St James Manotick

Sunday, December 24, 2020

Christmas Eve


Prelude:  O Come, All Ye Faithful – Arr. Cindy Berry

Territorial Land Acknowledgement
As we begin this service, we acknowledge that we are gathered on the unceded territory of the Algonquin people, the traditional territory of the Wendat and Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
May we honour the Indigenous stewards of this land, and grow in right relationship with all Indigenous peoples.
We recognize that Creator God moves us forward together in healing, respect, and unity for future generations. 

Opening Music: The Earliest Christmas Morn
– Jay Althouse & Phillips Brooks (sung by Mikaela G. & Frank S.)

Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Our world is filled with trouble
But we remember
that God is with us.
And we remember
that Jesus is coming.
And we remember
that the kingdom is near.
So we light one candle for hope, lost and found.
And one candle in defiant hope.
And one candle in patient hope.
And one candle in living hope.
And one candle for Christ who is our hope.
Jesus Christ is born! Jesus Christ is born!

Gathering Sentences

Celebrant:  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
People:     And also with you. 

Celebrant:  Almighty God,
to you all hearts are open, all desires known,
and from you no secrets are hidden.
Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Glory to God                                                                              

Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth. 

Lord God, heavenly king,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory. 

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world;
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer. 

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High,
Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Collect of the Day

God of promise, from ancient times you have sustained your people. With Mary and Joseph, teach us to treasure in our hearts the birth of Jesus, and with shepherds and angels, lead us to praise the holy Child of Bethlehem in whose name we pray. Amen.

Music: In the Bleak Mid-Winter – Gustav Holst (Caitlyn H.)


1st Reading – Isaiah 62.6-12

Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have posted sentinels; all day and all night they shall never be silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest, and give him no rest until he establishes Jerusalem and makes it renowned throughout the earth.The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: I will not again give your grain to be food for your enemies, and foreigners shall not drink the wine for which you have laboured; but those who garner it shall eat it and praise the Lord, and those who gather it shall drink it in my holy courts. Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway, clear it of stones, lift up an ensign over the peoples.
The Lord has proclaimed to the end of the earth: Say to daughter Zion, ‘See, your salvation comes; his reward is with him, and his recompense before him.’
They shall be called, ‘The Holy People, The Redeemed of the Lord’; and you shall be called, ‘Sought Out, A City Not Forsaken.’

Psalm 97 (sung by Pamela B. & Wayne W.)                       
Response: All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 

The Lord is king; let the earth rejoice;
let the multitude of the isles be glad.
Clouds and darkness are round about him,
righteousness and justice are the foundations of his throne.

A fire goes before him
and burns up his enemies on every side.
His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees it and is afraid.

The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
The heavens declare his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.

Confounded be all who worship carved images and delight in false gods!
Bow down before him, all you gods.
Zion hears and is glad, and the cities of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgements, O Lord.

For you are the Lord, most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
The Lord loves those who hate evil;
he preserves the lives of his saints
and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Light has sprung up for the righteous,
and joyful gladness for those who are truehearted.
Rejoice in the Lord, you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name.

Almighty God, your whole creation declares your glory.  May we perceive you in all your works and live in the light of your righteousness, through him who is the light of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord. 

2nd Reading –Titus 3.4-7                                                         

But when the goodness and loving-kindness of God our Saviour appeared, he saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy, through the water of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This Spirit he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Saviour, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

 Gradual: How Far Is It to Bethlehem – arr. Matthew Larkin
(Ruth H. & Jane V.)

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to . . .
                  Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ. 

The Gospel – Luke 2.1-20

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see – I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!”  When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

                            The Gospel of Christ.
                  Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon – The Reverend Kerri Brennan

Music: On a Night of Wonder Jay Althouse
(sung by Pamela Best & Wayne Whitney)

The Apostles’ Creed

Celebrant: Let us confess the faith of our baptism, as we say,
All:           I believe in God, the Father almighty,
                 Creator of heaven and earth.                                                                 

                 I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
                 He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
                 He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
                 He descended to the dead.
                 On the third day he rose again.
                 He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

                 I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,
                 The communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
                 The resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Prayers of the People 

In joy and humility let us pray to the creator of the universe, saying, “Lord, hear our prayer.”

With the angels of heaven we proclaim your glory, O God. As the radiance of your presence lights up the heavens, we pray for ourselves and the whole world.  Let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.                                                                       

That the peace proclaimed by angels in the shepherd’s field might be realized on every field of war and on every street of violence, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the child born to us might find in our hearts a warm welcome by our openness to the needs of the homeless and the hungry, let us pray to the Lord.  Lord, hear our prayer.

That in this time of gift-giving we might become more responsive to the abandoned, the despairing, and the mourning, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the rejoicing of this night might be a bond leading us to true community, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the joy and consolation of the Wonderful Counsellor might give hope and healing to all who are facing troubles of any kind, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

That the blessed hope we celebrate this night might be the fulfillment of all who have gone before us, let us pray to the Lord. Lord, hear our prayer.

Grant that, through our prayers, our lives may radiate the presence of Christ to all who dwell on earth, for he is our Lord for ever and ever. Amen.                    

Celebrant: The peace of the Lord be always with you.
                  And also with you.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.


Glory to God,
     whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.
     Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Blessing

Closing Hymn: Silent Night (Virtual Choir) 

Closing Reflection: Silent Night – Arr. K. Gorelick & W. Afanasieff


Close in silence

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The flowers in the Church are to the Glory of God and given: 

by Jack & Lillian in loving memory of John & Ruth Paul 

by Howard & Kyra in loving memory of Beryl, Walter & Kerry Cunningham 

by Peter & Carol in loving memory of Linda Cull 

by David & Frances in memory of loved ones of the Huddleson family

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The Reverend Kerri Brennan 

Bob Gillett, Jim Sevigny, Jane Venus, Terry Tomkins
Church Wardens