Christmas Eve, December 24, 2016 7:30

Prelude (Organ/Piano Duets): Elizabeth & Rebecca

Processional Hymn 118: O Come All Ye Faithful (v. 1-5)

Christmas Introductory Responses

The Gathering of the Community

Hymn 143: Angels from the Realms of Glory

The Collect of the Day
Let us pray.
Eternal God, this holy night is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light. As we have known
the revelation of that light on earth, bring us to see the splendour of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Lighting of the Christ Candle

The Proclamation of the Word
Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14

The McLeod Trio: “Bethlehem Wind - Rebecca, Sarah & Nathan McLeod

The Holy Gospel - Luke 2:1-20


Anthem: Christmas Grace

An Affirmation of Faith
Let us declare our faith in God.
We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
cf Ephesians 3

Prayers of the People

Confession and Absolution

The Peace

Hymn 139: The First Nowell

Prayer over the Gifts
Let us pray,
Source of light and gladness, accept all we offer on this joyful feast. May we grow up in him who unites our lives to yours; for he is Lord now and for ever. Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer 3

The Lord’s Prayer

The Breaking of the Bread Incarnation

Giving of Communion

-           Lamb of God
-           125: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
-           122: In the Bleak Midwinter
-           131: Love Came Down at Christmas

The Sending forth of the Community
The electric lights will be dimmed and candles will be lit.

Hymn 119: Silent Night

Prayer after Communion
Let us pray,
Father of all, tonight you have united earth and heaven in sending your Son to take our human nature. May we who have tasted heavenly things share in the life of his eternal kingdom. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. 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 154: Joy to the World

The Scattering (Mark 4:20)
Alleluia! Go in peace.
Proclaim the Word made flesh.

Glory, thanks and praise to God. Alleluia!