As you gather with family, friends, or neighbors on Christmas Day, no matter where you may be around the world, you are invited to share in the following worship service. The readings may be read responsively or led by one individual. After you conclude worship, you are invited to respond by commenting at the bottom of this page, sharing with the community where you are worshiping today, who are you with, and tell us your favorite Christmas Day tradition! Download a printable copy of this service.

Call to Worship

Christ is born!
Alleluia!
Jesus is among us!
Alleluia!
Shout with joy, give thanks, and sing!
Christ is born!

Opening Hymn       

Hark the Herald Angels Sing (Vs. 1 & 3)

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King;
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King.”

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, ris’n with healing in his wings.
Mild he lay his glory by, born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth, born to give them second birth.
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new born King.”

Scripture Lesson

Hebrews 1:1-12

Christmas Message

Are You An Angel?

It’s Christmas Day … What a time to rejoice and celebrate in the good news that Christ is born! In whatever way you are celebrating this year – whether with family and friends around the Christmas Tree, or with loved ones around the table, or by travelling and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation, I wish you the merriest of Christmases. 

Christmas is a time to celebrate – it is a time to rejoice. But in our rejoicing, we should take pause to ensure our joy is in the right place. One of my favorite Christmas movies is It’s a Wonderful Life. There are few movie characters I find more enjoyable than Clarence, the “Angel Second Class.” He has just the right amount of humor to both pester, and to encourage George Bailey. The role of Clarence the angel is to help George see the importance in his own life. Clarence helps George see that his presence is both meaningful and significant to the world around him, for both his family and friends. 

The Hebrews text this morning invites the reader to consider the role of angels in comparison to the role of Christ. I wonder how often we try to place others, angles or otherwise, in the place of Christ. How many times do we try to place that which gives us true meaning in anything – in anyone – other than the Lord. There are
certainly encourages like Clarence, but, as angels in our midst, their role is to
direct us back to Christ. In our lives, we are all searching for meaning, for purpose, and for something that provides hope for a future. 

This Christmas morning, I want you to hear the good news of God in Jesus Christ: you needn’t look any further. The Son of God has been born. Even the angels worship this Christ child. This is the One who brings new life to the broken. This is the One who gives hope to the hurting. This is the One who brings justice for the abused. This is the One who proclaims good news to the poor. 

It’s Christmas Day, and we have much to celebrate. We celebrate this day the joy of God in the birth of Christ, that gives to all the world the gift of love and peace. Celebrate, and remember the joy of God in Christ on this Christmas Day.   

 – Pastor Thomas

Community Prayer

On this day, Gracious Lord, you come to us as Word, as light, as flesh. Teach us to know you so well that our lives may befriend this world you have made, in the name of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,  one God, now and forever. Amen.

Closing Hymn                   

Joy to the World (Vs. 1 & 2)

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven and nature sing
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing

Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy

Christmas Benediction

Now may the true light shine on you. May the Son sent by God be your guide and strength. May you go in peace and live in hope, in Jesus’ name.

 

After you conclude worship, you are invited to respond by commenting below, sharing with the community where you are worshiping today, who are you with, and tell us your favorite Christmas Day tradition!