9pm Christmas Eve Liturgy
Christmas Eve, 24 December 2020, 9pm, Candle Light (Covid)
[Begin in darkness, glass candles placed around the center of the oratory]
Gathering of the Community
Sign of Cross and Grace at entrance
(Welcome, Greeting & Theme)
Priest: Trusting in God’s forgiveness, let us in silence confess our failings and acknowledge our part in the pain of the world.
All: Before God, with the people of God, we confess to turning away from God in the ways we wound our lives, the lives of others, and the life of the world.
Priest: May God forgive you, Christ renew you, and the Spirit enable you to grow in love.
Processional Hymn: O Holy Night
Act of Praise: Silent Night
Liturgy of the Word
1st Reading: Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm Refrain: “Today is born our Saviour, Christ the Lord”
Gospel Acclamation: “Alleluia”
Gospel: Luke 2:1-14
(silent meditation after homily)
An Affirmation of Christian Faith
We believe in God above us,
Maker and Sustainer of all life, of sun and moon, of water and earth, of male and female.
We believe in God beside us,
Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, born of a woman, servant of the poor, tortured and nailed to a tree. A man of compassion, he died forsaken; he descended into the earth to the place of death.
On the third day he rose from the tomb; he ascended into heaven to be everywhere present; and his kingdom will come on earth.
We believe in God within us,
the Holy Spirit of Pentecostal fire, life-giving breath of the church, spirit of healing and forgiveness, source of resurrection and eternal life.
The Prayers of the People
In joy and humility let us pray to the creator of the universe, saying “Lord, grant us peace”
Liturgy of the Eucharist
Offertory Hymn: Joy has dawned
Prayer over the Gifts
Eucharistic Prayer 2
The Lord’s Prayer
Breaking of the Bread
Sacrifice became for us the gift of life
We hold it dear, you are always here.
Bread and Wine mysteries we can’t define, We only know it is divine gift to us, You are here with us. You are here in us. You are here as us.
(Stand if you want to receive communion. Sit down if you do not wish to receive)
(Let’s sit with open hands in silent appreciation of the radiant Love living within and among us. Ring bell.)
Prayer after Communion
Priest: Glory to
All: Whose power working in us….
Priest: Do what God wills.
Follow where Christ calls.
Pray for the gifts of the Spirit.
And may the blessing of God the Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer rest on you and remain with you now and always.
Recessional Hymn: Joy to the World
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