Service of Carols and Readings. Third Sunday in Advent, 11th December 2022 4.00pm

Led by Revd Lucy Brierley


Welcome and Notices

Responsive Call to Worship,
Based on words from the prophet Isaiah

A boy has been born for us.
A child has been given to us.

And his name shall be called
Wonderful Counsellor,  Mighty God,
Eternal Father, the Prince of Peace

Once we were no people
Now we are God’s people

Once we walked in darkness
Now we have seen a great light

Carol: Once in Royal David’s City -(R&S 167) (Verse 1 sung by the children’s singing group, all stand)

Reading – Luke 1 v26-38
The Annunciation to Mary, read by Jenny Kember
              – Luke 2 v1-6 The Birth of Jesus, ready by David Kember

Reading – ”The Sounds of the Season: A Baby’s Cry”

Singing Group – “Adore”

Reading—Luke 2 v8-20
The Visit of the Shepherds, read by Janet Collinson

Hymn – O little town of Bethlehem (R&S 145)

Reading – “Come to the Manger”

Children’s Singing Group : Sing we the song of Emmanuel

Reading – “Joy to the World—Christ has come!”

Hymn – Hark the Herald angels sing (R&S 159)


Hymn – It came upon the midnight clear (R&S 144)

Prayer time

Hymn – Silent Night (R&S 147)

Reading – John 1 v14
The Word became Flesh

Hymn – O Come all ye faithful (R&S 160)



Today there is an opportunity to give to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal, (this will run until Sunday 1st January)

The focus this year is on Malawi and the work of a local Christian Aid partner teaching people how to farm in a way which helps get crops through times of drought and nourishes them at no cost.  Hotter temperatures, drought, destructive downpours and floods are playing havoc with the growing seasons, causing food shortages in Malawi.

There are several different ways to donate:
1. The Dona card machine in the Forum
2. Via the Church website –
3. By using one of the envelopes for cash or cheques in the Forum
4. By sending a cheque (payable to Woking URC but write ‘Christian Aid’ on the back) to the Church or directly to the Church Treasurer
5. Paying directly to the Church’s bank account (details on ‘Giving to the Church’ section on the website)


You are invited to share in the following Services as we continue through Advent to Christmas Day.

Wednesday 14th December at 8.00pm – Christmas Praise—contemporary celebration

– Sunday, 18th December at 10.30 am – All-age Christmas Festival Nativity Service

– Christmas Eve, Saturday 24th December at 3.00 pm – Crib Service starting outside with the arrival of Mary on Ned the donkey, followed by refreshments. This Service will not be livestreamed.  (Normal parking charges apply at Heathside) 

– Christmas Day, Sunday 25th December at 10.00 am
All-age Celebration Service (Free parking all day at Heathside)