23rd December Carol Service

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The Audio Recording 23rd December

URC Sunday Worship 23rd December 2020

Carol Service

Led by Karen Campbell


O come, O come Emmanuel

To free your captive Israel

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear

Rejoice, rejoice O Israel

To you shall come Emmanuel


Veni, veni, Emmanuel

Captivum solve Israel

Qui gemit in exilio

Privatus Dei Filio

Gaude, gaude, Emmanuel

Nascetur pro te, Israel


Introduction and Prayer


O little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by

Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight


O morning stars together proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King and Peace to men on earth

For Christ is born of Mary and gathered all above

While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love


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.


O holy Child of Bethlehem descend to us, we pray

Cast out our sin and enter in be born to us today

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell

O come to us, abide with us our Lord Emmanuel



Psalm 80



Luke 1 : 46 – 55



Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

‘Round yon virgin Mother and Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace


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!


Silent night, holy night

Son of God, oh, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth






Born in the night, Mary’s Child,

a long way from your home;

coming in need, Mary’s Child,

born in a borrowed room.


Clear shining light, Mary’s Child,

your face lights up our way;

light of the world, Mary’s Child,

dawn on our darkened day.


Truth of our life, Mary’s Child,

you tell us God is good;

prove it is true, Mary’s Child,

go to your cross of wood.


Hope of the world, Mary’s Child,

you’re coming soon to reign;

Savior of all, Mary’s Child,

walk in our streets again.



Luke 7 : 31 – 35





Come and join the celebration

It’s a very special day

Come and share our jubilation;

There’s a new King born today!


See, the shepherds

Hurry down to Bethlehem,

Gaze in wonder

At the Son of God who lay before them

Come and join the celebration…


Wise men journey,

Led to worship by a star

Kneel in homage

Bringing precious gifts from lands afar, so

Come and join the celebration…


“God is with us”

Round the world the message bring

He is with us

“Welcome”, all the bells on earth

are pealing

Come and join the celebration…




Isaiah  11 : 1 – 9






See him lying on a bed of straw:

a draughty stable with an open door;

Mary cradling the babe she bore

the prince of glory is his name.


O now carry me to Bethlehem

to see the Lord of love again:

just as poor as was the stable then,

the prince of glory when he came.


Star of silver, sweep across the skies,

show where Jesus in the manger lies;

shepherds, swiftly from your stupor rise

to see the saviour of the world!

O now carry me to Bethlehem…


Angels, sing again the song you sang,

sing the glory of God’s gracious plan;

Sing that Bethl’em’s little baby can

be the saviour of us all.

O now carry me to Bethlehem…


Mine are riches, from your poverty,

from your innocence, eternity;

mine, forgiveness by your death for me,

child of sorrow for my joy.

O now carry me to Bethlehem…




Prayers for the World : Could it be…?



Joy to the world! the Lord is come;

Let earth receive her King;

Let ev’ry heart prepare him room,

And heav’n and nature sing.


2 Joy to the earth! the Saviour reigns;

Let all their songs employ,

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

Repeat the sounding joy.


No more let sin and sorrow grow,

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make his blessings flow

Far as the curse is found.


He rules the world with truth and grace,

And makes the nations prove

The glories of his righteousness,

And wonders of his love.