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Christmas Day 2012

9:30am – St Martin’s Presbyterian and Beckenham Methodist combined parishes

angel
O Come All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
“Glory to God in the highest”:
O come, let us adore him…

Yea, Lord, we greet you
born to be our Saviour;
Jesus, to you be glory given:
Word of the Fathernow in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him…
C/A

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Tune Forest Green WOV240)
O little town of Bethlehem, how still we see thee lie!
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by.
Yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting Light;
The hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

O morning stars together, proclaim the holy birth,
And praises sing to God the King, and peace to men on earth!
For Christ is born of Mary, and gathered all above,
While mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silently, the wondrous Gift is giv’n;
So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His Heav’n.
No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

Joy to the World
Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
let earth receive its king;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns;
let us our songs employ;
while fields and streams, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love. C/A

We Wish You a Merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
we wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

Now bring us some figgy pudding
Oh bring us some figgy pudding
Oh, bring us some figgy pudding
And a cup of good cheer
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
We won’t go until we get some
So bring some out here
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
We wish you a merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Good tidings we bring
To you and your kin
Good tidings for Christmas
And a Happy New Year

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Christmas Light 24 December 2012

candle and hollyThe Service this evening will proceed unannounced

CALL TO WORSHIP: O Come All Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
“Glory to God in the highest”:
O come, let us adore him…

Yea, Lord, we greet you
born to be our Saviour;
Jesus, to you be glory given:
Word of the Father now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him… C/A

GATHERING PRAYER

READING 1: Isaiah 9: 2-7 John Shanks

Light of Hope: On unknown paths we wait for birth…

1st Candle Lit

We light this candle as a sign of God’s hope in a hope famished world.

Prayer

Hymn: Hark the Glad Sound
Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes,
the Saviour promised long;
let every heart prepare a throne
and every voice be song.

He comes the broken heart to bind,
the wounded soul to cure;
and with the treasures of his grace
to enrich the humble poor.

Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,
your welcome shall proclaim,
and heaven’s eternal arches ring
with your beloved name. C/A

Light of Preparation: Dawn gives birth to light; peace is born…

2nd Candle Lit

We light this second candle as a reminder that God prepared, is preparing and will prepare ways for us to encounter the Christ Child.

Prayer

Light of Praise: We lift our hearts in thanksgiving…

3rd Candle Lit

We light this third candle, the light of praise, in response to God’s grace, and renewing love.

Prayer

READING 2: Selections from Luke 1: 46-54 Tony Blackler

Light of Justice: May the flames of justice illuminate the dark…

4th Candle Lit

We light this fourth candle, waiting and preparing for the one
with whom we can stand with the hungry, the outcasts, the strangers.
Prayer

RESPONSIVE LITANY: Come to us once more © Jim Magaw
In the hopeful light of morning,
sunrise overcoming the darkness of light:
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
In the mysterious beauty of a splendid sunset
surrounding our hearts with peace:
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
In sunlight after dreary, rain-soaked days,
bringing renewal to our spirits:
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
In affirmations of peace, borne on wings of love
when newscasts seem only to shout hatred and violence:
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
In the birth of a holy Child,
bearing the promise of new life for all the world.
Come to us once more, Light of the World.
Set our lives aglow with Love,
the reality that remains when nothing else is secure. Amen.

READING 3: Luke 2: 1-7 Jesus’ birth John Shanks

CAROL: Born in the Night, Mary’s Child (Remain seated)
Born in the night, Mary’s Child
a long way from your home:
coming in need, Mary’s Child,
born in a borrowed room.

Clear shining light, Mary’s Child,
your face lights up our way:
Light of the world, Mary’s Child,
dawn on our darkened day.

Truth of our life, Mary’s Child,
you tell us God is good:
yes, it is true, Mary’s Child,
shown on your cross of wood.

Hope of the world, Mary’s Child,
you’re coming soon to reign:
Saviour of all, Mary’s Child,
walk in our streets again. © Stainer & Bell (VU)
READING 4: Luke 2: 8-14 Tony Blackler

CAROL: The First Nowell verses 1-4
The first Nowell the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay:
In fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star,
shining in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell…

And by the light of that same star,
three wise men came from country far;
To seek for a King was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell …

This star drew nigh to the north-west,
o’er Bethlehem it took its rest,
and there it did both stop and stay
right over the place where Jesus lay.
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell … C/A

The Light is Come : The Light is Come…

POEM: That Light ~ Eleanor Cowles

The Final Candle is lit

We light this candle to symbolise that the Light of the World has come.

SUNG RESPONSE (Tune: Silent Night) Remain seated.
Candle light, sacred light, mystery flames, burning bright, Hope, joy and peace are the gifts of this night. Love poured out over all within sight, Shine your light in our world; shine your light in our world.
© 2006 Catherine MacDonald, Gathering
CANDLE-LIGHTING
An opportunity to bring your candle forward and light it.
If you would prefer to take it home please feel free to do so.

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS

BLESSING
May God who leads by the light of a Star,
show us the direction to Bethlehem;
lead us to the place where love is to be born in our lives.
May Jesus, born long ago in a stable,
be born anew in our hearts this night.
May his birth bring to our world the gifts of his life,
and justice, peace and hope for all. Amen.

CAROL: Still the Night (remain seated)
Still the night, Holy the night,
sleeps the world, hid from sight,
Mary and Joseph in stable bare,
watch o’er the child, beloved and fair,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.
Still the night, Holy the night,
shepherds first saw the light,
heard resounding clear and strong,
far and near, the Angels song,
Christ the Redeemer is here,
Christ the Redeemer is here.
Still the night, Holy the night,
Son of God, love’s pure light,
love is smiling from thy face,
strikes for us now the hour of grace,
Saviour since thou art born,
Saviour since thou art born. © Compliers Church Hymnary (CH 2)

The Christmas Day Service is a combined service at 9.30 am.

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Carol Service Sunday 23 December 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

CALL TO WORSHIP: Come to this Christmas Singing
(Tune: WOV 245)
Come to this Christmas singing!
come to a birthday, bringing
gifts from our country’s treasure,
beauty of shell and stone:
wisdom the old have taught us,
laughter the young have brought us,
love to surround a manger,
making this Child our own.

Wealth of our land and water,
riches of race and culture –
these be our gold and incense
offered for Christmas Day:
where we make peace, declare it,
where we have much, let’s share it,
aroha warm our hearts, and
aroha be our way.

Here where the sheep are grazing,
where summer sun is blazing
harvests for others ripen –
food for the world can grow:
Christ of a cold December,
quicken us to remember
poverty in a stable,
need, like the sting of snow. © Shirley Murray (CoC)

GATHERING PRAYER
(The service will continue unannounced)

READINGS: From Isaiah 9 Barry Moore
From Matthew 1 David Beaumont

SUNG RESPONSE: (Tune: Greensleeves )
What child is this, who laid to rest,
on Mary’s lap is sleeping?
Whom angels greet with anthems sweet
while shepherds watch are keeping?
This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing,
haste, haste to bring him praise,
the Babe, the Son of Mary!

The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey Part 1

CAROL: While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
While shepherds watched their flocks by night,
all seated on the ground,
the angel of the Lord came down
and glory shone around.

‘Fear not’, said he (for mighty dread
had seized their troubled mind),
‘glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and humankind.

‘To you in David’s town this day
is born of David’s line
a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;
and this shall be the sign:

‘the heavenly babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swaddling clothes
and in a manger laid’. C/A

Story Part 2

Carol: Where is the Room?
Where is the room,
where is the house of Christmas?
Where shall we welcome Jesus,
where are the signs of home?
Where are the signs of home?

Let Christ have space,
place at the heart of living,
centre for birth’s new breathing,
cradle for hope and peace,
cradle for hope and peace.

Let there be room,
room for the friend and stranger,
room without hurt or anger,
room for whoever come,
room for whoever come.

Let love be here,
love from the Christmas stable,
love at our open table,
love to be shared all year,
love to be shared all year. © Shirley Murray (CoC)

Story Part 3

CAROL: 243(i) Love Came Down at Christmas (remain seated)
Love came down at Christmas, Worship we the Godhead,
Love all lovely, Love divine; Love incarnate, Love divine;
Love was born at Christmas, worship we our Jesus:
star and angels gave the sign. but wherewith for sacred sign?

Love shall be our token,
love be yours and love be mine,
love to God and all men,
love for plea and gift and sign. ? Stainer & Bell, London (TIS)

The Candle-lighter comes and lights the 4th Advent Candle

Story Part 4
POEM: Friend ~ Joy Cowley

CAROL: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Remain seated)
I heard the bells on Christmas Day
their old familiar carols play,
and wild and sweet the words repeat
of peace on earth, good will to all.

And thought how, as the day had come,
the belfries of all Christendom
had rolled along the unbroken song
of peace on earth, good will to all.

Till ringing, singing on its way
the world revolved from night to day,
a voice, a chime, a chant sublime
of peace on earth, good will to all.

And in despair I bowed my head
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
of peace on earth, good will to all.” C/A

ACT OF REMEMBRANCE

THE OFFERING:
God, we thank you for the gift of the people in our lives –
family, friends and neighbours.
Today as we remember and give thanks for those who have been important to us, and are no longer with us, you remind us
that we are created to live in community;
that our lives are intertwined with others and touched by others.

We thank you that in the gift of yourself in Jesus: you showed us ultimate goodness, complete faithfulness, total compassion.
May we live with that same attitude of being and doing.

Bless these offerings and the offering of our lives in your service,
in Jesus’ name…

THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE continue.

CAROL: Star-Child, Earth-Child
Star-Child, earth-Child
go-between of God,
love Child, Christ Child,
heaven’s lightning rod,
This year, this year,
let the day arrive,
when Christmas comes
for everyone,
everyone alive!

Street child, beat child
no place left to go,
hurt child, used child,
no one wants to know,
This year, this year…

Grown child, old child,
mem’ry full of years,
sad child, lost child,
story told in tears,
This year, this year…

Spared child, spoiled child,
having, wanting more,
wise child, faith child
knowing joy in store,
This year, this year…

Hope-for-peace Child,
God’s stupendous sign,
down-to-earth Child,
star of stars that shine,
This year, this year… © Shirley Murray (CoC)

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS: Sun 23rd Graeme; Tue 25th Isobel; Wed 26th Noeline; Mon 31st Jack (5)

WORSHIP FOR CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND

24 December : 7.30 pm Christmas Eve Service
(Beckenham Methodist Service at 11.30 pm)
25 December : 9.30 am Combined Christmas Family Service
30 December : 10.00 am Combined Service led by Alan
6 January : 10.00 am Combined Service led by Chris
Communion

13 January :10.00 am Combined Service led by Chris
20 January :10.00 am Combined Service led by Alan
27 January: 10.00 am Combined Service (Alan & Chris)

3 February : 9.00 am Communion

Please watch for the changed service times during the Christmas season and holiday period.
Services return to normal on the 3 February.

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Sunday 16 December 2012

WELCOME AND NOTICES

GATHERING:
All around the world people gather giving thanks for the Advent promise of hope: the hope that overcomes the darkness of the world.
In the countries of east and west, of north and south, people gather
praying for peace: the same peace revealed in the promise,
of God with us, Emmanuel.

CAROL: Joy to the World
Joy to the world! The Lord is come;
let earth receive its king;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns;
let us our songs employ;
while fields and streams, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love. C/A

ADVENT CANDLE – LIGHTING : THE CANDLE OF JOY

SUNG RESPONSE: (WOV 13ii)
Let all the world in every corner sing, My God and King!
The heavens are not too high, his praise may upward fly;
the earth is not too low, his praises there may grow.
Let all the world in every corner sing: My God and King!

READINGS: Psalm 96 Bob Cathro
Luke 2: 1-7 Wayne Barton

Introduction to Christmas Around the World

Christmas Around the World Part 1

CAROL: Child in the Manger
Child in the manger,
infant of Mary;
outcast and stranger,
Lord of all!
Child who inherits
all our transgressions,
all our demerits
on him fall.

Once the most holy
child of salvation
gently and lowly
lived below;
now, as our glorious
mighty Redeemer,
see him victorious
o’er each foe.

Prophets foretold him,
infant of wonder;
angels behold him
on his throne;
worthy our Saviour
of all their praises;
happy for ever
are his own. © Oxford University Press (CH4)

STORY TIME: A First Nations Story from Canada
POEM: The Huron Carol

CAROL: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (Remain seated)
Infant holy, infant lowly,
for his bed a cattle stall;
oxen lowing, little knowing
Christ, the babe is Lord of all.
Swift are winging, angels singing,
noels ringing, tidings bringing:
Christ the babe is born for all. X2

Flocks were sleeping, shepherds keeping
vigil till the morning new
saw the glory, heard the story,
tidings of a gospel true.
Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,
praises voicing, greet the morrow:
Christ the babe was born for you. X2 C/A

Christmas Around the World Part 2

CAROL: Silent Night (Remain seated)
Silent night, holy night:
all is calm, all is bright
round the virgin mother and child,
holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, holy night:
shepherds quake at the sight;
glories stream from heaven afar,
heavenly hosts sing “Alleluia;
Christ the Saviour is born,
Christ the Saviour is born.”

Silent night, holy night:
wondrous star, lend your light;
with the angels let us sing
Alleluia to our King;
Christ our Saviour is born,
Christ our Saviour is born. C/A
THE OFFERING
O God, bless this money offered,
bless the gifts given.
Accept the offering of our hearts and lives, we pray;
that it may be possible for disappointment to be replaced by joy;
anxiety replaced by happiness,
hopelessness replaced by a sense of purpose.

Bless all our gifts, as once more we prepare to celebrate
with wonder the birth of the Christ Child. AMEN.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER

CAROL: O Come All Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of angels;
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
“Glory to God in the highest”:
O come, let us adore him…

Yea, Lord, we greet you
born to be our Saviour.
Jesus, to you be glory given:
Word of the Father now in flesh appearing:
O come, let us adore him… C/A

THE BLESSING

BIRTHDAYS THIS WEEK: Sun 16th Ron (90); Tue 18th Anne; Thu 20th Sarah Jayne; Sat 22nd Lyall.

NOTICES
A very warm welcome to all who worship with us this morning. Morning tea will be served after the service.

A HUGE THANK YOU to the congregation for the tremendous support of our Cake Stall – $561 was raised. Thank you also to everyone who has provided gifts for Waltham Cottage.

CUPPA & CHAT: EVERY Tuesday & Wednesday 10am – 12 noon. All welcome. Aubrey 930 2525. The last session for 2012 is on 19th December, and Cuppa & Chat will resume on 8th January 2013.

BOARD OF MANAGERS’ meeting Wednesday 19th December 7.30pm at 132 Hawford Rd. Please note change of date and venue

CRAFTY CRAFTERS resumes on Thursday 17th January 10am-12 noon.

HUB NEWS: Please see the noticeboard in the foyer for this week’s information.

Anna will be on leave from Friday 21st December. The “office” re-opens on Wednesday 23rd January 2013.

FOOT CLINIC: The next session is Monday 28th January 1-4pm.

CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS:
23 December : 9.00 am Carol Service
24 December : 7.30 pm Christmas Eve Service
25 December : 9.30 am Christmas Family Service combined with Beckenham Methodist Parish.
On 30 December and for all of January: 10.00 am Combined Service
Please Note: the changing service times during the Christmas season and holiday period.

KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEBSITE: www.stmartins.org.nz

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