SELF-SERVICE for CHRISTMAS 2021

ORDER OF SERVICE

This order of service is based upon that used for our
Carol Service on Saturday 18 December this year.

Some elements taken from last year's online Christmas Eve service are expected to be replaced before Christmas Day,
so do revisit this page.

ORGAN OPENING VOLUNTARIES  

James Stanton plays Chorale Prelude on 'Es ist ein ros' entsprungen' by Johannes Brahms

and Interlude on the Coventry Carol by W.S. Lloyd Webber 

on the Lewis organ at St Mary's church, also used to record the organ accompaniments for three carols.

WELCOME  by Martha

CAROL  
Click and listen or join in with Kings College Choir singing: 

Once in royal David's city

BIDDING PRAYER  Listen to David

Welcome. At Christmas time we delight again to hear the story of the journey to Bethlehem, the song of the angels, the surprise of the shepherds, and their joy as they found Jesus in the manger. 

 But lest we forget he was born to poverty, we remember at this season all who are hungry or cold, or living on our streets.  

 And lest we forget he became a refugee, we remember now the stranger and the lonely among us, and all who are overlooked or marginalized. 

 And lest we forget he felt the pain of life and death, we remember now those who are ill, or anxious, or bereaved, that the peace and light of the Christ-child may bring hope and and healing.

 And because we know he came for us, let us in our hearts and minds go once again to Bethlehem, to hear the message of the angels and worship afresh the Son of God.

FIRST READING

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.

Judith reads Isaiah 9: 2, 6 and 7

CAROL  Click and join in or listen: 

God rest you merry, gentlemen

SECOND READING

The birth of Jesus

Francis reads Luke 2: 1  7

REFLECTION  by David

Extravagant love

CAROL  Click and join in or listen: 

Silent night, holy night

PRAYERS  Led by Martha

Let us join with Francis and Liz, saying
THE LORD'S PRAYER:

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,

for ever and ever.

Amen

THIRD READING 

The Word became flesh

David Finnigan reads John 1: 1  14

CAROL  Click and join in or listen:  

O come, all ye faithful

BLESSING given by David

CAROL  
Click and listen or join in with Kings College Choir singing:

Hark, the herald angels sing

ORGAN CLOSING VOLUNTARY  

James Stanton plays Postlude on 'Adeste Fideles' by Eric Thiman, on the Lewis organ at St Mary's church

ST MARY'S CHRISTMAS APPEAL: WOODLAND TRUST 

All donations from our Christmas services will be sent, with the Gift Aid added, to the Woodland Trust. This is the UK's largest woodland conservation charity, planting, protecting and restoring woodland throughout the country.

Click here to make a secure online payment: