Author: Alex Slowey

Saturday 18th December 2021

Welcome to our livestream!

We’re really glad you can join us for this service. Everything you need for the service is on this webpage. Simply press the play button on the live stream below. You might like to print out the service sheet below.

Today’s service sheet can be downloaded here

Today’s carol service should be streaming live from 8:00PM and can be accessed here. It is best viewed on a laptop or desktop computer. If you’re viewing on a phone or tablet, you may need to use headphones to access the sound.

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WELCOME

CAROL

O come all you faithful, joyful and triumphant!
O come now, o come now, 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 from God, Light from light,
He who abhors not the virgin’s womb;
very God, begotten not created:

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation!
sing, all you citizens of heaven above,
‘Glory to God in the highest!’

 

BIBLE READING Isaiah 9:1-7

CAROL

O little town of Bethlehem
how still we see you lie!
Above your deep and dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by;
yet in your dark streets shining
is everlasting light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in you tonight.

O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth!
and praises sing to God the King,
and peace to men on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary
and, gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silently
the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming,
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive him – still
the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin and enter in,
be born in us today!
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell –
Oh come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel!

BIBLE READING Luke 1:26-38

God tells Mary about the baby to be born

CAROL
Angels from the realms of glory
wing your flight through all the earth;
heralds of creation’s story,
now proclaim Messiah’s birth:_

Come – – and worship,
Christ the newborn King.
Come – – and worship,
worship Christ the newborn King.

Shepherds in the field abiding,
watching by your flocks at night,
God with us is now residing;
see, there shines the infant Light:

Wise men, leave your contemplations!
Brighter visions shine afar.
Seek in him the hope of nations;
you have seen his rising star:

Though an infant now we view him,
he will share his Father’s throne.
Gather all the nations to him;
every knee shall then bow down:

BIBLE READING Luke 2:1-7
The birth of Jesus

CAROL
Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
round the virgin and her child:
holy infant, so gentle and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace;
sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight;
glory streams from heaven afar:
heavenly hosts sing ‘Alleluia,
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.’

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light:
radiant beams your holy face
with the dawn of saving grace.
Jesus, Lord, at your birth,
Jesus, Lord at your birth.

BIBLE READING Luke 2:8-20
The shepherds visit the new-born baby

CAROL
God rest you merry, gentlemen
let nothing you dismay!
For Jesus Christ our Saviour
was born on Christmas Day,
to save us all from Satan’s power
when we were gone astray.

O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy!
O tidings of comfort and joy!

From God our heavenly Father
a holy angel came.
The shepherds saw the glory
and heard the voice proclaim
that Christ was born in Bethlehem
and Jesus is his name.

‘Fear not’, then said the angel,
‘let nothing cause you fright;
to you is born a Saviour
in David’s town tonight,
to free all those who trust in him
from Satan’s power and might.’

The shepherds at those tidings
rejoiced in heart and mind,
and on the darkened hillside
they left their flocks behind,
and went to Bethlehem straightway
this holy child to find.

Now to the Lord sing praises,
all people in this place!
With Christian love and fellowship
each other now embrace,
and let this Christmas festival
all bitterness displace.

VIDEO
Bethlehem Hope…

BIBLE TALK by Rich Adam

CAROL
Joy to the world
the Lord has come:
let earth receive her king!
Let every heart prepare him room
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth – the Saviour reigns!
Your sweetest songs employ,
while fields and streams
rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground.
He comes to make his blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
the wonders of his love,
the wonders of his love,
the wonders, wonders of his love.

 

CLOSING PRAYER

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Christmas Day 2020

Welcome to our virtual service!

We’re really glad you can join us for this service. Everything you need for the service is on this webpage. Simply press the red play button on each of the videos as you come to them. You might also like to print out the service sheet below.

For those joining us at 10:30, please see the Zoom instructions on the service sheet, as we will run our service live over Zoom. If you are joining our virtual service at a different time, then just work your way down this webpage.

Today’s service sheet can be downloaded here

The thinking behind the song choices is explained in italics

WELCOME
Watch the video of Rich’s welcome.

At this time of year, we celebrate the joy of Christ’s birth.

CAROL

Joy to the world the Lord is come:
let earth receive her king!
Let every heart prepare him room
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world – the Saviour reigns!
Let men their songs employ,
while fields and floods
rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love
and wonders, wonders of His love
and wonders, wonders of His love

Joy to the world
The wonders of Your love
The wonders of Your love

God tells Joseph through a dream what would happen with the birth of Jesus

BIBLE READING                                     Matthew 1:18-25

18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.’

22 All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’ (which means ‘God with us’).

24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

In our next song we marvel at Jesus being Emmanuel, God with us.

CAROL

PRAYERS                                                        led by Toni Davies

In our next song we continue to celebrate the birth of Jesus for us

CAROL

On Christmas night all Christians sing
to hear the news that the angels bring;
on Christmas night all Christians sing
to hear the news that the angels bring:
news of great joy, news of great mirth,
news of our merciful King’s birth.

Then why should men on earth be sad
since our Redeemer made us glad;
then why should men on earth be sad
since our Redeemer made us glad
when from our sins he set us free,
all for to gain our liberty?

When sin departs before his grace,
Then life and health come in its place.
When sin departs before his grace,
Then life and health come in its place.
Angels and men with joy may sing
All for to see the new-born King!

All out of darkness we have light,
which made the angels sing this night;
all out of darkness we have light
which made the angels sing this night:
‘Glory to God, and peace to men
now and forever more, Amen!’

Watch the video for the activity, bible reading and talk

ACTIVITY

Bible or Bananas?!

BIBLE READING and TALK from Richard Hopkins

The socially un-distanced first Christmas

Luke 2:1-7

“In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.  (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)  And everyone went to their own town to register.  So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.  He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son.  She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.”

In our closing song we celebrate that Jesus didn’t come to be distant from us but to be with us!

CAROL

CLOSING PRAYER                           from Rich Adam

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Christmas Eve 2020

Welcome to our virtual Christmas Eve carol service!

We’re really glad you can join us for this carol service.

Everything you need for the service is on this webpage.

Simply click on the play button in the video below:

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Sunday 20 December

Welcome to our virtual carol service!

We’re really glad you can join us for this carol service. Everything you need for the service is on this webpage. Simply click on the play button in the video below. You might like to print out the service sheet below and if you have children under the age of 14 with you – there are activities for them which you can also download below. Today’s resources for E Kids can be found here.

 

 

Some material in this service is © Used by permission CCL Licence # 1102690. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.