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24 Dec

Christmas Eve

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING FOR CHRISTMAS EVE, DAY, OR SEASON

Liturgy

This text is used by the pastor while the congregation uses A Service of Word and Table II (UMH 13–15) or III (UMH 15–16) or one of the musical settings (UMH 17–25).

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Soft Winds

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SATB Choral Anthem
by Ken Morrison
This is a beautiful Christmas choral anthem that portrays Mary and Joseph caring for Jesus.

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Christmas Eve Musical Hospitality

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Music has the ability to engage people in deeply emotional and meaningful ways. It can trigger feelings and remembrances from the past, sometimes pleasant and sometimes not, sometimes welcome and sometimes not. The lighting of a candle or the singing of "Silent Night" on Christmas Eve can bring on a flood of recollections, images, feelings, emotions, and actions from the past. 

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Christmas Eve Hospitality: Twelve Ways to Welcome

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Most congregations find they have to dust off the back pews on Christmas Eve. A lot of people show up for what is both a major feast of the church and a major cultural holiday. 

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Christmas Eve Call to Worship

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The following would take place after any prelude music is presented. The church would then be plunged into total darkness...."From ages past no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who works for those who wait for him." (Isaiah 64:4, NRSV)  

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Children’s Christmas Eve Service

Liturgy

The Rev. Kathie Wilkinson, Pastor of Worship Life at Mt. Sylvan UMC in Durham, NC, offers the Children's Christmas Eve Service they have included the past few years as part of the congregation's Christmas Eve worship. They change it a little each year and offer it for others to adapt and use. The Rev. Wilkinson writes, "We added this service to our regular 5:00 and 11:00 traditional Christmas Eve services to meet the needs of the children of our church and community. We send a special invitation to each family of our preschool, and many of them have attended."  

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Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

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A Christmas Eve Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols(Using songs and carols from The Faith We Sing and The United Methodist Hymnal) 

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Lighting the Christ Candle on Christmas Eve or on Epiphany

Liturgy

This act of worship may be included in a Christmas Eve service or on Epiphany. It may be used as a separate, brief service in the church as a choir prepares for worship. It may also be used as a supplement to whatever a household does in lighting the Advent candles. If singing the hymns is not feasible, the hymns may be read as poetry.  

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Waiting For The Light (Christmas Eve, 4-Part)

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Michael Ekbladh has composed this response for congregation and/or choir to accompany the lighting of the Christmas Eve candles in the Advent wreath; includes responses.

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Waiting For The Light (Christmas Eve, Melody Only)

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Michael Ekbladh has composed this response for congregation and/or choir to accompany the lighting of the Christmas Eve candles in the Advent wreath, includes responses.

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