05A – Christmas Day

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WE GATHER TO WORSHIP GOD (Psalm 97:1-7)
Let the earth shout with joy at the sovereignty of the LORD:
sun-drenched beaches, reefs and distant islands, rejoice!.
Clouds of deep mystery  surround the LORD,
whose throne stands firm on justice
and God’s actions which put things right.
The spirit of the LORD rises up,
transforming and dispelling the surrounding powers and principalities.
Lightning shone in the dark of the world,
and the earth writhed as though in childbirth.
Ageless mountains melted like wax before the LORD,
from the presence of the LORD of all the earth
The heavens proclaimed God’s actions which put things right,
and all the people saw the glory of the LORD.

For Christmas Day 
Light shining
in a darkened cave:
cloth bindings carefully enfold
new life.

Light shining
in a darkened cave:
cloth bindings carefully folded –
lifeless.

Loving God,
thank you for Jesus,
in whom your love was revealed most clearly.
Thank you for the presence of your Spirit
through whom you show
that you choose not to be separated
from a world that would separate itself
from you.

Nothing can separate us
from your love:
we give you thanks and praise,
holy mystery and source of life. Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 1999, 2013.


A CREATIVE MOMENT 
Click here for some ideas for worship in Advent and Christmas gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print), originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.


Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
Angels from the realms of glory TIS 309 AHB 235
Away in a manger TIS 318 AHB 242
Brightest & best of the stars of the morning TIS 310 AHB 234
Child in the manger TIS 319 AHB 241
Christians awake, salute the happy morn TIS 306 AHB 231
Coldly the night winds winging TIS 321 AHB 245
Good Christians all, rejoice TIS 313 AHB 238
Hark the glad sound ! the Saviour comes TIS 269 AHB 197
Hark the herald angels sing TIS 303 AHB 227
Infant holy, infant lowly TIS 292 AHB 225
Joy to the world! The Lord is come TIS 268 AHB 224
Let all mortal flesh keep silence TIS 497 AHB 418
Let earth & heaven combine TIS 305 AHB 229
Love came down at Christmas TIS 317 AHB 243
O come all ye faithful TIS 304 AHB 228
O little town of Bethlehem TIS 316 AHB 240
O sing a new song to the Lord TIS 56 AHB 196
Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds TIS 290 AHB 215
Once in royal David’s city TIS 312 AHB 237
The first nowell the angel did say TIS 301 AHB 221
The north wind is tossing the leaves TIS 322 AHB 246
The people that in darkness walked TIS 274 AHB 202
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy TIS 307 AHB 232
To us a child of royal birth TIS 308 AHB 230
Unto us a boy is born TIS 293 AHB 218
While shepherds watched their flocks TIS 299 AHB 223
Isaiah 62:6-12
Father, whose everlasting love TIS 213 AHB 142
The advent of our God TIS 271 AHB 198
There’s a light upon the mountains TIS 276 AHB 207
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266 AHB 195
Isaiah 52:7-10
Good Christians all, rejoice TIS 313 AHB 238
Never in all human story TIS 320
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry TIS 270 AHB 199
To us a child of royal birth TIS 308 AHB 230
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266 AHB 195
Psalm 97
The Lord is king, let earth rejoice TIS 55
Psalm 98
All the ends of the earth have seen TIS 57 SA 3
Joy to the world! the Lord is come TIS 268 AHB 224
Let all the world in every corner sing TIS 105 AHB 13
O sing a new song to the Lord TIS 56
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166 AHB 102
Sing a new song to the Lord TIS 57 SA 3
Sing of the Lord’s goodness TIS 183
Titus 3:4-7
Pour out thy Spirit from on high TIS 451 AHB 378
Hebrews 1:1-4
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158 AHB 92
Hark the herald angels sing TIS 303 AHB 227
I know that my redeemer lives TIS 376 AHB 132
Now to the Lord a noble song! TIS 113 AHB 33
O Lord of every shining constellation TIS 157 AHB 103
Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds TIS 290 AHB 215
Praise and thanksgiving Father we offer TIS 627 AHB 569
Praise our God, the great creator TIS 165 AHB 110
Praise to the living God TIS 102 AHB 7
Rejoice, the Lord is King TIS 216 AHB 147
Sing my tongue the glorious battle TIS 331 AHB 249
Spirit, divine, attend our prayers TIS 406 AHB 377
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431 AHB 339
To us a child of royal birth TIS 308 AHB 230
Unto us a boy is born TIS 293 218
Luke 2:8-20
Angels from the realms of glory TIS 309 AHB 235
Christ is the world’s light TIS 246 AHB 191
Christians, awake, salute the happy morn TIS 306 AHB 231
Coldly the night winds winging TIS 321 AHB 245
Father all loving, thou rulest in majesty TIS 160 AHB 104
From heaven above to earth I come TIS 296 AHB 219
Funny kind of night, funny kind of day TIS 329
Glory to God, glory to God, praise and alleluia! TIS 171
Glory to our boundless God TIS 189
Glory, glory, glory, — glory be to God on high TIS 775
God is love, let heaven adore him TIS 153 AHB 93
Good Christians all, rejoice TIS 313 AHB 238
Hark the herald angels sing TIS 303 AHB 227
Hark! the herald angels sing TIS 303 AHB 227
Infant holy, infant lowly TIS 92 AHB 225
Jesus has come and brings joy as our Saviour TIS 208
Let all together praise our God TIS 298
Love came down at Christmas TIS 317 AHB 243
Never in all human story TIS 320
O come, all ye faithful TIS 304 AHB 228
O Laughing Light, O first-born of creation TIS 256
O little town of Bethlehem TIS 316 AHB 240
O sing a new song to the Lord TIS 54
Of the Father’s love begotten ere the worlds TIS 290 AHB 215
On Christmas night all Christians sing TIS 300
On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry TIS 270 AHB 199
Pull back the veil on the dawn of creation TIS 326
Saviour of nations, come TIS 295
Silent night, holy night TIS 311 AHB 236
The first nowell the angel did say TIS 301 AHB 221
The Virgin Mary had a baby boy TIS 307 AHB 232
To us a child of royal birth TIS 308 AHB 230
While shepherds watched their flocks TIS 299 AHB 223
Who is the baby an hour or two old TIS 325
John 1:1-14
All things Bright & Beautiful TIS 135 AHB 70
Angels from the realms of glory TIS 309 AHB 235
Away in a manger, no crib for a bed TIS 318 AHB 242
Break thou the bread of life TIS 429 AHB 334
Christ is the world’s light TIS 246 AHB 191
Come let us with our Lord arise TIS 375 AHB 297
Come you people, come adore him TIS 101 AHB 5
Father of heaven, whose love profound TIS 131 AHB 60
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158 AHB 92
Good Christians all, rejoice TIS 313 AHB 238
Hark the herald angels sing TIS 303 AHB 227
I greet you, my Redeemer sure TIS 198 AHB 128
Jesus the Lord said ‘I am the bread’ TIS 239 AHB 185
Let all mortal flesh keep silence TIS 497 AHB 418
Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star TIS 199 AHB 220
Lord, the light ofyour love is shining TIS 675
Lord, your almighty word TIS 447 AHB 61
Love came down at Christmas TIS 317 AHB 243
My heart & voice I raise TIS 225 AHB 160
Now to the Lord a noble song! TIS 113 AHB 33
o how joyfully, 0 how hopefully TIS 330
O what a gift, what a wonderful gift TIS 278 AHB 213
Of the Father’s love begotten TIS 290 AHB 215
Praise our God, the great creator TIS 165 AHB 110
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166 AHB 102
Sing my tongue the glorious battle TIS 331 AHB 249
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431 AHB 339
The royal banners forward go TIS 332 AHB 251
We have a gospel to proclaim TIS 245 AHB 189
Your words to me are life and health TIS 430 AHB 337

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