This weeks service

Morning Service ~ 4 December 2022

The congregation are asked to stand as the Bible is placed into the pulpit

Welcome & Intimations

🕯 Lighting of Advent Candles 🕯

A Candle is burning, a candle of peace,

a candle to signal that conflict must cease:

for Jesus is coming to show us the way;

a message of peace humbly laid in the hay.

Call to Worship

Hymn:  CH4 472 Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

1.       Come, thou long-expected Jesus,

born to set thy people free;

from our fears and sins release us,

let us find our rest in thee.

2.       Israel’s strength and consolation,

hope of all the earth thou art;

dear desire of every nation,

joy of every longing heart.

3.       Born thy people to deliver,

born a child and yet a King,

born to reign in us forever,

now thy gracious kingdom bring.

4.       By thine own eternal spirit

rule in all our hearts alone;

by thine all-sufficient merit,

raise us to thy glorious throne.

Baptism

The Lord bless you and keep you,

The Lord make his face

to shine upon you

And be gracious unto you

The Lord lift up his countenance upon you

And give you peace.


Prayer & Lord’s Prayer

Hymn:  CH4 312 Away In A Manger;

1.    Away in a manger no crib for a bed

the little Lord Jesus lay down his sweet head.

The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay;

the little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

2.    The cattle are lowing the baby awakes

But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes

I love thee Lord Jesus! Look down from the sky,

And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

3.    Be near me, Lord Jesus; I ask thee to stay

Close by me for ever and love me I pray.

Bless all the dear children in Thy tender care,

And fit us for heaven, to live with Thee there.

Readings:   Isaiah 2:1–5

Matthew 1:18-25;

Read by Jim Thomson

Reading 1:  Isaiah 7:10-17

10 Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, 11 ‘Ask the Lord your God for a sign, whether in the deepest depths or in the highest heights.’

12 But Ahaz said, ‘I will not ask; I will not put the Lord to the test.’

13 Then Isaiah said, ‘Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. 15 He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, 16 for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.  17 The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on the house of your father a time unlike any since Ephraim broke away from Judah – he will bring the king of Assyria.’

Reading 2:  Luke 1:26-38

The birth of Jesus foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants for ever; his kingdom will never end.’

34 ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’

35 The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.’

38 ‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May your word to me be fulfilled.’ Then the angel left her.

Hymn:       Christmas Comes Anew, O Let Us Sing Noel!

Tune: Noel Nouvelet

1.    Christmas comes anew, O let us sing Noel!

Glory to God! Now let your praises swell!

Chorus     

Sing we Noel for Christ, the newborn King,

Christmas comes anew, O let us sing Noel!

2.    Angels did say, “O shepherds come and see,

Born in Bethlehem, a blessed Lamb for thee.”

Chorus     

Sing we Noel for Christ, the newborn King,

Christmas comes anew, O let us sing Noel!

3.    In the manger bed, the shepherds found the child;

Joseph was there, and the Mother Mary mild

Chorus     

Sing we Noel for Christ, the newborn King,

Christmas comes anew, O let us sing Noel!

4.    Soon came the wise men, following the star.

Bearing costly gifts  from Eastern lands afar

Chorus     

Sing we Noel for Christ, the newborn King,

Christmas comes anew, O let us sing Noel!

5.    Brought to Him gold and incense of great price.

Then the stable bare resembled Paradise.

Chorus     

Sing we Noel for Christ, the newborn King,

Christmas comes anew, O let us sing Noel!

Sermon:

“Mary – Faces At the Manger”

Hymn:  CH3 314 Child in the Manger

1.       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.

2.       Once the most holy

Child of salvation

Gentle and lowly, lived below

Now, as our glorious

Mighty Redeemer

See Him victorious

O’er each foe

3.       Prophets foretold Him

Infant of wonder

Angels behold Him

On His throne

Worthy our Saviour

Of all their praises

Happy forever

Are His own

Offering Brought Forward

Prayer of Dedication & Thanksgiving

Hymn: CH4 286 Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness of the Lord!


1.       Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!

Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;

tender to me the promise of his word;

in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

2.       Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!

Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;

his mercy sure, from age to age to same;

his holy Name, the Lord, the Mighty One.

3.       Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!

Powers and dominions lay their glory by.

Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,

the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

4.       Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!

Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord

to children’s children and for evermore!

Benediction

Threefold Amen

May the God of peace go with us

As we travel from this place.

May the love of Jesus keep us

Firm in hope and full of grace.

The congregation are asked to stand

as the Bible is removed from the pulpit

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