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Christingle Service

Christingle – meaning 'Christ Light'
is a symbol of the Christian Faith.

 

Picture of Christingle


Christingle OrangeIntroduction The Christingle – 'Christ Light'

For many years churches all over the world have made Christingles to remind them that Christ is the light who came into the world at Christmas.


The Christingle orange represents the world, John reminds us that ‘Jesus was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognise Him. He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him’. (Jn 1 v 10 – 11). The red ribbon of the Christingle represents the blood of Jesus which was shed for us so that our sins may be forgiven. ‘But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from every sin’. (1 Jn 1 v 7). The fruits and sweets on the four skewers represent God’s gifts to us, the fruits of the earth and the four seasons. ‘As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease’. (Gen 8 v 22).

The lighted candle, pushed into the centre of the orange, represents Christ, the light of the world. ‘He [Jesus] said, "I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”.’ (John 8 v 12). Christingle originated from the Moravian church in Germany and was established in 1467. It was used in a service n Marienborn on Germany in 1747.

A Christingle Service   (or download a copy here)

Welcome

Opening Verse of Scripture: Isaiah 60 
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the LORD.

Opening Words
Minister:
We have come together in the presence of God to rejoice in the gift of Jesus to us as the light of the world. In this service we hear and receive the story and message of the coming of Christ, and we offer to God our thanksgiving in prayer and song.

Christingle Picture

All:
O holy child of Bethlehem,
descend to us we pray; 
Cast out our sin, and enter in, 
be born in us today. 
We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell; 
O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel. Amen.

Hymn

The first Nowell the angel did say 
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay: 
In fields where they lay a-keeping their sheep 
On a cold winter's night that was so deep: 
Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, 
Born is the King of Israel.

They looked up and saw a star, 
Shining in the east, beyond them far, 
And to the earth it gave great light, 
And so it continued both day and night:

And by the light of that same star, 
Three wise men came from country far; 
To seek for a king was their intent, 
And to follow the star wherever it went:
 

This star drew nigh to the north-west, 
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest, 
And there it did both stop and stay 
Right over the place where Jesus lay.
 

Then entered in those wise men three, 
Full reverently upon their knee, 
And offered there in his presence 
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense:
 

Then let us all with one accord 
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord, 
That hath made heaven and earth of nought, 
And with his blood mankind hath bought:

Confession

Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;
its pride, its selfishness, its greed;
its evil divisions and hatreds.
Let us confess our share in what is wrong,
and our failure to seek and establish that peace
which God wills for his children.

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. Amen.

Minister

May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Minister: Glory to Christ, Son of Mary; born a child,
you share our humanity:
All: Glory to God in the highest.
Minister: Glory to Christ, Son of David;
born to rule, you receive gifts from the wise;
All: Glory to God in the highest.
Minister: Glory to Christ, Son of Man;
born our Saviour, you are the light of the world:
All: Glory to God in the highest.
Minister: We celebrate the coming of our God
with all the voices of heaven:
All: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

The Offering
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, 
the glory, the splendour and the majesty; 
for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. 
All things come from you, and of your own do we give you.

Hymn

He’s got the whole wide world in his hands, 
He’s got the whole wide world in his hands, 
He’s got the whole wide world in his hands, 
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
 

He’s got the tiny little baby, in his hands, x3 
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
 

He’s got you and me brother, in his hands, x3 
He’s got the whole world in his hands.
 

He’s got you and me sister, in his hands, x3 
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

He’s got ev’rybody here, in his hands, x3 
He’s got the whole world in his hands.

Prayer of Thanksgiving
Minister: Glory to Christ, Son of Mary; born a child, you share our humanity:
All:  Glory to God in the highest.

Minister: Glory to Christ, Son of David; born to rule, you receive gifts from the wise;
All:  Glory to God in the highest.

Minister: Glory to Christ, Son of Man; born our Saviour, you are the light of the world:
All:  Glory to God in the highest.

Minister: We celebrate the coming of our God with all the voices of heaven:
All:  Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest.

The Ministry of the Word

The Collect 
Almighty God, your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ is the light of the world. May your people shine with the radiance of his glory, that he may be known, worshipped and obeyed to the ends of the earth; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Bible Readings 

Hymn

We three kings of Orient are; 
bearing gifts we traverse afar 
field and fountain, 
moor and mountain, following yonder star:
O star of wonder,
star of night, 
star with royal beauty bright, 
westward leading, still proceeding, 
guide us to thy perfect light.
 

Born a king on Bethlehem plain, 
gold I bring, to crown him again— 
King for ever, ceasing never, 
over us all to reign:

Frankincense to offer have I; 
incense owns a deity nigh:
prayer and praising, all men raising, 
worship him, God most high:

Myrrh is mine; its bitter perfume 
breathes a life of gathering gloom; 
sorrowing, sighing, bleeding, dying, 
sealed in the stone-cold tomb:

Glorious now, behold him arise, 
King and God, and sacrifice! 
heaven sings alleluia, 
alleluia the earth replies:

Sermon 
 

Making and Presentation of Christingles

With the help of the Holy Spirit of God, take this Christingle as a
reminder of the light of Christ in your home. Take the light of Christ
within you, and seek to share that light in the places where you go. Let
your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works
and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

All: Father of all, may we, whom the Spirit lights, give light to the
world. Alleluia, thanks be to God
 

Hymn

The orange of Christingle 
the world reminds us of, 
And how our God created us, 
And on us sheds his love.

O sing about Christingle, 
Your voices loud employ. 
Your praises bring to God our King; 
For Jesus and his joy.

The candle of Christingle, 
With shining flame so bright; 
Reminds us of our loving Lord 
Who is the world’s true light.

The red band of Christingle 
Which plainly we can see; 
Reminds us of how Jesus Christ 
was killed upon that tree.

The four sticks of Christingle, 
With which the orb we spear,
Remind us how God cares for us, 
thro’ the seasons of the year.

The whole of the Christingle, 
It is a joy to see; 
It shines to show how our Father God, 
Loves even you and me.

The Prayers

Responses which may be used 
 Lord have mercy upon us. 
Christ have mercy upon us
Lord have mercy upon us.

The Lord’s Prayer is said
Leader
Gathering our prayers and praises into one, let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us

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.

 Hymn

O little town of Bethlehem, 
How still we see thee lie! 
Above thy deep and dreamless sleep 
The silent stars go by. 
Yet in thy dark streets shineth 
The everlasting light; 
The hopes and fears of all the years 
Are met in thee tonight.

O morning stars together 
Proclaim the holy birth, 
And praises sing to God the King, 
And peace to all the earth! 
For Christ is born of Mary; 
And, gathered all above, 
While mortals sleep, the angels keep 
Their watch of wondering love.

How silently, how silently, 
The wondrous gift is given! 
So God imparts to human hearts 
The blessing of his heaven. 
No ear may hear his coming; 
But in this world of sin, 
Where meek souls will receive him still 
The dear Christ enters in.

O holy Child of Bethlehem, 
Descend to us, we pray; 
Cast out our sin, and enter in; 
Be born in us today! 
We hear the Christmas angels 
The great glad tiding tell; 
O come to us, abide with us, 
Our Lord Immanuel!
The Blessing

All
Go in peace and walk in the light of the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Additional Hymns

Lord of the church

How lovely on the mountains

Christingle Worship Service