The Saviour’s Birth
25 December 2005
Announcements Session clerk
Call to worship Rev R Schwartz
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favour rests.” (Luke 2:11,14)
Doxology: “To us a Child of hope is born” (tune Rejoice 105)
Blessing Rev R Schwartz
Grace, mercy and peace to you from God our Father, Jesus Christ our Lord and the Holy Spirit our Comforter.
Hymn No 168: “Tell out My soul”
Prayer of Adoration and Invocation (Rev R Schwartz)
Sovereign Lord, we are conscious of the fact that, in approaching you, we come before a king, the one who is in fact King of kings and Lord of lords. As King, you are seated upon your royal throne in Heaven, arrayed in majesty and splendour. From your throne, you rule over all that you have made. You rule with unerring wisdom, infinite compassion and scrupulous justice. You possess all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, let all that you have made worship you. Let every knee bow before you and every tongue confess you as Lord.
Mindful of the glory and honour which is due to you, we, your redeemed people, may yet approach your throne with boldness, because you are seated upon a throne of grace. You have extended your hand of mercy to us. You delight in each one of your blood-bought children and you promise grace sufficient to help us in our time of need. We rejoice in being reconciled to you by the cross and we rejoice to plead none other than the name of Jesus before your holy throne.
Almighty God, we come into your presence, to sit at your feet, to gaze upon your beauty, to receive your loving instruction, to heed your gentle rebukes, to receive your wise correction, to be trained by you in righteousness.
We come to you as the source and spring of all our blessings. We know that you will open wide the gates of heaven and pour out your mercy upon us.
So revive our spirits, invigorate our consciences, enlighten our minds, enlarge our hearts and motivate our wills to obedience. Strengthen our hearts by your grace, so that we will hold on to you and never let you go. These things we humbly pray, seeking your forgiveness for all our sins and failures, in Jesus’ name, Amen.
Hymn: “O holy night” (Screen)
Scripture Reading Isaiah 9:1-7 (Rev Greg Watt)
Prayer Confession of sins (Rev Greg Watt)
Hymn No 163: “Joy to the world” (Rev Greg Watt)
Offering: Rev Kwangho Song
Dedication: Rev Kwangho Song
Prayer for others: Rev Kwangho Song
Hymn 182: “Silent night, holy night”
(Rev Kwangho Song)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 1: 18-25 (Duty Elder)
Prayer for illumination: Rev David McDougall
Sermon: Rev David McDougall
Prayer: Rev David McDougall
Hymn: “Holy Child” (Mission Praise 236)
Benediction: Rev Rudi Schwartz
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”’ (Numbers 6:24-26)