05B – 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.

CONFESSION  (Psalm 97:8-12)
Those who went after other gods were put to shame –
even the gods bowed down.
Rejoicing and acclamation rise up
because of your judgements, O LORD.
For you, O LORD, are the Most High, over all the earth;
you are greatly exalted over the gods.
For the times we follow other gods, to our own shame
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

You who love the LORD, despise evil,
for the LORD protects the lives of the faithful,
and will rescue them from the hand of the wicked.
For the times turn from the protection of your hand
Christ have mercy.
Christ have mercy.

Light shines out for those who live justly;
it rejoices for the honest heart.
Rejoice, in the LORD, you whose lives express God’s justice,
and give thanks to the holy name of your God.
For the times when our living does not express your justice
Lord have mercy.
Lord have mercy.

Comfort us, heal us, and re-create us, O God,
so that in wholeness
we may live to your glory,
and the greatness of your holy name.
Amen.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000.


A CREATIVE MOMENT 
Click here for some ideas for Christmas worship gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was 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
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
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 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
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 
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 
Never in all human story TIS 320
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266 AHB 195
PSALM 97 
The Lord is King, lift up thy voice, AHB 64
The Lord is king, let earth rejoice TIS 55
With glorious clouds encompassed round AHB 155
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 to the Lord TIS 57 SA 3
Sing a new song, sing a new song TIS 166 AHB 102
Sing of the Lord’s goodness TIS 183
TITUS 3 
Come, O Spirit, from on high AHB 326
Pour out thy Spirit from on high TIS 451 AHB 378
HEBREWS 1 
God has spoken by his prophets TIS 158 AHB 92
Now to the Lord a noble song! TIS 113 AHB 33
O Lord of every shining constellation TIS 157 AHB 103
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
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
LUKE 2 
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
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
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
On Christmas night all Christians sing TIS 300
Saviour of nations, come TIS 295
Silent night, holy night TIS 311 AHB 236
Songs of praise the angels sang; AHB 62
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
JOHN 1
Angels from the realms of glory TIS 309 AHB 235
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
Lord Jesus, our bright Morning Star TIS 199 AHB 220
Lord, your almighty word TIS 447 AHB 61
My heart & voice I raise TIS 225 AHB 160
Now to the Lord a noble song! TIS 113 AHB 33
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
Thanks to God whose word was spoken TIS 431 AHB 339
Your words to me are life and health TIS 430 AHB 337

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