Hanging of the Greens

Hanging of the Christmas Green
A Service for the Beginning of Advent

Monte Nabors and Kelly Yates
with additions by Dennis Bratcher

Opening Prayer

The Meaning of the Service

Congregational Song: Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Christmas In America

Lessons of Christmas

Congregational Song: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing!

The Call to Celebration (Responsive Reading) – Pastor Dale

based on John 1:5 and Eph. 3:21

(Congregation standing)

Leader: Christ has come!  Christ was dead!  Christ has risen!  Christ will come again

People: This is the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ!

Leader: when we look at the world around us, we see the darkness of war, captivity, greed, and broken relationships.

People: We long for Christ to come again and bring light to our world.

Leader: The Word of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ lives among us, bringing truth and light as a present reality.

People: We worship as those who have a glimpse of that reality, and we long for its fullness.  We are those who labor to make Christ’s light more visible on earth.

All: Let us praise God, that the light of Christ shines on in the darkness, which has never overcome it.  To God be the glory in Jesus Christ and in the church forever and ever. Amen.

The Sanctuary Evergreens

Congregational Song: Go, Tell It On The Mountains

The Christmas Tree

Special Music: O Christmas Tree

The Christmas Poinsettia

Special Music: I Wonder As I Wander

The Paraments and Advent Colors

Congregational Song: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

The Advent Candles

Congregational Song: Thou Didst Leave Thy Throne

The Nativity

Congregational Song: O Little Town of Bethlehem,

The Gifts of Christmas

Congregational Song: We Three Kings

The Bells of Christmas

Congregational Song: Come On Ring Those Bells

Christmas Caroling

Congregational Song: Angels We Have Heard on High

The Christ of Christmas

Special song: The Birthday of a King

Concluding Prayer

The Blessing

Dennis Bratcher, Copyright ©, Dennis Bratcher, All Rights Reserved
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