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Aberdeen St Mark’s Church of Scotland Member of the Aberdeen City Centre Parish Grouping

Sunday 23 December 2012 Fourth Advent Family Service Nativity Service led by the Sunday School

Welcome and Church Family News : Paula Lighting of the Advent Candles Offering : Prayer : Allan


Introduction : Song :

Chloé

Once in Royal David’s City

Once in royal David’s city stood a lowly cattle shed, where a mother laid her Baby in a manger for his bed. Mary was that mother mild, Jesus Christ her little Child. He came down to earth from heaven who is God and Lord of all, and his shelter was a stable, and his cradle was a stall. With the poor and meek and lowly lived on earth our Saviour holy. And our eyes at last shall see him, through his own redeeming love; for that Child so dear and helpless is our Lord in heaven above; and he leads his children on to the place where he is gone. Not in that poor lowly stable, with the oxen standing by, we shall see him; but in heaven, set at God’s right hand on high, where his children gather round, bright like stars, with glory crowned. 2


The Three Trees :

David

Jamie, Stephen & Cameron with ChloĂŠ, Kirsty & Allan Song :

Oh Christmas Tree (Adapted) sung by the Sunday School

The First Tree : Matthew & Glen; Sarah, Natalie & Kirsty Song :

Away in a Manger

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Away in a manger, No crib for His bed The little Lord Jesus Laid down His sweet head

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I love Thee, Lord Jesus Look down from the sky And stay by my side, 'Til morning is nigh.

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The stars in the bright sky Looked down where He lay The little Lord Jesus Asleep on the hay

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Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay Close by me forever And love me I pray

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The cattle are lowing The poor Baby wakes But little Lord Jesus No crying He makes

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Bless all the dear children In Thy tender care And take us to heaven To live with Thee there

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The Second Tree : Glen, Stephen, Allan, Kirsty, ChloĂŠ & Matthew Song :

Eternal Father strong to Save

Eternal Father, strong to save, Whose arm hath bound the restless wave, Who bidd'st the mighty ocean deep Its own appointed limits keep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea! O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard And hushed their raging at Thy word, Who walked'st on the foaming deep, And calm amidst its rage didst sleep; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea! Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood Upon the chaos dark and rude, And bid its angry tumult cease, And give, for wild confusion, peace; Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee, For those in peril on the sea! O Trinity of love and power! Our brethren shield in danger's hour; From rock and tempest, fire and foe, Protect them wheresoe'er they go; Thus evermore shall rise to Thee Glad hymns of praise from land and sea. 4


The Third Tree : Glen & Cameron Song :

O Christmas Tree (Original Version)

O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging; Not only green when summer's here, But also when 'tis cold and drear. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy leaves are so unchanging! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me; O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me; How often has the Christmas tree Afforded me the greatest glee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Much pleasure thou can'st give me. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! From base to summit, gay and bright, There's only splendor for the sight. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! Thy candles shine so brightly! 5


O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee! Thou bidst us true and faithful be, And trust in God unchangingly. O Christmas Tree! O Christmas Tree! How richly God has decked thee!

Reading : Chloé Prayer : Kirsty Song :

O Come all ye faithful

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant, O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem; come and behold him, born the King of angels;

O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, O come, let us adore him, Christ the Lord. God of God, Light of light, Lo! he abhors not the Virgin’s womb; very God, begotten, not created;

O come, let us adore him . . . . Sing, choirs of angels, sing in exultation, sing, all ye citizens of heaven above, ‘Glory to God in the highest’:

O come, let us adore him . . . . Prizes Time :

Benediction : Rev Diane Hobson 6


St Mark’s Church Family News 1. 2. 3.

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Anyone who requires pastoral care should contact the Session Clerks (321882) up unl Monday 7 January 2013. Will you need a li to church on Christmas morning? If you do please speak to Diane, or to Ian and Marjorie Lord. Life and Work Subscrip%ons for 2013 are now due. The discounted rate to each subscriber for paying annually is £19.50. Please give your cheque to Alex McConochie before the year end. Thank you. The Church office is closed unl Friday 4 January.

Star%ng on Sunday 6 January 2013 the way in which the offering is collected is to change. Your offering will no longer be collected during worship by passing collecng bags along the pews. Instead your offering will be given/collected when you enter the vesbule and before you enter the Sanctuary. This will apply to FWO envelopes and to ‘open plate’ donaons. Duty Elders will remind worshippers in the first few weeks of the change so as to avoid any problems. The offering will be brought into the Sanctuary by the Duty Elders for dedicaon in the usual way. Any member who wishes to change from FWO/Open Plate to giving by Standing Order will find applicaon forms available in the vesbule or from the Treasurer.

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Future Services Monday 24 December 10.45 pm Carols & Fun 11.30 pm Watchnight Service followed by tea and mince pies in the Hall

Tuesday 25 December 10.30 am Christmas Day Family Celebraon Service Come and show your presents as well as celebrate Jesus’ birth. Informal Holy Communion for those wishing to remain a er the family service.

Sunday 30 December 11 am Morning Worship Endings and Beginnings. Sunday 6 January

11 am Morning Worship

Sunday 13 January

11 am Morning Worship Celebraon of Holy Communion

CCL Licence No 409105 ScoCsh Charity No SC015451

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Fourth Sunday of Advent 2012  

Sunday School Nativity Service - The Three Trees.

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