[This is only an outline in the from of the contents which were
in the printed order. The creative work is in the work with the puppets and
the music which requires some relevant experts. There is a separate services
for the late evening/midnight Christmas Eucharist with
carols and lessons. See also Christmas Day for
other liturgical resources.]
WELCOME AND CALL TO WORSHIP
LIGHTING THE CANDLES [See Christmas Day liturgy]
Carols to sing
HYMN 227 Hark the herald angels sing
HYMN 225 Infant holy, infant lowly
We approach God and listen to his word
THE FIRST GOSPEL READING
Luke 2:3-20 There was no place for them in the inn
The puppets bring us the message
The Nativity and the Angels
HYMN Angels we have heard on high
Angels we have heard on high,
sweetly singing o'er the plains,
and the mountains in reply,
echoing their joyful song.
In excelsis Deo
In excelsis Deo
The Inn -- KNOCK .. KNOCK ..
HYMN 242 Away in a manger
Shepherds -- KNOCK! KNOCK!
..... We mustn't wake the baby SHH SHH
HYMN 236 Silent night
..... Then just like that ... THEY WERE GONE. Fantastic alright.
HYMN 221 The first nowell [Verses 1,2 and 6]
The Three Kings -- Manger scene
SONG The Three Kings
We, three kings of orient are,
bearing gifts, we traverse afar;
field and fountain, moor and mountain,
following yonder star. Oh. Oh.
Star of wonder, star of light,
star of royal beauty bright,
westward leading, still proceeding,
guide us to your perfect light.
KING 1 Born a king on Bethlehem's plain:
gold I bring to crown him again,
King forever, ceasing never,
over us all to reign.
KING 2 Frankincense to offer have I:
incense owns a deity nigh,
prayer and praising, all men raising,
worship him, God most high.
KING 3 Myrrh is mine, it's bitter perfume
breathes a life of gathering gloom,
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying,
sealed in a stone cold tomb.
See him lying on a bed of straw,
a donkey stable with an open door,
Mary cradling the babe she bore,
The Prince of Glory is his name.
O now carry me to Bethlehem
to see the Lord appear to men.
Just as foreign was the stable then:
The Prince of Glory when he came.
Star of silver sweep across the sky,
show where Jesus in the manger lie,
shepherds swiftly from your stupor rise,
to see the Saviour of the world.
Angels sing again the song you sang.
Bring God's glory' to the hearts of men.
Sing that Bethlem's little baby can
bring salvation to the world.
THE SECOND GOSPEL READING
Matthew 2:1-12 The wise men
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
THE LORD'S PRAYER
HYMN 224 Joy to the world
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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