Spiritual Eucharist Rite II at 11:00 p.m. sung by cantor Rev’d Margie Baker, sermon by the Rev’d Susan Pinkerton.

Worship at Home:

Click here: Service Bulletin – Sermon Text

Service Music:

Prelude begins at 10:45pm, and features Susan Knapp Thomas, harpist, and features carols from around the world.

People, look East    arr. Megan Metheney
Sing we now of Christmas    arr. Gary Shocker
In the bleak midwinter (England)    arr. Ray Pool
Good King Wenceslas (England)    arr. Kim Robertson
The Huron carol (Canada)    arr. Ray Pool
Good Christian men, rejoice (Germany)    arr. Ray Pool
Tu scendi dalle stelle (Italy)     arr. Ray Pool
Sleep of the infant Jesus (France)     arr. Ray Pool
El Decembre congelat (The Icy December, Spain)     arr. Ray Pool

Choral Introit    O radiant dawn    James MacMillan (b. 1959)
Adult Choir, recorded Christmas Eve 2018

O Radiant Dawn, Splendour of eternal Light,
Sun of Justice:
come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.
Isaiah had prophesied,
‘The people who walked in darkness have seen the great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.’

Opening Hymn 87    Hark! the herald angels sing    Mendelssohn

Gloria S280     Robert Powell (b.1932)

Anthem    There is no rose    Philip Stopford (b. 1977)
Text: Anonymous, 14th century
Adult Choir, recorded Christmas Eve 2019

There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu;

For in this rose contained was
Heaven and earth in little space;
Res miranda.  (Thing of wonder)

By that rose we may well see
There be one God in persons three,
Pares forma.  (Equal in form)

The angels sungen the shepherds to:
Gloria in excelsis deo:  (Glory to God in the highest)
Gaudeamus.   (Let us rejoice)

Leave we all this worldly mirth,
And follow we this joyful birth;
Transeamus.  (Let us follow)

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God    Franz Schubert

Closing Hymn 111   Silent night    Stille Nacht

Voluntary    Carillon-Sortie    Henri Mulet (1878-1967)