Welcome and Call to Worship

Christmas Day Liturgy

Prayer and Lord’s Prayer

Most Loving God, because you knew how twisted and corrupted our humanity had become, you sent us your Holy Son —

We name him Jesus, our Saviour, for he has saved his sisters and brothers from their sins.

Because you have stood in our shoes and understand how difficult it is to live by the rule of law in an often cold, unfeeling, and ruthless world —

We name him Jesus, our Saviour, for he is this very day saving us from all our sins.

Because you have given us a gracious spirit, forgiving those who sin against us, and you call us to a ministry of reconciliation in a fractured world —

We proclaim him Jesus, our Saviour, for he will save our world from its many sins

God of Christmas, God of unspeakable grace, please forgive and renew us all, that our lives may declare the wonders of that Holy Love that has called us out of darkness into glorious light. Now, collect all our prayers as we share in the words Jesus taught us to pray, saying:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory
for ever.

HymnAngels We Have Heard on High

  1. Angels we have heard on high,
    singing sweetly through the night,
    and the mountains in reply
    echoing their brave delight.

    Gloria in excelsis Deo,
    gloria in excelsis Deo.

  2. Shepherds, why this jubilee?
    Why these songs of happy cheer?
    What great brightness did you see?
    What glad tidings did you hear? [Refrain]

  3. Come to Bethlehem and see
    him whose birth the angels sing.
    Come, adore on bended knee
    Christ the Lord, the newborn King. [Refrain]

  4. See him in a manger laid
    whom the angels praise above.
    Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
    while we raise our hearts in love. [Refrain]

Show and Tell

HymnJoy to the World

  1. Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
    Let earth receive its king;
    let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
    and heav’n and nature sing,
    and heav’n and nature sing,
    and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

  2. Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!
    Let all their songs employ
    while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains,
    repeat the sounding joy,
    repeat the sounding joy,
    repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

  3. No more let sins and sorrows grow,
    nor thorns infest the ground.
    He comes to make his blessings flow
    far as the curse is found,
    far as the curse is found,
    far as, far as the curse is found.

  4. He rules the world with truth and grace,
    and makes the nations prove
    the glories of his righteousness,
    and wonders of his love,
    and wonders of his love,
    and wonders, wonders of his love.

A Christmas Story


Prayer of Intercession


HymnGo, Tell It on the Mountain

  1. Refrain:
    Go tell it on the mountain,
    over the hills and everywhere;
    go tell it on the mountain
    that Jesus Christ is born!

  2. While shepherds kept their watching
    o’er silent flocks by night,
    behold throughout the heavens
    there shone a holy light. [Refrain]

  3. The shepherds feared and trembled
    when lo! above the earth
    rang out the angel chorus
    that hailed our Savior’s birth. [Refrain]

  4. Down in a lowly manger
    the humble Christ was born,
    and God sent us salvation
    that blessed Christmas morn. [Refrain]