Sunday Worship Service — DECEMBER 21, 2014

 

Worship Service begins at 7:15 Sunday evening

1155 Thurlow St. (1 block north of Davie St.)

Click the following link: http://www.centralpc.ca:8000/worship.mp3 – for live feed

CALL US AT 604 739 7959 or email at info@christalive.ca

YOU MAY LISTEN TO PREVIOUSLY RECORDED WORSHIP SERVICE BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK http://www.christalive.ca/podcasts/?C=M;O=D .

FOURTH SUNDAY OF ADVENT

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.
PRELUDE
Welcome and Announcements
CALL TO WORSHIP
ONE: Welcome this day to worship.
ALL: The light of this season has beckoned us forward.
ONE: Come and rejoice, for God’s light is coming to us.
ALL: Praise be to God who pours light into our lives.
ONE: Open your hearts and spirits and receive the blessings of God.
ALL: May we always be ready to respond in joyful ways to God’s
love. AMEN.
OPENING PRAYER
In the rush of preparation for holiday celebration, we come to this place to be fed by God. We need the peace, hope, love and joy that this season represents. We need to listen again with wonder at the magnificent words of Mary as she proclaims her faithful participation in God’s most miraculous gift. Open our hearts this day, God, to receive the words and the blessings, to be fed and then to be those who will share with others as you have shared with us. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. AMEN.
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Compassionate, Forgiving God, we trespass on your mercy and take your favor for granted. We think only of ourselves. We forget the lessons of those who came before us, and ignore our responsibility to those who will follow us. We grow proud and seek power. We do not see the destruction of our actions and how it distances us from you. We do not recognize our hunger for what it is, or where it leads us. We grow faint. Bring us home to you, Merciful Beloved. AMEN
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
The Holy One forgives and bestows favor on each of us, even and especially when we are lowly in spirit. We are blessed from generation to generation by the Mighty One, whose strength and mercy are forever. AMEN
OPENNING HYMN: PREPARE THE WAY O ZION
LIGHTING OF THE CANDLE OF LOVE AND PEACE
OUR FIRST LESSON IS TAKEN FROM 2 SAMUEL 7: 1 – 11, 16
7Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, 2the king said to the prophet Nathan, “See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.” 3Nathan said to the king, “Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.”
4But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: 5Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? 6I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. 7Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?” 8Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; 9and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 10And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, 11from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. 16Your house and your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me; your throne shall be established forever.
OUR SECOND LESSON IS TAKEN FROM PAUL’S LETTER TO THE ROMANS 16: 25 – 27
25Now to God who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26but is now disclosed, and through the prophetic writings is made known to all the Gentiles, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27to the only wise God, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever! Amen.
OUR GOSPEL IS TAKEN FROM THE BOOK OF LUKE 1: 26 – 38
26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, 27to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29But she was much perplexed by his words and pondered what sort of greeting this might be. 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And now, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David. 33He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35The angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called Son of God. 36And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38Then Mary said, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
HYMN OF RESPONSE: O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL
MESSAGE
OFFERTORY HYMN: COME, THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS
OFFERING OF THE PEOPLE
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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
INVITATION TO COMMUNION
LORD’S PRAYER
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
DISTRIBUTION
PRAYER AFTER DISTRIBUTION
CLOSING HYMN: HOPE IS A STAR
BENEDICTION
POSTLUDE

  We praise God that you were able to join us for worship this evening.  Our prayer always is that some part of this experience touched your heart and soul in some way.  

If you would like to share your experience please call us at 604 739 7959 or email us at info@christalive.ca .

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Monthly Community Breakfast

Each month we participate in a community food distribution program.
On the Sunday preceding the issue of welfare cheques, we participate in a community breakfast with Central Presbyterian Church at 1155 Thurlow Street. Serving begins at 8:00 am and continues till 9:30.  If you would like to participate, you can come on Saturday and peel potatoes and set up beginning 8:30 am or Sunday at 7:15 am

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Weekly Worship/Communion Service

7:15 pm – Sundays

 

1155 Thurlow Street, (One block north of Davie St.)

Vancouver, BC  V6E 1X2

Telephone:

604 – 739 – 7959

 

 

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