Order of Worship


Prelude                                                                                   Nancy Gunter




Lighting of the Christ Candle                       Pastor Ann & Agnes Lantz


Call to Worship

Leader: We count it in mere hours now.

People: Soon the Light will shine in the darkness, soon the baby will be born.

Leader: Soon God will once again break into our lives, coming in a way that is expected yet unusual, challenging our expectations and calling us to see life differently.

People: Calling us to come home.


Opening Prayer (Unison)

God of birth, God of light, in this time of song and prayer and silence, reawaken in us the awe of Christmas.  As we hear again the story of a young woman and a surprising visitor, remind us that we are called to respond to you in unexpected ways. And when we leave this place, may we be willing to sing praises for a young woman who said YES and the birth that we prepare to celebrate. We pray in the name of the child who invites us to come home.


Opening Hymn                                                                            #251 UMH

Go, Tell It on the Mountain


Special Music                                                                                   Bell Trio

O Come Little Children



         Prayer of Blessing


Pastoral Prayer


Hymn                                                                                          #217 UMH

Away In a Manger

Gospel Lesson   

Luke 2:1-10


Special Music                                                                     Carol Blanchard

O, Holy Night



Welcome Home!

Holy Communion

Please see insert


Closing Hymn                                                                               #239 UMH

Silent Night



Postlude                                                                                  Nancy Gunter

O Little Town of Bethlehem


Wishing you a Merry Christmas from the EPUMC family to yours!