Family Home Worship Guide
for Lessons & Carols

Celebrating the Incarnation

Christmas Eve, 2020

Call to Worship: Hebrews 1:1-4

1 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. 3 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (ESV)


Prayer:

Father, we have come here tonight simply because we want to praise you.

We thank you so much for sending your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ—the true light—into this dark world.

But Father, we don’t want this service to be merely something religious just because it’s Christmas Eve.

So as we sing hymns, offer prayers, and hear your Word preached, would you invade our hearts—even as you invaded the hearts of those shepherds on the night that our savior was born.

For a few moments tonight, would you give us the grace to truly offer our hearts to you and to be still and know you from the depths of our soul. Almighty God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—would you accept our worship we pray, and overcome darkness with the light of Christ’s presence. In the matchless name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

Hymn of Praise: “Angels from the Realms of Glory”


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           Link to piano accompaniment

Children’s Message: Advent: The Christ Candle

           Link to video of Children’s Message
           Link to Children’s Bulletin for Christmas Eve
           Link to Advent Coloring Page



The First Lesson and Carol:

John 1:1-14 and “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

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The Second Lesson and Carol:

Isaiah 9:6-7 and “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”

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The Third Lesson and Carol:

Matthew 1:18-25 and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

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The Fourth Lesson and Carol:

Luke 2:1-7 and “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

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The Fifth Lesson and Carol:

Luke 2:8-14 and “Angels We Have Heard on High”

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The Sixth Lesson and Carol:

Luke 2:15-20 and “O Come, All Ye Faithful”

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The Seventh Lesson and Carol:

Matthew 12:1-12 and “As With Gladness Men of Old”

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Pastoral Prayer

            Link to hear the Pastoral Prayer

Sermon: “The Ultimate Mountaintop Experience”

           Mark 9:2-29

           Link to watch the sermon; Link to listen to the sermon

Hymn of Response: “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”

           Link to hymn text

           Link to piano accompaniment

Receive God’s Benediction

           Link to hear the Benediction



Children’s Message:
Advent: The Christ Candle

Click on these links for a children’s bulletin and printable coloring page to accompany this message: Children’s Bulletin and Advent Coloring Page.