Sunday Worship, 13th December 2020

Lessons and Carols

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When the voice of God seemed silent

when the people’s faith was low

when darkness obscured light

when indifference replaced enthusiasm

God saw that the time was right

and sent his Son into the world

Hymn: Once in royal David’s city

Lighting the Advent candle


“Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth”

O Lord,

The Host of Heaven cries out to you in ceaseless praise

You are the Creator of all that is

you care about the vast tracts of the universe

 and the smallest living creature

you work without resting for peace and justice

your very nature is love and goodness,

 truth, honesty and faithfulness

As we journey through Advent

and prepare to celebrate Christmas again

we give thanks that in Jesus

you experienced what it is to be human;

Jesus who suffered, died and rose again for our sake

God of Grace and God of Mercy

You are due so much praise, but we do not give it

You have given us so much, but we do not say ‘Thank you’

You have taught us and shown us how we should live

 but we ignore you

You have given us your own Son to be our Saviour and Lord

 but we have failed to live up to your expectations and our


Forgive us

Cleanse us

Restore us

Fill us again with your Spirit

 that we may faithfully walk in the way of Jesus

In his name we pray, Amen

Reading: Isaiah 9: 2-7

The people who walked in darkness

 have seen a great light.

They lived in a land of shadows,

 but now the light is shining on them.

You have given them great joy, LORD;

 you have made them happy.

They rejoice in what you have done,

 as people rejoice when they harvest their corn

 or when they divide captured wealth.

For you have broken the yoke that burdened them

 and the rod that beat their shoulders.

You have defeated the nation

 that oppressed and exploited your people,

 just as you defeated the army of Midian long ago.

The boots of the invading army

 and all their blood-stained clothing

 will be destroyed by fire.

A child is born to us!

 A son is given to us!

 And he will be our ruler.

He will be called, ‘Wonderful Counsellor’,

 ‘Mighty God’, ‘Eternal Father’,

 ‘Prince of Peace’.

His royal power will continue to grow;

 his kingdom will always be at peace.

He will rule as King David’s successor,

 basing his power on right and justice,

 from now until the end of time.

The LORD Almighty is determined to do all this.

Music: The peaceful night (Don Besig)

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Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-9

The royal line of David is like a tree that has been cut down; but just as new branches sprout from a stump, so a new king will arise from among David’s descendants.

The spirit of the LORD will give him wisdom,

 and the knowledge and skill to rule his people.

He will know the LORD’s will and honour him,

 and find pleasure in obeying him.

He will not judge by appearance or heresay;

 he will judge the poor fairly

 and defend the rights of the helpless.

At his command the people will be punished,

 and evil persons will die.

He will rule his people with justice and integrity.

Wolves and sheep will live together in peace,

 and leopards will lie down with young goats.

Calves and lion cubs will feed together,

 and little children will take care of them.

Cows and bears will eat together,

 and their calves and cubs will lie down in peace.

Lions will eat straw as cattle do.

Even a baby will not be harmed

 if it plays near a poisonous snake.

On Zion, God’s sacred hill

 there is nothing harmful or evil.

The land will be as full of knowledge of the LORD

 as the seas are full of water.

Music: In the bleak midwinter (Harold Darke)

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Reading: Micah 5: 2-5a

The LORD says, “Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are one of the smallest towns in Judah, But out of you I will bring a ruler for Israel, whose family line goes back to ancient times.”

So the LORD will abandon his people to their enemies until the one who is to give birth has her son. Then his fellow-countrymen who are in exile will be reunited with their own people. When he comes, he will rule his people with the strength that comes from the LORD and with the majesty of the LORD God himself. His people will live in safety because people all over the earth will acknowledge his greatness, and he will bring peace.

Music: The Angel Gabriel from heaven came (Basque carol)

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Reading: Hebrews 1: 1-3

In the past, God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end. He reflects the brightness of God’s glory and is the exact likeness of God’s own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. After achieving forgiveness for the sins of humankind, he sat down in heaven at the right-hand side of God, the Supreme Power.

Music: Silently at Christmas

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Reading: 1 John 1: 1-4

We write to you about the word of life, which has existed from the very beginning. We have heard it, and we have seen it with our own eyes; yes, we have seen it, and our hands have touched it. When this life became visible, we saw it; so we speak of it and tell you about the eternal life which was with the Father and was made known to us. What we have seen and heard we announce to you also, so that you will join with us in the fellowship that we have with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We write this in order that our joy may be complete.

Prayers for others and Lord’s Prayer

Heavenly Father

We pray for all who are ill,

 those who look after them

 and those who worry about them

those waiting for or receiving treatment

 and those for whom there is no treatment

those who are lonely, feeling down, or grieving a friend or loved one

those who are worried about home, work or money

 a friend or a relative

those who are living with the after-effects of natural disasters

those who do not have enough to eat, or somewhere to call home

those who long to live in peace and safety

those who have fled from their homes seeking safety

We pray for the Queen, the Government

 all in positions of leadership in this and every land

We bring to you our prayers for people and situations of special concern to us

And we sum up our prayers in the words of the prayer Jesus gave us

Hymn: See in yonder manger low

(no singing but lyrics)


Look forward in hope

to the coming of your Saviour

prepare the way for Christ your Lord

welcome him with love and faith

when he comes in glory

and the blessing of God Almighty

 Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

 rest and remain with you,

 today, and every day, and for ever. Amen

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