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         St Clement Church Community Christmas 1 Service


Good morning to you all as we celebrate Christmas One.

We will be holding a Eucharist in Church at 10.15, this Service of the Word is for folk who are unable to be with us in person, but will be worshipping with us in spirit. I hope you continue to have a blessed and happy Christmas. 

May Christ’s love sustain you always.

Much love to you all,

Rev Di and family xx


Let us pray;

God in Trinity, eternal unity of perfect love: gather the nations to be one family, and draw us into your holy life through the birth of Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.


Hymn; In the Bleak Mid-Winter’



Our prayers of Penitence

Hear the words of the angel to Joseph: ‘You shall call his name Jesus for he will save his people from their sins.’ Therefore let us seek forgiveness from God through Jesus the Saviour of the world:


Jesus, Emmanuel, God-with-us, forgive our unwelcoming hearts…

Lord, have mercy.


Jesus, Son of God, Servant of humanity, forgive our self-centred lives…

Christ, have mercy.


Jesus, Prince of Peace, Hope of the nations, forgive our bitter conflicts…

Lord, have mercy.

May our Almighty God, who sent his Son into the world to save sinners, bring us his pardon and peace, now and for ever.  Amen.


Let us pray our Collect for today

Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image and yet more wonderfully restored us through your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as he came to share in our humanity, so may we share the life of his divinity; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.  Amen.



Isaiah 61. 10 – 62.3

Galatians 4. 4 – 7


Hymn; The First Nowell’


Gospel of Luke 2. 15 - 21


(Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke. 

Response: ‘Glory to you O Lord.’)


When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.    Praise to you, O Christ.


What’s in a name?  There’s a thought for the day!

In Luke’s gospel he’s very specific about how Jesus got his name, as we heard; “the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”

So we know it wasn’t chosen because his parents liked it, or because it ran in the family, but rather, as the name Jesus means “Saviour,” or “Deliverer,” in Hebrew, it says something about who Jesus was, and what he was to accomplish in the world, as set forth by God.

There’s a lot, it seems, in a name, there was in the times of Jesus, and there still is in our society today. Every year the top ten most popular baby names for boys and girls are released—honestly, someone keeps track of this, I think they should get out more! And there’s stacks of books parents-to-be can buy, listing first names and what they mean.

Actually, I like learning what a person’s name means, or whether they were named for a reason, for instance, after someone, or if there’s a story behind their name.  Sometimes a name can tell you a lot about a person, or about their family, or what’s important to them.

Names can also shape how we perceive ourselves, and how we present ourselves to the world, because before people know anything else about us, they probably know our name.  And that’s just our given name, the name on our birth certificate.

But there’s scores of other names too, good or bad, that form us in profound ways, for instance, names that we call ourselves, or that other people know us by, nicknames even, as a child mine was ‘Noggles’, and my Dad seldom called me anything else.

Zelda, an Israeli poet, published a poem called; “Each of us has a name.”  The original poem was written in Hebrew, but translated into English the poem reads:


‘Each of us has a name given by God, and given by our parents.

Each of us has a name given by our stature and our smile,

and given by what we wear.

Each of us has a name given by the mountains, and given by our walls.

Each of us has a name given by the stars, and given by our neighbours.

Each of us has a name given by our sins, and given by our longing.

Each of us has a name given by our enemies, and given by our love.

Each of us has a name given by our celebrations, and given by our work.

Each of us has a name given by the seasons, and given by our blindness.

Each of us has a name given by the sea, and given by our death.’

What Zelda’s poem points to, is that each of us, throughout our lives, know ourselves, and are known by, a variety of names, both good and bad, true and untrue, and these names shape who we are, how we perceive ourselves, or how the world perceives us.

So I invite each of us to think about the different names that we bear.  What are the names that we’re proud of, that we want to keep, that we want the world to know us by?

As a hard worker? A loving parent? A generous soul? A faithful person?

And what are the names that we know aren’t who we truly are, or aren’t how we wish to be known?

As an anxious person? An angry or judgmental person?

As someone who is resentful, or unhappy?

Some of these names we have control over, others we don’t.  But as the New Year approaches, this is the perfect time to try to live into the names that we wish for ourselves, and to let go of the names we don’t.

And whilst thinking about the names that we bear, how we can change them or let them go, it might evoke in us this question; ‘what name does God know me by?’ And what does that name say about me, and my place in the world?

Because, while it’s clear that God gave Jesus a special name, for a special purpose, it’s difficult for us to believe that God gives each of us a special name and place in the world. But trust me, God most certainly does.

Our second reading from Galatians today describes this special name and place beautifully:

“Because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave, but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.”

In other words, we are beloved children of God, just as Jesus was.

And if that’s how God names us and knows us, as a beloved child, then that says a lot about our place in the world.  We are more than simply children, but also heirs, participants and inheritors of God’s work in the world.

While we’re certainly not the saviours of the world—that’s the purpose of Jesus, we do have a part to play, and that’s to show the love of God, to make it seen, known and felt in the world.

There’s a lot in this name, a beloved child of God.

So much in fact, that all the other names we bear, the other ways we know ourselves, or are known by others, they take second place to this special name of ours, and our special way of being in the world.

So, as we celebrate The Holy Name of Jesus, and through him, the Holy Name we ourselves bear; ‘Beloved Child of God’, as the New Year approaches, let us make a resolution to show God’s love in the world not only throughout the year, but throughout our whole lives. 



Hymn; O Come all ye Faithful’


Affirmation of our faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist. 

We believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again. 

We believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world. 

This is the faith of the Church. This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 



Our Intercessions this week are written by Liz Davies

The waiting of Advent is over and you Lord are with us – Emmanuel – Son of Mary – Son of David – Messiah – Jesus Christ. So, we raise our prayers to you our Lord and Saviour.

Jesus Christ, Wonderful Counsellor, you order all things with your wisdom: help the Church here in Cornwall to reveal the mystery of your love and fill all the Church with the Spirit of truth.

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer


Lord God, as the shepherds bowed in reverence before the Holy Family, we pray that you will bring to all families the joy experienced by Mary and Joseph and bless every home in our parish and the homes of families throughout the world.

 Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer


Jesus Christ, Everlasting Father, born in a stable to a human family, give courage to all families and especially to all families that are homeless. Be with those who fear for their lives, and those who have left homes and families this Christmas.

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer

Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace, we ask you to be with all experiencing violence and fear. Be with the peoples of Ukraine, Gaza and Israel who need You in these days of suffering. We pray for peoples of all faiths – Jews, Muslims, and Christians – and all peoples across the world.                                                                           While we pray to you, O Lord, for an end to violence and the establishment of peace, we also call for you to bring justice and equity to all peoples.  Guide us into Your kingdom where all people are treated with dignity and honour as your children, for to all of us, you are our Heavenly Father.

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer


Dear Lord, as this year comes to an end - we remember the joys and sadness’s, the challenges and achievements, the hopes and fears that we have faced.       As we prepare to welcome in a New Year, we ask your blessing on us all, that we may be as you would wish us to be, a friend to those in need and true followers of your way.

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer


Jesus Christ, healer of the sick and comforter to all in need, we remember that the angels sang at your birth; give the song of the kingdom to all who weep; to the sick and lonely; the aged and dying. Give the song of joy to all who are now on the road to recovery and recuperation and the song of thanks to all who helped them on that road. We especially remember: Ken and Reverend Di, May, Terry and Dot, Margaret, Alison and Rob, Maureen, Brian, Rupert and Linda, Barrie and Sandra, Pam and David, Diana, Jan, Anita and Stephen, Michael and Patricia, Stella, Alison, Callum, Jay, Andy, those known to each of us and those who have no one to pray for them – may they all feel your loving kindness with them always and know that they are never alone.

Lord, in your mercy: hear our prayer


Jesus Christ, Lord of Lords, whose radiance filled a lowly manger, give the glory of Your resurrection to all who rest in you and the reassurance of your presence with all who mourn their passing.

Emmanuel, God with us, you understand what it is to be human. Hear our prayers and use them, and us, to bring peace, joy, love and hope into the lives of those for whom we have prayed.

Merciful Father: accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen                                                                                               


Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray with confidence as Jesus taught us; 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.


Hymn; Hark the Herald Angels Sing’


The Peace

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace. May the peace of God be always with us.  Amen.



May Christ the Son of God, born of Mary, fill us with his grace to trust his promises and obey his will;  and may the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among us, those whom we love, and remain with us always.  Amen.






















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