Christmas Eve Family service

Christmas Eve Family service

Mill Plain UMC ,Family Christmas Eve, December 24,2021

Live stream with Pastor Sue
Accompanied by a worship assistant
Accompanist Andrea Llafet

Mill Plain UMC 4pm
Sunday December 24 ,2021

There’s a song in the air
It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
Silent Night (Stille Nacht)

To Make an Offering:

Mill Plain UMC

Tuesday Dec 24, 2021

Family Service



Lighting the advent candles

Worship Assistant:  Where is hope?

People: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

Worship Assistant: Where is hope?

People: The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

Worship Assistant: Where is hope?

People: Tonight we light all four Advent candles and we light the Christ candle, for Christ is born among us.

(all four Advent Candles and the Christ candle are lit)

Worship Assistant:  Where is hope?

People: Hope is here, in the darkness and in the flicker of these candles.  Hope is here for Christ is here.

Song There’s a Song in the Air  #249

Prayer Little Lord Jesus, you were born like all of us were born, as a frail human baby.  Your mother Mary wrapped you in bands of cloth and sang you lullabies.  Your father, Joseph, taught you how to be a carpenter. You learned to walk and talk, to run and play.   You showed us how much God loves us and brought us forgiveness of our sin.

Tonight we remember your birth and rejoice that by sharing life with us you blessed our lives.  Teach us to live out your love in this world, to forgive those who harm us, and, like the wise ones who traveled to worship you, to seek you everywhere we go.

In your name we pray,



Isaiah 9:2-6

Reid Kapper  9:2 (Recorded)

Brooks Kapper  9:6 (Recorded)

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Song It Came Upon a Midnight Clear


Luke 2:1-20

Carter French  2:1-7  (Live)

William Hanson  2:8-14 (Live)

Paige Harvey  2:15-20 (Live)

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Matthew 2: 1-12

Aislyn Volk  2:1-6 (Recorded)

Mason French  2:7-12 (Live)

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: ‘And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.”

When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.

Meditation   Flame’ and the Flames



Song: Silent Night, Holy Night #239


The light shines in the darkness and the darkness shall not overcome it.  Go in hope and joy for Christ is born tonight.  Amen.