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Celebration Service December 24 , 2023 – 5 pm

Prelude                                                Chris Vigneau and Carlos Serrano

 

Welcome

 

The Lighting of the Christ Candle                                Karger Family

Leader: We wait with hope for justice and righteousness of God.

All: We wait with peace for God’s shalom to fill the world.

Leader: We wait with joy, celebrating all that God has done for us and our world.

All: We wait with love, humbled by the love that God shows to all people.

Leader: Tonight we light this candle to celebrate the energy that God has sent into the world through the love and life of Jesus.

All: O God of hope, and peace, and joy, and love, from that stable so long ago your light shines into every corner of the world. Help us to sing with the angels at the joy of your coming. Help us to live by your light not only today, but throughout the whole year, so that tidings of peace and good will to all will truly renew the whole creation.

 

Hymn*            “O Come, All Ye Faithful”                     

Unison Prayer                                                  y

O God, on this night when heaven reaches down to embrace creation with healing, we join the angel choirs who sang your glory. We join your people in every time and place, caroling the good news that is ours. Amen.

 

Children’s Message                                         Taryn Noelle

 

Special Music  “Believe”                                   Glen Ballard, Alan Silvestri

                        Featuring: Addison Kneale, Chris Vigneau and Carols Serrano

 

Words of Introduction

           

Scripture Lesson          Luke 2:1-7

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[a] 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.

 

Hymn*                        “Away in a Manger”                   James R. Murray

 

 

Special Music     “What Child Is This”                   William Chatterton Dix        

       Featuring: Evie Song, Chris Vigneau and Carlos Serrano

 

Scripture Lesson          Luke 2:8-14

              

Hymn                          “Angels We Have Heard on High”

 

Scripture Lesson          Luke 2:15-20

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.

 

Hymn                          “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

 

Message                      Rev. Dan Haugh

 

Special Music:  “Let There Be Peace on Earth”   Sy Miller & Jill Jackson

            Featuring: Chris Vigneau, Taryn Noelle and Carlos Serrano

 

Offertory

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Offertory Prayer

 

Special Music              “O Holy Night”   John Sullivan Dwight

                                    Leslie Peterman, soloist

 

Christmas Prayers:

 

Hymn                    “Silent Night, Holy Night”            Joseph Mohr, John F. Young, Franz Gruber

(As we sing, “Silent Night” receive the light for your candle from the aisle

and pass it down your pew, dipping the unlit candle into the flame.)

                       

Benediction

(Please blow out your candle before exiting the sanctuary and deposit in the basket in the narthex. Thank you!)

 

Postlude                     Chris Vigneau and Carlos Serrano

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Announcements

 

Our church experienced tremendous growth in 2023!   To fund this growth SCC had to dip into our rainy-day resources in order to meet our needs.  We ask that you prayerfully consider making a one-time end-of-year gift to enable us to finish 2023 strong and begin 2024 with our resources intact. Place your donations in the offering plate, visit our website or scan the QR code that is in the bulletin.

 

Beverages are allowed in the sanctuary however, please do not put your cup on the hymnals, bibles, or pew cushions.  Place them on the floor by your feet. 

 

If you, or someone you know, would like prayers for comfort or healing, the members of the Prayer Team are ready to support you. Please fill out the prayer request form in the pew and put it in the offering plate or hand it to an usher to deliver to the office. 

 

The staff of Stowe Community Church wishes you and your family a peaceful and joyous Christmas!

 

Reflections:

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ― Charles M. Schulz

"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart." —Washington Irving

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." —Norman Vincent Peale

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray. Cast out our sin and enter in. Be born in us today! We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell. O come to us, abide with us, our Lord, Emmanuel. —from “O Little Town of Bethlehem” by Phillips Brooks (1868)

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2023 Poinsettias given by

In memory of Alan & Becky

Matt & Leslie Anderson in memory of Theodora & Jack Van Halen; Sally Patterson; Jack Turner;  Michaelle LaBow and in honor of all our service members.

Jena and Michael Anthony in memory of Marcia & Harry Tenney and Gus and Fanny Anthony

Phil and Anne Bongiorno in memory of my mother Priscilla Watson and my sister-in-law Liz Watson, and Joseph & Ruth Lewenthal Bongiorno (Phil’s parents)

Ben Brayton in memory of Rev Doug and Elinor Brayton

Charlie & Susanna Burnham in memory of Charles & Virginia Burnham and Susann Robinson Elmore

Evie Dworetzky and Luke & Katelyn O’Toole in memory of Katherine & George Dworetzky

Marlene & Bob Davison in loving memory of our son, Robbie.

Marcia Johannesen in memory of Dick Johannesen

Roger Keller and Nancy Small in memory of those who have fought the battle of Huntington’s Disease

Linda Kratt in memory of William Kratt

Bob & Amy Marshal in memory of our families

Karen Monsen in memory of loved ones

Greg Morrill in memory of George & Ruth Morrill

Greg Morrill and Meg Scotti in memory of Adrienne Chamberlin

Dave & Nan Myers in memory of Bob & Nell Ayers and Harvey & Millie Myers

Laura Nichols in memory of Alice Kruidenier

Sandy and Scott Noble in memory of Noble and Knittle loved ones

David and Ruth Roy in memory of our parents, Rita and Lucien Roy & Galen and Hazel Mudgett and in honor of our children and grand children

 The Saylor family in honor of Christmas and all Holidays 2023-2024

Meg Scotti in memory of Frank & Joan Scotti

John and Barb Stotsenburg in memory of our parents

Betty Teffner in memory of Ted Teffner.

Dian Williams in memory of Martha and Reynold Spruill, my parents

Jessie and Jacob Winters in memory of Alice Kruidenier

Bernadette & Lori Wyman in memory of Bill Wyman

If you, or someone you know, would like prayers for comfort or healing, the members of the Prayer Team are ready to support you. Please fill out the prayer request form in the bulletin and put it in the offering plate or hand it to an usher to deliver to the office. 

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