December 29, 2019 - Carol Eucharist

123: Once in Royal David City

The Gathering of the Community
Christ has brought us out of darkness:
      to live in his marvellous light.
As a candle is lit
Brothers and sisters in Christ, welcome to this worship, at the end of a calendar year, a year in which we marked the 250th anniversary of this parish.
We have come together in the presence of God our Father to rejoice in the gift of Jesus to us as the light of the world, to hear and receive the story and message of the coming of Christ, and to offer to God our thanksgiving in prayer and song.

Let us pray,
Almighty God, you have shed upon us the new light of your incarnate Word. May this light, enkindled in our hearts, shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Hymn 130: Born in the Night

Today we remember Jesus and the story of his birth;
      Jesus is our King.
As a candle is lit
Jesus Christ is the light of the world;
      Jesus is our Way.
With Jesus even dark places are light;
      Jesus is the Truth.
In Jesus we shall live for ever:
      Jesus is our Life.

The Proclamation of the Word
Isaiah 63:7-9

The glory of the Lord has been revealed
      and all flesh shall see it together.
As a candle is lit
Jesus Christ is the light of the world:
      a light no darkness can quench.
The shepherds kept watch by night,
      and your glory shone round about them.
The darkness is not dark to you,
      the night is as bright as the day.
Let your light scatter the darkness
      and fill your Church with your glory.

Hebrews 2:10-18

Gradual 137: What Child is this

The Holy Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23

131: Love Came Down at Christmas

As a candle is lit
Holy Jesus, by being born one of us,
and lying humbly in a manger,
      you show us how much God loves the world.
Let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,
until we reach our home in heaven,
      and see you on your throne of glory. Amen.

Homily: What Does the Lord Require

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.

145: Good King Wenceslas

Prayers of the People: Incarnation

Confession & Absolution
As a candle is lit
Christ the light of the world has come
to dispel the darkness of our hearts.
In his light let us examine ourselves and confess our sins.

You were born for our salvation:
Lord, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.
You came as Saviour to bring wholeness and peace:
Christ, have mercy.
      Christ, have mercy.
You come to bring light into the darkness of our lives:
Lord, have mercy.
      Lord, have mercy.

May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our Saviour forgive us our sins and make us holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Peace
The Peace of the Lord be always with you
      And also with you

Offering 91: People, Look East!

The Holy Eucharist
Prayer Over The Gifts
God of light, in the birth of your Son we see your glory. May we who share in this mystery grow daily in your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

The Altar Candles are lit
Blessed are you, God of all glory,
through your Son the Christ.
His name is Jesus
      because he saves his people from their sin.
He will be called Emmanuel:
      God is with us.
Let us praise the Lord, the God of Israel:
      he has come to his people and set them free.
He gave up the glory of heaven
      and took the form of a servant.
The Word was made flesh
      and we beheld his glory.
In humility he walked the path of obedience
      to die on the cross.
God raised him to the highest place above
and gave him the name above every name:
      Jesus Christ is Lord.
So all beings in heaven and earth will fall at his feet,
and proclaim to the glory of God:
      Jesus Christ is Lord.

The Eucharistic Prayer Supplementary Eucharistic Prayer 2 (S2)
The Lord be with you.
      And also with you.
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.

Eternal God, Source of all being, we give you thanks and praise for your faithful love. You call us into friendship with you and one another to be your holy people, a sign of your presence in the world.

When those we trust betray us, unfailingly you remain with us. When we injure others, you confront us in your love and call us to the paths of righteousness. You stand with the weak, and those, broken and alone, whom you have always welcomed home, making the first last, and the last first. Therefore we raise our voices with angels and archangels, forever praising you and saying (singing): 
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed are you, O Holy One: when Hagar was driven into the wilderness you followed her and gave her hope. When Joseph was sold into bondage, you turned malice to your people’s good. When you called Israel out of slavery, you brought them through the wilderness into the promised land. When your people were taken into exile you wept with them by the river of Babylon and carried them home.
      Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

At the right time you sent your Anointed One to stand with the poor, the outcast, and the oppressed. Jesus touched lepers, and the sick, and healed them.

He accepted water from a woman of Samaria and offered her the water of new life. Christ knew the desolation of the cross and opened the way for all humanity into the redemption of your reconciling love.

On the night he was betrayed, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread, gave you thanks, broke the bread, gave it to them, and said, “Take and eat: this is my body which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Loving and Holy One, recalling Christ’s death and resurrection, we offer you these gifts, longing for the bread of tomorrow and the wine of the age to come.

Dying you destroyed our death,
rising you restored our life.
Lord Jesus, come in glory.

Pour out your Spirit on these gifts that through them you may sustain us in our hunger for your peace. We hold before you all whose lives are marked by suffering, our sisters and brothers. When we are broken and cast aside, embrace us in your love.
      Restore us, O God, let your face shine!

Through Christ, with Christ, and in Christ in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O Source of all life, now and for ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,
as our Saviour taught us, so we pray
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial, and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread
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.

Giving of Communion
Christ is the true bread
which has come down from heaven.
      Lord, give us this bread always.

Anthem: Lamb of God

132: Of the Father’s Love Begotten (Verses 1, 3, 4)
151: All Poor Folk and Humble

Choir Anthem: Lullaby of the Dove

The Sending Forth
Prayer After Communion
Source of truth and joy, may we who have received the gift of divine life always follow the way of your Son. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

God sent his angels from glory to bring to shepherds
the good news of Jesus’ birth.
      Amen. We thank you, Lord.
You have heard his story,
the story of God’s own Son.
      Amen. We thank you, Lord.
May he fill you with joy
to bring this good news to others today.
      Amen. We thank you, Lord.

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.

157: Rise up and Shine

Go in peace. Alleluia!
Proclaim the Word made flesh.
      Glory, thanks and praise to God. Alleluia!


Christmas Eve 2019

The Gathering of the Community
Hymn 118: O Come, All Ye Faithful

The Gathering

The Advent Wreath (Hymn: Love’s Pure Light)
- The Light of Christ - Responsive Litany
- Candle Lighting
- Hymn: Love’s Pure Light

Confession and Absolution

Hymn 143: Angels, from the Realms of Glory

The Collect
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.

The Proclamation of the Word
A Reading From The Book Of Isaiah (at 7:30 service)
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness - on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. 9:2-7
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church.
Thanks be to God.

Psalm 96 (at 7:30 service)
Refrain: All the ends of the earth
have seen the salvation of our God.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.  Sing to the Lord and bless his name; proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations and his wonders among all peoples.  For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; he is more to be feared than all gods. R As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; but it is the Lord who made the heavens.  Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! Oh, the power and the splendour of his sanctuary! Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; ascribe to the Lord honour and power.  Ascribe to the Lord the honour due his name; bring offerings and come into his courts. R Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; let the whole earth tremble before him.  Tell it out among the nations: "The Lord is King! he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity."  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea thunder and all that is in it; let the field be joyful and all that is therein. R Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy before the Lord when he comes, when he comes to judge the earth.  He will judge the world with righteousness and the peoples with his truth. R

7:30 p.m., Anthem: The Glory of Christmas

The Holy Gospel
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ
In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger." And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!" When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us." So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 2:1-20
The Gospel of Christ
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

5:00 pm, Solo: O Holy Night, Gaitee Joshua


Solo: at 5:00 p.m.: Mary’s Little Boy Child, Janelle Joshua
Anthem at 7:30 p.m.: Arise

An Affirmation of Faith
cf Ephesians 3

The Prayers of the Community
God of love.
Hear our prayer.

The Peace
- 5:00 p.m., 128: The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy
- 7:30 p.m., 153: Good Christians All Rejoice

The Celebration of the Holy Eucharist
The Prayer Over the Gifts
God of peace, your Son Jesus Christ has reconciled us to you. May all we offer you today renew us as members of your household. We ask this in his name. Amen.

Supplementary Eucharistic Prayer 2 (S2)

The Lord’s Prayer
Breaking of the Bread
Giving of Communion

Anthem: Lamb of God
5:00 p.m., musical selections by children followed by:
- 126: Away in a Manger
- 131: Love Came Down at Christmas
- 125: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Hymn 119: Silent Night

The Sending Forth of the Community
Prayer after Communion
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.

The Blessing

Hymn 154: Joy to the World

The Scattering (Mark 4:20)
Alleluia! Go in peace.
Proclaim the birth of the Saviour.
Glory, thanks and praise to God. Alleluia!