St Bart's Christmas Eve Service

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The Reverend Canon David Clunie
Archdeacon Pamela Yarrow

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We gather today on the traditional territory of the Algonquin nation. May we always dwell on this land with respect and peace.

Prelude on Once in Royal

Opening Hymn:  Once in Royal David’s City    Solo: Keagan Piper   Descant:  Martha Patterson
St Bartholomew’s Parish Choir

Grace and Welcome:  The grace…. And also with you.

Collect   Eternal God, this holy night is radiant with the brilliance of your one true light. As we have known the revelation of that light on earth, bring us to see the splendour of your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

Psalm 96   Music:  Timothy Piper   Solo:  Valie Madejska

Gradual Hymn: 119    Silent Night

Gospel:   Luke 2:1-20

In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. 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. In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see - I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and 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 heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Interlude:  Prelude on an Angel Painting   Tim Piper

Sermon    The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Anthem:  Jesus Christ the Apple Tree     Elizabeth Poston    Solo:  Martha Patterson
St Bartholomew’s Parish Choir     

Prayers of the People    read by Michael Beall
For the greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ.
Canada: Canadian Forces remembering members of the Governor General’s Foot Guards and those in diplomatic missions and NGOs
Family and Friends:  The Riddell Family, Michael, Julie, Joanne, Frances, Don, Christina, Hana and family, Harriet and family, Magdolen and family, Michael, Pat and Maggie, Stefan, Antonia andMatthew
Garry J. Armstrong Home:  Volunteers, staff and residents

Christmas Flowers
The flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving or in memory of loved ones.
The Assad-Butcher Family                                        by Linda Assad-Butcher and Family

Parish Life at St Bart’s                                               by Jim and Meriel Bradford

Ross and Edie Moffett
and Bert and Tony Butler                                          by Gaye Moffett and Don and Roslyn Butler

Ron Price, Catherine and William Curfoot-Mollington
and Anne, John and Jack Gidlow                              by Mark Curfoot-Mollington

My Godmother, Hilda Pauleen Moorcroft, who in good health, celebrated her
100th birthday on 23 December 2021                     by Brian Eckert

The Anniversary of my Ordinations                         by The Reverend Canon Laurette Glasgow

Mary Ward Raymont, Col. R. L. Raymont, Cynthia and David Heatherington,
Margaret Latham, Linda Lee Tracey,
Mary Keene Robertson and Caroline Massey          by Elizabeth Raymont Heatherington and Family

In thanksgiving and in memory of my sister Jo and her husband Bob Hutchinson
and my sons Geoffrey and Simon Hooper                by Nancy Hooper

My husband Palle, his brother Ole and sister Bitten, and my parents
Vaclav and Josephine and great-nephew Jacob       by Marie Kiar

George and Daisy Avery and Edward and Alice Doherty    by Brian and Pamela Mallon

Jean MacIsaac                                                            by Meiping MacIsaac

George and Margaret Millson and Crompton, Doris and Peter Lewis       by Nancy, Doug and Family

The Lord’s Prayer

Closing Hymn:  154   Joy to the World 

Announcements   Our thanks to Sandra Ferguson and Pamela Mallon for so beautifully decorating
  the church and sanctuary for our Christmas services.

Blessing and Dismissal

 From Vaughan Williams Christmas Carol Fantasia

Postlude:  While By My Sheep   Gordon Young


In appreciation for this week’s online service:
The Reverend David Clunie
Music: Timothy Piper
Altar Guild: Pamela Mallon
Web Service and Art Curator: Ruth Honeyman
Video Editor: David Clunie
Webmaster: Kevin McQuinn

Canada Helps

  • Offertory: Generous financial support is our expression of gratitude which along with our time and talents enables us to provide worship at St. Bart’s and support God’s work in service in our community and beyond.
    We thank our contributors on the PAR program for their monthly automated donations. If you would like to enroll on our monthly withdrawal plan, PAR, you may follow this link
    And thank you for those who have been mailing in their contributions or dropping them through the church mail slot. At this difficult time “Canada Helps” is another way to support us through a credit card payment. (They charge, we think, a reasonable, 3.75% to us) 


  1. Judy Wiesinger, Christmas Lights, 2021
  2. Robert Hyndman, (1915 - 2009) Epiphany Scene, Church of St Bartholomew, Ottawa
  3. Zanino di Pietro, (c.1389-1448), Nativity in an Initial H, 1430-40. Cleveland Museum of Art
  4. Henry Ossawa Tanner, (1859 – 1937), Angels Appearing before the Shepherds, 1910. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
  5. Henry Ossawa Tanner, (1859 – 1937), Mary, 1914. Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington
  6. Lucas Cranach the Elder, (1472 – 1553), The Virgin and Child under an Apple Tree, c.1530. Hermitage
  7. Samuel Palmer, (1805 – 1881) The Magic Apple Tree, 1830. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  8. Gustav Klimt, (1862-1918), Apple Tree I, 1912. Private Collection
  9. Benvenuto di Giovanni, (1436 – 1518), Single Leaf from an Antiphonary: Initial H with The Nativity, 1471. The Cleveland Museum of Art
  10. Unknown, Flemish Landscape, Private Collection
  11. Unknown, Byzantium, Constantinople, Icon of the New Testament Trinity, c.1450. Cleveland Museum Art
  12. Leopold Kupelwieser, (1796 -1862), Journey of the Three Kings, 1830.  Austrian Gallery Belvedere, Vienna
  13. Judy Wiesinger, Christmas Lights, 2021



** Previous Sunday Services: March 22, March 29, Palm Sunday, Easter Sunday, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31,
June 7, June 14, June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 16, August 23, August 30, September 6, September 13, September 20, September 27, October 4, October 11 October 18. October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, November 22, November 29, Dcember 6, December 13, December 24, - 2021 - January 3, January 10, January 17, January 24, January 31, February 7, Ash Wednesday, February 14, February 21, Fberuary 28, March 7, March 14 , March 21, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6, June 13, June 20. Jume 27, August1, August 7, August 15, August 22, September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, November 21, November 28, December 5, December 12 **

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