All Saints’ Church Renhold Bedfordshire, England

All Age Christingle Service with Communion

We say together the words printed in bold font

Welcome and the Gathering



Jesus, Light of the world, shine in the darkest of places.
Jesus, Light of God, reveal your love to all.
Jesus, Light of love, draw us ever closer to you.

Amen.

 

Hymn— PP 46 Lord the light of you love is shining

I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. John 12:46

Let us Pray

Almighty God,
who revealed your great love and light in the Jesus Christ to the Magi,
and to those who witnessed his Baptism,
reveal your love to us through our saviour Jesus
and make our hearts lights to shine on the darkest places of the world
and reveal your glory and love to all whom we meet. Amen.


We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden, to ask for his forgiveness for our human failings.


Lord Jesus, illuminate the darkness in our hearts:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, open our eyes to your saving love:

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.


Lord Jesus, unstop our ears to hear your living word:

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


May God who loved the world so much that he sent his Son to be our Saviour, forgive us our sins, and make us holy to serve him in the world, through Jesus Christ our Lord    Amen.

The Collect for the day

Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen


Peruvian Gloria


Gospel Reading       John 8: 12-16


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Glory to you, O Lord.


Good News Translation  Jesus the Light of the World

Jesus spoke to the Pharisees again. “I am the light of the world,” he said. “Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness.”

The Pharisees said to him, “Now you are testifying on your own behalf; what you say proves nothing.”

No,” Jesus answered, “even though I do testify on my own behalf, what I say is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. You do not know where I came from or where I am going. You make judgments in a purely human way; I pass judgment on no one. But if I were to do so, my judgment would be true, because I am not alone in this; the Father who sent me is with me


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.



All-Aged talk

Activity –


Making our Christingles

Affirmation of faith  Let us affirm our faith in the one true God

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Father,

source of all being and life,

the one for whom we exist?

All   We believe and trust in him.

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Son,

who took our human nature,

died for us and rose again?

All   We believe and trust in him.

 

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit,

who gives life to the people of God

and makes Christ known in the world?

All   We believe and trust in him.

 

This is the faith of the Church.

All    This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Amen.

 


Prayers of Intercession


Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.



Amen

 


The Peace

 

God will speak to his people, to those who turn to him in their hearts.

 

The peace of Lord be always with you      and also with you.

 

 


Hymn— PP 30 – He’s got the whole world in his hands

 




Receiving our gifts

 

Blessed be God Who feeds the hungry,

Who raises the poor Who fills our praise

Blessed be God for ever

 

 



Eucharistic Prayer   

The Lord is here.

His Spirit is with us.


Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.


Please sit

 


Lord of all life,

you created the universe,

where all living things reflect your glory.

You give us this great and beautiful earth,

to discover and to cherish.

You give us sun and moon and star-lit sky,

everything that gives us light,

light for our eyes, our hearts, our minds.

You sent your Son
to be a light for all the nations,
bringing your children from near and far
into the joy of your kingdom.

You made us all,

each wonderfully different,

to join with the angels

and sing your praise:

All:  Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes

in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

We thank you, loving Father,

because, when we turned away,

you sent Jesus, your Son.

He gave his life for us on the cross

and shows us the way to live.

Send your Holy Spirit

that these gifts of bread and wine

may be for us Christ’s body and his blood.

On the night before he died,

when darkness had fallen,

Jesus took bread.

He gave thanks, broke it,

and shared it with his disciples, saying:

‘This is my body, given for you.

Do this to remember me.’

After they had eaten, he took the cup of wine,

gave thanks, and shared it with his disciples, saying:

‘This is my blood, poured out for you and for many,

for the forgiveness of sins.’

So Father, with this bread and this cup

we celebrate his love, his death, his risen life.

As you feed us with these gifts,

send your Holy Spirit,

and change us more and more

to be like Jesus our Saviour.

Help us, Father, to love one another,

as we look forward to that day

when suffering is ended,

and all creation is gathered in your loving arms.


And now with all your saints

we give you glory,

through Jesus Christ,

in the strength of the Spirit,

today and for ever.

AllAmen.


 As our Saviour has taught us; so we pray

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 trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

       Though we are many, we are one body,

because we all share in one bread.


       We do not presume

to come to this your table, merciful Lord,

trusting in our own righteousness,

but in your manifold and great mercies.

We are not worthy

so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table.

But you are the same Lord

whose nature is always to have mercy.

Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,

so to eat the flesh of your dear Son Jesus Christ

and to drink his blood,

that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his body

and our souls washed through his most precious blood,

and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.   Amen.

Approach in Single file, respecting social distancing.

Prayer after Communion

      Living God, Draw us deeper into your Love

Jesus our Lord, Send us to care and serve,

Holy Spirit, Make us heralds of good news.

Stir us, strengthen us, teach and inspire us

to live your Love with generosity and joy

imagination and courage; for the sake of your world

and in the name of Jesus  Amen


Lighting of the Christingles

Lord Jesus, Hope for the world,

I hold this Christingle as a sign of your hope.

May we share your light in the darkness.


The candle, planted deep within the world, as a sign that you made your home among us, and lived with the poor and neglected.

May we share your light in the darkness.


The ribbon, wrapped around the earth, a sign of your love shown on the cross,

enfolding the whole world with your saving love.

May we share your light in the darkness.


The fruits and sweets, signs of all the good things you have made,

given to us that we might share them fairly so everyone can have enough.

May we share your light in the darkness.


Lord Jesus, Light and hope of the World,

as I hold this Christingle and think about your great love for me,

help me to take this light out into the world and to share your love and hope with others, especially those who need it most. Amen.

 Hymn— The Christingle Hymn – Tune Sing Hosanna


1.  The Christingle begins with an orange,

telling us of the world God made.

For creation is full of his glory;

all around we see his love displayed.

Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle!

Sing Christingle, it’s the light of Christ.

Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle!

Sing Christingle, light of Christ.


2.  Every year we give thanks for the seasons,

and the fruits of the earth to share.

The Christingle is here to remind us

that the love of God is everywhere.

Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle!…


3.  God of love, we give thanks now for Jesus;

we remember his birth again.

But the red ribbon round the Christingle

tells the story of his cross and pain.

Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle!…


4.  To complete the Christingle: a candle,

shining out in the darkest night.

Jesus promised to lead us and guide us;

come and celebrate the world’s true light!

Sing Christingle! Sing Christingle!…

 


Blessing

May the peace of Christ go with you, wherever life may take you;

May he guide you through the wilderness and protect you in Life’s storm; May he bring you home rejoicing at the wonders he will show you;

May he bring you home rejoicing, safely to your doors


  and the blessing of God almighty,

  the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

  be among you and remain with you always Amen.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.  In the name of Christ. Amen.


Hymn— You shall go out with joy (3 times)






Copyright acknowledgement: Some material used in this service is copyright The Archbishops Council; Common Worship and New Patterns of Worship 2006; Some material based on Roots for churches ltd, and reproduced with the owners permission.   CCLI License No - 804157