Central United Methodist Church
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY
A Reconciling Congregation

Christmas Eve - Christmas Light
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Dec. 24, 2017
      

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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
Greeting Pastor Michelle 0:01
"Joy to the World" Carol # 246 1:24
Lighting of the Advent Wreath Rawn and Donna Spearman 2:55
Psalm 96 Carolyn Stanford 7:10
"God Rest Ye Merry / Good King Wescesias Melissa Collins, Harpist 9:10
"Angels We Have Heard on High" Carol # 238 12:02
We Pray Together - Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 15:10
"Were You There on that Christmas Night?" Chancel Choir & Cappella Ringers 19:43
Emmanuel- Mocklebust Cappella Ringers 22:30
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" Carol # 230, Melissa Collins 28:23
Luke 2:1-20 Bruce Bishop 32:20
Message Pastor Michelle 34:55
Celebrating Holy Communion Pastor Michelle 45:55
Christmas Medley Chancel Choir, Melissa Collins, Harpist 47:23
"Silent Night, Holy Night" Carol # 239 54:14

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Scripture

 

Psalm 96   The Message (MSG)

96 1-2 Sing God a brand-new song!
Earth and everyone in it, sing!
Sing to Godworship God!

2-3 Shout the news of his victory from sea to sea,
Take the news of his glory to the lost,
News of his wonders to one and all!

4-5 For God is great, and worth a thousand Hallelujahs.
His terrible beauty makes the gods look cheap;
Pagan gods are mere tatters and rags.

5-6 God made the heavens—
Royal splendor radiates from him,
A powerful beauty sets him apart.

Bravo, God, Bravo!
Everyone join in the great shout: Encore!
In awe before the beauty, in awe before the might.

8-9 Bring gifts and celebrate,
Bow before the beauty of God,
Then to your knees—everyone worship!

10 Get out the message—God Rules!
He put the world on a firm foundation;
He treats everyone fair and square.

11 Let’s hear it from Sky,
With Earth joining in,
And a huge round of applause from Sea.

12 Let Wilderness turn cartwheels,
Animals, come dance,
Put every tree of the forest in the choir—

13 An extravaganza before God as he comes,
As he comes to set everything right on earth,
Set everything right, treat everyone fair.

 

Luke 2:1-20The Message (MSG)

The Birth of Jesus

1-5 About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his own ancestral hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s town, for the census. As a descendant of David, he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancée, who was pregnant.

6-7 While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.

An Event for Everyone

8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”

13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises:

Glory to God in the heavenly heights,
Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.

15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.

19-20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!

The Message (MSG)

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