Morning Worship (Christmas Day)

25th December 2020 11:30

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

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shined. 
I bring you good news of great joy: 
a Saviour has been born to you. 

Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given. 
He is Christ the Lord.
We worship and adore him.  Alleluia!

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, King of peace:
to you be praise and glory for ever.
The new light of your incarnate Word
gives gladness in our sorrow, and a presence in our isolation.
Fill our lives with your light,
until they overflow with gladness and praise.
Blessed be God for ever.

People of God: shout and sing!
Tell the good news of peace on earth.
Lord, bring us today into Christ’s peace.
All God’s people shout Amen!

Lord Jesus, Light of light,
you have come among us.
Help us who live by your light
to shine as lights in your world.
Glory to God in the highest. Amen.

Confession

The sun of righteousness has dawned
with healing in his wings.
Let us come to the light of Christ,
confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father,
you sent your Son full of grace and truth:
forgive our failure to receive him.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus our Saviour,
you were born in poverty and laid in a manger:
forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.
Christ, have mercy. 
Christ, have mercy.

Spirit of Love,
your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call:
forgive the hardness of our hearts.
Lord, have mercy. 
Lord, have mercy.

May the God of all healing and forgiveness
draw you to himself
and cleanse you from all your sins,
that you may behold the glory of his Son,
the Word made flesh,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect

Lord Jesus Christ,
your birth at Bethlehem
draws us to kneel in wonder 
at heaven touching earth:
accept our heartfelt praise
as we worship you,
our Saviour and our eternal God. Amen.
Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah 9: 2-7
Gospel Reading:
Luke 2: 1-14

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.

Blessing

May the Father,
who has loved the eternal Son
from before the foundation of the world,
shed that love upon us his children. Amen.

May Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one
things earthly and heavenly,
fill us with joy and peace. Amen.

May the Holy Spirit,
by whose overshadowing Mary became the God-bearer,
give us grace to carry the good news of Christ. Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.
Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.
Thanks be to God. Amen.