Worship Service begins at 7:15 Sunday evening
1155 Thurlow St. (1 block north of Davie St.)
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CALL US AT 604 739 7959 or email at email@example.com
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Rev. Michel Amyotte — Pastor
We believe in inclusiveness and so if there are gender words which make you uncomfortable change them so that you may worship untroubled.
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of God.”
ALL: For in God’s house we will find hope and healing.
ONE: In God’s house we will find forgiveness and friendship.
ALL: May peace be within the walls of this house of God.
ONE: Come, let us go to the house of the Lord.
ALL: Come, let us sing our praises to God who loves and redeems us.
O God, our lives are so filled with chaos and tribulation. Help us be ready to receive your message and gift of love, that we might grow into faithful disciples, serving you by serving others with hope and compassion. In Christ’s Name, we pray. AMEN
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Great Creator of humankind, we stand before you during this time of Advent, with hearts burdened with unfinished, unresolved matters. We want to prepare our lives for the coming of our Saviour and redeemer. We come to you, O God, relinquishing our negative attitudes, letting go of our egos, our self-destructive thoughts towards our neighbors and ourselves. We prayerfully accept your forgiveness in the name of the one who comes to save, Jesus Christ, our Lord. AMEN
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Watch! Wait! God is bringing to you new hope and peace. It is a gift, given especially for you–one that you cannot earn—it’s a gift. Praise be to the Giver of All Great Gifts, our Lord. AMEN.
OPENING HYMN: THIS IS THE DAY
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF HOPE
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM ISAIAH 2: 1 – 5
The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
OUR SECOND LESSON IS TAKEN FROM PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS 13: 11 – 14
Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
OUR GOSPEL IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF MATTHEW 24: 36 – 44
“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
HYMN OF RESPONSE: COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS
OFFERTORY HYMN: BLEST BE THE TIE THAT BINDS
OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
Our Father/Mother (Creator) who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
PRAYER OF CONSECRATION
PRAYER AFTER DISTRIBUTION
God for the gift of Jesus, we praise you. In this sacrament, our lives are made new. In this sharing of the greatest feast, our hope is given new life in the presence of our loving Jesus. AMEN
CLOSING HYMN: PRAISE, MY SOUL, THE KING OF HEAVEN
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