CENTENARY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
December 24, 2020

Video of the service is available on YouTube at: https://youtu.be/Wc1o7FCK5j8


The message of Christmas is God giving us what we deserved the least, and what we needed most: Grace. While here on earth, Jesus extended grace to those around him constantly, as Christians, we need to learn to do the same with those around us. Nothing shapes the human heart like grace.
– Andy Stanley


PRELUDE


MINISTRY OF LIGHT


WELCOME to a NIGHT OF GRACE


INVITATION TO WORSHIP
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
Celebrate the coming of the Light.
O sing to the Lord a new song, God’s salvation is at hand.
Celebrate the coming of Salvation.
For a child has been born for us, a son given to us.
Celebrate the coming of the One who is grace and truth.
I bring you good news of great joy for all the people.
We come to worship Christ our Lord!


HYMN “O Come, All Ye Faithful” No. 234 v1,3


A PRAYER FOR CHRISTMAS EVE
Rev. Greg Stover


THE PROPHET TELLS OF GOD’S COMING LIGHT


SCRIPTURE LESSON Isaiah 9:2-7


A Carol “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear” No. 218 v1,4


THE LIGHT COMES – JESUS IS BORN


SCRIPTURE LESSON Luke 2:1-7


Lighting of the Christ Candle


A Carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem” No. 230 v1,4


NEWS OF THE LIGHT GOES OUT TO THE WORLD


SCRIPTURE LESSON Luke 2:8-20


A Carol “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” No. 240 v1,2


A CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM REV. CHUCK REEVES


PRAYER OF DEDICATION


SOLO – BEN GERMANN
“Mary Did You Know”


RECEIVING THE LIGHT


SCRIPTURE LESSON Titus 2:11-14


SERMON Rev. Greg Stover
“Night of Grace”


LIGHTING OF THE CHRISTMAS CANDLES
As the light is taken from the Christ Candle to others, please pass the light to those worshipping with you.


A Carol “Silent Night, Holy Night” No. 239 v1,3,4


BENEDICTION
God grant you the light in Christmas, which is faith;
The warmth of Christmas, which is love;
The righteousness of Christmas, which is purity;
The belief in Christmas, which is truth;
The all of Christmas, which is Christ.


Pastor: Gregory Stover
Organist: Rhonda Frodge
Soloist: Ben Germann
Video Recording and editing: Gary Embrey, Rebecca Rickey