Order of Service for Recorded Service



Minister:  Rev. James Aitken


Order of Service

27th December 2020



Sunday 27th December 2020                                    1st in Christmas 


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Good morning and welcome to everyone who has joined us on-line at St. Ninian's this morning.  We hope you will enjoy our worship of God together today. As a congregation our mission is to, 'Worship God together, encourage personal faith and prayer, spread the Good News about Jesus Christ, and love and care for others in our community.' 

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Following the service there is an opportunity to join with members of the congregation for Zoom fellowship. Please email the minister for access details.

This morning we celebrate the first Sunday of the Season of Christmas, which extends from December 25th to January 5th.  Christmas is the first of four celebrations that affirm the identity of Jesus as not only fully human, but also fully divine (the others are Epiphany, Jesus’ baptism, and Jesus’ transfiguration).  These celebrations prepare us for the journey towards the cross and the empty tomb.


St. Ninian’s uses the Revised Common Lectionary is an approved week-by-week three-year cycle of biblical readings.  The readings lead us from Advent through the Christian year, the Bible, and Jesus’ life through birth, baptism, his public ministry, his death, resurrection and ascension. 



We welcome one another with Christ's words 'Peace be with you'. 






HYMN: 320 Joy to the World



Our Father, who art in heaven hallowed be thy name, Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.  Amen 




SCRIPTURE:        Isaiah 61: 10 - 62: 3 (New Revised Standard Version) 

10 I will greatly rejoice in theLord, 
    my whole being shall exult in my God; 
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, 
    he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, 
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, 
    and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 
11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots, 
    and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, 
so the LordGodwill cause righteousness and praise 
    to spring up before all the nations. 


3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of theLord, 
    and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 



SCRIPTURE: Luke 2: 22 - 40 (New Revised Standard Version) 

22 When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), 24 and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’ 


25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeonthis man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him.  26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah.  27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 


29 ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, 

according to your word; 

30 for my eyes have seen your salvation, 

31 which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles 

and for glory to your people Israel.’ 


33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeoblessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’ 


36 There was also a prophet, Annthe daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem. 


39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him. 


HYMN: 305 In the bleak midwinter 






HYMN: 317 Before the world began 



Freely given, our offering supports the work of Christ's church and symbolises our spiritual dedication to the building-up of the Kingdom of God. 



We give thanks for our blessings, and cry out for help for others and ourselves. 





SCRIPTURE 1 Thessalonians 5: 16 - 24 

16 Rejoice always,17 pray without ceasing,18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  19 Do not quench the Spirit.  20 Do not despise the words of prophets 21 but test everything; hold fast to what is good;22 abstain from every form of evil. 


23 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sounand blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this. 


HYMN: 326      As with gladness men of old 





Go now in peace, never be afraid.

God will go with you each hour of every day.

Go now in faith, steadfast strong and true.

Know He will guide you in all you do.

Go now in love, and show you believe.

Reach out to others, so all the world can see.

God will be there, watching from above.

Go now in peace, in faith and in love.






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