St Ethelburga's Church

Send us out to build us up

Christmas Day

 For to us a Child is born

To us a son is given. Alleluia



Bible Reading – Luke 2v1-7

In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to their own town to register.

4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.


We confess that we have sometimes forgotten what Christmas really means, and have left the Lord Jesus out of our thinking and living: Father, forgive us.

Help us to remember that you loved the world so much that you gave your only Son, who was born to be our Saviour: Lord, help us.

We confess that we have allowed the most important event in history to become dulled by familiarity: Father, forgive us.

Help us this Christmas especially to recapture a sense of wonder, and to discover again the astonishing fact that the Creator of the universe has come to us as a newborn baby:Lord, help us.

Fill our hearts with the love that cares, that understands and gives; show us how we can best serve those in need; for the sake of him who was born in a stable, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

God our Father, we listen again to the story of Christmas, and we are glad that Jesus has come to be our saviour and our friend.

We hear how Mary laid her baby in a manger. Jesus has come: thank you, Father

We hear how the angels sang over the Bethlehem hills: ‘Glory to God; peace for the world.’ Jesus has come: thank you, Father

We hear how the shepherds hurried to see that what the angel said was true.  Jesus has come: thank you, Father

We hear how the wise men came to bring their worship and their precious gifts.  Jesus has come: thank you, Father.

 O God, we thank you that Jesus has come to be our Saviour and our friend: we welcome him with love, and worship him with gladness, for your glory’s sake. Amen.

 The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever.  Amen