Saturday 25 December, 2010- Christmas Day, Year A

A blessed Christmas to you!

Here are the resources you need for Christmas Day. 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: Use either the first or second set of readings
    FIRST READING Isaiah 62:6-12 Your Saviour comes
    PSALM Psalm 97
    SECOND READING Titus 2:11-14 The grace of God has appeared
    GOSPEL Luke 2: (1-7) 8-20 The shepherds hear the good news of the birth of Christ
    OR
    FIRST READING Isaiah 52:7-10 The salvation of our God
    PSALM Psalm 98
    SECOND READING Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12) God speaks to us through his Son
    GOSPEL John 1:1-14 The eternal Word has become a human being
  • 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  Luke gospel: edited for lay reading doc; Pr Lloyd BoughenPr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on John gospel: edited for lay reading doc ; Pr David Christian
  • Orders of service:
    Christmas Day Word and Prayer  pdf/ doc/ rtf/ ppt
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following

Traditional

Almighty God,
as you have given us your only Son
to take our nature upon himself,
and to be born of a pure virgin:
Grant that we who have been born again
and made your children by adoption and grace
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, modernised traditional

Almighty God,
you have given us your only Son
to take our nature upon himself,
and to be born of a pure virgin.
As we have been born again
and adopted as your children by grace,
so renew us daily by your Holy Spirit.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, another traditional collect, modernised

Almighty God,
you enlighten us with the new light
of your incarnate Word.
May we show in our deeds
the light that by faith shines in our hearts.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
Amen.

OR, new (revised alternative)

(Let us pray that we shine as lights in the world. [silence])

Thank you, loving Father,
for filling the world with the new light
of your Word who became a human being.
Keep the flame of faith and love
burning in our hearts
and shining in our lives.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.
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 62:6-12
    LHS

    733    Daughter of Zion G6
    737    Prepare the royal highway G4
    AT
    221    They were waiting
    434    Sing out with joy
    TIS
    279    The king of glory comes (v 1)
    346    Prepare the royal highway

    Second reading: Titus 3:4-7
    LHS

    20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee* G4
    21    Of the father’s love begotten G7
    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4
    154    Amazing love that rent the heavens asunder* G4
    510    May the grace of Christ our Saviour G7
    828    I am baptised – O blessed day GS
    831    O baptised people, one and all G3
    AT
    316    From the air and from the light
    TIS
    290    Of the Father’s love begotten
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    777    May the grace of Christ our Saviour

    Gospel: Luke 2:(1-7)8-20
    See suggestions for Christmas Eve

    312    Once in royal David’s city316    O little town of Bethlehem

    First reading: Isaiah 52:7-10
    LHS
    243    How beauteous are their feet* G5
    487    Wake, awake for night is flying (v 2)* G6
    TIS
    266    Wake, awake for night is flying (v 2)

    Second reading: Hebrews 1:1-4(5-12)
    LHS

    20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee* G4
    21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
    AT
    244    We have seen the Word of Life
    TIS
    113    Now to the Lord a noble song
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    290    Of the Father’s love begotten
    308    To us a child of noble birth

    Gospel: John 1:1-14
    LHS

    19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race * G4
    20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee * G4
    21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7
    26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men * G4
    31    Arise, my soul, sing joyfully * G7
    33    Hark! the herald angels sing G4
    34    O come, all ye faithful  G7
    632    Once in royal David’s city G7
    633    O little town of Bethlehem G4
    783    Christ is the world’s light G6
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6
    AT
    128    I am the Light of the world
    132    Lift this Child to the sun
    141    Born in the night
    217    Shine, Jesus, shine
    244    We have seen the Word of life
    329    This kingdom
    431    Goodness is stronger than evil
    TIS
    158    God has spoken by his prophets
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    255    O Laughing Light, O first-born of creation
    258    Praise to you, O Christ our Saviour
    290    Of the Father’s love begotten
    295    Saviour of the nations, come
    298    Let all together praise our God
    300    On Christmas night all Christians sing
    303    Hark! the herald angels sing
    304    O come, all ye faithful
    305    Let earth and heaven combine
    323    Born in the night
    497    Let all mortal flesh keep silence
    675    Lord, the light of your love (Shine, Jesus, shine)

  • OTHER CHRISTMAS SONGS
    Sing to Jesus (not in the Lutheran Hymnal and Supplement)
    84    Angels we have heard on high
    86    Come, dance and sing
    91    Go, tell it on the mountain
    93    In a little stable
    94    Jesus, tiny Jesus
    96    Little children, can you tell
    101    Sleep, my Saviour, sleep
    103    When Christmas morn is dawning

    PSALM 98
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 98 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune Wir pflügen (‘We plough the fields and scatter’, LH 563, TIS 130). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Sing to the Lord a new song,
    great wonders he has done!
    For he has shown the victory
    his mighty power has won.
    The ends of earth have all seen
    the saving acts of God.
    Let all the earth shout praises;
    ring out your song with joy!

    Sing the Lord a new song,
    from earth to heaven above:
    ‘Alleluia, alleluia,
    alleluia.’

    Sing psalms and play the harp, and
    with music praise the Lord!
    Come, blow the trumpet! Sound the horn!
    Acclaim the Lord your King!
    Let seas and all that fills them,
    with earth rise up and roar,
    let rivers clap their hands, and
    let hills ring out their joy!

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