Readings: Genesis 1:1-5 & Mark 1:4-11
Sentence: A voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased.’ Matthew 3:17
Collect: Beloved Son of God, whose Way was revealed in humility, through water and Spirit; you received a baptism of repentance. Empower all who are baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to embrace that commissioning and to serve you faithfully in love. For you are alive and reign with the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
Sermon: Rev. Courtenay Wilson 8 & 10am
Readings: Ephesians 1:13-14 & John 1:1-9, 10-18
Sentence: They saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and worshipped him. Matthew 2:11
Collect: Almighty God, revealed to the world through prophecy, sage and star, open our hearts to see your presence in all humanity, to bow down in adoration and bring unity and inclusion to a divided world. For you are alive and reign with the Father in unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Sermon: Alastair Smith 8 & 10am
Readings: Luke 2: 1-7 & Luke 2: 8-19
Sentence: My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel. Luke 2:30–32
Collect: Holy and eternal God, your Son Jesus Christ has taught us to learn from the simple trust of children; give us pure hearts and steadfast faith to worship you in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sermon: Dramaticized message from Miriam Taylor- Grandma Marys' treasure chest ( Not recorded)
Readings: Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 2:1-14 & John 14:27
Sentence: I bring you good news of great joy for all people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10–11
Collect: Almighty God, you gave your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him, and be born of the Virgin Mary; grant that we, who are born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ our saviour, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever. Amen.
Sermon: Rev. Susan Howarth
Theme: Emmanuel; God with us
Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7; John 1:1-5 & 9-14; Hebrews 4:15-16
Sermon: Rev. Joe Keighley
Readings: John 10:1-5 + 9-14 & Philippians 2:6-11
Sentence: This child will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Luke 1:32–33
Collect: God of all hope and joy, open our hearts in welcome, that your Son Jesus Christ at his coming may find in us a dwelling prepared for himself; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sermon: Joe Keighley ( 8 & 10am)
Readings: Ruth 4:13-17 & Philippians 2:5-11
Sentence: Bind up the broken-hearted, proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour, the day of vengeance of our God. Isaiah 61:1–2
Collect. Almighty God, you sent your servant John the Baptist to prepare the way for the coming of your Son; grant that those who proclaim your word may so guide our feet into the way of peace, that we may stand with confidence before him when he comes in his glorious kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Judge and our Redeemer. Amen.
Sermon: Raewyn Parkes ( 8 & 10am) NB only 10am recorded
Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11 & Matthew 3:1-12 (8am)
Ezra Chapters 1-2, 5-6 (10am) abridged
Sentence: Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight. For the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together. Luke 3:4; Isaiah 40:5a
Collect: God for whom we wait and watch, you sent John the Baptist to prepare for the coming of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth even to the point of suffering. This we ask through Christ our Saviour. Amen.
Sermon: 8am - Kevin Thompson
10am - Family service/Kaye Dyer
Readings: Psalm 133, and 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Collect: Come, O come Emmanuel, you are the way, the truth and the life; you are the true vine and the bread of life. Come, living Saviour, come to your world which waits for you.
Sentence: To you Lord I lift up my soul; my God I have put my trust in you; you are God my Saviour; for you have I waited all the day long. Psalm 25:1,4
Sermon: Susan Howarth 8 & 10am