1230 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3Y3
Priest: The Reverend Andrea Thomas
Director of Music: Victoria Scott
Organ Scholar: Kilby Baron
Duty Warden: Heather Maclachlan
December 24th, 2012
10:00 p.m. Candlelit Choral Eucharist
The choir will sing a selection of carols before the Service,
beginning at 9:40 p.m.
Opening Hymn: O Come, All Ye Faithful (vs. 1-4,5a) #118
Celebrant: Jesus is born to change our darkness to light;
People: the light from the stable has become the Light
of the World.
Celebrant: Jesus is born to change our sadness to joy;
People: the joy of the shepherd still echoes down the years.
Celebrant: Jesus is born to give hope to the oppressed;
People: God’s love within a persecuted family inspires us.
Celebrant: Jesus is born!
People: And we rejoice that on this night of all nights,
we can come and worship!
Gloria Glory to God see insert
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 splendor of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The First Reading: Isaiah 62:6-12 (O.T. page 693)
Psalm 97 (sung by the choir) page 835
The Second Reading: Titus 3:4-7 (N.T. page 215)
Gradual Hymn: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing #138
Gospel Acclamation see insert
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.
We Respond To God’s Word
Homily: The Reverend Andrea Thomas
Prayers of the People
Leader: Brothers and sisters, on this most holy night of our Lord’s birth, let us pray for ourselves and all those in need of our prayers. For the needs of the whole Church that we name silently or aloud (silence). For John our bishop, for all bishops, for Andrea, our Priest, for all the clergy and people.
People: For the church of Christ, that it may faithfully proclaim the good news of salvation and may care for the needs of God’s people.
Leader: For peace in our troubled world, that the darkness of war and injustice may be replaced by the light of peace and love, we pray to you, O Lord.
People: For all those in need of our prayers: the homeless; the unemployed; the hungry; those who are hospitalized; those who are imprisoned in body or soul; and all those for whom this season is one not of joy but of trial and sadness, we pray to you, O Lord.
Leader: Within our Parish we pray for the sick and the suffering, especially (insert names), and for those we name silently or aloud (silence). For the sick, that their illnesses may be turned into health and their sorrow into rejoicing, we pray to you, O Lord.
People: For those who labour this night on behalf of others: doctors and nurses, police officers and firefighters, emergency shelter workers, and all those whose work prevents them from sharing this evening with those they love, we pray to you, O Lord.
Leader: We remember those who have died, especially those named in the flower list and for those we name silently or aloud (silence). Give them eternal rest.
People: In thanksgiving we remember the lives of those who have gone before us in the faith. That we, like them, may remain faithful to the end and live forever in the light of your eternal glory, we pray to you, O Lord.
Leader: Mighty God, mercifully hear the prayers of the people you have chosen as your own.
People: Give us zeal in our ministries and joy in our work, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Confession and Absolution page 191
The Exchange of the Peace page 192
We Celebrate The Presence of Jesus
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 # 3 p. 198
Sanctus see insert
Amen see insert
The Lord’s Prayer p. 211
The Breaking of the Bread, sentence 6 p. 213
Agnus Dei #701
Communion Hymns: O Little Town of Bethlehem #120
Away in a Manger #126
Anthem: Hodie! Christus Natus Est
Prayer After Communion: page 274
Doxology and Blessing
Recessional Hymn: Silent Night #119
Sharing in the Ministry of Our Parish Today
Greeter: Carmen Christian
Readers: Joanne McCracken and Trevor Heavens
Intercessions: Heather Maclachlan
Lay Administrators: Carmen Christian and Brenda Small
Altar Guild: Mary Wilson, Belma Hull,
Beulah Rumbolt and Simon McInnes
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO ASSIST WITH HOSTING AN OUT OF THE COLD DINNER ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 19th, 2013 at Southminster United Church. Volunteers will be needed between 2:00 and 7:00 p.m. to: set -up, serve, host, register and clean-up. A sign-up sheet listing all volunteer opportunities is posted in Bender Hall. Please consider joining us again or for the first time. Judy Richardson (613-730-7482).
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE CHURCH OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED
UNTIL JANUARY 8th
Christmas Flower Memorials 2012
Tom and Millie Cowan
William and Lula Hull
William and Mary Karam
Athol and Margaret Kenney
Edward and Edna Fowler
Herbert and Emily Johnston
D’Arcy and Lily Lamb
Owen and Kay Cherry
Eric and Grace Halliburton
Reginald and Mary Richardson
Mr. and Mrs. T.R. Smith
Gordon and Lena Jackman
Mary and Burton Pearson
Mary Ann and Wasile Tiniuk
Margaret and Peter Taylor
Mary Elizabeth and G. Patrick Simpson
Sydney and Jean McCracken
William, Marjorie and Sheila FitzGerald
Beryl and Shirley Christian
William Thomas Corbett
Jack and Edith Addison
John and Linda Connor
Ferdinand, Violet and David Earle
Matos Branco Family
Pereira da Rosa Family
Olive and Frank Buffett
Georgette and Gaston Ouellet
James and Irene Cheeseman
Douglas L. Clark