Sample Christmas lessons and carols service

(Readers to reflect the diversity of age and background in the church.)
Welcome: Explain service, notices, video about church
Reflection: A pause to remember we are here to think on and worship the God who made all things, and his Son who came to us as Jesus Christ
Lights out
John 1v1-5
Advent candle lit
1) Once in Royal David’s city (verses 1,2,5 - 1st verse solo)
A bidding prayer is said that praises God for the Christmas gospel and prayers for world, nation, church, the needy and the present congregation
2) O come all ye faithful (vs 1-3)
Is 9v2,6-7
3) O come O come Emmanuel (vs 1-4)
Luke 1v26-35
4) Solo
Matthew 1v18-25
5) O little town of Bethlehem
Luke 2v1-7
6) See amid the winters snow (vs 1, 2, 5)
Luke 2v8-20
7) It came upon a midnight clear (vs 1, 3, 4)
Matthew 2v1-13
8) The first Nowell (vs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6)
John 1v10-14
9) Hark the herald
Invitation to consider more
Closing blessing: So may we receive the one who was Born of Mary, yet is Mighty God; may we trust the one who was a child without speech, yet is the eternal word; may we marvel at the one who was wrapped in infant cloths, yet who is robed in glory, and may we serve the one laid in a manger, yet who is enthroned as King of Heaven and Earth. Amen.