Christmas Eve

The entire service is in the video below. Merry Christmas!

The order of service is printed below the video.


DECEMBER 24, 2020


But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah,

who are one of the little clans of Judah,

from you shall come forth for me

one who is to rule in Israel,

whose origin is from of old,

from ancient days.

Therefore he shall give them up until the time

when she who is in labor has brought forth;

then the rest of his kindred shall return

to the people of Israel.

And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the Lord,

in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.

And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great

to the ends of the earth;

and he shall be the one of peace.

Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.

CAROL RESPONSE O Little Town of Bethlehem ELW #279



Who are these angels who come to earth,

bearing the news of the Christ child's birth?

Who are these shepherds who run to see,

and worship the babe on bended knee?

Who is this child, so small, so slight,

of whom the angels sang that night?

Who is this king, a manger his throne,

who humbles himself to make us his own?

Who is this God who sends a Son

into our midst, the promised one?


Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to God’s people on earth.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

the Son of God sent from heaven above,

be with you all. And also with you.

Almighty God, you made this holy night shine

with the brightness of the true Light.

Grant that here on earth we may walk

in the light of Jesus’ presence

and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory;

through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and forever. Amen.

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.

We long for a light to guide us.

HYMN OF PRAISE “Joy to the World” ELW #267


Isaiah 9

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.

Word of God, Word of Life. Thanks be to God.

CAROL RESPONSE Good Christian Friends Rejoice ELW #385


Luke 2:1-7

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be enrolled. This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be enrolled, each into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.) To be enrolled with Mary his espoused wife, who was 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.

CAROL RESPONSE What Child is This? ELW #296

Luke 2:8-14

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 Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you; you shall find a 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.

CAROL RESPONSE “Angels We Have Heard on High” ELW #289

Luke 2:15-20

When the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord has made known unto us." And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.


SERMON “Our Story” Pastor Phil Wold

HYMN OF THE DAY “Away in a Manger” ELW #277


We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God, begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures;

he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.



Let us pray. God of time and eternity, you have given your only Son, born of Mary,

to save and redeem us. Bless us with all good things, that the works of our hands

through all the years of our lives may proclaim the news of your redeeming

love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


In the radiant light of God’s presence,

let us confess our sin before God and one another.

Time of silence for reflection and self- examination

O Holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;

Cast out our sin and enter in, be born in us today.

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;

Oh, come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Immanuel!

Christ the Lord is born for you, and in him you are forgiven. Through your baptism into his death and resurrection you are reborn as children of God, heirs of everlasting life. Amen


The angels sing Glory to God in the highest and peace to God’s people on earth. The peace of the Lord be with you always. And also with you.

(Please share the peace of the Christ child with your neighbors.)


As we celebrate Christmas, let us praise God for the birth of our Savior

and pray for all in need, responding to each petition with the words “Your mercy is great.”

A brief silence.

Mighty and merciful God, we praise you for bringing your Word to birth among us. Strengthen with your Spirit all the baptized, so that even where the faithful cannot assemble for worship, the whole church can together honor the birth of Jesus.

A brief silence.

Hear us, O God our Redeemer. Your mercy is great.

We praise you for your created earth, the stars in the sky, the animals in stables, the flocks in the fields. Show us your majesty in the brightness of day and the darkness of night. Rouse our care for your magnificent creation.

A brief silence.

Hear us, O God our Creator. Your mercy is great.

We praise you for each day that knows peace and welcomes justice. Inspire leaders of nations to seek concord where there is war and violence. Guard ambassadors, relief workers, and military personnel the world over. Visit both the Palestinians and the Israelis, and protect the many peoples who live under military rule. Make our own streets avenues of peace.

A brief silence.

Hear us, O God our Sovereign. Your mercy is great.

We praise you for the benefits of light available in our homes and shining on our trees. Accompany those who enjoy no such light, and protect all who labor in the darkness on behalf of others.

A brief silence.

Hear us, O God our Light. Your mercy is great.

We praise you for new parents with their newborns and for the joys of families of every shape and size. Visit the homes where there is sickness or sorrow. Abide with people who live isolated from others. Bless the children who this year receive no gifts.

A brief silence.

Hear us, O God our Treasure. Your mercy is great.

We praise you for every sign of your loving presence, and we pray for all who suffer. Heal the sick. Feed the hungry. Shelter the homeless and the refugee. Visit those in prison. Comfort mourners. We pray especially for . . . .

A brief silence.

Hear us, O God our Savior. Your mercy is great.

We praise you for the development of coronavirus vaccines. We pray for the millions who are afflicted with Covid-19. Uphold physicians, nurses, and all health care workers, and provide medical facilities for everyone.

A brief silence.

Hear us, O God our Healer. Your mercy is great.

We praise you, the almighty God born on the earth; and so you transformed the cosmos. Come to each of us, and receive our silent prayers.

A longer period of silence.

Hear us, O God our Beloved. Your mercy is great.

We praise you for all the saints who have proclaimed your glory in word and deed, especially those we remember in our hearts. With them, let us sing your praise, now and forever.

A brief silence.

Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

To you, Mighty God, Prince of peace, wonderful Counselor, we offer our praises for your grace upon grace. Receive our prayers in the name of the one who was born to live and die and rise again for us, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

CAROL Your Little Ones, Dear Lord Are We ELW #286


Let us pray.

A brief silence is kept

Holy God,

everlasting Father, Prince of Peace, wonderful Counselor,

at the birth of time your Word brought light into the world,

and throughout the ages, you proclaim newness of life.

For your wondrous Word, we thank you, O God.

We thank you, O God.

In the fullness of time, your Word became flesh,

to shine in our world’s darkness,

to speak peace to all peoples,

and to welcome us as members of your family.

For your loving Word, we adore you, O God.

We adore you, O God.

Grant us now the gift of your Spirit,

that held, nourished, and protected by your Word,

we may live as your children,

bearing your goodness throughout the world.

For your powerful Word, we praise you, O God.

We praise you, O God.

All glory to you, holy God,

now and forever. Amen.


Gathered into one by the Holy Spirit, let us pray as Jesus taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen

CAROL Go Tell It On the Mountain ELW #290


May the God of the angels, who heralded Christ's birth,

bring joy to your hearts this day and always. Amen

May the God of love, who gave his only Son to be born for you,

fill your life with love and peace. Amen

May Emmanuel, God with us,

be with you in all your doings and all your celebrations,

until he brings you into his eternal kingdom. Amen

And may almighty God, Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless you now and forever.

CLOSING HYMN “Silent Night” (You may want to light a candle) ELW #281

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 your holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at your birth, Jesus, Lord at your birth.


Go in Peace, Christ is with you. Thanks be to God.