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25th December 2018

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The Nativity of our Lord (Night)

Collect One

O God,
who madest this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of his coming,
who is the light of the world;
Grant that we who on earth hail the brightness of his appearing
may rejoice hereafter in the light of his heavenly glory;
who with thee and the Holy Spirit,
liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever.

Collect Two

Eternal God,
who made this most holy night
to shine with the brightness of your one true light:
Bring us, who have known the revelation
of that light on earth,
to see the radiance of your heavenly glory;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

Isaiah 9: 2–7

Isaiah 62: 6-12

Isaiah 52:7-10

The Psalm

Psalm 96

Psalm 97

Psalm 98

The Second Reading

Titus 2: 11–14

Titus 3: 4-7

Hebrews 1: 1-4, [5-12]

The Gospel Reading

Luke 2: 1–14, 15–20

Luke 2:1-7, 8-20

John 1: 1-14, [15-18]

Suggested Hymns

Christmas Proper 1

1st Reading Isaiah 9: 2–7
146* A great and mighty wonder
159 Born in the night, Mary’s child
151* Child in the manger
52* Christ, whose glory fills the skies
124* Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes
192 How brightly beams the morning star!
133* Long ago, prophets knew
174* O little town of Bethlehem
505 Peace be to this congregation
369* Songs of praise the angels sang
323* The God of Abraham praise
199* The people that in darkness walked
184* Unto us is born a Son

Psalm Psalm 96 [Pr4C/Pr24A*]
166* Joy to the world, the Lord is come
705 New songs of celebration render
196* O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
710* Sing to God new songs of worship
8* The Lord is King! Lift up your voice
373* To God be the glory! Great things he has done!
377 You shall go out with joy

2nd Reading Titus 2: 11–14
160* Hark! the herald–angels sing

The Gospel Luke 2: 1–14 (15–20)
146* A great and mighty wonder
147 Angels from the realms of glory
148* As Joseph was a–walking
149* Away in a manger
159 Born in the night, Mary’s child
151* Child in the manger
156 Don oíche úd i mBeithil (About that night in Bethl’em)
693* Glory in the highest to the God of heaven
157 Glory to God! all heaven with joy is ringing (omit v.3)
692* Glory to God in highest heav’n
158* God rest you merry, gentlemen
162* In the bleak mid–winter
163 Infant holy, infant lowly
585 Jesus, good above all other (vv. 1, 2, 5)
170* Love came down at Christmas
171 O Bethl’hem is a small place
172* O come, all ye faithful (Adeste, fideles) (omit v. 4)
176* On Christmas night all Christians sing
177* Once in royal David’s city
182* Silent night, holy night
198* The first Nowell the angel did say (vv. 1, 2, 6)
187* When the crimson sun had set
188* While shepherds watched their flocks by night


Christmas Proper 2

1st Reading Isaiah 62: 6–12
134* Make way, make way for Christ the King
142 Wake, O wake, with tidings thrilling

Psalm Psalm 97 [E7C/8–6]
34* O worship the King all–glorious above
281* Rejoice, the Lord is King!
8* The Lord is King! Lift up your voice

2nd Reading Titus 3: 4–7
305 O Breath of life, come sweeping through us

The Gospel Luke 2: (1–7) 8–20
146* A great and mighty wonder
147 Angels from the realms of glory
148* As Joseph was a–walking
149* Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
159 Born in the night, Mary’s child
151* Child in the manger
156 Don oíche úd i mBeithil (About that night in Bethl’em)
693* Glory in the highest to the God of heaven!
157 Glory to God! all heaven with joy is ringing (omit v.3)
692* Glory to God in highest heaven
158* God rest you merry, gentlemen
162* In the bleak mid–winter
163 Infant holy, infant lowly
585 Jesus, good above all other (vv. 1, 2, 5)
170* Love came down at Christmas
171 O Bethl’hem is a small place
172* O come, all ye faithful (Adeste, fideles) (omit v. 4)
176* On Christmas night all Christians sing
177* Once in royal David’s city
182* Silent night, holy night
198* The first Nowell the angel did say (vv. 1, 2, 6)
187* When the crimson sun had set
188* While shepherds watched their flocks by night

Christmas Proper 3

1st Reading Isaiah 52: 7–10 [4–25/11–30]
479* Go, tell it on the mountain
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
129* How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him
166* Joy to the world, the Lord has come
597* Take my life and let it be
387 Thanks to God whose Word was spoken
142 Wake, O wake! With tidings thrilling

Psalm Psalm 98 [EVABC/E6B/ Pr27C/Pr28C*]
146* A great and mighty wonder
147 Angels from the realms of glory
259* Christ triumphant, ever reigning
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
160* Hark! the herald–angels sing
468 How shall I sing that majesty
166* Joy to the world, the Lord is come
170* Love came down at Christmas
705 New songs of celebration render
175 Of the Father’s heart begotten
710* Sing to God new songs of worship
369* Songs of praise the angels sang
114* Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown

2nd Reading Hebrews 1: 1–4 (5–12)
84* Alleluia! raise the anthem
381* God has spoken – by his prophets
3 God is love! let heaven adore him
696* God, we praise you! God, we bless you!
94* In the name of Jesus
164* It came upon the midnight clear
276* Majesty! worship his majesty!
228* Meekness and majesty (omit v. 2)
7* My God, how wonderful thou art
33* O Lord of every shining constellation
175 Of the Father’s heart begotten
387* Thanks to God whose Word was spoken


The Gospel John 1: 1–14 (15–18)
146* A great and mighty wonder
84* Alleluia! raise the anthem
87 Christ is the world’s light, he and none other
259* Christ triumphant, ever reigning
410 Dearest Jesus, at your word
160* Hark! the herald–angels sing
427* Let all mortal flesh keep silence
195* Lord, the light of your love is shining
172* O come, all ye faithful (Adeste, fideles)
175 Of the Father’s heart begotten
136* On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
491* We have a gospel to proclaim

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Post Communion Prayer

God our Father,
in this night you have made known to us again
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him
until the day dawns
and Christ the Morning Star rises in our hearts.
To him be glory both now and for ever.

The Nativity of our Lord (Day)

Collect One

Almighty God,
who hast given us thy only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him,
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin;
Grant that we being regenerate,
and made thy children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by thy Holy Spirit;
through the same our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit,
ever one God, world without end.


Collect Two

Almighty God,
you have given us your only-begotten Son
to take our nature upon him
and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:
Grant that we, who have been born again
and made your children by adoption and grace,
may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

Isaiah 9: 2–7

Isaiah 62: 6-12

Isaiah 52:7-10

The Psalm

Psalm 96

Psalm 97

Psalm 98

The Second Reading

Titus 2: 11–14

Titus 3: 4-7

Hebrews 1: 1-4, [5-12]

The Gospel Reading

Luke 2: 1–14, 15–20

Luke 2:1-7, 8-20

John 1: 1-14, [15-18]

Suggested Hymns

Christmas Proper 1

1st Reading Isaiah 9: 2–7
146* A great and mighty wonder
159 Born in the night, Mary’s child
151* Child in the manger
52* Christ, whose glory fills the skies
124* Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes
192 How brightly beams the morning star!
133* Long ago, prophets knew
174* O little town of Bethlehem
505 Peace be to this congregation
369* Songs of praise the angels sang
323* The God of Abraham praise
199* The people that in darkness walked
184* Unto us is born a Son

Psalm Psalm 96 [Pr4C/Pr24A*]
166* Joy to the world, the Lord is come
705 New songs of celebration render
196* O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
710* Sing to God new songs of worship
8* The Lord is King! Lift up your voice
373* To God be the glory! Great things he has done!
377 You shall go out with joy

2nd Reading Titus 2: 11–14
160* Hark! the herald–angels sing

The Gospel Luke 2: 1–14 (15–20)
146* A great and mighty wonder
147 Angels from the realms of glory
148* As Joseph was a–walking
149* Away in a manger
159 Born in the night, Mary’s child
151* Child in the manger
156 Don oíche úd i mBeithil (About that night in Bethl’em)
693* Glory in the highest to the God of heaven
157 Glory to God! all heaven with joy is ringing (omit v.3)
692* Glory to God in highest heav’n
158* God rest you merry, gentlemen
162* In the bleak mid–winter
163 Infant holy, infant lowly
585 Jesus, good above all other (vv. 1, 2, 5)
170* Love came down at Christmas
171 O Bethl’hem is a small place
172* O come, all ye faithful (Adeste, fideles) (omit v. 4)
176* On Christmas night all Christians sing
177* Once in royal David’s city
182* Silent night, holy night
198* The first Nowell the angel did say (vv. 1, 2, 6)
187* When the crimson sun had set
188* While shepherds watched their flocks by night


Christmas Proper 2

1st Reading Isaiah 62: 6–12
134* Make way, make way for Christ the King
142 Wake, O wake, with tidings thrilling

Psalm Psalm 97 [E7C/8–6]
34* O worship the King all–glorious above
281* Rejoice, the Lord is King!
8* The Lord is King! Lift up your voice

2nd Reading Titus 3: 4–7
305 O Breath of life, come sweeping through us

The Gospel Luke 2: (1–7) 8–20
146* A great and mighty wonder
147 Angels from the realms of glory
148* As Joseph was a–walking
149* Away in a manger, no crib for a bed
159 Born in the night, Mary’s child
151* Child in the manger
156 Don oíche úd i mBeithil (About that night in Bethl’em)
693* Glory in the highest to the God of heaven!
157 Glory to God! all heaven with joy is ringing (omit v.3)
692* Glory to God in highest heaven
158* God rest you merry, gentlemen
162* In the bleak mid–winter
163 Infant holy, infant lowly
585 Jesus, good above all other (vv. 1, 2, 5)
170* Love came down at Christmas
171 O Bethl’hem is a small place
172* O come, all ye faithful (Adeste, fideles) (omit v. 4)
176* On Christmas night all Christians sing
177* Once in royal David’s city
182* Silent night, holy night
198* The first Nowell the angel did say (vv. 1, 2, 6)
187* When the crimson sun had set
188* While shepherds watched their flocks by night

Christmas Proper 3

1st Reading Isaiah 52: 7–10 [4–25/11–30]
479* Go, tell it on the mountain
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
129* How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him
166* Joy to the world, the Lord has come
597* Take my life and let it be
387 Thanks to God whose Word was spoken
142 Wake, O wake! With tidings thrilling

Psalm Psalm 98 [EVABC/E6B/ Pr27C/Pr28C*]
146* A great and mighty wonder
147 Angels from the realms of glory
259* Christ triumphant, ever reigning
125* Hail to the Lord’s anointed
160* Hark! the herald–angels sing
468 How shall I sing that majesty
166* Joy to the world, the Lord is come
170* Love came down at Christmas
705 New songs of celebration render
175 Of the Father’s heart begotten
710* Sing to God new songs of worship
369* Songs of praise the angels sang
114* Thou didst leave thy throne and thy kingly crown

2nd Reading Hebrews 1: 1–4 (5–12)
84* Alleluia! raise the anthem
381* God has spoken – by his prophets
3 God is love! let heaven adore him
696* God, we praise you! God, we bless you!
94* In the name of Jesus
164* It came upon the midnight clear
276* Majesty! worship his majesty!
228* Meekness and majesty (omit v. 2)
7* My God, how wonderful thou art
33* O Lord of every shining constellation
175 Of the Father’s heart begotten
387* Thanks to God whose Word was spoken


The Gospel John 1: 1–14 (15–18)
146* A great and mighty wonder
84* Alleluia! raise the anthem
87 Christ is the world’s light, he and none other
259* Christ triumphant, ever reigning
410 Dearest Jesus, at your word
160* Hark! the herald–angels sing
427* Let all mortal flesh keep silence
195* Lord, the light of your love is shining
172* O come, all ye faithful (Adeste, fideles)
175 Of the Father’s heart begotten
136* On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry
491* We have a gospel to proclaim

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Post Communion Prayer

God our Father,
whose Word has come among us
in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:
May the light of faith illumine our hearts
and shine in our words and deeds;
through him who is Christ the Lord.

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