The First Noel
Chiming of the Hour
Greeting & Lighting of Christ Candle
Dr. J. Michael Parnell
Here I Am to Worship
Light of the world, You stepped down into darkness, opened my eyes, let me see Beauty that made this heart adore You, hope of a life spent with You, Here I am to worship, here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that You’re my God. You’re all together lovely, altogether worthy, all together wonderful to me. Here I am to worship.
Litany & Invocation
Leader: Praise be to God who has given God’s light to us.
People: Honor and praise to God for God’s most precious gift.
Leader: The darkness that enveloped the people.
People: Has been pierced by the Light.
Leader: Let us rejoice in God’s blessed goodness!
People: Let us continually praise God with great joy and thanksgiving.
As with Gladness Men of Old
As with gladness men of old Did the guiding star behold; As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright; So, most gracious Lord, may we Evermore be led to Thee.
As with joyful steps they sped To that lowly manger bed, There to bend the knee beforeHim whom heaven and earth adore; So, may we with willing feet, Ever seek the mercy seat
As they offered gifts most rare At the manger rude and bare, So may we with holy joy, Pure and free from sin’s alloy, All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to Thee our heavenly King.
First Lesson & Pastoral Prayer
We Three Kings