Christmas Day

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URC Worship 25th December 2020

Christmas Day

Led by Rev. Wilbert Sayimani

 

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.

 

 

 

O come, all ye faithful,

joyful and triumphant!

O 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.

 

God of God,

light of light,

Lo, he abhors not the Virgin’s womb;

Very God, begotten, not created:

O come, let us adore Him…

 

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…

 

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…

 

 

 

Prayers of Approach and Confession

 

Prayer of Illumination

Reading : John 1 : 1 – 14

 

 

It came upon the midnight clear,

That glorious song of old,

From angels bending near the earth,

To touch their harps of gold:

“Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,

From heaven’s all-gracious King.”

The world in solemn stillness lay,

To hear the angels sing.

 

Still through the cloven skies they come,

With peaceful wings unfurled,

And still their heavenly music floats

O’er all the weary world;

Above its sad and lowly plains,

They bend on hovering wing,

And ever o’er its babel sounds

The blessed angels sing.

 

Yet with the woes of sin and strife

The world has suffered long;

Beneath the angel-strain have rolled

Two thousand years of wrong;

And man, at war with man, hears not

The love-song which they bring;

O hush the noise, ye men of strife,

And hear the angels sing.

 

For lo!, the days are hastening on,

By prophet bards foretold,

When with the ever-circling years

Comes round the age of gold

When peace shall over all the earth

Its ancient splendors fling,

And the whole world give back the song

Which now the angels sing.

 

 

Sermon

 

 

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…

 

 

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 fulfillment 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.

 

 

Intercessions

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Offertory

 

See amid the winter’s snow

born for us on earth below.

See the tender Lamb appears

promised from eternal years.

 

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn

Hail, redemption’s happy dawn

Sing through all Jerusalem

Christ is born in Bethlehem

 

Say, ye holy shepherds, say

what your joyful news today?

Wherefore have ye left your sheep

On the lonely mountain steep?

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn…

 

Sacred infant, all divine

what a tender love was thine!

Thus to come from highest bliss

down to such a world as this!

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn…

 

 

 

Blessing