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(This service was recorded earlier on December 16 in the 'empty' sanctuary.)

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Sunday, December 20, 2020
Fourth Sunday in Advent -- Lessons and Carols



Prelude and Welcome



It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

(Arr'd by Melody Bober)





Good Christian Friends, Rejoice

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

Christ is born today!
Christ is born today!


 
Good Christian friends, rejoice,
With heart and soul and voice;
Now ye hear of endless bliss. Joy! Joy!
Jesus Christ was born for this!
He has opened heaven’s door,
And we are blest forevermore.

Christ was born for this!
Christ was born for this!


 

Good Christian friends, 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!




Isaiah 9:2-7

Written text: HERE



The Fourth Candle is Lit

A candle is burning, a candle of LOVE,
A candle to point us to heaven above
A baby for Christmas, a wonderful birth
ForJesus is bringing God's love to our earth.



Isaiah 11:1-9

Reading by Nancy M.

Written text: HERE.




Jesus, Our Brother (VU 56 verses 1,2,3,6)

Jesus, our brother, kind and good,
Was humbly born in a stable rude;
And the friendly beasts around him stood,
Jesus, our brother, kind and good.

"I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown,
"I carried his mother up-hill and down,
I carried his mother to Bethlehem town."
"I," said the donkey, shaggy and brown.



"I," said the cow, all white and red,
"I gave him my manger for a bed,
I gave him hay to pillow his head."
"I," said the cow, all white and red.

Thus all the beasts by some good spell,
In the stable dark were glad to tell
Of the gifts they gave Emmanuel,
the gifts they gave Emmanuel,




Written text: Luke 1 vs 26-38.pdf

Luke 1 vs 26 - 38

Reading by Barbara C.



To a Maid Whose Name Was Mary

(VU 14 verses 1, 2, 4, 6)

To a maid whose name was Mary,
The angel Gabriel came.
"Fear not," the angel told her,
"I come to bring good news,
Good news I come to tell you,
Good news, I say, good news."


"For you are highly favoured
By God the Lord of all,
Who even now is with you.
You are on earth most blest,
You are most blest, most blessed,
God chose you, you are blest!"


"Fear not, for God is with you,
And you shall bear a child.
His name shall be called Jesus,
God's offspring from on high.
And he shall reign forever,
Forever reign on high."

As Mary heard the angel,
She wondered at his words.
"Behold, I am your handmaid,"
She said unto her God.
"So be it; I am ready
According to your word."





Mary G. reading Luke 2:1-7



Written text: HERE.



  Anthem



From 2015: A simple Stable

(by Don Besig and Nancy Price)


 


O Little Town of Bethlehem (VU 64)

O little town of Bethlehem
How still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by;
Yet in the dark street shineth
The everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years
Are met in thee tonight.
 

For Christ is born of Mary;
And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep
Their watch of wondering love.
O morning stars, together
Proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God, the King,
And peace to all on earth

How silently, how silently
The wondrous Gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessed gift of heaven.
No ear may hear His coming;
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him,
still, the dear Christ enters in.


O holy Child of Bethlehem,
Descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin and enter in;
Be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
The great glad tidings tell;
Oh, come to us, abide with us,
Our Lord Immanuel!




Luke 2 vs 8-14 (Read by Mary)

Written text HERE.


While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
(VU 75)

While shepherds watched their
flocks by night,
All seated on the ground,
The angel of the Lord came down,
And glory shone around.


 

"Fear not," said he, for mighty dread
Had seized their troubled minds;
"Glad tidings of great joy I bring
To you and humankind.


"To you, in David's town, this day,
Is born of David's line
A Savior, who is Christ the Lord;
And this shall be the sign:

The heavenly Babe you there shall find
To human view displayed,
All meanly wrapped in swaddling-bands
And in a manger laid."


"All glory be to God on high,
And to the earth be peace;
Good will to all from highest heaven
Begin and never cease."


 
Luke 2:15-20

(Reading by Mary G.)

Read the text HERE.




See Amid the Winter's Snow

(VU 76)

See amid the winter's snow,
Born for us on earth below,
See, the tender Lamb appears,
Promised from eternal years.

Refrain: Hail, thou ever-blessed morn;
Hail, redemption's happy dawn;
Sing through all Jerusalem,
Christ is born in Bethlehem.


Lo, within a manger lies
God who built the starry skies,
Who enthroned in height sublime
Sits amid the cherubim. Refrain

Say, ye holy shepherds say
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep? Refrain


"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." Refrain

Sacred infant, all divine,
What a mighty love was thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this! Refrain





Grant us, God, the grace of giving,

With a spirit large and free,

That ourselves and all our living

We may offer faithfully.






Reading by Marion G.

The written text is HERE.


As With Gladness Men of Old VU 81

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 your splendour see.

To that lowly manger bed,
There to bend the knee before
Christ, whom heaven and earth adore;
So may we with eager pace
Ever seek your throne of grace.

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 you, our heavenly King.


In the heavenly country bright
None shall need created light;
You its light, its joy, its crown,
You its sun which goes not down;
0 There for ever may we sing
Hallelujah to our King.





Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ 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.

Common Blessing




Postlude





Deck the Halls

Arr'd by Melody Bober




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