Christmas Day

December 25, 2017                                                                                                   9:30 am 

Christmas Day 


Prelude: Cradle Song – A. Grote
Improvisation on Greensleeves – A. Fedak

                        Processional Hymn:  123 – Once in Royal David’s City

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. 

Lighting of the Christ Candle (insert)

Glory to God   – Hymn 365

Collect for Christmas
Almighty God, you wonderfully created and yet more wonderfully restored our human nature.  May we share the divine life of your Son Jesus Christ, who humbled himself to share our humanity, and now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.


1st Reading – Isaiah 52.7-10  (pg 669 in the pew Bible)

Psalm 98 (BAS, page 836)  

2nd Reading – Hebrews 1.1-4  (pg 1091 in the pew Bible)

THE GOSPEL:  John 1.1-14  

Sermon – The Reverend Andrea Thomas 

Apostles Creed   

Prayers of the People
By the good news of our salvation brought to Mary by the angel, hear us, O Lord.
   Lord, grant us peace. 

By the mystery of the Word made flesh, hear us, O Lord.
   Lord, grant us peace. 

By the birth in time of the timeless Son of God, hear us, O Lord.
   Lord, grant us peace.

By the manifestation of the King of glory to the shepherds and magi, hear us,
O Lord. Lord, grant us peace.

By the submission of the maker of the world to Mary and Joseph of Nazareth, hear us,
O Lord.  Lord, grant us peace 

By the baptism of the Son of God in the river Jordan, hear us, O Lord.
   Lord, grant us peace. 

Grant that the kingdoms of this world may become the kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ; hear us, O Lord.  Lord, grant us peace.

Confession & Absolution
Celebrant: Most merciful God,
we confess that we have sinned against you
in thought, word, and deed,
by what we have done,
and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart;
we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent. 

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
have mercy on us and forgive us,
that we may delight in your will,
and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your name.  Amen.

The Peace

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
                  And also with you. 


The Preparation of the Gifts  

Offertory Hymn: 136 –  While Shepherds Watched

Prayer over the Gifts 

Eucharistic Prayer

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.

We give you thanks and praise, almighty God, through your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.  He is your living Word, through whom you have created all things.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh of the Virgin Mary and shared our human nature.  He lived and died as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

In fulfilment of your will he stretched out his hands in suffering, to bring release to those who place their hope in you; and so he won for you a holy people.

He chose to bear our griefs and sorrows, and to give up his life on the cross, that he might shatter the chains of evil and death, and banish the darkness of sin and despair.  By his resurrection he brings us into the light of your presence.

Now with all creation we raise our voices to proclaim the glory of your name.

All              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.

Holy and gracious God, accept our praise, through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; who on the night he was handed over to suffering and death, took bread and gave you thanks, saying, “Take, and eat: this is my body which is broken for you.”  In the same way he took the cup, saying, “This is my blood which is shed for you.  When you do this, you do it in memory of me.”

Remembering, therefore, his death and resurrection, we offer you this bread and this cup, giving thanks that you have made us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you.

We ask you to send your Holy Spirit upon the offering of your holy Church.
Gather into one all who share in these sacred mysteries, filling them with the Holy Spirit and confirming their faith in the truth, that together we may praise you and give you glory through your Servant, Jesus Christ.

All glory and honour are yours, Father and Son, with the Holy Spirit in the holy Church, now and for ever.

All     Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Celebrant:  And now, as our Saviour Christ has taught us, we are bold to 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

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. 

The Communion  (Rice Wafers available – please request) 

Communion Music:  Pastorale – J.S. Bach
126 – Away in a Manger

Prayer after Communion
Source of truth and joy, may we who have received the gift of divine life always follow the way of your Son.  This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the 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.

The Blessing

                              Recessional Hymn: 120 – O Little Town of Bethleham


Postlude: Joy to the World – A. Fedak

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