Christmas Day

The Prelude Greensleeves arr. by L. Smith

The Opening Hymn 83 O Come, All Ye Faithful v. 1, 3, 5, 6

The people standing if able, the Celebrant says

Celebrant Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

People   And blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever.  Amen.

The Celebrant then continues

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: 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.

The Gloria: Hymn 96   Angels We Have Heard On High v.  1-2

Celebrant The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Let us pray.

The Celebrant then adds

O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light:  Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.  Amen.

The Lessons

The people sit.

A Reading from the Book of Isaiah 9:2-7The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness–on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow.

Psalm 96 Cantate Domino

1Sing to the Lord a new song; *  sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.  2Sing to the Lord and bless his Name; *  proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.  3Declare his glory among the nations *  and his wonders among all peoples.  4For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; *  he is more to be feared than all gods.  5As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols; *  but it is the Lord who made the heavens.  6Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence! *  Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!

7Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples; *  ascribe to the Lord honor and power.  8Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name; *  bring offerings and come into his courts.  9Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; *  let the whole earth tremble before him.  10Tell it out among the nations: “The Lord is King! *  he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;  he will judge the peoples with equity.”  11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;  let the sea thunder and all that is in it; *  let the field be joyful and all that is therein.  12Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy  before the Lord when he comes, *  when he comes to judge the earth.  13He will judge the world with righteousness *  and the peoples with his truth.

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to Titus 2:11-14The grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.

The Word of the Lord.

People Thanks be to God.

Silence may follow.

The Sequence Hymn 89 It Came Upon the Midnight Clear 1st and 2nd before

3rd and 4th after the Gospel

89It Came Upon the Midnight Clear

Then, all standing if able, the Deacon or a Priest reads the Gospel, first saying

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 2:1-20

People Glory to you, Lord Christ.

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 Savior, 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 favors!” 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.

After the Gospel, the Reader says

The Gospel of the Lord.

People Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The people sit.

The Sermon The Reverend David Feyrer

The Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father;

through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven,

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father,

who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.’

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Silence may follow.  All kneel if able.

Prayer Hymn 81 Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming

81 Lo, How a Rose Ere Blooming

The Prayers of the People BCP, 387

The Leader and People pray responsively

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;

That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for all bishops, priests, and deacons;

for Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our Presiding Bishop;

Ian and Laura, our own Bishops; and David, our Priest.

We also pray for Don, for Ned, and all those discerning a call to ordained ministry.

That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

We pray for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble,

That they may be delivered from their distress.

Give to the departed eternal rest;

Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and those of others, especially… (prayer list is read)

(We respond by repeating the names raised by the intercessor in prayer.) 

The People may add their own petitions.

The Intercessor and People pray in unison.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a priest for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Intercessor continues.

We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

Silence may be kept.  Intercessor and People continue.

Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father;

in your compassion forgive us our sins,

known and unknown,

things done and left undone;

and so uphold us by your Spirit

that we may live and serve you in newness of life,

to the honor and glory of your Name;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Celebrant:

Blessed are you, O people of God, for the one of peace has visited you and has redeemed your sins!

May the God who dwells among you overshadow you with holiness, forgive your wrongs, and

protect you as a shepherd protects his sheep.

The Peace BCP, 360

All stand if able.  The Celebrant says to the people

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People And also with you.

Announcements ~ The Offering

Celebrant Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us,

an offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:2

The Offertory Anthem This Peaceful Night Don Besig and Nancy Price     Adult Choir and Children’s Choir

Shadows fell, the air grew cold;

On that night long ago.

In a stable dark and bare,

Sat a maiden pure and fair.

All the world was still that night

All was still that night.

Quietly the gift did come’

He was born. God’s true Son.

In a manger stall He lay,

On a bed of new mown hay;

Love came down to the world that night,

Love came down that night.

To a stable come once more,

Gather ’round, keep Him warm.

Worship now this tiny King,

Share the love and joy He brings,

Peace has come to the world this night.

Peace has come this night.

The Doxology

Doxology

The Holy Communion

The Great Thanksgiving

Eucharistic Prayer B BCP, 367

The people remain standing if able. The Celebrant, whether bishop or priest, faces them and sings or says

The Lord be with you.

People And also with you.

Celebrant Lift up your hearts.

People Our hearts are with the Lord.

Celebrant Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

People It is right to give him thanks and praise.

Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere

to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

Because you sent your beloved Son to redeem us from sin and death, and to make us heirs in him of everlasting life; that when he shall come again in power and great triumph to judge the world, we may without shame or fear rejoice to behold his appearing.

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and

Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever

sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Celebrant and People

The Sanctus Hymn S128 Mathias

The Sanctus

The people stand or kneel if able.  Then the Celebrant continues

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love

which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling

of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the

prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your

Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from

the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world.

In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy

to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error

into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

At the following words concerning the bread, the Celebrant is to hold it

or lay a hand upon it; and at the words concerning the cup, to hold or

place a hand upon the cup and any other vessel containing wine to be consecrated.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took

bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and

gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body,

which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given

thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you:

This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you

and for ALL for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink

it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

The Celebrant continues

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you,

O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this

bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon

these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of

Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your

Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him,

being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time,

put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to

that heavenly country where, with all your saints,

we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and

daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all

creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy

Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.  Amen.

And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,

People and Celebrant BCP, 364

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,

for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Breaking of the Bread BCP, 364

A period of silence is kept.

Alleluia!  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us;

Therefore let us keep the feast.  Alleluia! 

The Agnus Dei Hymn S165 Mathias

Agnus Dei

Facing the people, the Celebrant says the following Invitation

The Gifts of God for the People of God.

Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you,

and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

(The ministers receive the Sacrament in both kinds, and then immediately deliver it to the people.)

The Communion Anthems

Ye Shepherds Leave your Sheep Adult Choir

O Holy Night Soloist: Victoria Tiefenthaler

After Communion, the Celebrant says

Let us pray.

Celebrant and People BCP, 366

Almighty and everliving God,

we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food

of the most precious Body and Blood

of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ;

and for assuring us in these holy mysteries

that we are living members of the Body of your Son,

and heirs of your eternal kingdom.

And now, Father, send us out

to do the work you have given us to do,

to love and serve you

as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.

To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit,

be honor and glory, now and for ever.

The Blessing

The Bishop when present, or the Priest, may bless the people.

The Amen

The Amen

The people kneel if able.

Candlelight Carol 111  Silent Night

111  Silent Night

All stand if able.

The Recessional Hymn 100    Joy to the World

100    Joy to the World

Deacon Let us go forth into the world, rejoicing in the power of the Spirit.

People Thanks be to God.

The Postlude Fantasy on Gloria in Excelsis Rex Koury

THE CHRISTMAS FLOWERS, HERE IN THE SANCTUARY, HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO THE GLORY OF GOD BY THOSE LISTED.  The flowers will be delivered to shut-ins and those who are sick or in need of comfort.  PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THEM TONIGHT! 

For those we love, yet see no longer…

Christ Church Parish Family in loving memory of Father Perry Miller, Father Arthur Bello, Father Tom Waring, Father Esty Denkinger, Father Don Burr and Father Frank Wismer.

The wreaths on the front doors are given in loving memory of Mae and Edward Ashbrook Sr., by their loving family.

In loving memory of our dear departed friends and relatives, and in Thanksgiving for all of those still with us, by Betty and Al Belcher

In loving memory of Maryann Bieling, Catherine Craw, William and Wanda Gray, Lou and Jennie Zarrelli, Forever in our hearts. Donald, Danielle, Emma and Logan Bieling

In memory of my beloved husband, Alan C. Burr, Sr; my sisters, Beatrice and Elaine; our brothers, Gene, Jack, David, and Fr. Don; our sons, Ed, and John, our parents, and our many friends who are no longer with us.  Love to all, Lorraine.

In loving memory of Arthur & Elizabeth Bibby, Harry & Dora Coombs, Patricia Johnson, James & Mary Coombs, George & Bertha Despres, Mr & Mrs Antonio Ross, Frank Ross Sr., Carl & Rosemary Nevidjon, and Sonja Frinder. Given by the Ross Family.

In loving memory of Harry & Dora Coombs and Frank Ross Sr, given by their children and grandchildren.

In loving memory of Ruth Ida Martha Nolte Gussio by Ginny Deering

In loving memory of Rae Waite, former Directress, Altar Guild, St. George’s Anglican Church, by Ginny Deering

In loving memory of Arthur Durner, Henry and Loretta Olsen, Emma, Charles, William and Alvin Miller given by Muriel Durner and family

In loving memory of Alfred Felter Jr., husband of Barbara, and Nina and David Brennan, mom and dad, Alfred and Eileen Felter, in-laws of Barbara

In loving memory of Christopher W. French, Hal and Mary Quackenboss, Dr. Robert Mayes Fedric, Robert Mayes Fedric, Jr., and Bill and Thelma French by Sarah and Emily French-McQueen and Catherine French-Putvinski.

In loving memory of George & Katherine Generoso, Richard Willette, Reida & William B. Brown by the Generoso family

In loving memory of all our loved ones by Dave and Kim Harris and family

In loving memory of Jack and Marjorie Hughes, given by Nancy, Bill, Jason and Melissa Pratt.

In memory of William and Josephine Johnson by Daryl Johnson.

In loving memory of Dana K. Johnson, by the Alan Singewald Family

In loving memory of Bob, our family members and friends by Barbara Judson

In loving memory of Dorothy and Jack Smalls and Mary and David Krouse, and Gree and Nick Querro, given by Bud, Jennifer, Rebecca and Sarah Krouse.

At Christmas, we especially remember our loved ones whom we dearly miss and no longer see. You are always in our thoughts and prayers. Ruth and Lou Lovallo and family

Given in loving memory by Barbara Marzolf for Phil Marzolf, Bill Flynn and Kevin Flynn, and the Flynn, Raymond and Marzolf families

In loving memory of Timothy Devine, Ryan Family, Oravez family, Peden family, Carl and Rosemary Nevidjon, and Angelo Anrico, given Joseph and Marilyn Oravez

In loving memory of Marge Owens by the Christ Church Parish Family

Christ Church Parish Family in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Edward D. Sims; Frank, Natalie, Ruth, Frank, Sr. and Adele Sturdevant; and in memory of Agnes and Daniel Maybin, Rebecca Blackman, Allan Stockman and Elizabeth Shepherd, Kate, Ferdinand and Dorothea Kimmich, Minnie and Charles Paul. Helen Adams, Mabel Allen, Mae Ashbrook, Alice Benson, Harriet Broadway, John Burr, Sr., Joan Chase, Julia Cromwell, John Dwyer, Annie Flaherty, Ethel Mansfield, Helen Roberts, Barbara Raila, Minnie Quick, Edward and Bess Robinson, Elizabeth Knapp, Laura Jennings, Cora Keeler, Adeline Wilson, Elinor Riley, Lillian Mackeever, George and Mildred Webb, Susan Jayne, Jessie Judd, Harold Franson, Ella Franson, Fran Slausen, Edna Stocking, Thursa Barnum, Madeline Guyer, Marge and Jack Hughes, Ginny MacLachlan, Bob and Roberta Albertson, Phil Marzolf, Joan Bloom, Honey Kish, Matilda Fasano, Laurel Martin, Mary Ste. Marie, Rosemary Nevidjon, Dolly Sims, Phyllis Hoyt, Betty Wargo, Dorothy Wetmore and Augie Winters

In loving memory of Brian James West. You will be in our hearts forever, by his three daughters—Debbie, Julie and Mandy.

With thanksgiving for the lives of Harry G. McClaren, Jr.; Margaret S. McClaren; Robert L. McClaren; Andrea M. Coller; Frank E. Wismer, III, Robert S. Denig, from the Coller and Denig families

In memory of all of our loved ones by Bunny and Ed Zamm and family.

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