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Christmas Eve, December 24, 2011 4:00 p.m.

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Christmas Eve, December 24, 2011 4:00 p.m.


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Trinity Anglican Church

1230 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario   K1S 3Y3


 Priest: The Reverend Andrea Thomas

Director of Music: Victoria Scott

Organ Scholar: Kilby Baron


Christmas Eve

December 24th, 2011

4:00 p.m. Family Eucharist


Organ Prelude

Opening Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful    (vs. 1-4, 5a)                #118

Celebrant:    The waiting is over. 

People:       The dreaming has given birth to a new reality.

Celebrant:    The source of our healing has come near.

People:      God’s promise has been fulfilled.

Celebrant:   The Advent candles are all lit, forming a circle of light that reminds us of God’s never-ending love.

People:      Now we light the Christ candle, remembering that Jesus is in our midst, today and always.


(The Christ Candle is lit)

Celebrant:    Eternal God,

People:          this holy night is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light.  As we have known the revelation of that light on earth, bring us to see the splendour of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen. 

The First Reading:  Isaiah 9:2-3b, 6-7                              (O.T. page 638)         

Psalm 98        (please say together)                                        page 836 

The Second Reading: Titus 2:11-14                                 (N.T. page 215)

Gradual Hymn:  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing    (vs.1-2)                                                                             #138

Celebrant:       The Lord be with you.

People:                  And also with you.

Celebrant:       The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ,

                       according to Luke 2:1-20                                 (N.T. page 58)

People:   Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ…                                                                

Celebrant:    The Gospel of Christ.

People:          Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gradual Hymn  (cont’d – vs. 3)

Children’s Time:  Holly Villeneuve

Prayers of the People: 

Leader:    Let us pray together to the Lord, saying, “Lord, hear our prayer.”

         Loving God, we thank you for your many gifts to us, for the love which brings us together, for the earth which provides for our needs, for the new life you have given us in Jesus Christ who was born this night.

People:   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:    We pray to you for our family here at Trinity and for grace to grow in your love.

People:   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:    We pray to you for our world, for all its cares and needs, and for all who lead us and care for us.

People:   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:    We pray to you for those in need, for the sick and the lonely, for the hurt and the frightened, and for those who live without hope.

People:   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:    We pray for those we love who have died, that you will surround them with your care and love.

People:   Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader:    We pray for one another, asking you to bless us, our friends, and relatives.  Bless the places where we work, and bless our homes and our life together.

People:   Lord, hear our prayer.  Amen

The Exchange of the Peace                                                     page 192


Offertory Hymn:  While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks                #136       


Prayer of Offering and Thanksgiving:    Forever God. Thank you for Jesus, Your Christmas gift to us. Help us to be like the shepherds; help us to see a new kind of love in the birth of Jesus, your Son; and help us to show that love to our friends, to everyone we meet and in everything we do. We ask this in Jesus’ name.       Amen.

Eucharistic Prayer (with special permission of the Bishop)

Celebrant:       We thank you, Holy God, that you sent Jesus to be born into this world and live among us.  People had turned away from you and no longer loved each other the way you loved us. Jesus opened our eyes and our hearts to your love and now brings us together to this table to remember his love for us and for all people.

               The night before he died when Jesus was at supper with his friends, he took bread and gave you thanks, broke the bread, and gave it to his friends, saying: “Take, eat: This is my Body which is given for you. Do this to remember me.”

        When supper was ended, Jesus took a cup of wine, thanked you, and gave it to his friends saying: “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this to remember me.”

               Life-giving God, we ask you now to bless these our gifts of bread and wine and make them holy. Fill us with the joy of the Holy Spirit as we receive this bread and wine and then send us out in peace to share your love with the world.

               Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, to you be honour, glory, and praise, forever and ever. Amen.

Celebrant:       And now, as Christ has taught us, we are bold to say:

The Lord’s Prayer                                                                     page 211


After the breaking of the bread:


Celebrant:       We are one bread, one body.

People:           We will love one another as Christ loves us.


The Communion

Communion Hymns:   O Little Town Of Bethlehem                       #120

   Away in a Manger                                          #126

Anthem:  O Holy Night  – sung by Holly Villeneuve

Prayer after Communion                                                           page 274

Doxology and Blessing

Recessional Hymn:  Silent Night                                                    #119


Organ Postlude




Sharing in the Ministry of Our Parish Today

Greeter:                  Karsa Worth                 

Readers:                Allison Gorber and Megan Worth

Intercessions:         Laura Burgham

Lay Administrators:  Laura Eggertson and Lisa McGillivray

Altar Guild:             Joanne McCracken, Brenda Small,

Yvonne Silverman and Sue Taylor







Christmas Flower Memorials 2011


Dorothy Cowan

Tom and Millie Cowan

Greta Stollery

Rhona Neuman

Clayton Hull

William and Lula Hull

Wilson Brockbank

Catherine Nevins

William and Mary Karam

Athol and Margaret Kenney

Natasha Karam

Jack Irvine                                                         

Edward and Edna Fowler

Herbert and Emily Johnston                              

D’Arcy and Lily Lamb

Lillian Lamb

Valena Lamb

Owen and Kay Cherry

Megan Humphries and Helen Ready

Ethel and Albert Nothnagel

William and Blanche Brimley

The McCurdy Family

The Mills Family

The Robinson Family

Eric and Grace Halliburton                                

Reginald and Mary Richardson

Michael Ivanochko

Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Smith                                    

Mabel Gordon

Peggy Sinclair

Gordon and Lena Jackman

Barbara Parent

Madeline Holmes

Mary and Burton Pearson

Bill Pearson

Alix Lambert

Barbara Ridsdale

Audrey Miller

Christopher Adams Rathwell