Saturday 24 December, 2011- Christmas Eve, Year B

Here are the resources you need for Christmas Eve. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST Reading Isaiah 9:2-7 A Son is given to us
    PSALM Psalm 96
    SECOND READING Titus 2:11-14 The grace of God has appeared
    GOSPEL Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) Today the Saviour is born
  • Sermons: Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon.
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon; Pr Stephen Pietsch
    Based on gospel: edited for lay reading sermon – luke 2 8-20 – year b – christmas eve; Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Orders of service:
    Vespers  pdf/ doc
    Carols and readings  pdf/ doc
    Story of the first Christmas  pdf/ doc/ ppt
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following

Traditional

O God, since you have made this most holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that as we have known on earth the mysteries of that Light, we may also come to the fullness of his joys in heaven; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

OR, alternative

(Let us pray for full life through Christ. [silence])

Loving Father, you sent your only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. May we who celebrate his birth on this most holy night come at last to full life in your heavenly kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

OR, new (based on traditional)

(Let us pray for true Christmas joy. [silence])

Lord God, we thank you for making this holy night shine with the true light of your Son. As we celebrate his birth as a human child, fill us with the joy of heaven. For he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

  • Advent wreath:
    Suggested prayers and responses following the lighting of the fifth (central) candle:

    (The  reader or children could read the part in normal print, and the congregation respond with the bold print).

    The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory.
    The true light, who enlightens everyone,
    was coming into the world.
    OR

    Lord Jesus, you are the light of the world, God from God, and light from light. Thank you for coming to be with us. Help us to shine with your light.
    Amen.

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Isaiah 9:2-7
    LHS
    21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7
    30    The people that in darkness sat
    33    Hark! the herald angels sing G4
    740    For unto us a child is born GS
    AT

    33    For unto us a child is born
    37    Unto us a child is born
    55    His name is Wonderful
    141    Mary’s child
    313    Christ, be our light
    315    Drawn to the light
    389    Light of the nations
    TIS
    274    The people that in darkness walked
    290    Of the Father’s love begotten
    293    Unto us a boy is born
    303    Hark! the herald angels sing
    308    To us a child of royal birth
    320    Never in all human story
    323    Born in the night, Mary’s child

    Second reading: Titus 2:11-14
    LHS

    19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race* G4
    24    All my heart this night rejoices G7
    25    To shepherds as they watched by night* G4
    27    Beside Thy manger here I stand
    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4
    31    Arise, my soul, sing joyfully* G7
    32    O rejoice, ye Christians, loudly G7
    154    Amazing love that rent the heavens asunder* G4
    156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3
    322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice (vv 1,4,5,6)* G3
    623    Now sing we, now rejoice G4
    627    Joy to the world G7
    743    On Christmas night cicadas sing GS
    746    What child is this GS
    AT

    141    Mary’s child
    227    Allelu!
    244    We have seen the Word of life
    TIS

    196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice (vv 1,4,5)
    208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    268    Joy to the world
    295    Saviour of the nations, come
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    313    Good Christians all, rejoice
    319    Child in the manger

    Gospel: Luke 2:1-14(15-20) From Christmas sections, especially:
    LHS
    20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee* G4
    23    From heaven above to earth I come* G4
    24    All my heart this night rejoices (vv 1,4-6)* G7
    25    To shepherds as they watched* G4
    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4
    33     Hark! the herald angels sing G4
    34     O come, all ye faithful G7
    46    Angels from the realms of glory (vv 1,2) G7
    624    While shepherds watched their flocks by night G7
    625    Christians, awake, salute the happy morn G7
    626    Come hither, ye children* G7
    628    The happy Christmas comes once more G4
    629    Silent night, holy night G7
    630    O thou holiest, O thou happiest G7
    632    Once in royal David’s city G7
    633    O little town of Bethlehem G4
    634    Away in a manger G7
    741    Infant holy G7
    742    Jesus, tiny Jesus GS
    744    The first Nowell G7
    746    What child is this GS
    AT

    128    I am the light of the world
    141    Born in the night
    317    Glory, glory, glory
    318    Glory to God
    338    God in human shoes (v 1 and chorus)
    371    Singing glory
    TIS
    292    Infant holy
    296    From heaven above
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    299    While shepherds watched their flocks by night
    300    On Christmas night
    301    The first Nowell
    303    Hark! the herald angels sing
    304    O come, all ye faithful
    306    Christians awake, salute the happy morn
    309    Angels from the realms of glory
    311    Silent night
    312    Once in royal David’s city
    316    O little town of Bethlehem
    318    Away in a manger
    323    Born in the night
    330    O how joyfully (vv 1,2)
    773    Glory to God (Taize)

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