Coronavirus - Services at home St Michael's Christmas Morning Service 25 Decembe

St Michael’s Church Blundellsands

Morning Service

Christmas Morning

Friday 25th December 2020

Hymn: O come all ye faithful

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VmHaFN-590

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Print off this service sheet then click on the next link and join in with the responses

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Welcome and Introduction: Revd Neil Short

 

Confession

Christ the light of the world has come

to dispel the darkness of our hearts.

Let us turn to the light and confess our sins.

 

Lord of grace and truth, we confess our unworthiness

to stand in your presence as your children.

We have sinned:

forgive and heal us.

 

The Virgin Mary accepted your call to be the mother of Jesus.

Forgive our disobedience to your will.

We have sinned:

forgive and heal us.

 

Your Son our Saviour was born in poverty in a manger.

Forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.

We have sinned:

forgive and heal us.

 

The shepherds left their flocks to go to Bethlehem.

Forgive our self-interest and lack of vision.

We have sinned:

forgive and heal us.

 

The wise men followed the star to find Jesus the King.

Forgive our reluctance to seek you.

We have sinned:

forgive and heal us.

 

Absolution

May the God of all healing and forgiveness draw you to himself

and cleanse you from all your sins,

that you may behold the glory of his Son, the Word made flesh,

   Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

  The Christmas Candle on the Advent wreath is lit

 

Reading Luke 2 v 8-15

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

 

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

 

 

Talk by Lucy

 

Prayers

 

Lord Jesus Christ,

your birth at Bethlehem

draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching earth:

accept our heartfelt praise

as we worship you,

our Saviour and our eternal God.

 

Christ you came to us from the womb of Mary. There was pain at your bearing, confusion in your rearing and astonishment at the man you came to be. We bring to mind now all who are in pain of the body, mind or soul, all who are confused by the events which surround them, all who this day will be sad and lonely and those who find no astonishment at the wonder of your birth. Amen.

 

Lord’s Prayer

 

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, the power and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

 

 

   The Peace

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace

to all in whom he delights.

 

The peace of the Lord be always with you...

And also with you.

 

 

Song: The Saviour in a Manger

 

 

Communion Service

The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.

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

 

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

 

It is right to praise you, Father, Lord of all creation;

in your love you made us for yourself.
When we turned away you did not reject us, but came to meet us in your Son.
You embraced us as your children
and welcomed us to sit and eat with you.

 

In Christ you shared our life
that we might live in him and he in us.

He opened his arms of love upon the cross and made for all the perfect sacrifice for sin.

 

On the night he was betrayed,
at supper with his friends
he took bread, and gave you thanks;
he broke it and gave it to them, saying:
Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

Father, we do this in remembrance of him: his body is the bread of life.

 

At the end of supper, taking the cup of wine, he gave you thanks, and said:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins; do this in remembrance of me.
Father, we do this in remembrance of him: his blood is shed for all.

 

As we proclaim his death and celebrate his rising in glory, send your Holy Spirit that this bread and this wine may be to us the body and blood of your dear Son.

As we eat and drink these holy gifts make us one in Christ, our risen Lord.

 

With your whole Church throughout the world we offer you this sacrifice of praise and lift our voice to join the eternal song of heaven:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

 

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

 

Prayer after communion

Father of all, we give you thanks and praise, that when we were still far off you met us in your son and brought us home.  Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory.

May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others;
We whom the Spirit lights give light to the world.
Keep us firm in the hope you have set before us, so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Blessing

May the joy of the angels,

the eagerness of the shepherds,

the perseverance of the wise men,

the obedience of Joseph and Mary,

and the peace of the Christ child

be yours this Christmas;

and the blessing of God almighty

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

Amen.

 

Carol  While Shepherds watched their flocks

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