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Heart Prep for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2022

Our Christmas Eve Service is the climax of our Advent series of messages, Christmas Yet to Come. Our text is Isaiah 9:6-7 where we learn that the Christ Child in the manger was born to carry the world. Our worship theme is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” and our visual theme is “Winter Aurora.”

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Prelude: For Unto Us a Child is Born, from Handel’s Messiah

Call to Worship:
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing – Hymn #133

Luke 2:1–7 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3And all went to be registered, each to his own town. 4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. 6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. 7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

Worship:
Welcome to Our World

The First Noel – Hymn #136

Noel

Message: The Child Who Can Carry the World

Lighting of the Candles

Closing Worship:
Light of the World

O Holy Night – Hymn #148

Scripture for Meditation:

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

Isaiah 9:1–7 But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. 2The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. 3You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil. 4For the yoke of his burden, and the staff for his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. 5For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult and every garment rolled in blood will be burned as fuel for the fire. 6For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.