‘Christmas – a story that’s well told’
Welcome to this year’s Carols by Candlelight service. We would have loved for you to be here this year with us singing carols and listening to the story, but it has not been possible.
As you watch and join in today’s service would you please have a candle ready and light it as we begin. Today’s ritual is why we sing carols at Christmas time and let me warn you that the readings today will also be not quite what you might expect.
We will only be listening to the Christmas story as told by Luke which means we will hear about Gabriel, Mary, the manger and the Shepherds but there is no room for the Kings. But don’t worry we will be hearing their story next Sunday.
Alongside Luke we will also be listening to part of the story of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens which, like the Gospels, is a story that is well told. This Christmas we will be giving to a charity in Sheffield called ‘Homeless and Rootless at Christmas’ and can I ask you in these difficult times to be as generous as you can be.
Please take this time to worship and to be encouraged together. You can find the service on our YouTube Channel using the link below. The sermon notes are at the bottom of the page.
Welcome – Please light your candle with me and join in with the Christmas carols
Order of service
Carol ‘In the bleak mid-winter’
Reading Luke 1 : 1 – 4 (The Evers)
Reading Luke 1 : 26 – 38 (The Taylors)
Carol ‘Silent night’
Reading Luke 2 : 1 – 7 (Ed Tomlinson)
Reading Luke 2 : 8 – 20 (Mike Herman)
Carol ‘The first Nowell’
Reading Luke 2 : 25 – 35 (John Griffin)
Carol ‘Away in a manger’
Reading – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Chris Burch)
Carol ‘O Little town of Bethlehem’
Reading – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Marilyn Fenn)
Carol ‘Calypso carol’
Reading – ‘A Christmas Carol’ (Chris Bygrave)
Carol ‘O come all ye faithful’
Blessing: ‘To the only wise God be praise and glory forever and ever for his gift of his Son that we might know all of his promises coming true in our lives today.’