Christmas Carol Service

We celebrate Christmas on the 24th of December at 4:00pm with a service of lessons and carols. All are welcome.

 

Christmas Eve Carol Service

Sunday, December 24, 2018 4:00PM


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The Lighting of the Advent Wreath and Christmas Candle

Opening Hymn: 118. O Come all ye Faithful {vs. 1-4 only}

Words of Welcome
First Reading: The prophet Isaiah predicts the birth of the Messiah

Second Reading: The prophet Isaiah describes the coming of the Kingdom of God

Hymn: 120. O Little Town of Bethlehem

Third Reading: The birth of Jesus is foretold to Mary by the angel Gabriel

Fourth Reading: The birth of Jesus is announced to Joseph

Hymn: 119. Silent Night

Fifth Reading: The birth of Jesus in Bethlehem

Hymn: 126. Away in a Manger

Sixth Reading: The Angels appear to the Shepherds who go to Bethlehem to see the Christ child.

Hymn: 138. Hark the herald angels sing

Seventh Reading: The visit of the wise men

Hymn: 139. The First Nowell

Prayers for Peace – The Lord’s Prayer
Hymn: 154. Joy to the World

Announcements

Welcome to our Christmas Eve service, a service of Lessons and Carols. Tonight’s worship is a simple format of hearing parts of the Christmas story read by various members of the congregation along with the singing of familiar Christmas carols. The only book you will need tonight is the blue hymnal in your pews. We especially welcome any visitors from the wider community and hope you will join us in the New Year when we meet in this historic chapel on the first and third Sunday of each month at 10 am. We wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas holiday season.

Our 2019 Sunday Schedule:

  • January 6th, 2019 – The Epiphany of the Lord (White)
  • January 20th– Epiphany 2 (Green)
  • February 3rd – Epiphany 4 (Green)
  • February 17th – Epiphany 6 (Green)

Lectionary readings for Epiphany of the Lord, January 6th: Isaiah 60: 1-6, Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12.

The Advent Wreath: The tradition of an Advent wreath began in many German Lutheran homes in the 19th century and then was gradually transferred to churches as a way of marking each of the four Sundays of Advent while preparing to welcome Christ on December 25th. While there is no hard and fast rule about the colour of the candles, a custom has developed in using three blue or purple candles, a fourth pink one and a fifth white one in the middle which marks the entire festive season of Christmas until Epiphany. Tonight, we light that fifth white candle which symbolizes that, finally, the Saviour has been born.