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(This service was recorded earlier on December 15 in the 'empty' sanctuary.)

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Thursday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve

'Twas the Night Before Christmas...

and not a creature was stirring.

Not even a mouse...

Oh well. The mice were stirring

they do get SO excited
every Christmas Eve.

Prelude and Welcome

George Frideric Handel
(1685 - 1759)

From Mary G.
Loving Memory of Lewis

Opening Hymn

O Come, All Ye Faithful (VU 60)

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;

Refrain  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: Refrain

Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above!
Glory to God
In the highest: Refrain

See how the shepherds
Summoned to his cradel,
Leaving their flocks,
Draw nigh with lowly fear;
We too will thither
Bend our joyful steps; Refrain

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
Born this happy morning;
Jesus, to thee be glory given!
Word of the Father,
Now in flesh appearing: Refrain

We honour Messiah with Christ candles flame,
Our Christmas Eve candles glad tidings proclaim.
O come all you faithful, rejoice in this night,
As God comes among us, the Christian's true light.

Once in Royal David's City (VU 62)

Once in Royal David's city
Stood a lowly cattle shed.
Where a mother laid her baby
In a manger for His bed.
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ that little child.

He came down to earth from Heaven,
Who, with God, is over all.
And his shelter was a stable,
And his cradle was a stall.
There among the poor and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour Holy.

For, he is our lifelong pattern;
Daily, when on earth grew,
He was tempted, scorned, rejected,
Tears and smiles like us he knew.
Thus he feels for all our sadness,
And he shares in all our gladness.

And our eyes at last shall see Him
Through His own redeeming love,
For that child who seemed so helpless
Is our Lord in Heaven above;
And He leads His children onto
The place where He is gone.


"And there were in the same country
shepherds abiding in the field."

Reading by Mary: Luke 2 vs 1-20

The text can be followed HERE.

"...and found Mary, and Joseph,

and the babe lying in a manger..."

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.
The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus, no crying he makes.
I love you, Lord Jesus; look down from the sky,
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay
Close by me for ever, and love me, I pray.
Bless all the dear children in your tender care,
And fit us for heaven, to live with you there.

Anthem: Christmas Lullaby
by John Rutter

Sung in the Candlelight Service, 2016

(2013 Christmas Eve outside the church)

Silent Night

Silent night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight:
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Hallelujah,
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night! Holy night!
Son of God, love's pure light
Radiant beams from thy holy face,
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.


...and sung Dedication

As they offered gifts most rare
At that manger crude 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.

Joy to the World (VU59)

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 earth! 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.

No more let sins and sorrow grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground:
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as , far as the curse is found.

He rules the earth 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.

(The picture is the link)

Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King,
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim,
“Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ the everlasting Lord,
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail, the incarnate deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
Risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that we no more may die,
Born to raise us from the earth,
Born to give us second birth.
Hark! The herald angels sing,
“Glory to the newborn King!”


Joy To The World

Arr'd by Melody Bober

And now it's time to wind down the Eve
with a couple of old friends (Hymns, that is!)

Sing out -- and open the windows so the neighbours can hear!

Go, Tell It on the Mountain (VU43)

Go, tell it on the mountain,
Over the hills and everywhere.
Go, tell it on the mountain
That Jesus Christ is born.

While shepherds kept their watching
O'er silent flocks by night,
Behold, throughout the heavens
There shone a holy light.


The shepherds feared and trembled
When lo, above the earth
Rang out the angel chorus
That hailed our Saviour's birth.


The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

The virgin Mary had a baby boy,
The virgin Mary had a baby boy,
The virgin Mary had a baby boy,
And they say that his name is Jesus.

He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious kingdom.
He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious kingdom.
Oh, yes! Believer!
Oh, yes! Believer!
He come from the glory,
He come from the glorious kingdom.

The angels sang when the baby was born,
The angels sang when the baby was born,
The angels sang when the baby was born,
And they say that his name is Jesus.


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