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You’re Invited to Come and Share Christmas Worship at St. Paul’s

December 23, 2013

We’re celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord this year with three Services of Holy Eucharist on Christmas Eve and one on Christmas Day.

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CHRISTMAS EVE:

Crippled LambAt 5:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve, we have a Service of Holy Eucharist especially geared for young children and their families. This year, I’ll be reading the affirming story by Max Lucado, The Crippled Lamb, to the children (adults are welcome to listen, too!).

For many people, one of the most special parts of the Christmas Eve Service is singing “Silent Night” by candlelight. “How to do this and keep everyone safe?” was our conundrum. Last year for the first time we decided to try giving everyone battery-powered electric candles to use. This went very well, and so once again this year, we’re going to use these so that we can sing “Silent Night” together at our 5:00 Service with candlelight and no fire hazard.

A word of warning: If you’re looking for a sombre, serious Service, this is not the Service for you! But if you’re looking for a Service with lots of life, love, and laughter – with scores of excited precious little ones embodying the joy of Christmas – then you’ll find this Service a beautiful blessing!

At 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, we’ll be sharing Services of Holy Eucharist by candlelight (not electric, but real wax candles with non-drip covers!). Both Services will have a reflection on the meaning of Christmas that is geared for adults. PLEASE NOTE that the later Service is 10:30, not 11:00, as it was for many years. This will mean that our Service should be ending just about exactly at midnight Christmas Day. Both Services will be enriched with special music by our Choir.

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CHRISTMAS DAY:

At 10:00 a.m. on Christmas Day, we’ll be sharing a Service of Holy Eucharist, officiated by our Assistant, Norman (so if you come Christmas morning you won’t be getting a repeat of my Christmas Eve sermon!). This year, the Service is at our new building. Following the Service, we’ll be able to share Christmas refreshments provided by the Pingot-Sykes family.

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In addition to “Silent Night,” all four Services will give us the opportunity to sing God’s praise with with traditional favourites such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “Joy to the World,” and “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

You’re most warmly invited to join us in responding to the invitation this Christmas Eve and Christmas to come and adore Christ the Lord!

blessed-christmas

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