The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 24th December 2020 830pm

The Order of Service follows below.

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Christmas Eve
December 24th, 2020

Prelude

Opening Carol: Once in Royal David’s City

  1. Once in royal David’s 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.

  2. 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, despised and lowly
    lived on earth our Saviour holy.

  3. And through all his wondrous childhood,
    day by day like us he grew;
    he was little, weak, and helpless,
    tears and smiles like us he knew;
    and he feels for all our sadness,
    and he shares in all our gladness.

  4. Not in that poor lowly stable,
    with the oxen standing by,
    we shall see him: but in heaven,
    set at God’s right hand on high,
    when his children gather round
    bright like stars, with glory crowned.

TiS 312. Cecil Frances Alexander 1818-95 alt. Public domain.

Welcome and Acknowledgment of Land

Prayer

Musical Reflection: Sing Gloria

James and Wheeler

Lighting of the Advent Candles

Carol: Long Ago Prophets Knew

  1. Long ago, prophets knew
    Christ would come, born a Jew,
    come to make all things new,
    bear his people’s burden,
    freely love and pardon.

    Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
    Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
    When he comes,
    when he comes,
    who will make him welcome?

  2. God in time, God in man,
    this is God’s timeless plan:
    He will come, as a man,
    born himself of woman,
    God divinely human.

    Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
    Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
    When he comes,
    when he comes,
    who will make him welcome?

  3. Mary, hail! Though afraid,
    she believed, she obeyed.
    In her womb God is laid:
    till the time expected,
    nurtured and protected.

    Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
    Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
    When he comes,
    when he comes,
    who will make him welcome?

  4. Journey ends: where afar
    Bethl’em shines, like a star,
    stable door stands ajar.
    Unborn Son of Mary,
    Saviour, do not tarry.

    Ring, bells, ring, ring, ring!
    Sing, choirs, sing, sing, sing!
    Jesus comes,
    Jesus comes:
    we will make him welcome.

TiS 283. Fred Pratt Green 1903-2000. words permission Stainer & Bell London. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE. License No. #A‑604444.

First Lesson: The Prophet Isaiah Foretells the Birth of Christ

Isaiah 9:2-7

Musical Reflection: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

Traditional Plainsong

Second Lesson: Jesus is Born in Bethlehem

Luke 2:1-7

Carol: Joy to the World

  1. Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
    let earth receive its king;
    let every heart prepare him room,
    and heaven and nature sing,
    and heaven and nature sing,
    and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

  2. Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns;
    let us our songs employ;
    while fields and streams, rocks, hills and plains
    repeat the sounding joy,
    repeat the sounding joy,
    repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

  3. He rules the world with truth and grace,
    and makes the nations prove
    the glories of his righteousness
    and wonders of his love,
    and wonders of his love,
    and wonders, wonders of his love.

TiS 268. Isaac Watts, 1674 – 1748 alt. based on Psalm 98. Public Domain.

Third Lesson: The Shepherds Go to the Manger

Luke 2:8-16

Musical Reflection: One Star

Malcolm Archer

Fourth Lesson: The Wise Travelers are Led by the Star to Jesus

Matthew 2:1-11

Offering for the Christmas Bowl Appeal

This evening’s offering supports the Christmas Bowl Appeal – the Christmas Appeal of Act for Peace, the international aid agency of the National Council of Churches in Australia. You may use the envelope available in the foyer, make a cash donation in the offering receptacle or go to bpuc.org/christmas2020. Thank you for supporting this vital ministry.

Prayers for Peace

Musical Reflection: Star Child

Carlton Young

Fifth Lesson: The Light Shines in the Darkness

John 1: 1-5

Carol: Silent Night

  1. Silent night, holy night:
    all is calm, all is bright
    round the virgin mother and child,
    holy infant so tender and mild,
    sleep in heavenly peace,
    sleep in heavenly peace.

  2. Silent night, holy night:
    shepherds quake at the sight;
    glories stream from heaven afar,
    heavenly hosts sing, ‘Alleluia!
    Christ the Saviour is born,
    Christ the Saviour is born.’

  3. Silent night, holy night:
    wondrous star, lend your light;
    with the angels let us sing
    Alleluia to our King;
    Christ our Saviour is born,
    Christ our Saviour is born.

TiS 311. Joseph Mohr 1792-1848, tr John Freeman Young 1820-85 alt. Public Domain

Prayer

Carol: O Little Town of Bethlehem

  1. O little town of Bethlehem,
    how still we see you lie!
    Above your deep and dreamless sleep
    the silent stars go by:
    yet, in your dark streets shining
    the everlasting light,
    the hopes and fears of all the years
    are met in you tonight.

  2. For Christ is born of Mary;
    and, gathered all above,
    while mortals sleep the angels keep
    their watch of wondering love.
    O morning stars, together
    proclaim the holy birth,
    and praises sing to God the King
    and peace to all on earth.

  3. How silently, how silently
    the wondrous gift is given!
    So God imparts to human hearts
    the blessings of his heaven.
    No ear may hear his coming;
    but in this world of sin,
    where meek souls will receive him, still
    the dear Christ enters in.

  4. O holy child of Bethlehem,
    descend to us, we pray;
    cast out our sin and enter in,
    be born in us today.
    We hear the Christmas angels
    their great glad tidings tell;
    O come to us, abide with us,
    Our Lord Immanuel.

TiS 316. Phillip Brooks 1835-93. Public Domain.

Benediction

Postlude

In order to avoid crowding at the exits, please wait for a steward to indicate it is time to leave. May you know the peace, love, joy and hope the Christ child brings to all the world.