Online Worship - Sunday, December 24, 2020
Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
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.
~ Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
Merry Christmas and welcome to the Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Trinity! Tonight we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, who came to illuminate our world and bring light where there was darkness. While there is little about this year that went according to plan, tonight we know that Christmas was always the plan. We invite you to join us to witness to God’s ultimate plan revealed in the birth of Jesus Christ. 

We will gather at 8 PM for online worship through Trinity’s Facebook Page and on our website

Please register your attendance here! To give to the church, you can do so here. To sign up for our e-communications, sign up here

See below for the Order of Worship.

Click here for the Children’s Worship Bulletin.
Sunday Worship
December 24, 2020 - 8 PM
Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

The Order of Service
Welcome to Trinity online.
As we prepare for a time of worship, we invite you to find an intentional space in your home for worship. We encourage you to light a candle or place something that
reminds you of Trinity or your connection with God nearby. Children are invited
to take out their worship boxes to prepare for worship.

Prelude: Gesú Bambino ~ Pietro Yon
Regino Madrid, violin

Welcome
As we light our candles in the sanctuary, I invite you to join us in lighting your own candle at home. As we place the cross in the holder, we invite you to place something that reminds you of Trinity or your connection with God in front of you.
Call to Worship:

In Jesus Christ, God’s Word to the world is life.
This life is the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen the glory,
the glory of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
God shone in our hearts to give us the light of knowledge
of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful - Hymnal no. 234 (stanzas 1, 2, 3, 5)
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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.

True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
lo, he shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten, not created;
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.
Gathering Prayer:
Almighty God,
   you made this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light,
   your Son Jesus Christ.
Grant that we may walk in the mystery of that Light on earth,
   and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory
   to enjoy him perfectly in heaven,
   where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns,
   one God, in glory everlasting. Amen. 

Lighting of the of the Christ Candle: Hoganson Family (Jon, Michelle, Taylor, Dylan, and Ayden Hoganson)
Passing of the Peace:
Wed love to know you worshiped with us! Please register your attendance here. We also encourage you to comment during the service so we can be in community with you! Click here to sign up for all our eCommunications.
Children’s Time: Hannah Day Donoghue
We invite the children who are worshiping at home to pay extra special attention. Each week Hannah Day Donoghue will send out Children’s Worship Bulletin and Coloring Pages for the children to do at home during this time.
Duet: The Wildwood Carol ~ John Rutter
Carol Bowers, soprano; Paul Taylor, baritone
Sing, O the wild wood, the green holly, the silent river and barren tree; The humble creatures that no man sees: A weary journey one winter's night: no hope of shelter, no rest in sight. Who was the creature that bore Mary? A simple donkey. And when they came into Bethlehem Town they found a stable to lay them down. For their companions that Christmas Night, an ox and an ass. And then an angel came down to earth to bear the news of the Saviour's birth; the first to marvel were the shepherds poor, and sheep with their lambs.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7  ~ Jill Robinson
2 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.
6 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. 7 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.
The Word of God for the People of God. Thanks be to God.
Duet: What Is This Perfume So Appealing? ~ arr. Walter Ehret
What is this perfume so appealing, Shepherds, that fills the winter air? Lovelier fragrance ne’er came stealing from fields of springtime blossoms fair! What is this star, so brightly shining in the dark night, that blinds our sight? Ne’er did the sun, as morning dawning, beam with more glorious, radiant light! At Bethlehem, in lowly manger is born to you an infant King; Hasten to kneel beside your Saviour, your praise and adoration bring.
*Gospel Lesson: Luke 2:1-20
2 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.”
16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon: Light of the World
Christmas Prayer
Invitation to the Offering:

We invite you to consider giving on-line or giving by text! To give on-line, click here and click on the Giving tab. To give by text, text GIVE to 703-783-3034. Further instructions will follow. For further information about online giving, please see the Tithes & Offering announcement below.
Offertory: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly ~ arr. David Williams
Infant holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall; oxen lowing, little knowing, Christ the babe is Lord of all. Swiftly winging, angels singing, Noels ringing, tidings bringing, Christ the babe is Lord of all! Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true,. Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow, praises voicing, greet the morrow, Christ the babe was born for you!
Offertory Prayer

Blessed are you,
God Most High, for your Son Jesus Christ, was born on this night,
and in him are embodied your promised gifts of hope, love, joy, and peace.
In joyful celebration and profound gratitude for his advent among us,
we offer you these gifts, tokens of our abiding faith and love. Amen.
*Gospel Lesson: John 1:1-14
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.
The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ.
*Lighting of the Congregational Candles
The candle represents the light of the world found in Jesus Christ. While we were still in darkness, Jesus came to bring light into the world. This year, we will “pass the light” virtually. We will begin in our sanctuary, and then show videos of people in our congregation “passing the light” to one another. If you have candles at home, we invite you to light them at this time. As we pass the light, we invite you to reflect on the light that illuminates our darkness.
Hymn: Silent Night, Holy Night - Hymnal no. 239 (stanzas 1-4)
The United Methodist Hymnal ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House. All rights reserved.

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 beams from thy holy face with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.
 
Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;
with the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!
Dismissal with Blessing:
During this time, children are invited to take one of the stickers and place it on your clothing to remember that you are sent into the world remembering the love of God and Jesus Christ.
 
Postlude: Two Noëls: Vieux Noël and Noël Angevin  ~ César Franck
Music Notes

The Wildwood Carol: This carol is extracted from John Rutter’s musical version of Kenneth Grahame’s children’s classic The Wind in the Willows, written for The King’s Singers in 1981. The text reflects on the role of the animals in the Christmas story.

What Is This Perfume So Appealing? is a setting of the traditional French Carol Quelle est cette odeur agreable? for choir with violin obbligato by Walter Ehret (1918-2009). He was one of the nation's most prolific and respected choral editors and arrangers and has over 2000 publications in print. He was well known as a clinician, conductor and choral literature specialist.

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly is a setting of the Polish carol W Zlobie Lezy by David H. Williams (1919-2002) for choir, organ and violin. The text is paraphrased by Edith Reed (1885-1933). The violin obbligato introduces the gently flowing and relaxed mood of this carol. David H. Williams has over 100 choral publications to his credit. He served as church organist, and many of his choral works were written specifically for his church choirs.
Join us in the New Year!

Connect with us! Whether you are joining us for the first time or you have been part of Trinitys community for years, we welcome you to Trinity UMC! While worship looks quite a bit different this year, we are grateful for the blessing to worship together this Christmas season. We worship online each Sunday at 11 AM on FacebookYouTube, and on our website. We encourage you to sign up to receive our weekly e-communications, or visit our website  for additional information, or contact Pastor Grace Han. We look forward to connecting with you!

Three Simple Rules: January Sermon Series: What rules do you live by? These days there are many rules about how we are and arent supposed to act and behave. While rules are so important for keeping us safe, they can be, at times, overwhelming. Through this series, we are going to talk about three simple rules for how Christians are supposed to live. This is based off of John WesleyThree General Rules that he gave to early Methodists to govern their organization and life together. If we can make this simple commitment, it can serve as a guide for our daily lives, and help direct our actions in a way that glorifies God and enable us to serve others. 

Childrens Ministry at Trinity UMC: Children are an integral part of Trinity! Each Sunday in worship, we invite children to participate in worship using their worship boxes, there is always a special Childrens Time during worship. In addition, we host special programs geared towards children. This fall we hosted a Fall Festival, Blessing of the Chromebooks, and a Virtual Advent Party! To get on the email to find out about the next Children’s Ministry event, contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.

Adult Christian Formation: Our Adult Formation and bible study happens in a 4 week series. We have previously had a social justice series as well as a Romans series. To get on the email list to find out about the next bible study/series, contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.

Youth Group: All youth (6th-12th grade) are invited to join us on Sunday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for Youth Group! We meet each Sunday for fellowship and fun. Our next meeting will be Sunday, January 10th via Zoom. For more information or to get on the email list, contact our Program Director, Hannah Day Donoghue.

Giving at Trinity: Your gifts make possible the ministries at Trinity Church! There are three ways to give: 1. Give online here 2. Give by text: 703-783-3034 3. Mail your donation to Trinity Church, 2911 Cameron Mills Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302.