Watchword for the Week

Paul wrote: But when the fullness of time had come,

God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the

law, in order to redeem those who were under the

law, so that we might receive adoption as children.

(Galatians 4:4-5)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2017)


SOLO “Halleluia”


(Verses from Psalm 90)

Lord God, you have been our

dwelling place in all generations.

Before the mountains were brought forth, or

ever you had formed the earth and the world,

from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

A thousand ages in your sight

are like yesterday when it is past

or like a watch in the night.

All our days pass away under your watch;

our years come to an end like a sigh.

The years of our life are three-score and ten

or by reason of strength four-score.

Yet their span is but toil and trouble;

life is soon over and we are gone.

So teach us to number our days,

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

Hymn 161 * O God, our help in ages past

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)


O God, our help in ages past –

We give thanks, O God, that you have been with

us through all our lives, through the life of our

world, in good times and bad.

We give thanks that, in the fullness of time,

you have come to us in Jesus, whose birth

we celebrate at Christmas.

We give thanks that we have shared together

these past weeks with family, friends,

and as a church.

Our hope for years to come –

We give thanks, O God, for leading us to create

new life for ourselves, our families, and our world.

We give thanks, O God, that you give each

one of us abilities, possibilities, and goals

for developing our lives.

We also pray for concern and hope for the

needs and challenges of our world.

Be thou our guard while troubles last –

We give thanks, O God, that your love has been

present in times of difficulty, sorrow and suffering.

We have been strengthened by the love

and care of others, as we seek to support

others in need.

You, O God, bring us comfort, strength, and

grace, to guide us through difficult times.

And our eternal home –

We give thanks, O God, for all those

who have gone before us, witnessing

to your love, justice, and peace.

May we live lives worthy of your calling

and know that we share in your realm

that has no end.


God creates everything and calls it good. But

often we are timid, afraid, and turn away from

God. In the fullness of time, God sent his Son,

Jesus, to redeem us. Be assured of God’s

forgiveness, love, and grace!

Thanks be to God! Amen.

CHILDREN’S TIME “Getting and Giving”

SOLO “Little Drummer Boy”


(Children may join the Kids’ Church programme)


Isaiah 11:1-6 OT p. 680 (679)

St. Luke 2:22-40 NT p. 76

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God: Thanks be to God!

Hymn 305 1+2+5 * In the bleak mid-winter

SERMON Rev. Dr. Robert Haworth

Hymn 241 * Isaiah the prophet has written

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)


Living God, you hold nothing back from us.

Today we thank you for your gift of Jesus.

You also lavish good gifts on us, which we

so often take for granted. In giving our gifts

to you and your Church, help us to count our

blessings and be good stewards of all you

entrust to us. May we live to your glory!


SOLO “Lord of the Dance” (Hymn 404)

ANNOUNCEMENTS See Notices overleaf


Response: Lord of our lives:

Hear our prayers.


(Please pray in your own preferred language / version.)

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be

thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be

done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this

day our daily bread; and forgive us our

trespasses as we forgive those who trespass

against us. And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil. For thine is the

kingdom, the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 303 * It came upon the midnight clear

(Tune: Carol PH 129)

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)