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Christmas Eve Service


1230 Bank St. Ottawa  ON  K1S 3Y3

613-733-7536   |   |    @OttawaTrinity

Rev. Arran’s email:

Fabien’s email:

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, 2019, 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: Please note that the church office will be closed for the holidays after December 20th and will reopen Friday, January 3rd. The phone messages will be monitored over the holidays.

A MESSAGE ABOUT YOUR DONATIONS: Thank you for your generosity both in the Advent special appeal and throughout the year.  We know that many of you traditionally give an additional donation to the church act the year’s end and of course such donations are welcomed and put to good use. We remind you that to receive a tax receipt for 2019 donations must be received by December 31. Several methods of donating are now in use. In the New Year we will be looking at a simpler method for you and for our treasurers.  If you use envelopes now please see Sue Taylor so we can update our list and explain some changes.

CHURCH CALENDARS are available for sale. The Calendars are $5.00 each. Please contact Mary Wilson at 613-521-7788 if you are interested in purchasing a calendar.

MUSIC AT TRINITY: Join us on January 18th 2020 at 4:30pm for our next Music at Trinity concert featuring the Ottawa Guitar Trio.  They will perform selections from the classical, film and video game repertoire arranged for a trio of classical guitar.  Freewill offering.


Clayton Hull William and Lula Hull   Belma Hull
William and Mary Karam Athol and Margaret Kenney Natasha Karam Linda Karam   Pat and Margo Kenney
Edward and Edna Fowler Herbert and Emily Johnston D’Arcy and Lily Lamb Lillian & William Lamb Valena Lamb Marian and Floyd Fetterly Bonnie Corbin Beverly Patterson Richard and Jacqueline Johnston
  Rev. Canon R.S.V. Crossley and
Mrs. Elva Crossley  
  Patricia Crossley
Kay and Owen Cherry Megan Humphries Helen Ready Marilyn Swim Nancy Cherry Tony Leah   Susan Cherry
Eric and Grace Halliburton Mary and Reginald Richardson Donna Manwieler   Judy Richardson and David Halliburton
Jean and Sydney McCracken André Khordoc   Joanne McCracken
Gail Fawcett George Sherman Elizabeth Riddell Jake Garnett Richard Hooker   Ruth Cochrane
Ailsa Gladish Herb Gladish Lois Mcdonald Louise and William Gladish Roslyn Watson Deborah Gladish   Gladish Family
Christopher Adams Rathwell Zackariah James Rathwell Garnet Edmond Timm   Ruth Rathwell
Mary Ann and Wasile Tiniuk Margaret and Peter Taylor Patrick and Mary Simpson John and Florence Taylor Janette Taylor   Robert and Susan Taylor
Beryl, Shirley, and Gloria Christian   Carmen Christian
William Thomas Corbett   Eleanor Corbett
Arthur and Violet Winship   Alan Winship
Spencer Silverman The Patterson Family   Yvonne Silverman
Peter and Enid Maclachlan Lynn Hrab Maclachlan   Heather Maclachlan
Dr. and Mrs Matos Branco V. Peseiro-Da-Rosa Fatima DaRosa
  IN MEMORY OF   Erlingur Eggertson Donna Eggertson Bruce Barnett Cowan   DONOR   Laura and Amber Eggertson    
  Georgette, Gaston, and Isabelle Ouellet   Paule Ouellet
  Sheila, Marjorie, and William Fitzgerald     Nancy and Doug Crosbie
Gordon Asher Susan Asher-Hiebsch   Evelyn Asher
Jack and Edith Addison John and Linda Connor Stacey Jordan-Connor   Connor-Gorber Family
Jim Robb Kenneth Bush   Carrol Robb
Geraldine, Rachel, and Elvira Roundhead   Miranda Eggertson
Ferdinand, Violet, and David Earle Calvert Squires Paul Ennis Olga Barnes Ollie Brazzill   Linda Bowering
Irene and James Cheeseman   Brenda and Wayne Cheeseman
Beverley and Douglas Clark Kolleen Blair Clark Julie McIntyre   Lindsay Whillans
Harold and Enid Herbert   Judy Chamberland
Arthur Hill & Jennie Hill   Mary Hill
Chelsey J. Rumbolt Chelsey W. Rumbolt   Beulah Rumbolt
Barbara Parent Madeline Holmes Mary and Burton Pearson Alex Lambert Barbara Risdale Penny Coté Joan Jubb Jean Stuart   Chris Garnett
Betty and Michael Barrow Ruth Anderson Roy Clarke Marion Clarke Philip Dunsworth Sally Clarke and Family
  Audrey Mills Heather and Archie McCurdy Ian McCurdy     Marty McCurdy
The flowers on the Altar have been arranged and
provided at cost by Alta Vista Flowers.


This Week at Trinity

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019                                                

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

Thursday December 26th, 2019

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

Friday December 27, 2019                                                          

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

Sunday December 29th, 2019-First Sunday After Christmas

Readings: Psalm 148, Isaiah 63:7-9, Matthew 2:13-23

Regular office hours will resume on Friday, January 3rd.  Merry Christmas!