Theme: ‘Use us to tell the story of his love to the world’
Loving God, your light shone in the stable of Bethlehem: draw us to worship the Child in the manger, and use us to tell the story of his love to the world; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen
READING from Isaiah 9: 2-7
2 The people who walk in darkness will see a bright light. The light will shine on those who live in the land of death’s shadow.
3 You will expand the nation and increase its happiness. It will be happy in your presence like those who celebrate the harvest or rejoice when dividing loot.
4 You will break the yoke that burdens them, the bar that is across their shoulders, and the stick used by their oppressor, as you did in the battle against Midian.
6 A child will be born for us. A son will be given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders. He will be named: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and peace will have unlimited growth. He will establish David’s throne and kingdom.
He will uphold it with justice and righteousness now and forever. The Lord of Armies is determined to do this!
READING from Titus 2: 11-14
13 At the same time we can expect what we hope for—the appearance of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
GOSPEL according to Luke 2: 1-14
6 While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child.
2:7 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.
Go now, glorifying and praising God
for all you have heard and seen.
Renounce ungodly living and unworthy desires,
and take control of your life with godliness and honour.
And the blessing of God, Creator, Redeemer, Life-giving Comforter, be with you always. Amen
Go in peace with hope, to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.