I love the passage from Isaiah that is traditional for Christmas Eve. Our community values participatory worship, so I wrote a call to worship that will allow the people to be part of the drama Isaiah describes. Enjoy!
People: Help us Lord! Darkness looms over us, the night is heavy, and it’s hard to see our way.
Leader: Don’t be afraid! The Light shines on you even now. Love has come for you.
People: Help us Lord! We are oppressed by fear and uncertainty. The weight of busyness, and distraction lies heavily on our shoulders.
Leader: Don’t be afraid! The bar you carry is already broken, and the boot soles that would crush you have already been burned. Love has come for you.
Leader: Hear what the Lord, your God, has promised – your Maker, and the one who makes you whole:
All: For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.