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We welcome you to ST HILARY`S Church this evening as we share in the Christingle Service together. 

Christingle

 

Christingle" means Christ-Light and derives from the Moravian custom of distributing lighted candles to children on Christmas Eve. The theme of the worship is Jesus, the Light of the World. Christingle was popularised by The ChiIdren's Society in 1968 and today's Service is held in support of its work.

 

These miniature 1/12 scale Christingles were made for us by Sarah's sister, Catherine out of fimo with a real miniature candle in the middle.*The orange represents the world.

The cocktail sticks represent the 4 corners of the world and the 4 seasons.

The fruit stands for all the good things God gives us.

The red ribbon reminds us of Jesus` blood, shed when he died for us on the Cross.

The candle represents Jesus, who shines his bright light into the dark corners of this world.  
(these are 1/12 scale miniature Christingles - find out  more about these by clicking the photograph)

 

We prepare to worship

Vicar     Christ has brought us out of darkness

All               to live in his marvellous light.

 

Minister   May God our Father grant us the light of Christ, that we may shine with his love, be prompt to serve and ever eager to follow in his steps, who is the true light and source of life

All           Amen  

 

We listen to God`s Word  

Alice::      Luke  Chapter 9 verses 46-48  

An argument began amongst the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.  Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him.  Then he said to them, "Who ever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and who ever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.  For he is least among you all - he is the greatest".

 

Alice says:           This is the Word of the Lord

All                   Thanks be to God  

Next

Alice has been chosen to read the Christingle lesson.

  Talk                  The late  Jan Craven representing The Children`s Society  
           
(read Jan's sermon she has kindly donated to us by clicking on the "talk" link
            - it will open in a new window)

 

 

Our Prayers  

Prayers led by Megan. 

Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the World,

shine into the darkness of lives without

hope. We pray for children who see

crime as a way of life. Help us to show

them how to find another way. Shine

your light in their darkness.

Sing together

The Lord is my light, my light and salvation,

In him I trust, in him I trust.

Leader

Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the World,

shine into the darkness of lives lived in

fear. We pray for children who have run

away from home or are at risk. Help us to

stand by them so that they may discover

strength. Shine your light in their darkness.

Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the World,

shine into the darkness of lives lived in

conflict. We pray for children who are

refugees, torn by the tension of life in a

new culture. Help us to understand their

conflicts so that they may find acceptance.

Shine your light into their darkness.

Sing together

The Lord is my light, my light and salvation,

In him I trust, in him I trust.

Leader

Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the World, we

thank you for the work of The Children’s

Society. We pray that through their

projects and their workers your light

might shine into the lives of children lost

in the darkness of fear, disregard and

conflict. Help us, with them, to shine

your light into the darkness. Amen.

 

 

At the end of the prayers

 

All           Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours,

now and for over.       Amen.

  Next

Presentation of Christingles 

The curate, Rev Ken supervises.......

The Rev Ken gives directions about the collection of gifts for The Children`s Society and the distribution of Christingles. 

Next

Rev. Ken is in charge of the christingles here!
Priscilla Jane and Tom been chosen to distribute the Christingles.

(oh dear -it looks as if Sepp, the rat, has taken an interest in the sweets and dried fruits on the Christingles!  Bardsley, the bishop's dog, is looking on too!)

 

Next

Priscilla Jane and Tom carry the Christingles VERY carefully as the give one to each of the children.....

 

Next

 

Prisiclla Jane and Tom pick the Christingles up VERY carefully....

The congregation remain seated during the following hymn

 

Christingle Hymn                                                     Tune Lourdes

 

Round orange, round orange you serve as a sign

that God made the world with a purpose divine.

The power of love is always the same:

be glad, give thanks, rejoice in God's name.

 

Red ribbon, you tell of the bloodshed and pain

which led to forgiveness when Jesus was slain.

The power of love....

 

Ripe fruits, freely given, this truth you recall;

when God hands out presents they're meant for us all.

The power of love…. 

 

Bright candle, the message you carry is clear:

         the true light from God found a home with us here

         The power of love….

   

The lights are dimmed and Rev Ken says a prayer for the work of  The Children`s Society.

 

The lights are put on, the candles put out and everyone returns to their seat.

 

 

Hymn: Shine Jesus Shine - © Graham Kendrick

      Lord, the light of your love is shining

      in the midst of the darkness shining;

      Jesus, light of the world, shine upon us,

      set us free by the truth you now bring us,

      shine on me, shine on me.

 

Shine, Jesus, shine, fill this land with the Father's glory;

blaze, Spirit, blaze, set our hearts on fire!

Flow, river, flow, flood the nations with grace and mercy;

send forth your word, Lord, and let there be light.

 

Lord, I come to your awesome presence,

from the shadows into your radiance;

by the blood I may enter your brightness,

search me, try me, consume all my darkness.

Shine on me, shine on me.

 

Shine, Jesus, shine  ……..

 

As we gaze on your kingly brightness

so our faces display your likeness,

ever changing from glory to glory,

mirrored here may our lives tell your story.

Shine on me, shine on me.

 

Shine, Jesus shine  ………  

 Next

Conclusion

 

Blessing

 

Minister     Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory; and the blessing of God Almighty, Father Son and Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always

All                   Amen

 

 

Dismissal

 

Minister          God shines in your hearts:

All                   Praise to Christ our Light!

 

Minister          Christ is the Light of the World:

All                   Praise to Christ our Light!

 

Minister          Go in the power of the Spirit, to bring light to others:

All                   Praise to Christ our Light!

  *Many thanks to Catherine Davies (sister of Sarah) for specially making these miniature Christingles for us out of fimo.  The candles are, however, real albeit in perfect miniature.
Find out more about the Christingle Service and the work of the Children's Society by visiting these pages on the Church of England Childrens' Society web site.

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