27th December

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URC Sunday Worship 27th December 2020

Led by Rev. Andy Braunston and Lesley Thomson

Opening Music : Carol of the Bells  sung by Libera

 

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.

 

 

What Child is this, who, laid to rest,

on Mary’s lap is sleeping?

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet,

while shepherds watch are keeping?

 

Why lies He in such mean estate,

Where ox and lamb are feeding?

Good Christian, fear: for sinners here

The silent Word is pleading.

 

This, this is Christ, the King,

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:

Haste, haste to bring Him laud,

The Babe, the Son of Mary!

 

So bring Him incense, gold, and myrrh,

Come, peasant, king to own Him.

The King of kings salvation brings;

Let loving hearts enthrone Him.

 

Raise, raise the Son on high.

The Virgin sings her lullabye

Joy, joy for Christ is born

The babe, the son of Mary

 

 

Prayers of Approach, Confession and Forgiveness

The Lord’s Prayer

 

 

Prayer of Illumination

Reading : Matthew 2 : 16 – 18

 

Meditation of Herod

 

 

Lullay, lullay, my little tiny child,

Bye bye, lullay, lullay.

My little tiny child,

Bye bye, lully, lullay.

 

O sisters too, how may we do

For to preserve this day

This poor youngling of whom we do sing,

“Bye bye, lully, lullay?”

 

Herod the king, in his raging,

Chargèd he hath this day

His men of might in his own sight

All children young to slay.

 

Then woe is me, poor child, for thee

And ever mourn and say

For thy parting nor say nor sing,

“Bye bye, lully, lullay.”

 

Lullay, lullay, my little tiny child,

Bye bye, lullay, lullay.

My little tiny child,

Bye bye, lully, lullay.

 

 

Reading : Matthew 2: 13 – 15

 

Meditation of a Mother in Bethlehem

 

 

Unto us is born a son,

King of choirs supernal:

See on earth his life begun,

Of lords the Lord eternal.

 

Christ, from heav’n descending low,

Comes on earth a stranger;

Ox and ass their Owner know

Now cradled in a manger.

 

This did Herod sore affray,

And did him bewilder,

So he gave the word to slay,

And slew the little childer.

 

Of his love and mercy mild

Hear the Christmas story:

O that Mary’s gentle Child

Might lead us up to glory!

 

O and A and A and O,

Cantemus in choro,

Voice and organ, sing we so,

Benedicamus Domino.

 

 

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

 

 

Offertory

 

 

On this day earth shall ring

with the song children sing

to the Lord, Christ our King,

born on earth to save us;

him the Father gave us.

Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o,

Id-e-o gloria in excelsis Deo!

 

God’s bright star, o’er his head,

Wise Men three to him led;

kneel they low by his bed,

lay their gifts before him,

praise him and adore him.

Id-e-o-o-o,…

 

On this day angels sing;

with their song earth shall ring,

praising Christ, heaven’s King,

born on earth to save us;

peace and love he gave us.

Id-e-o-o-o,…

 

 

 

Blessing