THE SERVICE FOR THE LORD’S DAY

Christmas Eve
December 24, 2020
First Presbyterian Church, Fargo
The Session and members of First Presbyterian Church, extend a sincere welcome to you! We welcome all persons regardless of race, nationality, disability, gender, or sexual orientation. This includes an open invitation to membership, the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, marriage, funerals, memorial services, and to serve as an officer of the church.

Prelude and Preparation for Worship

Prayer of the Day
Glorious God, on this Christmas Eve, we sing beloved carols of Bethlehem, of shepherds and angels, of Mary and Joseph, and the infant Jesus, our Savior. Is there yet a new song we can sing to you? A song to be learned from the heavens and the earth: where the roar of the sea, the exultation of the fields, and the joy of the trees are already raised in a chorus of glad rejoicing, ready to welcome you. Even if no ear may hear your coming, help us hear the music of creation. Then, with the whole cosmos, we will sing of your salvation, declare your glory, and in a crescendo of praise, bless your name: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace! Amen.

Gathering in Christ’s Presence

Welcome and Concerns of the Church
Opening Sentences 
On this holy night, we gather as many –
As strangers and friends, as the faithful and the wondering,
We gather as many and as one community.
We come to seek the light, the hope, the Good News.
On this holy night, we wait for God to come to us again.
We light this candle as a sign of our hope, for the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it.
Let us worship God who comes to us even now.
Hymn — O Come, All Ye Faithful
Singers: Jane Ahlin, Penny Andrist, Kayla Bones, Jack Lawrence, and Dillon Swanson  Accompanist: Sally Harmon
Opening Prayer
Do Not Be Afraid Scenes 1-3
Gift of Music
Before the marvel of this night, adoring, fold your wings and bow;
then tear the sky apart with light and with your news the world endow.
Proclaim the birth of Christ and peace, that fear and death and sorrow cease:
Sing peace; sing peace; sing gift of peace; sing peace; sing gift of peace!
Awake the sleeping world with song: this is the day the Lord has made.
Assemble here, celestial throng, in royal splendor come arrayed.
Give earth a glimpse of heavenly bliss, a teasing taste of what they miss:
Sing bliss; sing bliss; sing endless bliss; sing bliss; sing endless bliss!
The love that we have always known, our constant joy and endless light,
now to the loveless world be shown, now break upon its deathly night.
Into one song compress the love that rules our universe above:
Sing love; sing love; sing God is love; sing love; sing God is love!
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Gift of Music
Do Not Be Afraid Scenes 7-9
Hymn — Silent Night
Singers: Penny Andrist, Kayla Bones, Pam Burns, Tori Hughes, Jack Lawrence, and Erynn Millard.  Accompanist: Sally Harmon
1 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.

2 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!"

3 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.

4 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.
Do Not Be Afraid Scenes 10-12
Gift of Music

Responding to God’s Word

Prayers of the People and the Lord's Prayer
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, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Call for the Offering, ending with the Prayer of Dedication
To contribute to the Deacons Emergency Fund, please select Deacons and note Emergency Fund in the memo line.

Bearing the Word into the World

Hymn — Joy to the World
Charge and Benediction
Postlude