Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Watchnight 2021                     Friday 24 December at 11.25pm

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Led by Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth





This congregation is part of the Church of Scotland:
we are Reformed in our understanding of Christian faith,
Presbyterian in how we form our community, and a
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Singing of Carols Informally Before the Service



Organ Voluntary




Call to Worship
May hope, peace, joy and love be in our hearts as
we approach and celebrate the coming of God to
his people, in Jesus Christ.

Hymn 306   O Come, All Ye Faithful

O come, all ye faithful,
joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
come and behold him,
born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

God of God,
Light of light,
Lo! he abhors not the Virgin's womb;
very God,
begotten, not created;

Sing, choirs of angels,
sing in exultation,
sing, all ye citizens of heaven above,
'Glory to God
in the highest':

Yea, Lord, we greet thee,
born for our salvation
Jesus, to thee be glory given:
Word of the Father,
now in flesh appearing
Christmas Eve Prologue
This Tonight is the Meeting Place

Chamber Group - In Dulci Jubilo
Words: German circa 1570

Music and translation: R L Pearsall (1759-1856)
In dulci jubilo [In quiet joy]
Let us our homage show
Our heart’s joy reclineth
In praesepio [in a manger]
And like a bright star shineth
Matris in gremio [in the mother's lap]
Alpha es et O. [Thou art Alpha & Omega]

O Jesu parvule [O tiny Jesus]
I yearn for thee alway
Listen to my ditty
O puer optima [O best of boys]
Have pity on me, pity
O princeps gloriae, [Prince of glory]
Trahe me post te. [draw me unto thee]

O patris caritas [O father's caring]
O nati lenitas [O newborn's mildness]
Deeply were we stained
Per nostra crimina [by our crimes]
But thou hast for us gained
Coelorum gaudia [heavenly joy]
O that we were there.

Ubi sunt gaudia [where be joys]
If that they be not there
There are angels singing
Nova cantina [new songs]
There the bells are ringing
In regis curia [at the king's court]
O that we were there.


Prayer before Christmas

Hymn 304   O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem,
how still we see you lie!
Above your deep and
dreamless sleep
the silent stars go by;
yet in your streets is shining
the everlasting Light;
the hopes and fears of all the years
are met in you tonight.

O morning stars, together
proclaim the holy birth,
and praises sing to God the King,
and peace to all on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary;
and, gathered all above,
while mortals sleep, the angels keep
their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silently,
the wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
the blessings of his heaven.
No ear may hear his coming;
but in this world of sin,
where meek souls will receive
him, still
the dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem,
descend to us, we pray;
cast out our sin, and enter in;
be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels
the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
our Lord Emmanuel.



Bible Readings from the Old Testament Prophets

The Lord will give you a sign: The virgin will be with
child and will give birth to a son, and will call him
Immanuel, which means - God is with us

The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, when I will
raise up to David a righteous branch, a king who will
reign wisely and do what is right in the land. This is
the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our

Bethlehem… though you are small among the clans
of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will
be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times. He will stand and shepherd his
flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of
the name of the Lord his God.

The people who walked in darkness have seen a
great light. They lived in a land of shadows, but
now light is shining on them. A child is born to us!
A son is given to us! And he will be our ruler. He
will be called: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Chamber Group - The Sussex Carol
English traditional arranged Sir David Willcocks (1919 -2015)

On Christmas night, all Christians sing
To hear the news, the angels bring
On Christmas night, all Christians sing
To hear the news, the angels bring

News of great joy, news of great mirth
News of our merciful King's birth

Then why should men on Earth be sad?
Since our Redeemer made us glad
Why should men on Earth be sad?
Since our Redeemer made us glad

When from our sin He set us free
All for to gain our liberty
When sin departs before His grace
Then life and health come in its place

When sin departs before His grace
Then life and health come in its place
Angels and men with joy may sing
For all to see the newborn King

All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night
All out of darkness we have light
Which made the angels sing this night

Glory to God and peace to men
Now and forever more amen

New Testament Reading - Luke 2: 1-16

The Birth of Jesus
2 In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus
that all the world should be registered. 2 This was the first
registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of
Syria. 3 All went to their own towns to be registered. 4 Joseph
also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to
the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended
from the house and family of David. 5 He went to be
registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was
expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for
her to deliver her child. 7 And she gave birth to her firstborn
son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a
manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

The Shepherds and the Angels
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields,
keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 Then an angel
of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord
shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the
angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing
you good news of great joy for all the people: 11 to you
is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the
Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will
find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.’
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of
the heavenly host, praising God and saying,

14 ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’

15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven,
the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to
Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which
the Lord has made known to us.’ 16 So they went with haste
and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.

Hymn 309  Still the Night

Still the night, holy the night!
Sleeps the world; hid from sight,
Mary and Joseph in stable bare
watch o'er the Child beloved and fair,
sleeping in heavenly rest,
sleeping in heavenly rest.

Still the night, holy the night!
Shepherds first saw the light,
heard resounding clear and long,
far and near, the angel-song,
'Christ the Redeemer is here!'
'Christ the Redeemer is here!'

Still the night, holy the night!
Son of God, O how bright
love is smiling from thy face!
Strikes for us now the hour of grace,
Saviour, since thou art born!

Merry Christmas!

Lighting of the Central Advent Candle
The Christ Candle

Prayer for Christmas

Hymn 301 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! the herald angels sing,
'Glory to the new-born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!'
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
join the triumph of the skies,
with the angelic hosts proclaim,
'Christ is born in Bethlehem'.

Hark! the herald angels sing,
'Glory to the new-born King'.

Christ, by highest heaven adored,
Christ, the everlasting Lord,
late in time behold him come,
offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
hail, the Incarnate Deity,
pleased as Man with man to dwell,
Jesus, our Immanuel!

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail, the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings,
risen with healing in his wings.
Mild he lays his glory by,
born that man no more may die,
born to raise the sons of earth,
born to give them second birth

Closing Responses

One: HOPE looked down, and saw despair

One: PEACE looked down, and saw war

One: JOY looked down, and saw sorrow

One: LOVE looked down, and saw hatred

One: LIGHT looked down, and saw darkness

One: So He:
The Source of HOPE
The Prince of PEACE
The Bringer of JOY
The King of LOVE
The Lord of LIGHT

All: Came to our world and walked alongside us.


Chamber Group – Fanfare
Music: Martin Shaw (1875-1958)

Gloria in excelsis Deo
[Glory to God in the highest]

Organ Voluntary
In dulci jubilo JS Bach (1685-1750)

There will be a retiring collection for Christian Aid and Crossreach


December 2021
Sat 25 10.30am Christmas Day Service
Sun 26 10.30am Joint Morning Service

January 2022
Sun 2 10.30am Joint Morning Service - Nine Lessons & Carols




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 Children's Artwork

 Many thanks to the members of the young church who
have submitted much of the beautiful artwork which has
been printed throughout this order of service!