Christmas Service Welcome & Introduction

Hymn: # 379 – O Come, All Ye Faithful

Invocation and Prayer
P In the name of the Father, and of the T Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
C Amen.
P Beloved in Christ, in this Christmas season, let it be our delight to hear again
the message of the Angels, and to go in heart and mind to Bethlehem, and
see this thing which is come to pass, and the Babe lying in the manger.
Let us read and mark in Holy Scripture the tale of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our disobedience to the glorious Redemption brought us by this holy Child; and let us make this place glad with our carols of praise.
But first, let us pray for the needs of His whole world; for peace and goodwill over all the earth; for the mission and unity of the Church for which He died. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.
P And because this of all things would rejoice His heart, let us at this time remember the poor and the helpless; the hungry and the oppressed; the sick and those who mourn; the lonely and the unloved; the aged and the little children; and all those who do not know the Lord Jesus, or love Him, or who have grieved His heart of love. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.
P Lastly, let us remember before God all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore and in a greater light, that multitude which no one can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom, in this Lord Jesus, we for evermore are one. Lord, in Your mercy,
C hear our prayer.
P These prayers and praises let us humbly offer up to the throne of heaven, in the words which Christ himself hath taught us:

C 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 and the power and the glory
forever and ever. Amen.

P The Almighty God bless us with His grace; Christ give us the joys of everlasting life; and unto the fellowship of the citizens above may the King of Angels bring us all.
C Amen.