Welcome to your online Christmas worship from St. George’s, Georgetown.
Unfortunately, our planned in-person worship had to be canceled due to the need to tighten our COVID restrictions with the recent increasing in COVID cases.
All our in-person worship has been postponed until further notice.
Our family ministry resources this week are based on the Christmas story from Luke’s gospel chapter 2, verses 1 to 20. The resources this week help us to celebrate the Birth of Jesus.
In our Christmas email there are links to a helpful family page that helps explain our reading and also there are some fun colouring and puzzle pages that connect with the Christmas story.
Please sign up for our weekly emails to get those links to these great resources to use together with your family.
Our opening Christmas Carol, I have selected “Joy To The World” for all you wishing to sing!
The Gospel Reading (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 Savior, 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 favors!”
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.1
Here is your online Christmas prayers and message:
The Service is live at 7pm Christmas Eve and is available to watch on demand anytime after.
Prayers of the People
We pray for God’s healing for every person across our world as we continue to face the impact of the pandemic on our lives, our communities, and our nations.
We pray for Peace on Earth:
O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace. Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your Church, peace among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
I have chosen two Christmas Carols to conclude our Christmas worship. The first is “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing.”
And the second is “Away In a Manger.”
I wish you all a blessed and safe Christmas.
Thank you for your continued support of the ministry and mission of St. George’s.
Be Well and Merry Christmas!
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.