December 24, 2017 7:00 pm
THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
Prelude: Gentle Mary Laid Her Child – James Southbridge
Processional Hymn: 118 – O Come, All Ye Faithful
Celebrant: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
People: And also with you.
Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from you 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
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Eternal God, this holy night is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light. As we have known the revelation of that light on earth, bring us to see
the splendour of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD AND PRAYER
1st Reading – Isaiah 9: 2-7 (pg 624 in the pew Bible)
Psalm 96 (Page 834 in the green service book)
2nd Reading –Titus 2.11-14 (pg 1089 in the pew Bible)
Gradual Hymn: 154 – Joy to the World
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to…
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
THE GOSPEL: Luke 2: 1-20 (pg 935 in the pew Bible)
The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ
Sermon – The Venerable Ross Hammond
Celebrant: Let us confess our faith, as we say,
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God, begotten, not made,
of one being with the Father.
Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
He came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit
He became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures;
He ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father.
With the Father and the Son
He is worshipped and glorified.
He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
Prayers of the People
In joy and humility let us pray to the creator of the universe, saying, “Lord, hear our prayer.”
With the angels of heaven we proclaim your glory, O God. As the radiance of your presence lights up the heavens, we pray for ourselves and the whole world. Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
That the peace proclaimed by angels in the shepherd’s field might be realized on every field of war and on every street of violence, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord, hear our prayer.
That the child born to us might find in our hearts a warm welcome by our openness to the needs of the homeless and the hungry, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
That in this time of gift-giving we might become more responsive to the abandoned, the despairing, and the mourning, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
That the rejoicing of this night might be a bond leading us to true community, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
That the joy and consolation of the Wonderful Counsellor might give hope and healing to all who are facing troubles of any kind, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
That the blessed hope we celebrate this night might be the fulfillment of all who have gone before us, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.
Grant that, through our prayers, our lives may radiate the presence of Christ to all who dwell on earth, for he is our Lord for ever and ever. Amen.
Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST
The Preparation of the Gifts
Offertory Hymns: 123 – Once in Royal David’s City
138 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Prayer over the Gifts
Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth; we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord, who in the mystery of his incarnation was made perfect man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; in him we have seen a new and radiant vision of your glory. Therefore with all the angels of heaven, we lift our voices and sing our joyful hymn of praise to proclaim the glory of your name.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
We give thanks to you, Lord our God, for the goodness and love
you have made known to us in creation; in calling Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Saviour and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.
On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, a death he feely accepted, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he 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. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore, Father, according to his command,
we remember his death,
we proclaim his resurrection,
we await his coming in glory;
and we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.
We pray to you, gracious God to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts, that they may be the sacrament of the body of Christ and his blood of the new covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we, made acceptable in him, may be sanctified by the Holy Spirit.
In the fullness of time reconcile all things in Christ, and make them new, and bring us to that city of light where you dwell with all your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, almighty Father, now and for ever.
The Lords Prayer
Celebrant: And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,
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.
The Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.
All: God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.
Celebrant The gifts of God for the people of God.
All Thanks be to God.
Communion Music: 136 – While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
148 – See Amid the Winter’s Snow
Prayer after Communion
God of all, tonight you have united earth and heaven in sending your
Son to take our human nature. May we who have tasted heavenly
things share in the life of his eternal kingdom. We ask this in the name
of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory to God, whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.
Lighting of the Candles
Closing Hymn: 119 – Silent Night
Music for Reflection: Silent Night – Arr. K. Gorelick, W. Afanasieff