December 24, 2017 9:30 pm
THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
Prelude: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel – Arr. M. McDonald, S. Sharp Nelson
Processional Hymn:89 – O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (omit verses 4 & 5)
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.
THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD AND PRAYER
1st Lesson – Isaiah 40.1-11 – Heather Brophy
Isaiah Foretells of Comfort for God’s People.
Choir – “The Father’s Love”
(12th Century Plainsong/15th Century German, Arr. W.R. Price)
2nd Lesson – Isaiah 9.2, 6 & 7 – Wayne Whitney
Christ’s Birth and Kingdom are Foretold
Carol #138 – Hark! The Herald Angels
Choir – “Noël, Noël” (arr. Linda Spevacek)
3rd Lesson – Isaiah 11.1-3a, 6-9 – Garry Smith
The Peace that Christ Will bring is Foretold
Choir – “Dona Nobis Pacem” (Arr. Barbara Wallace)
4th Lesson – Luke 1.26-35, 38 – Ron Brophy
The Angel Gabriel Salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary
Choir – “The Angel Gabriel” (J. Raney, S. Baring-Gould)
5th Lesson – Luke 2.1-7 – Jane Venus
Luke Tells of the Birth of Jesus.
Carol #126 – Away in a Manger
Choir – “The Christ Child’s Lullaby” (Carol McClure)
6th Lesson –– Luke 2.8-16 – Carol Gervais
The Shepherds Go to the Manger.
Choir – “Who Is this Tiny Child” (Jay Castelli)
7th Lesson – John 1.1-14– The Venerable Ross Hammond
Saint John Unfolds the Great Mystery of the Incarnation.
Carol #154 – Joy to the World
Lighting 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.
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 Hymn: 118 – O Come, All Ye Faithful
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, 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. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer
Celebrant: And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to pray,
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.
This is the Lord’s Table, not just an Anglican table.
- The bread/wafer is received in the open palm. Gluten-free wafers are available – just ask the priest.
- The wine, if desired, may be taken from the common cup by drinking (placing your hand gently at the base of the chalice to guide it).
Please do not dip the wafer into the wine.
If you do not wish to drink from the cup, simply hold the base of the chalice when it is presented to you while the administrator says the words of offering.
- If you do not wish to receive the bread and wine, but would like a blessing, please indicate this preference by crossing your arms across your chest.
140 – It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (omit verse 4)
148 – See Amid the Winter’s Snow
121 – O Little Town of Bethlehem
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
Recessional Hymn: 119 – Silent Night
Music for Reflection: Silent Night – Arr. K. Gorelick, W. Afanasieff
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