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The Second Sunday of Christmas

3rd January 2021

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Principal Service

Collect One

Almighty God,
who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word;
Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts,
may shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
Help us to walk in this light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

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Post Communion Prayer

Light eternal,
you have nourished us in the mystery
of the body and blood of your Son:
By your grace keep us ever faithful to your word,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Of The Word

Eternal God,
in whose sight a thousand years
are like a watch in the night:
guide us now and always,
as you have led us in times past,
that our hearts may learn to choose your will:
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Jeremiah 31: 7-14

*644 - Faithful Shepherd, feed me
*128 - Hills of the north, rejoice
*481 - God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
*58 - Morning has broken
*S158 - We shall go out with hope of resurrection

Sirach 24: 1-12

*646 - Glorious things of thee are spoken

Psalm 147: 13-21

*350 - For the beauty of the earth
*581 - I, the Lord of sea and sky
*6 - Immortal, invisible, God only wise
*16 - Like a mighty river flowing

Wisdom 10: 15-21

254 - At the Lamb's high feast we sing
*643 - Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart
262 - Come, ye faithful, raise the strain
*13 - God moves in a mysterious way
*104 - O for a thousand tongues to sing

Ephesians 1: 3-14

*84 - Alleluia! raise the anthem
*642 - Amazing grace (how sweet the sound!)
*189 - As with gladness men of old
257 - Christ is the world's Redeemer
*S28 - Come, thou fount of every blessing
*352 - Give thanks with a grateful heart
*S41 - Glory to God, the source of all our mission
*481 - God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
*99 - Jesus, the name high over all
*652 - Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
*133 - Long ago, prophets knew
49 - Lord, bring the day to pass
*524 - May the grace of Christ our Saviour
232 - Nature with open volume stands
*33 - O Lord of every shining constellation
*363 - O Lord of heaven and earth and sea
175 - Of the Father's heart begotten
*S123 - See him lying on a bed of straw
*313 - The Spirit came, as promised
9 - There's a wideness in God's mercy
*373 - To God be the glory!
451 - We come as guests invited

John 1: (1-9), 10-18

*146 - A great and mighty wonder
*84 - Alleluia! raise the anthem
*11 - Can we by searching find out God
87 - Christ is the world's Light, he and none other
*259 - Christ triumphant, ever reigning
*52 - Christ, whose glory fills the skies
*297 - Come, thou Holy Spirit, come
*263 - Crown him with many crowns
410 - Dearest Jesus, at your word (Dearest Jesus, we are here)
*319 - Father of heaven, whose love profound
*381 - God hath spoken - by his prophets
123 - God the Father sends his angel
*160 - Hark! the herald-angels sing
*128 - Hills of the north, rejoice
*6 - Immortal, invisible, God only wise
*94 - In the name of Jesus
*S72 - Jesus is King and I will extol him
*96 - Jesus is Lord! Creation's voice proclaims it
*427 - Let all mortal flesh keep silence
*195 - Lord, the light of your love is shining
*170 - Love came down at Christmas
*634 - Love divine, all loves excelling
*228 - Meekness and majesty
*172 - Adests fideles (O come, all ye faithful)
214 - O Love, how deep, how broad, how high!
70 - O Strength and Stay, upholding all creation
175 - Of the Father's heart begotten
*177 - Once in royal David's city
*182 - Silent night, holy night
*387 - Thanks to God, whose Word was spoken
*202 - What child is this, who, laid to rest
144 - Word of justice, alleluia
*476 - Ye watchers and ye holy ones
*S174 - Your words to me are life and health

Penitential Kyries

Lord God, mighty God, you are the creator of the world. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary, you are the Prince of Peace. Christ, have mercy.

All Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, by your power the Word was made flesh and came to dwell among us. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Introduction to the Peace

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,
and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Preface

You have given Jesus Christ your only Son to be born of the Virgin Mary,
and through him you have given us power to become the children of God:

Blessing

Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one all things earthly and heavenly,
fill you with his joy and peace:

Second Service

Collect One

Almighty God,
who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word;
Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts,
may shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
Help us to walk in this light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

The Psalm

The First Reading

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

The ‡ prefaced to Gospel readings in the Second Service listing is a provision to be used if that service is a celebration of Holy Communion

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Post Communion Prayer

Light eternal,
you have nourished us in the mystery
of the body and blood of your Son:
By your grace keep us ever faithful to your word,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Psalm 135

*687 - Come, let us praise the Lord
689 - Come, sing praises to the Lord above
*690 - Come, worship God who is worthy of honour
*92 - How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

Isaiah 46: 3-13

608 - Be still and know that I am God
*S102 - My Jesus, my Saviour

Romans 12: 1-8

*517 - Brother, sister, let me serve you
*408 - Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest
409 - Dear Lord, to you again our gifts we bring
*567 - Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go
520 - God is love, and where true love is, God himself is there
*523 - Help us to help each other, Lord
*299 - Holy Spirit, come, confirm us
*S59 - I will offer up my life
*S65 - In the heart where love is abiding, God is in that heart
*358 - King of glory, King of peace
301 - Let every Christian pray
*S83 - Let us talents and tongues employ
*438 - O thou, who at thy eucharist didst pray
*639 - O thou who camest from above
S127 - Silent, surrendered, calm and still
*597 - Take my life, and let it be
*313 - The Spirit came, as promised
498 - What does the Lord require for praise and offering?
*247 - When I survey the wondrous cross
531 - Where love and loving-kindness dwell

‡ Matthew 2: 13-23

460 - For all your saints in glory
184 - Unto us is born a Son
*S161 - When pain and terror strike by chance

Penitential Kyries

Lord God, mighty God, you are the creator of the world. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary, you are the Prince of Peace. Christ, have mercy.

All Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, by your power the Word was made flesh and came to dwell among us. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Introduction to the Peace

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,
and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Preface

You have given Jesus Christ your only Son to be born of the Virgin Mary,
and through him you have given us power to become the children of God:

Blessing

Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one all things earthly and heavenly,
fill you with his joy and peace:

Principal Service Epiphany Option

Collect One

Almighty God,
who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word;
Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts,
may shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O God,
who by the leading of a star
didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles;
Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith,
may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
Help us to walk in this light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

O God,
who by the leading of a star
manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
Mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith,
may at last behold your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The First Reading

The Psalm

The Second Reading

The Gospel Reading

View readings

Post Communion Prayer

Light eternal,
you have nourished us in the mystery
of the body and blood of your Son:
By your grace keep us ever faithful to your word,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Of The Word

Radiant Morning Star,
you are both guidance and mystery.
Visit our rest with disturbing dreams
and our journeys with strange companions.
Grace us with the hospitality
to open our hearts and homes
to visitors filled with unfamiliar wisdom
bearing profound and unusual gifts.

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Isaiah 60: 1-6

147 - Angels, from the realms of glory
*190 - Brightest and best of the suns of the morning
*52 - Christ, whose glory fills the skies
*S45 - Great is the darkness that covers the earth
*125 - Hail to the Lord's anointed
192 - How brightly beams the morning star!
*195 - Lord, the light of your love is shining
*196 - O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
*S129 - Sing, choirs of heaven! Let saints and angels sing
*199 - The people that in darkness walked
*201 - We three kings of Orient are

Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-15

*250 - All hail the power of Jesu's name
*190 - Brightest and best of the suns of the morning
*688 - Come, bless the Lord, God of our forebears
*194 - Earth has many a noble city
*353 - Give to our God immortal praise
*481 - God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
*125 - Hail to the Lord's anointed
*97 - Jesus shall reign where'er the sun
*166 - Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
*706 - O bless the God of Israel
*196 - O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
140 - The Lord will come and not be slow

Ephesians 3: 1-12

*642 - Amazing grace (how sweet the sound!)
*562 - Blessèd assurance, Jesus is mine
*11 - Can we by searching find out God
*352 - Give thanks with a grateful heart
*481 - God is working his purpose out as year succeeds to year
*522 - In Christ there is no east or west
*103 - O Christ the same, through all our story's pages
*73 - The day thou gavest, Lord, is ended
*112 - There is a Redeemer

Matthew 2: 1-12

147 - Angels, from the realms of glory
*189 - As with gladness men of old
*190 - Brightest and best of the suns of the morning
*152 - Come and join the celebration
*194 - Earth has many a noble city
192 - How brightly beams the morning star!
*162 - In the bleak mid-winter
*166 - Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
*170 - Love came down at Christmas
*196 - O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
*S118 - People, look east. The time is near
S119 - People, look east to see at last
*S123 - See him lying on a bed of straw
*S129 - Sing, choirs of heaven! Let saints and angels sing
*S132 - Sleep, my darling, I will watch you
*198 - The first Nowell the angel did say
*199 - The people that in darkness walked
*S149 - The virgin Mary had a baby boy
600 - The wise may bring their learning
*201 - We three kings of Orient are
*202 - What child is this, who, laid to rest
*S166 - Who would think that what was needed

Penitential Kyries

Lord God, mighty God, you are the creator of the world. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary, you are the Prince of Peace. Christ, have mercy.

All Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, by your power the Word was made flesh and came to dwell among us. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Introduction to the Peace

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,
and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Preface

You have given Jesus Christ your only Son to be born of the Virgin Mary,
and through him you have given us power to become the children of God:

Blessing

Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one all things earthly and heavenly,
fill you with his joy and peace:

Second Service Epiphany Option

Collect One

Almighty God,
who hast poured upon us the new light of thine incarnate Word;
Grant that the same light, enkindled in our hearts,
may shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

O God,
who by the leading of a star
didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles;
Mercifully grant, that we, which know thee now by faith,
may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Collect Two

Almighty God,
in the birth of your Son
you have poured on us the new light of your incarnate Word,
and shown us the fullness of your love:
Help us to walk in this light and dwell in his love
that we may know the fullness of his joy;
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

O God,
who by the leading of a star
manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:
Mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith,
may at last behold your glory face to face;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Psalm

The First Reading

The Gospel Reading

View readings

Post Communion Prayer

Light eternal,
you have nourished us in the mystery
of the body and blood of your Son:
By your grace keep us ever faithful to your word,
in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Suggested Hymns

An asterisk (*) before the hymn number indicates that the hymn has been recorded for use in public worship by the Recorded Church Music Committee.

Psalms 98

*146 - A great and mighty wonder
147 - Angels, from the realms of glory
*S20 - Bring to the Lord a glad new song
*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

100

*683 - All people that on earth do dwell
*S20 - Bring to the Lord a glad new song
*S53 - How good is the God we adore
334 - I will enter his gates with thanksgiving in my heart
*701 - Jubilate, ev'rybody

Baruch 4: 36 - 5: 9

*479 - Go, tell it on the mountain
*128 - Hills of the north, rejoice
*129 - How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him
671 - Jesus, thy blood and righteousness
*196 - O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
368 - Sing of the Lord's goodness

Isaiah 60: 1-9

147 - Angels, from the realms of glory
*190 - Brightest and best of the suns of the morning
*52 - Christ, whose glory fills the skies
*S45 - Great is the darkness that covers the earth
*125 - Hail to the Lord's anointed
192 - How brightly beams the morning star!
*195 - Lord, the light of your love is shining
*196 - O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
*S129 - Sing, choirs of heaven! Let saints and angels sing
*199 - The people that in darkness walked
*201 - We three kings of Orient are

John 2: 1-11

*197 - Songs of thankfulness and praise
*445 - Soul, array thyself with gladness
*528 - The Church's one foundation
448 - The trumpets sound, the angels sing
451 - We come as guests invited

Penitential Kyries

Lord God, mighty God, you are the creator of the world. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, Son of God and Son of Mary, you are the Prince of Peace. Christ, have mercy.

All Christ, have mercy.

Holy Spirit, by your power the Word was made flesh and came to dwell among us. Lord, have mercy.

All Lord, have mercy.

Introduction to the Peace

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given,
and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

Preface

You have given Jesus Christ your only Son to be born of the Virgin Mary,
and through him you have given us power to become the children of God:

Blessing

Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one all things earthly and heavenly,
fill you with his joy and peace:

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