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Lessons and Carols

Lessons and Carols

December 24, 2012 - Christmas Eve


Table of Contents

Christmas Eve

Lessons & Carols

4:00 p.m.

Service

led by Children

6:00 p.m.

led by Youth

8:00 & 11:00 p.m.

Candlelight Services

Pages

2-5

6-9

10-14


Voluntary Noel: Grand Jeu et Duo

Louis-Claude Daquin

Call to Worship

Lighting of the Advent Candles

* Processional Hymn Once in Royal David’s City

Tune: Irby

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed!

Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

The Weatherford Family

He came down to earth from heaven, Who is God and Lord of all,

And His shelter was a stable, and His cradle was a stall;

With the poor and mean and lowly lived on earth our Savior holy.

Jesus is our childhood’s pattern; day by day like us He grew;

He was little, weak and helpless; tears and smiles like us He knew;

And He feels for all our sadness, and He shares in all our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see Him through His own redeeming love,

For that Child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above;

And He leads His children on to the place where He is gone.

Prophecy

First Lesson Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7

Pew Bible, page 729

4:0 0 p.m.

Anthem Emmanuel Will Come

Becki Slagle Mayo

We wait, we hope, we long for the Messiah!

We wait, we hope, we long for the King.

Open the gates to the city; prepare a way for the Lord.

Emmanuel will save us! Emmanuel will come!

Lift up your heart, for the Light will come.

Lift up your heart to the Lord.

Emmanuel will save us! Emmanuel will come!

Make a path in the wilderness, make a way for the Lord.

Emmanuel will save us! Emmanuel will come!

* Carol Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Tune: Hyfrydol

Text: Charles Wesley

Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, born to set Thy people free;

From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in Thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth Thou art;

Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

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Born Thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King,

Born to reign in us forever, now Thy gracious kingdom bring.

By Thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;

By Thine all-sufficient merit raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Mary

Second Lesson Luke 1: 26-35, 38

Pew Bible, page 1088

Anthem Magnificat

Jacques Bertier

My soul doth magnify the Lord.

- Luke 1:46

The Birth

Third Lesson Luke 2: 1, 3-7

Pew Bible, page 1090

Anthem The Coventry Carol

Douglas Wagner

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny Child,

By, by, lully, lullay.

O little tiny Child.

- traditional English, 15th century

Carol Away in a Manger

Tune: Mueller

Text: Little Children’s Book for School and Families

Away in a manger, no crib for His bed,

The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head.

The stars in the sky looked down where He lay,

The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask Thee to stay

Close by me forever and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,

And fit us for heaven to live with Thee there.

The Shepherd and Angels

Fourth Lesson Luke 2: 8-20

Pew Bible, page 1090

* Carol The First Nowell

Tune: The First Nowell

Text: English Carol

The first Nowell the angel did say

Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;

In fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep

On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,

Born is the King of Israel.

Then let us all with one accord

Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,

That hath made heaven and earth of naught,

And with His blood our life hath bought.

Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,

Born is the King of Israel.

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The Wise Men

Fifth Lesson Matthew 2: 1-11

Pew Bible, page 1026

Anthem Christ Was Born on Christmas Day

Medieval Tune, Pat Messick, arr.

Christ was born on Christmas Day in a manger filled with hay;

Sheep and cows around him lay. Christ was born on Christmas Day.

Shepherds heard the song that night as angels all around them bright

Told them of a wondrous sight. Shepherds heard the song that night.

Wise men came with gifts to bring and bowed down to the Baby king.

Guided by a star they’d seen, wise men came with gifts to bring.

Noel! Sing we Noel!

- Pat Messick

Carol We Three Kings

Tune: We Three Kings of Orient

Text: John Henry Hopkins, Jr.

We three kings of Orient are bearing gifts we traverse afar,

Field and fountain, moor and mountain, following yonder star.

O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright;

Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light!

Glorious now behold Him arise, King and God and Sacrifice;

Alleluia, Alleluia sounds through the earth and skies.

O star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright;

Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to thy perfect light!

The Incarnation

Sixth Lesson John 1: 1-14

Pew Bible, page 1127

Anthem May My Light Shine

Lynn Shaw Bailey/Becki Slagle Mayo

May my light shine like the star of Bethlehem.

May the world see God’s love through me.

May my light shine for my Jesus and my King.

May I shine so others see.

Star of wonder, star of light, shining down for all to see.

Star of wonder, star of light, shine your light through me.

Star of wonder, star of light, may I keep my eyes on You.

Star of wonder, star of light, shine in all I do.

* Carol O Come, All Ye Faithful

Tune: Adeste Fideles

Text: John Francis Wade

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant.

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!

Come and behold Him, born the King of angels!

O come, let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him,

O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!

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Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning,

Jesus, to Thee be all glory given;

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing!

O come, let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him,

O come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!

Proclamation

Prayer for Christmas Eve

Christmas Message

Anthem Silent Night

Tune: Stille Nacht

Text: Franz Gruber

Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright,

Round yon virgin mother and child!

Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

The Reverend Jim Gribnitz

Minister to Children and Youth

Silent night, holy night, Wondrous Star, Lend thy light;

With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King;

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born.

* Recessional Joy to the World

Tune: Antioch

Text: Isaac Watts

Joy to the world! The Lord is come; let earth receive her King;

Let every heart prepare Him room, and heaven and nature sing,

And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world! The Savior reigns: let us our songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove

The glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love,

And wonders of His love, and wonders, wonders of His love.

Benediction

Voluntary I Saw Three Ships

Richard Elliott

Depart to Serve as Christ’s Ministers

Worship Leaders

Assisting Pastor:

Ministry of Music:

Readers:

The Reverend Dr. Ronald W. Scates

Senior Pastor

Mr. Michael L. Shake, Organist/Associate Director of Music

Mrs. Beth Lopez, Director of Canterbury Choir

Mrs. Sue Russell-Carlson, Accompanist

Mrs. Becky Zieman, Director of Chorister Choir

Caitlin Chiu, Violin

Madison Moore, Ellie Steger, Ellen Whitehead,

Hollis Vaughan, Lily Nussbaum, Megan Muriuki,

Caroline Massey, Caroline Monroe, Sarah Gill,

Jeff Thuku, Jennifer Mickel, Jett Petroll, Cara Thornton,

Sisi Berberian, and Caitlin Chiu

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Voluntary Noel: Grand Jeu et Duo

Louis-Claude Daquin

Processional Hymn Once in Royal David’s City

Tune: Irby

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed!

Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven, who is God and Lord of all,

And his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall;

With the poor and mean and lowly lived on earth our Savior holy.

Jesus is our childhood’s pattern; day by day like us He grew;

He was little, weak and helpless; tears and smiles like us He knew;

And He feels for all our sadness, and He shares in all our gladness.

Not in that poor lowly stable with the oxen standing by,

We shall see him; but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high;

When like stars his children crowned all in white shall wait around.

Prayer of Adoration

6:0 0 p.m.

Lighting of Advent Candles

We gather to celebrate the birth of the One who is the light of the world.

We are here to worship God and his Son Jesus, born this night in

Bethlehem of Judea.

We light the candle of hope to remind us of the promises made by all the

prophets that God would raise up a savior for his people Israel.

Christ is our hope and our salvation.

We light the candle of peace to remind us that it is only with God and by

following in His path that true peace can be found.

Christ brings the peace of God to us.

We light the candle of joy to remind us that God gives joy to every heart

that abides in Him.

As Mary rejoiced in the birth of Jesus, so His birth in us brings us joy.

We light the candle of love to remind us that Jesus is God’s gift of love to

us, and that in Him the light of love triumphs over darkness.

Love never fails - it transforms all those who give it and receive it.

First Lesson

Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7

Pew Bible, page 729

The prophet foretells the coming of the Savior.

Anthem Lost in the Night

Kyle Haugen, arr.

Lost in the night do the people yet languish,

Longing for morning the darkness to vanquish.

Plaintively heaving a sigh full of anguish,

Will not day come soon?

Must we be vainly awaiting the morrow?

Shall those who have light no light let us borrow,

Giving no heed to our burden of sorrow?

Will You help us soon?

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Sorrowing wanderers, in darkness yet dwelling,

Dawned has the day of a radiance excelling,

Death’s dreaded darkness forever dispelling.

Christ is coming soon.

- Finnish Song

Carol 2 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Tune: Hyfrydol

Text: Charles Wesley

Second Lesson

Luke 1: 26-35, 38

Pew Bible, page 1088

The angel Gabriel salutes the blessed Virgin Mary.

Anthem In the Bleak Midwinter

Laura Farnell, arr.

In the bleak midwinter frosty wind made moan,

Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone.

Snow had fallen, snow on snow,

In the bleak midwinter long, long ago.

Angels and archangels may have gathered there.

Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;

But His mother only in her maiden bliss,

Worshiped the holy Baby with a kiss.

What can I give Him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd I would bring a lamb;

If I were a wise man I would do my part,

Yet what I can I give Him; give Him my heart.

- Christina Rossetti

Third Lesson

Luke 2: 1, 3-7

Pew Bible, page 1090

Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

Carol 28 Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

Tune: In Dulci Jubilo

Text: Medievil Latin/John Mason Neale

Anthem See Amid the Winter’s Snow

Susan Brumfield, arr.

See amid the winter’s snow, born for us on earth below.

See the tender lamb appears, promised from eternal years.

Lo within a manger lies He who built the starry skies.

He who, throned in height sublime sits amid the cherubim.

Hail, thou ever blessed morn. Hail, redemption’s happy dawn.

Sing through all Jerusalem, Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Say, ye holy shepherds say “what your joyous news today?

Wherefore have you left sheep on the lonely mountain steep?”

As we watched at dead of night, lo, we saw a wondrous light.

Angels singing “Peace on earth” told us of our Savior’s birth.

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Teach, O teach us, Holy child, by Thy face, so meek and mild.

Teach us to resemble Thee, in Thy sweet humility.

- Edward Caswall

Fourth Lesson

Luke 2: 8-20

Pew Bible, page 1090

The shepherds go to the manger.

Anthem Gloria in Excelsis

Louie L. White

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

- Traditional Latin

Fifth Lesson

Matthew 2: 1-11

Pew Bible, page 1026

The Wise Men are led by the star to Jesus.

Anthem With Wondering Awe

Michael Shake

With wondering awe the wise men saw the star in heaven springing,

And with delight, in peaceful night, they hear the angels singing:

“Hosanna, hosanna to His name!”

By light of star they traveled for to seek the lowly manger,

A humble bed wherein was laid the wondrous little Stranger.

“Hosanna, hosanna to His name!”

And still is found the world around the old and hallowed story,

And still is sung on every tongue the angel’s song of glory:

“Hosanna, hosanna to His name!”

- Anonymous from Laudis Corona

Sixth Lesson

John 1: 1-14

Pew Bible, page 1127

John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation.

Anthem O Nata Lux

Tom Porter

O Light born of Light, Jesus, redeemer of the world,

With loving-kindness deign to receive the praise and prayer of suppliants.

You who once deigned to be clothed in flesh for the sake of the lost,

Grant us to be members of Your blessed body.

- traditional Latin

Carol 31 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Tune: Mendelssohn

Text: Charles Wesley

Proclamation

New Testament Reading Galatians 4: 1-7

Pew Bible, page 1238

Christmas Message

Page 8

The Reverend Dr. Ronald W. Scates

Senior Pastor


Carol Silent Night, Holy Night

Tune: Stille Nacht

Text: Joseph Mohr

Silent night, holy night! All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and child! Holy infant so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night! Wondrous star, lend thy light;

With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King;

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior born.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

We light the Christ candle to remind us that the light of the world was

born this night.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Those who

dwelt in a land of deep darkness - on them a light has shined.

You, O Lord, have multiplied the nation. You have increased its joy.

For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government

shall be upon His shoulder.

His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting

Father, Prince of Peace.

He is also called Emmanuel, for in Him God is with us.

Carol 40 Joy to the World

Tune: Antioch

Text: Isaac Watts

Benediction

Voluntary I Saw Three Ships

Richard Elliott

Depart to Serve as Christ’s Ministers

Worship Leaders

Assisting Pastor:

Ministry of Music:

Beadle:

Cruficer:

Readers:

Candlelighter:

The Reverend Jim Gribnitz

Minister to Children and Youth

Mr. Michael L. Shake, Organist/Associate Director of Music

Mrs. Gay L. Munselle, Director of Genesis Youth Choir

Sarah Israel, Harp

Katie Sehnert, Flute

Courtney Burke, soprano

Michael Bonahoom

Conner Rambin

Katie Sehnert, Linda Lopez, Kelsey Buckley,

Andrea Pickett, Michael Bonahoom and Annabel Crosby

Anders Vaughan

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Prelude for Trumpets, Organ and Choir

Angels We Have Heard on High

Christina Harmon, arr.

Improvisation on God Rest You, Merry Gentlemen

Myron Roberts

The Blessed Son of God from Hodie

Ralph Vaughan Williams

Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming

Christina Harmon, arr.

Ding Dong! Merrily on High

16th-century French melody

Charles Wood, harm

Concerto in C Major: Allegro-Largo-Allegro

Antonio Vivaldi

Noel: Grand Jeu et Duo

Louis-Claude Daquin

Welcome

Processional Hymn Once in Royal David’s City

Tune: Irby

Text: Cecil Frances Alexander

Stanza 1: Solo

Stanzas 2: Chancel Choir

Stanzas 3-5: Congregation

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed,

Where a mother laid her baby in a manger for his bed!

Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all,

And His shelter was a stable, and His cradle was a stall;

With the poor, and mean, and lowly, lived on earth our Saviour holy.

For He is our childhood’s pattern, day by day like us He grew,

He was little, weak and helpless, tears and smiles like us He knew;

And He feeleth for our sadness, and He shareth in our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see Him, through His own redeeming love,

For that Child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above;

And He leads His children on to the place where He is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by,

We shall see Him; but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high;

When like stars His children crowned all in white shall wait around.

Prayer of Adoration and the Lord’s Prayer

Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom

come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day

our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is

the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.

First Lesson

Genesis 3: 8-15

Pew Bible, page 3

God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his

seed will bruise the serpent’s head.

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8:00 & 11:00 p.m.


Anthem Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

Donald McCullough, arr.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence and with fear and trembling stand;

Ponder nothing earthly minded, for with blessing in His hand

Christ our God to earth descendeth, our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born or Mary, as of old on earth He stood,

Lord of lords, in human vesture, in the body and the blood.

He will give to all the faithful His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven spreads its vanguard on the way

As the light of light descendeth from the realms of endless day,

That the powers of hell may vanish as the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six-winged seraph, Cherabim, with sleepless eye

Veil their faces to the presence, as with ceaseless voice they cry,

Alleluia, Lord most high!

- Liturgy of St. James

Second Lesson

Genesis 22: 15-19

Pew Bible, page 21

God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations

of the earth be blessed.

Carol 9 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

Tune: Veni Emmanuel

Text: Latin

Third Lesson

Isaiah 11: 1-4

Pew Bible, page 732

The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

Anthem Midnight Clear

Matthew Nielson

It came upon the midnight clear, that glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold:

“Peace on the earth, good will to men from heaven’s all-gracious King.”

The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled,

And still their heavenly music floats over all the weary world.

Above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hovering wing,

And ever over its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.

For lo! The days are hastening on, by prophets seen of old,

When with the ever-circling years shall come the time foretold.

When the new heaven and earth shall own the Prince of Peace their king,

And the whole world send back the song which now the angels sing.

- Edmund H. Sears

Fourth Lesson

Isaiah 40: 1-5

Pew Bible, page 762

Comfort for God’s people.

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Carol 3 Comfort, Comfort You My People

Tune: Psalm 42

Text: Johannes Olearius

Fifth Lesson

Luke 1: 26-35, 38

Pew Bible, page 1088

The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Anthem Gabriel’s Message

Craig Phillips

The angel Gabriel from heaven came,

His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;

“All hail,” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary,

Most highly favored lady,” Gloria.

“For know a blessed mother thou shalt be,

All generations laud and honor thee,

Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold.

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,

“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said,

“My soul shall laud and magnify His holy Name.”

Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ, was born in Bethlehem,

All on a Christmas morn,

And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,

“Most highly favored lady,” Gloria.

- Basque Carol, paraphrase by Sabine Baring-Gould

Sixth Lesson

Luke 2: 1, 3-7

Pew Bible, page 1090

Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

Carol 56 The First Nowell

Tune: The First Nowell

Text: English Carol

Seventh Lesson

Luke 2: 8-20

Pew Bible, page 1090

The shepherds go to the manger.

Carol 59 While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

Tune: Christmas

Text: Nahum Tate

Eighth Lesson

Matthew 2: 1-11

Pew Bible, page 1026

The Wise Men are led by the star to Jesus.

Offering of God’s Tithes and Our Sacrificial Gifts

Please joyfully support an HPPC missionary this Christmas. See the information

enclosed with this order of worship. Use the Bless the World envelope in your pew

rack and place your gift in the offering plate as it is passed.

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Anthem O Magnum Mysterium

Morten Lauridsen

O great mystery and wondrous Sacrament,

That animals should see the newborn Lord lying in their manger!

Blessed is the Virgin whose womb was worthy to bear

The Lord Jesus Christ. Alleluia!

Ninth Lesson

John 1: 1-14

Pew Bible, page 1127

John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.

Carol 41 O Come, All Ye Faithful

Tune: Adeste Fideles

Text: John Francis Wade

Proclamation

New Testament Reading Galatians 4: 1-7

Pew Bible, page 1238

Christmas Message

Carol 31 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Tune: Mendelssohn

Text: Charles Wesley

Lighting the Christ Candle

Carol Silent Night, Holy Night

Tune: Stille Nacht

Text: Joseph Nohr

Silent night; holy night! All is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and child!

Holy Infant, so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace.

The Reverend Dr. Ronald W. Scates

Senior Pastor

Silent night; holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight;

Glories stream from heaven afar;

Heavenly hosts sing: “Alleluia;

Christ the Savior is born.”

Silent night; holy night! Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face,

With the dawn of redeeming grace;

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

Silent night, holy night! Wondrous star, lend thy light;

With the angels let us sing

Alleluia to our King;

Christ the Savior is born.

Recessional

The congregation will follow the pastors and Chancel Choir outside

while singing the final carol. Please follow the indications of the ushers,

who will assist the congregation in exiting the sanctuary, and walk on the

grass towards University Boulevard. Receptacles for discarded used candles

will be located outside.

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Benediction

Depart to Serve as Christ’s Ministers

Worship Leaders

Assisting Pastors:

The Reverend Dr. L. Nelson Bell, II

Pastor of Adults, Personal Discipleship and Lifestyle Stewardship

The Reverend Jim Gribnitz

Minister to Children and Youth

The Reverend Dr. Cyprian K. Guchienda

Pastor of All Nations Ministry

The Reverend Jay W. Lee

Pastor of College & Young Adults and Evangelism Strategies

The Reverend Joseph B. Rightmyer

Pastor of Senior Adults and Congregational Care

The Reverend Dr. Marshall C. Zieman

Pastor of Outreach

Ministry of Music: Dr. Greg Hobbs, Director of Music

Mr. Michael L. Shake, Organist/Associate Director of Music

The Highland Park Chorale

The Chancel Choir

Russell Campbell, Trumpet

Michael Samford, Trumpet

To those who, like the shepherds, were at work a few hours ago and have had to hurry

to make your way here; to those who, like the wise men, are looking for meaning and

purpose for your life; to the Marys who have come this evening with the innocence of

a young heart; to the Josephs who are here because a spouse or friend has brought you

with them; to all, we invite you to lean close —even hover — over the manger and

behold the Babe who is born among us —God in the flesh —full of grace and truth.

Come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

New Year’s Eve

Saturday, December 31

11:00 pm Watch Night Service

Usher in the new year with an intimate focus

on worship and communion in Wynne

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