Christmas Eve Worship at Carrboro UMC 2020, CCLI: 20765704-A & One License: #A-724393 streaming
Published at : 25 Dec 2020
Call to Worship
One: This year, we dreamed of world peace.
All: We dreamed of deep breaths and restful sleep.
One: We dreamed of love that lasts and suffering that passes.
All: We dreamed of doors open wide and a cure to disease.
One: We dreamed, because to dream is to believe.
All: For to dream is to hope; to dream is to see.
One: So make room in your being to dream yet again,
All: Of a world without fear, and a God that draws near.
One: For it is almost Christmas.
All: Love is almost here.
One: May we dream to see, and hope to believe. Let us worship Holy God.
The Christ Candle
A: In the beginning, God dreamed of a beautiful world.
B: In Egypt, the Israelites dreamed of freedom.
A: In the wilderness, the people dreamed of safety.
B: In Jerusalem, the people dreamed of a Messiah.
A: In Bethlehem, the shepherds and Wise Men dreamed of a new beginning.
B: Then, several years later, Jesus walked this earth and dreams came true.
A: The sick were healed.
A: The poor had food.
B: The forgotten and ignored were seen.
A: The children were welcomed.
B: Everyone was invited to the table, and the world has never been the same.
A: So tonight, we are those who dream.
B: Tonight, we dream the same dreams of our ancestors before us.
A: Tonight, we dream of justice and mercy, of love and kindness, of peace and hope.
B: Tonight, we dream of a God that draws near to us out of unfailing love.
A: May this candle be a reminder that there will be a day when every dream will be fulfilled.
Light the candle
And until then, we will be those who dream.
B: Let us worship Holy God.
Offering: www.nccumc.org: Carrboro United Methodist Church, Corridor District
Checks: 200 Hillsborough Rd., Carrboro, NC 27510
Affirmation of Faith
One: We believe in hope.
All: We believe that to hope is to dream with our eyes wide open.
One: We believe in peace.
All: We believe that peace is not found by accident. Prepare the way.
One: We believe in joy.
All: We believe that joy is angel choruses and gifts from the Magi,
As well as soul food, big tables,
Open doors, candlelight, fireside,
Singing in the shower, and the body of Christ gathered as one.
One: We believe in love.
All: We believe that God loves us so much that God could not stay away.
So, God showed up as a child.
We believe that that love is real, and we know that it changes us.
One: Therefore, we believe in the power of dreams,
All: And we believe that nightmares, which are all too real here and now,
Will have no place in God’s promised day.
One: Until then, we believe in passing the light,
In showing up, in doing the work,
In listening for angel choruses, and in learning from the youngest among us.
All: We believe.
Help our unbelief. Amen.