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Christmas Eve Service

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Welcome & Lighting of the Christ Candle
Processional Hymn              CP # 118 O Come, All Ye Faithful
The Gathering of the Community
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.  And also with you.
Glory to God                            CP # 365
Collect Prayer
Almighty God, you made this holy night shine with the brightness of the true Light.  Grant that here on earth we may walk in the light of Jesus’ presence and in the last day wake to the brightness of his glory; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen.
The Readings
Isaiah 9:2-6
Psalm 96 - Sung (remain seated)    CP # 662 The Trees of the Field
The Gospel: Luke 1:26 - 35  (Please stand for the reading of the gospel.)
    The Lord be with you.  And also with you.
    The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to Luke.
    Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
    The gospel is read.
    The Gospel of Christ.  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
The Homily
Choir Anthem 
Prayers of the People
Invocation: Let us sing to the Lord a new song.
    Response: On earth peace, good will among people.
The Peace
    May the peace of the Lord be always with you.
    And also with you.
Offertory Hymn          CP # 146 ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Prayer over the Gifts
Source of light and gladness, accept all we offer on this joyful feast.  Unite our hearts and souls with the child born, yet again into our midst, that we might be, with him, gifts to this world.  This we pray in the name of Jesus our Saviour.  Amen.
The Great Thanksgiving
May the Lord be with you.  And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.  We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
Holy God, our Source and Ending, Alpha and Omega,
we give thanks to you!  ……..
The heavenly beings are your messengers night and day,
and with them we sing and give glory to you:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might.
Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full, full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest, hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest,  hosanna in the highest!
In these latter days, God leaned toward the earth
and spoke to us by a Son, Jesus the Beloved…..
And so, rejoicing in all God has done for us,
we proclaim the mystery of our faith:
Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again!
Holy God, as you visited us in the birth of Jesus,
visit us now by the power of your Spirit…..
the name of Emmanuel—God-With-Us,  
to whom we give honor and glory in joy, now and for ever. Amen.
As our Saviour taught us, we are bold to pray:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done,
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us.

Save us from the time of trial,
And deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
And the glory are yours,
Now and for ever. Amen.
Breaking of the Bread
We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.
God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.
The gifts of God for the People of God.  Thanks be to God.
Reception of Communion
Communion Hymn:                             CP # 126 Away in a Manger
Prayer after Communion
Creator of all, tonight you have united earth and heaven in sending your Son to take our human nature.  May we who have tasted heavenly things share in the life of Christ’s eternal kingdom.  We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.
Closing Litany (based on Psalm 96)
The Lord rules!
He has set the world firmly in place; it won’t be shaken.
Let the heavens celebrate!
Let the earth rejoice!
Let the sea and everything in it roar!
Let the countryside and everything in it celebrate!
Let the trees of the forest shout with joy!
For the Lord is coming.
He is coming to set the world right, 
and to establish justice among the people.
The Blessing
Recessional Hymn:                  CP # 119 Silent Night 


Thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate the Birth of Christ, the Birth of Light and Love into the world.
We wish you and yours a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.