Loch Ness Minster, Invermoriston, 3.00pm Order of Service

Welcome/Call to Worship                                    Hugh

Sing Psalm 130

 1  Lord, from the depths to thee I cried.

 2     My voice, Lord, do thou hear:

    Unto my supplication’s voice

       give an attentive ear.

 3  Lord, who shall stand, if thou, O Lord,

       should’st mark iniquity?

 4  But yet with thee forgiveness is,

       that feared thou mayest be.

 5  I wait for God, my soul doth wait,

       my hope is in his word.

 6  More than they that for morning watch,

       my soul waits for the Lord;

    I say, more than they that do watch

       the morning light to see.

 7  Let Israel hope in the Lord,

       for with him mercies be;

    And plenteous redemption

       is ever found with him.

 8  And from all his iniquities

       he Isr’el shall redeem.

Prayer         

Reading               John 1:1-14                     

Talk 1                                                                          Sean                                                          

Hymn          O come, o come, Immanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,
And ransom captive Israel,
That mourns in lonely exile here,
Until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free
Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;
From depths of hell Thy people save,
And give them victory o’er the grave.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Dayspring, from on high,
And cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Key of David, come
And open wide our heav’nly home;
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Reading              

Talk 2                                                                          Dugald

Carol.                  While Shepherds watched     

While shepherds watched their flocks by night

All seated on the ground

The angel of the Lord came down

And glory shone around

“Fear not”, said he, for mighty dread

Had seized their troubled mind

“Glad tidings of great joy I bring

To you and all mankind”

“To you, in David’s town this day

Is born of David’s line

The Saviour who is Christ the Lord

And this shall be the sign”

“The heavenly Babe you there shall find

To human view displayed

All meanly wrapped in swathing bands

And in a manger laid”

Thus spake the seraph, and forthwith

Appeared a shining throng

Of angels praising God, who thus

Addressed their joyful song

“All glory be to God on high

And on the earth be peace

Goodwill henceforth from heaven to men

Begin and never cease”

Reading       

Talk   3         The Root of Jesse                                    Rob

Carol          O Little Town of Bethlehem

  1. O little town of Bethlehem,
        How still we see thee lie!
    Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
        The silent stars go by.
    Yet in thy dark streets shineth
        The everlasting Light;
    The hopes and fears of all the years
        Are met in thee to-night.

2. O morning stars, together
    Proclaim the holy birth!
And praises sing to God the King,
    And peace to men on earth.
For Christ is born of Mary
    And gathered all above,
While mortals sleep the Angels keep
    Their watch of wondering love.

3. How silently, how silently,
    The wondrous gift is given;
So God imparts to human hearts
    The blessings of His Heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
    But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still,
    The dear Christ enters in.

4. O holy Child of Bethlehem,
    Descend to us, we pray!
Cast out our sin and enter in,
    Be born in us to-day.
We hear the Christmas angels,
    The great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us,
    Our Lord Emmanuel!

Prayer and Benediction                              

Hymn     May God’s blessings surround you each day

May God’s blessing surround you each day.

As we trust Him and walk in His way;

May His presence within,

Guard and keep us from sin;

Go in peace, go in joy, go in love.

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