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GRACE COVENANTPRESBYTERIAN CHURCH1627 Monument Avenue, Richmond, Virginia

THE SEVENTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL CANDLELIGHT CAROL SERVICE D e c e mb e r 2 0 , 2 0 0 9 , a t 5 : 0 0 p . m.

A SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS FOR CHRISTMASTIMEPreludesBring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella (French Carol) God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Handbell Choir Improvisation on God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Organ Voluntary Cathy Mockelbust Cynthia Dobrinski

Myron Roberts

The choirs and ministers assemble in the narthex. The congregation stands at the invitation of the minister. The congregation joins in singing the Processional Hymn on the third stanza.

Processional Hymn-1-

Soloist: Once in royal Davids city Stood a lowly cattle shed, Where a mother laid her Baby In a manger for His bed. Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little Child. -2Choir: He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all, And His shelter was a stable, And His cradle was a stall. With the poor, oppressed, and lowly, Lived on earth our Saviour holy.-3-

All:

-4And our eyes at last shall see Him, Through His own redeeming love, For that Child so dear and gentle Is our Lord in heaven above; And He leads His children on To the place where He is gone. -5Not in that poor lowly stable, With the oxen standing round, We shall see Him; but in heaven Where His saints His throne surround: Christ revealed to faithful eye, Set at God*s right hand on high.

All:

All:

Jesus is our childhoods pattern, Day by day like us He grew; He was little, weak, and helpless, Tears and smiles like us He knew; And He feels for all our sadness, And He shares in all our gladness.

Words: Cecil Frances Humphreys Alexander (1818-1895), in her Hymns for Little Children, 1848. Music: Irby, Henry J. Gauntlett (1805-1876) in Carols, Four Numbers, 1849; harmony by Arthur Henry Mann (18501929) for Kings College, Cambridge.

Prayer of InvocationLed by the Pastor.

Reverend Steve Cobb

The Lords PrayerSaid by all.

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.The congregation sits.

Greeting CarolsSung by the Carol Choir (ages 3-5).

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, The little Lord Jesus laid down His sweet head. The stars in the sky looked down where He lay, The little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay. Go, tell it on the mountain Over the hills and everywhere; Go, tell it on the mountain That Jesus Christ is born! While shepherds kept their watching Oer silent flocks by night, Behold throughout the heavens There shone a holy light.Words: Little Childrens Book for Schools and Families, c. 1885. / John Work II, (1872-1925). Music: James R. Murray, 1887. / African-American spiritual, harmonized 1940.

First LessonThe Spirit of the Lord will rest upon the Holy One.

Isaiah 11:1-9

Reader: Cameron Baird Junior Choir

CarolSung by the Chancel Choir.

Alleluia! Christ is born! Heaven and earth rejoice this morn! Let us with praise the child adorn! Alleluia! Christ is born! Hodie Christus natus est: On this day is born our Savior.Words and Music: David Lasky, 2009.

Second LessonIsaiah proclaims the coming of the Lord.

Isaiah 40:1-5

Reader: Wayne Casey Handbell Choir

CarolSung by the Junior Choir (grades 1-6). Today a Savior is born for you. Glory to God in the highest! This will be a sign to you, the babe asleep on the hay. Tell the news to everyone, Jesus, Messiah, is born today! Shepherds ran to Bethlehem to see the babe on the hay. Angels in the heavens sang, Jesus, Messiah, is born today.Words and Music: Lynn Shaw Bailey, 2009.

Third LessonThe angel Gabriel salutes the Virgin Mary.

Luke 1:26-35, 38

Reader: Suzanne Sizemore Chancel Choir

The congregation stands at the introduction of the carol.

Carol

Words: Paraphrased by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924). Music: Gabriels Message, Basque Carol.

The congregation sits.

Fourth Lesson

Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

The prophet Isaiah foretells the coming of the Savior.

Reader: Martha Rubin Bookkeeper

CarolSung by the Chancel Choir. Oboist, George Pavelis.

Wind through the olive trees softly did blow round little Bethlehem, long, long ago. Sheep on the hillside lay, whiter than snow. Shepherds were watching them, long, long ago. Still, still, still, for now the baby sleeps. The angels sing a song of joy by the cradle of the boy. Still, still, still, for now Christ Jesus sleeps. Come, let us journey there, where the winds blow, Open our eyes to Love, Born long ago.Words: Katherine Parker and Sandra Peter. Music: George Wilmont (early twentieth century); Traditional Austrian Carol, arranged by Sandra Peter, 2009.

Fifth LessonLuke tells of the birth of Jesus.

Luke 2:1-7

Reader: Matt Johnson Clerk of Session

CarolSung by the Chancel Choir.

Tomorrow shall be my dancing day: I would my true love did so chance To see the legend of my play, To call my true love to my dance: Then was I born of a virgin pure, Of her I took fleshly substance; Thus was I knit to mans nature, To call my true love to my dance: In a manger laid and wrapped I was, So very poor this was my chance, Betwixt an ox and a silly poor ass, To call my true love to my dance: Then afterwards baptized I was; The Holy Ghost on me did glance, My Fathers voice heard from above, To call my true love to my dance: Sing O my love, O my love, my love, my love; This have I done for my true love.Words: Traditional English Carol. Music: John Gardner (b. 1917).

Sixth Lesson

Hebrews 1:1-12

In the fullness of time, God sent His Son,whose reign is for ever and ever. The congregation stands at the introduction of the carol.

Reader: Benjamin Cardwell Youth Ministry

Carol

Words: Phillips Brooks (1835-1893). Music: Forest Green, English folk melody, arranged Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).

The congregation sits.

Seventh LessonThe shepherds go to the manger.

Luke 2:8-20

Reader: Christopher Martin Director of Music

CarolSung by the Chancel Choir.

Chill of the nightfall, lamps in the windows, letting their light fall clear on the snow; bitter December bids us remember Christ in the stable long, long ago. Silence of midnight, voices of angels, singing to bid night yield to the dawn; darkness is ended, sinners befriended, where in the stable Jesus is born. Splendor of starlight high on the hillside, faint is the far light burning below. Kneeling beside Him shepherds adore Him, Christ in the stable long, long ago. Glory of daybreak! Sorrows and shadows, suddenly they break forth into morn; Sing out and tell now all shall be well now, for in the stable Jesus is born!

Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926). Music: Larry Shackley (b. 1956).

Eighth LessonThe Wise Men are led by the star to Jesus.

Matthew 2:1-12

Reader: Chris Thomas Associate Pastor

CarolSung by the Chancel Choir.

Dormi, Jesu! mater ridet Quae tam dulcem somnum videt, Dormi, Jesu, blandule. Si non dormis, mater plorat Inter fila cantans orat, Blande, veni, somnule. Sleep, sweet baby, my cares beguiling: Mother sits beside thee, smiling; Sleep, my darling, tenderly.

[Sleep, sweet baby, my cares beguiling: Mother sits beside thee, smiling; Sleep, my darling, tenderly.] [If thou sleep not, mother mourneth, Singing as her wheel she turneth: Come, soft slumber, balmily.]

Words: Latin, origin unknown. English, S. T. Coleridge (1772-1834). Music: John Rutter (b. 1945).

Ninth LessonJohn unfolds the mystery of the Incarnation.

John 1:1-14

Reader: Steve Cobb Pastor

The congregation stands for the reading of the Gospel and for the singing of the carol.

Carol 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! God of God, Light from Light eternal, Lo! He shuns not the Virgins 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 heavn above! Glory to God, 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! Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning, Jesus, to Thee be all glory givn; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing! O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!Words and Music: John F. Wade (c. 1711-1786); Tr. By Frederick Oakeley (1802-1880).

The congregation sits.

Christmas Joy Offering

Reverend Chris Thomas

The Joy Gift Offering is a special denominational offering, above and beyond the church budget, for the assistance of retired church workers and for racial ethnic colleges.

Organ VoluntaryChristopher Martin, organist. Carillon on a Ukranian Carol setting by Gerald Near

Prayer of Thanksgiving Benediction Choral ResponseSung by the Chancel Choir. Stay with us, Lord, Jesus, stay with us. Stay with us, it soon is evening. Stay with us, Lord, Jesus, stay with us, It soon is evening, and night is falling. Jesus Christ, the worlds true light! Shine so the darkness cannot overcome it! Stay with us, Lord, Jesus, it soon is evening. Stay with us, Lord, Jesus, for nigh