6:30 p.m. In-Person or online via Facebook Page and Youtube Channel
Childcare will be provided. Mask Recommended.
11 p.m. In-person or online Facebook Page and Youtube Channel
No Child care for the 11 p.m. service. Mask Recommended.
To find out about our covid protocols you can click here: https://www.tahlequahumc.org/tumccovid
Welcome to Worship for Christmas Eve 12.24.21
The Liturgical Day is Christmas Eve
Our Liturgical Color: White
Thank You for Joining Us in Worship Today
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UMH= United Methodist Hymnal 1987 (The Red Book)
TFWS= The Faith We Sing (The Black Hymn Book)
W&S = Worship and Song (The Green Book)
(+) means stand when able
6:30 p.m. Festive Flutes 11 p.m. Preservice Mix
Welcome To First United Methodist Church of Tahlequah Pastor Matt Franks
Chancel Choir CandlelightCarol by Rutter
CALL TO WORSHIP Pastor Shana Dry
Leader: The people who once lived in darkness have been given a great light!
All: Praise be to God who has heard our cries.
Leader: Our souls sing out God’s praise!
All: God has brought us a light of Hope and Peace.
Leader: Tonight, in this place, the Light of God’s Love is given to us!
All: And we shall see that light and let it shine through our lives. AMEN.
Hymn: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus UMH 196
The Lighting of the Advent Wreath
6:30 p.m. The Young Family 11 p.m. Matt And Shana
The Lighting of the Candle Song
O Holy Night
The Service of Light Begins Pastor Matt Franks
Tonight, we welcome you home as we remember the night when the light came into the world.
Song of Preparation: O Come O Come Emmanuel vs. 1 & 2 UMH 211
The Prophecy of the Messiah
A Reading from Isaiah 9:2, 6-7, & John 1:1-5
Song of Preparation: Shine Jesus Shine vs.1 TFWS 2173
The Coming of Jesus Is Announced and the Preparations for the Birth of Jesus
A reading from Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 2:1-5
Song of Response O Little Town of Bethlehem vs.1&2 UMH 230
Two candles lit that represent Bethlehem
Jesus is Born
A Reading from Luke 2:6-7
Song of Response Away in a Manger UMH 217
The Baby Jesus candle is lighted.
Jesus' Birth is Announced to the Shepherds
A reading from Luke 2:8-14
Song of Response: Angels We Have Heard on High UMH 238
The Angel pillar candles are lighted.
The Shepherds Find the Baby Jesus
A reading from Luke 2:15-18
Song of Response: The First Noel vs.1 & 5 UMH 245
The shepherd candles brown is lighted.
The Wise Men Bring Their Gifts to Jesus
A reading from Matthew 2:1-11
Song of Response: We Three Kings UMH 254
The magi candles are lighted.
Thank you for your new or continued generosity towards God’s mission at Tahlequah UMC. When you give to Tahlequah UMC you are investing in making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. TUMC has a global reach by helping various ministries locally and globally.
Giving Options at TUMC
• In-person offerings may be dropped in the offering box in the Sanctuary at the entry/exit on Sundays.
• Offerings can also be mailed or dropped off at the church office 300 W. Delaware, Tahlequah Ok 74464
• Online Giving at www.tahlequahumc.org/give
• Through your Bank or Credit Union via Auto Check
All: Holy God, as we gather this evening, all our attention is focused on a baby, lying in a makeshift bed in an “it-will-have-to-do” stable. It’s not lost on us that you sent your Son, our Savior, into the world among the poorest of the poor and told us: “This will be a sign to you.” As we present gifts to you, we pray that they might reach those in the greatest need, that they might lift those in the deepest despair, and that they might bring peace and compassion to those who find themselves amidst conflict. We pray this in the name of that Holy Child, Jesus the Christ, our Savior and Redeemer! Amen.
Song of Centering Star Child vs.1 TFWS 2095
The Christmas Sermon given by Rev. Matt Franks
Invitation to Holy Communion
Pastor: Christ our Lord invites to his table all who love him, who earnestly repent of their sin and seek to live in peace with one another. Therefore, let us confess our sin before God and another.
Prayers of Confession
All: We cannot come before God unless we are first honest with ourselves about who we are, about the mistakes we make, and about how well or how poorly we care for others. In this spirit, let us offer our prayers to God.
Moment of Silence
Prayer of Assurance
Leader: By the grace of God you are forgiven. All: Thanks be to God, Amen.
The Great Thanksgiving
The Words of the liturgy will be on the screen.
During Communion, we will be singing: What Feast of Love W & S 3170
Prayer After Communion
All: We are filled with joy for we have heard the good news of great joy. We are filled with love for we have tasted the sign of God's great love. We are filled with hope for the angels still sing in our world and there is a Light for us to follow.
+Sharing the Light: Silent Night UMH 239
During the singing of Silent Night, When the sanctuary is in darkness, the Light of Christ will be passed around the sanctuary. As you share the Light, please tip your unlit candle to the flame of the person beside you.
Invitation to Connect, Serve and Grow with Us at Tahlequah UMC
Matt: Once we walked in darkness. All: Tonight, we walk in the light of Christ.
Shana: Once we wandered with no one to lead us. All: Tonight, we follow the Prince of Peace.
Matt: Once we felt lost and forsaken. All: Tonight, we sing the glory of our salvation.
Shana: Once we were weary from toil. All: Tonight, we are reborn with Christ, through God’s glorious love.
Closing song: Joy To The World UMH 246
To Connect Online
For those with Facebook accounts:
Some of you are having difficulties in finding our videos of worship on Sunday mornings on Facebook. Here are a couple of tips. When you see a “get reminder” button on the video announcement. Click on that. Then whenever we go live, the reminder will pop up in your notifications and you can simply click on the notification to go straight to the video. OR….
Use this link: https://www.facebook.com/TahlequahUMC/live_videos/
The live video will be at the top.
REMEMBER: Our worship is also live on YouTube at the time and can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmYNURhSqdwwZgpfzTWVJew
If you have questions please direct them to Pastor Matt at email@example.com