Christmas Eve Bulletin 7 pm

Asbury United Methodist Church Order of Worship
December 24, 2021 Christmas Eve 7:00 p.m.

Prelude and Lighting of the Christ Candles

Sussex Carol
arr. Alfred V. Fedak
Fernanda Van Atta, organ

Silent Meditation

“Love comes to us at Christmas. Love comes to heal our souls. Love brings an invitation that our hearts might be made whole.”– Amanda Udis-Kessler

Welcome and Call to Worship

Pastor Kathy

Special Music

Christmas Images
Terry Herald
Arr. James/Monroe/Zonjic
Rebecca Kohlmoos and Burlyne Wilson, flutes
Mary Burnham, piano

Lighting of Christ Candle on the Advent Wreath

Jon Hart and Carol Wahrer

Tonight, we offer the Lights of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love to illumine the Door of Welcome.
And we add the brightest light of all… the Light of the Newborn Jesus. It shines bright like the star that rose over Bethlehem. May this light also shine in our hearts, in our lives, and in our church. May this light awaken us to possibilities and lead us to greater hospitality. (Light the 3 purple and 1 pink and then light the Christ Candle in the center).
There IS room in this Inn, a House for the Holy.

Love comes to us at Christmas. Love comes to heal our souls. Love brings an invitation that our hearts might be made whole. As we gather at the stable in the darkness, glad and grateful for the sacred in our midst, for wonder and delight, Christ is born in us this night.

The Light of Christ be with you!

And also with you!

I invite you to pass a “wave” of peace to the people around you and the people worshiping at home!

Opening Hymn

Joy to the World
Verses 1, 4
Jessica Warren, song leader

The Promise

Isaiah 9:2-7, New Revised Standard Version
Jon Hart

Special Music

Mary, Did You Know?
Buddy Greene
Allen Larson, voice and guitar

Singing of Favorite Carols

#217 Away in the Manger Verses 1, 2
#218 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Verses 1, 4
#230 O Little Town of Bethlehem Verses 1, 4
#234 O Come, All Ye Faithful Verses 1, 3
#240 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing Verses 1, 3

The Christmas Story

Luke 2:1-7, The New Revised Standard Version
Brad Biggerstaff

Hymn #238

Angels We Have Heard on High
Verses 1, 2

The Christmas Story (continued)

Luke 2:8-20, The New Revised Standard Version
Jon Hart

Hymn #2095


Sharing the Word

Housing the Holy: The Inn
Pastor Kathy

Special Music

O Holy Night
Brad Biggerstaff, tenor
Fernanda Van Atta, piano

Offering and Prayer for Christmas

Pastor Kathy

Celebrating the Light and Carol #239

Silent Night
Brad Biggerstaff

A Time of Blessing

Pastor Kathy and Brad Biggerstaff


Sleep in Heavenly Peace
Alfred V. Fedak
Fernanda Van Atta, organ

We Go in Peace

Serving This Evening

Pastor: Pastor Kathy La Point-Collup
Minister: Brad Biggerstaff
Worship Leader: Jon Hart
Service Music: Fernanda Van Atta/Allen Schell
Song Leader: Jessica Warren
Audio Visual and Live Streaming: Alexandra Lobao and Jim Lobao
Worship Slides: Sharmyn Crawford

Asbury Staff

Pastor: Kathy La Point-Collup
Minister of Youth and Young Adults and General Ministry Support: Brad Biggerstaff
Pastor Emerita: Heather Leslie Hammer
Director of Children’s Ministries: Jackie Bennett
Music Director: Jean Braun
Worship Accompanist and Director of Asbury Ringers: Fernanda Van Atta
Organist Emeritus: Allen Schell
Administrative Assistants: Terri Gamble, Karen Bauman
Facilities Manager: Ruth Hawley
Information Technology: Tom Petty, Jim Lobao

Acknowledgments, Sources, and Permissions

Hymns reprinted with permission under One License A-733986. Permission to stream the music in this service obtained from CCS WORSHIPcast License 9641.

Sussex Carol English Melody, arr. Alfred V. Fedak, ©2017 Lorenz Publishing, Inc.
Christmas Images Music: Terry Herald, arr. Bob James, Ervin Monroe & Alexander Zonjic © 1998 Little Piper.
Joy to the World Music: arr. G. F. Handel, by Lowell Mason,. Text: Isaac Wats, Public domain.
Mary Did You Know? Music Buddy Green, Text: Mark Lowry © 1991 Word Music, Inc. and Rufus Music.
Away in a Manger Music: James R. Murray, Text: Anonymous, Public Domain.
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear Music: Richard Storrs Willis, Words:  Edmund H. Sears, Public Domain
O Little Town of Bethlehem Music: Lewis H. Redner, Text: Phillips Brooks, Public Domain.
O Come, All Ye Faithful Music: & Text:  John F. Wade, Public Domain.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing Music:  Felix Mendelssohn, arr. William H. Cummings, Text:  Charles Wesley, Public Domain.
Angels We Have Heard on High Music:  French carol melody, arr. Edward Shippen Barnes, harm. Austin C. Lovelace,Text:  Trad. French carol, trans. Crown of Jesus. Harm. © 1964 Abingdon Press. 
Star-Child Music:  Carlton R. Young, Text:  Shirley Erena Murray, © 1994 Hope Publishing Co.
O Holy Night Music: Adolphe Adam, Public Domain.
Silent Night Music:  Franz Gruber, Text:  Joseph Mohr, sts. 1, 2, 3 trans John F. Young, st. 4 trans. anonymous, Public Domain
Sleep in Heavenly Peace Alfred V. Fedak, © 2017 Lorenz Publishing Company.