Service of Divine Worship

Welcome & Invocation

call to worship

JOHN 1:1-5, 14

Leader: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

All: All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Leader: In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

All: And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.



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!

Refrain: 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 heav’n above!
Glory to God, glory in the highest! Refrain

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning; Jesus, to thee be all glory giv’n;
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! Refrain

Words Attr. to J.F. Wade, 1751, Tr. by F. Oakeley, 1841; Music by J.F. Wade; CCLI License #152421


GENESIS 3:8-15
And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”


O come, O come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear.

Refrain: Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight. Refrain

O come, thou Wisdom from on high, and order all things far and nigh;
To us the path of knowledge show, and cause us in her ways to go. Refrain

O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife, and quarrels cease; fill all the world with heaven’s peace. Refrain 2x

Words & Music by Latin hymn tr. by J.M. Neale, 1851, alt, 1961; Music VENI EMMANUEL, Arr. © 2015 Jeff Vogan; CCLI License #152421


Leader: Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

People: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Leader: Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore.

People: The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


Oh, the mercy our God has shown to those who sit in death’s shadow.
The sun on high pierced the night; born was the Cornerstone.
Unto us a Son is given, unto us a Child is born.

Chorus: He who is mighty has done a great thing; taken on flesh, conquered death’s sting,
Shattered the darkness and lifted our shame. Holy is his name.

Oh, the freedom our Savior won; the yoke of sin has been broken.
Once a slave, now by grace no more condemnation.
Unto us a Son is given, unto us a Child is born. Chorus

Holy is his name.

Bridge: Now my soul magnifies the Lord. I rejoice in the God who saves.
I will trust his unfailing love. I will sing his praises all my days. (repeat)
Chorus 2x

Holy is his name. Holy is his name.

Words and music by R. Elliott and K. DeGraide, Arr. by J. Brownlee, © 2014 Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Minstries.


LUKE 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”

And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.


Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us; let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art,
Dear desire of ev’ry nation, joy of ev’ry longing heart.

Joy to those who long to see thee, Dayspring from on high, appear;
Come, thou promised Rod of Jesse, of thy birth we long to hear!
O’er the hills the angels singing news, glad tidings of a birth:
“Go to him, your praises bringing; Christ the Lord has come to earth.”

Come to earth to taste our sadness, he whose glories knew no end;
By his life he brings us gladness, our Redeemer, Shepherd, Friend.
Leaving riches without number, born within a cattle stall;
This the everlasting wonder, Christ was born the Lord of all.

Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a king,
Born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal Spirit rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.

Words St. 1, 4 by C. Wesley, 1744, St. 2-3 by M.E. Hunt; Music HYFRYDOL by F.H. Pritchard, 1855; Arr. © 2009 Spachtula Music; CCLI License #152421


MATTHEW 1:18-25
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us). When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.


Before you set the edge of time, foundations of the earth and sky,
You saw it all and said that it was good.
The joy was set before your eyes, you knew that you would give your life;
You saw it all and said that it was good.

Pre-Chorus: Behold, behold the One, our Love has come.
Behold, behold the One, our King has come.

The heavens warred, the earth stood still, his final breath he tore the veil;
The angels sang, “Holy is his name.”
Defeated death, he broke the grave. Our hope returned, the lost are saved.
We lift our voice in neverending praise. Pre-Chorus 2x

Chorus: Emmanuel, God with us forever. Emmanuel, Savior of the world.
Emmanuel, Emmanuel. (repeat)

CCLI Song # 7044185; Words & Music by A. Skinner, B. Torwalt, K/ Torwalt, & K. Lee; © 2016 One In Tenn Publishing, Strings Of Music Publishing, Jesus Culture Music, Jesus Culture Music Group, Capitol CMG Genesis, Capitol CMG Paragon, Capitol CMG Amplifier, Out Of The Cave Music; CCLI License #152421


LUKE 2:1-7
In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


What child is this, who, laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet, while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

Why lies he in such mean estate, where ox and ass are feeding?
Good Christian, fear; for sinners here the silent Word is pleading.
Nails, spears, shall pierce him through; the cross be born for me, for you:
Hail, hail the Word made flesh, the babe, the son of Mary.

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh; come, peasant, king, to own him;
The King of kings salvation brings, let loving hearts enthrone him.
Raise, raise the song on high, the virgin sings her lullaby:
Joy, joy for Christ is born, the babe, the son of Mary.

This, this is Christ the King, whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring him laud, the babe, the son of Mary.

Traditional English Carol, Adapt. by W.C. Dix; Melody GREENSLEEVES; Arr. © 2010 Jeff Vogan; CCLI License #152421


LUKE 2:8-14
Leader: And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their
flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord
shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. And the angel said to them, “Fear
not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto
you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will
be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a
manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host
praising God and saying,

People: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”


Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply echo back their joyous strains.

Refrain: Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds why this jubilee? Why your joyous strains prolong?
Say what may the tidings be, which inspire your heav’nly song? Refrain

Come to Bethlehem and see him whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee Christ the Lord, the newborn King. Refrain

CCLI Song #27721; Words & Music Traditional French melody, Arr. © 2008 Van Ness Press, Inc.; Admin. by LifeWay Worship; CCLI License #152421




Christmas Eve Choir (Sanctuary)
THow do you capture the wind on the water? How do you count all the stars in the sky?
How can you measure the love of a mother, or how can you write down a baby’s first cry?

Candlelight, angel light, firelight and star glow, shine on his cradle ’till breaking of dawn.
Gloria in excelsis Deo! Angels are singing the Christ child is born.

Shepherds and wise men will kneel and adore him, Seraphim round him their vigil will keep.
Nations proclaim him their Lord and their Savior, but Mary will hold him and sing him to sleep.

Find him at Bethlehem laid in a manger, Christ our Redeemer asleep in the hay.
Godhead incarnate and hope of salvation, a Child with his mother that first Christmas Day.

Words and music by John Rutter. Oxford University Press 1985.


Congregation (Fellowship Hall and Fairfax)
Oh, what innocence sleeping in a manger under dreamless skies.
See the newborn King trading ev’ry glory for a silent night.
Here is the promise we have waited for. He will not leave us in the dark.

Chorus: He will bear our weight. He will wear our shame. Come, lift him high. Behold the Savior.
Jesus Christ, law of love and light. Come, lift him high. Behold the Savior.

Veiled deity, praise of ev’ry angel, shepherds bowing low.
Sweet humility, mercy as a baby, God in flesh and bone.
Here is the promise we have waited for. He will not leave us in the dark. Chorus

Here is the promise we have waited for. He will not leave us in the dark.
He is the promise we have waited for. The cry of ev’ry searching heart. Chorus

Come, lift him high. Behold the Savior. Come, lift him high. Behold the Savior.

CCLI Song #7023089; Words & Music by M. Andrews & M. Fieldes; © 2013 Word Music, LLC; Admin. Warner Chappel Music Inc.; Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, Upside Down Under; Admin. by Sony/ATV Music Publishing; CCLI License #152421


6. Isaiah’s Answer: A Child


Wonderful Counselor: I love your name, O Jesus;
Mighty God, Prince of Peace: your name alone can save us.

Pre-Chorus: From the stump of Jesse’s house a root will come to reign.

Chorus: Unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be on his shoulders.
He will reign on David’s throne; he will usher in his kingdom
And establish it with justice forever.

(repeat all)

Pre-Chorus 2x, Chorus 2x

Words & Music by Ben Doggett; Harmony & Orchestration by Andrew Schooley;.© 2015 The Falls Church Anglican; CCLI License #152421


Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”


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, heav’nly 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!

CCLI Song #27862; Words by F.X. Gruber, J. Mohr; Music by J.F. Young; CCLI License #152421


Leader: Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. Amen.

People: Amen. Thanks be to God. Alleluia!