Christmas Day

CAROL CP61

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.


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


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


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


THE GREETING


I bring you good news of great joy:
a Saviour has been born to you.Alleluia!

                     Unto us a child is born.  Alleluia!


He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                  We worship and adore him. Alleluia



PRAYERS OF PENITENCE


Christ the light of the world has come to dispel the                                     

darkness of our hearts.

In his light let us examine ourselves and confess our sins.


Your Son our Saviour was born in poverty in a manger.                        

Forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.

Lord, have mercy.

                  Lord, have mercy.

           

The shepherds left their flocks to go to Bethlehem.

Forgive our self-interest and lack of vision.

Christ, have mercy.

                  Christ, have mercy.

                    

The wise men followed the star to find Jesus the King.

Forgive our reluctance to seek you.

Lord, have mercy.

                  Lord, have mercy.

May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive us our sins and 

make us holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                 Amen.


CAROL CP48  


CHRISTIANS, awake! salute the happy morn, 

whereon the Saviour of the world was born; 

rise to adore the mystery of love,  

which hosts of angels chanted from above: 

with them the joyful tidings first begun 

of God incarnate and the Virgin's Son.


Then to the watchful shepherds it was told,  

who heard the angelic herald's voice, 'Behold, 

I bring good tidings of a Saviour's birth 

to you and all the nations upon earth: 

this day hath God fulfilled his promised word, 

this day is born a Saviour, Christ the Lord.'   


He spake; and straightway the celestial choir 

in hymns of joy, unknown before, conspire;  

the praises of redeeming love they sang,  

and heaven's whole orb with alleluias rang: 

God's highest glory was their anthem still,  

peace upon earth, and unto men good will.


To Bethl'em straight the enlightened shepherds ran,  

to see the wonder God had wrought for man, 

and found, with Joseph and the blessed Maid,  

her Son, the Saviour, in a manger laid: 

then to their flocks, still praising God, return,  

and their glad hearts with holy rapture burn.


O may we keep and ponder in our mind   

God's wondrous love in saving lost mankind;  

trace we the babe, who hath retrieved our loss, 

from his poor manger to his bitter cross; 

tread in his steps, assisted by his grace,  

till man's first heavenly state again takes place.


Then may we hope, the angelic hosts among, 

to sing, redeemed, a glad triumphal song: 

he that was born upon this joyful day   

around us all his glory shall display; 

saved by his love, incessant we shall sing  

eternal praise to heaven's almighty King.

 

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

READING by Year 4 the Dassett Primary School

 

Today Christ is born:
                 Alleluia!

Today the angels sing on earth:
                 Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest!

Christ’s birth at Bethlehem draws us                                                

to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:                      

                 Alleluia! God is with us!

Today the Saviour has come:
                 Alleluia!                                                                                                  

                 His message is with us today and for ever more.


CHRISTMAS MESSAGE

 

CAROL - Away in a Manger

sung by Year 4 the Dassett Primary School

 

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION


Let us pray in the peace of this Christmas celebration that                         

our joy in the birth of Christ will last for ever.


Christ Jesus, thank you for letting us share in your birthday

We thank you for the joys of this day:

for the joy of giving and receiving;

the joy of reunion with family and friends;                                               

the joys of feasting and of laughter.


In the midst of our joy we bring before you 

the needs of the world.


Christ, born in a stable,

give hope to those who are homeless or outcast.

                 Inspire us to help those in poverty, 

                 or less fortunate than ourselves.


Christ, at whose birth the angels rejoiced, 

comfort those for whom this Christmas 

is a sad or lonely season. 

                 Inspire us to share your love.


Christ, worshipped by the shepherds, 

receive the worship we offer. 

                 Inspire us to share our faith with others.


Christ, before whom the wise men knelt, 

give humility and wisdom to all who govern. 

                 Inspire us to work for justice and peace for all.


Christ, born as a human child, walk with us as friend and                          

brother; bless our homes and all whom we love. 

                 Inspire us to live as one family.


Christ, who is with us through the joy and sorrow, the good                  

and the bad, the excitement and despair of our lives. 

Be with us in our laughter and our tears, to rejoice and comfort.

                 We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                 for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                 for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                 and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                 within us. Amen.


Let us pray to the Lord using the words he taught us.

                 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 and ever. Amen.

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                 And also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

                 And also with you.


May the joy of the angels,

the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,

the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ child be yours this Christmas.
                  

May the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among us and remain with us always.
                 Amen.

CAROL CP57


Joy to the world, the Lord is come!  

let earth receive her King;  

let every heart prepare him room,   

and heaven and nature sing,  

and heaven and nature sing, 

and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.


Joy to the world, the Saviour 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. 


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.

 
 

Christmastide

HYMN CP67

See amid the winter's snow,
born for us on earth below,
see, the gentle Lamb appears,
promised from eternal years.
        Hail that ever blessèd morn!
        hail redemption's happy dawn!
        sing through all Jerusalem:
        Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Lo, within a manger lies
he who built the starry skies;
he who, throned in height sublime,
sits amid the cherubim. 
        Hail that ever blessèd morn!
        hail redemption's happy dawn!
        sing through all Jerusalem:
        Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Say, ye holy shepherds, say,
what your joyful news today.
wherefore have ye left your sheep
on the lonely mountain steep? Hail...
        Hail that ever blessèd morn!
        hail redemption's happy dawn!
        sing through all Jerusalem:
        Christ is born in Bethlehem!

"As we watched at dead of night,
lo, we saw a wondrous light;
angels singing 'Peace on earth'
told us of the Saviour's birth." 
        Hail that ever blessèd morn!
        hail redemption's happy dawn!
        sing through all Jerusalem:
        Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Sacred Infant, all divine,
what a tender love was thine,
thus to come from highest bliss
down to such a world as this.  
        Hail that ever blessèd morn!
        hail redemption's happy dawn!
        sing through all Jerusalem:
        Christ is born in Bethlehem!

Teach, O teach us, holy Child,
by thy face so meek and mild,
teach us to resemble thee,
in thy sweet humility.          

        Hail that ever blessèd morn!
        hail redemption's happy dawn!
        sing through all Jerusalem:
        Christ is born in Bethlehem!

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


God in Trinity,

eternal unity of perfect love:

gather the nations to be one family,

and draw us into your holy life

through the birth of Emmanuel,

our Lord Jesus Christ.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE

Psalm 117

O praise the Lord, all you nations; •

   praise him, all you peoples.

For great is his steadfast love towards us, 

   and the faithfulness of the Lord endures for ever.

      Alleluia.

Reader.    This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP55

In the bleak mid-winter 
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron, 
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow, 
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.


Our God, Heaven cannot hold Him 
Nor earth sustain;
Heaven and earth shall flee away
When He comes to reign:
In the bleak mid-winter 
A stable-place sufficed
The Lord God Almighty, 
Jesus Christ.


Angels and archangels
May have gathered there,
Cherubim and Seraphim
Thronged the air;
But His mother only,
In her maiden bliss,
Worshipped the Beloved
With a kiss


What can I give Him, 
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him, 
Give my heart.

GOSPEL READING

The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us.

We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,                    

who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

1 John 1:14

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 2.15-21

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.  When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child;  and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.  But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.  The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

                Praise to you, O Christ. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN 


Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart, and soul, and voice;
Give ye heed to what we say:
News! News!
Jesus Christ was born to-day:
Ox and ass before Him bow,
And He is in the manger now.
Christ is born today! Christ is born today.


Good Christian men, rejoice,
With heart, and soul, and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss:
Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He hath ope'd the heav'nly door,
And man is blessed evermore.
Christ was born for this! 

Christ was born for this!


Good Christian men, rejoice
With heart, and soul, and voice;
Now ye need not fear the grave:
Peace! Peace!
Jesus Christ was born to save!
Calls you one, and calls you all,
To gain His everlasting hall:
Christ was born to save! 

Christ was born to save!


PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                You embraced us as your children

                and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.


In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

                He opened his arms of love upon the cross

                and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.


On the night he was betrayed,

at supper with his friends

he took bread, and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his body is the bread of life.


At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his blood is shed for all.


As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,

send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

                As we eat and drink these holy gifts

                make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.


With your whole Church throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

                Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                God of power and might,

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest.


THE LORD’S PRAYER                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us,    

                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 and ever.  Amen.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home:

help your Church to live as one family,

united in love and obedience,

and bring us all at last to our home in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ

shine in your hearts and fill your lives

with his joy and peace.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
                Amen.


HYMN   Good King Wenceslas looked out


Good King Wenceslas looked out

On the Feast of Stephen

When the snow lay round about

Deep and crisp and even

Brightly shone the moon that night

Though the frost was cruel

When a poor man came in sight

Gathering winter fuel


Hither, page, and stand by me,

If thou knowst it, telling

Yonder peasant, who is he?

Where and what his dwelling?

Sire, he lives a good league hence,

Underneath the mountain

Right against the forest fence

By Saint Agnes fountain.


Bring me flesh and bring me wine

Bring me pine logs hither

Thou and I shall see him dine

When we bear them thither.

Page and monarch, forth they went

Forth they went together

Through the rude winds wild lament

And the bitter weather


Sire, the night is darker now

And the wind blows stronger

Fails my heart, I know not how

I can go no longer.

Mark my footsteps, good my page

Tread thou in them boldly

Thou shall find the winters rage

Freeze thy blood less coldly.


In his masters step he trod

Where the snow lay dinted

Heat was in the very sod

Which the Saint had printed

Therefore, Christian men, be sure

Wealth or rank possessing

Ye, who now will bless the poor

Shall yourselves find blessing.

God shines in your hearts:

Christ is the light of the world!

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit, to bring light to others:

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 
 
 

Epiphany

HYMN CP84

Brightest and best of the sons of the morning, 

dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid; 

star-of the east, the horizon adorning, 

guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.


Cold on his cradle the dew-drops are shining; 

low lies his head with the beasts of the stall; 

angels adore him in slumber reclining,

Maker and Monarch and Saviour of all.


Say, shall we yield him, in costly devotion,  

odours of Edom, and offerings divine,    

gems of the mountain, and pearls of the ocean,  

myrrh from the forest, or gold from the mine?


Vainly we offer each ample oblation,  

vainly with gifts would his favour secure:  

richer by far is the heart's adoration, 

dearer to God are the prayers of the poor.


Brightest and best of the sons of the morning, 

dawn on our darkness, and lend us thine aid; 

star of the east, the horizon adorning,  

guide where our infant Redeemer is laid.

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


God our Father,

in love you sent your Son

that the world may have life:

lead us to seek him among the outcast

and to find him in those in need,

for Jesus Christ’s sake.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE

Ephesians 1.3-14


 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 

just as he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before him in love. He destined us for adoption as his children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight he has made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will, so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of his glory. In him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed in him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; this is the pledge of our inheritance towards redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory.

Reader.    This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP83


As with gladness men of old  

did the guiding star behold, 

as with joy they hailed its light,  

leading onward, beaming bright;  

so, most gracious Lord, may we 

evermore be led to thee.


As with joyful steps they sped,  

Saviour, to thy lowly bed, 

there to bend the knee before  

thee whom heaven and earth adore;  

so may we with willing feet  

ever seek thy mercy-seat. 


As they offered gifts most rare 

at thy cradle rude and bare,   

so may we with holy joy,   

pure and free from sin's alloy,  

all our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to thee our heavenly King.


Holy Jesus, every day 

keep us in the narrow way, 

and, when earthly things are past, 

bring our ransomed souls at last 

where they need no star to guide, 

where no clouds thy glory hide.


In the heavenly country bright 

need they no created light; 

thou its light, it’s joy, its crown, 

thou its sun which goes not down; 

there for ever may we sing 

alleluias to our King.

GOSPEL READING

Epiphany: 

Alleluia, alleluia.

Christ was revealed in flesh, proclaimed among 

the nations and believed in throughout the world.

                Alleluia                                                                                                                                                                   Timothy 3:16​

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 1:[1-9] 10-18

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.


He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.(John testified to him and cried out, ‘This was he of whom I said, “He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” ’) From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known. 

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

                Praise to you, O Christ. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN 

Created in God's image, God's likeness we can see
in each and every person, no matter who they be.
So many things divide us; we go our separate ways.
When we should be united in common hymns of praise.


Created in God's image, no matter what our race.
We see our Lord's true colours, in each and every face.
It matters not our colour, or whether short or tall.
We all are God's own children; God loves us one and all.


Created in God's image, how can we be so blind.
That we don't see God's image in all of humankind.
God made us male and female, to show us how to love.
We're partners in creation, a gift from God above.


Created in God's image, yet we are not the same.
Though each of us is different, God knows our every name
Our Parent, our Creator, gave birth to me and you.
So when we pray, "Our Father," we pray to Mother too.

                                                                                                                                                            W. Rchard Turner (Meter 76.76D)

PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                You embraced us as your children

                and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.


In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

                He opened his arms of love upon the cross

                and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.


On the night he was betrayed,

at supper with his friends

he took bread, and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his body is the bread of life.


At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his blood is shed for all.


As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,

send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

                As we eat and drink these holy gifts

                make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.


With your whole Church throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

                Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                God of power and might,

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest.


THE LORD’S PRAYER                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us,    

                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 and ever.  Amen.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

Heavenly Father,

whose blessed Son shared at Nazareth the life of an earthly home:

help your Church to live as one family,

united in love and obedience,

and bring us all at last to our home in heaven;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ

shine in your hearts and fill your lives

with his joy and peace.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
                Amen.


HYMN   CP90

Songs of thankfulness and praise, 

Jesu, Lord, to thee we raise, 

manifested by the star 

to the sages from afar; 

branch of royal David's stem 

in thy birth at Bethlehem:  

anthems be to thee addrest, 

God in man made manifest.


Manifest at Jordan's stream,

Prophet, Priest, and King supreme; 

and at Cana wedding-guest 

in thy Godhead manifest; 

manifest in power divine, 

changing water into wine: 

anthems be to thee addrest,

God in man made manifest.


Manifest in making whole 

palsied limbs and fainting soul; 

manifest in valiant fight, 

quelling all the devil's might; 

manifest in gracious will, 

ever bringing good from ill: 

anthems be to thee addrest,

God in man made manifest.


Sun and moon shall darkened be, 

stars shall fall, the heavens shall flee; 

Christ will then like lightning shine, 

all will see his glorious sign;

all will then the trumpet hear, 

all will see the Judge appear: 

thou by all wilt be confest,

 God in man made manifest.


Grant us grace to see thee, Lord,  

mirrored in thy holy word;  

may we imitate thee now, 

and be pure, as pure art thou;  

that we like to thee may be  

at thy great Epiphany; 

and may praise thee, ever blest,  

God in man made manifest.

God shines in your hearts:

Christ is the light of the world!

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit, to bring light to others:

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 
 
 

Baptism of Christ

HYMN CP435

GLORIOUS things of thee are spoken,

 Zion, city of our God;  

he whose word cannot be broken 

formed thee for his own abode.

On the Rock of ages founded, 

what can shake thy sure repose?

With salvation's walls surrounded, 

thou may'st smile at all thy foes. 


See, the streams of living waters, 

springing from eternal love,  

well supply thy sons and daughters, 

and all fear of want remove. 

Who can faint while such a river 

ever flows their thirst to assuage:

 grace which, like the Lord the giver,  

never fails from age to age?


Round each habitation hovering, 

see the cloud and fire appear  

for a glory and a covering,  

showing that the Lord is near.

Thus they march, the pillar leading, 

light by night and shade by day; 

daily on the manna feeding  

which he gives them when they pray.


Saviour, if of Zion's city

I through grace a member am, 

let the world deride or pity, 

I will glory in thy name.

Fading is the worldling's pleasure,

all his boasted pomp and show;

solid joys and lasting treasure, 

none but Zion's children know.

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


Heavenly Father,

at the Jordan you revealed Jesus as your Son:

may we recognise him as our Lord

and know ourselves to be your beloved children;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE Acts 19.1-7


While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul passed through the inland regions and came to Ephesus, where he found some disciples. He said to them, ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ They replied, ‘No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.’ Then he said, ‘Into what then were you baptized?’ They answered, ‘Into John’s baptism.’ Paul said, ‘John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, in Jesus.’ On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied— 7altogether there were about twelve of them.

This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP93


WHEN Jesus came to Jordan 

to be baptised by John, 

he did not come for pardon, 

but as his Father's Son.

He came to share repentance 

with all who mourn their sins, 

to speak the vital sentence  

with which good news begins.


He came to share temptation,   

our utmost woe and loss; 

for us and our salvation 

to die upon the cross.

So when the Dove descended 

on him, the Son of Man, 

the hidden years had ended, 

the age of grace began.


Come, Holy Spirit, aid us 

to keep the vows we make, 

this very day invade us, 

and every bondage break.

Come, give our lives direction, 

the gift we covet most:

to share the resurrection 

that leads to Pentecost.

GOSPEL READING

Baptism of Christ

Alleluia, alleluia.

This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.

                Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest!                                                                                                    Matthew 3:17

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 1.4-11

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

John the baptiser appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptised by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptised you with water; but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit.’

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptised by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

                Praise to you, O Christ. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN  CP411

DEAR Lord and Father of mankind,  

forgive our foolish ways; 

re-clothe us in our rightful mind,  

in purer lives thy service find,   

in deeper reverence praise. 


In simple trust like theirs who heard, 

beside the Syrian sea,  

the gracious calling of the Lord,   

let us, like them, without a word  

rise up and follow thee. 


O Sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above, 

where Jesus knelt to share with thee 

the silence of eternity, 

interpreted by love!


Drop thy still dews of quietness, 

till all our strivings cease; 

take from our souls the strain and stress, 

and let our ordered lives confess 

the beauty of thy peace.


Breathe through the heats of our desire 

thy coolness and thy balm; 

let sense be dumb, let flesh retire; 

speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire, 

O still small voice of calm.


PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                You embraced us as your children

                and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.


In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

                He opened his arms of love upon the cross

                and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.


On the night he was betrayed,

at supper with his friends

he took bread, and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his body is the bread of life.


At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his blood is shed for all.


As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,

send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

                As we eat and drink these holy gifts

                make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.


With your whole Church throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

                Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                God of power and might,

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest.


THE LORD’S PRAYER                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us,    

                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 and ever.  Amen.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

Lord of all time and eternity,

you opened the heavens and revealed yourself as Father

in the baptism of Jesus your beloved Son:

by the power of your Spirit

complete the heavenly work of our rebirth

through the waters of the new creation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ

shine in your hearts and fill your lives

with his joy and peace.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
                Amen.


HYMN   CP437 

GO forth and tell! O Church of God, awake! 

God's saving news to all the nations take: 

proclaim Christ Jesus, Saviour, Lord and King,

that all the world his glorious praise may sing.


Go forth and tell! God's love embraces all,

he will in grace respond to all who call: 

how shall they call if they have never heard 

the gracious invitation of his word?


Go forth and tell! The doors are open wide: 

share God's good gifts — let no one be denied;  

live out your life as Christ your Lord shall choose, 

your ransomed powers for his sole glory use. 


Go forth and tell! O Church of God, arise! 

Go in the strength which Christ your Lord supplies; 

go till all nations his great name adore  

and serve him, Lord and King for evermore.

God shines in your hearts:

Christ is the light of the world!

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit, to bring light to others:

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 
 
 
 

HYMN CP 444


GOD is working his purpose out, 

as year succeeds to year,

 God is working his purpose out,   

and the time is drawing near; 

nearer and nearer draws the time, 

the time that shall surely be, 

when the earth shall be filled 

with the glory of God  

as the waters cover the sea. 


From utmost east to utmost west, 

wherever feet have trod,  

by the mouth of many messengers  

goes forth the voice of God,

 'Give ear to me, ye continents, 

ye isles, give ear to me, 

that the earth may be filled 

with the glory of God  

as the waters cover the sea.'


What can we do to work God's work, 

to prosper and increase 

the love of God in all mankind, 

the reign of the Prince of peace?

What can we do to hasten the time,  

the time that shall surely be,  

when the earth shall be filled   

with the glory of God  

as the waters cover the sea? 


March we forth in the strength of God,  

with the banner of Christ unfurled, 

that the light of the glorious gospel of truth 

may shine throughout the world; 

fight we the fight with sorrow and sin, 

to set their captives free, 

that the earth may be filled 

with the glory of God 

as the waters cover the sea.


All we can do is nothing worth 

unless God blesses the deed; 

vainly we hope for the harvest-tide 

till God gives life to the seed; 

yet nearer and nearer draws the time, 

the time that shall surely be

when the earth shall be filled 

with the glory of God 

as the waters cover the sea.

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


Almighty God,

whose Son revealed in signs and miracles

the wonder of your saving presence:

renew your people with your heavenly grace,

and in all our weakness

sustain us by your mighty power;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE 

Revelation 19:6-10


Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out,

‘Hallelujah!

For the Lord our God

   the Almighty reigns. 

Let us rejoice and exult

   and give him the glory,

for the marriage of the Lamb has come,

   and his bride has made herself ready; 

to her it has been granted to be clothed

   with fine linen, bright and pure’—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’  Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’ 

This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP489 


JESUS, Lord, we look to thee, 

let us in thy name agree:

show thyself the Prince of peace;  

bid all strife for ever cease.


Make us of one heart and mind,  

courteous, pitiful, and kind,  

lowly, meek in thought and word, 

altogether like our Lord.


Let us for each other care, 

each the other's burden bear; 

to thy church the pattern give, 

show how true believers live.


Free from anger and from pride, 

let us thus in God abide; 

all the depths of love express, 

all the heights of holiness.

GOSPEL READING

Alleluia, alleluia.

He called you to this through our gospel,

that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                                 2 Thessalonians 2:14

                Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest!                             

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 2:1-11

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding.  When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’  And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’  His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’  Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons.  Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim.  He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it.  When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom  and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’  Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

                Praise to you, O Christ. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN CP305


I come with joy, a child of God, 

forgiven, loved and free, 

the life of Jesus to recall, 

in love laid down for me.


I come with Christians far and near

to find, as all are fed, 

the new community of love 

in Christ's communion bread.


As Christ breaks bread, 

and bids each proud division ends.

The love that made us, makes us one, 

and strangers now are friends.


The Spirit of the risen Christ, 

unseen, but ever near, 

is in such friendship better known,  

alive among us here.


Together met, together bound 

by all that God has done, 

we'll go with joy, to give the world

the love that makes us one.


PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                You embraced us as your children

                and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.


In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

                He opened his arms of love upon the cross

                and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.


On the night he was betrayed,

at supper with his friends

he took bread, and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his body is the bread of life.


At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his blood is shed for all.


As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,

send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

                As we eat and drink these holy gifts

                make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.


With your whole Church throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

                Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                God of power and might,

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest.


THE LORD’S PRAYER                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us,    

                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 and ever.  Amen.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

God of glory,

you nourish us with your Word

who is the bread of life:

fill us with your Holy Spirit

that trough us the light of your glory

may shine in the world.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

May God who revealed himself through the miracles of Christ 

by transforming water into wine,

reveal himself to us and transform our lives;

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
                Amen.


HYMN   CP418

Father, Lord of all creation, 

ground of being, life and love;  

height and depth beyond description  

only life in you can prove: 

you are mortal life's dependence: 

thought, speech, sight are ours by grace; 

yours is every hour's existence,  

sovereign Lord of time and space.


Jesus Christ, the Man for others, 

we, your people, make our prayer:

help us love - as sisters, brothers -

all whose burdens we can share.


Where your name binds us together   

you, Lord Christ, will surely be; 

where no selfishness can sever  

there your love the world may see. 


Holy Spirit, rushing, burning   

wind and flame of Pentecost,   

fire our hearts afresh with yearning  

to regain what we have lost. 

May your love unite our action,  

never more to speak alone: 

God, in us abolish faction,

God, through us your love make known

God shines in your hearts:

Christ is the light of the world!

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit, to to share the message of his call:

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 
 

Follow Me

HYMN CP4


LORD, as the day begins 

lift up our hearts in praise; 

take from us all our sins, 

guard us in all our ways:

 our every step direct and guide 

that Christ in all be glorified!


Christ be in work and skill, 

serving each other's need; 

Christ be in thought and will, 

Christ be in word and deed:

our minds be set on things above 

in joy and peace, in faith and love.


Grant us the Spirit's strength,  

teach us to walk his way; 

so bring us all at length 

safe to the close of day:

from hour to hour sustain and bless, 

and let our song be thankfulness.


Now as the day begins  

make it the best of days; 

take from us all our sins, 

guard us in all our ways:

our every step direct and guide 

that Christ in all be glorified!

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


Eternal Lord,

our beginning and our end:

bring us with the whole creation

to your glory, hidden through past ages

and made known

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE 

Revelation 5.1-10


Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’

Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll

   and to open its seals,

for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God

   saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; 

   you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God,

   and they will reign on earth.’

This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP308


JUST as I am, without one plea 

but that thy blood was shed for me, 

and that thou bidst me come to thee, 

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, though tossed about  

with many a conflict, many a doubt, 

fightings and fears within, without, 

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind; 

sight, riches, healing of the mind, 

yea, all I need, in thee to find,  

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, thou wilt receive, 

wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve: 

because thy promise I believe, 

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, thy love unknown 

has broken every barrier down; 

now to be thine, yea, thine alone, 

O Lamb of God, I come.


Just as I am, of that free love 

the breadth, length, depth, and height to prove, 

here for a season, then above, 

O Lamb of God, I come.

GOSPEL READING

Alleluia, alleluia.

He called you to this through our gospel,

that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                                 2 Thessalonians 2:14

                Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest!                             

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 1.43-end

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

                Praise to you, O Christ. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:

and his name is called the Prince of Peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN CP233


JESUS calls us: o'er the tumult

Of our life's wild restless sea, 

day by day his sweet voice soundeth, 

saying, 'Christian, follow me':


As of old Saint Andrew heard it 

by the Galilean lake,  

turned from home and toil and kindred 

leaving all for his dear sake.


Jesus calls us from the worship 

of the vain world's golden store, 

from each idol that would keep us,  

saying, 'Christian, love me more.'


In our joys and in our sorrows, 

days of toil and hours of ease, 

still he calls, in cares and pleasures, 

that we love him more than these.


Jesus calls us: by thy mercies,  

Saviour, make us hear thy call, 

give our hearts to thine obedience, 

serve and love thee best of all.


PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                You embraced us as your children

                and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.


In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

                He opened his arms of love upon the cross

                and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.


On the night he was betrayed,

at supper with his friends

he took bread, and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his body is the bread of life.


At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his blood is shed for all.


As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,

send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

                As we eat and drink these holy gifts

                make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.


With your whole Church throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

                Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                God of power and might,

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest.


THE LORD’S PRAYER                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us,    

                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 and ever.  Amen.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

God of glory,

you nourish us with your Word

who is the bread of life:

fill us with your Holy Spirit

that trough us the light of your glory

may shine in the world.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

God who called you to work with him,

strengthen you by the power of his Spirit,

that you may be worthy of his calling;

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
                Amen.


HYMN   

CP622


WILL you come and follow me,  

if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don't know 

and never be the same? 

Will you let my love be shown, 

will you let my love be known, 

will you let my life be grown  

in you and you in me?


Will you leave yourself behind 

if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind 

and never be the same? 

Will you risk the hostile stare  

should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer   

in you and you in me?  


Will you let the blinded see 

if I but call your name? 

Will you set the prisoners free  

and never be the same? 

Will you kiss the leper clean,  

and do such as this unseen,  

and admit to what I mean  

in you and you in me? 


Will you love the 'you' you hide 

if I but call your name? 

Will you quell the fear inside  

and never be the same? 

Will you use the faith you've found  

to reshape the world around,   

through my sight and touch and sound  

in you and you in me? 


Lord, your summons echoes true   

when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you  

and never be the same.  

In your company I'll go  

where your love and footsteps show.

Thus I'll move and live and grow  

in you and you in me. 

God shines in your hearts:

Christ is the light of the world!

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit, to to share the message of his call:

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 

Candlemass

HYMN CP513


LORD, the light of your love is shining, 

in the midst of the darkness, shining; 

Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us, 

set us free by the truth you now bring us, 

shine on me: shine on me: 

        Shine, Jesus, shine, 

        fill this land with the Father's glory; 

        blaze, Spirit, blaze,   

        set our hearts on fire. 

          Flow, river, flow, 

        flood the nations with love and mercy;  

        send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!


Lord, I come to your awesome presence, 

from the shadows into your radiance;  

by the blood I may enter your brightness,  

search me, try me, consume all my darkness: 

shine on me: shine on me: 

        Shine, Jesus, shine, 

        fill this land with the Father's glory; 

        blaze, Spirit, blaze,   

        set our hearts on fire. 

          Flow, river, flow, 

        flood the nations with love and mercy;  

        send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!


As we gaze on your kingly brightness,  

so our faces display your likeness,  

ever changing from glory to glory,  

mirrored here, may our lives tell your story: 

shine on me: shine on me: 

        Shine, Jesus, shine, 

        fill this land with the Father's glory; 

        blaze, Spirit, blaze,   

        set our hearts on fire. 

          Flow, river, flow, 

        flood the nations with love and mercy;  

        send forth your word,

        Lord, and let there be light!

THE GREETING

We meet to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world.             

                The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.         

After Christmas, Epiphany; 

after the shepherds, wise men; 

                The light which began to shine then is shining still, 

                as strong and bright as on that first day;

                a light which nothing, not even death itself can extinguish.

Arise, shine; for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.        

                A light to lighten the gentiles.  Alleluia!

He is Christ the Lord.  Alleluia!
                We worship and adore him. Alleluia!

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

Let us turn to the Lord and renew our faith in his

promises by confessing our sins in penitence.

Loving God, maker of all things,

we come before you knowing our failings.            

For the times we have closed our ears to your word,                              

failed to read our bible, or say our prayers.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the times we have closed our eyes to the suffering of                      

the world, or meant to help someone, but were too busy, 

or forgot:

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For failing to share good things with others, or missing the                 

opportunity to tell other people about Jesus.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings.

For the resolutions we break; the bad habits we don’t really                           

try to give up: our devious ways and wilfulness.

                we are sorry, Lord. Forgive us our failings. 

                We thank you, that even if we break our resolutions,                               

                you never break your promise to forgive us

                if we are truly sorry. Amen.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent 

his Son to be our Saviour forgive you your sins and 

make you holy to serve him in the world through 

Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.


GLORIA


                Glory to God, our hearts we raise

                to you our heavenly King!

                We give you thanks, we worship you

                as we your praises sing.


                Lord Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God,

                you banish this world’s sin.

                Have mercy as we hail your birth 

                and grant us peace within. 


                O Spirit strong and yet unseen

                by eyes with self so flawed.

                Give us the sight that sets us free

                to make your name adored.


                All glory be to God on high

                and on the earth be peace;

                Good will henceforth from heaven to men

                begin and never cease.

                                                                                                                  Tune ‘O for a thousand tongues’ (Richmond)

THE COLLECT


God of heaven,

you send the gospel to the ends of the earth

and your messengers to every nation:

send your Holy Spirit to transform us

by the good news of everlasting life

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

                Amen.

THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE 

Revelation 12.1-5a


A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth. 

Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne;

This is the word of the Lord.

All            Thanks be to God.


HYMN CP80


When candles are lighted on Candlemas Day 

the dark is behind us, and spring's on the way. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


The kings have departed, the shepherds have gone, 

the child and his parents are left on their own.

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


They go to the temple, obeying the law, 

and offer two pigeons, the gift of the poor. 

         A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


But Anna and Simeon recognise there 

the Christ-child who came at the turn of the year. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


The old who have suffered and waited so long 

see hope for the world as they welcome the young. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


They gaze at God's wonderful answer to prayer, 

the joy of the Jews and the Gentiles' desire. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


"The light is increasing and spring's in the air.

Look back with thanksgiving! Look forward with awe!

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


Great Spirit of Jahweh, with courage inspire 

your everyday saints who face up to despair. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.


The candles invite us to praise and to pray 

when Christmas greets Easter on Candlemas Day. 

        A glory dawns in every dark place, 

        the light of Christ, the fullness of grace.

GOSPEL READING

Alleluia, alleluia.

He called you to this through our gospel,

that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.                                                 2 Thessalonians 2:14

                Alleluia! Glory to God in the highest!                             

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark 1:21-28

                Glory to you, O Lord. 

They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, ‘What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.’ But Jesus rebuked him, saying, ‘Be silent, and come out of him!’ And the unclean spirit, throwing him into convulsions and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. They were all amazed, and they kept on asking one another, ‘What is this? A new teaching—with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.’ At once his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee.

This is the Gospel of the Lord. 

                Praise to you, O Christ. 


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE

                          

PROFESSION OF FAITH

Let us declare our faith in God.


                We believe in God the Father,

                from whom every family

                in heaven and on earth is named.

                We believe in God the Son,

                who lives in our hearts through faith,

                and fills us with his love.

                We believe in God the Holy Spirit,

                who strengthens us

                with power from on high.

                We believe in one God;

                Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

          

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

ending with


                We thank you for the many blessings of this past year,

                for all the good you have enabled     us to do; 

                for the experiences that have taught us humility 

                and patience for the hope that your birth inspires                                     

                within us. Amen


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT

THE PEACE


The peace which the world cannot give,

the deep peace of him who stilled the storm;

the peace of the Lord be always with you

                And also with you.

Let us offer one another a sign of peace


HYMN CP346     


O CHRIST, the Healer, we have come 

to pray for health, to plead for friends.

How can we fail to be restored, 

when reached by love that never ends?


From every ailment flesh endures

our bodies clamour to be freed; 

yet in our hearts we would confess 

that wholeness is our deepest need.


How strong, O Lord, are our desires, 

how weak our knowledge of ourselves!

Release in us those healing truths 

unconscious pride resists or shelves.


In conflicts that destroy our health

we diagnose the world's disease;

our common life declares our ills:

is there no cure, O Christ, for these?


Grant that we all, made one in faith, 

in your community may find 

the wholeness that, enriching us, 

shall reach the whole of humankind.


PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

        

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise

of Jesus Christ, our light and our salvation.

                Amen


THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYERS


Lift up your hearts.

                We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

                It is right to give thanks and praise.


We give you thanks because, 

in the mystery of the Word made flesh,

you have caused a new light to shine in our hearts

to give the knowledge of your glory

in the face of Jesus Christ our Lord.

When we turned away

you did not reject us,

but came to meet us in your Son.

                You embraced us as your children

                and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.


In Christ you shared our life

that we might live in him and he in us.

                He opened his arms of love upon the cross

                and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.


On the night he was betrayed,

at supper with his friends

he took bread, and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to them, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his body is the bread of life.


At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine,

he gave you thanks, and said:

Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins;

do this in remembrance of me.

                Father, we do this in remembrance of him:

                his blood is shed for all.


As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory,

send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine

may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

                As we eat and drink these holy gifts

                make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.


With your whole Church throughout the world

we offer you this sacrifice of praise

and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

                Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                God of power and might,

                Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                Hosanna in the highest.


THE LORD’S PRAYER                 


Rejoicing in the presence of God here among us,

let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us,    

                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 and ever.  Amen.


We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

                Though we are many, we are one body,

                because we all share in one faith.


THE INVITATION

    

As the shepherds came to the stable, and the magi from                        

the East come find the Lord and eat at his table.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

Let us pray

Generous Lord,

in word and eucharist we have proclaimed the mystery of your love:

help us so to live out our days

that we may be signs of your wonders in the world;

through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Amen.

                God of glory,

                you nourish us with your Word

                who is the bread of life.

                Fill us with your Holy Spirit,

                 that through us the light of your glory

                 may shine in all the world.

                 We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                                                     

                 Amen. 

THE BLESSING


The Lord be with you

All              And also with you.

The Lord of Light and love,

cleans you by the power of his Spirit,

protect you from all danger from within and without, 

keep you forever in his caret;

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
                Amen.


HYMN   CP494

KING of glory, King of peace, 

I will love thee;  

and, that love may never cease, 

I will move thee. 

Thou hast granted my request, 

thou hast heard me; 

thou didst note my working breast,  

thou hast spared me.


Wherefore with my utmost art 

I will sing thee, 

and the cream of all my heart 

I will bring thee.

Though my sins against me cried,  

thou didst clear me,  

and alone, when they replied,   

thou didst hear me.


Seven whole days, not one in seven, 

I will praise thee; 

in my heart, though not in heaven, 

I can raise thee.

Small it is, in this poor sort   

to enrol thee: 

e'en eternity's too short 

to extol thee.

                Praise to Christ our light!
Go, in the power of the Spirit;

                In the name of Christ.   Amen.

 
 

ADVENT

Advent is the traditional time of year leading up to Christmas. 

Advent means  'Coming". There are three meanings of  'coming'  that Christians describe at Christmas.

 

Join in the story and sing your way to Christmas at this years services on zoom.

ADVENT 1

ADVENT

ADVENT 3

ADVENT 4

ADVENT 5
EMANUEL
'GOD WITH US"

 

4th Advent Sunday

THE GREETING


HYMN CP 44

ANGELS from the realms of glory, 

wing your flight o'er all the earth; 

ye who sang creation's story  

now proclaim Messiah's birth:

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.


Shepherds in the field abiding, 

watching o'er your flocks by night,

God with us is now residing; 

yonder shines the infant Light: 

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.

     

Sages, leave your contemplations; 

brighter visions beam afar; 

seek the great Desire of Nations; 

ye have seen his natal star:

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.


Saints before the altar bending, 

watching long in hope and fear, 

suddenly the Lord, descending, 

in his temple shall appear:

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.


Though an infant now we view him, 

he shall fill his Father's throne, 

gather all the nations to him; 

every knee shall then bow down:        

        Come and worship Christ the new-born King,  

        come and worship, 

        worship Christ the new-born King.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son 

and of the Holy Spirit.

All           Amen.


The Lord be with you

All               and also with you.



PRAYERS OF PENITENCE


When the Lord comes,

he will bring light to the things now hidden in darkness,

and will disclose the purposes of the heart.

Therefore in the light of Christ let us confess our sins.

Lord Jesus, you are mighty God and Prince of Peace:

All                  Lord have mercy


Christ Jesus, 

you are Son of God and Son of the holy Virgin Mary:

All                 Christ have mercy


Lord Jesus, 

you are Word made flesh and splendour of the Father.

All                 Lord have mercy


May God who loved the world so much

that he sent his Son to be our Saviour

forgive you your sins 

and make you holy to serve him in the world,

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


THE COLLECT


Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,

so we wait for his coming in glory;

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age

to see, with her, our great salvation

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

All                     Amen.


Sisters and brothers, 

in this holy season we prepare ourselves for the Lord’s coming. 

Let us now be open in

heart and mind as the Lord comes to us through his holy

Word.


THE LITURGY OF THE WORD

A READING FROM THE BIBLE

Romans 16.25-end


Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever! Amen.


This is the word of the Lord.

All             Thanks be to God.


HYMN A&M 242


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord :

unnumbered blessings, give my spirit voice; 

tender to me the promise of his word; 

in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his name :

make known his might, the deeds his arm has done; 

his mercy sure, from age to age the same; 

his holy name, the Lord, the Mighty One.


Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might: 

powers and dominions lay their glory by; 

proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight, 

the hungry fed, the humble lifted high. 


Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word:

firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

to children's children and for evermore.

I am your servant, Lord.

Let your will be done to me.

All             Jesus is Lord, alleluia!

                 Jesus shall come, alleluia!


GOSPEL READING


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 1:26-38

All             Glory to you, O Lord.


In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’ But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’ The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.’ Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel departed from her.

This is the Gospel of the Lord

All             Glory to you, O Christ.


SERMON


THE CREED


Let us affirm our faith in the all holy God who is Father,      

Son and Holy Spirit:


I believe in God the Father, who created all things:

All            for by his will they were created and have their being.


I believe in God the Son, who was slain:

All            for with his blood, he purchased us for God, from  

                every tribe and language, from every people and 

                nation.


I believe in God the Holy Spirit:

All            the Spirit and the Bride say, ‘Come!’

                 Even so, come, Lord Jesus!  Amen.


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION


Since Christ will come in glory to gather all things to the Creator, 

let us make our needs known so that our world might be ready 

for the day of the Lord.


After each prayer, one of the following responses may be used:


Lord, in your mercy    

All            Hear our prayer             

The prayers conclude with the following:


Hasten, Lord, the day when people will come 

from east and west, from north and south, 

and sit at table in your kingdom 

and we shall see your Son in his glory.


Merciful Father,

All            accept these prayers 

                 for the sake of your Son, 

                 our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


THE LITURGY OF THE SACRAMENT


THE PEACE


From on high the Father has sent a Son to dwell among us

that we may know and share his peace.

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All                  and also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of Christ’s peace.



HYMN CP 242

The Angel Gabriel from heaven came, 

his wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame;

'All hail,' said he, 'thou lowly maiden Mary, 

most highly favoured lady.' Gloria!


'For known a blessed Mother thou shalt be, 

all generations laud and honour thee,  

thy son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold; 

most highly favoured lady.' Gloria!


Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,

'To me be as it pleaseth God,' she said,

'My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name': 

most highly favoured lady. Gloria!


Of her, Emmanuel, the Christ was born 

in Bethlehem, all on a Christmas morn, 

and Christian folk throughout the world will ever say 

'Most highly favoured lady.' Gloria!

PREPARATION OF THE TABLE 

PRAYER OF PREPARATION 


As the grain  once scattered in the fields and the grapes  

once dispersed  on the hillside are now reunited  on this 

table in bread  and wine, so, Lord, may your whole     

Church soon be gathered together from the corners  of 

the earth into your kingdom.

All                          Amen.

THE EUCHARISTIC PRAYER


The Lord be with you

All                and also with you.


Lift up your hearts.

All                We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All                  It is right to give thanks and praise.


It is indeed right  and good to give you thanks  and praise, 

almighty God  and everlasting Father, through Jesus  

Christ your Son. For when he humbled himself to come  

among us in human flesh, he fulfilled the plan you 

formed before he foundation of the world to  open for us  

the way of salvation. Confident that your promise will be 

fulfilled, we now watch for the day when Christ  our Lord  

will come again in glory. And so we join  our voices with 

angels and archangels and with  all the company  of 

heaven to proclaim your glory for ever praising you and  

saying:


All              Holy, holy, holy Lord,

                  God of power and might,

                  heaven and earth are full of your glory.

                  Hosanna in the highest.

                  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

                  Hosanna in the highest.


Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:


Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me. 


In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:


Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many 

for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.


Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection 

and glorious ascension;

we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.


Great is the mystery of faith:

All              Christ has died:

                  Christ is risen:

                  Christ will come again.


Accept through him, our great high priest,

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit,

inspire us with your love

and unite us in the body of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

        

Through him, and with him, and in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

we worship you, Father almighty,

in songs of everlasting praise:


All             Blessing and honour and glory and power

                   be yours for ever and ever.  Amen.

THE LORDS PRAYER


Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour 

has taught us           


All             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 and ever. Amen.


BREAKING OF THE BREAD


We break this bread

to share in the body of Christ.

All              Though we are many, we are one body,

                   because we all share in one bread.


THE INVITATION


He who was with God in the beginning,

is with us in this bread.

He of whom the prophets spoke,

now gives himself to us in this cup.

Jesus offers a share in his divine life

for those who love him

and who want to love him more.


So, come,

you who have much faith

and you who have little,

you who have been here often

and you who have not been for some time.

Come, not because it is I who invite you:

it is our Lord.

It is his will that those who want him

should meet him here.


All           We do not presume

                to come to this your table, merciful Lord,

                trusting in our own righteousness,

                but in your manifold and great mercies.

                We are not worthy to gather up 

                the crumbs under your table.

                But you are the same Lord,

                whose nature is always to have mercy.

                Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord,

                so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ

                and to drink his blood,    

                that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

                and our souls washed through his most precious                         

                blood and that we may evermore dwell in him, 

                and he in us. Amen.


We sing together twice


All           Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world.

                In your mercy, come and heal us; 

                Lord, hear our prayer.

                Take away our sins, forgive us,

                Lamb of God, restore, redeem us,

                grant us peace, Lord, in your mercy, 

                Lord, hear our prayer.

                                                                                          Words, Nick Fawcett

                                                                                          Tune, Ar Hyd Y Nos

SHARING OF COMMUNION 


We gather in faith

We share a meal together in love.

All            Father, we eat and drink 

                in remembrance of him.


PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION 

Heavenly Father,

who chose the Blessed Virgin Mary

to be the mother of the promised saviour:

fill us your servants with your grace,

that in all things we may embrace your holy will

and with her rejoice in your salvation;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All          Amen.


All          Loving Father,

              your Son Jesus Christ has come to us

              in word and Spirit, in bread and cup.

              Make us holy

              and bring us to perfection,

              when we stand before him

              as he comes to judge the living and the dead. Amen.


THE DISMISSAL

THE BLESSING


God is with you, a light to your path,

a companion for your journey,

a sure support and presence at all times;                                    

And the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you, and remain with you always.

All          Amen


HYMN    CP 35


People, look East. The time is near  

of the crowning of the year.

Make your house fair as you are able, 

trim the hearth and set the table.

People, look East and sing to-day:  

Love, the Guest, is on the way.


Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare 

one more seed is planted there:  

give up your strength the seed to nourish 

that in course the flower may flourish.  

People, look East, and sing today: 

Love, the Rose, is on the way.


Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim 

one more light the bowl shall brim 

shining beyond the frosty weather, 

bright as sun and moon together.

People, look East, and sing today: 

Love, the Star, is on the way.


Angels, announce with shouts of mirth 

him who brings new life to earth.

Set every peak and valley humming 

with the word, the Lord is coming. 

People, look East, and sing today: 

Love, the Lord, is on the way.


With love and compassion,

All          come, Lord Jesus.


With judgement and mercy,

All          come, Lord Jesus.


In power and glory,

All          come, Lord Jesus.


In wisdom and truth,

All          come, Lord Jesus.


Go in peace to prepare the way of the Lord.

All          In the name of Christ. Amen.

 
 
 

Remembrance Sunday

THE GATHERING 


We meet in the presence of God.
We commit ourselves to work in penitence and faith
for reconciliation between nations,
that all people may, together, live in freedom, justice and peace.
We pray for all, who in bereavement, disability and pain
continue to suffer the consequences of fighting and terror.
We remember with thanksgiving and sorrow those whose lives,
in world wars and conflicts past and present,
have been given and taken away.


I lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence will my help come?
My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.         Psalm 121


HYMN       

        O God, our help in ages past, 

        our hope for years to come, 

        our shelter from the stormy blast, 

        and our eternal home;


        beneath the shadow of thy throne  

        thy saints have dwelt secure; 

        sufficient is thine arm alone, 

        and our defence is sure.


        Before the hills in order stood,  

        or earth received her frame, 

        from everlasting thou art God, 

        to endless years the same.


        A thousand ages in thy sight 

        are like an evening gone; 

        short as the watch that ends the night 

        before the rising sun.

 

        Time, like an ever-rolling stream,  

        bears all its sons away;  

        they fly forgotten, as a dream

        dies at the opening day.  


        O God, our help in ages past, 

        our hope for years to come,  

        be thou our guard while troubles last, 

        and our eternal home.

PRAYERS OF PENITENCE

    

Jesus said,
''Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”


As we realise our failure to live up to Christ's standards 

and to obey his commands, let us come in penitence to seek God's forgiveness, as we say together:


        Almighty and merciful God, Lord of men and nations,
        we confess with shame the sins, both private and public,
        by which we have broken your law and grieved your Spirit.
        We acknowledge the reproach that war has brought
        upon the name of Christ.
        We confess our lack of love for you and for our fellow men.
        For the sake of your Son, who died for us,
        save us from our sins.
        Take from us all hatred and bitterness,
        whether in thought, word or action.
        Teach us to forgive, as we are forgiven,
        so that we may grow more like him
        and live our lives according to your will.
        Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

        

Almighty God, who has promised to forgive all who repent of their sins 

and believe in his Son, Jesus Christ;
grant us pardon for our sins, peace in our hearts,
strength in his service, and everlasting life.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

        Amen.


THE COLLECT


God, our refuge and strength,

bring near the day when wars shall cease

and poverty and pain shall end,

that earth may know the peace of heaven

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

        Amen.


BIBLE READING 

Hebrews 10:32-35


Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.


HYMN

        O valiant hearts who to your glory came

        Through dust of conflict and through battle flame;

        Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved,

        Your memory hallowed in the land you loved.


        Proudly you gathered, rank on rank, to war

        As who had heard God’s message from afar;

        All you had hoped for, all you had, you gave,

        To save mankind—yourselves you scorned to save.


        Splendid you passed, the great surrender made;

        Into the light that nevermore shall fade;

        Deep your contentment in that blest abode,

        Who wait the last clear trumpet call of God.


        Long years ago, as earth lay dark and still,

        Rose a loud cry upon a lonely hill,

        While in the frailty of our human clay,

        Christ, our Redeemer, passed the self same way.


        Still stands His cross from that dread hour to this,

        Like some bright star above the dark abyss;

        Still, through the veil, the Victor’s pitying eyes

        Look down to bless our lesser Calvaries.


        These were His servants, in His steps they trod,

        Following through death the martyred Son of God:

        Victor, He rose; victorious too shall rise

        They who have drunk His cup of sacrifice.


        O risen Lord, O Shepherd of our dead,

        Whose cross has bought them and whose staff has led,

        In glorious hope their proud and sorrowing land

        Commits her children to Thy gracious hand.        


CHRISTIAN WORDS


PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION 


Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace:


For the service men and women who have died in the violence of war, each one remembered by and known to God; 

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief and the sadness of our loss; 

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day, remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;
May God give peace

        God Give Peace


For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror, calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity;
May God give peace

        God Give Peace

For peace-makers and peace-keepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free;

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious; asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search of reconciliation and peace. 

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

God of truth and justice,
we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,
And those whose names we will never know.
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world,
And grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.
As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future;
For you are the source of life and hope, 

May God give peace

        God Give Peace

Prince of peace,
Bring your peace into our disordered world.
Come now to live in our hearts.
Bring your order into our chaos.
Hasten the day when you will come again,
and all men will acknowledge your sovereign rule.
In your name we ask this.     

    Amen.


THE PEACE


Jesus said,
'Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you...
Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
'


The peace of the Lord be always with you

        and also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.


Lord, we are reminded today of how easy it is to speak of peace, 

and how difficult it is to pursue it; 

how straightforward it is to talk of breaking down barriers, 

yet how demanding actually to live as peacemakers. 

Yet we are reminded also that this is what you want from us 

— to live in such a way that we heal wounds rather than create them, 

that we unite rather than divide, that we reconcile rather than separate. 


HYMN

           MAKE me a channel of your peace. 

        Where there is hatred, let me bring your love; 

        where there is injury, your pardon, Lord; 

        and where there's doubt, true faith in you. 


            O Master, grant that I may never seek  

            so much to be consoled as to console, 

            to be understood as to understand,  

            to be loved, as to love with all my soul.


        Make me a channel of your peace.   

        Where there's despair in life, let me bring hope;  

        where there is darkness, only light;  

        and where there's sadness, ever joy.  


            O Master, grant that I may never seek 

            so much to be consoled as to console, 

            to be understood as to understand,  

            to be loved, as to love with all my soul.


        Make me a channel of your peace.  

        It is in pardoning that we are pardoned, 

        in giving to all men that we receive,  

        and in dying that we're born to eternal life. 

         

THE ACT OF COMMITMENT 

Let us commit ourselves to responsible living and faithful service.

Will you strive for all that makes for peace?

        We will.

Will you seek to heal the wounds of war?

        We will.

Will you work for a just future for all humanity?

        We will.

Merciful God, we offer to you the fears in us that have not yet been cast out by love: may we accept the hope you have placed in the hearts of all people, and live lives of justice, courage and mercy; through Jesus Christ our risen redeemer.

        Amen


THE BLESSING

The congregation stands

God grant to the living grace,
to the departed rest,
to the church, the state and all people
unity, peace and concord,
and to us and all God’s servants

life everlasting.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you
and remain with you always.

        Amen.


HYMN

        I vow to thee, my country, 

        all earthly things above, 

        entire and whole and perfect, 

        the service of my love:

        the love that asks no question, 

        the love that stands the test, 

        that lays upon the altar 

        the dearest and the best; 

        the love that never falters, 

        the love that pays the price, 

        the love that makes undaunted 

        the final sacrifice.

 

        And there's another country 

        I've heard of long ago, 

        most dear to them that love her, 

        most great to them that know; 

        we may not count her armies, 

        we may not see her King; 

        her fortress is a faithful heart, 

        her pride is suffering; 

        and soul by soul and silently 

        her shining bounds increase, 

        and her ways are ways of gentleness 

        and all her paths are peace.


THE NATIONAL ANTHEM    

        God save our gracious Queen,
        Long live our noble Queen,
        God save the Queen.

        Send her victorious
        Happy and glorious,
        Long to reign over us:
        God save the Queen.

 

CANDLES OF REMEMBRANCE

Jesus is the light of the world. 

Whoever follows Jesus will not walk in darkness, 

but will have the light of life.


Jesus rose from the dead to bring God’s new life.

Light in the midst of darkness

Life in the midst of death.


We often find it difficult to let go of our loved ones and leave them in God’s keeping. Let our candles be a sign of God’s love for all our loved ones, demonstrating your faith that all who trust in the risen Christ are safe in God’s keeping.


Grief is not forever, but Love is....

Death is not the extinguishing of the light, but the putting out of the lamp because dawn has come.

 

 Souls Day

HYMN


For all the saints who from their labours rest, 

who thee by faith before the world confessed, 

thy name, O Jesu, be for ever blest.

Alleluia. Alleluia.


Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might; 

thou, Lord, their Captain in the well-fought fight;  

thou, in the darkness, still their one true Light.  

Alleluia. Alleluia.  


O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold, 

fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,  

and win, with them, the victor's crown of gold.  

Alleluia. Alleluia.


O blest communion, fellowship divine!  

we feebly struggle, they in glory shine;  

Yet all are one in thee, for all are thine.

Alleluia. Alleluia.

 

And when the strife is fierce, the warfare long, 

steals on the ear the distant triumph-song, 

and hearts are brave again and arms are strong.  

Alleluia. Alleluia.


The golden evening brightens in the west;  

soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest:  

sweet is the calm of Paradise the blest.

Alleluia. Alleluia.


But lo, there breaks a yet more glorious day;

the saints triumphant rise in bright array: 

the King of Glory passes on his way.

Alleluia. Alleluia.


From earth's wide bounds, from ocean's farthest coast,

through gates of pearl streams in the countless host,

singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Alleluia. Alleluia.


WELCOME


In the name of Christ, who died and was raised by the glory of 

God the Father: grace, mercy and peace be with you.

And also with you.


We have gathered here tonight to remember and give thanks 

for those we have loved and who have died. 


To hold them before God. 

And to hold before God the love and the pain their loss brings.

We pray for each other here this evening:

For those who know what it is like to lose someone close...

For those who care for and support the bereaved...

And for family and friends not with ua but grieving non the less.

Heavenly father, through your holy spirit 

draw close to each of us

and minister your peace and healing, 

that we may have hope for the future 

through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Amen


Life has many mysteries. 

We do not have all the answers.


Jesus told us he was going ahead to prepare a place for us.

Let us live as people of hope and expectation.


HYMN


There is a land of pure delight, 

where saints immortal reign; 

infinite day excludes the night, 

and pleasures banish pain. 


There everlasting spring abides,  

and never-withering flowers; 

death, like a narrow sea, divides  

that heavenly land from ours.


Sweet fields beyond the swelling flood

stand dressed in living green; 

so to the Jews old Canaan stood, 

while Jordan rolled between.


But timorous mortals start and shrink

to cross the narrow sea, 

and linger shivering on the brink,  

and fear to launch away.


O could we make our doubts remove,  

those gloomy doubts that rise,  

and see the Canaan that we love  

with unbeclouded eyes;


Could we but climb where Moses stood,  

and view the landscape o'er,   

not Jordan's stream, nor death's cold flood, 

should fright us from the shore!


Father in heaven,

we thank you that you made us in your own image

and gave us gifts in body,... mind... and spirit.

We thank you now for our loved ones 

and what they meant to each of us.

As we honour their memory 

make us more aware that you are the one 

from whom comes every perfect gift, 

including the gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

Amen. 

   

READING

A reading from the book of Wisdom 3.1-5,9  


The souls of those who have pleased God are safe in his hands and protected from pain.

Only in the minds of the foolish are those people dead and their death considered a disaster, or a destruction. 

In fact, they are at peace and destined never to die, though others may have thought they were being punished.

They will be richly rewarded, because God tested them for a while and found them worthy of being his children.

All of God's faithful people will understand truth and live with him in love, because God is kind and merciful to those he chooses to be his holy people.


CHRISTIAN MESSAGE


HYMN


The Lord's my Shepherd, I'll not want;  

he makes me down to lie  

in pastures green; he leadeth me   

the quiet waters by. 


My soul he doth restore again,  

and me to walk doth make

within the paths of righteousness,  

e'en for his own name's sake.


Yea, though I walk through death's dark vale, 

yet will I fear none ill; 

for thou art with me, and thy rod

and staff me comfort still.


My table thou hast furnishéd

in presence of my foes; 

my head thou dost with oil anoint, 

and my cup overflows. 


Goodness and mercy all my life 

shall surely follow me; 

and in God's house for evermore 

my dwelling-place shall be.


We thank you that you sent your Son Jesus Christ 

to die for us and rise again.

His cross declares your love to be without limit;

his resurrection, that death our last enemy is doomed.

By his victory we are assured of the promise 

that you will never leave us or forsake us;

That neither death nor life,

nor things present nor things to come,

can separate us from your love

in Christ Jesus our Lord.


PRAYERS


Let us pray that we will understand the gospel message, take it into our hearts and rejoice in the wonderful freedom and new life that awaits us after we die. Free from illness, disability and pain. Washed in the light of love. 


Jesus, our way and truth and life,

you drew your disciple Thomas from doubt to faith:

reveal the resurrection faith to the doubting and the lost.


God, we want to believe. 

Help our unbelief.


God, we feel the pain of loss and separation.

Help us heal that pain.


God, we want so much for our loved ones to return and tell us that all is well.

Help us to believe the message of hope that Jesus gave us.


God we thank you for all we were given by those who have died.

Let us journey on with those memories and use them well in our lives.


God, we pray we will live our lives as if each day was a precious gift.

May we know that at our end we shall be with united with those we have loved and who have left us.


Hear us, O merciful Father;

as we remember in love

those whom we have placed in your hands.

Acknowledge, we pray, the sheep of your own fold,

lambs of your own flock,

sinners of your own redeeming.

Enfold them in the arms of your mercy,

in the blessed rest of everlasting peace,

and in the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen


WE REMEMBER THE DEPARTED


The names of the departed are read out.


Heavenly Father, 

we bless you that in bearing your image 

our loved ones have brought light to our lives 

for we have seen:

in their friendship reflections of your compassion

in their integrity demonstrations of your goodness

in their faithfulness glimpses of your eternal love.

Grant to each of us, beloved and bereft,

the grace to follow their good example

so that we with them 

may come to your everlasting kingdom;

through Jesus Christ our Lord, 

who died and rose again 

and open the gate of glory, 

to whom be praise for all eternity.

Amen


Let us spend a few moments in silence 

to remember our dearly departed. 

Perhaps there is something 

that you would have liked to have said to them:

something you would like to say sorry for,

or perhaps you would just like to say thank you 

for what they gave to you during their life. 

So in the quiet of your heart

offer up your own prayers to God.

 

HYMN


The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended,  

the darkness falls at thy behest; 

to thee our morning hymns ascended, 

thy praise shall sanctify our rest.


We thank thee that thy Church unsleeping, 

while earth rolls onward into light, 

through all the world her watch is keeping, 

and rests not now by day or night.


As o'er each continent and island 

the dawn leads on another day, 

the voice of prayer is never silent, 

nor dies the strain of praise away.


The sun that bids us rest is waking

our brethren 'neath the western sky, 

and hour by hour fresh lips are making

thy wondrous doings heard on high.

 

So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never, 

like earth's proud empires, pass away; 

thy kingdom stands, and grows for ever, 

till all thy creatures own thy sway.


BLESSING AND DISMISSAL 


God the Father,

by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,

open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.


Neither death nor life can separate us from the love of God

in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Thanks be to God.

glory, 

to whom be praise for all eternity.

Amen


Let us spend a few moments in silence 

to remember our dearly departed. 

Perhaps there is something 

that you would have liked to have said to them:

something you would like to say sorry for,

or perhaps you would just like to say thank you 

for what they gave to you during their life. 

So in the quiet of your heart

offer up your own prayers to God.

 

Couple Blessing

 

God is love, and those who live in love live in God and God lives in them            

                                                                                                                                                                                                 1 John 4.16

This is the day the Lord has made! 

       Let us rejoice and be glad in it!


Welcome! We have come together in the presence of God, 

to ask his blessing on you, Ian and Rebecca, 

and to share in the joy of their love for one another.


You have been sharing your lives together for some time 

and today were to have been married but this has unfortunately been delayed. 


We thank God for the time that has passed, 

and look forward with faith to the time that lies ahead.

We give thanks for the love which God has, in his goodness, showered upon you, 

and we look forward to that same love surrounding you as you journey on together.

We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide you as you look forward to your new wedding day in X. 


Bible reading: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.


Love never dies. 

We don’t yet see things clearly. 

Its as if we’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. 

But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! 

We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, 

knowing him directly just as he knows us!


But for right now, until that completeness, 

we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: 

Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. 

And the best of the three is love.


What is love?

Sooner or later we begin to understand that love is more than verses on valentines and romance in the movies. We begin to know that love is here and now, real and true, the most important thing in our lives. For love is the creator of our favourite memories and the foundation of our fondest dreams. Love is a promise that is always kept, a fortune that can never be spent, a seed that can flourish in even the most unlikely of places. And this radiance that never fades, this mysterious and magical joy, is the greatest treasure of all -- one known only by those who love.


“There is the mystery of the relationship between two persons: what the marriage service in the Prayer Book calls 'the mystery of one flesh', a man and a woman who, through growing together by the daily unspoken giving and receiving of love in small ways, find that over the years each has been invaded and shaped by the reality of the other, in a way that does not diminish, but rather enhances, each of them.”


The gift of love has come to you both.

Love is the true meaning of life. No money can buy it.

It is a gift from God, who is love.

True love needs people to be faithful to each other for ever.

This is hard, but God's Holy Spirit can help to make it work.

So in August next year you will come to church to make their wedding vows in God's house, 

and to ask for God's help in keeping them.


I pray that your families and friends will support you as you continue to look forward to and prepare for your marriage.

May the light of Christ shine on you today and when you make your vows, 

and may you reflect this light in your future life together.



Prayers


In the reading from Corinthians we hear that:

Love is patient.

       Lord, help us to be patient and always be prepared to go on a little bit longer than we want to.


Love is kind.

       Lord, help us to put kindness at the heart of all we do.


Love does not envy.

       Lord, rather than wanting more,

       help us to look at the many things we already have and be grateful for them.


Love does not boast.

       Lord, if there are things that we are good at,

       help us to use them to further your kingdom,

       and not to brag about them for our own gratification.


Love is not proud.

       Lord, help us in moments when we feel arrogant and superior to remember that we are all your

       precious children and that none of us is more important than any other, and that you love us all

       equally.


Love is not rude.

       Lord, we know we can so easily be rude or impolite, especially when we want things done 'our way'.

       We so often fail to be patient and kind.

     

        Father, forgive us.


Love is not self-seeking.

       Lord, we are so good at putting ourselves first.

       We can so easily be the centre of all we do, being absorbed in what we think is important,

       showing no interest in those around us.

       Help us to turn away from ourselves and become aware of the needs of others.


Love is not easily angered.

       Lord, when we feel anger welling up in us, and we want to scream and shout,

       help us to turn our anger to love.

Love keeps no record of wrongs.

       Lord, we know you will always forgive us, whatever we do.

       Help us to live our lives forgiving others as you have forgiven us.


May we walk as children of love, striving at all times to do better and  praising God for the blessings showered upon us.

       Amen


Let us join together and say the words Jesus taught us...

       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 and ever. Amen.


Ian and Rebecca 

May God the father of wisdom strengthen your knowledge of each other; 

may Christ our Lord who died for us teach you the meaning of true love; 

may the Holy Spirit be poured out upon you to fill you with his gifts and fruits and abundance. 

May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus.

Go out into the world with hopes and dreams renewed to live and love in the peace of God.

       With the help of God we will.

        Amen.



The Blessing

God, you are love and you created love.

Your Son Jesus died on the cross to show that love is the only true power.

Come now, Holy Spirit of God, and fill Ian and Rebecca with your love. 

Bless them with a love for each other so strong that it will endure all things.

Bless them in their work and in their companionship;

awake and asleep,

in joy and in sorrow,

in life and in death.

Make them people who love everyone.

Fill them now with trust in your love to guide their lives.

And the blessing of God Almighty, 

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, 

be with them and all who are and would have been with them today,

this day and always. 

       Amen.

 

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