Christmas Eve Midnight Communion

Friday 24th Dec 2021: Christmas Eve Midnight Communion

‘God is Here’

Join us for our Midnight Holy Communion Service

Friday 24th December 2021 Christmas Eve Midnight Service

 

‘God is Here’

 

Light candles.

And we say this prayer together:

 

Blessed are you, sovereign Lord, King of peace:

to you be praise and glory for ever.

The new light of your incarnate Word

gives gladness in our sorrow,

and a presence in our isolation.

Fill our lives with your light,

until they overflow with gladness and praise.

Blessed be God for ever.

 

 

We pray the prayer of preparation together:

 

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom 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.

 

Carol: It came upon a midnight clear

 

 

Confession

 

Hear the words of the angel to Joseph:

‘You shall call his name Jesus,

for he will save his people from their sins.’

Therefore let us seek the forgiveness of God

through Jesus the Saviour of the world.

 

God our Father,

you sent your Son full of grace and truth:

forgive our failure to receive him.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

Jesus our Saviour,

you were born in poverty and laid in a manger:

forgive our greed and rejection of your ways.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

 

Spirit of Love,

your servant Mary responded joyfully to your call:

forgive the hardness of our hearts.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

 

 

 

Absolution

May the God of all healing and forgiveness

draw you to himself

and cleanse you from all your sins,

that you may behold the glory of his Son,

the Word made flesh,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

 

The Gloria

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 for Christmas Night

Almighty God,

you make us glad with the yearly remembrance

   of the birth of your Son Jesus Christ:

grant that, as we joyfully receive him as our redeemer,

so we may with sure confidence behold him

when he shall come to be our judge;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Carol: Once in Royal David’s city (video choir with words)

 

Reading: Isaiah 52:7-10

 

Gospel Acclamation

 

Alleluia, alleluia.

The Word became flesh and dwelt among us,

and we have seen his glory.

 

Alleluia.

 

John 1:1-14

 

Sermon: ‘God is here’

 

 

 

 

Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

 

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

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,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Intercessions:

In peace let us pray to the Lord.

Father, in this holy night your Son our Saviour

was born in human flesh.

Renew your Church as the Body of Christ.

Holy God

 

All   hear our prayer.

 

[In this holy night] there was no room for your Son in the inn.

Protect with your love those who have no home

and all who live in poverty.

Holy God

 

All   hear our prayer.

 

[In this holy night] Mary, in the pain of labour,

brought your Son to birth.

Hold in your hand […and] all who are in pain or distress.

Holy God

 

All   hear our prayer.

 

[In this holy night] your Christ came as a light shining in the darkness.

 

Bring comfort to […and] all who suffer in the sadness of our world.

Holy God

 

All   hear our prayer.

 

[In this holy night] the angels sang, ‘Peace to God’s people on earth.’

Strengthen those who work for peace and justice

in […and in] all the world.

Holy God

 

All   hear our prayer.

 

[In this holy night] shepherds in the field heard good tidings of joy.

Give us grace to preach the gospel of Christ’s redemption.

Holy God

 

All   hear our prayer.

 

[In this holy night] strangers found the Holy Family,

and saw the baby lying in the manger.

Bless our homes and all whom we love.

Holy God

 

All   hear our prayer.

 

[In this holy night] heaven is come down to earth,

and earth is raised to heaven.

Hold in your hand […and] all those who have passed through death

in the hope of your coming kingdom.

Holy God

All   hear our prayer.

 

[In this holy night] Christians the world over celebrate Christ’s birth.

Open our hearts that he may be born in us today.

Holy God

All   hear our prayer.

 

Father,

[in this holy night] angels and shepherds worshipped at

the manger throne.

Receive the worship we offer in fellowship with Mary,

Joseph and the saints

through him who is your Word made flesh,

our Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

Amen.

 

The Peace

 

Carol: ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’

 

 

 

Holy Communion

 

The Lord is here.

All   His Spirit is with us.

 

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

 

It is indeed right,

it is our duty and our joy,

at all times and in all places

to give you thanks and praise,

holy Father, heavenly King,

almighty and eternal God,

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord.

 

And now we give you thanks

because in coming to dwell among us as man,

he revealed the radiance of your glory

and brought us out of darkness

into your own marvellous light.

 

To you be glory and praise for ever.

 

Through him you have freed us from the slavery of sin,

giving him to be born of a woman and to die upon the cross;

you raised him from the dead

and exalted him to your right hand on high.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

 

Through him you have sent upon us

your holy and life-giving Spirit,

and made us a people for your own possession.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

 

Therefore with angels and archangels,

and with all the company of heaven,

we proclaim your great and glorious name,

for ever praising you and saying:

 

Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

 

Accept our praises, heavenly Father,

through your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ,

and as we follow his example and obey his command,

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us his body and his blood;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

 

In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

 

Therefore, heavenly Father,

we remember his offering of himself

made once for all upon the cross;

we proclaim his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension;

we look for the coming of your kingdom,

and with this bread and this cup

we make the memorial of Christ your Son our Lord.

 

 

 

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

 

Accept through him, our great high priest,

this our sacrifice of thanks and praise,

and as we eat and drink these holy gifts

in the presence of your divine majesty,

renew us by your Spirit,

inspire us with your love

and unite us in the body of your Son,

Jesus Christ our Lord.

To you be glory and praise for ever.

 

Through him, and with him, and in him,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

with all who stand before you in earth and heaven,

we worship you, Father almighty,

in songs of everlasting praise:

Blessing and honour and glory and power

be yours for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Lord’s prayer

Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and forever. Amen

 

We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the world

God here among us, light in the midst of us,

bring us to light and life.

 

 

God’s holy gifts

for God’s holy people.

 

All   Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

 

Communion is distributed

 

Post communion prayer:

 

God our Father,

in this night you have made known to us again the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ

confirm our faith and fix our eyes on him

until the day dawns

and Christ the Morning Star rises in our hearts.

To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

 

Carol: O come all ye faithful

 

Blessing:

May the Father, who has loved the eternal Son from before the foundation of the world,

shed that love upon you his children.

All   Amen.

 

 

 

We go into the world

To share God’s love and grow as God’s people

 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord

In the name of Christ,

Amen

Readings

Isaiah 52:7-10

7 How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation, that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!

8 The voice of thy watchmen! they lift up the voice, together do they sing; for they shall see eye to eye, when Jehovah returneth to Zion.

9 Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem; for Jehovah hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem.

10 Jehovah hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

John 1:1-14

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that hath been made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not.

6 There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John.

7 The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the light, that all might believe through him.

8 He was not the light, but came that he might bear witness of the light.

9 There was the true light, even the light which lighteth every man, coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not.

11 He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not.

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name:

13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth.