25 December – Christmas Day (Years A, B & C)

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 3:4-7 Saved by God’s love
    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 * For musical settings of these Psalms, please see the song suggestions below
    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: sermon – luke 2 8-20 – year a – Christmas Proper II ; sermon – luke 2 8-20 – year b – christmas dayPr Peter Ghalayini
    Based on John gospel: sermon – john 1 1-10 – year a – Christmas Proper IIIPr David Christian ; NEW sermon – john 1 1-14 – year abc – christmas day
  • Orders of service:
    Christmas Day Word and Prayer  pdf/ doc/ rtf/ ppt
    NEW! Hymnic service with Communion for Christmas Day  pdf / doc/ 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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    If using the Luke gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ, Light of the world.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for being born a baby in Bethlehem.
    Help us always to give glory and praise to God.
    Amen.
    If using the John gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ, Light of the world.
    Lord Jesus, the Word of God,
    thank you for becoming flesh and living among us.
    Lead us to receive you in faith.
    Amen.
  • Offering prayer:
    If using the Luke gospel:
    Lord, help us to take the angel’s message to heart,
    and to realise that the birth of Jesus our Saviour
    is good news for us and for all people.
    Lead us to give glory to you
    by a life of joyful service
    to you and to other people.
    Amen.If using the John gospel:
    Lord, help us to put our faith in your Son,
    and to live as your children.
    Lead us to show your light to others
    in our words and in our actions,
    so that they, with us,
    may know your peace, comfort and salvation.
    Amen.

 

 

 

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;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 (also TIS 346)
    TIS
    279    The king of glory comes (v 1)
    346    Prepare the royal highway
    AT
    221    They were waiting
    434    Sing out with joySecond reading: Titus 3:4-7
    LHS

    20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee* G4
    21    Of the father’s love begotten G7 (also TIS 290)
    29    Come, your hearts and voices raising* G4 (also TIS 297)
    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
    TIS
    290    Of the Father’s love begotten
    297    Come, your hearts and voices raising
    777    May the grace of Christ our Saviour
    AT
    316    From the air and from the light

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

    PSALM 97
    Music Resources Vol.3– Psalm settings: Psalm 97 p161 ; Psalm 97 p162

    First reading: Isaiah 52:7-10
    LHS
    243    How beauteous are their feet* G5
    487    Wake, awake for night is flying (v 2)* G6 (modernised TIS 266)
    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 (also TIS 290)
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6 (also TIS 158)
    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
    AT
    244    We have seen the Word of Life


    Gospel: John 1:1-14
    LHS

    19    Come, Thou Saviour of our race * G4 (modernised TIS 295)
    20    O Jesus Christ, all praise to Thee * G4
    21    Of the Father’s love begotten G7 (also TIS 290)
    26    Praise God the Lord, ye sons of men * G4 (modernised TIS 298)
    31    Arise, my soul, sing joyfully * G7
    33    Hark! the herald angels sing G4 (also TIS 303)
    34    O come, all ye faithful  G7
    632    Once in royal David’s city G7 (also TIS 312)
    633    O little town of Bethlehem G4 (also TIS 316)
    783    Christ is the world’s light G6 (also TIS 246)
    822    God has spoken by his prophets G6 (also TIS 158)
    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)
    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

  • OTHER CHRISTMAS SONGS
    Sing to Jesus (not in the Lutheran Hymnal and Supplement)
    84    Angels we have heard on high (see also Together at Christmas 7)
    86    Come, dance and sing
    91    Go, tell it on the mountain (see also Together at Christmas 30)
    93    In a little stable (see also Together at Christmas 39)
    94    Jesus, tiny Jesus (see also Together at Christmas 43)
    96    Little children, can you tell (see also Together at Christmas 47)
    101    Sleep, my Saviour, sleep (see also Together at Christmas 77)
    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!

    Music Resources Vol.3– Psalm settings: Psalm 98 p163 ; Psalm 98 p164 ; Psalm 98 p165

    OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
    Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
    Metrical Psalms
    by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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