Welcome to this Service of Worship from Mayfield Salisbury Parish Church

Lessons & Carols                     Sunday 2 January 10.25am

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Lessons & Carols
 

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

Organ Voluntary
Divinum Mysterium David Blackwell (b. 1961)
Partita on In dulci jubilo James Vivian (b. 1974)

Welcome & Church News

The Grace

Preparatory Silence for Worship

Call to Worship
One: We have heard a promise of peace
All: and have faith its day will come
One: We have heard a rumour of justice
All: and have faith its day will come
One: We have heard a whisper of hope
All: and have faith its day will come
One: We have heard a hint of love
All: and have faith its day will come
One: We have heard of the birth of the Christ-child
All: and have faith his day is here.

Hymn 315   Once in Royal David's City
(t. Irby )

Solo:
Once in royal David's city
stood a lowly cattle shed,
where a mother laid her Baby
in a manger for his bed.
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ her little Child.

All:
He came down to earth from heaven
who is God and Lord of all,
and his shelter was a stable,
and his cradle was a stall.
With the poor and meek and lowly
lived on earth our Saviour holy.

And our eyes at last shall see him,
through his own redeeming love;
for that Child so dear and helpless
is our Lord in heaven above;
and he leads his children on
to the place where he is gone.

Not in that poor lowly stable,
with the oxen standing by,
we shall see him; but in heaven,
set at God's right hand on high,
where his children gather round,
bright like stars, with glory crowned.

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.

Prophecy of the Coming of Jesus

First Lesson    Isaiah 11: 1 - 10
Read by Walter Thomson

The Peaceful Kingdom
11 A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
2 The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.

3 His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
4 but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.
5 Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist,
and faithfulness the belt around his loins.
6 The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.

7 The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
9 They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD
as the waters cover the sea.

Return of the Remnant of Israel and Judah
10 On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal
to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his
dwelling shall be glorious.

Poem The Time Draws Near
Read by Christine De Luca

The time draws near the birth of Christ;
The moon is hid--the night is still;
The Christmas bells from hill to hill
Answer each other in the mist.

Four voices of four hamlets round,
From far and near, on mead and moor,
Swell out and fail, as if a door
Were shut between me and the sound.

Each voice four changes on the wind,
That now dilate and now decrease,
Peace and good-will, good-will and peace,
Peace and good-will to all mankind.

Rise, happy morn! rise, holy morn!
Draw forth the cheerful day from night;
O Father! touch the east, and light
The light that shone when hope was born!

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-92)

Hymn 324   Angels from the Realms of Glory
(t.Iris)

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:

The Angel Gabriel Visits Mary

Second Lesson Luke 1: 26 - 38
Read by Hugh Pollock

The Birth of Jesus Foretold
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by
God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27 to a virgin
engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the
house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And
he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one!
The Lord is with you.’ 29 But she was much perplexed
by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this
might be. 30 The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid,
Mary, for you have found favour with God. 31 And
now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be great, and
will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord
God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
33 He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and
of his kingdom there will be no end.’

34 Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am
a virgin?’ 35 The angel said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will
come upon you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be
holy; he will be called Son of God. 36 And now, your
relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a
son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to
be barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.’
38 Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord;
let it be with me according to your word.’ Then the angel
departed from her.

Chamber Group - A Rose There Is a-Springing
Words: Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621)
Arr: Donald Cashmore (1926 - 2013)

A rose there is a-springing from tender roots on earth:
As ancient men were singing from Jesse came its birth.
And now this little flower appears in coldest winter
At this the midnight hour.

This Rose, the stem of Jesse, by prophets once foretold,
Mary alone has brought us the Child promised of old
By God’s eternal power The Maid has born the infant
At this, the midnight hour.

The flower, so small and tender,
shines through with radiance bright.
To us so sweet and tender, dispels the darkest night.
True man with God’s true power helps us from all
our suffering Save’s us from death’s dark hour.

The Birth of Jesus

Third Lesson Luke 2: 1 - 7
Read by Steve Holehouse

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.

 

Chamber Group - A Maiden Most Gentle
Words: Andrew Carter;
Music: French Traditional
Arr: Andrew Carter (b. 1939)

A maiden most gentle and tender we sing;
Of Mary the mother of Jesus our King.
Ave Maria.

How blessed is the birth of her heavenly child,
Who came to redeem us in Mary so mild.
Ave Maria.

The Archangel Gabriel foretold by his call
The Lord of Creation, and Saviour of all.
Ave Maria.

Three kings came to worship with gifts rich and rare,
And marvelled in awe at the babe in her care.
Ave Maria.

Rejoice and be glad at this Christmas we pray;
Sing praise to the Saviour, sing endless ‘Ave’.
Ave Maria.

Hymn 313   See! In Yonder Manger Low
(t. Humility - Oxford)

See! in yonder manger low,
born for us on earth below,
see! the tender Lamb appears
promised from eternal years.

Hail, thou ever-blessed morn!
Hail, redemption's happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem,
'Christ is born in Bethlehem!'

Lo! within a manger lies
he who built the starry skies,
he who, throned in height sublime,
sits amid the cherubim.

Say, ye holy shepherds, say,
what your joyful news today;
wherefore have ye left your sheep
on the lonely mountain steep?

'As we watched at dead of night,
lo! we saw a wondrous light:
angels, singing peace on earth,
told us of the Saviour's birth.'

Sacred Infant, all Divine,
what a tender love was thine,
thus to come from highest bliss
down to such a world as this!

 

The Shepherds Go to The Manger

Fourth Lesson Luke 2:8 - 20
Read by Stuart Mitchell

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. 17 When they saw this, they made known
what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who
heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them.
19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them
in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and
praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had
been told them.

Chamber Group - Rise Up Shepherd
Words and Music: Spiritual arranged by
John Rutter (b. 1945)

Rise up. follow, follow the star.
There’s a star in the east on Christmas morn,
Rise up, shepherd and follow
It will lead to the place where the Saviour’s born,
Rise up, shepherd and follow
Leave you sheep and leave your rams.
Rise up, shepherd and follow
the star to Bethlehem
Rise up shepherd and follow

If you take good heed of the Angel’s word
Rise up, shepherd and follow,
You’ll forget your flock and forget your herd
Rise up, shepherd and follow.
Leave … Follow the star

The Wise Men Visit Jesus

Fifth Lesson Matthew 2:1 - 11
Read by Louise Thomson

The Visit of the Wise Men
2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in
Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to
Jerusalem, 2 asking, ‘Where is the child who has been
born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its
rising, and have come to pay him homage.’

3 When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and
all Jerusalem with him; 4 and calling together all the
chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of
them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They told
him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written
by the prophet:

6 “And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd my people Israel.”’

7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned
from them the exact time when the star had appeared.
8 Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search
diligently for the child; and when you have found him,
bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’

9 When they had heard the king, they set out; and there,
ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,
until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When
they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed
with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with
Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage.
Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts
of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

 

Chamber Group - Ibant Magi
Words: Fifth century Vesper hymn for Epiphany
Music: Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599)

Ibant magi, quam viderant,
Stellam sequentes praeviam:
Lumen requirunt lumine,
Deum fatentur munere.

[The eastern sages saw from far
And followed on his guiding star;
By light their way to Light they trod,
And by their gifts confessed their God]

 

 

Hymn 320   Joy to the World, The Lord Is Come!
(t. Antioch - Comfort)

Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
let earth receive her King;
let every heart prepare him room,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the world, the Saviour reigns!
let all their songs employ;
while fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness
and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love,
and wonders, wonders of his love.

The Flight to Egypt

Sixth Lesson Matthew 2:13 - 15
Read by Alastair MacGilchrist

The Escape to Egypt
13 Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared
to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and
his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell
you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy
him.’ 14 Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother
by night, and went to Egypt, 15 and remained there until
the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken
by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have
called my son.’

Poem The Ballad of the Bread Man
Read by Wendy Mathison

Mary stood in the kitchen
Baking a loaf of bread.
An angel flew in the window
‘We’ve a job for you,’ he said.

‘God in his big gold heaven
Sitting in his big blue chair,
Wanted a mother for his little son.
Suddenly saw you there.’

Mary shook and trembled,
‘It isn’t true what you say.’
‘Don’t say that,’ said the angel.
‘The baby’s on its way.’

Joseph was in the workshop
Planing a piece of wood.
‘The old man’s past it,’ the neighbours said.
‘That girls been up to no good.’

‘And who was that elegant fellow,’
They said. ‘In the shiny gear?’
The things they said about Gabriel
Were hardly fit to hear.

Mary never answered,
Mary never replied.
She kept the information,
Like the baby, safe inside.

It was the election winter.
They went to vote in the town.
When Mary found her time had come
The hotels let her down.

The baby was born in an annexe
Next to the local pub.
At midnight, a delegation
Turned up from the Farmers’ club.

They talked about an explosion
That made a hole on the sky,
Said they’d been sent to the Lamb
and Flag
To see God come down from on high.

A few days later a bishop
And a five-star general were seen
With the head of an African country
In a bullet-proof limousine.

‘We’ve come,’ they said ‘with tokens
For the little boy to choose.’
Told the tale about war and peace
In the television news.

After them came the soldiers
With rifle and bombs and gun,
Looking for enemies of the state.
The family had packed up and gone.

When they got back to the village
The neighbours said, to a man,
‘That boy will never be one of us,
Though he does what he blessed
well can.’

He went round to all the people
A paper crown on his head.
Here is some bread from my father.
Take, eat, he said.

Nobody seemed very hungry.
Nobody seemed to care.
Nobody saw the god in himself
Quietly standing there.

He finished up in the papers.
He came to a very bad end.
He was charged with bringing
the living to life.
No man was that prisoner’s friend.

There’s only one kind of punishment
To fit that kind of crime.
They rigged a trial and shot him dead.
They were only just in time.

They lifted the young man by the leg,
Thy lifted him by the arm,
They locked him in a cathedral
In case he came to harm.

They stored him safe as water
Under seven rocks.
One Sunday morning he burst out
Like a jack-in-the-box.

Through the town he went walking.
He showed them the holes in his head.
Now do you want any loaves? He cried.
‘Not today’ they said.

Charles Causley (1917 – 2003)

Hymn 306   O Come, All Ye Faithful
(t. Adeste Fideles)

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:

Prayer for Others

Jesus, Human and Divine

Seventh Lesson John 1:1 - 14
Read by George Whyte

The Word Became Flesh
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.

Hymn 301   Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
(t. Mendelssohn - Bethlehem)

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: Lord, let your Son
All: Inspire us

One: Lord, let your Word
All: Guide us

One: Lord, let your strength
All: Protect us

One: Lord, let your presence
All: Comfort us

One: Lord, let your love
All: Enfold us

One: Lord, let your light
All: Surround us

Blessing

Amen

Organ Voluntary
God Rest You Merry     Rebecca Groom te Velde (b. 1956)

 

 

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