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The related readings for this Sunday are:

Isaiah 9:2-7
Psalm 96
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

(All links are to Bible Gateway)

We have chosen the theme: Christmas in a Candy Stick


Arrow Reflection
 
Written by Rev'd Eric Potts BA - Download

Arrow Worship

Introduction

Look to the skies As an opening video we are offering "Look to the skies" by Graham Kendrick  -  DownloadSample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.

There is a version of this with words to use to lead singing or to help the hard of hearing.
Thorns in the Straw As an opening or closing video we are offering "Thorns in the Straw" by Graham Kendrick.  Download Sample.

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.

There is a version of this with words to use to lead singing or to help the hard of hearing.
An Advent Liturgy by Peter Sheasby
An Advent Liturgy by Peter Sheasby

This is a set of 5 Advent liturgies based on a star travelling from the back of the church to the front and stopping off at various places on its journey. There is a reading, reflection and prayer for each Sunday on the journey. There are also extra stopping off places for a Carol Service and Midnight Communion

There are PowerPoint Slides - Download - and a booklet to print double sided and then folded - Download

Prayers:

A call to worship
A call to worship

A prayer of approach
A prayer of approach

The prayers in this section are also in a PDF file - Download
A prayer of praise
A prayer of praise
A prayer of confession
A prayer of confession

Songs: The following songs could be used in this part of the service

Look to the skies Look to the skies, SOF 1422, MP 425,

Available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are copyright: Graham Kendrick, © 1984 Thankyou Music and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
Tonight while all the world was sleeping Tonight while all the world was sleeping, MP 713, TS 528

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are copyright: Graham Kendrick, © 1988 Make Way Music and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
The sky is filled with the glory of God The sky is filled with the glory of God,  SOF 1048

The words are copyright: Mick Gisby, © Thankyou Music and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
Christians, awake, salute the happy morn Christians, awake, salute the happy morn, HP 96, STF 195, RAS 158, CP 48, SOF 59, MP 80, TS 653

Available as a video with a backing track - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are by J. Byrom. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
Arrow Material suitable for children

Talks

All age talk
There is an all age interactive address that uses a candy cane to explore the Christmas story - Download

There are also PowerPoint slides to accompany the talk - Download

Songs:

 Go and see Go and see, Words

Available as an animated video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are copyright:  © John Hardwick, and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
A band of angels A band of angels, Words, Sheet Music

Available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013.  The words are copyright:  © John Hardwick, and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
It was on a starry night It was on a starry night, STF 206, SOF 1365, JP 396, KS 571

Available as a video with a backing track - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are copyright:  Joy Webb © Salvationist Pubishing & Supplies, Adm Song Solutions CopyCare. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.

Arrow Word

Readings:

Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) is available  on Lectionary Video C1 - Sample
Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) is available on Lectionary Video A1 - Sample
Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) Luke 2:1-14 (15-20) is available on Just Worship video - Download - Sample
Luke 2:1-7 Luke 2:1-7 from Even So by Mike Rayson - Download - Sample
Luke 2:1-7 Luke 2:1-7 read in-situ in the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem - Download - Sample

Read in a cave where tradition says Joseph waited for Jesus to be born. Filmed in the hustle and bustle of a busy pilgrim site the sound is less than perfect, but does capture the atmosphere of the place.
Luke 2:8-20 Luke 2:8-20 read in-situ in the Shepherd's Fields, Bethlehem - Download - Sample

Read at the place where tradition says the angels visited the shepherds. Filmed in the hustle and bustle of a busy pilgrim site the sound is less than perfect, but does capture the atmosphere of the place.
O sing to the Lord a new song (Psalm 96) O sing to the Lord a new song (Psalm 96), STF 819

The words are copyright: NRSV, © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.
Isaiah 9:2-7
Isaiah 9:2-7
This week's readings are from the NIV

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. 
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)
Luke 2:1-14 (15-20)

Talk:

A Talk
There is an all talk that that uses a candy cane to explore the Christmas Story - Download

There are also PowerPoint slides to accompany the talk - Download

Drama:

Sketching out te Gospel
Sketches:

From  Sketching Out the Gospel by Dave Hopwood:  A birth in Bethlehem and The Shepherds - Download



Songs:

Child of the stable’s secret birth Child of the stable’s secret birth, HP 124, CP 47

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are copyright: © Timothy Dudley Smith, adm Oxford University Press and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
Infant holy, infant lowly Infant holy, infant lowly,  RAS 149, SOF 1350, MP 342, JP110, KS 554

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are copyright: Polish, tr Edith Reed, © Holder unknown. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
While shepherds watched their flocks by night While shepherds watched their flocks by night,  HP 120, STF 221, RAS 155, TS 1059, KS 782, CP 76, SOF 602, MP 764, JP 285

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are by Nahum Tate.  Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.


Arrow Response

Prayers:
 
A prayer for others
A prayer for others

The prayers in this section are also in a PDF file -  Download
An offering prayer
An offering prayer

A blessing
A blessing



Other Resources:

At the breaking of the Bread We come together from At the Breaking of the bread for Christmas

At the Breaking of the Bread is a set of PowerPoint communion liturgies to match the Methodist Worship Book created for Methodist Publishing by the Family Friendly Churches Trust
All Included
The gathering of God's people from All Included  for Christmas.

All Included is a set of 16 all age communion liturgies. One for each month of the year and then Christmas, Easter, Trinity and Covenant. There is also a Baptism/Dedication service. Each service is available as PowerPoint files and also PDF booklets for printing. Also includes a Baptism/Dedication service.

Songs: The following songs could be used in this part of the service

We do not look for angel choirs We do not look for angel choirs, Words

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are copyright: Gareth Hill, © Song Solutions Copycare and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
Thorns in the straw Thorns in the straw, MP 928

Available as a full video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are copyright: Graham Kendrick, © 1994 Make Way Music and used with permission. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme and declare its use on your CCLI report.
O come, all ye faithful O come, all ye faithful, HP 110, STF 212, RAS 160, CP 62, SOF 408, MP 491, JP 176, TS 380, KS 665

Available as a video with words and music - Download - Sample

The backing track is distributed using PRS Licence LE-0013013. The words are by Tr. Frederick Oakeley. Please do not pass it on outside the IDEAS scheme.


Arrow The Digital Hymnbook

These are new songs and canticles we have added to our own online collection of hymns and songs. You can see more at The Digital Hymnbook.

Song
Author
Books and links
Child in the manger, infant of Mary
Mary Macdonald, tr Lachlan Macbean RAS 150, MP 71
Come, Thou Redeemer of the earth Ambrose of Milan, tr John M. Neale CP 49
Come, watch with us this Christmas night © Timothy Dudley-Smith, adm Oxford University Press (CCLI) MP 105
Ding dong! Merrily on high George Woodward MP 114, JP 38
Dost Thou in a manger lie Jean Mawburn, tr Elisabeth Charles CP 959


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