#OnlineCarols14: Order of Service so you can listen again.

Missed a reading or a carol? Want to show a friend the service? Here’s an Order of Service with links to each post:

Welcome to Online Carols 2014 #OnlineCarols14 by @onlinepraise

#OnlineCarols14 1: Once in Royal David’s City — @SouthgateChoir

#OnlineCarols14 2: Bidding Prayer — @Catherine1Rev

#OnlineCarols14 3: O Holy Night — St Stephens Community Choir with @cathrynjbrown and @SamPratt_

#OnlineCarols14 4: First Lesson from Genesis 3: 8–19 by @drbexl

#OnlineCarols14 5: A Song for Mary — @mossandjones

#OnlineCarols14 6: Second Lesson from Genesis 22: 15–18 — @tall_rich

#OnlineCarols14 7: Angels, from the realms of Glory — @lizzie_rascal84

#OnlineCarols14 8: Third Lesson from Isaiah 9: 2; 6–7 — @theabingdontaxi

#OnlineCarols14 9: Unto us is born a son — Lucy Kennedy

#OnlineCarols14 10: Fourth Lesson from Isaiah 11: 1–3a; 4a; 6–9 — @yrieithydd

#OnlineCarols14 11: O radix Jesse — @UnShaunSheep

#OnlineCarols14 12: Fifth Lesson from the Gospel of Luke 1: 26–38 — @Catherine1Rev

#OnlineCarols14 13: Come, thou Redeemer of the earth — @artsyhonker

#OnlineCarols14 14: Sixth Lesson from Luke 2: 1; 3–7 — Catriona Mackay

#OnlineCarols14 15: Carol H: I Sing of a Mayden — @ellythefolk

#OnlineCarols14 16: Seventh Lesson from Luke 2: 8–16 — @timbobagginsii

#OnlineCarols14 17: It Came Upon the Midnight Clear — @artsyhonker and Alexandra

#OnlineCarols14 18: Eighth Lesson from the Gospel of Matthew 2: 1–12 — @partakers_dave

#OnlineCarols14 19: O Come, All Ye Faithful — @SouthgateChoir

#OnlineCarols14 20: Ninth Lesson from the Gospel of John 1: 1–14 — @revpamsmith

#OnlineCarols14 21: Hark the Herald — @Charlie_Serpent and the London Gallery Quire

#OnlineCarols14 22: Closing Prayers and Blessing — @alcutting

#OnlineCarols14 23: Retiring collection for @Shelter


#OnlineCarols14 23: Retiring collection for @Shelter

Thank you for attending Online Carols 2014! We hope you have enjoyed joining with us in worship and prayer. Now is a great time for the virtual mulled wine and mince pieces, but first, a more serious matter. Our charity this year is Shelter, who work to prevent and alleviate homelessness.

Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” — Matthew 25:40

Please donate if you can.

#OnlineCarols14 22: Closing Prayers and Blessing — @alcutting

So we bring our prayers before God our heavenly Father:

We give thanks for this festive time, and the joy that it brings to so many.
We give thanks for birth and new life.
We give thanks for end-of-term school Christmas concerts,
for the change of the work routine, and the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.
We give thanks for candles and carols, for readings and reminiscing, for warm drinks and warm welcomes.
Good Lord, we bring you our thanks and praise.

We pray for those who find the season hard, through isolation and loneliness.
For those who have more friends on Facebook than people who speak to them in a year; Lord draw close to them.
For acquaintances formed in cyberspace, who offer personal support and become answers to our prayers with their timely interactions and comments; Lord we give you thanks.

In this season of journeying, we pray for all those who travel
to be with others, to be in special places.
We pray for all those involved in the travel industry, facilitating our getting to where we want to be.
We pray for journeying mercies; and remember those whose travel becomes impossible, and destinations unreachable. Lord keep them safe

We pray for those who have no-where to go, and like the Holy Family of old, are now searching for shelter and warmth.
We pray for those made homeless through economic recession,
and caught up in the ravages of war. Lord hear us, Lord graciously hear us.

For those who are sick, and for those undergoing treatment. For all who bring God’s healing, through prayer and pastoral support; through medical expertise. We remember those who await a clear diagnosis and effective treatment. He pray for those who suffer alone, with no one to care for them. Healing Lord, we pray for your touch.

For those caught up in bereavement at this time of year, especially those having lost loved ones suddenly and unexpectedly;
For those sitting and praying with the dying,
For those coping with their first Christmas without a loved one;
For those who have died unnoticed and un-prayed for;
For those who have died violently;
Prince of Peace, bring you peace that is beyond human understanding.

At this season of endings and beginnings, of looking back and looking forward,
Lord send us your Spirit that we may look fearlessly to the future,
Strong in your strength.

And now we ask for God’s blessing upon us:

May the joy of the angels,
the eagerness of the shepherds,
the perseverance of the wise men,
the obedience of Joseph and Mary,
and the peace of the Christ-child be yours this Christmas;
and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you and all those you love and pray for, today and always. Amen.

Stained-glass style screen made some years ago by children at St Hilda's CE Primary School, Ampleforth

Made by children at St Hilda’s CE Primary School, Ampleforth

#OnlineCarols14 21: Hark the Herald — @Charlie_Serpent and the London Gallery Quire

Hark the herald angels sing
“Glory to the newborn King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild
God and sinners reconciled”
Joyful, all ye nations rise
Join the triumph of the skies
With the angelic host proclaim:
“Christ is born in Bethlehem”

Christ by highest heav’n adored
Christ the everlasting Lord!
Late in time behold Him come
Offspring of a Virgin’s womb
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see
Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man t’appear
Jesus, our Emmanuel here.

Hail the heav’n-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Son of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings
Ris’n with healing in His wings
Mild He lays His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Born to raise the sons of earth
Born to give them second birth.

Sung by the London Gallery Quire, accompanied by @Charlie_Serpent and others.

Angel etched in glass, lavender in colour on a dark background

Photo by Nick Morgan

#OnlineCarols14 20: Ninth Lesson from the Gospel of John 1: 1–14 — @revpamsmith

read by Pam Smith


In the beginning the Word already was. The Word was in God’s presence and what God was the Word was. He was with God at the beginning and through him, all things came to be. Without him, no created thing came into being. In him was life and that life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has never mastered it.

There appeared a man named John. He was sent from God and came as a witness to testify to the light, so that through him all night become believers. He was not himself the light. He came to bear witness to the light. The true light, which gives light to everyone, was even then coming into the world.

He was in the world, but the world though it owed its being to him, did not recognise him. He came to his own and his own people would not accept him. But to all who did accept him, to those who put their trust in him, he gave the right to become children of God, born not of human stock, by the physical desire of a human father, but of God.

So the Word became flesh. He made his home among us and we saw his glory. Such glory as befits the father’s only son, full of grace and truth.


Revised English Bible

By Anonymous (archiv.onb.ac.at) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

#OnlineCarols14 19: O Come, All Ye Faithful — @SouthgateChoir

O Come, all ye faithful,
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem;
Come and behold him
Born the King of Angels:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

God of God,
Light of Light,
Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb;
Very God,
Begotten, not created:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

See how the Shepherds,
Summoned to his cradle,
Leaving their flocks, draw nigh with lowly fear;
We too will thither
Bend our joyful footsteps:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Lo! star-led chieftains,
Magi, Christ adoring,
Offer him incense, gold, and myrrh;
We to the Christ Child
Bring our heart’s oblations:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Child, for us sinners
Poor and in the manger,
Fain we embrace thee, with awe and love;
Who would not love thee,
Loving us so dearly?
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Sing, choirs of Angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing, all ye citizens of heaven above;
Glory to God
In the Highest:
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him,
O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord!

Melody probably by J. F. Wade 1711-86
Descant version by David Willcocks

Sung by the choir and congregation of Christ Church Southgate (@SouthgateChoir on Twitter)
Century Mag Gozzoli angels

#OnlineCarols14 18: Eighth Lesson from the Gospel of Matthew 2: 1–12

Matthew 2:1-12

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Judea, in the days when Herod was king of the province. Not long after his birth there arrived from the east a party of astrologers making for Jerusalem and enquiring as they went, “Where is the child born to be king of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and we have come here to pay homage to him.”

When King Herod heard about this he was deeply perturbed, as indeed were all the other people living in Jerusalem. So he summoned all the Jewish scribes and chief priests together and asked where “Christ” should be born. Their reply was: “In Bethlehem, in Judea, for this is what the prophet Micah wrote about the matter—‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are not the least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel’.”

Then Herod invited the wise men to meet him privately and found out from them the exact time when the star appeared. Then he sent them off to Bethlehem saying, “When you get there, search for this little child with the utmost care. And when you have found him come back and tell me—so that I may go and worship him too.”

The wise men listened to the king and then went on their way to Bethlehem. And now the star, which they had seen in the east, went in front of them as they travelled until at last it shone immediately above the place where the little child lay. The sight of the star filled them with indescribable joy.

So they went into the house and saw the little child with his mother Mary. And they fell on their knees and worshipped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts—gold, incense and myrrh. Then, since they were warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they went back to their own country by a different route.

J. B. Phillips, “The New Testament in Modern English”, 1962 edition by HarperCollins

Edward Burne-Jones - The Adoration of the Magi - Google Art Project