The Light on the Hill

Order of Service – 25th December 2020

The Order of Service follows below.

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Welcome

Introit and Lighting of the Candles: One Star

Malcolm Archer

Call to Worship

Sing and rejoice for the birth of Jesus,
Emmanuel, God with us, our saviour and friend.
With glad hearts sing carols,
and with wonder and delight worship this day.
For Christ is born and all of creation joins in heaven’s song:
“Glory to God in the highest heaven!”

Opening Prayer

We Sing: O Come All Ye Faithful

  1. O come, all ye faithful,
    joyful and triumphant,
    come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
    come and behold him
    born the king of angels:

    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  2. See how the shepherds
    summoned to his cradle,
    leaving their flocks, draw nigh with holy fear;
    we too will thither
    bend our joyful footsteps:

    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  3. Sing, choirs of angels,
    sing in exultation,
    sing all ye citizens of heaven above,
    ‘Glory to God,
    glory in the highest’:

    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

  4. Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
    born this happy morning,
    Jesus, to thee be glory given;
    Word of the father
    now in flesh appearing:

    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    O come, let us adore him,
    Christ the Lord.

TiS 304. Words by William Thomas Brooke 1848 – 1917. Public domain.

Lighting of the Advent Candles

Musical Reflection: God’s Gift to the World

Passing of the Peace

The peace of our God be with you.
And also with you.

Children’s Time

Scripture Reading: Luke 2 :1-7

For the word of God, born among us,
thanks be to God.

Choral Anthem: Christmas Tree

James & Wheeler

Sermon

We Sing: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

  1. Infant holy,
    infant lowly,
    for his bed a cattle stall;
    oxen lowing,
    little knowing
    Christ the babe is Lord of all;
    swift are winging
    angels singing,
    nowells ringing,
    tidings bringing,
    Christ the babe is Lord of all,
    Christ the babe is Lord of all.

  2. Flocks were sleeping,
    shepherds keeping
    vigil till the morning new
    saw the glory,
    heard the story,
    tidings of a gospel true;
    thus rejoicing,
    free from sorrow,
    praises voicing,
    greet the morrow,
    Christ the babe was born for you,
    Christ the babe was born for you.

TiS 292. Polish Carol (13th cent.). Edith Gellibrand Reed 1885-1933. Translation from The Kingsway Carol Book © E. G. Reed by permission HarperCollins Publishers. Public Domain.

Offering

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Prayers of the People

And now with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us saying…

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin
against us.
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.

We Sing: Hark! the Herald Angels Sing

  1. Hark! the herald angels sing
    glory to the new-born King,
    peace on earth, and mercy mild,
    God and sinners reconciled.
    Joyful, all you nations, rise,
    join the triumph of the skies;
    with the angelic host proclaim,
    ‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’.

    Hark! the herald angels sing
    glory to the new-born King.

  2. Christ, by highest heaven adored,
    Christ, the everlasting Lord,
    late in time behold him come,
    offspring of a virgin’s womb:
    veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
    hail the incarnate Deity,
    pleased in human flesh to dwell,
    Jesus, our Immanuel.

    Hark! the herald angels sing
    glory to the new-born King.

  3. Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
    Hail the Sun of righteousness!
    Light and life to all he brings,
    risen with healing in his wings:
    mild he lays his glory by,
    born that we no more need die,
    born to raise us from the earth,
    born to give us second birth.

    Hark! the herald angels sing
    glory to the new-born King.

TiS 303. Charles Wesley 1707-88 and others. Public Domain.

Sending Forth and Benediction

Sung Blessing: Southern Cross

Rosemary Nairn

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.