THE NATIVITY SERVICE
ORDER OF SERVICE
Please stand (if you are able) as the bible is brought into the Church
CALL TO WORSHIP
HYMN 315 Once in Royal David’s city (solo verse 1)
LIGHTING THE 4TH ADVENT CANDLE (The Addie Family)
LIKE A CANDLE FLAME (Sung by all – see back page)
PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER (see below)
(Please remain seated throughout and sing the “HYMNS” below – listen for the organ.
The children enter during “O Little town”)
HYMN 304 O Little town of Bethlehem (sung by ALL)
SONG 1 There isn’t any room (sung by children)
HYMN 320 Joy to the world (sung by ALL)
HYMN 310 See Him lying on a bed of straw (sung by ALL)
SONG 2 Away in a manger (sung by children)
SONG 3 Come and join the celebration (sung by children)
Thanks to all our leaders, teachers and of course the stars – our children!
HYMN (sheet) Crackers and turkeys
OFFERING & PRAYER
HYMN 306 O come, all ye faithful (verses 1-3 only) (Children leave during verse 1)
BENEDICTION & SUNG AMEN (CH4 825 sung twice)
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. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen
WELCOME TO OUR WORSHIP TODAY – if you are a visitor please sign our visitor’s book in the vestibule. Our church has something for all ages and activities go on throughout the week.
We especially welcome the children and teachers of our Sunday School as they present their Nativity Story and all the family members who have come to support and encourage – you are welcome in our midst.
Tea and coffee are served in the hall after this service – you are invited to join us in friendship and fellowship. Large print copies of the order of service are available from the duty team should you need one.
TODAY’S PRAYER – Eternal God, as Mary waited for the birth of your Son, so we wait for his coming in glory; bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR SERVICES
CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT – today at 4:00pm – A Family Service of favourite Carols by Candlelight (or torch). Come along, sing carols and enjoy a Festive afternoon.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES
6:00pm – Carols round the Crib – children visit the crib and help the minister tell the story of Jesus’ birth
11:15pm – Carol Singing
11:30pm – The Watch night Service – tea, coffee and mince pies afterwards!
CHRISTMAS DAY – an informal service at 10:00am
NEW YEARS DAY – morning worship at 11:00am
JANUARY LIFE & WORK AND INSPIRE – these are available in the usual places for distributors and those who collect their own copies.
WORSHIP ON THE WEB – our morning services are available on line at http://www.williamwoodparishchurch.org.uk at “Worship on demand”.
TEA/COFFEE 2012 – new rota in the kitchen – please choose a date
CHURCH CHOIR – resumes in the New Year on Thursday 5th January
WILLIAMWOOD SINGERS – resumes on Sunday 15th January
EASTWOOD THEATRE – please see the Session House notice board with films being screened in December.
CHURCH NOTICE BOARDS – are for the use of our organisations & regular users of the premises. All other literature should be given to the Session Clerk/Minister. Do not place notices on glass doors or windows.
POPPY APPEAL – thanks to all who contributed to the Poppy appeal. Our Church and Eastwood Rotary Club raised £4,100. Thanks, A.K. Denholm.
HOLY CITY – A MONTHLY ECUMENICAL EVENT – takes place today in Renfield St. Stephen’s Church, 260 Bath Street, 6.30pm-9.30pm. For more info please visit http://www.holycity-glasgow.co.uk or phone 0141 332 6343
LIKE A CANDLE FLAME (SUNG BY ALL) Like a candle flame, Flickering small in our darkness Uncreated light, Shines through infant eyes God is with us, alleluia – Come to save us, alleluia Graham Kendrick, Copyright © 1988 Make Way Music, http://www.grahamkendrick.co.uk
NEXT WEEK – CHRISTMAS DAY
BIBLE READER: The Minister
TEA/COFFEE – none
Minister: Rev Iain MA Reid, B.D.
Ordained Local Ministry Student: Ann McCormick
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