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St Michael’s Church Blundellsands

Christingle Service

Sunday 20th December 2020

Hymn O little town of Bethlehem

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Welcome and Introduction: Revd Neil Short

Today we remember Jesus and his story

Jesus is our King.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world

Jesus is our Way.

Jesus Christ is the light of the world

Jesus is the Truth.

In Jesus we shall live for ever.

Jesus is our Life.


Lighting the Advent Candle


Prayer of Penitence

Lord, when we have failed to recognize your presence;

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord, when we have failed to recognize the needs of others;

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord, when we have not responded generously to the call of the gospel;

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.



May almighty God,
who sent his Son into the world to save sinners
bring you his pardon and peace, now and for ever


Reading John 1 v 1-5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


Talk:   Helen Hunter



Joy to the World
(Joy To The World, © 2020 Isaac Watts, George Frederic Handel, Philip Percival, CCLI Song No: 7165525) 

Oh Come all ye Faithful
(O Come, All Ye Faithful, © 2020 C. Frederick Oakeley, John Francis Wade, Liv Chapman, CCLI Song No: 7165528)


(If you would like to make a donation to the work of the Children’s Society, please make out a cheque to ‘St Michael’s PCC’ and post it to St Michael’s Church, Dowhills Road, Blundellsands, L23 8SP).


Distribution and lighting of the Christingles

Please follow the directions for this part of the service carefully.


Prayer over the Christingles

Lord Jesus, Light of the world, I hold this Christingle as a sign of your love.


The candle, planted deep within the world, as a sign that you made your home among us, that you lived with the poorest and most neglected.


The ribbon, wrapped around the earth, a sign of your blood poured out on the cross, enfolding the whole world with your saving love.


The fruits, a sign of all the good things of creation given to us that we might share them fairly so everyone can delight in the life you have given them and the world you have made.


Lord Jesus, Light of the world, as I hold this Christingle and think about your great love for me, help me to become a light bearing that love to others. Amen.


(We blow out the Christingles)



May the Father,

who has loved the eternal Son

from before the foundation of the world,

shed that love upon you his children.

And the blessing……



Hymn: Hark the Herald