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Festive Choral Eucharist | December 25
Guest Speaker
Saturday, December 25, 2021
Service Notes

Join us in prayer this Christmas morning! The Very Rev. Christopher A. Pappas presides and the Rev. Clare Morgan preaches. 

You can download a pdf versin of the bulletin here. A text only version of the order of service is posted below. Continue scrolling to follow along. 


The Gathering of the Community
Processional Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light (CP 147)
Text: verse 1. Johann Rist (1607-1667) tr. John Troutbeck (1833-1889)
verse 2. Fred Pratt Green (1903-2000) Music: ERMUNTRE DICH Melody Johann
Schop (1595-1667); harm. J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

1. Break forth, O beauteous heavenly light, and usher in in the morning;
O shepherds, shrink not with affright, but hear the angel's warning.
This child, this little helpless boy, shall be our confidence and joy,
The power of Satan breaking, our peace eternal making.

2. Come, dearest child, into our hearts, and leave your crib behind you!
Let this be where the new life starts for all who seek and find you.
To you the honour, thanks, and praise, for all your gifts this time of grace;
Come, conquer and deliver this world, and us, forever.

Presider In this time and place,
We gather on the unceded ancestral lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh nations.
All From many places and peoples we come to this house of prayer.

Presider In this time and place,
We give thanks for the light of God that shines in the darkness.
All A light no darkness can quench.

Presider In this time and place,
We give thanks for the light and peace of Jesus Christ the Word made flesh.
All The light of all people.

Presider In this time and place,
We pray that the Spirit of God will be renewed in our hearts and minds.
All That we might be the light of God in the world.

Presider In this time and place, together, one people of God.
All In the name of God, Source of all being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Presider The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
All And also with you.

The Collect of the Day
Presider God whose Word became flesh,
All breathe a new song of joy and praise into the world, so that we may bear the good news of your salvation
and proclaim our promise of peace to the ends of the earth; through Christ the Word. Amen.

The Proclamation of the Word
The Readings
After each reading the reader will say:
Reader Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
All Thanks be to God.

First Reading Isaiah 62:6-7

The congregation stands

Carol Gloria (Carol Mass) Rupert Lang

Second Reading Titus 3:4-7

The congregation stands

Sequence Hymn It Came upon the Midnight Clear (CP 141)
Text: Edmund Hamilton Sears (1810-1876)
Music: NOEL Melody trad. English; arr Arthur Seymour Sullivan (1842-1900)

Deacon The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.

Deacon The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Before the Gospel Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

Deacon The Gospel according to Luke 2:8-20
After the Gospel Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Sermon The Rev. Clare Morgan

Silence for Reflection

The Nicene Creed
Presider Let us confess our faith, as we say,

All We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of
heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten,
not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven:
by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,
and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son
he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Prayers of the People
In the Anglican Church of Canada Cycle of Prayer we pray for The Diocese of North East India –
The (united) Church of North India. In the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer we pray for we pray for John
Stephens our Bishop; Linda Nicholls our Primate; Lynne McNaughton our Metropolitan; Susan
Johnson the National Lutheran Bishop in Canada; Mark MacDonald the National Indigenous
Anglican Archbishop, Gregory Mohr the Evangelical Lutheran Bishop in British Columbia; Justin
Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury; our companion diocese, the Episcopal Diocese of Northern
Philippines and the Rt. Rev. Brent Alawas; our companion parish, All Saints Cathedral, Bontac,
Philippines and the Very Rev. Padi Luc.

Confession and Absolution
Presider The sun of righteousness has dawned with healing in his wings.
Let us come to the light of Christ, confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Silence is kept

Presider Most merciful God,
All We confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed,
by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved
you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
We are truly sorry and we humbly repent.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us,
that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways,
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Presider May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our
Saviour forgive your sins and make you holy to serve him in the world,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
All Amen.

The Peace
Presider Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to all in whom he delights.

The Celebration of the Eucharist
The Offertory
You are invited to make a financial offering to further God’s mission through the work of the church using the
enclosed envelope or by texting “Give” to 639.739.0843 and following the instructions; or going to Tax receipts are issued annually for gifts totalling $20 or more. Your financial gifts together with
the bread and wine are brought forward and presented at the Altar as a sign of thanksgiving to God from whom all
blessings flow.

Offertory hymn See Amid the Winter’s Snow (CP 148)
Text: Edward Caswall (1814-1878) Music: John Gross (1800-1880)
1. See amid the winter's snow,
Born for us on earth below,
See, the tender Lamb appears,
Promised from eternal years!
Refrain ALLHail, thou ever blessed morn!
Hail, redemption's happy dawn!
Sing through all Jerusalem:
Christ is born in Bethlehem.
2. Lo, within a manger lies
He who built the starry skies,
Who enthroned in height sublime
Sits amid the cherubim. Refrain
3. Say, ye holy shepherds, say
What your joyful news today;
Wherefore have ye left your sheep
On the lonely mountain steep? Refrain
4. "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
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5. Sacred infant, all divine,
What a tender love was thine,
Thus to come from highest bliss
Down to such a world as this. Refrain

The Prayer over the Gifts
Presider Good and loving God,
All we rejoice in the birth of Jesus, who came among the poor
to bring the riches of your grace. As you have blessed us with your
gifts, let them be a blessing for others.
With the trees of the field, with all earth and heaven,
we shout for joy at the coming of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Great Thanksgiving
Presider The Lord be with you.
All And also with you.

Presider Lift up your hearts.
All We lift them to the Lord.

Presider Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
All It is right to give our thanks and praise.

Presider Blessed are you, gracious God, creator of heaven and earth;
we give you thanks and praise through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who in the fullness of time came among us in our flesh, and opened to us the way of salvation.
Now we watch for the day when he will come again in power and great triumph to judge this world,
that we, without shame or fear, may rejoice to behold his appearing.
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with angels and archangels
andwith all the company of heaven, who forever sing this hymn
to proclaim the glory of your name:

Sanctus Carol Mass Rupert Lang

Presider Holy One, the beginning and the end, the giver of life:
Blessed are you for the birth of creation.
Blessed are you in the darkness and in the light.
Blessed are you for your promise to your people.
Blessed are you in the prophets’ hopes and dreams.
Blessed are you for Mary’s openness to your will.
Blessed are you for your Son Jesus, the Word made flesh.
In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus took bread, and gave
thanks; broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying: “Take and eat; this is my
body, given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”
Again, after supper, he took the cup, gave thanks,
and gave it for all to drink, saying:
“This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and
for all people for the forgiveness of sin.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
All Christ has died.
Christ is risen.
Christ will come again.

Presider With this bread and cup
we remember your Word dwelling among us,
full of grace and truth.
We remember our new birth in his death and resurrection.
We look with hope for his coming.
All Come, Lord Jesus.

Presider Holy God, we long for your Spirit. Come among us. Bless this meal.
May your Word take flesh in us. Awaken your people. Fill us with your light.
Bring the gift of peace on earth.
All Come, Holy Spirit.

Presider All praise and glory are yours,
Holy One of Israel, Word of God incarnate,
Power of the Most High, one God, now and forever.
All Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer
The Breaking of the Bread

Presider We break the bread of life, and that life is the light of the
All God here among us, light in the midst of us, bring us to light and life.

Presider The gifts of God for the people of God.
All Thanks be to God.

During Communion Agnus Dei (Carol Mass)    Rupert Lang
                                   In the Bleak Midwinter     Harold Darke

The Communion
If you know the brokenness of life, its fractures within and its division without, then you have participated
in the broken body of Christ and you are invited to share in the breaking of bread. If you desire to know the love of God that overcomes indifference and despair, if you desire the reconciliation that overcomes estrangement and alienation then you are invited to share the cup of the new covenant. The bread is received in the open palm. Gluten-free wafers are available upon request in the East alcove.

Prayer after Communion
Presider Let us pray.
Silence is kept 
Presider Radiant God,
All with our eyes we have seen your salvation,
and in this meal we have feasted on your grace.
May your Word take flesh in us, so that we may be your holy people,
revealing your glory made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Saviour and
Lord. Amen.

The Blessing
Presider 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 yours this Christmas; and the blessing ...
All Amen

Closing Hymn Good Christians All, Rejoice (CP 153)
Text: German-Latin Carols (14th cent); tr John Mason Neale (1818-1866)
Music: IN DULCI JUBILO Melody Geistliche Lieder, Wittenberg, 1533;
Harm. Robert Lucas Pearsall (1796-1856) arr. John Stainer (1840-1901)

Deacon Let us go forth in love to proclaim the birth of Christ.
All Thanks be to God.