Christmas Day 2020

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Happy Christmas everyone!!  Welcome to our home worship sheets for Christmas Day.  Let us pray together to start with.

Lord Jesus we want to welcome you this morning.  Welcome into our homes and welcome into our lives.  We greet you as we draw near to gaze upon your face, and we pray that we might know your presence with us.  Thank you for the gift of Christmas, thank you for the gift of this morning.  Bless us as we gather around these sheets.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

We’re going to sing/read/listen to our first carol, one that works best on Christmas morning “O come all ye faithful”  Click here for the song on YouTube.

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

God of God, Light of light
lo he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
very God, begotten not created:

Sing choirs of angels, Sing in exultation
Sing, all ye citizens of Heaven above
Glory to God, all glory in the highest

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee
Born this happy morning
Jesus, to Thee be all glory given
Word of the Father
Now in flesh appearing

Reading: (Luke 2:1-20)

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before 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; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace among those whom he favours!”

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Reflection:
What is it that we like about receiving presents?  Is it the excitement of opening the parcel not knowing what is inside?  Is it the getting something we need or don’t need and feeling spoiled because of that?  Is it the idea that someone thought about us, cared about us, loves us, and wanted us to know about it?  There are many things about gifts and presents that can be enjoyed.  And as we’ve arrived at Christmas day, traditionally a time for giving and receiving gifts, it is good to remind ourselves about the gift that we have received from God.

The baby is born!  The long awaited Messiah, the one who would save the people of Israel from oppression and set them free, he is here.  But, he isn’t quite what they were expecting or wanted.  It takes quite some time for some of the people to work out that he has arrived, because his birth is quiet and very local.  The first to welcome him were the lowest and the least of the professions of the time, Shepherds, (because their job demanded that they spend their time in the fields with smelly animals) were the ones who were invited to come and see the baby first.  They were the first to hear about the arrival of the Messiah, the Saviour of humanity, and after seeing the baby they were full or praise and thanks to God for the wonderful gift he has given.

The gift of Jesus didn’t turn out to be something the majority of the people of Israel wanted or expected, but it was the gift they needed.  And for us, the gift of Jesus isn’t something we’ve deserved or could earn, but Jesus is the one we need to get to know God and his plans and his love for us.  The gift of the baby Jesus reminds us that God has not forgotten us, or given up on us, but that he cares about us and loves us and wants the best for us and is willing to give up his best so that we can have it.

To praise God and to acknowledge the gift he has given us we’re going to say the praise shout together.

Equal with God:                   Jesus is Lord

Emptied himself:                  Jesus is Lord

Came as a slave:                 Jesus is Lord

Found as a man:                  Jesus is Lord

Humbly obeyed:                  Jesus is Lord

Went to his death                Jesus is Lord

Death on a cross:                 Jesus is Lord

God raised him up:              Jesus is Lord

Gave him the name:          Jesus is Lord

Higher than all:                     Jesus is Lord

Every knee bow:                  Jesus is Lord

All tongues confess:             Jesus is Lord

In response, let us sing/read/listen our next carol, one where we join the angels and the shepherds praising God “Joy to the world”  Click here for the song on YouTube.

Joy to the world! The Lord has come; 
Let earth receive her 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; 
Your sweetest songs employ. 
While fields and streams and 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, 
The wonders of His love, 
The wonders of His love, 
The wonders, the wonders of His love. 

Prayers:

Let us like Mary, treasure and ponder the words and stories we’ve heard, as we seek to find out what it means in our lives.  Let us be still and talk to God.

Take a moment to say thank you to God for his gift of Jesus, and for the many other gifts and blessings we receive.

Let us pray for others using the images below for inspiration.

Let us pray together by sharing the Lord’s prayer:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
your will be done, on earth as in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For the kingdom,
the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.  Amen.

We will finish with a great Christmas carol.  Let us sing/read/listen to “Hark the herald angels sing”  Click here for the song on YouTube.

Hark! The herald Angels sing:
‘Glory to the new-born King! 
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, 
God and sinners reconciled!’ 
Joyful, all ye nations rise, 
Join the triumph of the skies, 
With the angelic host proclaim, 
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem.’ 
Hark! the herald angels sing: 
‘Glory to the new-born King!’ 

Christ, by highest heaven adored, 
Christ, the everlasting Lord, 
Late in time behold Him come, 
Offspring of a virgin’s womb. 
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see! 
Hail the incarnate Deity! 
Pleased as man with man to dwell, 
Jesus, our Immanuel. 
Hark! the herald angels sing: 
‘Glory to the new-born King.’ 

Hail the heaven-born Prince of Peace! 
Hail, the Sun of righteousness! 
Light and life to all He brings, 
Risen with healing in His wings, 
Mild, He lays His glory by; 
Born that men no more may die; 
Born to raise the sons of earth; 
Born to give them second birth. 
Hark! the herald angels sing: 
‘Glory to the new-born King.’ 

Blessing:
May the joy of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, the worship of the wise men, and the peace of the Christ child be ours this Christmas.

And the blessing of God the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
be with us all and remain with us always, and with those whom we love.

Amen

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all evermore, Amen

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