Watchword for the Week

The Mighty One has done great things for me,

and holy is his name. (Luke 1:49)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2014)



(Luke 1:46-54, Mary’s Song of Praise)

My heart praises the Lord; my soul is glad

because of God my Saviour, for he has

remembered me, his lowly servant.

From now on, all people will call me happy,

because of the great things the Mighty One

has done for me. His name is holy;

from one generation to another he shows

mercy to those who honour him.

He has stretched out his mighty arm and

scattered the proud with their plans. He has

brought down mighty kings from their

thrones, and lifted up the lowly.

He has filled the hungry with good things,

and sent the rich away with empty hands.

He has kept the promise he made to our

ancestors; and he has come to the help

of his servant Israel.

Hymn 281 * People, look East

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

(Four Advent candles are carried into church lit)


Because God chose not a palace but a tent:

We bear witness to the light.

Because God chose to be one of us, not apart

from us: We bear witness to the light.

Because God chose the margins, not the centre:

We bear witness to the light.

Because a woman said yes when she could

have said no: We bear witness to the light,

for nothing is impossible for God.

Heavenly Father, you chose Mary, full of

grace, to be the mother of our Lord and

Saviour. Fill us with your grace, that in all

things we may embrace your will, and with

her rejoice in your salvation; through Jesus

Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with

you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and

for ever. Amen.


God says: “Do not be afraid, for I have

redeemed you; I have called you by your name;

you are mine.” Thanks be to God. Amen.


ORGAN PRELUDE Vivaldi arr. J. S. Bach

“Concerto in G Major”


Into a world where it is so easy to lose hope; a

world of violence and dire need at every turn:

Come, Lord Jesus, bring the light of hope.

Into a world full of conflict and fear; of scarcity

and plenty; a world unable to find true peace:

Come, Lord Jesus, bring the light of peace.

Choir Antiphon “Come, Lord Jesus”

(The 1st Advent candle of Hope is carried into church lit)

(The 2nd Advent candle of Peace is carried into church lit)

Into a world where the deep joy of gratitude is

at risk from our constant desire for happiness:

Come, Lord Jesus, bring the light of joy.

Into a world of exclusion and rejection, where

shame and status dilute compassion and mercy:

Come, Lord Jesus, bring the light of love.

Choir Antiphon “Come, Lord Jesus”

(The 3rd Advent candle of Joy is carried into church lit)

(The 4th Advent candle of Love is carried into church lit)


Into a world often harsh and violent, the Christ

child was born in vulnerability and innocence.

Even while death was threatened by the powers

that be, and while the shadows of fear covered

the earth, hope itself was born that night; peace

was embodied; joy was proclaimed; and love

came to live with us, Emmanuel. Into this

same world, come, Lord Jesus, bringing

your light, that we may know and celebrate

your bright presence this night, and always.

Hymn 315 * Once in Royal David’s city

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

(The Christ candle is carried into church lit)

Once in royal David’s city

stood a lowly cattle shed,

where a mother laid her baby

in a manger for a bed:

Mary was that mother mild,

Jesus Christ her little child.

He came down to earth from heaven

who is God and Lord of all,

and his shelter was a stable,

and his cradle was a stall.

With the poor and meek and lowly

lived on earth our Saviour holy.

Not in that poor lowly stable,

with the oxen standing by,

we shall see him; but in heaven;

set at God’s right hand on high,

where his children gather round,

bright like stars, with glory crowned.

The Birth Narrative according to St. Luke

(New Testament, page 75)

St. Luke 2:1-7 The birth of Jesus

Hymn 312 * 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.

St. Luke 2:8-14 Shepherds and angels

Choir “See the shepherds”

St. Luke 2:15-20 Singing praises to God

Hymn 301 * Hark! The herald angels sing

Hark! The herald angels sing,

‘Glory to the new-born 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 hosts proclaim,

‘Christ is born in Bethlehem’.

Hark! The herald angels sing,

‘Glory to the new-born 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 as Man with man to dwell,

Jesus, our Immanuel!

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 man no more may die,

born to raise the sons of earth,

born to give them second birth:

SERMON Rev. James Brown

Hymn 306 * O come, all ye faithful

(Communion elements are brought forward)

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;

O come, let us adore him, (3x)

Christ, the Lord!

God of God, Light of Light,

Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;

Very God, begotten, not created;

O come, let us adore him…

Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation,

Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, all glory in the highest;

O come, let us adore him…

Yea, Lord, we greet thee, born for our salvation,

Jesus, to thee be glory given;

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;

O come, let us adore him…


We believe in God our Creator,

source of all light and freedom:

who spoke to Moses through the darkness,

who brought ancient Israel out of captivity;

We believe in Jesus our Saviour,

eternally liberated from all that binds:

who proclaimed release to prisoners

and recovery of sight to the blind;

We believe in the Spirit our Helper,

God who is with us:

who is our advocate, speaking for us,

who is our comforter, offering us peace.

We believe in one God,

Creator, Saviour, Helper, who is alive and

active, pursuing all that is right, turning

each person’s eyes to the light. Amen.


The Lord be with you. And also with you

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God.

It is right to give God thanks and praise

we join our voices with the angels who are

forever praising you, saying:

Choir “Angels we have heard on high”

… with all humanity we pray together, saying:

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, and the power, and the

glory for ever and ever. Amen.


Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy upon us.

Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy upon us.

Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.


Please come forward using the centre aisle, and

return to your seat using one of the side aisles.

ORGAN MEDITATION (during distribution)

“The Holy Boy” John Ireland (1879-1962)


Come, light of Christ, love’s pure light.

Hymn 309 * Still the night, holy the night

(Seated – candles will be lit during this hymn)

Still the night, holy the night!

Sleeps the world; hid from sight,

Mary and Joseph in stable bare

watch o’er the child beloved and fair,

sleeping in heavenly rest. (2x)

Still the night, holy the night!

Shepherds first saw the light,

heard resounding clear and long,