Virtual Church: Sunday, DECEMBER 20 – “LOVE”

December 20, 2020 Fourth Week of Advent

 

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The First Noel

The first Noel the angel did say
was to certain poor shepherds
in fields as they lay,
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel!
Born is the King of Israel.

(Words & Music: English Traditional Words & Music: Public Domain; Church CCLI # 2458953)

That Boy-Child of Mary

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger His cradle in Bethlehem.
What shall we call Him,
child of the manger?
What name is given in Bethlehem?

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger His cradle in Bethlehem.
His name is Jesus,
God ever with us,
God given for us in Bethlehem.

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger His cradle in Bethlehem.
One with the Father,
He is our Saviour,
heaven-sent helper of Bethlehem.

That boy-child of Mary was born in a stable,
a manger His cradle in Bethlehem.

(Words: Tom Colvin; Music: Malawi traditional. arranged by Tom Colvin. Words & Music: 1969 Hope Publishing Co. Church CCLI # 2458953)

Oh Come All Ye Faithful

Oh come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant;
Oh come ye, oh come ye, to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
born the King of angels:
Oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation;
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above:
“Glory to God
in the highest!”
Oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him;
oh come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

(Words: F. Oakeley, Music: Anonymous  Words & Music: Public Domain; Church CCLI # 2458953)

 

Candle of Love – Lester & Lois MacFadyen
L = Leader C = Congregation

L: In this season of Advent, we celebrate God’s love.

C: Soon we will welcome
the beautiful and radical love of God
as Jesus Christ comes to live among us.

L: We embrace our identity as God’s beloved children
and let this truth guide our decisions and relationships.

C: In our homes and in our church
we offer hospitality,
welcoming those we don’t know, those who are in need,
and those who are different from us.

L: We demonstrate our care for creation
in real and tangible ways through the products we buy,
the food we eat, and the way we live every day.

C: Together, we are a sign of God’s love for the world.

(The candle is lit)

L: Let us pray:

C: God of extravagant generosity,
in Jesus we discover
the depth of your care
and the lengths you will go to save us.
Forgive us when we ignore those in need,
trample your creation
and refuse to share
all that we receive from you.
Teach us to love our neighbours,
caring for each other
in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Sung Response: Love is a Flame

Love is a flame that burns in our hearts,
Jesus has come and will never depart.
When God is a child
there’s joy in our song.
The last shall be first
and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.

(Words: Brian Wren, Music: Joan Collier Fogg Words & Music: © 1989 by Hope Publishing Co. Church CCLI # 2458953)

 

By Heaven’s Light: A Christmas Cantata

(Words: Tom S. Long Music: Allen Pote © 2007 Hope Publishing Company)

Once in Royal David’s City

Once in royal David’s city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her baby
in manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little child.

Christ came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
sheltered by a humble stable,
cradled in a cattle stall:
with the poor, oppressed and lowly,
lived on earth, our Saviour holy.

(Words: Cecil Frances Alexander, Music: Henry John Gauntlett, harmony: A.H. Mann.
Words & Music: Public Domain, Harmony: © Novello & Co Ltd. Church CCLI#2458953)