Lessons and Carols

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

                                          (Westworth Winds)


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

Gathering Prayer

 The Lessons

First Lesson:  Genesis: 3: 1-7, 24                                    Reader:  Mac Watts

(Adam’s Fall)

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 60O Come All Ye Faithful” ADESTE FIDELIS

Offertory Prayer

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

                                                 (Cherub Choir)


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



Please Note:

You are kindly asked not to take photos or to use

recording devices during the service.

Thank you.

 **     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.


Merry 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