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10:00 1st Sunday of Christmas Eucharist Service at St James Church

Sunday 26th December, 2021

 

 

 

Presiding
Rev Heather Atkinson
Preaching
Mike Collins
Intercessions
Rev Heather Atkinson
Readings
Luke 2:41-52 - read by Hilary Hughes
Hymns
Joy To The World, The Lord Is Come!view chords/lyrics
Silent Night, Holy Nightview lyrics
I Cannot Tell Why He, Whom Angels Worshipview chords/lyrics
See Him Lying On A Bed Of Strawview chords/lyrics

 

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Hymn: Joy To The World, The Lord Is Come!

Joy To The World, The Lord Is Come!

Words: Isaac Watts (1674-1748)
Music: G F Handel (1685-1759)

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let ev'ry heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the world, the Savior reigns!
Let all their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
Repeat the sounding joy, repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of his love, and wonders of his love,
And wonders of his love.

 

 

Reading: Luke 2:41-52

Luke 2:41-52

read by Hilary Hughes

Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.
When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.
After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.
Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.
When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.
After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."
"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"
But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

 

 

Hymn: Silent Night, Holy Night

Silent Night, Holy Night

Words: Joseph Mohr (1792-1848)
Music: Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863)

Silent night, holy night,
All is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and child.
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.
Silent night, holy night,
Shepherds quake at the sight;
Glories stream from heaven afar,
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia!
Christ the Savior is born,
Christ the Savior is born!
Silent night, holy night,
Son of God, love's pure light;
Radiant beams from thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

 

 

Hymn: I Cannot Tell Why He, Whom Angels Worship

I Cannot Tell Why He, Whom Angels Worship

Words: William Young Fullerton (1857-1932)
Music: traditional Irish melody

I cannot tell why He, whom angels worship,
Should set His love upon the sons of men,
Or why as Shepherd, He should seek the wanderers,
To bring them back, they know not how or when.
But this I know, that He was born of Mary,
When Bethl'em's manger was His only home,
And that He lived at Nazareth and labored,
And so the Savior, Savior of the world is come.
I cannot tell how silently He suffered,
As with His peace He graced this place of tears,
Or how His heart upon the Cross was broken,
The crown of pain to three and thirty years.
But this I know, He heals the brokenhearted,
And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear,
And lifts the burden from the heavy laden,
For yet the Savior, Savior of the world, is here.
I cannot tell how He will win the nations,
How He will claim His earthly heritage,
How satisfy the needs and aspirations
Of east and west, of sinner and of sage.
But this I know, all flesh shall see His glory,
And He shall reap the harvest He has sown,
And some glad day His sun shall shine in splendor
When He the Savior, Savior of the world, is known.
I cannot tell how all the lands shall worship,
When, at His bidding, every storm is stilled,
Or who can say how great the jubilation
When all the hearts of men with love are filled.
But this I know, the skies will thrill with rapture,
And myriad, myriad human voices sing,
And earth to heaven, and heaven to earth, will answer:
At last the Savior, Savior of the world, is King.

 

 

Hymn: See Him Lying On A Bed Of Straw

See Him Lying On A Bed Of Straw

Words & Music: Michael Perry (1942-96)

See him lying on a bed of straw,
A draughty stable with an open door;
Mary cradling the babe she bore
The Prince of glory is his name.
O now carry me to Bethlehem,
To see the Lord appear to men;
Just as poor as was the stable then,
The Prince of glory when he came!
Star of silver, sweep across the skies,
Show where Jesus in the manger lies;
Shepherds, swiftly from your stupor rise
To see the Saviour of the world!
O now carry me to Bethlehem,
To see the Lord appear to men;
Just as poor as was the stable then,
The Prince of glory when he came!
Angels, sing again the song you sang,
Sing the glory of God's gracious plan;
Sing that Bethl'em's little baby can
Be the Saviour of us all.
O now carry me to Bethlehem,
To see the Lord appear to men;
Just as poor as was the stable then,
The Prince of glory when he came!
Mine are riches, from your poverty,
From your innocence eternity;
Mine forgiveness by your death for me,
Child of sorrow for my joy.
O now carry me to Bethlehem,
To see the Lord appear to men;
Just as poor as was the stable then,
The Prince of glory when he came!

 

 

 

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