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Celebration Service December 24 , 2022 – 8 pm

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Prelude            “Noel Anglais”                                                  Woodman


Introit          “Herald! Sound the Note of Gladness”

Welcome & Announcements. 

The Lighting of the Christ Candle                   The Van Dyke Family


Leader: We wait with hope for the 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”


O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;

Come and behold Him, born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!


Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

Sing all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!


Child, for us sinners poor and in the manger,

We would embrace thee, with love and awe;

Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!


Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born for our salvation,

Jesus, to thee be all glory given;

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

Unison Prayer 

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.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Anthem     “Good King Wenceslas”                         arr. K.K. Davis

Scripture Lesson          Luke 2:1-7


Hymn              “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

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 dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;

The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.


For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above

While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth.

Your voices raise to God in praise; and peace to all on earth.


How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts the joys of highest heaven.

No ear may hear Christ coming, but in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.


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 God, Emmanuel.


Scripture Lesson          Luke 2:8-14


Anthem            “Love Came Down at Christmas”            Rossetti


Scripture Lesson          Luke 2:15-20


Anthem            “O Holy Night”                                     Adams




Hymn*            “Angels We Have Heard on High”

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains,

And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo.


Shepherds, why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?

What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heav’nly song?

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo.


Come to Bethlehem and see Christ, who comes in lowly birth.

Come adore on bended knee Jesus, joy of heav’n and earth.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo.


See within a manger laid, Christ, whom choirs of angels praise;

Mary, Joseph, lend your aid, while our hearts in love we raise.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, in excelsis Deo.

Christmas Offering

Offertory          “All My Heart This Night Rejoices”         Alinda B. Couper


Offertory Prayer


Hymn*            “Silent Night, Holy Night”

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright

Round yon virgin mother and child,

holy infant so tender and mild,

Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.


Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight,

Glories stream from heaven afar,

heavenly hosts sing alleluia; Christ, the Savior, is born!

Christ, the Savior, is born!


Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face,

with the dawn of redeeming grace, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,

Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.


Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;

With the angels let us sing, alleluia to our King;

Christ, the Savior, is born, Christ, the Savior, is born.

Closing            “Gloria”


Postlude          “Lo! How a Rose E’er Blooming”            Robert E. Smith


2022 Poinsettias given by

In memory of Alan & Becky

Michael & Judy Alexander

Matt & Leslie Anderson in memory of Michelle Labow, Jack Turner, our parents, and Military Service Members.

Jena and Mike Anthony in memory of our parents

Anne & Phil Bongiorno in memory of Priscilla Watson, Joseph & Ruth Bongiorno, and Aunt Beth

Priscilla Bouchard in memory of Gwendalen, Howard and Ken Young

Ben Brayton in memory of Rev. Doug and Elinor Brayton

Marlene and Bob Davison in loving memory of son Robbie

Evie Dworetzky, Luke & Katelyn in memory of Katherine & George Dworetzky

Judith Grosvenor in memory of Florence, John and Peter.

Dick and Marcia Johannesen in memory of our parents, brother, sister and son. 

Linda Kratt in memory of Bill Kratt

Bob & Amy Marshall in memory of our loved ones

Karen Monsen in memory of Peter Monsen, Kenneth Stevens and Ilda & Tom Stevens

Greg Morrill in memory of George and Ruth Morrill

Greg and Meg in memory of Adrienne Chamberlin

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

Laura Nichols in memory of Alice Kruidenier

David & Ruth Roy in memory of our parents Lucien & Rita Roy, Gasen & Hazel Mudgett, Steve Hayworth & Oren Lane and in honor of our children & grandchildren

Meg Scotti in memory of Frank and Joan Scotti

Penny & Barry Shonio in memory of Haven Sterling Shonio

Sawyer & Rachel Smith in honor of Stowe Community Church

Lili and Jessica Spaulding in memory of Aunt Roberta Alexander, Great Aunt, and Mary McDermott – Grammie

Lynne von Trapp in memory of Rosmarie Trapp

Bidi Wheelwright in memory of John Lyle -Purdy Sr. and Jr. and Jeannie Perkins

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

Jessie and Jacob Winters in memory of Alice Kruidenier

Bernadette & Lorelei 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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