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Christmas Day 2021



Happy Christmas! Jesus is born.


Welcome to our online service. This service is a replica of our in person service at 10.30am. If you are planning on joining in person, please note masks must be worn whilst in the building unless you are exempt. It is an all age service as we celebrate Christmas together.



Coming Up


Due to the rise in Covid cases and the uncertainty about what next, we are taking the new year slowly and online - note that if the situation changes - for better or worse - we will re-evaluate


26th December - no service

New Years Eve - 11.30pm on zoom

Sunday 2nd January - 11am - online service

Sunday 9th January - 11am - online service

Sunday 16th January -11am - in person and online covenant service

Then back to normal pattern as situation allows


All online only services will be followed by zoom after church coffee - if you haven't been on zoom for a while watch out for the church link change, which will be shared on the 2nd.


Our midweek activities will delay reopening in person until at least w/b 17th January, apart from food parcel distribution which continues every Thursday.


Worship


Call to Worship


Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. (Isaiah 60:1-3)



Carol - Oh Come All Ye Faithful






Christ Candle


Watch the video as we light our Christmas Candle




Talk - Part 1


Watch the video below





Song - Come and Join the Celebration




Talk Part 2




Song - The Virgin Mary had a Baby Boy




Talk part 3


Watch the video below for the next part of the talk






Song - It Came Upon a Midnight Clear




Talk Part 4


Watch the next part of the talk below





Responsive Song - Listen to the song below as you reflect





Read - John 1:1-9, 14


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.



You spoke, Lord, and light penetrated the darkness. A good light. A strong light. A perfect light. But we went astray, loving darkness rather than light, so you sent your prophets, to call us back towards the light. Yet still we were stubborn and afraid, so you sent your son, to be the light of the world. The light shining in the darkness, and the darkness never overcoming it. You, Lord, are our light and our salvation. You are our light and our truth. You are our light and our protector. You are our light and our fountain of life. Your light continues to shine, in the dark places of our lives, in the dark places of our world and though things may not be easy, the darkness cannot prevail.


Lord, you have called us and brought light into our lives. And now you ask us to be your light in the continuing darkness. At times we may be like a small, fragile, flickering candle, at times a bright strong, beam of light… Help us this coming week to let your light shine through us in our words and our actions, in our attitudes and relationships. With our hands, our faces, our feet and our smiles. In in the name of Jesus, Amen


Song - Ding Dong Merrily on High




Happy Christmas!!

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