium” (O Great Mystery)
from a responsorial chant for Christmas, music by Evan Ramos (b. 1983) Performed by All Souls Choir, directed by Tom Baehr
Translation: O great mystery,
and wonderful sacrament,
that animals should see the newborn Lord,
lying in a manger.
Reading: Luke 2:15 – 20 Shepherds Make the Journey Marty Shaw
Response: The Moment of Magic – part 2 Ed Burke
Carol: Rise Up Shepherds and Follow
trad. African-American spiritual, c. 1840s
sung by Robert Wyckoff and Steve Squires; produced by Robert Wyckoff
Reading: Let It Be That Stable Rev. Telos Whitfield
Reflection: The Birth of Peace Rev. Telos Whitfield
Carol: Joy to the World melody: G.F. Handel words: Isaac Watts
Marie Gorst, soprano
Inviting the Offering shared with Groundworks Collaborative
Offertory: Hyfrydol Welsh carol from Cyfaill y Cantorion (1844)
arranged and performed by Hilary Menegaz Weitzner, violinist
Blessing of the Candles and Candle Lighting
Carol: Silent Night, Holy Night
words, Josehp Mohr, transl. by John Freeman Young,
music, Franz Xavier Gruber
sung by Christina Gibbons, Cathie Creed, and Tom Baehr
Extinguishing Our Chalice Maisie Crowther
Though we extinguish our chalice, our light lives on.
Let us offer the best of ourselves to the work
that is so needed, the work of justice and care,
transformation and healing.
In this season of lights, may we spread our light far and wide.
Closing Circle and Song
“Carry the flame of peace and love until we meet again.” (sung 2X)
Benediction: The Work of Christmas” by Howard Thurman