Christmas Day Service

28 Dec 21

 Hymn  Once in Royal David’s City

 1)    Once in royal David’s city,

Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.
 

2)    He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.
 

3)    For He is our childhood's pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.
 

4)    And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.

 Welcome and Notices

 The Greeting

 Grace, mercy and peace from Cod our Father and trie 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 

Eternal God,

who made this most holy night

to shine with the brightness of your one true light:

bring us, who have known the revelation of that light on earth,

to see the radiance of your heavenly glory;

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.

Reading For Christmas Day is – Hebrews Chap: 1

1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, 

2 but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. 

3 He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of all human beings, he sat down in heaven at the right side of God, the Supreme Power. 

4 The Son was made greater than the angels, just as the name that God gave him is greater than theirs. 

5 For God never said to any of his angels, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father." Nor did God say about any angel, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son." 

6 But when God was about to send his first-born Son into the world, he said, "All of God's angels must worship him." 

7 But about the angels God said, "God makes his angels winds, and his servants flames of fire." 

8 About the Son, however, God said: "Your kingdom, O God, will last forever and ever! You rule over your people with justice. 

9 You love what is right and hate what is wrong. That is why God, your God, has chosen you and has given you the joy of an honour far greater than he gave to your companions."

10 He also said, "You, Lord, in the beginning created the earth, and with your own hands you made the heavens. 

11 They will disappear, but you will remain; they will all wear out like clothes. 

12 You will fold them up like a coat, and they will be changed like clothes. But you are always the same, and your life never ends." 

This is the word of the Lord. 

All:      Thanks be to God. 

Hymn is In the Bleak Midwinter 

1)    In the bleak midwinter, frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago.
 

2)    Our God, heaven cannot hold Him, nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away when He comes to reign.
In the bleak midwinter a stable place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, Jesus Christ.
 

3)    Enough for Him, Whom cherubim, worship night and day,
Breastful of milk, and a mangerful of hay;
Enough for Him, Whom angels fall before,
The ox and ass and camel which adore.
 

4)    Angels and archangels may have gathered there,
Cherubim and seraphim thronged the air;
But His mother only, in her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the beloved with a kiss.
 

5)    What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
  

Here the Gospel for of Our Lord Jesus Christ Christmas Day, According to – John Chap: 1

All: Glory to you, O Lord. 

1 In the beginning the Word already existed; the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

2 From the very beginning the Word was with God. 

3 Through him God made all things; not one thing in all creation was made without him. 

4 The Word was the source of life, and this life brought light to people. 

5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out. 

6 God sent his messenger, a man named John, 

7 who came to tell people about the light, so that all should hear the message and believe. 

8 He himself was not the light; he came to tell about the light. 

9 This was the real light - the light that comes into the world and shines on all people. 

10 The Word was in the world, and though God made the world through him, yet the world did not recognize him. 

11 He came to his own country, but his own people did not receive him. 

12 Some, however, did receive him and believed in him; so he gave them the right to become God's children. 

13 They did not become God's children by natural means, that is, by being born as the children of a human father; God himself was their Father. 

14 The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us. We saw his glory, the glory which he received as the Father's only Son. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

All:       Praise to you, O Christ. 

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 

During the intercession this response is used: 

Lord, in your mercy

All:       Hear our prayer. 

In the power of the Spirit and in union with Christ, let us pray to the Father.

Almighty Cod, our heavenly Father,

you promised through your Son Jesus Christ to hear us when we pray in faith 

Strengthen Christopher our bishop and all your Church in the service of Christ, that those who confess your name may be united in your truth, live together in your love, and reveal your glory in the world.

 Bless and guide Elizabeth our Queen; give wisdom to all in authority; and direct this and every nation in the ways of justice and of peace; that we may honour one another, and seek the common good.

 Give grace to us, our families and friends, and to all our neighbours, that we may serve Christ in one another, and love as he loves us.

 Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body, mind, or spirit; give them courage and hope in their troubles and bring them the joy of your salvation.

 Hear us as we remember those who have died in the faith of

Christ......; according to your promises,

grant us with them a share in your eternal kingdom.

 Rejoicing in the fellowship of St. Laurence, St. John, St. Wilfred, St. Michel and all your saints, we commend ourselves and the whole creation to your unfailing love.

 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. 

 Hymn  Away In a Manger  

1)    Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head
 

2)    The stars in the bright sky
Looked down where He lay
The little Lord Jesus
Asleep on the hay
 

3)    The cattle are lowing
The poor Baby wakes
But little Lord Jesus
No crying He makes
 

4)    I love Thee, Lord Jesus
Look down from the sky
And stay by my side,
'Til morning is nigh.
 

5)    Be near me, Lord Jesus,
I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever
And love me I pray
 

6)    Bless all the dear children
In Thy tender care
And take us to heaven
To live with Thee there.
 

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power;   the glory, the splendour, and the majesty;   for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. 

All:     All things come from you,

And of your own do we give you. 

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 

All:       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 

Prayer After Communion 

All:      Almighty God,

we thank you for feeding us

with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies

to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out

in the power of your Spirit

to live and work

to your praise and glory.

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 - 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;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
 

2)    O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God's holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.
 

3)    All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord
 

Open up and welcome baby Jesus on earth for the world to prosper more.

 And may the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Ghost be with us all, now and forever more 

All: Amen

Go in peace to serve the Lord

All: In the name of Christ

Amen

We send heartiest wishes for Christmas Eve

and a Merry Christmas to all

 

 

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