December 24, 2020 at 7:00 pm

Christmas Eve

Hingham Congregational Church UCC YouTube Channel:

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7:00 pm - Worship Service on HCC's YouTube Channel:


You can also view the bulletin by going to - Worship and Music, Bulletins and Announcements,

Be sure to watch for a special Children's message in the service! Jen DiMarzio, Priscilla Anderson and Daryl Denelle will be helping out.

The service will remain on You Tube and the website:, if you want to watch later.

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Hingham Congregational Church

United Church of Christ

Hingham, Massachusetts

An Open and Affirming Church


Christmas Eve 2020

7:00 p.m.





In the Spirit of the Christ Child,

we welcome you to Christmas Eve worship

at the Hingham Congregational Church United Church of Christ.

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Order of Worship



A Christmas Prelude - Charles Callahan

Away in a Manger - Wilbur Held

Go Tell It on the Mountain - Wilbur Held

Prelude on Whence is that Goodly Fragrance Flowing 

                             (French Traditional Carol)  Arr. Harrison Oxley


                                Good Night My Jesus               Paul Cappers

   (Composed for the family to perform at Christmas in the 1980s)

                                      Bring A Torch               Jeanette Isabella 

                          (17th Century French Carol)    Kate Kallis, piano




Lighting the Advent & Christ Candles    Kathi and Bryce Blair


Opening Carol     O Come All Ye Faithful         

O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem;

Come and behold him, born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him.

O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord!


Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

Sing all ye citizens of heaven above.

Glory to God, all glory in the highest.

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him.

O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord!


Child, for us sinners, poor and in the manger,

We would embrace thee, with love and awe;

Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him.

O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord!


Yea, Lord, we great thee, born this happy morning,

Jesus, to thee be all glory given.

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him.

O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord

Opening Prayer (in unison)

  God of Love and Light, the season of longing and preparation has now ended. We gather tonight to celebrate the birth of your son, who transforms the world with wisdom and grace. We are filled with awe and gratitude! As we listen, sing, and pray tonight, please help us to feel your presence deep within and amongst us. In the coming year, inspire and strengthen us to share your compassion with neighbors near and far...


   A Moment for Silent Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father*, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever. Amen.

     *We acknowledge God to be among people of all gender identities and expressions;

        we also acknowledge the importance of tradition.


Message for Children                 Daryl Denelle, Ministry Intern

                                                Jen DiMarzio and Pricilla Anderson

Prayer for Christmas


Carol                 Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming           Todd Swavey

Lo, how a Rose E’re blooming

From tender stem hath sprung!

Of Jesse’s lineage coming

As prophets long have sung.

It came a floweret bright,

Amid the cold of winter,

When half spent was the night.


Isaiah ’twas foretold it,

This rose I have in mind,

With Mary we behold it,

The Virgin Mother kind.

To show God’s love aright,

She bore to us a Savior,

When half spent was the night.


Reading from Scripture: Isaiah 9:2,6-7                           Daryl Denelle 

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.

For a child has been born for us,

   a son given to us;

authority rests upon his shoulders;

   and he is named

Wonderful Counsellor, 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 onwards and for evermore.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Anthem                            Gesu Bambino                     Pietro Yon         

                                                      Nick Capodilupo, guest soloist


Reading from Scripture: Matthew 2:1-12               John Pint  

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

   are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;

for from you shall come a ruler

   who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Anthem                 Coventry Carol      16th century English Carol

                                                       Arr. Martin Shaw, Senior Choir  

Sermon                   “A Light Just Ahead”      Rev. Dr. Peter Allen

Carol     Angels We Have Heard on High   

Angels we have heard on high

Sweetly singing o’er the plain

And the mountains in reply

Echo back their Joyous Strains

Gloria in excelsis Deo

Gloria in excelsis Deo


Shepherds why this jubilee

Why your joyous strains prolong

Say, what may the tidings be

Which inspire your heavenly song




Come to Bethlehem and see

Him whose birth the angels sing

Come adore on bended knee

Christ the Lord, the newborn king



Christmas in Candlelight


Anthem                            O Holy Night                 Adolphe Adam

                                                                    Nick Capodilupo, Solo


Carol     Silent Night (please remain seated)

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.


Silent night, holy night, Son of God, Love’s pure light

Radiant streams from thy holy face,

With the dawn of redeeming grace,

Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.


(Please hum one final verse)




Carol     Joy to the World! The Lord Is Come

Joy 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 heaven and nature sing.


Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns: Let us our songs employ;

While fields and floods, rocks hills and plains.

Repeat the sounding joy, Repeat the sounding joy,

Repeat, Repeat the sounding joy.


He rules the world with truth & grace, And makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness

And wonders of his love, And wonders of his love,

And wonders, wonders of his love.


Postlude     Hark! The Herald Angels Sing   Arr. Alfred V. Fadak 


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The ministers, staff, and deacons of Hingham Congregational Church wish you and your family a Blessed Christmas

and a Happy New Year!

Our Liturgists are: Daryl Denelle, John Pint


Our Christmas Choir music for tonight includes recordings of regular church choir members and guest singers. Thank you for sharing your talents with us on this special night!

Thank you to Sherry & TR Schilb, Jim Cosman, Pennie Baltera, and an anonymous wreath elf for decorating the sanctuary.