3rd January 2021 9.30am Order of service

3rd January 2021 9.30am Order of service

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Sing1: Angels from the realms of glory, Wing your flight o’er all the earth: Ye who sang creation’s story, Now proclaim Messiah’s birth:

Come and worship, Christ, the new-born King, Come and worship, Worship Christ, the new-born King.

Sages, leave your contemplations, Brighter visions beam afar; Seek the great Desire of nations; Ye have seen His natal star:

Saints, before the altar bending, Watching long in hope and fear, Suddenly the Lord descending In His temple shall appear:

Welcome & Notices                                                          

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Collect for Epiphany  Creator of the heavens, who led the Magi by a star to worship the Christ-child; guide and sustain us, that we may find our journeys end in Jesus Christ our Lord.

A penitential prayer for use with small children.

Father God, we re sorry for the things we do and say and think which make you sad, and for not thinking of others before ourselves. Please forgive us and help us to love you and other people more and more.

Absolution: The Lord enrich us with his grace and nourish us with his blessing; the Lord defend us in trouble and keep us from all evil; the Lord accept our prayers, and absolve us from our offences, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Saviour. Amen.

Sing2: Look To The Skies, there’s a celebration, Lift up your heads, join the angel song, For our Creator becomes our Saviour, As a baby born! Angels, amazed, bow in adoration: ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven!’ Send the good news out to every nation For our hope has come.

Worship the King – come, see His brightness; Worship the King, His wonders tell: Jesus our King is born today; We welcome You, Emmanuel!

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Father for ever, the Prince of Peace: There’ll be no end to Your rule of justice, For it shall increase. Light of Your face, come to pierce our darkness; Joy of Your heart come to chase our gloom; Star of the morning, a new day dawning, Make our hearts Your home.

Quietly He came as a helpless baby – One day in power He will come again; Swift through the skies He will burst with splendour On the earth to reign. Jesus, I bow at Your manger lowly: Now in my life let Your will be done; Live in my flesh by Your Spirit holy Till Your kingdom comes.

Gospel:

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew. Glory to you, O Lord. Matthew 2.1-12 This is the Gospel of the Lord Praise to you, O Christ

Talk  

Sing3: From The Squalor Of A Borrowed Stable, By the Spirit and a virgin’s faith; To the anguish and the shame of scandal Came the Saviour of the human race! But the skies were filled with the praise of heaven, Shepherds listen as the angels tell Of the Gift of God come down to man At the dawning of Immanuel.

King of heaven now the Friend of sinners, Humble servant in the Father’s hands, Filled with power and the Holy Spirit, Filled with mercy for the broken man. Yes, He walked my road and He felt my pain, Joys and sorrows that I know so well; Yet His righteous steps give me hope again – I will follow my Immanuel!

Intercessions          

Lord’s Prayer                                     

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever.  Amen.

Sing4

As with gladness men of old, Did the guiding star behold, As with joy they hailed its light, Leading onward, beaming bright, So, most gracious Lord, may we Evermore be led to thee.

As they offered gifts most rare, At thy cradle rude and bare, So may we with holy joy, Pure, and free from sin’s alloy, All our costliest treasures bring, Christ, to thee, our heavenly King.

Holy Jesus, every day, Keep us in the narrow way; And, when earthly things are past, Bring our ransomed souls at last Where they need no star to guide, Where no clouds thy glory hide

Blessing

May God, who gives patience and encouragement, give us a spirit of unity to live in harmony as we follow Jesus Christ, so that with one voice we may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.

Go in peace to love and to serve the Lord, In the name of Christ. Amen.

Sing5

The First Nowell the angel did say Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay; In fields where they lay keeping their sheep, On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star Shining in the east, beyond them far, And to the earth it gave great light, And so it continued both day and night.

And by the light of that same star Three wise men came from country far; To seek for a King was their intent, And to follow the star wherever it went.

This star drew nigh to the north-west; Over Bethlehem it took its rest, And there it did both stop and stay Right over the place where Jesus lay.

Then entered in those wise men three Full reverently upon their knee, And offered there in His presence Their gold, and myrrh, and frankincense.

Then let us all with one accord Sing praises to our heavenly Lord, That hath made heaven and earth of nought, And with His blood mankind hath bought

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