We are gathered here today to celebrate the birth of our Saviour The Lord Jesus Christ. Who came from heaven to save us from our sins. Our hearts response of love is to worship him,let us do just that and then we will come to the Family table of the Lord.
Invitation. As we come to the Lords Table let us hear the Word of God,
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned. (Is 9:2)
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (Jn 1:14).
Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
6 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. (Jn 3:16–18).
I invite you to come to this table if you have received Jesus as Lord and Saviour and are in fellowship with his Church. Come to this table remembering that you have received the gift of salvation through the life and death of the Lord Jesus. Come remembering that your heavenly Father loves you so much that he has given his only Son for your salvation. The bread before you reminds you not only that Jesus died, but he also lived for your salvation. The Wine poured out before you reminds us that he shared our humanity and that he also came to save us from our sins. Come then and praise the Lord for all that he has done, look up and receive afresh tonight His grace and look forward to that day when he will come again in glory.
Heavenly Father we thank you for the great gift of our saviour the Lord Jesus. We thank you that you did not condemn us but instead in your grace you made a way of salvation.
Lord Jesus we thank you for your willingness to leave the glory of heaven to come and work out salvation for us. We thank you that you humbled yourself so that we might be lifted up, that you died so that we might live and that your resurrection shows to us that sin and death are destroyed.
Holy Spirit, we thank you for making Jesus real to us, we thank you that just as you produced a new work in Mary, that you can and do work in new ways in us, and we ask you to impart to us all the gifts and grace that we need to live a life to the glory of Jesus.
We ask all these things for the glory of your great name Amen.