Lessons and Carols
December 14, 2014 6:45pm
Service will proceed unannounced
Preludes: Go Tell it on the Mountain arr. Leland Forsblad
Christmas Carol Medley arr. Sammy Nestico
What Child is This? arr. John Ford
Welcome and Announcements
Prelude: “Gabriel’s Message” arr. Kevin J. Sadowski
Call to Worship (responsive)
In the gathering dark,
We still our minds and wait.
As dusk calls to dawn,
We reflect in the shadows,
Even as we look to the growing light.
Hope’s song sings through the night.
Darkness is as light when our hope is in the Lord.
**Processional Hymn: VU 62 “Once in Royal David’s City” IRBY
First Lesson: Genesis: 3: 1-7, 24 Reader: Mac Watts
Anthem: “Adam Lay Y-Bounden” 15th century text, music by Boris Ord
**Hymn: VU 9 “People Look East” BESANÇON
Second Lesson: Isaiah 9:2, 6,7 Reader: Nolan Ward
(The prophet Isaiah foretells Christ’s birth)
Anthem: “What You Gonna Call Your Pretty Little Baby? ”
Spiritual, arr. Andrea Klouse
(Sunday School Singers)
**Hymn: VU 25 “Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending”
Third Lesson: Zechariah 2: 10-13 Reader: Will Firth
(Zion is told of Jesus’ coming)
Solo: “Prepare Thyself, Zion” from “The Christmas Oratorio” J.S. Bach
(Soloist: Kerensa Peters)
**Hymn: VU 2 “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” STUTTGART
Fourth Lesson: Matthew 3: 1-11 Reader: Marion McKay
(John the Baptist Prepares the Way)
Anthem: “Jesus Christ, the Apple Tree” Elizabeth Poston
**Hymn: VU 18 “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness Crying”
Fifth Lesson: Micah 5: 2-4 Reader: Gordon McLeod
(The prophet Micah foretells the glory of little Bethlehem)
Anthem: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” Walford Davies
(Soloist: Christina Thanisch-Smith)
Offertory “Noel Nouvelet” arr. John Carter
**Offertory Hymn: VU 60 “O Come All Ye Faithful” ADESTE FIDELIS
Sixth Lesson: Luke 1: 26-36, 38 Reader: Teresa Sztaba
(The Angel Gabriel Visits Mary)
Anthem: “Gabriel’s Message arr. David Willcocks
**Hymn: VU 14 “To a Maid Whose Name was Mary” ANNUNCIATION
Seventh Lesson: Matthew 1: 18-25 Reader: Merle Andrew
(Joseph accepts Jesus as his son)
Solo: “Cover Him, Joseph” Gilbert Martin
(Soloist: John Erskine)
**Hymn: VU 55 “In the Bleak Mid-winter” CRANHAM
Eighth Lesson: Luke 2: 8-20 Reader: Nancy Doern-White
(Shepherds visit the manger)
Anthem: ”Christmas Lights” Kris Crunk
Ninth Lesson: John 1: 1-14 Reader: Laura Buchan
(John unfolds the great mystery
Anthem: ”O Magnum Mysterium” Morten Laurisden
O magnum Mysterium et admirabile sacramentum
O great mystery and wonderful sacrament
Ut animal viderent Dominum natum
That animals should see the new-born Lord
Jacentum in praesepio!
Lying in a manger!
Beata Virgo, cujus viscera mereuerunt
Blessed Virgin, whose womb was worthy
Portare Dominum Christum. Alleluia!
To bear Christ the Lord. Alleluia!
**Closing Hymn: VU 48 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
Commissioning and Benediction
**Hymn: VU 67 “Silent Night” STILLE NACHT
Postlude: “Joy to the World” arr. Michael Burkhardt
You are kindly asked not to take photos or to use
recording devices during the service.
** Please stand if you are able.
Thank you for joining us in worship and reflection this evening!
Thank you also for your ongoing support of the music program at Westworth United Church. Traditionally, with this being a service of music and scripture, the Choir receives the offering and uses a portion of it for the Music Endowment fund, which helps support various aspects of the musical life of the congregation. Tonight’s offering will be equally divided between the Music Endowment fund and the General Fund of Westworth United Church.
Please join us immediately following tonight’s service in the lower hall for refreshments and conversation. Special thanks are extended to Westworth’s Fellowship Committee for hosting this reception.
The musicians at Westworth wish you a blessed and peace-filled Christmas.
Please join us for our next Choir Event…
A Musical Celebration of Black History Month
Feb. 22 at 7:30pm
Westworth United Church
Featuring the Westworth Choir and Guest Soloists
performing Spiritual, South African and Gospel Music.
Accompanist & Organist Dorcas Windsor
Conductor, Cherub Choir Jewel Casselman
Conductor, Westworth Winds Ray McClelland
Director of Music Debbie McLeod
Ministers Mona F. Denton
Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd
Ushers Janet Sealey and The Lewis Family
Bible Study: will continue Mondays, Jan. 12, 26 and Feb. 2 at 7:30pm in the upper classroom. We will be beginning with Part 2 of Michael Wilson’s, A Guided Tour of the Bible in 25 Stops. Each Bible Study session is self-contained and not dependent upon previous sessions. Newcomers are therefore welcome to join at any time.
Westworth has been invited to host the Closing Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on Sunday afternoon at 2:00pm, Jan. 25. We will have the honour of having clergy and laity from different denominations including Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Mennonite, Anglican, and Lutheran joining us for this service. If you can bake 2 dozen cookies for the reception following the service, please sign up on the list in the narthex.
Christmas Office Hours
Christmas Eve-closed at noon
Dec. 25 – Jan. 1 – office will be closed
Donations should be received before Dec. 31, 2014 to be tax receiptable for 2014. Please consider a post dated cheque to ensure donations get here on time. Thank you.
All are welcome to our Christmas Eve Services
All Ages – 6:45 pm
Carols, Candles and Communion – 10:00 pm
Worship Around the Breakfast Tables
Dec. 28, 2014
Breakfast 10:30 am Worship 11:00 am