Let There Be Light (Christmas Eve)

On Christmas Eve the Renew family gathered under dim lights to celebrate the moment and occasion of Christ’s Birth. We returned again on Sunday, Christmas Day, as well, with a related yet distinct emphases in our worship.


  • Noel
  • Silent Night
  • O Holy Night
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • God With Us

(Scriptures read or referenced included below.)

Message title: Let There Be Light (Christmas Eve)
Fifth week of Advent
Scriptures: Genesis 1–Revelation 22
Preacher: Kari Patterson
Date: 12/24/16

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Scripture readings:

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good.
—Genesis 1:3-4a (ESV)

“Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of His father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
—Luke 1:30-33

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 
—John 1:1-9

“Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it has been revealed to Him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, he too took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.” And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed (and a sword will piece through your own soul too), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
—Luke 2:25-35

“He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and his own people did not receive Him.”
—John 1:10-11

“The light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds be exposed.  But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.”
—John 3:19-21

“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
—John 1:12

“I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness”
—John 12:46

“I am the light of the world whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.”
—John 8:12

“While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
—John 12:35-36

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
—John 1:12

“For you are all children of light, • children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:5

“came to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith me.”
—Acts 26:18

“At one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Awake O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
—Ephesians 5:8-14

“God is light, and in Him is no darkness and all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. If f we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us (walking in the light is being honest with ourselves, with God, and with others), but if we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”
—1st John 1:5-9

“The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
—1 John 2:8-11

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
—Matthew 5

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
—1 Peter 2:9

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
—2 Corinthians 4:6

“they will be will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
—Matthew 8:11

“And night will be no more. • They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”
—Revelation 22:5

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