December 24

The Birth of Jesus

Year 1  ( 2022 – 2023 )


Luke 2:1-14, [15-20]


Mary and Joseph journey to Bethlehem. The Child is born.

Congregational Song Suggestions

A Narrative “Christmas Vigil” Lessons and Carols

Reading 1: Genesis 1:1-5 – God Speaks Light into the Chaos

“Awake! Awake and Great the New Morn”

GTG 107

“Of the Father’s Love Begotten”

GTG 108

Reading 2: Genesis 15:1-6 – God’s Promise to Abram beneath the Stars

A Thousand Stars

Adam M. L. Tice

Now the Heavens Start to Whisper


Reading 3: Exodus 1:13-20; 2:1-10 – The Strength of the Midwives and the Birth of Moses

“Let Hope Be Reborn*”

Chris Shelton

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(*This text may be set to one of the more familiar tunes for “Away in a Manger.”)

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Reading 4: 1 Samuel 16:1, 4-13 – The Anointing of David at Bethlehem

“Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming”

ELW 272, GTG 129, VT 216

“O Little Town of Bethlehem”

ELW 279, GTG 121, VT 245

“Once in Royal David’s City”

ELW 269, GTG 140

 Reading 5: Isaiah 9:1-7 – A Child Has Been Born for Us

“The People Who Walked in Darkness”

GTG 86, OLOFOB 279

“Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

ELW 270, GTG 119, VT 247

Reading 6: Luke 2:1-7, [8-20] – Jesus is Born

“Away in a Manger (Tice)”

Adam M. L. Tice

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“Born in the Night, Mary’s Child”

GTG 158

“Love Has Come”

GTG 110, VT 258

“Noche anunciada (Night Long Awaited)”

Argentina – VT 242

“Weary Travelers, Cease Your Roaming”

Chris Shelton

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“Who Would Think That What Was Needed”

GTG 138

Beyond the Hymnal

 “Come Darkness, Come Light”

by Mary Chapin Carpenter