Listen to 2014 Christmas Eve Service

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Join us for this special Christmas Eve service featuring guest musicians, all of your favorite Christmas carols, and the celebration of Holy Eucharist. If you experience trouble with the audio player below, visit the direct link here.

 

 

 

THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST:  CHRISTMAS EVE
December 24, 2014  6:00 p.m.

Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesville, NC

 

THE HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II

THE WORD OF GOD

Processional Hymn 83 “O come, all ye faithful” (vv.1-3, 6)          Adeste fideles

THE ACCLAMATION 355

THE COLLECT FOR PURITY 355

Hymn 96 “Angels we have heard on high” (vv 1, 3,)                            Gloria

THE COLLECT OF THE DAY  

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

THE LESSONS

The First Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them light has shined.  You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.

For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.  His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.

He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.

“Sleep in heavenly peace”      Trinity Teen Ensemble          Arr. R. E. Schram

The Second Reading: Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

Hymn 89 – “It came upon the midnight clear” Carol

The Gospel: Luke 2:1-14

Response: Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.

Response: Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

THE SERMON                                                        The Rev. Brad Mullis

THE NICENE CREED 358

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Form I  p.383

THE PEACE 360

THE HOLY COMMUNION

THE OFFERTORY

Offertory Anthem: “Suo Gan”                                  Traditional Welsh Melody

Trinity Ensemble

At the Presentation of Bread, Wine, and Alms:

    Hymn 87 “Hark! The herald angels sing” (v. 1)                          Mendelssohn

THE GREAT THANKSGIVING:  Eucharistic Prayer B 367

Sursum corda (S120 in Hymnal) 367

Sanctus and Benedictus  (S125 in Hymnal) 367

The Great Amen  (S146 in Hymnal) 369

THE LORD’S PRAYER 364

THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD 364

The Fraction Anthem  (S155 in Hymnal) 364

THE SHARING OF THE BREAD AND WINE

All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion.  The first

chalice is a common cup.  The second chalice is for intinction, or dipping only.

Communion Hymn 79  O little town of Bethlehem (omit v. 4)          St. Louis

Postcommunion Hymn 111 “Silent night, holy night” (kneeling)    Stille Nacht

POSTCOMMUNION  PRAYER 365

THE BLESSING

Hymn 100 “Joy to the world! The Lord is come”                               Antioch

THE DISMISSAL (Response:  Thanks Be To God! Alleluia! Alleluia!)

Postlude: “Postlude”                                                                    J. Kuhnau

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MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

The Clergy, Wardens, Vestry, and People of Trinity Church welcome you to this celebration of Christ’s birth and wish you all a blessed and holy Christmas.

 

 

OUR THANKS TO THOSE SERVING TONIGHT…

Lector: James Hogan

Chalice Bearers: Betty Coltham, Anne Rhyne

Oblation Bearers: Joan and Don French

Acolytes: Meredith Dockery, Aston Johnson, Ellison Johnson,

Charlie Mullis

Acolyte Assistant: Margaret Johnson

Ushers: David Alexander, Chuck Dockery, Joe Peters,

Scott Rankin

Altar Guild: Joan French, Lula Cheatham, Martha Neely, Evie Caldwell, Lynn Sweeney, Tammy Neely

Vestry Reps: Anne Rhyne, Rob Hites

Opening/Closing: Clay Crouch, Chuck Dockery

 

One Response

  1. Kaye Taliana
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    I have enjoyed listening to the Christmas Eve service at Trinity, which I missed because I was in Spruce Pine with my son and his family. Also listened to Lesson and Carols again, and it sounded just as good as it was in person. Thank you, Brad and James, for making these services available to all who want to hear good music and a good message during the Christmas season!

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