Christmas Day Worship — December 25, 2023

By grace alone, through faith alone, because of Christ alone

“A Christmas Day Service of Lessons and Carols”

  • Prelude




    *Hymn #195: “Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come”


    Welcome and Call to Worship


    First Lesson: Genesis 3:1-15

    The Fall of man and the first proclamation of the Gospel


    Hymn #196: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” (vv. 1-3)


    Second Lesson: Isaiah 7:10-14; 9:2, 6-7

    The Prophet Isaiah foretells the coming Messiah


    Hymn #194: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (vv. 1, 3, and 5)


    Third Lesson: Micah 5:2-5

    The Prophet Micah foretells the glory of little Bethlehem


    Hymn #201: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (vv. 1, 2, and 4)


    Fourth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38

    The angel Gabriel greets the Virgin Mary


    Fifth Lesson: Luke 2:1-7

    Luke tells of the birth of Jesus


    Hymn: “Holy Child”


    Sixth Lesson: Luke 2:8-16

    The angels meet the shepherds


    Hymn #214: “Angels We Have Heard on High”


    Seventh Lesson: Matthew 2:1-11

    The Wise Men are led by the star to Jesus


    *Hymn #208: “O Come, All Ye Faithful”


    Eighth Lesson: John 1:1-14

    John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation


    Homily ~ “What’s in a Name?” (Isaiah 9:6-7) ~ Pastor Rich Hamlin


    Hymn #224: “Go Tell it on the Mountain”


    A Gift for the Children




    * Congregation to stand