December 24, 2017 4:00 pm
Carol Sing (at 3:45)
Prelude: The Coventry Carol / Away in a Manger – Arr. C. Berry
THE GATHERING OF THE COMMUNITY
Processional Hymn: 118 – O Come, All Ye Faithful (vs. 1-4)
Words of Welcome
A is for Angel.
B is for Bethlehem.
C is for Census.
D is for Donkey.
E is for Exhausted.
Hymn 121: O Little Town of Bethlehem
F is for Family.
G is for the Good News.
Hymn 138: Hark the Herald Angels Sing
H is for Hope.
I is for Imagine.
J is for Joy.
Hymn 154: Joy to the World
K is for King.
L is for Lost … and for Love.
M is for Manger.
Hymn 126: Away in the Manger
N is for Noel.
O is for Offering.
Offertory Hymn: 135 – Shepherds in the Field Abiding
136 – While Shepherds Watched
P is for Peace.
Q is for Quiet.
R is for Revealed.
S is for Star.
T is for Table.
U is for Unity.
The Celebration of the Eucharist
Prayer Over the Gifts
All: Jesus, we give you our hearts, our minds, our imagination and love.
Help us to love You and all the people of the world. Amen.
Celebrant: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.
People: We lift them to the Lord.
Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Celebrant: We thank you, Holy God, that you sent Jesus to be born into this world and live among us. People had turned away from you and no longer loved each other the way you loved us. Jesus opened our eyes and our hearts to your love and now brings us together to this table to remember his love for us and for all people.
The night before he died when Jesus was at supper with his friends, he took bread and gave you thanks, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, saying: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”
When supper was ended, Jesus took a cup of wine, thanked you, and gave it to his friends saying: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this to remember me.”
Life-giving God, we ask you now to bless these our gifts of bread and wine and make them holy. Fill us with the joy of the Holy Spirit as we receive this bread and wine and then send us out in peace to share your love with the world.
Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honor, glory, and praise, for ever and ever.
Celebrant: As Jesus taught us, let us 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.
Breaking of the Bread
Celebrant: We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.
Celebrant: The Gifts of God for the Family of God.
People: Thanks be to God
Prayer after Communion
Celebrant: God of all,
People: the child born for us is the Saviour of the world.
May he who made us your children welcome us into your
kingdom, where he is alive and reigns with you now and for ever. Amen.
V is for Vulnerable.
W is for Wonder.
X is for Christ.
Y is for You.
Z is for Zeal.
Blessing & Dismissal
Celebrant: We have heard the good news: Jesus Christ is born! Know that Jesus has
come not just for us, but for all the world.
Lay Assistant: Go in peace and joy. Jesus is born and dwells among us.
All: Thanks be to God.
Recessional Hymn: 119 – Silent Night
Postlude: Gentle Mary Laid Her Child – James Southbridge