THE SERVICE OF NINE LESSONS AND CAROLS
“Come People of the Risen King” Faith on Fire
Welcome and God’s Greeting Pastor John
* “Once in Royal David’s City” For the King
Prayer Pastor John
Dear Lord Jesus, at this Christmas time help us to hear again the message of the angels, and in heart and mind to go to Bethlehem and see this thing which is come to pass, and the babe lying in a manger.
Be with us as we read in your Word, the loving purposes of God from the first days of our disobedience unto the glorious redemption brought us by this holy Child.
We pray for the needs of the whole world; for peace on earth and goodwill among all your people; for unity and brotherhood within the church that you came to build, and especially in this, our own community.
Help us to remember, in your Name, the poor and helpless, the cold, the hungry, and the oppressed; the sick and those that mourn, the lonely and the unloved, the aged and the little children; all those who do not know you or who do not love you or who by sin have grieved your heart of love.
Be with us Lord as with hearts heavy and sad we remember all those who rejoice with us, but upon another shore, and in a greater light, that multitude which no man can number, whose hope was in the Word made flesh, and with whom in the Lord Jesus we are one forevermore.
These prayers and praises we humbly offer up to You, our Lord and Saviour. Amen
“O Come All Ye Faithful” Faith on Fire
The Nine Lessons
First Lesson: Albert Renkema
God announces in the Garden of Eden that the seed of woman shall bruise the serpent’s head. Genesis 3:8—15.
“Meekness and Majesty” Inside Out
Second Lesson: Sarah Housworth
God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall the nations of the earth be blessed. Genesis 22:15–18.
“O Come, O Come, Immanuel” For the King
Third Lesson: Roy Hanenburg
Christ’s birth and kingdom are foretold by Isaiah. Isaiah 9:2,6–7.
“Hark the Herald Angels Sing/King of Heaven” Inside Out
Fourth Lesson: Katherine Vanden Heuvel
The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown. Isaiah 11:1–9.
“Go Tell it on the Mountain” Inside Out
Fifth Lesson: Andrew Dieleman
The angel Gabriel salutes the virgin Mary. Luke 1:26–38.
“Noel” Paige Moelker
Sixth Lesson: Shirley Renkema
Matthew tells of the birth of Jesus. Matthew 1:18–23.
“Joy to the World” Faith on Fire
“Angels from the Realms of Glory” Inside Out
Seventh Lesson: Eric Van Andel
The shepherds go to the manger. Luke 2:8–16.
“The Little Drummer Boy” Faith on Fire
Eighth Lesson: Katlin Hoiting
The wise men are led by the star to Jesus. Matthew 2:1–11
“What Child is This” For the King
Ninth Lesson: Carol Verbeek
John unfolds the great mystery of the incarnation. John 1:1–14
“In the Bleak Mid–Winter” David Broad,Kristina Broad, Marion Dieleman, Ray Hoiting, Christine Renkema
Prayer and Blessing: Pastor John
O God, you make us glad in the yearly festival
of the birth of your only Son, Jesus Christ:
Grant that we, who joyfully receive him as our Redeemer,
may with sure confidence
behold him when he comes to be our Judge,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.
“Silent Night” For the King