OOS 12-24-21

OOS 12-24-21
Christmas Eve Service
Led by Rev. Ellen Quaadgras

Thank you to our Worship Partners: Tracey Wysor and George Johnson
Thank you to our Carol Singers:
Denise Aiken, Bruce Foresman, Julie Hassett, Nonetta Shatakhtsian, and Bob and Laurie Tyce


Welcome and Announcements

Chalice Lighting by David Breeden 

Prelude: Hark the Herald Angels Sing by F. Mendelssohn arr. by D. Alexander

Opening words: Christmas Will Come (adapted) by Earl K. Holt

*Opening Carol: #253 Oh Come, All Ye Faithful 

Unison Affirmation
Love is the spirit of this church
and service its mission
This is our great covenant
To dwell together in peace
To seek the truth in love
And to help one another

Reading by Barbara Rhode (adapted) 

Ancient Reading on the Birth: Luke 2:1-7

Modern Reading on the Birth: “The Star Child”  by Polly B. Berends 

Offertory/Offering: To make a donation to the Minister’s Discretionary Fund please go to  www.westminsteruu.org/donate-2. Please click on the drop down menu that says Minister’s Discretionary Fund, or mail a check to the church after the service.

Offertory:  Celtic Cradle Song” Traditional arr. by D. Hutsinger

Ancient Reading on the Wise Men: Matthew 2:9-12

Modern Reading on the Wise Men: “A Christmas Prayer” by Rev. Maureen Killoran

Congregational Carol: We Three Kings of Orient Are

Ancient Reading on the Shepherds: Luke 2:8-20 

Modern Reading on the Shepherds: From “All Creation Waits” by Gayle Boss 

Congregational Carol: The First Nowell 


Interlude: What Child Is This?

Reading: “Amazing Peace” by  Maya Angelou  

Candle Lighting with a prayer by Lisa Rubin 

*Congregational Carol: Silent Night