CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE

The Christmas Eve Service will be online at 5 p.m. Thursday, December 24!

In-Person Worship is Canceled Through the End of 2020 ...

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

The service originated in 1880, but was adapted in 1918 for the chapel of King's College Cambridge.

From The United Methodist Book of Worship

5 p.m. Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020, Online Only, Green Meadow UMC

THE GATHERING
C.J. Trexler lights the Christ candle.

THE BIDDING PRAYER: Pastor Buzz Trexler

 

THE LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


BLESSING
One:
The almighty God bless us with divine grace, Christ gives us the joys of everlasting life, and unto the fellowship of the citizens above may the King of Angels bring us all. 
All: Amen.

 

CAROL
“Of the Father’s Love Begotten,” No. 184, The United Methodist Hymnal


FIRST LESSON: Amy Wolz
God announces in the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve’s punishment for their rebellion and that the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent’s head.
Scripture: Genesis 3:8-15, 17-19

(The following response is given after each lesson.)
Reader: The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

CAROL
“Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” No. 196, The United Methodist Hymnal


SECOND LESSON: Bonnie West

God promises to Abraham that by his descendants all the nations of the earth shall obtain a blessing.
Scripture: Genesis 22:15-18
The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

 

CAROL
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” No. 211, verses 1, 2, 4, and 7, The United Methodist Hymnal


THIRD LESSON: Glenda Eastridge
The prophet announces the birth of a king to a people in darkness.
Scripture: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

 

CAROL
“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,”
No.  216, The United Methodist Humnal


FOURTH LESSON: Pastor Botrous Tutu
The king is coming and will usher in a reign of justice for the poor and peace for all of God’s creation.
Scripture: Isaiah 11:1-4a, 6-9
The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

CAROL
“O Little Town of Bethlehem,”
No.  230, The United Methodist Hymnal


FIFTH LESSON: Dianne Scent
The angel Gabriel announces to the virgin Mary that she will give birth to God’s promised Son, whose kingdom shall never end.
Scripture: Luke 1:26-35, 38, found on Page 56 in the New Testament
The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

 

CAROL
“To A Maid Engaged to Joseph,”
No. 215, The United Methodist Hymnal


SIXTH LESSON: David Duchenois
Against a backdrop of emperors and taxes, Jesus is born.
Scripture: Luke 2:1-7
The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

 

CAROL
“That Boy-Child of Mary,”
No. 241, The United Methodist Hymnal


SEVENTH LESSON: C.J. Trexler
The shepherds go to see the Savior of the world, lying in a manger.
Scripture: Luke 2:8-16
The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

 

CAROL
“The First Noel,”
No. 245, stanzas 1 and 2, The United Methodist Hymnal

EIGHTH LESSON: Elizabeth Trexler

The wise men follow a star to the find the child Jesus, the King of the Jews
Scripture: Matthew 2:1-11
The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

 

CAROL
“We Three Kings,”
No. 254, The United Methodist Hymnal


NINTH LESSON: Pastor Buzz
John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation.
Scripture: John 1:1-14
The Word of the Lord
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

 

CAROL
“O Come, All ye Faithful,”
No. 234, The United Methodist Hymnal

COLLECT
Eternal God, by the birth of Jesus Christ you gave yourself ot the world. Grant that, being born in our hearts, he may save us from all our sins, and restore within us the image and likeness of our Creator, to whom be everlasting praise and glory, world with end.
All: Amen.

DISMISSAL
May the Christ who by his Incarnation gathered into One things earthly and heavenly, fill you with the sweetness of inward peace and goodwill; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you always.
All: Amen.

 

CAROL
“Silent Night, Holy Night,”
No. 239, The United Methodist Hymnal

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE ...

Whether you label yourself a "Christian," or are uncertain whether you believe in anything any more, you are welcome to worship at Green Meadow United Methodist Church. Single, married, partnered, divorced, gay, rich, poor, USAmerican, or immigrant, you are welcome here. Burned out on religion -- whether organized, or disorganized -- bedraggled and hungover, addicted or in recovery, just out of jail, you are welcome here. Have no idea about Holy Communion, hymnals, or when to stand or sit? Don't worry, the pastor didn't either when he first stepped into a United Methodist Church as an adult -- and he was welcomed, too. 

We're glad you're here! 

ABOUT OUR CHURCH

We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. Our mission is to be an open gathering place to nurture Christians in training who, equipped by the Holy Spirit, go into the world and share the light of Jesus Christ.

A MISSIONAL CHURCH

Whether it's building mission kits for flood victims, sending food buckets to Zimbabwe, working with Family Promise of Blount County, helping the Salvation Army's lunch ministry, or gathering peanut butter for the Community Food Connection, "Meadow Folk" are engaged in the missio Dei ... God's mission of love.

SUNDAY ACTIVITIES

Sunday mornings at Green Meadow are, in a way, much of what you would expect when you come to a United Methodist Church: we gather for Sunday School and we worship together. We also share a breakfast once a month, and in months where we have a fifth Sunday, we have a potluck dinner.

ABOUT US

We are a United Methodist Community of Worship, serving in the Smoky Mountain District of the Holston Conference. 

CONTACT US

1633 Louisville Road

Alcoa, TN 37701

Phone: 865-982-5800

Email: greenmeadowpastor@gmail.com

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