Church of England Diocese of Birmingham St. Paul Blackheath

A short service for the Christmas Day – 25/12/2020

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

Amen.

Opening prayer

Holy Jesus,

by being born one of us,

and lying humbly in a anger,

you show us how much God loves the world.

let the light of your love always shine in our hearts,

until we reach our home in heaven,

and see you on your throne of glory.
Amen.

Psalm 96

Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.


Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvellous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.

Splendour and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.

Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.

Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Amen.

Our Bible reading is Luke 2: 1-14

The Birth of Jesus

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.

So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

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. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

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

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

For Thought for the day by Revd Arif Anees. Please click the link below or visit our Facebook page;

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Collect

Almighty God,

you have given us your only begotten Son

to take our nature upon him

and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin:

grant that we, who have been born again

and made your children by adoption and grace,

may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Amen.

Prayers of intercession

Christ is born to us, Son of God given for us: help us to know you, to worship and to serve you…
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Lord, in your mercy… </span>

Hear our prayer.

Wonderful counsellor, you order all things with your wisdom; help the church to reveal the mystery of your love and fill her with the Spirit of truth…

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Mighty God, the government is on your shoulders; guide the leaders of the nations and bring in your kingdom of justice and righteousness…

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Everlasting Father, you call us to liver together in unity; protect by your mercy all your children, bless our families and renew our communities…

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Prince of peace, you bring reconciliation through the cross; by your healing power give to all who suffer... your gift of wholeness and peace…

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

In a moment of silence, we will bring before God people, places and situations that we carry in our hearts…

(Silence is kept for few moments)

Lord, in your mercy…
Hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son our Lord Jesus Christ who reigns with you in the unity of Holy Spirit,

Amen.

Sending prayer

God our Father,

your Word has come among us

in the Holy Child of Bethlehem:

may the light of faith illumine our hearts

and shine in our words and deeds;

through him who is Christ the Lord.

Amen.

Final blessing

The Lord bless us, and preserve from all evil,

and keep us in eternal life.

Amen.

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