St Bart's Christmas Eve Service

Sunday Online Service

The Reverend Canon David Clunie

The Reverend Kevin Flynn

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Prelude:  Pastorale from Christmas Concerto     Archangelo Corelli

Once in Royal David’s City                                   
Choir of St. Bartholomew’s     Solo: Caelan Piper
from their Season’s at St Bart’s CD.

Blessing of the Crèche at St Aidan’s

Grace and Welcome

Opening Hymn:  118   O Come, All Ye Faithful
O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem:
come and behold him, born the king of angels;
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

God of God, Light of Light, lo, he abhors not the virgin’s womb;
very God, begotten not created:
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Sing choirs of angels, sing in exultation,  sing all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God, in the highest:
O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Collect of the Day

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.

Reading:  Isaiah 52:7-10      read by Joan Harrison

A Reading from the Book of Isaiah

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger who announces peace, who brings good news, who announces salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.’ Listen! Your sentinels lift up their voices, together they sing for joy; for in plain sight they see the return of the Lord to Zion. Break forth together into singing, you ruins of Jerusalem; for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. The Lord has bared his holy arm before the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.
Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. 
Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn: 119   Silent Night

Silent Night! Holy night! All is calm, all is bright,
round yon virgin mother and child, Holy infant so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace, sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night! Holy night! Shepherds quake at the sight:
Silent night, holy night, Son of God,
glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing alleluia,
Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born.

Silent night! Holy night! love’s pure light, radiant beams from thy holy face,
with the dawn of redeeming grace,
Jesus, Lord, at thy birth. Jesus, Lord, at thy birth.

Gospel:  Luke 2:1-14

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Now 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, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You 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 towards all.

 The Gospel of Christ.

Sermon   The Reverend Canon David Clunie

Music after the Sermon    

Hymn:   154   Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive its king;
let ev’ry heart prepare him room, and heav’n and nature sing,
and heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! The Savior reigns: let us glad songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy, repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let wrongs and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground;
he comes to make his blessings flow far as our sin is found,
far as our sin is found, far as, far as our sin is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove
the glories of his righteousness, and wonders of his love,
and wonders of his love, and wonders, wonders, of his love.

Prayers of the People

As we begin our celebration of the birth of Jesus today let us pray to the Lord singing:
Alleluia, Jesus loves me, God is with us every day, every day.

The Lord’s Prayer

Offertory:  Blessed be thou, Lord God of Israel for ever and ever.  All that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine. All things come of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.

Christmas Flowers
The flowers are given to the glory of God and in thanksgiving or in memory of loved ones.                                                             
Our parents and Kevin and Tony                                                          by Canon Laurette and Ross Glasgow
The Assad-Butcher Family                                                                   by Linda Assad-Butcher
George and Daisy Avery                                                                      by Brian and Pamela Mallon
and Edward and Alice Doherty                                                                      
Crompton and Doris Lewis                                                                    by Nancy and Doug Millson and Family
Peter Lewis                                                          
George and Margaret Millson      
Ron Price, William and Catherine Curfoot-Mollington                          by Mark Curfoot-Mollington
Anne and John Gidlow and Jack Gidlow                                              
Bill and Nancy Beeman                                                                         by Sandy Beeman            
Col. Robert Lewis Raymont, John Raymont,                                        by the Raymont-Heatherington Family       
Lindalee Tracey, David and Cynthia Heatherington,                                      
Margaret Dyet Latham, Mary Keene Robertson,
Caroline Lilias Massey
Ross and Edith Moffett, parents of Gaye and Roslyn Butler   by Gaye E. Moffett and Roslyn and Don Butler
Bert and Tony Butler, parents of Don Butler and sisters           
Mr. William McKenzie Wood                                                                    by Mrs. Ismene Wood and family 

And from St. Aidan’s
Let us give thanks for the lives of the departed, remembering especially
Selwyn and Dorothy Black
Frank Barnett
Loved ones of the Burns-Simpson and Charko families
Ross, Mabel and George Clark and Aunt Vi Large
Muriel Cluff
Ron Code and family
Loved ones of the Cooper and Thivierge families
Loved ones of the Dinelle, Ardley and Weatherley families
Beryl, Edna and Peter Epps
Al and Lucy Gover
Loved ones of the Hannah family
Paul Lahde
Penny Lynn McClinton
Loved ones of the Martin and Globe families
Loved ones of the Meadus and Yates families
John and Priscilla Meggs
Terry Millar
Christine Newman
Christopher Newman
Ian Newman
Debbie Sands
Nelly and George Sands
Norma and Arnold Scullion
Jean, Karen and Rod Stewart
David Arden Stinson
Kathleen and Walter Talbot
Rest eternal grant unto them O Lord and let light perpetual shine upon them.  May their souls, and the souls of all the departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Our thanks to Sandra Ferguson, Judi Ward, Ellen Zeiss and Pamela Mallon for so beautifully decorating 
the church and sanctuary for our Christmas services at St Bartholomew’s.

Meditation and Blessing

Hymn:  135   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing  

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King,
peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled.”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King.”

Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ, the everlasting Lord;
late in time behold him come, off-spring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the God-head see; hail the incarnate deity,
pleased as one of us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King.”

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings,
Mild he lay his glory by, born that man no more may die,
Born to raise each child of earth, born to give us second birth
Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the new-born King.”

Postlude:   Aria “Schlafe, mein Liebster” from the Christmas Oratorio      J.S. Bach




In appreciation for this week’s online service:
The Reverend Canon David Clunie 
The Reverend Kevin Flynn
Music: Timothy Piper and Téa Mamaladze  Reader:Joan Harrison
Prayers of the People:  Michael Beall
Altar Guild:  Pamela Mallon
Web Service: Ruth Honeyman   Videographer: David Clunie   Webmasterr: Kevin McQuinn
Video and Art Editor: Simon Honeyman  
Additional Photography: Kevin McQuinn, Pamela Mallon


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  • 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.
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  1. Bronzino (1503–72), Worship of the Shepherds, 1539. Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Turkey.
  2. Sandro Botticelli (1445–1510), The Mystical Nativity, c.1500. National Gallery, London, England.
  3. Elena Markova (b.1967), Christmas Dreams, 2010. Location unknown.
  4. Gerhard van Honthorst (1592–1656), Adoration of the Shepherds, 1622. Pomeranian State Museum, Greifswald, Germany.
  5. Caravaggio (1571–1610), Nativity with St. Francis and St. Lawrence, 1600 (replica commissioned 2015). Oratory of San Lorenzo, Palermo, Italy.
  6. Paul Gauguin (1848–1903), Bé bé (Pēpe) (Be Be (The Nativity)), 1896. State Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
  7. Adolf Hölzel (1853–1934), Anbetung (Adoration), 1912. Location unknown.
  8. Jyoti Sahi (b.1944), Jesus Offering the Light (Arathi), 2004. Oil on canvas. Private collection, California, USA.
  9. William Blake (1757–1827), The Nativity, 1800. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA.
  10. Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c.1525–1569), The Census at Bethlehem, 1566. Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels, Belgium.
  11. William Blake, “Annunciation to the Shepherds” from On the Morning of Christ’s Nativity, c.1809. Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, England.
  12. Giorgione (c.1477–1510), The Adoration of the Shepherds, c.1510. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
  13. Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–82), The Adoration, 1858–64. Tate Britain, London, England.
  14. Brian Kershisnik (b.1962), Nativity, 2006. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, Provo, UT.
  15. Francisco Collantes (1599–1656), Winter Landscape with the Adoration of the Shepherds, 1630–50. Museo del Prado, Madrid.


** 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 20 **

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