Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Order of Service - Christmas

I'm still hoping to be able to post the recording of the Christmas Service but so far technical goblins have got in the gubbins and it isn't working. 

The Christmas Day service at Christchurch was a carol and anthology service, not quite nine lessons and carols but just as enjoyable. Beginning with the magnificent Isaiah prophecies, followed by Luke, after which individual birthday cakes were bought out with candles lit and distributed, much to the surprise of the congregation and ‘Happy Birthday Dear Jesus’ was sung with just the right amount of discord.

The presenters were Brian Blench on lectern, Kate MacDonald on keyboard and Polly Hamilton as backing vocals with Alexander Hamilton leading. ALL the favourite carols were sung, interspersed with a selection of poems. The readings followed the bible story using the carols as pointers, for instance ‘An Argyll Nativity’ following ‘While Shepherds Watched’ and ‘As With Gladness Men of Old’ was followed by the ‘Journey of the Magi’ splendidly read with authentic weariness by Brian. Humour was provided by ‘The Carol Singers’ with Kate popping up from behind the ‘music centre’ with the responses and ‘Our Nativity Play’ was read with just a hint of Victoria Wood by Polly.
The congregation was small but appreciative and Jen Shuttlewood proposed a vote of thanks at the end, much to the readers delight and surprise, applause not being a regular occurrence in church!

Isaiah 40. 1-5 / 9. 6-7.  Alex
Carol.  573.  See Amid the Winter Snow, v 1-5
Luke 2 1-17.  Brian
Happy Birthday and cake
Nativity Play.   Polly
Carol.  250.  Hark the Herald Angels Sing.
An Argyll Nativity.   Alex
Carol.  733.  While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.
What the Donkey saw.  Kate
Carol.  313. Infant Holy, Infant Lowly
The Wicked Singers.   Polly and Kate
Carol.  323.  It Came Upon The Midnight Clear
The Journey of the Magi.   Brian
Carol.  42. As with gladness men of old.
Herods Henchmen.  All.
Carol.  35. Angels From The Realms of Glory
Letter from Egypt.  Polly.
Carol.  468.  O Come All Ye Faithful.

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