BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH
MINOT, ND
Pastors: Janet Hernes Mathistad & Gerald Roise
Organist: Deacon Kari Files, Intern David Myers

5:00 & 11:00 PM Christmas Eve December 24, 2019

Prelude
Welcome
Chimes
Call to Worship
P: Arise, shine; for our light has come!
C: And the glory of the Lord has risen upon us!
P: And so we shout, “Glory to God in the highest!”
C: Peace and good will to all.
Opening Hymn: “Joy to the World” Hymn 267 (1,3,4)
Thanksgiving for Light
P: The Lord be with you.
C: And also with you.
P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
C: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
P: Let us pray. Almighty God, you have filled us with the new light of the Word, Jesus, who became flesh and lived among us. Let the light of our faith shine in all we do; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
Hymn: “I Am So Glad Each Christmas Eve” Hymn 271 (1-4)
Lighting of the Advent Wreath
P: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.
C: The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
P: Those who lived in a land of deep darkness, on them light has shined.
C: We have seen Christ’s glory, the glory as of a Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
P: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us.
C: What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
P: Christ is born! Salvation has appeared!
C: Glory to God in the highest! Alleluia!
Children’s Time
Solo (5:00): “Go, Tell It On the Mountain” Peter Mathistad, Tenor Sax
Solo (11:00): “Gesu Bambino” Donna Randash, Violin
First Reading: Isaiah 9:2-7
Hymn: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Hymn 279 (1,4)
Second Reading: Titus 2:11-14
Quartette (5:00): “Celtic Advent Carol” Barry Bourquin,
Nadine Holmly, Marcy & John Witteman
Solo (11:00): “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” Boyd Hanson
Christmas Gospel: Luke 2:1-20
Hymn: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Hymn 270 (1,3)
Sermon: Pastor Janet
Hymn: “Angels We Have Heard on High” Hymn 289
Offering
Special music (5:00): “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” Quartette
(11:00):
“I Wonder as I Wander” Kari Files, Oboe
Offertory Prayer
P: Eternal God,
C: with Mary we treasure the gift of your Son, and in our hearts we ponder the mystery of his birth. Receive these offerings, that our lives may declare the wonders of your love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Prayers & Lord’s Prayer
solo (5:00): “O Holy Night” Peter Mathistad, Tenor Sax
Solo (11:00): “O Holy Night” Boyd Hanson
Lighting of the Candles (11:00 PM)
P: Almighty God, you made this night shine with the brightness of the true Light. Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your only Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
C: Amen
Hymn:
“Silent Night” Hymn 281
P: The Lord almighty grant us a quiet night and peace at the last.
C: Amen
P: It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
C: to sing praise to your name, O most High;
P: to herald your love in the morning,
C: your truth at the close of the day. Amen
Benediction
P: May Christ, born into time to bring endless peace, guide your days and years in righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord’s face shine on you with grace and mercy. The Lord look upon you with favor and + give you peace.
C: Amen
Chimes
Postlude

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Worship Schedule
Christmas Day Worship – Wednesday, Dec. 25, 9:00 AM
1
st Sunday of Christmas – Sunday, Dec. 29, 9:00 AM
No Wednesday Worship on Jan. 1
Church School Resume Jan 8

Christmas Flowers – 2019

From In Memory of
From In Memory of
Carol Lucier & Emma Tofte… …………..……..Denny Lucier
Teresa Erie & Family………………………………Donald Erie
Tony & Jeanie Meiers………………………...Alice Woodward,
Karen Olson, John & Stella Meiers
Rosie Tollefson…………………………………Orlan Tollefson
Greg Simonson & Family………………………Pam Simonson,
Morgan & Mabel Simonson, Robert & Rose Stump
Vicki Phippins and Family………………………..John Phippins
Clifford Nelson & Family………………………...Ana Jo Nelson
Lynnette Olson & Marlene Larson……Donny & Gwen Skarstad
Mary Jordahl &Family……….Mike Jordahl, Gerald Nybakken,
Edward & Jeannie Nybakken, Earl & Gladyce Jordahl
Ralph & Karen Kuhnhenn……….…..Dale & Angie Kuhnhenn,
Maurice Grondahl, Daryl Kuhnhenn, Jerome Grondahl
Terry & Jackie Gehring & Family, David & Susan Abel & Family
Evangeline Legg, Samantha Abel, Bonnie Abel,
Merl & Vera Krosbakken


PRAYER CONCERNS:, Lenhart Mindt, Betty Niemann, Terry Price, Jeff Price, Brad Ness, Brian Amundson, Larry Walter, Arnie Semchenko, Harold Harmon, Archie Kress, Roger Lee, Jim Sundley, Geraldine Peterson, Vicki Amon, Jean Rollman, Leon Turner, Peggy Schumaier, Family of Janice Klimpel, Family of Charles Bovee
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BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, Minot, ND
Pastors:
Janet Hernes Mathistad and Gerald Roise
Intern Dave Myers
Organist: Deacon Kari Files

Christmas Day 9:00AM December 25, 2019
Prelude
Call to Worship: “The First Noel” Jubellation
Welcome
Hymn
: “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Hymn 283 (1,3,4)
Confession and forgiveness:
Blessed be the Father, + Son, and Holy Spirit, the Maker of heaven and earth, the Word made flesh, and the Lord and giver of life. Amen
Let us confess our sin in the presence of God and one another.
Silence for reflection.
God of glory, God of peace,
we confess that we have shunned the light that reveals the truth about us. We cling to worldly things rather than sharing the gifts of this earth. We trust ourselves above all. Save your people, O God; sustain the rivers and trees that sing your praise; and free us to live boldly in the light and truth of Jesus, our Savior. Amen
The grace of God shines upon us, bringing salvation to the whole world. We are saved, our sins are washed away, not because of anything we have done, but according to God’s mercy in + Jesus Christ. Renewed by the Holy Spirit, let us live in hope and joy. Amen
Greeting
Hymn:
“Good Christian Friends, Rejoice” Hymn 288
Prayer of the Day: Almighty God, you gave us your only Son to take on our human nature and to illumine the world with your light. By your grace adopt us as your children and enlighten us with your Spirit, through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen
First Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10
Second Reading: Hebrews 1:1-4
Hymn: “Go, Tell It On the Mountain” Hymn 290
Gospel: Luke 2:1-20
Hymn: “Angels, from the Realms of Glory” Hymn 275
Sermon: Dave Myers
Hymn: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Hymn 270
Prayers of the Church
Presentation of the gifts
Offering
Special Music: “In the Bleak Midwinter” John & Cheryl Nilsen
Hymn: “The Bells of Christmas” Hymn 298 (1-3, 6)
Prayer
Good and loving God,
We rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor to bring the riches of your grace. As you have blessed us with your gifts, let them be blessing for others. With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven, we shout for joy at the coming of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Holy Communion
Order of Communion service is found on the “Gloria!” cards or follow on the screen (please hand in to ushers at the end of the service)
Special Music: “Love Came Down at Christmas” John & Cheryl Nilsen
Closing Hymn: “Joy to the World” Hymn 267 (1,3,4)
Peace

Christmas Flowers – 2019

From In Memory of
Carol Lucier & Emma Tofte… …………..……..Denny Lucier
Teresa Erie & Family………………………………Donald Erie
Tony & Jeanie Meiers………………………...Alice Woodward,
Karen Olson, John & Stella Meiers
Rosie Tollefson…………………………………Orlan Tollefson
Greg Simonson & Family………………………Pam Simonson,
Morgan & Mabel Simonson, Robert & Rose Stump
Vicki Phippins and Family………………………..John Phippins
Clifford Nelson & Family………………………...Ana Jo Nelson
Lynnette Olson & Marlene Larson……Donny & Gwen Skarstad
Mary Jordahl &Family……….Mike Jordahl, Gerald Nybakken,
Edward & Jeannie Nybakken, Earl & Gladyce Jordahl
Ralph & Karen Kuhnhenn……….…..Dale & Angie Kuhnhenn,
Maurice Grondahl, Daryl Kuhnhenn, Jerome Grondahl
Terry & Jackie Gehring & Family, David & Susan Abel & Family
Evangeline Legg, Samantha Abel, Bonnie Abel,
Merl & Vera Krosbakken



PRAYER CONCERNS:, Lenhart Mindt, Betty Niemann, Terry Price, Jeff Price, Brad Ness, Brian Amundson, Larry Walter, Arnie Semchenko, Harold Harmon, Archie Kress, Roger Lee, Jim Sundley, Geraldine Peterson, Vicki Amon, Jean Rollman, Leon Turner, Peggy Schumaier, Family of Charles Bovee
Librarians, Authors, Musicians, Journalists, Artists.