Welcome to our ‘Church at Home’ service for Sunday 27th of December. On this page you will find prayers, readings, hymns, and a short video message to help you to worship God this morning wherever you are. Today’s sermon will be delivered by the Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.
Call to Worship – Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Hymn 318 – God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,
Collect for the First Sunday after christmas
you have shed upon us the new light
of your incarnate Word.
Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts,
may shine forth in our lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen
Reading Isaiah 7:10-17
Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the virgin is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted. The Lord will bring on you and on your people and on your ancestral house such days as have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah—the king of Assyria.’
The Lord’s Prayer
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.
Children’s Story – Jesus and the Shepherds
Children’s Praise – Born is the King (It’s Christmas)
Reading Matthew 1:18-25
Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife, but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.
Moderator’s Christmas Sermon – ‘Immanuel’
Hymn 321 – Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
May the joy of the angels,
the humility of the shepherds,
and the peace of the Christ-Child
be God’s gift to us and to all people
this Christmas time, and always.