We often feel as if Christmas should be all joy and light, and yet our Christmas Eve scriptures begin in places of darkness – deep darkness even. Isaiah declares that the light of the long-promised king will illumine the world and bring endless peace and justice. Titus reminds us that the grace of God appeared in Jesus Christ and brings salvation to all people. The angels declare that Jesus’ birth is good and joyful news for everyone, including lowly shepherds. In the midst of winter’s deepest, longest night, we welcome the light of the Christ child. So whether you are joyful and bright or find yourself feeling dark and brooding, join us for this holy night as we witness Christ’s light. As we hear familiar scriptures of holy hope despite difficult circumstances, as we join our voices in a chorus of Christmas carols, as we receive the nourishment of the communion meal and sing “Silent Night” by candlelight, we too are filled with the light that shines. We are reminded that this Light of the World shines even in the darkness corners of our lives, our community, and our world. The angels announce, “To you is born this day in the City of David as Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord,” and singing “Joy to the World” we go forth to share the light of Christ with others.
The scriptures for this Christmas Eve are Isaiah 9:2-7, Titus 2:11-14, and Luke 2:1-14. The nine lessons, although not exactly the same each year, narrate to Christians throughout the world the story of our salvation through the birth of Christ. Songs will include numerous Christmas Carols including “Silent Night, Holy Night” by candlelight. If you are joining us online to WWYA, bring a candle to light as we sing.