Order of Service: December 17, 2017

Order of Service:  December 17, 2017

Order of Service for Sunday, December 17th, 2017

Light has dawned and God’s promised restoration is at hand. Glory to God in the highest. God is with us.

Third Sunday of Advent

JOY

We Gather to Praise and Celebrate God’s Love

Carol Sing: “Angels from the Realm of Glory”

VU 36 vs 1&2

“The First Nowell”VU91 vs 1&2

Prelude:Music for Advent

Blessing:

*Introit: “Hope is a Star” VU 7, vs. 3

*Call to Worship

Rejoice always!

Rejoice in the One who loves justice.

Give thanks in all circumstance.

Give thanks to the One who love justice.

Make straight the way of the Lord.

Prepare for the One who loves justice.

*Opening Prayer

God of justice and joy, we gather together in your name to proclaim the good news of your presence among us. Where there is oppression, we will shout a message of your liberating love. Where there is sorrow, we will sing a song of your healing love. And where there is fear, doubt, confusion, or anger, we will shine the light of

Jesus Christ, your incarnate love in whose name we pray Amen.1.

*Opening Hymn: “On Jordan’s Bank” vs 1,3,5 VU 20

Advent Wreath Liturgy Ada, Molly Olsen & family

Last Sunday we lit the candle of Hope, remembering the hope which comes in Christ, and we lit the candle of Peace, remembering God’s dream of a peaceful world. (Light Candles).

Today we light the third candle of Advent, the candle of Joy.

In Advent, we are in a time of waiting. Like the Israelites who wandered through the Wilderness, waiting to come into the Promised Land, we wait for the coming of the Joy of Ages. We wait for the day where we can join our voices with the angels to sing “Joy to the World, the Lord is come!” We wait for the day when everlasting joy will be on each of us.

We light this candle in Joy.

On this day, we remember the Spirit who breathes joy into our lives.

Children’s Hymn: “A Candle Is Burning” VU 6 vs. 3

Children’s Time

Ministry of Music

Old Testament Readings:

Isaiah 61:1-4 Dianne Dixon

Psalm 126 VU 850

Ministry of Music

Gospel Reading:John 1:6-8, 19-28 Dianne Dixon

Ministry of Music

2.

Reflection: “Witness to the Light”

*Hymn: ““I Come with Joy” VU 477

We Respond to God’s Gift of Love

Minute for Mission: John Rowe

*Singing Our Thanks: “For the Gift of Creation” VU538

*We Invite God to Receive Our Gifts

Family Prayers and prayers for our world

The Lord’s Prayer (sung) VU 959

*Closing Hymn: “Joy to the World” VU 59

Benediction/Advent Affirmation of Faith

We believe in the coming of light that shatters all darkness and brings love to all people.

We believe in peace, and that one day all nations shall enter the house of God, where love and mercy flow like a mighty river.

We believe in a hope that casts out fear.

We believe in being ready, for Christ comes at unexpected times and places, in the form of strangers, friends, and family.

We believe that we are called to welcome one another, just as Christ has welcomed us.

We believe that the Holy Spirit helps us live in harmony with one another, and prepare our lives for the birth of a child who is called “Prince of Peace,” Emmanuel” God with us.” Amen.

*Choral Response: “Gloria” VU 37

Postlude:

3.

Welcome, We are happy to have you with us this morning. If you are new to our church please feel free to ask our Ushers any questions about our worship service and facility.

We thank Laura Nielsen for her gift of music to us this morning. It truly enhanced our service.

Coffee and Refreshment Times- Please join us for coffee at the back of the sanctuary before, and down in the Golden Jubilee Room following our service.

Infant Nursery- We are happy to provide a Nursery complete with a play pen, sink, toys etc. …but will not be staffed at the present time. Parents are asked to be responsible for their children. Change table is available in the family restroom in the upper hall.

Peace Candles – If you are a visitor with us this morning there are small votive candles available at the front of the sanctuary for you to take back to your home church.

OUR MINISTRY TEAM

Minister:Rev. Dr. Abiel T. Khalema

minister@strathroyunitedchurch.ca 519-245-0276

Office Administrator:Dianne Dixon

office@strathroyunitedchurch.ca519-245-0276

519-280-5040

Music Director:Andy Cloutier

519-854-8574

Custodian:John Larocque

519-245-1304

Website Liaison: Gail Barker

gail@stellarcc.com

Webmaster: www.strathroyunitedchurch.ca Debra Porte

Family Prayers

This Sunday we ask you to pray for the ministry o Mt. Byrdges Pastoral Charge, consisting of Mount Brydges and Cook’s United Churches. Please keep the following people in your thoughts and prayers: Karyn Olsen, and Rob Wark. May those unnamed yet in our hearts experience the presence of God’s grace. 4.

Note: Pastoral Care is important. Please contact the church office if you are going into hospital or if you or a family member are needing Pastoral Care. Your name will not be in the bulletin unless we have permission from you to do so. We wish to offer Pastoral Care support and at the same time respect your confidentiality.

CONGREGATIONAL LIFE TEAM

CHILDREN’S CHOIR

FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24TH 10 AM SERVICE.

The Children are welcome to come practice with Andy in the church parlour following today’s service. They will be part of our December 24th morning service.

MEMORIAL FLOWERS

The Congregational Life Team, is requesting Poinsettia donations to assist with the decorating of the Sanctuary over the Advent time. They may be donated in memory of a loved one if you wish, and if this is the case could you plea se call Dianne at the office, by noon on Dec. 20, 2017 so the particulars can be shared in the bulletin. We ask that you have the plants at the church on the Friday before Sunday Dec. 24, in the am between 9 and 11 so that they are in place for that Sunday, and Christmas Eve. We also would ask that you take the plants with you following the Christmas Eve service. If you have any questions please feel free to call Marjorie at 519 245 0989, or the office

WORSHIP AROUND THE BREAKFAST TABLE

Come join us on December 31st at 9:30 for Worship around the breakfast table. Please bring a pot luck dish for our breakfast .

Dress is casual!! 5.

BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE, Wed. Dec. 20 at 7pm

Christmas can be a difficult time of the year, especially when we are dealing with grief and loss.  This service is a time of remembering that in the difficult times, we are not alone.  God is with us.  Candles will be lit in memory of people from our congregation who have died in 2016 and 2017.If you would like a candle lit in memory of a loved one, please be sure to call the church office by Thurs., 14th of  December.

FINANCE TEAM

ENVELOPES AND PAR FOR 2018

If you are not using envelopes and wish to have them for 2018 please notify Dianne in the office. This is also a great time to take advantage of our PAR(Pre Authorized Payment) program , forms are available in the office and at the usher stations. Thank you, Dianne – 519-245-0276.

2018 envelopes are at the back of the Sanctuary!

COMPASSIONATE FUND & CHURCH MISSION FUNDS:

Twice a month in the winter time we offer $25.00 Food Basics Cards (4 per year per person)to those who are struggling to make ends meet. This service is offered during the months of Oct. Nov. Dec. Jan. Feb. and March on the second and third Thursday mornings from 9-12.

On the Fourth Thursday of the month we serve guests from our Community a Hospitality Meal. At our last meal we served 115 guests.

Through your envelope givings you have an opportunity to help both of these efforts to reach out to our community.

Compassionate Fund – Supports the Food Basic Cards

Church Mission Fund- supports of our Hospitality Meals.

Thank you for prayerfully considering these two Community Outreach opportunities. 6.

COMMUNITY LIFE TEAM

Salvation Army Kettle Drive:

If you have 2 hours to spare between now and December 23 that will be very helpful in helping us with the 80 vacant spots that we have vacant at the moment. If you are willing and able please contact Major Wilson Noble at 519-671-0002 and your help would be very much appreciated.

Thank you.

Advent Project

This year brown paper bags will be available for the congregation to pick up and fill in support of our Hospitality Meal guests. The gifts will be displayed at our December 28th Hospitality Christmas Dinner for our guests to choose from.

Each bag will have a label explaining what items are to go into the bag. For example one bag will say ladies pajamas or night gown, children’s slippers, socks etc. You can put in one item or however many you wish. You may bring in the bags up to December 19th . Monetary donations are also welcome.

Thank you for your support in making our Christmas dinner a special one for our guests.

ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS SERVICES

December 20th Blue Christmas Service 7pm

December 24thAdvent IVLOVE 10am

December 24th Christmas Eve Service 7pm

All loose offerings at the Christmas Eve 7pm Service

will be divided between:

50% Compassionate Fund

25% to the Salvation Army

25% to the Women’s Rural Resource Centre