‘Christmas has come – at last’
Welcome to our Christmas Day service and first let me wish you a very Happy and Joyful Christmas.
Today is a feast day when we celebrate the gift of Jesus who is the fulfilment of all the ‘Hopes and fears of all the years, are met in thee tonight’ to quote from ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’.
The ritual we’re thinking about today is the food we eat on Christmas Day and at the risk of spoiling your appetite you will need to have some of your favourite food ready at hand to share in too.
The other well-known ritual of Christmas Day is the giving and receiving of gifts, so please have one of presents at hand because it will be the focus for one of our times of prayer.
Please take this time to worship and to be encouraged together. You can find the service on our YouTube Channel using the link below. (available from 8 am on Friday 25th December) Sermon notes are at the bottom of the page.
Order of service
Welcome – Candles & the ritual of our Christmas food
Carol ‘Silent night’
Carol ‘Little Donkey’
Reading John 1 : 1 – 14
List your Christmas Lunch/dinner in order of what you like most
Carol ‘Away in a manger’
Reading Luke 2: 1 – 7
Prayers of Intercession
Carol ‘While shepherds watched’
Blessing: ‘This holy day let the Wisdom of the Wonderful Counsellor enlighten you, the strength of the mighty God empower you, the love of the everlasting Father enfold you and the peace of the Prince of Peace fill you.’