Sunday 25 December, 2022


Christmas Day 

Any of the following sets of readings may be used on the evening of Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. Set III should be used at some service during the celebration.

       I      Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 96; Titus 2:11-14; Luke 2:1‑14 (15-20)

       II     Isaiah 62:6-12; Psalm 97; Titus 3:4-7; Luke 2:(1‑7) 8-20

       III    Isaiah 52:7-10; Psalm 98; Hebrews 1:1-4 (5-12); John 1:1-14

Also see readings selected for Christmas Eve

Hymns marked with an asterisk (*) are suggested for more than one reading

Also see the worship materials prepared for this year’s Methodist theme: There is Room. For further Advent materials, a good starting place is the StF One stop shop for Advent

Lighting of Advent candles
Useful hymns (using verses as appropriate). Singing the Faith Plus also offers a number of options for Advent Candle Liturgies

*Advent candles tell their story (StF 165)
‘Christmas is coming!’ The Church is glad to sing (StF 166)
God whose almighty word (StF 106)
*Light a candle in a darkened place (StF 174)
Light of the world, you stepped down in darkness (StF 175)
Like a candle flame, flickering small in our darkness (StF 176)
Longing for light, we wait in darkness (“Christ, be our light!”) (StF 706)

Isaiah 52: 7-10

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed (StF 228)
Rejoice, the Lord is king! (StF 335)
There’s a light upon the mountains, and the day is at the spring (StF 188)

Psalm 98

Hymn echoing psalmist’s theme

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! (StF 330)
Sing we the King who is coming to reign (StF 185)

Hebrews 1: 1-4 (5-12)

Before the world began, one Word was there (StF 101)
Glory be to God on high, and peace on earth descend (StF 199)
Let earth and heaven combine (StF 208)
Long ago, prophets knew Christ would come (StF 178)

John 1: 1-14

Beneath the paper wrappings (StF 192)
Christians, awake, salute the happy morn (StF 195)
Come and join the celebration (StF 196) esp. v.1
God is born among us: earth receives the Christ child (StF 200)
Good news, good news to you we bring (StF 201)
Hark! The herald-angels sing (StF 202)
O come, all ye faithful (StF 212)
Once in royal David’s city (StF 214)
See, amid the winter’s snow (StF 215)

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