Led by Revd Lucy Brierley
This Service, broadcast live from the Church can be found via the Church’s website – www.wokingurc.org.uk our YouTube Channel or via our Facebook page. There is an archive of service recordings, including this one, on our website which can be viewed at home. If you would like some help to access any of them please email – firstname.lastname@example.org . If you would like a recording of this Service, and any other, they are available in various formats by request. Please contact the Church Office.
The Church is fitted with a loop system. The words of hymns and songs, and Bible readings etc are displayed on the screen. As the Service is live streamed you (and / or your family) could be on camera as efforts are made to help those watching at home to feel a part of the worshipping congregation in the Church, if you have any concerns regarding this please speak to an elder or welcomer.
Please continue to wear your mask, unless medically exempt, throughout the Service and as you walk around the building.
ORDER OF SERVICE
Welcome and Notices
Carol: Once in Royal David’s City -(R&S 167) (Verse 1 sung by the children’s singing group, all stand)
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 Consellor, 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
Prayers & The Lord’s Prayer
Carol: O come all ye faithful (R&S 160)
Drama—Booking a trip to Bethlehem (Robert and Oliver)
Reading – Luke 1 v26-38 The Annunciation to Mary
Carol : It came upon the midnight clear (R&S 144)
Reading: – Luke 2 v1-7 The Birth of Jesus
Singing Group: Hope was born this night
Reading—Luke 2 v8-20 The Visit of the Shepherds
Children’s Singing Group: Sweet Bells
Reading – God is With Us
Carol: Silent Night (R&S 147)
Carol: O little town of Bethlehem (R&S 145)
Time for Reflection and prayer
Reading – I am Peace
Reading – Come to the Manger: Peace for Advent
Children’s Singing Group: Child in a manger born
Reading: – John 1 v1-14The Word Became Flesh
Carol: Hark the Herald angels sing (R&S 159)
Everyone is invited to stay for tea after the Service, either in the Forum or the Hall. Food will be served on individual plates and please stay seated at the tables.
Today there is an opportunity to give to the Christian Aid Christmas Appeal, (this will run until Sunday 2nd January)
The appeal is focussing on South Sudan and mums on the frontline of the climate crisis who face impossible choices every day. Your gifts this Christmas could help build more boreholes, provide seeds and farming tools, and give mums the chance to set up small businesses. With clean water, nutritious food and ways to earn money, mums won’t have to make such impossible choices.
How to give –
Online click on the link – https://giving.give-star.com/online/christian-aid/woking-urc-christmas-2021-no-more-impossible-choices This can also be accessed from the Church website.
Contactless device in the Forum which has a Christian Aid line.
Cash or cheques in envelopes available in the Forum
Direct payment to the Church bank account – marked ‘Christian Aid’ Full details in the December Church Magazine.
You are invited to share in the Services next Sunday morning, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Next Sunday, 19th December at 10.30 am
All-age Christmas Festival Nativity Service
Christmas Eve, Friday 24th December at 3.30 pm
Crib Service entirely outside with Ned the donkey, followed by refreshments (also outside). This Service will not be live–streamed. (Normal parking charges apply at Heathside)
Christmas Day, Saturday 25th December at 10 am
All-age Celebration Service (Free parking all day at Heathside)