The Candle of Joy
Popular speaker and author Canon J John preaches on the third candle of the Advent Wreath the Candle of Joy. A feast of Christmas carols includes Joy to the World and Silent Night.
Popular speaker and author Canon J John preaches as the third candle of the Advent Wreath is lit the Candle of Joy. A feast of Christmas Carols includes Joy to the World, Silent Night, O Little Town and See him lying on a bed of straw. Readings: Isaiah 9:2, 6 and 7; Matthew 2:1-11. From Christ Church Chorleywood. Leader; the Vicar the Revd David Hall. Musical Director: Mary Hall. Producer: Andrew Earis
BBC Radio 4. It’s ten past eight. Canon J John is our preacher this morning for Sunday Worship marking the third Sunday of Advent. It comes from Christ Church, Chorleywood, and is led by the Vicar, the Rev David Hall. The service begins now as the congregation and band join together in singing ‘Angels from the realms of Glory’.
CAROL: ANGELS FROM THE REALMS OF GLORY
WELCOME - DAVID
Good morning and welcome to Christ Church Chorleywood. We’re just 500 metres from the M25, but bordered by the green fields and the open parkland of Chorleywood Common.
We enjoy a warm partnership with our community. On a daily basis, children, young people, elderly and a whole host of community groups come through our doors.
We’re also pleased to work closely with Christ Church School next door, and children from the school will be singing in our service this morning.
Over the Christmas period, we look forward to welcoming many people from the locality into church as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. We bow our heads for our advent prayer.
ADVENT PRAYER - David
Loving Heavenly Father, as we journey with you, to Bethlehem’s stable and a new-born King, forgive us, when we are distracted by the temptations of this world. At this time of uncertainty in the life of our nation, help us look to Christ, born as a baby, crucified as our Saviour, ascended as risen Lord and returning in power as King. Send your Spirit to fill our hearts with love, joy and peace, this advent, this Christmas and evermore, in the name of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.
Some of the children in our community now light the third Advent candle. It reminds us, that as we journey through advent, we think of the prophet John the Baptist who prepared the way for Jesus Christ. It reminds us also of the “Good news of great joy for all people” and that God came for everyone, even the most unlikely and insignificant of people.
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE
(Child lights candle using a taper provided)
Loving heavenly Father, thank you that John prepared the way for Jesus to bring the good news of his kingdom to your people. Prepare our hearts also to receive the good news, for the sake of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ, Amen.
CAROL: LIGHT OF THE WORLD
FIRST READING: ISAIAH 9:2, 6, 7
TALK 1 – CANON J. JOHN - unscripted (no script available)
CAROL: JESUS JOY OF THE HIGHEST HEAVEN (Children of Christ Church School)
That was “Jesus joy of the highest heaven”, sung by the pupils of Christ Church School, with soloist Chloe. We now hear words from Matthew Chapter 2 in which wise men from the East tell Herod how the ancient prophets accurately foretold the birth of Jesus, many years before it happened.
READING MATTHEW 2 v1-11 – Killy John
TALK 2 – CANON J. JOHN - unscripted (no script available)
CAROL: O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
TALK 3 - CANON J. JOHN - unscripted (no script available)
CAROL: O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM
For those who have committed or recommitted their lives to you this advent, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those we love, who are separated from us by distance or circumstances, Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
For those suffering in mind or body, Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
For our politicians and all people carrying the responsibility of power, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
For our nation and the countries of the world in these troubled times, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer
For ourselves this Christmas, that we might know your love, joy and peace, Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
We join together in the prayer which Jesus taught us:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.
CAROL: SILENT NIGHT
As our worship this morning draws to a close, perhaps we now have new faith, new confidence and new strength, not just for Christmas, but for life and eternity – I hope so.
Our final blessing:
May the joy of the angels, the eagerness of the shepherds, the perseverance of the wise men, the obedience of Joseph and Mary and the peace of the Christ-child be ours this Christmas; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among us and remain with us always. Amen.
CAROL: SEE HIM LYING ON A BED OF STRAW