Christmas Services

Saturday, December 24–CHRISTMAS EVE
On a long winter evening we gather to proclaim the coming of the light. Isaiah
announces that the people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. Paul
reminds us that the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all. In the
familiar account of Christ’s birth, the evening sky is bright with the heavenly
host singing, “Glory to God in the highest.” Amid our broken world we proclaim
that the prince of peace is born among us. God comes to us in human flesh in Christ’s body and blood so that we may be bearers of divine light to all the world.
Why not invite others to join you as you come to worship? Christmas Eve offers a great introductory experience for those seeking a church home. Both services include
  • Traditional carols
  • Lighting of the Christmas Candle in the center of the Advent Wreath
  • A Christmas Story for Children
  • Special Music by Emmanuel’s musicians and vocalists
  • Gospel from Luke 2
  • Homily by Pastor Warner
  • Holy Communion
  • “Silent Night” with congregation candle lighting
5:00 PM Spoken Service of Word and Sacrament
9:00 PM Chanted Service Word and Sacrament
Sunday, December 25–CHRISTMAS DAY
On this Christmas morning the people of God gather to celebrate the birth of the Word made flesh, Christ our Lord. Luke recounts the familiar story of shepherds and angels; John’s gospel tells of the Word that dwells among us, full of grace and truth. The meaning of Christmas is made clear: the light shines in the darkness. It is in the liturgy that we encounter the Word made flesh in the people of God gathered together, and in the holy
meal around the table. Then we go forth to bear the light of Christ as we proclaim the
good news to all the ends of the earth.
10:00 AM Word and Sacrament
  • Come as you are
  • Holy Communion
  • Gospel from John 1: “The Word became flesh and lived among us