First Presbyterian Santa Paula

Christmas eve Service

It is Christmas Eve.  We remember the night the angels appeared to the shepherds on the hillside near Bethlehem telling them, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”


Let us set everything aside for now and simply enjoy the gift God has sent to us.  As important and relevant today as the gift was 2000 years ago on that hillside in Judea.


Leader:  For those walking in darkness, a new light has dawned.  All:  Christ is our light and the source of everlasting hope.  Leader:  For those living in fear and dread, a new light has dawned.  All:  Christ is our light and the source of everlasting hope.  Leader:  For those living in hopelessness and despair a new light has dawned.  All:  Christ is our light and the source of everlasting hope.  Leader:  For those living in loneliness, a new light has dawned.  All:  Christ is our light and the source of everlasting hope.


Candle Lighting:  Tonight, we light all the candles as we celebrate the birth of Christ.  The candles of hope, love, joy, and peace all remind us that Christ is our light and the source of eternal hope, everlasting peace, boundless love, and endless joy.  The Christ candle reminds us that God’s perfect gift was sent to us that we might have life abundant and everlasting.  Joy to the world and peace on earth.  Glory to God!  Let us worship Christ the newborn King.


Prayer:  Gracious God, tonight as we gather together to conclude our Advent journey, we celebrate that a new light has dawned. A child is born nd that child is our light and source of our joy.  He brings hope into the world, and the promise of peace on earth.  He is love incarnate, love divine, and we thank you dear Lord for this, the most perfect gift imaginable.  Joy to the world! Glory to God! Christ is born! Amen.

Join us for our Christmas Eve Service.

                          Handbell Prelude:                                                                                Handbell Choir  

                                                                                       "Sleep My Baby"

                          Handbell Call To Worship:                                                                 Handbell Choir

                                                                                 "O Come All Ye Faithful"

                           Welcome/Christmas Prayer:                                                              Pastor Bob Ramos

                           Love's Pure Light:                                                                               Lydia Estrada and Anthony Martinez

                                                                         Lighting of the Christ the King Candle

                          Christmas Carol:                                                                                   Congregational Hymn

                                                                                   "Joy To The World"

                          Prophecy of Jesus' Birth in Bethlehem:                                               Rod Thompson

                                                                                        Micah 5:2-5

                          Christmas Carol:                                                                                   Congregational Hymn

                                                                         "O Little Town of Bethlehem"

                          Mary Is Told She Will Bear the Son of God:                                      Jeri M.

                                                                                     Luke 1:26-38

                           Duet:                                                                                                       Steve Batstone / Donna Nelson

                                                                                      "Winter Song"

                           Joseph Learns Mary Will Give Birth to Emmanuel:                       Terry Rounds

                                                                                    Matthew 1:18-25

                          Christmas Carol:                                                                                   Congregational Hymn

                                                                                "Away In A Manger"

                          Our Savior Is Born In Bethlehem:                                                       Joyce Rounds   

                                                                                       Luke 2:1-7       

                          Solo:                                                                                                         Steve Batstone

                                                                                   "O Holy Night"

                         Declaration of Christ's Birth:                                                               Ruth Rope

                                                                                 (responsive reading)

                         Christmas Carol:                                                                                   Congregational Hymn

                                                                         "Angels We Have Heard on High"

                         Angel's Choirs Announce Christ's Birth:                                           Lucinda Anderson

                                                                                        Luke 2:8-20


                        Meditation:                                            Isaiah 9:6                                 Pastor Bob Ramos

                                                            "Christmas Through The Eyes of the Shepherds"

                        Candle Lighting Litany:                                                                        Vicki Thompson


                       Sharing of the Light:                                                                               Judy Belvins & Rich Brandon

                       Closing Hymn:                                                                                        Congregational Hymn

                                                                                    "Silent Night"

                       Christmas Benediction:                                                                          Pastor Bob