Estes Park United Methodist Church
December 24, 2020
Order of Worship
Prelude – Peace
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Opening Hymn – O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Call to Worship
Leader: The impossible is happening in a stable. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
People: Those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them has the light shined!
Leader: This is the evening when creation stood still and held its breath, for God was doing the most unbelievable, dangerous thing.
People: This is the evening when God embraced humanity from the inside, as one of us!
Leader: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
People: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth!
Opening Prayer (Unison)
All: God of us all, we come as your faithful to Bethlehem on this silent night. We come to gather around the manger and see for ourselves this wondrous thing of which we have heard. We come to worship the baby, born to be king. Make us worthy to receive your gift of grace, O God. And let us go from this place a people renewed in our faith to give your gift of love and peace to each person we meet, as it was given to us so long ago. Come, let us worship the king! Amen.
Hymn of Praise – O Come, All Ye Faithful
Scripture Reading – Luke 2:1-7
Christmas Carol – Away in a Manger (Verse 1)
Scripture Reading – Luke: 2:8-14
Special Music – O, Holy Night
Scripture Reading – Luke 2:15-20
Christmas Carol – Joy to the World (verse 1)
Christmas Message – Finding Jesus!
Closing Hymn – Silent Night, Holy Night (verses 1-3)
Pastor: Rev. Ann Steiner Lantz
Liturgist: Cay Lacey
Director of Music: Jim Flanigan
Pianist: Nancy Gunter
Videographer: Jim Ecklund
Soloist: Carol Blanchard
Handbell Ringers: Cay Lacey & Barbara Bailey