Christ became poor so that we might become rich; he donned flesh to close the path to misery; he entered time to open the gates to eternity. (Miroslav Volf)
When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Matthew 1:24-25)
Here is our Christmas Eve worship flow:
The Wonder (Barb York)
Welcome and Reflections on Hope: Welcome to Christmas Eve worship at Christ Community Church. We gather tonight to remember and celebrate a wondrous thing – a baby’s birth, a baby’s entrance into this world, a baby’s cry. And while the birth of any and every child is an event worthy of great rejoicing, this baby’s birth was unlike any other. This, this is Christ the King. In describing the birth of this child, Miroslav Volf richly stated: “Christ became poor so that we might become rich; he donned flesh to close the path to misery; he entered time to open the gates to eternity.”
Tonight we turn our eyes toward a small town in the Holy Land of Israel, a village of which the hymnwriter declared:
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep, the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy darkness shineth the everlasting Light.
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.
May the hopes and fears of all the years be met in thee tonight…
Reading from Micah 5:2-4
Video – Bethlehem’s Hope (Floodgate Productions)
When Hope Came Down (Kari Jobe)
Scripture Reading – Luke 2:1-7
O Come All Ye Faithful (Chris Tomlin Version)
Scripture – Luke 2:8-15
Angels We Have Heard on High (Chris Tomlin version)
Scripture Reading – Luke 2:16-20
Come and Worship (Bebo Norman)
Message (Matthew 1:18-25 and Philippians 2:6-11)
Silent Night/Emmanuel (Matt Maher)
Unison Prayer: We rejoice in God’s steadfast presence in our lives, and in God’s unique presence in the life of Jesus of Nazareth—born of Mary, growing through childhood into an adult ministry, in all his life manifesting the peace, love, and justice of God; his voice undimmed by the centuries his call and his promise as clear to us as it was to his disciples so long ago. Come to us, Lord Jesus, be born in us this night, in our hearts, our minds, our lives. May the light of your life be kindled in us, and lead us to the shining truth, of God with us, God for us, God in us. Amen.
Joy to the World (Chris Tomlin version)
You can learn how other communities of faith celebrated the birth of Christ at The Worship Community.