St. Paul’s Church, Forebridge, STAFFORD, ST17 4Lj.


10th January 2021


Holy Communion Service from St Thomas & St Andrew’s, Doxey.



Grace, mercy and peace

From God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

Be with you.

And also with you.



Carol – As with Gladness Men of Old

0St Martin’s Voices lead us in our Sung worship


1          As with gladness men of old
            did the guiding star behold,
            as with joy they hailed its light,
            leading onward, beaming bright;
            so, most gracious Lord, may we
            evermore be led to thee.

2          As with joyful steps they sped,
            to that lowly manger-bed,
            there to bend the knee before
            him whom heaven and earth adore;
            so may we with willing feet
            ever seek thy mercy-seat.

3          As they offered gifts most rare
            at that manger rude and bare,
            so may we with holy joy,
            pure and free from sin's alloy,
            all our costliest treasures bring,
            Christ, to thee, our heavenly King.



4          Holy Jesu, every day
            keep us in the narrow way,
            and, when earthly things are past,
            bring our ransomed souls at last
            where they need no star to guide,
            where no clouds thy glory hide.

5          In the heavenly country bright
            need they no created light;
            thou its light, its joy, its crown,
            thou its sun which goes not down;
            there for ever may we sing
            alleluias to our King.

William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898)


Prayer of Preparation


Almighty God,

to whom all hearts are open,

all desires known,

and from whom no secrets are hidden:

cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you,

and worthily magnify your holy name;

through Christ our Lord.




Confession and receiving God’s forgiveness

Our Lord Jesus Christ said:

The first commandment is this:

‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord.

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart,

with all your soul, with all your mind,

and with all your strength.’

The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

There is no other commandment greater than these.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Amen. Lord, have mercy.


God so loved the world that he gave his only Son Jesus Christ

to save us from our sins, to be our advocate in heaven,

and to bring us to eternal life.

The grace of God has dawned upon the world

through our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own.

Let us confess our sins.


Silence is kept.


Most merciful God,

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

we confess that we have sinned

in thought, word and deed.

We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.

In your mercy, forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be;

that we may do justly, love mercy,

and walk humbly with you, our God.



Almighty God,

who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon you,

pardon and deliver you from all your sins,

confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,

and keep you in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.





Gloria in Excelsis


Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.




The Collect


Grateful for the glory revealed today through God made flesh, let us pray.

Silence is kept.

O God,

who by the leading of a star

manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth:

mercifully grant that we,

who know you now by faith,

may at last behold your glory face to face;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.




Carol – O, Holy Night

Anne Winnington leads us in our sung worship


O Holy night! The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
'Til He appeared and the spirit felt its worth
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn
Fall on your knees; O hear the Angel voices!
O night divine, O the night when Christ was born.

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is Peace.
Chains He shall break, for the slave is our brother,
And in His name, all oppression shall cease.

O the world, the star is sweetly gleaming.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we

Fall on your knees; O hear the Angel voices!
O night divine, O the night when Christ was born.





Isaiah 60 v 1-6

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
    and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth,
    and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
    and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light,
    and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Lift up your eyes and look around;
    they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from far away,
    and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant;
    your heart shall thrill and rejoice,[
because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you,
    the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you,
    the young camels of Midian and Ephah;
    all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense,
    and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.

This is the word of the Lord.

All   Thanks be to God.



Gospel Reading

When the Gospel is announced the reader says

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

All   Glory to you, O Lord.


Matthew 2.1–12


In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men[a] from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising,[b] and have come to pay him homage.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah[c] was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who is to shepherd[
d] my people Israel.”’

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men[e] and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently


for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising,[f] until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw that the star had stopped,[g] they were overwhelmed with joy. 11 On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 12 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road.


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All   Praise to you, O Christ.



Acclamations at the Presentation of the Gifts

Three figures of the wise men are placed on the table.


At the offering of gold

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe:

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As gold in the furnace is tried

and purified seven times in the fire,

so purify our hearts and minds

that we may be a royal priesthood

acceptable in the service of your kingdom.

All   Blessed be God for ever.



At the offering of incense

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe:

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As our prayer rises up before you as incense,

so may we be presented before you

with penitent hearts and uplifted hands

to offer ourselves in your priestly service.

All   Blessed be God for ever.


At the offering of myrrh

Blessed are you, Lord our God, King of the universe:

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As you give medicine to heal our sickness

and the leaves of the tree of life

for the healing of the nations,

so anoint us with your healing power

that we may be the first-fruits of your new creation.

All   Blessed be God for ever.





Revd Ian Perry




I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

he ascended into heaven,

he is seated at the right hand of the Father,

and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.


Prayers of Intercession

After each section:

Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer

And at the end:

Merciful Father

Accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son, our Saviour. Amen




The Peace

Our Saviour Christ is the Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and of peace

there shall be no end.

cf Isaiah 9.6,7

The peace of the Lord be always with you

All   and also with you.



Carol – Three kings from Persian Lands Afar

Tony Murley and our Virtual Choir lead us in our sung worship


1. Three Kings from Persian lands afar
To Jordan follow the pointing star:
And this the quest of the travellers three,
Where the new-born King of the Jews may be.
Full royal gifts they bear for the King;
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

How brightly shines the morning star!
With grace and truth from heaven afar
Our Jesse tree now bloweth.

2. The star shines out with a steadfast ray;
The kings to Bethlehem make their way,
And there in worship they bend the knee,
As Mary's child in her lap they see;
Their royal gifts they show to the King;
Gold, incense, myrrh are their offering.

Of Jacob's stem and David's line,
For thee, my Bridegroom, King divine,
My soul with love o'erfloweth.

3. Thou child of man, lo, to Bethlehem
The Kings are travelling, travel with them!
The star of mercy, the star of grace,
Shall lead thy heart to its resting place.
Gold, incense, myrrh thou canst not bring;
Offer thy heart to the infant King.

Thy word, Jesu, Inly feeds us,
Rightly leads us, Life bestowing.
Praise, O praise such love o'erflowing.

Preparation of the Table

Lord, accept your people’s gifts,

not gold, frankincense or myrrh,

but hearts and voices raised in praise of Jesus Christ,

our light and our salvation.

All   Amen.



Eucharistic Prayer E


The Lord be with you

All   and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

All   We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

All   It is right to give thanks and praise.


All honour and praise be yours always and everywhere,

mighty creator, ever-living God,

through Jesus Christ your only Son our Lord:

for at this time we celebrate your glory

made present in our midst.

In the coming of the Magi

the King of all the world was revealed to the nations.

In the waters of baptism

Jesus was revealed as the Christ,

the Saviour sent to redeem us.

In the water made wine

the new creation was revealed at the wedding feast.

Poverty was turned to riches, sorrow into joy.

Therefore with all the angels of heaven

we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name

and sing our joyful hymn of 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 praise and bless you, loving Father, ……

…… until he comes in glory.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

Lord of all life,…….

………… all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father,

For ever and ever,

All: Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:

All      Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done, on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.

Breaking of the Bread

The president breaks the consecrated bread.

We break the bread of life,

and that life is the light of the world.

All   God here among us,

light in the midst of us,

bring us to light and life.


Receipt of Communion


God’s holy gifts

for God’s holy people.

All   Jesus Christ is holy,

Jesus Christ is Lord,

to the glory of God the Father.


Revd Alison Thomas receives the bread and the wine on behalf of us all and distributes the bread to the others present.


Prayer after Communion


Lord God,

the bright splendour whom the nations seek:

may we who with the wise men have been drawn by your light

discern the glory of your presence in your Son,

the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ our Lord.

All   Amen.



Carol – Joy to the World

John Wyatt (Worship Minister, St John’s, Hoxton) leads us in our sung worship

Joy to the world! The Lord has come!

Let earth receive her King;

let every heart prepare him room,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven and nature sing,

and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

We will sing, sing, sing

Joy to the world

We will sing, sing, sing

            Joy to the world! The Saviour reigns!

Your sweetest songs employ

while fields and streams, and, hills and plains

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat the sounding joy,

repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

We will sing, sing, sing

Joy to the world

We will sing, sing, sing

            He rules the world with truth and grace,

and makes the nations prove

the glories of his righteousness,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders of his love,

and wonders, wonders, of his love.

We will sing, sing, sing,

Joy to the world

We will sing, sing, sing

Joyful, Joyful

We adore thee

God of Glory

Lord of love

Hearts unfold like flowers before thee

Opening to the sun above




The Blessing

May God the Father,

who led the wise men by the shining of a star

to find the Christ, the Light from light,

lead you in your pilgrimage to find the Lord.

All   Amen.

May God, who has delivered us from the dominion of darkness,

give us a place with the saints in light

in the kingdom of his beloved Son.

All   Amen.

May the light of the glorious gospel of Christ

shine in your hearts and fill our lives

with his joy and peace.

All   Amen.

And the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All   Amen.

The Dismissal


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All   In the name of Christ. Amen.