06B – Christmas 1B

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CALL TO WORSHIP  (Psalm 148:1-6)
Praise the holy One, you Kuiper Belt, depths and high places;
all you great cloud of witnesses, praise the LORD.
Sun and moon, and star strewn cosmos;  
edges of the universe, and echoes of creation,  
praise the LORD! 
Praise the name of the LORD,
who commanded and they were created;
who set them in place for ever and ever;
who gave them order which will never fade away. 

PRAYER OF ADORATION  (Psalm 148:7-14)
Praise the LORD, from the earth,
all sea-creatures and ocean depths;
fire and hail, snow and smoke;
stormy wind, working the word of the LORD;
mountains, and hills;
fruit trees and cedars, all of you;
wild animals, cattle, reptiles and birds on the wing;
kings of the earth, and all peoples,
leaders, and all judges of the earth;
young men — and young women too;
old, and young…
Let them praise the name of the LORD
— because it is raised up above everything —
whose majesty is over the earth and heavens;
who has raised up a horn,
to the glory of all receiving the steadfast love of the LORD;
Praise the LORD!

As the parents of Jesus brought sacrifices
to honour you, O God,
so may our working honour you,
our giving be to your glory,
and our living reflect your will for the world:
in Jesus’ name.

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

Click here for some ideas for worship in the Christmas season gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.

(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)

Gracious and eternal God,
in whom we find rest and shelter,
hear the cries of our world…
those for whom today is the beginning of life…
and those who face new ventures and new challenges…
those who are engulfed by loneliness, despair or grief…
and who feel cast off from your presence…
those who are walled in by circumstance…
or whose will to live is exhausted…
and those who this day will encounter death…
(The Prayers of the People continue)

Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate

Give to our God immortal praise, TIS 84
Good christians all, rejoice TIS 313
Great God, we sing that mighty hand TIS 124
Let earth & heaven combine TIS 305
Once in royal David’s city TIS 312
Praise the Lord, ye heavens adore him; TIS 93
Son of God, eternal Saviour TIS 606
Isaiah 61:10 to 62:3
Beauty for brokenness, hope for despair TIS 690
Father, whose everlasting love TIS 213
Hark! the herald angels sing TIS 303
Let all together praise our God TIS 298
Robe yourself, my soul, with gladness TIS 503
The advent of our God TIS 271
There’s a light upon the mountains TIS 276
Wake, awake! for night is flying TIS 266
Psalm 148
Praise the Lord, you heavens adore him TIS 93
Praise to the Holiest in the height TIS 141
Sing praise to the Lord! TIS 96
When morning gilds the skies TIS 227
Galatians 4:4-7
Behold, the amazing gift of love TIS 115
Loving Spirit, loving Spirit TIS 417
Once in royal David’s city TIS 312
To us a child of royal birth TIS 308
Luke 2: 22-40
Away in a manger TIS 318
Child in the manger, infant of Mary TIS 319
Funny kind of night, funny kind of day TIS 329
Go now in peace TIS 782
Lord God, you now have set your servant free TIS 733
Lord, bid your servant go in peace TIS 324
To us a child of royal birth TIS 308
Unto us a boy is born TIS 293

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