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Friday, December 24, 2021
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Let the sounds of brass lift your soul! The Salvation Army's Cariboo Hill Temple Band leads this musical service. Lauren Odile Pinkney preaches. 

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The Salvation Army’s Cariboo Hill Temple Band
David Mills, Bandmaster

Prelude        Wenceslas               arr. Ray Bowes

                     Joy In Bethlehem     arr. Leslie Condon

Welcome Dean Christopher A. Pappas


Joy to the World!

Joy to the World! The Lord is come: let earth receive her King! Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing…

Joy to the Earth! the Saviour reigns: let all their songs employ! While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains, repeat the sounding joy…

He rules the earth with truth and grace, and makes the nations prove The glories of his righteousness and wonders of his love…

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn 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 newborn King.”

Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord, Late in time behold him come, offspring of a virgin’s womb. Veiled in flesh the Godhead see; hail, the incarnate deity, pleased as man with us to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel! Hark! The herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King.”

Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace! Hail, the Sun of righteousness! Light and life to all he brings, risen with healing in his wings. Mild he lays his glory by, born that we 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 newborn King.”

Reading Luke 1:26-38

See Amid the Winter’s Snow

See, amid the winter’s snow, born for us on earth below; see the tender lamb appears, promised from eternal years,

Refrain Hail, thou ever blessed morn; hail, redemption’s happy dawn; sing through all Jerusalem, Christ is born in Bethlehem.

Lo, within a manger lies he who built the starry skies; he who throned in height sublime sits amid the cherubim. Refrain

As we watched at dead of night, lo, we saw a wondrous light; angels singing “Peace on earth” told us of the Saviour’s birth. Refrain

Sacred infant, all divine, what a mighty love was thine, thus to come from highest bliss down to such a world as this! Refrain

Reading Luke 2:1-7

O Little Town of Bethlehem

O little town of Bethlehem how still we see thee lie! Above thy deep and dreamless sleep the silent stars go by; yet in thy dark streets shineth the everlasting light; the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.

For Christ is born of Mary; and, gathered all above, while mortals sleep, the angels keep their watch of wondering love. O morning stars, together proclaim the holy birth and praises sing to God the King, and peace to all the earth.

O Holy child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray; cast out our sin, and enter in; be born in us today. We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.

Reading Luke 2:8-16

While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks

While shepherds watched their flocks by night all seated on the ground, the angel of the Lord came down and glory shone around.

“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind; “Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind.”

“To you in David’s town this day is born of David’s line a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord; and this shall be the sign:

“The heavenly babe you there shall find to human view displayed all meanly wrapped in swathing bands; and in a manger laid.”

Thus spake the seraph; and forthwith appeared a shining throng of angels praising God, who thus addressed their joyful song:

“All glory be to God on high, and to the earth be peace; good will henceforth from heaven to earth, begin and never cease.”

 Silent Night! Holy 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: glories stream from heaven afar, heavenly hosts sing Alleluia, Christ the Saviour is born, Christ the Saviour is born!

Silent night! Holy night! Son of God, 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.

Reading Matthew 2:1-11

Away in a Manger

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head. The stars in the bright sky looked down where he lay, the little Lord Jesus, asleep on the hay.

Be near me, Lord Jesus I ask you to stay close by me forever, and love me, I pray. Bless all the dear children in your tender care, and fit us for heaven, to live with you there.

Sermon Lauren Odile Pinkney, Children, Youth & Family Minister

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

It came upon a midnight clear that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold; “Peace on the earth, good will to all from heaven’s all gracious King!” The world in solemn stillness lay to hear the angels sing.

Still through the cloven skies they come with peaceful wings unfurled; and still their heavenly music floats o’er all the weary world; above its sad and lowly plains they bend on hovering wing, and ever o’er its Babel sounds the blessed angels sing.

For lo, the days are hastening on, by prophet bards foretold, when with the ever-circling years comes round the age of gold, when peace shall over all the earth its ancient splendours fling, and the whole world give back the song which now the angels sing.

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Offertory Away In A Manger (Normandy Carol) arr. Robert Redhead

The Lord’s Prayer
Leader As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,

All Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


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… 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… Christ the Lord. 

 Yea, Lord we greet thee, born on Christmas morning; Jesus, to thee be glory given; Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing: O come let us adore him… Christ the Lord.

Postlude March- The Shining Star      Peter Graham

About the Cariboo Hill Temple Band
The Salvation Army’s Cariboo Hill Temple Band has a long-standing tradition of providing musical excellence, inspiration, and ministry. They put on several concerts throughout the year at the Salvation Army, also at many other churches throughout the lower mainland. Their present home is in Burnaby at Hwy & Cariboo Road, where they provide weekly musical support to the Sunday morning church services. But they have had many homes… The band was officially formed in Vancouver and was originally called the Vancouver No. 1 Corp Band. The band was present when the first CPR passenger train arrived on the shores of Burrard Inlet, and also at the opening of Stanley Park, and the opening of the first Hotel Vancouver. Over the years, there were moves and building upgrades, and the band changed its name to the Vancouver Citadel Band, the Vancouver Temple Band, and now the Cariboo Hill Temple Band. All the members of the band are members of the church. They come from all walks of life, including students, professional musicians, Salvation Army employees and clergy, both retired and active. The youngest member Is 14 , and one of the senior members has been playing with the band continuously since 1952 ! For today’s Christmas Eve Service, we are joined by members of the Salvation Army’s Jubilee Brass Band. The Cariboo Hill Temple Band is conducted by David Mills, the 20th music director the band has had. He has been a composer and school music teacher for over 20 years and is presently the director of bands at R.E. Mountain Secondary School in Langley. Although there have been many changes over the years, the band’s primary mission has not changed — which is to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ through music! Find out more at