Christmas Eve Service (Midnight Communion)

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The Audio recording 24th December

This is a service of Holy Communion. If you wish to partake

please have bread and wine / juice ready.

 

 

URC Sunday Worship 24th December 2020

Christmas Eve Midnight Communion

Led by Rev. Dr Kirsty Thorpe

Call To Worship

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light,

for a child has been born for us, a son given to us!

 

Glory to God in the highest heaven!

Let us worship the Prince of Peace.

 

Silent night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

‘Round yon virgin Mother & Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

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!

 

Silent night, holy night,

Son of God, love’s pure light

Radiant beams from Thy holy face

With the dawn of redeeming grace

Jesus, Lord at Thy birth.

 

 

Prayers of Approach, Confession and Forgiveness

 

Isaiah 9: 2 – 7

Luke 2 : 1 – 14

 

Sermon

 

 

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.

 

Flocks are sleeping,

shepherds keeping

vigil till the morning new;

see the glory, hear the story,

tidings of a gospel true.

Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,

praises voicing, greet tomorrow,

Christ the Babe is born for you!

Christ the Babe is born for you!

 

 

Affirmation of faith

Out of Israel, God in due time raised up Jesus.

His faith and obedience were the response

of the perfect child of God.

 

He was the fulfilment of God’s promise to Israel,

the beginning of the new creation,

 

and the pioneer of the new humanity.

He gave history its meaning and direction

and called the Church to be his servant

for the reconciliation of the world.

 

 

Prayers for the Church and the World

 

 

Holy Communion

 

… The peace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Peace be with you.

 

…We take this bread and wine and bring to God our prayer of thanksgiving.

Let us pray:

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give our thanks and praise.

 

 

Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Sharing

 

Prayer

 

Hark, the herald angels sing

Glory to the new-born King,

peace on earth, and mercy mild,

God and sinners reconciled.

Joyful, all ye 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.

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 as a man with us to dwell,

Jesus, our Immanuel:

Hark! the herald angels…

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 may die,

born to raise the things of earth,

born to give us second birth:

Hark! the herald angels…

 

 

Blessing