Merry Christmas? Joyful Christmas? Blessed Christmas? However you are experiencing Christmas this year, may God be with you.
As we arrive at Christmas, we begin to celebrate. We celebrate light in a season of darkness.
We welcome Jesus who has come to be the light of the world.
We pray for God’s light and love to shine upon us and we seek to let our light to shine out to the world, just as Jesus did.
Tonight we light the Christ candle, rejoicing in all that his coming means to us. May God’s light and love be with us this day and forevermore.
Hymn Silent Night #67VU
Scripture Lessons: Isaiah 9:1-6
O Little Town of Bethlehem #64VU
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you that when the world was very dark, you came to bring into our darkness. You came in the night to bring light into the lives of Mary and Joseph. You came to Bethlehem— then, as now, Avery troubled town— bringing light to all who came to trust in you. You come to us now, into our lives and into our world, bringing light still to your people.
We ask you now once again to accept this worship we offer as we come again to the manger. Help us to see there the light that will shine for us, not just at Christmas but every day of the year. Amen. (a prayer by John Harvey, published by the Iona Community, in Hay and Stardust.)
Hymn. It Came Upon the Midnight Clear. #48VU