Festival of Carols & Lessons on Christmas Eve
Watch for our Joint Christmas Service and Fellowship on December 4, 2016.
Date: Thursday, December 24, 2015
Time: 2:30 PM
Place: Touch Community Baptist Church, Sunset Dr. cor. Pacific Ave.
Brookside Hills, Cainta, Rizal (location map and directions)
Welcome to our annual Festival of Lessons and Carols service. This historic service engages our minds and grips our hearts as the drama of redemption is proclaimed to us from Genesis to Revelation. We hear the Scriptures read and briefly explained from nine passages, tracing the history of salvation. It begins with the promise of a Savior to Adam and Eve, moves to the promises announced to the Patriarchs and through the Prophets, culminates with the birth of the God-man in the Gospels, but looks forward to his glorious return which will bring peace on earth. Between each Scripture reading and lesson, we respond by singing sacred hymns, rich in theology, which exalt the person and work of Christ.
We hope this service causes you to reflect with wonder and awe upon the great significance of the incarnation of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to trust in Him alone for salvation, and to look forward with hope to His second coming.
God Calls Us To Worship
* Call to Worship: Psalm 98:1-4 & Gal. 4:4-5
* Prayer of Invocation (based on Luke 1:68-79)
* God’s Greeting: Revelation 1:4-5
* Opening Carol: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
The Old Testament Prophecies of the Coming of Christ
First Lesson: Genesis 3:8-15
(After each OldTestament reading)
Minister: This is the Word of the Lord.
Congregation: Thanks be to God!
Carol: “Come,Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
Second Lesson: Genesis 22:15-18
* Carol: “Joy to the World!”
Third Lesson: Isaiah 7:10-14
Carol: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
The New Testament Fulfillment in the First Coming of Christ
Fourth Lesson: Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-25
(After each Gospel reading)
Minister: The Gospel of the Lord.
Congregation: Praise be to you, O Christ!
* Carol:“All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord”
Fifth Lesson: Luke 2:1-16
Carol: “Angels We Have Heard on High”
Sixth Lesson: Responsive Reading of John 1:1-5, 10-17
* Carol: “The Advent of Our King”
“The Only Son Blesses All the Nations”
The New Testament Hope of the Second Coming of Christ
Seventh Lesson: Revelation 21:1-4, 22:1-5, 20
Minister: This is our blessed hope! Christ is coming again soon!
Congregation: Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
Carol: “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing”
We Go Forth With Thanksgiving and God’s Blessing
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Supplication
(prayer taken from the liturgy of Heidelberg, 1563) ending in the Lord’s Prayer in unison
* Doxology: “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
* Benediction: 2 Corinthians 13:14
All are welcome to join us after the service for a time of fellowship and merienda.