Advent and Christmas at Haymarket Church

Christmas Eve Candlelight

During the month of December, Christians around the world spend their days preparing for and celebrating the story of Christmas – the story of God entering into our world as one of us in order to save us.  During the season of Advent (the four Sundays leading up to Christmas), Christians focus on preparation – making ourselves ready, yet again, for God to enter into our world and into our lives.  Then, at Christmas, we celebrate the Good News that God has done precisely that – that, with Jesus, God has entered into our world and is here to stay – that God is with us now and forever.  That good news is central to the Christian story, and so we at Haymarket Church are spending December celebrating it.

Learn more about our Christmas-at-Home boxes and the Advent season at Haymarket Church. 

Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship

On Thursday, December 24, Haymarket Church will celebrate Christmas Eve worship in online and in-person formats. Our Online Christmas Eve Worship will go live at 4 PM. It will include Christmas music, a Christmas sermon, and a virtual children’s pageant with the children of Haymarket Church acting out the Christmas story from home! You can view this worship service on our Facebook page (Facebook.com/HaymarketChurch) and our YouTube Channel, or by going to HaymarketChurch.org/Livestream-Worship.

We will also gather for a short, in-person, socially distanced, outdoor candlelight service at Haymarket Elementary School (15500 Learning Lane, Haymarket, VA) at 6 PM on Thursday, December 24. Worship will be outdoors (so dress warmly), but will also be short (20ish minutes). Bring your own folding chair if you’d like to sit! Worship will include prayer, a reading of the Christmas story, and Christmas carols sung by candlelight.

For more information, and to fill out the health form online, go to HaymarketChurch.org/news/Candlelight2020 (beginning December 20).


Visiting Haymarket Church on Christmas Eve?

Here are a few things you might find helpful if you are a new or returning visitor to Haymarket Church.

  • Our online worship service can be found in 3 places: website, YouTube, & Facebook. The service will be the same in all places but the user experience may be different. For example, we have a good number of folks who chat with one another using the Facebook comments feature. Others prefer to watch via YouTube on their TV app.
  • Our 6 PM outdoor in-person worship service will take place outside. (Be sure to dress appropriately for any potential weather!)
  • The service will be an abbreviated version of our typical Christmas Eve worship–it will be shortened because of the nature of the outdoor service and the pandemic related requirements.
  • Masks or face coverings are required.
  • Those attending will need to fill out a health acknowledgement form.
  • There will be no chairs provided.
  • There will not be childcare available, but children are welcome to participate with their family.

We look forward to celebrating Christmas with you!


In-Person Christmas Eve Bulletin (Song Lyrics)

Our in-person worship service on Christmas Eve won’t have any paper bulletins (per recommendations related to reducing vectors for the spread of COVID).  Instead, we encourage you to use your phone as your bulletin.

Opening Song – “O Come All Ye Faithful”
Verse 1
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, O come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the King of Angels.

Chorus
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord

Verse 2
True God of true God, Light from Light Eternal,
lo, he shuns not the Virgin’s womb;
Son of the Father, begotten not created

Chorus
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord

Verse 3
Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation
O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!
Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

Chorus
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord

Verse 4
Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus to thee be all glory given.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing

Chorus
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord

Christmas Eve Prayer

Luke 2:1-20

Scripture Reflection

Candle Lighting

Song for Candle Lighting – “Silent Night”
Verse 1
Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child. Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Verse 2
Silent night, holy night, shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!

Verse 3
Silent night, holy night, Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth, Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Verse 4
Silent night, holy night, wondrous star, lend thy light;
With the angels let us sing, Alleluia to our King;
Christ the Savior is born, Christ the Savior is born!

Closing Song – “Joy to the World”
Verse 1
Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Verse 2
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! Let all their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains, repeat the sounding joy
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.

Verse 3
No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found, far as, far as the curse is found.

Verse 4
He rules the world in truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders of his love!