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Christmas Eve Service 4:30pm


Trinity Anglican Church

1230 Bank St. Ottawa  ON  K1S 3Y3

613-733-7536   |   |    @OttawaTrinity


The Rev. Arran Thorpe

Director of Music: Fabien Tousignant


Worshipping God as disciples of Jesus;

showing love to our neighbours near and far.

Christmas Eve Service

Dec. 24th, 2018, 4:30 p.m.

Pop-up Christmas Pageant for Children and Families




The churches of our Diocese stand on the traditional territories of the Algonquin and Mohawk Nations. May we dwell on these lands always with respect and peace.

 Processional Hymn: Once in Royal David’s City                      #123


Reader 1: This is the last time this year we will light the Advent candles.

(Light the four candles)

Reader 2: For four weeks the candles have been burning as we thought about hope, peace, joy and love. These are the gifts which Jesus brought to us at Christmas time. The waiting is over and Jesus is born.

Reader 1: Each week another candle glowed, and our wreath shone more brightly. Today we light our white candle, the candle which represents Jesus. It is the center of our wreath, just as Jesus is the center of our lives. Happy Birthday, Jesus!!! (Light the Christ candle together.)


God, our hearts sing with joy and praise because of Jesus. At this happy season, we rejoice that Jesus came among us. By his birth and life he has shown us that we are your people and that we are greatly loved. Help us to remember Christmas all year long by giving to others the gifts of life: hope, peace, joy, love, kindness and understanding. Amen.



Priest:               God be with you.

All:                   Also with you

Priest:               Let us pray

All:                   God, help us to talk to you; God, keep
our thoughts from wondering;

God, give us the strength to worship you in spirit and truth; Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Priest:               God loves us.  When we say we are sorry, God forgives us.  Let us confess our sins to God.

All:                   God, we have done those things we should not have done, and we have not done those things we should have done.  Forgive us our sins; give us courage to fight temptation and to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Priest:       God forgives you. Forgive others; forgive yourself. Take hold of this forgiveness and enter into the life of Christ.

Priest:               Let us now stand and confess the faith of our baptism in the words of the Children’s Creed by saying together:

All:                   We believe that God made heaven and earth; We believe that God sent his son, Jesus Christ, born of Mary, to live among us; We believe that Jesus rose from the dead to show us the way to live; We believe that God makes us holy by giving us His Spirit; Thank you, God.

Priest:               Dear God, we thank you for making us your children and for giving us so many good things.  We ask you to help us to love you better, through Jesus Christ, the babe of Bethlehem.

All:                   Amen.


The Proclamation of the Word:  A Lesson from the Prophet
Micah 5:2-4


But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah.  Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.

The people of Israel will be abandoned to their enemies until the woman in labor gives birth. Then at last his fellow countrymen will return from exile to their own land.  And he will stand to lead his flock with the Lord’s strength, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.  Then his people will live there undisturbed, for he will be highly honored around the world.



Offertory Hymn: Joy to the World                                            #154                     

At this time, the gifts of bread and wine will be brought to the Altar.


The Eucharist continues with the Great Thanksgiving

Celebrant: The Lord be with you.

People:            And also with you

Celebrant: Lift up your hearts

People:            We lift them to the Lord

Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People:            It is right to give our thanks and praise

Celebrant:         We give you thanks and praise, almighty God, for the gift of a world full of wonder, and for our life which comes from you.  By your power, you sustain the universe.  You created us to love you with all our heart, and to love each other as ourselves, but we rebel against you by the evil that we do.  In Jesus, your Son, born in a stable in Bethlehem, you bring healing to our world and gather us into one great family.  Therefore, with all who serve you on earth and in heaven, we praise your wonderful name, as we say:

All:                   Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory.  Hosanna in the highest.  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Celebrant:         We give you thanks and praise, loving Father, because in sending Jesus, your Son, to us, you showed us how much you love us.  He cares for the poor and the hungry.  He suffers with the sick and the rejected.  Betrayed and forsaken, he did not strike back, but overcame hatred with love.  On the cross, he defeated the power of sin and death.  By raising him from the dead you show us the power of your love to bring new life to all your people.

All    Sing:        O come let us adore him,

                        O come let us adore him,

                        O come let us adore him,

                        Christ the Lord.

Celebrant:         On the night before he gave up his life for us, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took bread, gave thanks to you, broke it, and gave it to them, saying:  “Take this, all of you, and eat it:  this is my body which is given for you”.

After supper, Jesus took the cup of wine, said the blessing, gave it to his friends, and said,  “Drink this, all of you:  this is the cup of my blood, the blood of the new and eternal covenant, which is shed for you and for many, so that sins may be forgiven.  Do this in memory of me.”

Gracious God, with this bread and wine we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, and we offer ourselves to you in him.  Send your Holy Spirit on us and on these gifts, that we may know the presence of Jesus in the breaking of bread, and share in the life of the family of your children.

All    Sing:        O come let us adore him,

                        O come let us adore him,

                        O come let us adore him,

                        Christ the Lord.

Celebrant:         Father, you call us to be your servants; fill us with the courage and love of Jesus, that all the world may gather in joy at the table of your kingdom.  We sing your praise.  Almighty Father, through Jesus our Lord, in the power of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever.

All:                   AMEN.

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

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.  AMEN.


Celebrant:         We bread the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world.

People:            God here among us, light in the midst of us; bring us to light and life.



Celebrant:         The gifts of God for the people of God.

People:            Thanks be to God.


Celebrant:         Dear Lord Jesus, at whose people and the angels worshipped and adored, help your children to make your glory known in all the world; help us to follow your way all the days of our life, and to come to be with you in heaven, where with God the Father and the Holy Spirit, you live and reign now and forever.

Celebrant:         GLORY TO GOD

All:                   Whose power working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.  Glory to God, from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, forever and ever.  AMEN


Celebrant:         The Almighty God bless us with his grace; Christ give us the joys of everlasting life; and to the fellowship of the citizens above, may the King of Angels bring us all.  AMEN.




All:                            Thanks be to God.

Hymn: Hark!  The Herald Angels Sing                                             #138                                                       

The Eucharist Prayer, the Anthem for the Breaking of the Bread and the Doxology.  Copyright 1985 by the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada Gospel Blessing, Fall 1989


 BLESS our family, Lord, this season,

We pray that your spirit may reside within us,

Not only now,

Not only through this year,

But for our whole lives,

May your glow reach us

And touch the hearts of those around us.


 It was a busy Christmas this year, Lord,

We tried not to forget you,

At times we felt pressured because we got behind,

We were sad as we heard others say they wished it would be over.

It jolted us back to remembering the beauty of the Christ Child’s birth and the radiance and hope it has given our family.



OFFICE HOURS: The church office will be closed from Christmas Day through New Year’s.  Regular office hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.  Merry Christmas!

MUSIC AT TRINITY: Our next concert will be on January 19th 2019 at 4:30pm featuring tenor Trygve John Ringereide and pianist Parveneh Eshghi in a programme relating to Robbie Burns day. Freewill offering.

CORNERSTONE CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Thank you to everyone who so generously donated gifts to Cornerstone for Christmas. From one humble shopping bag we filled three huge bags which were delivered earlier this week. Thank You and blessings to you and those you love.

ATTENTION TEENS: We are starting a program just for you and your friends!
We will meet every second week in the Canterbury room, have a snack, watch a video and discuss our faith. The program will run from January until June. This can be used as confirmation preparation for any teens who are interested in being confirmed this spring. The first session is on January 13th at 10:00 am.

 This Week at Trinity

Tuesday, December 25th, 2018                                        

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

Wednesday, December 26th, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

Thursday, December 27th, 2018                                                                                                                 

10:00 a.m. – 2 p.m.   CHURCH OFFICE CLOSED

Sunday, December 30th, 2018-First Sunday After Christmas

Readings: 1 Samuel 2: 18-20, Psalm 148, Colossians 3: 12-17, Luke 2: 41-52