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39. 20.12.2020 Carol Service

Special Service

  • Introduction, prayer and 1st Bible Reading

Isaiah 9:2-7

  • Carol

ONCE in royal David’s city
stood a lowly cattle-shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in a manger for His bed.
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.

2 He came down to earth from heaven
who is God and Lord of all,
and His shelter was a stable,
and His cradle was a stall.
With the poor, and mean, and lowly
lived on earth our Saviour holy.

3 And through all His wondrous childhood
He would honour and obey,
love, and watch the lowly mother
in whose gentle arms He lay.
Christian children all must be
mild, obedient, good as He.

4 For He is our childhood’s pattern:
day by day like us He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless;
tears and smiles like us He knew;
and He feeleth for our sadness,
and He shareth in our gladness.

5 And our eyes at last shall see Him,
through His own redeeming love;
for that child so dear and gentle
is our Lord in heaven above;
and He leads His children on
to the place where He is gone.

  • 2nd Bible Reading

Isaiah 11:1-9

  • Carol

O COME, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold Him,
born the King of angels:

O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him, Christ the Lord!

2 God of God,
Light of Light,
lo, He abhors not the virgin’s womb;
very God,
begotten, not created:

O come, let us adore Him...

3 Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
‘Glory to God
in the highest!’

O come, let us adore Him...

4 Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,
born this happy morning,
Jesus, to Thee be glory given;
Word of the Father,
now in flesh appearing:

O come, let us adore Him...

  • 3rd Bible Reading

Luke 1:26-38

  • Carol

It came upon the midnight clear,
That glorious song of old,
From angels bending near the earth,
To touch their harps of gold;
‘Peace on the earth, goodwill to men,
From heaven’s all-gracious King!’
The world in solemn stillness lay
To hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come,
With peaceful wings unfurled,
And still their heavenly music floats
O’er all the weary world;
Above its sad and lonely plains
They bend on hovering wing,
And ever o‘er its Babel sounds
The blessed angels sing.

Yet, with the woes of sin and strife,
The world has suffered long;
Beneath the angels’ strain have rolled
Two thousand years of wrong;
And man, at war with man, hears not
The love-song which they bring:
Oh, hush the noise, ye men of strife,
And hear the angels sing.

For lo! The days are hastening on,
By prophet bards foretold,
When, with the ever circling years,
Comes round the age of gold;
When peace shall over all the earth
Its ancient splendours fling,
And the whole world send back the song
Which now the angels sing!

  • 4th Bible Reading

Matthew 1:18-25

  • Carol

SILENT night! holy night!
all is calm, all is bright
round yon virgin mother and Child,
holy Infant so tender and mild –
sleep in heavenly peace!

2 Silent night! holy night!
shepherds quake at the sight.
Glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing hallelujah;
Christ the Saviour is born!

3 Silent night! holy night!
Son of God, love’s pure light
radiant beams from Thy holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at Thy birth.

  • 5th Bible Reading

Luke 2:1-20

  • Carol

WHILE shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
the angel of the Lord came down,
and glory shone around.

2 ‘Fear not!’ said he, for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind;
‘Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and all mankind.

3 ‘To you, in David’s town, this day
is born, of David’s line,
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;
and this shall be the sign:

4 ‘The heavenly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swaddling bands,
and in a manger laid.’

5 Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God, and thus
addressed their joyful song:

6 ‘All glory be to God on high,
and on the earth be peace:
goodwill henceforth from heaven to men
begin and never cease.’

  • 6th Bible Reading

Luke 2:21-38

  • Carol

The first Nowell the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Nowell, nowell, nowell, nowell,
Born is the King of Israel!

They lookèd up and saw a star
Shining in the east, beyond them far,
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.

This star drew nigh to the north-west;
Over Bethlehem it took its rest,
And there it did both stop and stay
Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord,
That hath made heaven and earth of nought,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.

  • Short Message

  • Carol

The Light of the World
Made history begin,
Spoke time into being,
Caused planets to spin;
Flung galaxies wide
Through infinite space
To sing of His splendour
And fathomless grace.                  

Come, come,
Daughters and sons,
Look to the Light of the World.
Sing, sing praises to Him.
Simply believe,
You will receive
Mercy and love without measure

The Light of the World
Now shone as a man,
And walked through the valleys
He’d carved with His hands.
A servant to those
He’d breathed into life,
He felt our injustice
And shared in our strife.

The Light of the World
Preached justice for all,
Defying the proud
And defending the poor;
Then humbled Himself
To death on a cross,
To crush the oppressor
And rescue the lost.

The Light of the World
Still shines on the earth,
With gifts of forgiveness,
The hope of new birth.
So open your heart,
Don’t hide in the night;
Step out of the darkness
And into His light.

  • Closing prayer and Grace

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