Lessons & Carols & Communion – 2017
Processional Hymn 123: Once in Royal David's City
Verse 1 will be solo, followed by a musical interlude.
The Bidding Prayer
Let us pray,
Eternal Father, we give thanks for your incarnate Son, whose name is our salvation. Plant in every heart, we pray, the love of him who is the Saviour of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Carol 140: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (v 1-3)
The First Lesson: Isaiah 60:1-6
Anthem: Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine
The Second Lesson: Matthew 1:18–23
Carol 135: Shepherds in the Field Abiding
The Third Lesson: Luke 2:8–20
Carol 160: As with Gladness Men of Old
The Fourth Lesson: Matthew 2:1–12
Choir: Coventry Carol
The Fifth Lesson: Matthew 2:13–18
Carol 126: Away in a Manger
The Sixth Lesson: Luke 2:21–32
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light.
For to us a child is born
to us a Son is given.
His name will be called Wonderful counsellor, mighty God,
the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Glory to God in the highest
and peace to his people on earth.
The Prayers of the People
God of love,
Hear our prayer.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.
Hymn-at-the-offertory 128: The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy
The Celebration of the Eucharist
The Prayer over the Gifts
Let us pray,
Gracious God, the name of Jesus brings salvation to the world. In all we offer you this day, may we honour him, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The Great Thanksgiving—Prayer 3
The Lord’s Prayer
The Breaking of the Bread – 6 Incarnation
We break the bread of life,
and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us,
light in the midst of us,
bring us to light and life.
The gifts of God for the People of God.
Thanks be to God.
Lamb of God
148: See Amid the Winter’s Snow
151: All Poor Folk and Humble (v. 1, 2, Refrain)
The Sending forth of the Community
Prayer after Communion
Let us pray,
Father, you have fed us heavenly food in the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ. Grant that we, sharing in this mystery, may turn always to that name which is above all others, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God
from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever. Amen.
May the God of infinite goodness
scatter the darkness of sin
and brighten your hearts with holiness;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
Hymn 153: Good Christians All, Rejoice
The Scattering (Mark 4:20)
Alleluia! Go forth into the world,
rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia!