Christmas Day Holy Communion at St Laurence

Hymn O Come, All Ye Faithful

  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.

  1. Sing, choirs of angels,
    Sing in exultation,
    O sing all ye bright host 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.

  1. 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.

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

All:       And also with you

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.

In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body

Let us then pursue all that makes for peace

and builds up our common life.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

All:       And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

(Please turn to those around you, offering your hand, and say

‘The peace of the Lord be with you’)

Prayer of Preparation

All:      Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer of Penitence

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our Cod is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your Cod with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

All:       Amen. Lord, have mercy.

God so loved the world

that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ

to save us from our sins,

to be our advocate in heaven,

and to bring us to eternal life.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith,

firmly resolved to keep God’s commandments

and to live in love and peace with all.

All:       Father eternal, giver of light and grace,

we have sinned against you and against our neighbour,

in what we have thought,

in what we have said and done,

through ignorance, through weakness,

through our own deliberate fault.

We have wounded your love

and marred your image in us.

We are sorry and ashamed

and repent of all our sins.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,

who died for us,

forgive us all that is past

and lead us out from darkness

to walk as children of light.

Amen.

Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you, pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:       Amen. 

Collect for Christmas Morning

 Almighty God,

you have given us your only-begotten Son

to take our nature upon him

and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:

grant that we, who have been born again

and made your children by adoption and grace,

may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

All: Amen

Our First Reading is – Psalm 89

1 O Lord, I will always sing of your constant love; I will proclaim your faithfulness forever.

2 I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky.

3 You said, “I have made a covenant with the man I chose; I have promised my servant David,

4 “A descendant of yours will always be king; I will preserve your dynasty forever.’ ”

5 The heavens sing of the wonderful things you do; the holy ones sing of your faithfulness, Lord.

6 No one in heaven is like you, Lord; none of the heavenly beings is your equal.

7 You are feared in the council of the holy ones; they all stand in awe of you.

8 Lord God Almighty, none is as mighty as you; in all things you are faithful, O Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.

All:      Thanks be to God.

Hymn – Angels, from the Realms of Glory

  1. Angels, from the realms of glory,
    Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
    Ye, who sang creation’s story,
    Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.
    Chorus:

Come and worship! Come and worship!
Worship Christ the newborn King!

  1. Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
    Watching o’er your flocks by night,
    God with man is now residing
    Yonder shines the infant light.

 Chorus:
Come and worship! Come and worship!
Worship Christ the newborn King!

  1. Sages, leave your contemplations,
    Brighter visions beam afar;
    Seek the great Desire of nations,
    Ye have seen his natal star.
    Chorus:

Come and worship! Come and worship!
Worship Christ the newborn King!

  1. Saints, before the alter bending,
    Watching long in hope and fear,
    Suddenly the Lord, descending,
    In His temple shall appear.
    Chorus:

Come and worship! Come and worship!
Worship Christ the newborn King!

 Here the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to – Luke Chap: 1

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy God sent the angel Gabriel to a town in Galilee named Nazareth.

27 He had a message for a young woman promised in marriage to a man named Joseph, who was a descendant of King David. Her name was Mary.

28 The angel came to her and said, “Peace be with you! The Lord is with you and has greatly blessed you!”

29 Mary was deeply troubled by the angel’s message, and she wondered what his words meant.

30 The angel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary; God has been gracious to you.

31 You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.

32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God. The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was,

33 and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end!”

34 Mary said to the angel, “I am a virgin. How, then, can this be?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and God’s power will rest upon you. For this reason the holy child will be called the Son of God.

36 Remember your relative Elizabeth. It is said that she cannot have children, but she herself is now six months pregnant, even though she is very old.

37 For there is nothing that God cannot do.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” said Mary; “may it happen to me as you have said.” And the angel left her.

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

 Sermon Notes – Christmas Day

“Tonight Light came into this dark world.”

The four ‘C’

Christ from the Crib to the Cross and then the Crown

Amen

We say together

The Creed

Let us declare our faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit

All:      I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

Amen.

Prayers of Intercession for Christmas

Father on that holy night your Son our Saviour was born as a human child.

Renew your Church as the Body of Christ. Help us to work with the new ministry team to build up the church in this place.

Lord in your mercy.

All: Hear our prayer.

On that holy night Christians the world over celebrate his birth,

Open our hearts that he may be born in us today. Help us to reach out to all those around us who do not know you and make your presence known to them.

Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer

On that holy night there was not room for your Son in the inn,

Protect with your love those who have no home and all who live in poverty.

Please guide us to where there is need in our community and help us to show compassion to those in need

Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer

On that holy night Mary in the pain of labour brought your Son to birth.

Hold in your hand and all who are in any kind of pain or distress today especially those who came to the Christmas Tree festival to find your comfort and support …..

Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer 

On that holy night your son Jesus Christ came as a light shining in the darkness.

Bring comfort to the countless people of Palestine who have been driven from their homes. Refugees who are living in cold tents and shelters this winter ….and all who suffer in the sadness of our world.

Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer 

On that holy night shepherds in the fields heard good tidings of joy.

Give us grace to preach the gospel of Christ’s Redemption.

Please help us to continue to reach out to those in our community who do not know you

Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer 

On that holy night the angels sang ‘Peace to God’s people on earth’.

Strengthen those who work for your peace in the world

With many areas of conflict in the world at this time we ask “Please Heavenly Father look with mercy on all who work for peace”

Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer

On that holy night strangers saw the baby lying in the manger.

Silence

Bless our home and all whom we love.

Lord in your mercy

All: Hear our prayer

Merciful Father,

All:      Accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Heavenly Father,

you have promised through your Son Jesus Christ, that when we meet in his name, and pray according to his mind, he will be among us and hear our prayer: m your love and mercy fulfil our desires, and give us your greatest gift, which is to know you, the only true God, and your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

All:      Amen.

Christians Awake, Salute the Happy Morn (Mission Praise 80)

1 Christians, awake, salute the happy morn,
whereon the Saviour of the world was born;
rise to adore the mystery of love,
which hosts of angels chanted from above;
with them the joyful tidings were begun
of God incarnate and the virgin’s Son.

2 Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,
who heard the angelic herald’s voice: “Behold,
I bring good tidings of a Saviour’s birth
to you and all the nations of the earth;
this day hath God fulfilled His promised word;
this day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord.”

3 He spake, and straightway the celestial choir
in hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;
the praises of redeeming love they sang,
and heaven’s whole orb with alleluias rang;
God’s highest glory was their anthem still,
peace on the earth, and unto men good will.

4 To Bethlehem straight the happy shepherds ran,
to see the wonder God had wrought for man;
and found, with Joseph and the blessed maid,
her Son, the Saviour, in a manger laid;
amazed, the wondrous story they proclaim,
the earliest heralds of the Saviour’s name.

5 Oh, may we keep and ponder in our mind
God’s wondrous love in saving lost mankind!
Trace we the Babe, who hath retrieved our loss,
from His poor manger to His bitter cross.
Tread in His steps, assisted by His grace,
till our imperfect state God doth replace.

6 Then may we hope, the ‘angelic hosts among,
to sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song;
He that was born upon this joyful day
around us all His glory shall display;
saved by His love, incessant we shall sing
eternal praise to heaven’s almighty King. (by John Byrom – 1692 to 1763)
 

The Eucharistic Prayer 

The Lord is here.

All:      His Spirit is with us.

Lift up your hearts,

All:       We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All:      It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is indeed right,

it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

For he is your living Word;

through him you have created all things from the beginning, and formed us in your own image. 

All:       To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin, giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;

You raised him from the dead and exalted him to your right hand on high. 

All:       To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him you nave sent upon us your holy and life-giving Spirit, and made us a people for your own possession. 

All:       To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying: 

All:       Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Therefore, heavenly Father, we remember his offering of himself made once for all upon the cross; we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension; we look for the coming of your kingdom, and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord. 

All:       Christ has died: Christ is risen. Christ will come again.

Accept through him, our great high priest, this our sacrifice of thanks and praise, and as we eat and drink these holy gifts in the presence of your divine majesty, renew us by your Spirit, inspire us with your love and unite us in the body of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

All:      To you be glory and praise for ever.

Through him, and with him, and in him, m the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven, we worship you, Father almighty, in songs of everlasting praise; 

All:      Blessing and honour and glory and power be yours for ever and ever.

Amen.

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us 

The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father, who art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy name;

Thy kingdom come;

Thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.

Amen.

Breaking of the Bread 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ. 

All:       Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

All:      Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world.

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

Have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world,

Grant us peace.

Giving of Communion

Draw near with faith

Receive the body of our Lord Jesus Christ

which he gave for you,

and his blood which he shed for you-

Eat and drink

in remembrance that he died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts

by faith with thanksgiving.

Amen

We say together the –

Post Communion

All: God our Father,

whose Word has come among us

in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:

may the light of faith illumine our hearts

and shine in our words and deeds;

through him who is Christ the Lord.

Amen.

The Blessing

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of Cod, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

All:      Amen.

Hymn is – Good Christian Men Rejoice (Mission Praise 196)

  1. Good Christian friends, rejoice
    with heart and soul and voice;
    give ye heed to what we say:
    Jesus Christ was born today.
    Ox and ass before him bow,
    and he is in the manger now.
    Christ is born today!
    Christ is born today!
     
  1. Good Christian friends, rejoice
    with heart and soul and voice;
    now ye hear of endless bliss:
    Jesus Christ was born for this!
    He has opened heaven’s door,
    and we are blest forevermore.
    Christ was born for this!
    Christ was born for this!
     
  1. Good Christian friends, rejoice
    with heart and soul and voice;
    now ye need not fear the grave:
    Jesus Christ was born to save!
    Calls you one and calls you all
    to gain his everlasting hall.
    Christ was born to save!
    Christ was born to save!
     (by John M Neale 1818 to 1866) 

Final Prayers and the Dismissal

Go in faith to love the Lord.

All: In the Name of Christ

Amen

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