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Calvary Episcopal Church
667 Mount Road
Aston, PA       19014

Service of Lessons and Carols
December 28, 2008
667 Mount Road, Aston, PA   19014                                                 610-459-2013
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Celebrating 175 Years: 1833-2008
(Requests from the congregation:  O Little Town of Bethlehem and What Child is This)

Processional Hymn  # 192 - Once in Royal David's City

Bidding Prayer

Carol #82   
Of the Father's Love

Collect of the Day

Lesson 1 - Genesis 3: 8-15

Carol #54   
Savior of the Nations Come!

Lesson 2 - Genesis 22:15-18

Carol # 72   
Hark! The Glad Sound!

Lesson 3 - Isaiah 9: 2, 6-9

Carol #68  
Rejoice! Rejoice Believers!

Lesson 4 - Isaiah 11: 1-4a, 6-9

Carol #66   
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Lesson 5   Luke 1: 26-34, 38

Carol #265   
The Angel Gabriel

Lesson 6  Matthew 1: 18-23

Carol # 101  
Away in the Manger

Lesson 7  Luke 2: 8-16

Carol # 96  
Angels We have Heard on High

Lesson 8  Matthew 2: 1-11

Carol #109  
The First Nowell

Lesson 9   John 1: 1-14

Carol #83   
O Come, All Ye Faithful

Closing Hymn #87  Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
8 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze,
and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the
garden. 9But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ 10He said, ‘I heard
the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ 11He said,
‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to
eat?’ 12The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree,
and I ate.’ 13Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman
said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ 14The Lord God said to the serpent,
‘Because you have done this,
cursed are you among all animals
and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
15I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
and you will strike his heel.’
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, 16and said, ‘By myself I
have sworn, says the Lord: Because you have done this, and have not withheld your son, your only
son, 17I will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven
and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of their
enemies, 18and by your offspring shall all the nations of the earth gain blessing for themselves,
because you have obeyed my voice.’
2*The people who walked in darkness
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.

6For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7His authority shall grow continually,
and there shall be endless peace
for the throne of David and his kingdom.
He will establish and uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time onwards and for evermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.
1A shoot shall come out from the stock of Jesse,
2The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.
3His delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
He shall not judge by what his eyes see,
or decide by what his ears hear;
4but with righteousness he shall judge the poor,
and decide with equity for the meek of the earth;
he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked.

6The wolf shall live with the lamb,
the leopard shall lie down with the kid,
the calf and the lion and the fatling together,
and a little child shall lead them.
7The cow and the bear shall graze,
their young shall lie down together;
and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
8The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp,
and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder’s den.
9They will not hurt or destroy
on all my holy mountain;
for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a
Mary. 28And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you.’* 29But she
was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel
said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favour with God. 31And now, you will
conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be
called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David.
33He will reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.’ 34Mary
said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I am a virgin?’*

38Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.’
Then the angel departed from her.
18 Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah* took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been
engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy
Spirit. 19Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace,
planned to dismiss her quietly. 20But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your
wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will bear a son, and you are to name
him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ 22All this took place to fulfil what had been
spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
23‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’
8 In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and
they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good
news of great joy for all the people: 11to you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is the
Messiah,* the Lord. 12This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and
lying in a manger.’ 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host,*
praising God and saying,
14‘Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace among those whom he favours!’*
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us
go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’
16So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger.
to Jerusalem, 2asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his
star at its rising,* and have come to pay him homage.’ 3When King Herod heard this, he was
frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the
people, he inquired of them where the Messiah* was to be born. 5They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of
Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
6“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
who is to shepherd* my people Israel.” ’
7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men* and learned from them the exact time when the star
had appeared. 8Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and
when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ 9When they had
heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,*
until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw that the star had stopped,* they
were overwhelmed with joy. 11On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and
they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of
gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the
being. What has come into being 4in him was life,* and the life was the light of all people. 5The light
shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify to the
light, so that all might believe through him. 8He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the
light. 9The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.*
10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.
11He came to what was his own,* and his own people did not accept him. 12But to all who received
him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13who were born, not of
blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a
father’s only son,* full of grace and truth.