Thursday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service

A service of prophecy and fulfillment, of darkness and light, of the word of God sung in carols and seen in the breaking of bread, was offered at 5:00 pm in the First Presbyterian sanctuary.

Harpist Jillionna Bailey Plemmons opened the service with a video in which she played a medley of “In the Bleak Midwinter” by Gustav Holst, and “Gesu, Bambino” by Pietro Yon.

Pastor Curtis gave a word of welcome, followed by Carol and Jimmy Grantham who gave the Call to Worship, the lighting of the Christ Candle, Prayer for Christmas Adoration and Passing of the Peace of Christ. We are truly grateful for their vital contribution to this special worship service.

Pastor Emily Wilmarth nestled at home with her children, Clara and Elliot, to read a children’s book on the Christmas story as the Children’s Moment. The book was “All the Colors of Christmas” by Matthew Paul Turner.

Pastor Curtis read the familiar Christmas story found in Luke 2:1-7. His Meditation was on “God’s Christmas Gift” — the gift of abundant life given through the humble birth and life and death of Jesus Christ.

A musical offering was performed on December 24, 2019 by baritone Stell Huie, singing Adolphe Adam’s “O Holy Night.” Violinist Isabelle Burkhart accompanied the congregation in singing “Silent Night, Holy Night.”

Both pastors offered the Sacrament of Holy Communion, after which the lights in the sanctuary were dimmed and candles lit, reflecting the Light that has come into the world.

Angie Jenkins closed the service with the Benediction hymn, “God Be With You Til We Meet Again.” Her Postlude on the pipe organ was “And the Glory of the Lord” from “The Messiah” by G.F. Handel.

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