Welcome and Introduction I bring you good news of great joy: a Saviour has been born to you. Alleluia. Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given. Alleluia. Hear the words of St Luke: When the angels had gone from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they hastened, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. He is Christ the Lord. Alleluia. We worship and adore him. Alleluia. We light the Christmas candle at the heart of our Advent wreath God our Father, today the Saviour is born and those who live in darkness are seeing a great light. Help us, who greet the birth of Christ with joy, to live in the light of your Son and to share the good news of your love. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the light who has come into the world. Amen. Lord Jesus, Light of light, you have come among us. Help us who live by your light to shine as lights in your world. Glory to God in the highest. Amen. Carol Once in royal Davids 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. 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. 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. 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. Prayers of Penitence Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the darkness of our hearts. In his light let us examine ourselves and confess our sins. God our Father, you sent your Son full of grace and truth: forgive our failure to receive him. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Jesus our Saviour, you were born in poverty and laid in a manger: forgive our greed and rejection of your ways. Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Spirit of love, your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call: forgive the hardness of our hearts. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Absolution May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw us to himself and cleanse us from all our sins, that we may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Gloria Please stand as we sing to the glory of God Glory! Merrily on high In heaven the bells are ringing; Glory! Verily the sky Is riven with angels singing. Gloria, Hosanna in Excelsis…. Peace to all throughout the earth From heaven in the highest Worship, thankfulness and praise We sing to God our Father. Gloria, Hosanna in Excelsis…. Jesus, Only Son of God Our Lord and Lamb, Messiah, Mercy, take away our sin, And hear the prayer we offer. Gloria, Hosanna in Excelsis…. The Collect Let us pray in the peace of this Christmas celebration that our joy in the birth of Christ will last for ever. Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth: accept our heartfelt praise as we worship you, our Saviour and our eternal God. Amen. The Liturgy of the Word For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds. Titus 2.11–14 This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God. Carol 1. While shepherds watched Their flocks by night All seated on the ground The angel of the Lord came down And glory shone around And glory shone around 2. "Fear not," he said, For mighty dread Had seized their troubled minds "Glad tidings of great joy I bring To you and all mankind, To you and all mankind." 3. "To you in David's Town this day Is born of David's line The Saviour who is Christ the Lord And this shall be the sign And this shall be the sign." 4. "The heavenly Babe You there shall find To human view displayed And meanly wrapped in swathing bands And in a manger laid And in a manger laid." 5. Thus spake the seraph, And forthwith Appeared a shining throng Of angels praising God, who thus Addressed their joyful song Addressed their joyful song 6. "All glory be to God on high And to the earth be peace; Goodwill henceforth From heaven to men Begin and never cease Begin and never cease!" Gospel Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke. Glory to you, O Lord. In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’ This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you, O Christ. Sermon We listen to the sermon. The Creed We say a statement of our shared belief: 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 We sit or kneel as we pray for our community, and for the world. The prayers may include one of the following responses: Lord, in your mercy or Lord, hear us. hear our prayer. Lord, graciously hear us. Merciful Father accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen. The Peace We all share in the peace of God; introduced by the following words: Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace. We meet in the name of Christ and share his peace. and also with you. Carol 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. God of God, Light of Light Lo, He abhors not the Virgin's womb Very God Begotten, not created O come, let us adore Him O come, let us adore Him O come, let us adore Him Christ the Lord! Communion Word made flesh, life of the world, in your incarnation you embraced our poverty: by your Spirit may we share in your riches. Amen. The Lord be with you and also with you. Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord. Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give thanks and praise. All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere, mighty creator, ever-living God. We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, who for love of our fallen race humbled himself, and on this day was born of the Virgin Mary by the power of your Spirit, and lived as one of us. In this mystery of the Word made flesh you have caused his light to shine in our hearts, to give knowledge of your glory in the face of Jesus Christ. In him we see our God made visible and so are caught up in the love of the God we cannot see. Therefore with all the angels of heaven we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name and sing our joyful hymn of praise: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Holy, holy, holy is the Lord, Holy is the Lord God Almighty. Who was, and is, and is to come, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord. Please sit. Sing, choirs of angels, Sing in exultation, Sing all ye citizen’s of heav’n above Glory to God in the Highest; O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord. We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ,our Lord; and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son. On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you. He broke the bread, gave it to them and said: Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me. When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again he praised you, gave it to them and said: 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. So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross. Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory. Great is the mystery of faith: Christ has died: Christ is risen: Christ will come again. Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth. Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with St Nicholas, St Stephen and St John, and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven. Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever. Amen. Yea! Lord, we greet Thee, Born this happy morning, Jesu to thee be glory giv’n 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. As our Saviour taught us, so we pray: 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. Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread. Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Blessed are those who are called to his supper. Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word, and I shall be healed. The president and people receive communion. Prayer after Communion God our Father, in this night you have made known to us again the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him until the day dawns and Christ the Morning Star rises in our hearts. To him be glory both now and for ever. 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. Notices We hear about some of the things that are going on within the life of the church. Hymn Rejoice, the Lord is King: your Lord and King adore! Rejoice, give thanks and sing, and triumph evermore. Chorus: Lift up your heart, Lift up your voice! Rejoice, again I say, rejoice! Jesus, the Saviour, reigns, the God of truth and love; When He has purged our stains, He took his seat above; Chorus His kingdom cannot fail, He rules o'er earth and heav'n; The keys of death and hell are to our Jesus giv'n: Chorus Rejoice in glorious hope! Our Lord and judge shall come And take His servants up to their eternal home: Chorus The Dismissal I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ, the Lord. Luke 2.10,11 May the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the perseverance of the wise men, the obedience of Joseph and Mary, and the peace of the Christ-child be yours this Christmas; and the blessing of God almighty, This service can be found on our Youtube channel: If you login into Youtube (you may need to create an account) and then click on the red “Subscribe” button There will be a “zoom” coffee time at 11.45am each Sunday (assuming it works!) Email to if you haven’t had an invitation and would like one Future Public Services 27 December 10.30am at St John’s 3 January—The Epiphany 10.30am at St John’s and St Stephen’s 6 January 10.00am at St Mary’s Chapel (6 may attend!) the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always. Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. f Donations to our three churches can be made using the following links:


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