Christmas Day Worship — December 25, 2023

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

“A Christmas Day Service of Lessons and Carols”



*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