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    2018 Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Plainfield Christian Science Church, Independent

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    Cover photo taken at Mary Baker Eddy’s Original Church in Boston, MA

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    Organ Prelude

    “Angels We Have Heard on High” Bell Prelude

    “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Bells first, then everyone

    “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

    Everyone

    Reading from Isaiah - Craig

    “Lo, How a Rose is Blooming” Everyone

    “Away in a Manger” Children

    “Christmas Lullaby” by John Rutter Choir Anthem

    Reading from Luke - Bella

    “The First Noel”

    Reading from “The Cry of Christmas-tide”

    by Mary Baker Eddy - Gary

    “Silent Night, Holy Night”

    Postlude

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    “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

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    “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”

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    Isaiah Isaiah 7:14 14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

    Isaiah 9:6,7 6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The ev- erlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his king- dom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

    Isaiah 11:2,4,9 2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spir- it of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord; 4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and re- prove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth: with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

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    “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming”

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    Luke Luke 2: 8-14 8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Sav- iour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, 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, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

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    “The First Noel”

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    The Cry of Christmas-tide (excerpt)

    Miscellaneous Writings, by Mary Baker Eddy, pages 369:19-370:18

    Meekly we kneel at our Master’s feet, for even a crumb that falleth from his table. We are hungry for Love, for the white-winged charity that heals and saves; we are tired of theoretic husks, — as tired as was the prodi- gal son of the carobs which he shared with the swine, to whom he fed that wholesome but unattractive food. Like him, we would find our Father’s house again — the perfect and eternal Principle of man. We thirst for inspiring wine from the vine which our Father tends. We crave the privilege of saying to the sick, when their feebleness calls for help, “Rise and walk.” We rejoice to say, in the spirit of our Master, “Stretch forth thy hand, and be whole!”

    When the Pharisees saw Jesus do such deeds of mer- cy, they went away and took counsel how they might re- move him. The antagonistic spirit of evil is still abroad; but the greater spirit of Christ is also abroad, — risen from the grave-clothes of tradition and the cave of ig- norance.

    Let the sentinels of Zion’s watch-towers shout once again, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.”

    In different ages the divine idea assumes different forms, according to humanity’s needs. In this age it as- sumes, more intelligently than ever before, the form of Christian healing. This is the babe we are to cherish. This is the babe that twines its loving arms about the neck of omnipotence, and calls forth infinite care from His loving heart.

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    “Silent Night, Holy Night”

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