Sunday December 24, 2017 - 7:00 p.m. & 11:00 p.m.

St. Paul United Church of Christ

24158 Goddard Road, Taylor, Michigan 48180-0190

Rev. Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas - Senior Pastor

Pastor Cheryl Schalm - Minister of Christian Education

 Mr. Tracy Hoffman - Director of Music

Mrs. Sally Sigman - Organist

Ms. Cindy Romas - Administrative Assistant for Member Services

 

Christmas Eve                                                                                      December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

7:00 and 11:00 p.m.   

   SILENT PRAYER (Silent reverence is invited) 

   PRELUDE  Sally Sigman, Organist

   RINGING OF THE CHURCH BELL

 *PROCESSIONAL HYMN No. 148 “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” Tracy Hoffman, Hymn Leader

 *UNISON INVOCATION  Reverend Dr. Geoffrey G. Drutchas and Congregation

   O God, we thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ, making possible our

   redemption and salvation.  Encourage us to do our part to bring goodwill and

   peace to our families, our churches, our schools, our neighborhoods and the 

   world.  Now let your Spirit put us in touch with you, the living God, through the 

   words and music we hear tonight.  In Jesus’ name, we pray.  Amen.

 *CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE  Amen, Amen, Amen.

   WELCOME/ PASSING OF PEACE/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

   ANTHEM  “Alleluia,”  Summer Herkimer, Soloist (7), “I’ll be Home for Christmas,”  Chancel Choir (11) 

   THE CHRISTMAS STORY  From the Gospels of Matthew & Luke (adapted by

   Eugene Peterson, The Message), Pastors Cheryl Schalm and Geoffrey Drutchas

   HYMN  No. 153  “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear”      

   OUR ADVENT CANDLES: WHAT JESUS BRINGS  Sam Kincaid (7) & Pastor Drutchas  (7 & 11)

   Children and youth are invited to come forward to share in candle lighting.       

   Hope for Our Lives * Peace for Our Lives  * Love in Our Lives * Joy in Our Lives

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*HYMN No. 144  “O Little Town of Bethlehem”

   OFFERTORY INVITATION/ OFFERTORY/ *DEDICATION OF GIFTS

   INTROIT  “Love Came Down at Christmas,”  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist

   LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE

   SPECIAL MUSIC  “Home for the Holidays,”  Noel Ensemble (7), “A Christmas Invitation,”Chancel Choir (11)   

   SERMON  “Is There Room in Our Inn?” Pastor Drutchas

   HYMN No. 162  “What Child Is This” (7), “Christmas Communion Hymn,” Chancel Choir (11)    

   SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER  Pastors Drutchas and Schalm

     Prayers of Confession and Consecration (found in the pew racks)

     Distribution of Elements

     Prayer of Thanksgiving

*DOXOLOGY

     Praise God from whom all blessings flow; praise Him all creatures here below;

     Praise Him above ye heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.

  SHARING THE LIGHT OF CHRIST (Congregation Seated)

  CANDELIGHT HYMN  “Silent Night, Holy Night” (see insert) First verse acapella,

  Tracy Hoffman, Soloist;  Entire hymn, Congregation  

  LORD’S PRAYER  (debts/ debtors)  acapella   

  BENEDICTION

 

About the Distribution of the Light: The pastor will ignite his candle from the Christ Candle with the declaration: “Jesus, you are the light of the world—the light which gives us hope and peace!”  The ushers’ candles will then be lit.  Stepping down from the chancel, they will move through the sanctuary’s center and side aisles.  At the appropriate signal they will extend their candle without tipping them to the worshipers sitting at the end of each pew.  In turn, these worshipers will extend their candles to the person sitting next to them in the pew.  Do not tip a lit candle; unlit candles should be tipped into the flame.  As pew candles are ignited, spreading the Light of Christ throughout the sanctuary, all electric lights will be dimmed.  The seated congregation, holding candles in front of them, will join in singing “Silent Night, Holy Night.”  As the singing finishes the pastor will extinguish his candle and all worshipers are asked to do so as well.  All used candles can be deposited in a basket in the narthex as you depart.  Prior to the start of the service, battery-operated candles are available from the ushers for children under the age of twelve.

MISSION STATEMENT

“Our mission at St. Paul United Church of Christ is to promote God’s plan of

salvation in our church family and community. Knowing that all blessings come from

God, we seek to share these in the church universal and proclaim God’s good news of

His love and compassion, bringing together all people in Jesus Christ.”

 

ASSISTING WITH THE SERVICE TODAY

Ushers : Council Members

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY AND FELLOWSHIP

 Calendar Week  December 24  -- January 2

 

 Sunday       Worship Service 7:00 & 11:00 p.m– Rev. Geoffrey Drutchas–Communion

Monday       Merry Christmas!/  Office Closed

Tuesday      Office Closed

Wednesday Handbell Rehearsal 6:00 p.m./ Choir Rehearsal 7:00 p.m.

Thursday    Annual Congregational Reports Due in the office

Saturday     Youth hosting Wyandotte Soup Kitchen Lunch 10:30 am.

Sunday        Worship 10:00 a.m.– Pastor Cheryl Schalm – Sunday School 10:00 a.m.

Monday      Happy New Year!/ Office closed!

Tuesday      Bible Study 10:30 a.m./ Executive 6:30 p.m.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR CHRISTMAS EVE

Tonight, we welcome children and youth to our Christmas Eve Services…

Special pew packets with Christmas coloring materials are available for young children in the Narthex.  Please ask any usher for a packet.

♥ Holy Communion is open to all guests and visitors.  At St. Paul United Church of Christ, we observe and practice “open communion,” which means that adult and confirmed guests and visitors gathering with us for Christmas Eve worship can freely share in the sacrament without regard to personal church affiliation.

Our congregation encourages everyone receiving the communion wafer and cup tonight to silently commit themselves anew to walk more closely with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

Children and youth who have not yet been confirmed in faith are invited to participate in part of tonight’s communion service.  Grapes are provided for them in the center of the trays containing the consecrated grape juice for adults.  Please assist your child in retrieving a grape from the tray.  Communion wafers and cups are reserved for adults who have already made their first communion as adults or confirmed Christians.

Children under the age of twelve are invited to share in the Light of Christ using battery-operated candles available from the ushers before the start of the service.  To avoid safety hazard to others in the pew, parents are asked to keep their own lighted candle firmly in hand. 

The Usher’s Room and our new “Family Room” off the Narthex is available for parents with crying or fussy children.  Please feel free to rejoin your fellow worshippers in the pews after calming or quieting your child.

The location of rest rooms…

Restrooms are available near the east and west lobbies of the church.

To reach the east side rest room, exit from the sanctuary through the arched doorway on the right side of the pulpit.  Follow the short hallway to the St. Paul sculpture courtyard.  Turn right.  The lavatory is two doors down the hallway on the right.  This is a handicap accessible restroom with changing table.

To reach the west side rest room, exit from the sanctuary through the arched doorway on the left front of the sanctuary adjacent to the Christmas tree.  Continue through the church office to the west lobby.  The two lavatories are on the far end of the lobby.

A handicap accessible restroom with changing table is available at the rear of the sanctuary just before the entrance to our “Family Room.” 

 

ASSISTANCE TO THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

♥ Those with wheelchairs are encouraged to make use of the special area reserved for you at the rear of the sanctuary with easy exit access to the front door and the wheelchair ramp.  In case of a fire emergency, an usher will assist you in exiting from the sanctuary and building.

♥ Worshippers using oxygen are asked to briefly retire to the usher’s room off the narthex at the end of service as the sharing of the Light of Christ begins to avoid all hazardous contact between a lit flame and an oxygen container. 

♥ Large print orders of service are provided for the convenience of worshippers.  Request one from the greeters and ushers before the start of the Christmas Ever service.

♥ Assistive listening devices are available from the ushers for your use.  Turn to channel 105.5.  Please return the assistive listening devices to the ushers at the end of the service.

♥ Cell phones and pagers should be turned off or set to vibrate.

 

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, 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.

 

♥ Christmas Offering received – The Christmas Fund Offering, one of the four special UCC mission offerings will be received anytime during the month of December.  Gifts to the Christmas Fund help provide pension and health premium supplementation to low-income retired ministers. Special red offering envelopes marked ‘Christmas Fund Offering’ are available in the pew racks for your donation use.

 

  2018 Offering Envelopes are now available for pickup.  Ushers can assist you in locating your  

   boxed envelopes.   Please note:  to be recorded for 2017 tax credit purposes contributions must be  

   received in the church office no later than December 31st

  

Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends:  Your prayers are requested for the following church members and friends: Ann Anderson, Bob Barley, Megan Barnosky, Sherrill Berndl, Betty Caufield, Dan Childress, Miles Church, Justin Collins (son-in-law of Gerri King), Dan Evison, Rebecca Havenstein Coughlin, Dave Cowper, Phill Felske, Sharon Ferguson, Al Gunther, Shirley Havenstein, Pam & Wayne Jones, Dorothy Kaczmarek, David King, John King, Carol & Dennis Komathy, Rev. Bill Kren, Jena Mellin, Michelle Mellin, Esther Perry, Sharon Podpora, Garnett Raymond (daughter, Betty Hagerty), Lil Roscoe, Sandi Rose, Eleanor Rossi, Sue Spears, Kevin Staffeld, Mary Lou Staffeld, Brenda Tank, and Jeannette Wackro. Please contact the church office if your family member or friend needs to be listed longer than three weeks or their health has been restored.