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)
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.
The First Lesson and Carol:
John 1:1-14 and “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
The Second Lesson and Carol:
Isaiah 9:6-7 and “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
The Third Lesson and Carol:
Matthew 1:18-25 and “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
The Fourth Lesson and Carol:
Luke 2:1-7 and “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
The Fifth Lesson and Carol:
Luke 2:8-14 and “Angels We Have Heard on High”
The Sixth Lesson and Carol:
Luke 2:15-20 and “O Come, All Ye Faithful”
The Seventh Lesson and Carol:
Matthew 12:1-12 and “As With Gladness Men of Old”
Sermon: “The Ultimate Mountaintop Experience”
Hymn of Response: “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”
Receive God’s Benediction
Advent: The Christ Candle