Christmas day 2015

xmasday2915The Parish attended Christmas morning Service by Skype this year since all from furthest away could not attend. The Service was sent out from the home of some of our Community in Winmalee where there were 6 gathered, so 9 attended all told; not that we are counting but it was a comfortable collection of bodies thanks to technology. The occasional frozen screen and muted voice

For your interest here is our service of lessons and Carols.


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  • The service is webcast live via Skype to members of the community who are unable to joins us every Sunday.
  • If you’d like to join us via Skype, please let us know.
  • The Skype camera is on the laptop on the side table and is aimed at the altar.
  • So that the view of the altar is not blocked, or if you’d prefer to not been seen, please avoid walking in front of the laptop.


Scripture is from: ‘New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) Bible: Anglicized Edition, copyright 1989, 1995, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.’

Psalms: The Liturgical Psalter © 1976, 1977, David L. Frost, John A. Emerton, and Andrew A. Macintosh. Used with permission.

HYMN: Christmas Bush For His Adorning

All:                 All the bells are gaily ringing.

Birds in ev’ry tree are singing.

Let us in this golden weather,

Gather Christmas bush together.


Christ is born! The angels thunder

Thro’ the heavens their tale of wonder,

While we pluck for His adorning,

Christmas bush this hallow’d morning.


Christ has conquered Evil’s pow’r

Hear the bells rock ev’ry tower.

Birds and beasts lift up their voices,

Freed at last the world rejoices.


Onward with triumphant chorus,

Following the road before us,

Singing thro’ the golden weather,

Gath’ring Christmas bush together.

Words by John Wheeler – Music by William G. James


EPISTLE: (Isaiah 62: 6-12)

Reader:        The Epistle is written in the 62nd chapter of the Isaiah beginning at the 6th verse.

6 Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest, 7 and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth.

8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have laboured; 9 but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the Lord, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts. 10 Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples.

11 The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, ‘See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.’  12 They shall be called, ‘The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord’; and you shall be called, ‘Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.’        (NRSV)

Here ends the Epistle.


Carol: Hark The Herald Angels Sing

All:                 Hark the herald angels sing

“Glory to the newborn King!

Peace on earth and mercy mild

God and sinners reconciled”.

Joyful, all ye nations rise

Join the triumph of the skies

With the angelic host proclaim:

“Christ is born in Bethlehem”;

Hark! The herald angels sing:

“Glory to the newborn King!”


Christ by highest heav’n adored

Christ the everlasting Lord!

Late in time behold Him come

Offspring of a Virgin’s womb

Veiled in flesh the Godhead see

Hail the incarnate Deity

Pleased as man with man to dwell

Jesus, our Emmanuel.

Hark! The herald angels sing:

“Glory to the newborn King!”




Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!

Hail the Son of Righteousness!

Light and life to all He brings

Ris’n with healing in His wings.

Mild He lays His glory by

Born that man no more may die

Born to raise the sons of earth

Born to give them second birth

Hark! The herald angels sing:

“Glory to the newborn King!”

Psalm 97

Cantor:         1 The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!

2 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.

All:                 3 Fire goes before him, and consumes his adversaries on every side.

4 His lightnings light up the world; the earth sees and trembles.

Cantor:         5 The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth.

6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; and all the peoples behold his glory.

 All:                 7 All worshippers of images are put to shame, those who make their boast in worthless idols; all gods bow down before him.

8 Zion hears and is glad, and the towns of Judah rejoice, because of your judgements, O God.

Cantor:         9 For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth; you are exalted far above all gods.

10 The Lord loves those who hate evil; he guards the lives of his faithful; he rescues them from the hand of the wicked.

All:                 11 Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, and give thanks to his holy name!


Carol:        Carol of the Birds

All:                 Out on the plains the brolgas are dancing

Lifting their feet like warhorses prancing

Up to the sun the woodlarks go winging

Faint in the dawn light echoes their singing

Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day.


Down where the tree ferns grow by the river

There where the waters sparkle and quiver

Deep in the gullies bell-birds are chiming

Softly and sweetly their lyric notes rhyming

Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day.




Friar birds sip the nectar of flowers

Currawongs chant in wattle tree bowers

In the blue ranges lorikeets calling

Carols of bush birds rising and falling

Orana! Orana! Orana to Christmas Day.

Words: John Wheeler, Melody – William James


EPISTLE: (Titus 3:4-8a)

Reader:        The Epistle is written in the 3rd chapter of Titus beginning at the 3rd verse.

4 But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Saviour appeared, 5 he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. 6 This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, 7 so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 The saying is sure.

I desire that you insist on these things, so that those who have come to believe in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works; these things are excellent and profitable to everyone.                                                   (NRSV)

Here ends the Epistle.


Carol:        O Come All Ye Faithful

All:                 O Come All Ye Faithful,

Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.

Come and behold Him,

Born the King of Angels;

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.



God of God, Light of Light,

Lo, He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;

Very God, begotten, not created;

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.




See how the shepherds,

summoned to His cradle,

Leaving their flocks, draw nigh to gaze;

We too will thither bend our joyful footsteps;

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.



Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation;

O sing, all ye citizens of heaven above!

Glory to God, in the highest;

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.




Yea, Lord, we greet Thee,

born this happy morning;

Jesus, to Thee be glory given;

Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing.

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

O come, let us adore Him,

Christ the Lord.



Deacon:        Please stand to greet the Holy Gospel:

All:                  Alleluia. Alleluia.

When we listen, God will let his glorious voice reverberate within us. Alleluia.


Before reading the Gospel the Deacon will say:

Deacon:        Be attentive, here is wisdom. Peace be with you all.

All:                 And also with you.


The Gospel (Luke 2:1-20)

Before reading the Gospel the Deacon will say:

Deacon:        The Holy Gospel is written in the 2nd chapter of Luke beginning at the 1st verse.

1 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’ 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, 14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them..                 (NRSV)

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All:                 Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.


FINAL HYMN: O little town of Bethlehem

All:                 O little town of Bethlehem

How still we see thee lie

Above thy deep and dreamless sleep

The silent stars go by.

Yet in thy dark streets shineth

The everlasting Light

The hopes and fears of all the years

Are met in thee tonight




O morning stars together

Proclaim the holy birth

And praises sing to God the King

And Peace to men on earth

For Christ is born of Mary

And gathered all above

While mortals sleep, the angels keep

Their watch of wondering love




How silently, how silently

The wondrous gift is given!

So God imparts to human hearts

The blessings of His heaven.

No ear may hear His coming,

But in this world of sin,

Where meek souls will receive him still,

The dear Christ enters in.




O holy Child of Bethlehem

Descend to us, we pray.

Cast out our sin and enter in,

Be born to us today.

We hear the Christmas angels.

The great glad tidings tell.

O come to us, abide with us,

Our Lord Emmanuel


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