Sunday 4th December 2022 – Carol Service

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Christmas Scale



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.


BIBLE READING: Isaiah 9:2-7

Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, God promises through the prophet Isaiah what he will do.

The people walking in darkness
    have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
    a light has dawned.
You have enlarged the nation
    and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
    as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
    when dividing the plunder.
For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
    you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
    the bar across their shoulders,
    the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
    and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
    will be fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
    there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
    and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
    with justice and righteousness
    from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
    will accomplish this.



Joy Has Dawned upon the world,
promised from creation.
God’s salvation now unfurled,
hope for every nation.
Not with fanfares from above,
not with scenes of glory,
but a humble gift of love
– Jesus born of Mary.

Sounds of wonder fill the sky
with the songs of angels
as the mighty Prince of Life
shelters in a stable.
Hands that set each star in place,
shaped the earth in darkness,
cling now to a mother’s breast,
vulnerable and helpless.

Shepherds bow before the Lamb,
gazing at the glory.
Gifts of men from distant lands prophesy the story.
Gold – a King is born today,
Incense – God is with us,
Myrrh – His death will make a way
and by His blood He’ll win us.

Son of Adam, Son of heaven,
given as a ransom.
Reconciling God and man,
Christ our mighty champion!
What a Saviour! What a Friend!
What a glorious mystery!
Once a babe in Bethlehem,
now the Lord of history.


BIBLE READING: Luke 1:26-38

God tells Mary about the baby to be born

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.



O come all ye faithful
joyful and triumphant!
O come ye, oh come ye, 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 of God, Light of light,
He who abhors not the virgin’s womb;
very God, begotten not created:

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

Yes Lord, we greet you, born that happy morning;
Jesus, to you be glory given!
Word of the Father now in flesh appearing:


BIBLE READING: Luke 1:39-56

Jesus’ coming birth brings joy to Mary and Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”

56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.



Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing
‘Glory to the new-born King:
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!’
Joyful, all you nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim,
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem.’

Hark! The herald-angels sing,
‘Glory to the new-born King!’

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a Virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see.
Hail, the incarnate Deity!
Pleased as man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace.
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness;
light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild, he lays his glory by.
Born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give them second birth.


BIBLE READING: Matthew 1:18-24

God tells Joseph about the baby to be born

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 fulfill 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.



Come And Join The Celebration
It’s a very special day!
Come and share our jubilation:
there’s a new King born today!

See the shepherds hurry down to Bethlehem;
Gaze in wonder at the Son of God who lay before them.

Wise men journey, led to worship by a star;
kneel in homage, bringing precious gifts from lands afar, so

‘God is with us’ – round the world the message bring;
he is with us: ‘Welcome!’ all the bells on earth are ringing.


BIBLE TALK by Rich Adam



All the earth was waiting



God Rest Ye 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!

At Bethlehem in Judah
the holy babe was born.
They laid him in a manger
on that most happy morn,
at which his mother, Mary,
did neither fear nor scorn.

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.

And when to Bethlehem they came
where Christ the infant lay,
they found him in a manger
where oxen fed on hay,
and there beside her newborn child
his mother knelt to pray:

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.


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