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Christmas Eve Communion Service - 7:00 p.m.
December 24, 2018

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 A Christmas Carol Service with Communion
Worship Leader & Preacher:  Pastor Darwin Karsten
Elder:  Darwin Kraus


Opening Carol
"O Come All Ye Faithful

Invocation & Opening Prayer

The Angelic Announcement
"The First Noel, the Angels Did Say

Responsive Reading

"From Heaven Above To Earth I Come

First Scripture Reading Titus 3:3-7
3  At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6  whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7  so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

The Holy Gospel
Carol "What Child Is This (verse 1)

John 1:1-11: 1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2  He was with God in the beginning. 3  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4  In him was life, and that life was the light of men. 5  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. 6  There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. 7  He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. 8  He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9  The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world. 10  He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11  He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.

Carol What Child Is This (verse 2)

John 1:12-14: 12  Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-- 13  children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. 14  The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Carol "What Child Is This (verse 3)
John 1:15-18: 15  John testifies concerning him. He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.' " 16  From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. 17  For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18  No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
"O Little Town Of Bethlehem

Sermon Meditation
"How Far Is It To Bethlehem?

Scripture Luke 2:1-7
1  In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3  And everyone went to his own town to register. 4  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7  and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Carol "Joy To The World

Confession of Sin and the Assurance of Forgiveness

Sharing the Lords Supper
"Hark The Herald Angels Sing
"Gentle Mary Laid Her Child
"Angels We Have Heard On High 
"Away In A Manger 


Closing Carol
"Silent Night, Holy Night