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First United Church, Wetaskiwin – January 24th, 2021
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
This worship service will be live-streamed to our Facebook page on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 10:30 am.
 
 
 
Video links to FB and You-tube will be available on this page by 1 pm on Sunday.
Today’s music is copyright protected and used with permission under our agreement with One License. The liturgy is shared with the author’s permission.
 
WELCOMING THE LIGHT You’re invited to take a deep breath and make space for the Spirit.
 
GATHERING #56 Klusmeier Volume 5 “The Light of God is Shining Bright”
The light of God is shining bright in every child of woman born,
and in their fingers and their face are heaven’s glory, power and grace.
So when they’re walking , running, leaping, sitting and thinking, talking, sleeping,
Don’t ever treat a child with scorn, but look and see the face of God
In every child of woman born.
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
Into our comfortable ways, O God, Breathe Your vision of community!
Into our ordered ways, O God, Breathe Your unexpected presence.
Into our world weary ways, O God, Breathe Your holy inspiration.
Into our self-serving ways, O God, Breathe Your willingness to sacrifice.
May we follow with Jesus, calmly, purposefully and without fear, wherever You lead.
 
PRAYER FOR RECONCILIATION [Together]
Loving God, we need Your help. When we see ourselves as a cut above others, bring us down to earth. When we insist on our own way, widen our perspective. When we belittle ourselves or others, remind us we bear Your image. When we are full of our self-importance, pour us out in service to others. When we find it hard to forgive, fill us with Your grace. Let Your mercy flow through us to heal this world You love. Amen.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Psalm 32 p. 759 VU with Refrain,  Mark 2:13 – 17
 
HYMN #145 More Voices “Draw the Circle Wide”
Refrain Draw the circle wide. Draw it wider still. Let this be our song, no one stands alone,
Standing side by side, draw the circle wide.
 
God the still point of the circle, round whom all creation turns.
Nothing lost but held forever in God’s gracious arms. Refrain
 
Let our hearts touch far horizons, so encompass great and small;
Let our loving know no borders, faithful to God’s call. Refrain

 

Let the dreams we dream be larger, than we’ve ever dreamed before;
Let the dream of Christ be in us, open every door. Refrain

GOOD NEWS  “A Place at the Table”

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Christ, who calls us friend … Heal our broken-ness.
God of rabbi’s and tax collectors, of neighbours and sojourners, we give thanks for the people who speak our name in love; for those who have encouraged us, spoken up on our behalf; who have taken the time to thank us. Who invite us into conversations that help us grow. We remember the times our words have not been kind or healing, when we have kept silent instead of speaking justice.
Christ, who calls us friend … Heal our broken-ness.
Merciful and compassionate Christ, we are surrounded by words and voices, demanding our attention, tempting us to worship our own interests, inciting our prejudice. Silence the disruptions and draw us more deeply into your conversation of compassion. We pray for the people of Lebanon, and all communities, who welcome refugees. We pray for the people in the middle East, in northern Ireland, in South Africa, who believe in and practice the power of peaceful conversations. May we learn from their example. Christ, who calls us friend … Heal our broken-ness.
Spirit of Gentleness, Spirit of Restlessness speak your peace to all of us who are grieving, waiting for diagnosis or treatment, recovering in hospital, having end of life conversations. Give us the words to speak hope, and comfort. Call us into the world, into our communities to be the voice of reason, of justice, of peace. We add our voices to generations of the faithful in the words Jesus taught his friends saying, Our father, who art in heaven,…. Amen.

MINUTE FOR MISSION “Building a World where Everyone Belongs – Lynda’s Story”
 

* HYMN #567 Voices United “Will You Come and Follow Me?” verse 1, 3 – 5
Will you come and follow me if I but call your name? 

Will you go where you don’t know and never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown, will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

 

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?
Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

 
Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?
Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?
Will you kiss the leper clean, and do such as this unseen,
And admit to what I mean in you and you in me?
 
Will you love the ‘you’ you hide if I but call your name?
Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?
Will you use the faith you’ve found to reshape the world around,
Through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?
 
Christ, your summons echoes true when you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.
In your company I’ll go where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I’ll move and live and grow in you and you in me.
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT Now wherever you go the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
Go into the world that God loves. Befriended by the Spirit, we carry peace to share.
Christ calls us to reconcile and to be whole. We will follow you, Christ Jesus:
Into the joy and sorrow of our communities; Into the conversations that matter.
Go into this week, trusting the grace of God to transform you. Let the peace of Christ renew you,
And the courage of the Spirit inspire you. Amen.
 
Sending Forth #87 Voices United “I am the Light of the World” verse 2
Refrain ‘I am the light of the world! You people come and follow me!’
If you follow and love you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be.
To find the lost and lonely one, to heal the broken soul with love,
To feed the hungry children with warmth and good food, to feel the earth below, the sky above! Refrain
 First United Church, Wetaskiwin  – January 17, 2021
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
A link  to Facebook and YouTube video’s of this service will be available on Sunday, January 17.
We livestream to Facebook at 10:30 am and upload to YouTube by 1 pm.
 
 
 
All music is copyright and used with permission under our agreement with One License.
 
WELCOMING THE LIGHT    You’re invited to take a deep breath and make space for the Spirit.
 
GATHERING #563 Voices United “Jesus, You have Come to the Lakeshore” verses 1 – 3
Jesus, you have come to the lakeshore looking neither for wealthy nor wise ones;
You only asked me to follow humbly. Refrain
 
Refrain O Jesus, with your eyes you have searched me, and while smiling, have spoken my Name; now my boat’s left on the shoreline behind me; by your side I will seek other seas.
 

You know so well my possessions; my boat carries no gold and no weapons;
– you will find there my nets and labour. Refrain

You need my hands, full of caring through my labours to give others rest,
and constant love that keeps on loving. Refrain

 
CALL TO WORSHIP
In the midst of packing away tinsel and starting tax returns, God, You call us!
In the stillness at dawn or in the unending sleepless night, God, You call us!
From the ordinary to the extraordinary, God, You call us!
And in worship we find the strength to follow, Wherever You lead, because
God, You call us!
 
OPENING PRAYER     [Together]
Fisher of women and men, of young and old, of followers and wanderers, we come to you this morning, to be caught and held in your love. Open our hearts to your grace, our ears to your Word and our minds to your wisdom. Show us what we can do on your behalf. Teach us what it means to be your disciples. Call and we will follow. Amen.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Psalm 139 p. 861 VU with Refrain
Mark 1:14 – 20 John 1:43 – 49
 
HYMN #597 Voices United “Simon, Simon”
Simon, Simon, a fisherman was he, Simon, Simon, lived beside the sea,
Until the day when Jesus came and calling Simon by his name, said
‘Simon, Simon, follow, follow me.’
 
Simon’s younger brother Andrew, loyal, brave and true,
Simon’s younger brother Andrew followed Jesus too.
They left their ship beside the sea, to follow and disciples be,
When Jesus calling them by name, said, ‘Follow, follow me.’
 
Mary loved to listen, Martha liked to do. Both were friends of Jesus, just like me and you.
No matter what our different ways we all can help when Jesus says,
‘Mary, Martha, follow, follow me.’
 
Dorcas followed Jesus too, sharing what she had.
Dorcas cared for neighbour folk, making others glad.
And we can share with gift and deed as Jesus shared with those in need.
‘Dorcas, Dorcas, follow, follow me.’
 
You can be like Dorcas, and follow Jesus too. You can be like Andrew, friendly, brave and true.
Big and strong or small and shy, we can follow if we try, when
Jesus calling us by name says, ‘Follow, follow me.’
 
GOOD NEWS    “Follow Me”
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
God of mercy, set us free to love.
Creator God, the vastness of your love is amazing and we wonder at the many ways you choose to share it with us. Open us to be a channel for your love, not just a dead end.
God of mercy, set us free to love.
Holy Mystery, there is much suffering in our world; sometimes we doubt your presence or wonder at your purpose. We forget you know what it is to grieve the death of a friend, to suffer betrayal, to endure pain. When we hold back, you are already there, in the cities and towns of our province, in the back alleys and refugee camps; wherever violence takes lives, yours is the voice of reason, the hands of compassion. You are in the wisdom of the social worker who sees people not numbers; you are in the community of homeless who look out for one another. On the reserves and in isolated communities, in any place where despair and frustration twists life into violence, you are the seeds of hope, the courage to begin again, the promise of new life. May we follow your way,
God of mercy, set us free to love.
Spirit pour out your healing upon all those who grieve, make us slow to judge and quick to love those who seem unlove-able, let your mercy flow through us to bring healing and wholeness. May the way of Christ be our way in this world. We add our voices to the great cloud of witnesses who share the words Jesus taught his friends saying, Our father, … Amen.
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION “Your generosity has worldwide impact” Mambud’s Story
 
HYMN #560 Voices United “O Master Let Me Walk with Thee”
O Master, let me walk with thee in lowly paths of service free;
Teach me thy secret, help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.
 
Help me the slow of heart to move with some clear, winning word of love;
Teach me the wayward feet to stay, and guide them in the homeward way.
 
Teach me thy patience; still with thee, in closer, dearer company,
In work that keeps faith sure and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong,
 
In hope that sends a shining ray far down the future’s broadening way,
In peace that only thou canst give, with thee, O Master, let me live.
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT Now wherever you go the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
We are disciples of the living Christ. Forgiven, freed and called to make a difference.
We are God’s beloved. May God’s love shine in us and through us.
Go into this week, trusting the grace of God to transform you. Let the peace of Christ renew you,
And the courage of the Spirit inspire you. Amen.
 
Sending Forth #87 Voices United     “I am the Light of the World” verse 2
Refrain ‘I am the light of the world! You people come and follow me!’
If you follow and love you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be.
 
To find the lost and lonely one, to heal the broken soul with love,
To feed the hungry children with warmth and good food, to feel the earth below, the sky above! R
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – January 10, 2021
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
This service will be on Facebook page and YouTube channel on Sunday, Jan. 10.
Links are provide below. The YouTube link may not be live until 1 pm.
 
 
 
All music is copyright and used with permission under our agreement with One License. The liturgy is original and used with permission.
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT You’re invited to breathe deeply and make room for the Spirit.
 
GATHERING #87 Voices United “I am the Light of the World”
Refrain ‘I am the light of the world! You people come and follow me!’
If you follow and love you’ll learn the mystery of what you were meant to do and be.
 
When the song of the angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and the shepherds have found their way home, the work of Christmas is begun: R
 
To find the lost and lonely one, to heal the broken soul with love,
To feed the hungry children with warmth and good food, to feel the earth below, the sky above! R
 
To free the prisoner from all chains, to make the powerful care,
To rebuild the nations with strength of good will, to see God’s children everywhere! R
 
To bring hope to every task you do, to dance at a baby’s new birth,
To make music in an old person’s heart, and sing to the colours of the earth! R
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
Out of the singing, sighing, darkness, You breath the gift of light.
God, You call the emptiness ~ Beloved!
Out of deep, unordered waters, You splash the gift of life.
God, You call all the diversity of teeming creation ~ Beloved!
Out of all that is and could yet be, You choose to become human, that we might know You better.
God, You call us ~ Beloved!
Into all that is and could yet be, that the world might know Your love, God, You call us!
And there is light and life and wonder and relationship. Thank You!
 
OPENING PRAYER
Spirit of Life, You breathe love into all creation. Forgive us when we take Your love for granted. You baptize us with grace. Forgive us when we withhold forgiveness or fail to accept it. Wash away our stale thoughts. Melt the resistance from our lives. Spirit, move among us now that we might grow strong in our faith. Stir us to serve with joy and commitment in Christ’s name. Amen.
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Acts 19:1 – 7 Mark 1:4 – 11
 
HYMN #644 Voices United “I Was There to Hear Your Borning Cry”
I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized, to see your life unfold.
I was there when you were but a child, with a faith to suit you well;
in a blaze of light you wandered off to find where demons dwell.
 
When you heard the wonder of the word, I was there to cheer you on;
you were raised to praise the living Lord, to whom you now belong.
If you find someone to share your time and you join your hearts as one,
I’ll be there to make your verses rhyme from dusk till rising sun.
 
In the middle ages of your life, not too old, no longer young.
I’ll be there to guide you through the night, complete what I’ve begun.
When the evening gently closes in and you shut your weary eyes,
I’ll be there as I have always been with just one more surprise.
 
I was there to hear your borning cry, I’ll be there when you are old.
I rejoiced the day you were baptized, to see your life unfold.
 
GOOD NEWS “Remember Your Baptism”
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
God of Love, Work in us, by water and the Spirit.
When the world around us seems drab and dull, open our eyes to the sparkle of sunlight on frost. When we would rather withdraw from life, refresh us with Your hope, warm us with Your love expressed in family, friends and this community.
God of Love, Work in us, by water and the Spirit.
Strengthen our compassion, that we might touch gently the hurts of those around us. Teach us patience to sit with those who mourn. Grant us words of encouragement for those who struggle. Open us to see one another through Your eyes. We remember the many adults and children baptized in your name. May we continue to welcome and encourage one another to grow in faith.
God of Love, Work in us, by water and the Spirit.
Sweep us from complacency to action. Help us to speak out when we see wrong enacted. Guide our choices and actions to bring hope. Soften our hearts and energize our spirits that we might be agents of change in Your name. We pray for all those who live under the shadow of death. We remember the communities in Norway affected by mud slides, those families and friends grieving the death of loved ones, creatures and people displaced by violence or climate change.
God of Love, Work in us, by water and the Spirit.
We turn to you Spirit of life, we offer in silence our own hurts and concerns, our thanks and praise...silence…
God of Love, Work in us, by water and the Spirit.
Healing and Anointing One, pour out your Spirit upon us. Guide us this day and in the year ahead, as we seek to be your Church. Help us re-vision our purpose in the midst of change. We remember the volunteers and staff of Neighbour’s Outreach, the Mobile Crisis Unit, Victim Services, our police and ems people, all those who accompany others through difficult times, who speak peace in the midst of fear. Strengthen us to be your people in this world you love. We add our voices to the great cloud of witnesses who share the words Jesus taught his friends saying, Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed by your names. Your kin-dom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kin-dom and the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION   “Jason’s Story: You are with them every step of the way”
 
HYMN #161 More Voices “I have Called You by Your Name”
I have called you by your name, you are mine; I have gifted you and ask you now to shine.
I will not abandon you; all my promises are true. You are gifted, called, and chosen; you are mine.
 
I will help you learn my name as you go; read it written in my people, help them grow.
Pour the water in my name, speak the word your soul can claim, offer Jesus’ body given long ago.
 
I know you will need my touch as you go; feel it pulsing in creation’s ebb and flow.
Like the woman reaching out, choosing faith in spite of doubt, hold the hem of Jesus’ robe,
Then let it go.
 
I have given you a name, it is mine; I have given you my Spirit as a sign.
With my wonder in your soul, make my wounded children whole;
Go and tell my precious people they are mine.
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT Now wherever you go the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
God calls us, By the grace of God, we are beloved!
God blesses us, By the grace of God, we are renewed.
God sends us forth, By the grace of God, we go to serve in Christ’s name.
Go from this time together, knowing that the love of God is yours to share;
The peace of Christ is yours to impart; and the power of the Spirit is yours to enable. Amen.
 
Sending Forth #37 Voices United “Gloria”
Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest! Glory to God, glory to God, hallelujah, hallelujah!
 
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – January 3rd, 2021
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST
This service will be on Facebook page and YouTube channel on Sunday, Jan. 3. Links are provided below:
 
 
Thanks to Susan Silverthorne for leading worship. All music is copyright and used with permission under our agreement with One License. Susan gives permission for the liturgy to be shared.
 
COMING CLOSE TO THE LIGHT You’re invited to breathe deeply and make room for the Spirit.
 
GATHERING MUSIC # 59 Voices United “Joy to the World” Verses 1, 3 & 4
Joy to the world! the Lord is 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.
 
No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground:
He comes to make his blessings flow far as the curse is found, far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.
 
He rules the earth 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.
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
(from A Song of Faith – A Statement of Faith of the United Church of Canada, 2006)
The Risen Christ lives today, present to us and the source of our hope. In response to who Jesus was and to all he did and taught, to his life, death, and resurrection, 
And to his continuing presence with us through the Spirit, we celebrate him as the Word made flesh, the one in whom God and humanity are perfectly joined,
The Transformation of our lives, the Christ
We sing of a church seeking to continue the story of Jesus by embodying Christ’s presence in the world.
 
OPENING PRAYER [Together]
Our great Creator, you looked upon us and knew that we needed a better understanding of you. You knew, too, that we had limited ability to fully comprehend your vastness. To help us understand what is important to you, you sent the Great Messenger, the Word Made Flesh. You sent your Son, to help us see your intent for us more clearly. In this precious gift you affirmed that each of us is loved fully and unconditionally. Through your son, you have reminded us that we are not alone. In him you have shown us the power of humility, faith and compassion. In him, you have given us an anchor to weather the stormy seas in our lives and you have given us one with whom we can share joys and express gratitude. Today, we sing your praise for this grace given. We thank you for the light that is in Jesus Christ, your son. Amen
 
HYMN #82 Voices United “A Light is Gleaming” verses 1, 3 & 4
Chorus A light is gleaming, spreading its arms throughout the night, living in the light.
Come share its gladness, God’s radiant love is burning bright, living in the light.
When light comes pouring into the darkest place, it hurts our eyes to see the glow.
Sometimes a word of hope reminds us of our fears, our memories and tears. Chorus
 
And Jesus showed us a brighter path to walk. He showed us things we hadn’t seen.
Now we, like Jesus, can help creation shine, and this will be a sign: Chorus
 
So let us live in the brightness God has giv’n, and let us rise to see the dawn.
We trust that God is here asparkle and ablaze, – warming all our days. Chorus
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Psalm 147: 12 – 20 John 1: 1 – 18
 
MESSAGE “Do you see the love?”
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Gracious God, we come to you today, thankful that you sent Christ to bring us a greater
understanding of your love and your intent for us, knowing that through our human limitations,
many mysteries remain. Through Christ you give us a sense of peace and hope and we thank you
for this. Today we pray especially for care givers around the world who continue to show up and give their energies to comfort the sick and those who are dying. We thank you deeply for their presence and pray that you will hold them, breathing your life energy into them, that they might maintain the
ability to serve and demonstrate your love and compassion. Hear our prayer.
Breathe your life energy into them, that they might serve and demonstrate your love and
compassion.
We ask that you look upon those people who work in all phases of supply chains from warehouse
workers, to truckers, to store clerks whose work has provided a greater sense of normalcy during
these unusual times. We thank you for their work and ask that you grace them with a sense of the
love, peace, joy and hope that your presence brings. Hear our prayer.
Breathe your life energy into them, that they might serve and demonstrate your love and compassion.
We thank you for volunteers who show up to support food banks, other food security programs
and community shelters as they demonstrate compassion to those vulnerable members of our
communities. We ask that you hold these people in the palm of your hand and grace them with a
sense of your presence. Hear our prayer.
Breathe your life energy into them, that they might serve and demonstrate your love and compassion.
We pray, also, for local, provincial and community leaders. We ask that you help them avoid
distractions and getting caught up in struggles for power. Grace these individuals with wisdom
which enables working for the greater good in society. Hear our prayer.
Breathe your life energy into them, that they might serve and demonstrate your love and compassion.
We pray today also for those who are grieving whether that be for the loss of health or function,
the loss of financial security to provide basic needs, for the loss of family members or friends or for
the loss of safety within their homes due to current pressures which can fuel family violence. Grace
these people with your gentle spirit and with the confidence that they are not alone, that you are
ever present by their sides. Hear our prayer.
Breathe your life energy into them, that they might know your love and compassion.
Help each of us to recognize the light and love that abounds in our midst. Help each of us to be
carriers of that light and love that we might help others to see it. Hear our prayer.
Holy Mystery, breathe your life energy into me, that I might serve and demonstrate your love and compassion.
We prayer together in the prayer that Christ taught us . . .Our Father … Amen.
 
HYMN #684 Voices United “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace”
Make me a channel of your peace: where there is hatred, let me bring your love;
Where there is injury, your healing power, and where there’s doubt, true faith in you:
Make me a channel of your peace: where there’s despair in life, let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness, only light; and where there’s sadness, ever joy.
 
O Spirit, grant that I may never seek so much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love with all my soul.
 
Make me a channel of your peace. It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all that we receive, and in dying that we’re born to eternal life.
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT As we put out this flame, we remember that that the true light of Christ is one that endures forever.
 
SENDING FORTH
Holy Spirit, inspire us. Give us clear vision. Prompt us to see the light of Christ all around us.
Holy Spirit, inspire us. Speak through us.
Prompt us to think and speak in ways that reveal Christ’s light to others.
Holy Spirit, fill us with inspiration. Prompt us to act in ways that reveal Christ’s light to others.
May the grace of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.
 
#37 Voices United “Gloria” (x 3)
Gloria! Gloria! In excelsis deo! Glory to God, Glory to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!
First United Church, Wetaskiwin – December 27th, 2020
 
WELCOME & NEWS OF INTEREST                                   
A video link  to our Facebook page and YouTube channel will be available Sunday morning. Links are not active till after 9 am.
 
and  
 
WELCOMING THE LIGHT  You’re invited to take a deep breath and make space for the Spirit. 
Are you ready to worship?
 
GATHERING #28 Voices United   “Herald! Sound the Note of Gladness” verses 1, 2 & 4
Herald! Sound the note of gladness! Tell the news that Christ is here;
Make a pathway through the desert for the one who brings God near.
Refrain Sound the trumpet! Tell the message! Christ the Saving One has come!
 
Herald! Sound the note of judgement, warning us to right and wrong, 
Turning us from sin and sadness, till once more we sing the song. Refrain
 
Herald! Sound the note of triumph! Christ has come to share our life,
Bringing God’s own love and power, granting victory in our strife. Refrain.
 
CALL TO WORSHIP
We are called to celebrate the gift of God in Jesus Christ.
Like the angels we are called to sing our carols with great joy.
Like the stars we are called to shine with the brilliance of the good news.
Like the shepherds we are called to hurry and go see what wonders God has done.
Like the manger we are called to cradle the precious gifts God gives.
Like Anna and Simeon we are called to look for signs of God’s salvation in our lives.
Like the child who grew in wisdom and stature,
We are called to grow in faith and follow God’s purpose for our lives.
Let us worship with joy and thanksgiving this God who calls us each by name!
 
OPENING PRAYER
In the beginning, before light and shadow, You were, Creator God. Into the silence, You sing light and call all creation into being. Shine Your radiance into our lives. Scatter the gloom that troubles us. May this time of worship fill us with the mystery of Your Word made flesh. Amen.
 
DISCOVERY CIRCLE Saint Nicholas
 
HYMN #58 Voices United “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly”
Infant holy, infant lowly, for his bed a cattle stall;
Oxen lowing, little knowing Christ the babe is Lord of all. Swift are winging angels singing,
Noels ringing, tidings bringing: Christ the babe is born for all. Christ the babe is born for all!
 
Flocks were sleeping; shepherds keeping vigil till the morning new
Saw the glory, heard the story, tidings of a gospel true. Thus rejoicing, free from sorrow,
Praises voicing greet the morrow: Christ the babe was born for you.
Christ the babe was born for you!
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS Psalm 148 p. 871 Voices United with Refrain; Luke 2:22 – 40
 
WONDERING TOGETHER  “This Message is for You!”
 
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
Light of the world…show us Your way.
God, whose glory fills the earth and skies, thank you for being with us. You’re amazing. You don’t seem to get tired of us, or weary from caring for us and it’s not because we’re easy to look after! You promise to be a light in our darkness and hope in our despair. Sometimes we see only shadows. Turn us back to the light of your hope. Teach us the ways of community which enable us to accomplish far more than we could ever imagine on our own.  Light of the world…show us Your way.
God whose name is compassion, by your grace we are all children of your love. We pray for our siblings who are hungry, those who mourn, the prisoners who are isolated, the depressed, the fearful, those who wait in hospitals or institutions. Consecrate our thoughts and actions that we might live your great love for all creation. Light of the world…show us Your way.
God of many names and many peoples, we offer prayers for this new year. Whatever possibilities or choices it holds, help us to keep you foremost in our thoughts and decisions. We pray for the people of Afghanistan who long for order and work for peace. We pray for community leaders who are working towards better neighborhoods. We pray for the people of Canada who seek to live into right relationship through truth and reconciliation. Shine your light on the anger we hold, the grudges to which we cling, the fears which limit our love. Light of the world…show us Your way.
For all that is, for all that might yet be, you are with us God. In humble adoration, we offer you the gift of ourselves. We add our voices to the great cloud of witnesses who share the words Jesus taught his friends saying, Our father, who art in heaven, hallowed by your names. Your kin-dom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For yours is the kin-dom and the power and the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
 
MINUTE FOR MISSION “Fighting Human Trafficking”
Your gifts to Mission and Service support partner churches in India educate children, youth and families about the dangers of human trafficking. Poverty is one of the key factors in families or individuals becoming trafficked. Recruiters promise employment, education, a better life and instead people find themselves as indentured labourers, domestic servants, beggars or sex trade workers. The training includes sharing stories from trafficking victims as well as making them aware of the laws intended to protect victims and prosecute traffickers. Through a growing network of community relationships, the Diocese works with local leaders and authorities to stop this abhorrent trade.  Your generosity helps stop this abhorrent trade. If Mission & Service is already a regular part of your giving, thank you! If you haven’t yet given, please join me in making Mission & Service a regular part of your sharing. Your Generosity Matters! Our goal for 2020 is $22,500 and we are so close!!
 
HYMN #45 Voices United “Joy is Now in Every Place”
Joy is now in every place, Christmas lightens every face; now be with us, in your grace,
Refrain O hear us, bless us, holy Jesus.
 
May the star that shone that night, making your poor stable bright, fill our hearts with love and light, R
 
Through the New Year let it stay, leading us upon your way, making Christmas every day, Refrain
 
Now and ever may we find your good news to fill our mind: peace and love to humankind, Refrain
 
CHANGING THE LIGHT Now wherever you go the light goes with you.
 
SENDING FORTH
Go from this time to be a blessing. We will share the radiant glory of God.
Live as the unique gifts that you are. We will look for the Christ in those we meet.
May God’s angels surprise us with hope! May peace caress our lives.
May love open new possibilities for healing. We will travel well. We will travel by the Light. Amen.
 
Sending Forth #37 Voices United “Gloria”
Gloria, gloria, in excelsis Deo! Gloria, gloria, alleluia, alleluia.
Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest! Glory to God, glory to God, hallelujah, hallelujah!
 
Thank you for worshiping with us! God bless, be well and look after each other.