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THE NATIVITY OF OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST: CHRISTMAS EVE
December 24, 2014 6:00 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Statesville, NC
THE HOLY EUCHARIST, RITE II
THE WORD OF GOD
Processional Hymn 83 “O come, all ye faithful” (vv.1-3, 6) Adeste fideles
THE ACCLAMATION 355
THE COLLECT FOR PURITY 355
Hymn 96 “Angels we have heard on high” (vv 1, 3,) Gloria
THE COLLECT OF THE DAY
O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
The First Lesson: Isaiah 9:2-7
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness– on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire. For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
“Sleep in heavenly peace” Trinity Teen Ensemble Arr. R. E. Schram
The Second Reading: Titus 2:11-14
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.
Hymn 89 – “It came upon the midnight clear” Carol
The Gospel: Luke 2:1-14
Response: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Celebrant: The Gospel of the Lord.
Response: Praise to you, Lord Christ.
THE SERMON The Rev. Brad Mullis
THE NICENE CREED 358
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Form I p.383
THE PEACE 360
THE HOLY COMMUNION
Offertory Anthem: “Suo Gan” Traditional Welsh Melody
At the Presentation of Bread, Wine, and Alms:
Hymn 87 “Hark! The herald angels sing” (v. 1) Mendelssohn
THE GREAT THANKSGIVING: Eucharistic Prayer B 367
Sursum corda (S120 in Hymnal) 367
Sanctus and Benedictus (S125 in Hymnal) 367
The Great Amen (S146 in Hymnal) 369
THE LORD’S PRAYER 364
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD 364
The Fraction Anthem (S155 in Hymnal) 364
THE SHARING OF THE BREAD AND WINE
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Communion. The first
chalice is a common cup. The second chalice is for intinction, or dipping only.
Communion Hymn 79 O little town of Bethlehem (omit v. 4) St. Louis
Postcommunion Hymn 111 “Silent night, holy night” (kneeling) Stille Nacht
POSTCOMMUNION PRAYER 365
Hymn 100 “Joy to the world! The Lord is come” Antioch
THE DISMISSAL (Response: Thanks Be To God! Alleluia! Alleluia!)
Postlude: “Postlude” J. Kuhnau
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
The Clergy, Wardens, Vestry, and People of Trinity Church welcome you to this celebration of Christ’s birth and wish you all a blessed and holy Christmas.
OUR THANKS TO THOSE SERVING TONIGHT…
Lector: James Hogan
Chalice Bearers: Betty Coltham, Anne Rhyne
Oblation Bearers: Joan and Don French
Acolytes: Meredith Dockery, Aston Johnson, Ellison Johnson,
Acolyte Assistant: Margaret Johnson
Ushers: David Alexander, Chuck Dockery, Joe Peters,
Altar Guild: Joan French, Lula Cheatham, Martha Neely, Evie Caldwell, Lynn Sweeney, Tammy Neely
Vestry Reps: Anne Rhyne, Rob Hites
Opening/Closing: Clay Crouch, Chuck Dockery