Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021 bulletin


The Nativity of our Lord
Jesus Christ


December 24, 2021

5:30 PM

















Welcome to Christ Cathedral

“We meet people where they are, serve ALL, and live together in Christ’s love.”


The Holy Eucharist





Carol: Once in Royal David’s City                               H.J. Gauntlett,   harm. A.H. Mann

Der tag, der ist so Freudenreich, BWV 605                                                           J.S. Bach

Carol: Ding Dong! Merrily on High                             16th C. French Tune, arr. C. Wood

Carol: Unto us is Born a Son                                                                    arr. D. Willcocks

In Dulci Jubilo                                                                                                       M. Dupré


All stand and sing


Hymn 83                                                                                         “O come, all ye faithful”


The procession goes to the crèche carrying the Christ Child




Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen.







The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Let us pray.


O God, you have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Please be seated

A Reading from Isaiah 9:2-7

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of

deep darkness on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation you have

increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when

dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod

of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian. For all the boots of the

tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and

he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His

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 onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.


The reader pauses and then concludes by saying


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


All Say


Psalm 96


Sing to the Lord a new song;

sing to the Lord, all the whole earth.

Sing to the Lord and bless his Name;

proclaim the good news of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations

and his wonders among all peoples.

For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised;

he is more to be feared than all gods.

As for all the gods of the nations, they are but idols;

but it is the Lord who made the heavens.

Oh, the majesty and magnificence of his presence!

Oh, the power and the splendor of his sanctuary!

Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples;

ascribe to the Lord honor and power.

Ascribe to the Lord the honor due his Name;

bring offerings and come into his courts.

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness;

let the whole earth tremble before him.

Tell it out among the nations: “The Lord is King!

he has made the world so firm that it cannot be moved;

he will judge the peoples with equity.”

Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

let the sea thunder and all that is in it;

let the field be joyful and all that is therein.

Then shall all the trees of the wood shout for joy

before the Lord when he comes,

when he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness

and the peoples with his truth.


A Reading from Titus 2:11-14

For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all, training us to renounce impiety and worldly passions, and in the present age to live lives that are self-controlled, upright, and godly, while we wait for the blessed hope and the manifestation of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He it is who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity and purify for himself a people of his own who are zealous for good deeds.


The reader pauses and then concludes by saying


The Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God.


Please stand and sing


Hymn 96                                                                         “Angels we have heard on high”


The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke 2:1-14

Glory to you, Lord Christ.


In those days a decree went out from Emperor Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration and was taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. All went to their own towns to be registered. Joseph also went from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to the city of David called Bethlehem, because he was descended from the house and family of David. He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for her to deliver her child. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in bands of cloth, and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.


In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for see- I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign for you: you will find a child wrapped in bands of cloth and lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace among those whom he favors!”


The reader concludes by saying


The Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Christ.


Sermon                                                                                  The Reverend Bobby Smith


All stand and say


We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son.

With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Please remain standing



As we join the angels and celebrate with joy the birth of the Son of God, let us offer

prayers to God who gives new birth to sons and daughters in every place saying; Glory and praise to you, O living God.


By the birth of the timeless Son of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary.

          Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For all believers who put their trust in the incarnate Son of God.

          Glory and praise to you, O living God.
For the leaders of the nations and all in authority, and for peace and justice.

          Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For travelers, for the sick and the suffering, for the hungry and the oppressed, for those in

prison, and for the dying and the dead.

          Glory and praise to you, O living God.

For our deliverance from all affliction, strife, and need.

          Glory and praise to you, O living God.

Remembering our most glorious and ever- blessed Virgin Mary, Joseph, and all the saints, let us offer ourselves and one another to the living God through Christ.

          To you, O Lord.



Source of light and gladness, accept the prayers we offer on this joyful feast. May we

grow in Jesus Christ who unites our lives to yours and who is Lord for all eternity;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.


Offertory Anthem                                  Sussex Carol           English Traditional Carol

                                                                                                          arr. David Willcocks


                                                The Holy Communion

Please stand. The Celebrant says


The Lord be with you,

And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give him thanks and praise.


Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you,
Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.


Because you gave Jesus Christ, your only Son, to be born for us; who, by the mighty power of the Holy Spirit, was made perfect Man of the flesh of the Virgin Mary his mother; so that we might be delivered from the bondage of sin, and receive power to become your children.


Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:






Celebrant and People



The Celebrant continues


We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.


On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.


After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.


Therefore, according to his command, O Father,



Celebrant and People


We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;


The Celebrant continues


And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.


We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with the ever blessed Virgin Mary, Joseph, and all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.


By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.


And now, as our Savior Christ has taught us, we are bold to say,


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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Celebrant breaks the consecrated bread and a moment of silence is observed


All sing






The Celebrant offers the consecrated bread and wine to the people saying


The Gifts of God for the People of God.


All baptized Christians are invited to receive Holy Communion. If you have not been baptized and would like to receive a blessing, please come forward and cross your arms across your chest.


As the people come forward, the choir sings


Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming                                          14th-century German Melody

                                                                                           Harmonized by M. Praetorius

All sing


Hymn 82                                                                          “Of the Father’s love begotten”


After Communion the Celebrant says


Let us pray.


Please stand


Celebrant and People


Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted us as living members of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have fed us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood. Send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Candles are then lit throughout the congregation as we sing


Hymn 111                                                                            “Silent Night, Holy Night”


The Celebrant blesses the people


May Christ, who by his Incarnation gathered into one things earthly and heavenly, fill you with his joy and peace; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you, and remain with you always, Amen.


All sing


Hymn 100                                                                                         “Joy to the World!”                                                                                                                                            



Let us go forth in the name of Christ.

Thanks be to God.


Postlude                                 Go Tell it on the Mountain            Gunther Martin Göttsche        


















          Christ Cathedral Clergy and Staff


The Right Rev. Mark Cowell, Bishop of Western Kansas

The Rev. Bobby Smith, Provost

The Rev. Canon Catherine Cox, Curate

The Rev. Basil Price, Assisting Priest

The Rev. Andy Houltberg, Assisting Priest

Dr. Hentus van Rooyen, Music Director and Organist

Ms. Crissy Cook, Office/Financial Administrator

Mr. Don Grunden, Facilities Manager


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