Online Worship for Christmas Eve

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Welcome to Church of the Holy Cross’s live streaming worship service for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2020. Feel free to follow the service text by scrolling down, or you may download and print the service in PDF format below.

Christmas Eve Online Worship, December 24, 2020

Rev. Eric S. Anderson, Pastor

Welcome:                                                                                Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Prelude: O Come, All Ye Faithful (John Wade’s Cantas Diversi), arr. Innes
                                                                                                Kayleen Yuda

Carol #132: Joy to the World

Lighting of the Advent Candles

Pastor:                                                                                     Rev. Eric S. Anderson
We have gathered with candles in our homes
and a wreath in the sanctuary this Advent.

We claim that Emmanuel, God with us,
is the Light of the World,
and that there is no darkness,
no sadness, no fear, no grief,
no illness, no loneliness, no violence,
no word of unkindness, act of war,
not even a pandemic,
that can quench the Light of the World.

Let us light these candles again on this holy night.

I light the candle of hope,
Now there is no place hopelessness can hide.
(light candle)

I light the candle of peace,
and expose hatred as fear turned inside out.
(light candle)

I light the candle of joy,
and suddenly everyone can find a smile,
a moment of beauty or laughter.
(light candle)

I light the candle of love,
and hands are clasped around the world.
(light candle)

My friends, we all light the Christ candle. Please pray with me:

O Holy God, we light the Christ candle.

It shines on smiles and tears.
It shines and we hear angels.
It shines and we see a manger.
It shines and we remember the story.
This light cannot be extinguished,
because, Emmanuel, you are the candle tonight,
and we promise to be your candles tomorrow.


Pastor: Let us sing together:

All Sing:
Holy One, you come to Earth,
Stable flooded with shepherds’ mirth.
Hail the blessed Messiah’s birth
In Jesus Christ, the blessed child of Mary.


Scripture: Isaiah 9:2, 6-7                                                         Rev. Eric S. Anderson
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.
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.
 His authority shall grow continually,
    and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
    He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
    from this time onward and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Music: In the Bleak Midwinter                                                 Joanne Pocsidio

Scripture: Luke 2:1-7
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.

Music: The First Nowell                                                          Rachel Edwards &
                                                                                                Pedro Kaawaloa

Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
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.

Music: O Holy Night                                                               Marlise Ahuna

Meditation                                                                              Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Music: Hark the Herald Angels Sing                                         Kanako Okita

Christmas Prayer                                                                   Rev. Bensis Henry

Music: Christmas is the Time                                                   IYAA

Christmas Prayer Ausage Lelili’o & Rev. Rae Lelili’o

Christmas Prayer                                                                    Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Carol: Silent Night

Benediction                                                                             Rev. Eric S. Anderson

Postlude: Joy to the World/Hallelujah Chorus, arr. Whitworth  Kayleen Yuda

Minister                                                               Rev. Eric S. Anderson
Moderator                                                           Bob Smith
Chapel Decorations                                            
Choir Accompanist                                             Kanako Okita
Choir Director                                                     Doug Albertson
Organist                                                               Kayleen Yuda
Hand Bell Director                                              Anna Kennedy
Childcare Coordinator                                        Evonne Shioshita
Movement Leader                                                Genie Phillips
Projected Imagery                                               Sue Smith
Web Master                                                         Ruth Niino-DuPonte  

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  1. by Gloria Kobayashi

    On December 24, 2020

    Thank you all for celebrating Jesus birth with song, scripture and sermon. Such a surprise to hear Rachel and Pedro. Wonderful music brings back memories of Christmas services of the past.

  2. by Neil Deupree, Kay Deupree

    On December 26, 2020

    Blessed Christmas to you all! What a touching service. We are glad to stay in touch at a distance. It was fun to hear the coqui frogs outside. It was 10 degrees above zero here on Christmas Eve. Love to you. Kay & Neil Deupree

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