Christmas Eve 2021

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Union Church

Biddeford Pool

…a place of peace and Presence by the sea

“Wonders of His Love: Compassionate Joy”

You are welcome here

December 24, 2021

A Simple Service for Christmas Eve

Gathering Music:  *Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (by Ralph Vaughan Williams) 

                                                                          – Patricia Muholland & The Union Church Choir                   


Tonight we offer the Lights of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love

to illumine the Door of Welcome.

And we add the brightest light of all… the Light of the Newborn Jesus.

It shines bright like the star that rose over Bethlehem.

May this light also shine in our hearts, in our lives, and in our church.

May this light awaken us to possibilities and lead us to greater hospitality.

There IS room in this Inn, a House for the Holy.

Call To Worship:

Leader:    Come, all who are faithful and all who seek joy in your lives.
People:   It is the season to sing praises to God for the Christ Child is near.

Leader:    The symbols of hope, peace, love, and joy shine brightly in our hearts.

People:   May they remain with us throughout the year.
Leader:    We now share a promise that was fulfilled by God:
All:          That our beloved Child is born and will call us to new

                lives of love, joy, and faith in action.  Amen.

Opening Hymn:  Angels We Have Heard on High     *See Lyric Insert


Holy Living One, You who are our Joy,

Let wonders of your love rule our hearts this day.

Let wonders of your love rule our church this day.

Let wonders of your love rule the world this day…

in the name of Compassion. Amen.

Lords Prayer    

Music:  O Holy Night (by Adolphe Adam/Placide Cappeau)  -Michelle Currie

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 9:2-7 (NRSV),  Luke 2: 1-7 (NRSV)  -Peter McPheeters

             After the reading, you may  respond, “Thanks be to God.”

Moment for Reflection:                                                              Rev. Paula Norbert

                                   A Prayer for Christmas Peace

Closing Hymn:  Joy to the World     *See Lyric Insert


A Child is born to us, named Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God, Prince of Peace!  Christ is born. Merry Christmas to all

May you go forth with the blessings of Christmas in your hearts to

share with those you meet…

Postlude:   Silent Night


The offering received at this Service each Christmas supports the

Pastor’s Discretionary Fund, providing emergency assistance

for the local community throughout the year.  We are deeply grateful

for your generosity.   You may also send your Offering by mail.

                                      Hymn Lyrics:

Angels We Have Heard on High     *Lyrics

Angels we have heard on high, sweetly singing o’er the plains

And the mountains in reply echoing their joyous strains

Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo

Come to Bethlehem and see, him whose birth the angels sing

Come adore on bended knee Christ, the Lord, the new born King

Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o,  Glo-ri-a in excelsis De-o

Joy to the World     *Lyrics

Jot to the world the Lord is come

Let earth receive her king

Let every heart, prepare him room

And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing

And heaven and nature sing

Joy to the earth, the savior reigns

Let all their songs employ

While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains

Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy

Repeat the sounding joy

Silent Night    *Lyrics

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

Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia

Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born

Many thanks to Michelle Currie, our wonderful Music Director, who brings joy to our worship each week through the gift of her music.  Thank you to Patricia Mulholland and the Union Church Choir. Thanks too to our Zoom Host and Reader this night.

Worship Notes

Worship Materials by Marcia McFee, Used with permission.