Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

First Sunday of Christmas 2021                     Sunday 26 December 10.25am

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First Sunday of Christmas 2021 
 

WELCOME TO MAYFIELD SALISBURY PARISH CHURCH
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
member of the worldwide family of the Christian Church.

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AS A DIVERSE PEOPLE, THE CHURCH GATHERS
TO WORSHIP ALMIGHTY GOD

Organ Voluntary
Cantilena: Mendelssohn        James Biery (b. 1956)

Welcome & Church News

 

The Grace

 

Quiet to Prepare for Worship

Call to Worship
One: To a conflicted world,
Everyone: All peace from Christ.
One: To a hurting world,
Everyone: All hope from Christ.
One: To a darkened world,
Everyone: All joy from Christ.
One: To a searching world,
Everyone: All love from Christ.
One: Let us worship the Lord!
Everyone: Thanks be to God!

Hymn   The Holly and the Ivy

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

The rising of the sun
And the running of the deer,
The playing of the merry organ,
Sweet singing in the choir.

The holly bears a blossom,
As white as the lily flower,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ,
To be our sweet Saviour.

The holly bears a berry,
As red as any blood,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to do us sinners good.

The holly bears a prickle,
As sharp as any thorn,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
On Christmas Day in the morn.

The holly bears a bark,
As bitter as any gall,
And Mary bore sweet Jesus Christ
For to redeem us all.

The holly and the ivy,
When they are both full grown,
Of all the trees that are in the wood,
The holly bears the crown.

Prayer of Approach, Praise and Confession & Lord’s Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy
kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Poem - Earthed
By Jeremy Williams

Ring a bell,
call a parade,
get this on the evening news.

Let everything on earth,
and beneath the earth and above it,
and everything in the sea too,
from the oak to the octopus,
bees, bears, birds, buffalo, bacteria,
and human beings, take notice.

We have an announcement.
The waiting is over.
The gap is breached.
Tell the lame they will dance
and the blind they will see rainbows.
Tell the oppressed they will be free
and the poor they will be rich.
Tell the meek their earth is ready.
Tell darkness its days are numbered
and its minions to flee,
tell the warmongers
that peace will overtake them
and cover their battletanks in dust.

Let the wind shake the forest,
and ripple praise across the grasslands.
Let the mountaintops sparkle with joy.
Your God is for you; your God is with you,
Let all creation sing his welcome.

But whisper it, the baby is sleeping.

Hymn 302    It Was on a Starry Night

It was on a starry night when the hills were bright,
earth lay sleeping, sleeping calm and still;
then in a cattle shed, in a manger bed,
a boy was born, King of all the world.

And all the angels sang for him,
the bells of heaven rang for him;
for a boy was born, King of all the world.
And all the angels sang for him,
the bells of heaven rang for him;
for a boy was born, King of all the world.

Soon the shepherds came that way, where the baby lay,
and were kneeling, kneeling by his side,
to celebrate his birth bringing peace on earth;
a boy was born, King of all the world.

First Reading Isaiah 52:7-10
Read by Hugh Somerville

7 How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of the messenger who announces peace,
who brings good news,
who announces salvation,
who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’

8 Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices,
together they sing for joy;
for in plain sight they see
the return of the LORD to Zion.

9 Break forth together into singing,
you ruins of Jerusalem;
for the LORD has comforted his people,
he has redeemed Jerusalem.

10 The LORD has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations;
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God.

Hymn 305   In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter
frosty wind made moan,
earth stood hard as iron,
water like a stone;
snow had fallen, snow on snow,
snow on snow,
in the bleak midwinter,
long ago.

Our God, heaven cannot hold him,
nor earth sustain;
heaven and earth shall flee away
when he comes to reign:
in the bleak midwinter
a stable-place sufficed
the Lord God Almighty,
Jesus Christ.

Enough for him whom cherubim
worship night and day,
a breastful of milk,
and a mangerful of hay;
enough for him whom angels
fall down before,
the ox and ass and camel
which adore.

Angels and archangels
may have gathered there,
cherubim and seraphim
thronged the air;
but only his mother,
in her maiden bliss,
worshipped the Beloved
with a kiss.

What can I give him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise man,
I would do my part, --
yet what I can I give him,
give my heart.

Second Reading John 1:1-14
Read by Hugh Somerville

The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning
with God. 3 All things came into being through him, and
without him not one thing came into being. What has come
into being 4 in him was life, and the life was the light of
all people. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the
darkness did not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all
might believe through him. 8 He himself was not the light,
but he came to testify to the light. 9 The true light, which
enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being
through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to
what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.
12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he
gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born,
not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man,
but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and lived among
us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only
son, full of grace and truth.

Reflection
Revd Dr Sandy Forsyth

Hymn 296    While Humble Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

While humble shepherds watched their flocks
in Bethlehem's plains by night,
an angel sent from heaven appeared,
and filled the plains with light.

'Fear not' he said, for sudden dread
had seized their troubled mind;
'Glad tidings of great joy I bring
to you and all mankind.

'To you in David's town, this day,
is born, of David's line,
the Saviour, who is Christ the Lord;
and this shall be the sign:

'The heavenly Babe you there shall find
to human view displayed,
all meanly wrapped in swaddling-bands,
and in a manger laid.'

Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith
appeared a shining throng
of angels praising God; and thus
addressed their joyful song:

'All glory be to God on high,
and to the earth be peace;
good will is shown from heaven above
and never more shall cease.'

Scottish Paraphrases,1781
St Luke 2: 8-14

Prayer for
Others

Poem ‘Safely Delivered’
By Jeremy Williams

Lord of creation,
architect of stars,
Captain of angels,
and son of God most high.

A promise, a prophet,
miracle man, Messiah,
King of Kings,
and Prince of Peace.

Carpenter. Winemaker.
healer, hillside caterer.
Teacher, preacher,
stiller of storms
and footwasher general.

Political schemer,
rabble rouser, rebel,
criminal, martyr.
Escape artist,
jailbreaker, earth-shaker,
destroyer of death
and firstborn of the truly alive.

The hopes and fears
of all the years -
All wrapped up,
seven pounds three ounces
in Mary’s arms,
safely delivered.

Hymn 324   Angels from the Realms of Glory

Angels from the realms of glory,
wing your flight o'er all the earth;
ye who sang creation's story
now proclaim Messiah's birth:

Come and worship
Christ, the new-born King.
Come and worship,
worship Christ, the new-born King.

Shepherds in the fields abiding,
watching o'er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing,
yonder shines the infant Light:

Wise men, leave your contemplations;
brighter visions beam afar;
seek the great Desire of nations;
ye have seen his natal star:

Though an infant now we view him,
he will share his Father's throne,
gather all the nations to him;
every knee shall then bow down:

All creation, join in praising
God the Father, Spirit, Son,
evermore your voices raising
to the eternal Three in One:

Closing Responses

One:
Let us go and believe:

Everyone:
It is now as the prophets said,
and the Christmas story has told us

One:
Believe:

Everyone:
For light is now in the world

One:
Believe:

Everyone:
For hope is now among us

One:
Believe:

Everyone:
For God has become one of us

One:
Believe:

Everyone:
For love is born in each of us

One:
Believe:

Everyone:
For the Messiah has come; Emmanuel, God with us

Benediction

Threefold Amen

 

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Next Service:

January 2022
Sunday 2nd 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!

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