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December 19, 2010 Advent 4

December 19, 2010 Advent 4

 

WE GATHER TOGETHER

MUSIC IN PREPARATION

 

TRINITY IN ACTION - Dorothy McQueen JNAC

 

WE CENTRE OURSELVES IN GOD’S LIGHT

 

WE GATHER TO WORSHIP

 

CALL TO WORSHIP:

We are people of love. Let us share God's love in word, action and thought.

We are people of joy. May the joy of faith-filled living ever give us peace.

We are people of peace. The peace of God sustains and comforts us.

Let us give thanks to God for love, joy and peace.

 

HYMN : Once in Royal David's City VU 62

 

VOICE: Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Sunday of Love.

VOICE: Jesus shows us God's perfect love. He is God's perfect love in human form. Those who believe in him and live in him, live in love. Love transforms and perfects all things. It never ends.

VOICE: We light this candle today to remind us that God is love. We thank God for the hope God gives us, for the peace God bestows, for the joy God pours into our hearts, and for the love that redeems us and shows us the way.

(Light the First, Second, Third and Fourth Candle)

 

SONG A candle is burning, a candle of love,

a candle to point us to heaven above,

A baby for Christmas, a wonderful birth,

for Jesus is bringing God's love to our earth.

 

PRAYER (unison) O God of Love, Emmanuel, send your light into our hearts at this time. Help us to be ready for the time of Christ's appearing. Grant that we may so dwell in him that his perfect love fills our entire being. Make our worship a time in which we celebrate your love and are made ready to show that love to the whole world, both today, and forevermore. As Jesus taught, we pray: Our Father.... JESUS’ PRAYER

 

Alleluia Ringers

 

A TIME FOR LEARNING

 

HYMN: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear VU 44

 

WE LISTEN TO GOD'S WORD

Old Testament: Isaiah 7:10-16

Epistle: Romans 1:1-7

Psalm 80 (VU pg.794 Part 1)

Gospel: Matthew 1:18-25 Reader: Rye Picot

 

ANTHEM: "In Silence We Wait" (Parker&Lawrence)

 

REFLECTION

 

AND WE RESPOND

 

HYMN: Hope is a Star VU 7

 

PRAYERS FROM OUR HEARTS

 

OFFERTORY: "As With Gladness" (81 VU v.3)

As they offered gifts most rare

at that manger crude and bare,

so may we with holy joy,

pure and free from sin's alloy,

all our costliest treasures bring,

Christ, to you, our heavenly King.

PRAYER DEDICATING OUR GIFTS

WE ARE SENT OUT INTO THE WORLD

 

HYMN: Herald! Sound the Note of Gladness! VU 28

 

BLESSING AS WE GO OUT TO BE GOD’S PEOPLE

 

Choral Blessing

God, dismiss us with your blessing;

fill our hearts with joy and peace;

let us each, your love possessing,

triumph in redeeming grace;

O refresh us, O refresh us,

travelling through the wilderness. (425 t.28)

 

POSTLUDE - ALLELUIA RINGERS

 

Good morning and Welcome to our Worship Service. If you are worshiping with us for the first time, please sign our guest book located in the Narthex. You are invited to join us for coffee following the Service in the Banquet Hall.

Today we Welcome Peter Coates as our Organist and thank you!

 

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