An Act of worship for Christmas

At WRBC this year we are only gathering for worship together on Christmas morning (10am; in-person and on Zoom), as a response to the rising cases of the omicron variant of covid-19, and a responsibility to show love and care for each other in the face of a highly transmissible virus. To be clear, there is no Christmas Eve Midnight Communion service, as we had hoped, and there is no church service on Sunday 26th (Boxing Day).

This act of worship has been put together for you to use as you wish during this weekend, perhaps in personal devotions, perhaps with members of the household, or with any visitors joining. It can be used, as suggested over the three days, or as a joined-up act of worship at a time to suit. And please feel free to share it more widely too.

It comes with our prayerful best wishes and greetings for Christmas and for the New Year ahead in 2022, but that, even as we walk in the gloomy shadows of uncertainty and anxiety, we will know again the dawning light that rises, that we will receive the comfort and joy of the boy who has been born to us (see Isaiah chapter 9, verses 2-6).

Here are the words of a carol to set the scene – Come and sing the Christmas story (BPW 161):

Come & sing the Christmas story

This holy night!

Christ is born: the hope of glory

Dawns on our sight.

Alleluia! Earth is ringing

With a thousand angels singing.

Hear the message they are

bringing, This holy night.

Jesus, Saviour, child of Mary

This holy night,

In a world confused a weary

You are our light.

God is in a manger lying,

Manhood taking, self-denying,

Life embracing, death defying,

This holy night.