New Hope Cumberland Presbyterian Church

7845 Coles Ferry PK, Lebanon, TN 37087 – Church Phone 449-7020 – website: www.NewHopeCPChurch.com – email: nwhpchrch0@gmail.com Lead Pastor: Vernon Burrow – 406-6385; Youth & Education Pastor: Brad Unland – 844-4198; Minister of Music: Ben Spicer; Worship Leaders: Rebecca Butler, Karen White December 24, 2013 Welcome – December 24, 2013 6:00 p.m.
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“One Small Child” Christmas Eve Celebration

Enter to Worship… THE PRELUDE (Please begin to take your seats to prepare for worship) LIGHTING OF CANDLES (bringing in the Light of Christ) THE CALL TO WORSHIP “Noel” WELCOME/PRAYER OF ADORATION Acolytes Robbie Haynes Ben Spicer & Karen White

THE LIGHTING OF THE CANDLES (Note: to avoid dripping hot wax, when lighting your neighbor’s candle, the candle that is lit always stays upright; the unlit candle is tilted to receive the flame.) *CAROL “Silent Night! Holy Night!” #147 *THE PRAYER OF DEDICATION (In Unison) Christ, the Light of the World, we ask that you would so dwell within us that we may go forth with the light of hope in our eyes, the thirst of inspiration on our lips, the word on our tongues, and the love in our hearts. Amen. *PARTING HYMN “Joy to the World” (vs. 1 & 2) #125 Acolytes *THE BLESSING AND BENEDICTION *EXTINGUISHING THE CANDLES (taking the Light into the World) *POSTLUDE (You may extinguish your candle following the service and leave it with an usher, or take it with you if you desire a memento from the service.) …Leave to Serve

*CAROL “Away in a Manger” (vss. 1 and 2) #157 (Children are invited to come forward to gather around the Advent Wreath during the second verse. Parents may come with very young children as needed.) CHILDREN’S TIME (Lighting of the Christ Candle) *CAROL “Away in a Manger” (vs. 3) FIRST LESSON SOLO SECOND LESSON *CAROL THIRD LESSON *CAROL Isaiah 9:2-7 “One Small Child” Titus 2:11-14 “What Child Is This?” Luke 2:1-20 “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” Rev. Brad Unland #157 Breonna Davis, reader Rebecca Butler Tim Burrow, reader #137 John Crowder IV, reader #128 Pastor Vernon Burrow

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CHRISTMAS EVE MEDITATION

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THE PASTORAL PRAYER AND PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE THE LORD’S PRAYER (In Unison) Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen. THE INVITATION TO HOLY COMMUNION (see note on back of bulletin) THE PRAYERS OF THANKSGIVING AND CONSECRATION THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE BREAD AND THE WINE (unfermented grape juice) CONGREGATIONAL PRAISE (Let the congregation join in the singing) “O Come let us adore him…Christ the Lord” “We’ll give Him all the glory…Christ the Lord” “For He alone is worthy…Christ the Lord” #82 Service Scripture References Isaiah 9:2-7 New International Version 2 The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned. 3 You have enlarged the nation and increased their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice when dividing the plunder. 4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. 5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. 6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.

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Lectionary Readings
Christmas Eve Isaiah 9:2-7 Psalm 96 Titus 2:11-14 Luke 2:1-20 Color: White or Gold Christmas Day Isaiah 52:7-10 Psalm 98 Hebrews 1:1-4, (5-12) John 1:1-14 Color: White or Gold

Titus 2:11-14 New International Version 11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Luke 2:1-20 New International Version (The Birth of Jesus) 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

One Small Child
A Christmas Eve Celebration

Holy Communion
Holy Communion is open to all Christians. The Bible says “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.” (I Cor. 11:28). We take that to mean that the only test before coming to communion is that of self-examination. If you have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord and intend to live the new life in obedience to God you may partake with us. The table is not the “New Hope table” but the Lord’s Table. He wants all His children to come eat and drink with Him and with each other.