December 31 2023 -“The fullness of time?”

2023-12-31 “The fulness of time^” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

WE HOPE that everyone has had a joyful Christmas, remembering the birth of our one and only Savior, Jesus Christ.  May God pour out His grace upon us by enabling our faith in His son to continue deepening in the coming New Year.  

OUR RESPONSIVE READING is taken from Psalm 148, “Praise the Name of the Lord.”  Psalm 148 issues a universal call to worship, inviting all of creation to praise the Creator.  This cosmic hymn finds its fulfillment in the birth of Jesus, where a multitude of angels, shepherds, and wise men unite in acknowledging and honouring the newborn King, and will reach its climax at His return.  One commentator notes: “Though moderns tend to think of worship as the response of rational creatures to their God, this psalm rather regards worship as virtually inherent in the world’s structure.”  

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” – Revelation 4: 11


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 160: “Unto us a child is born”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 161: “What child is this”
Responsive Reading: Psalm 148
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 61: 10 – 62: 3 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
Galatians 4: 4-7
Luke 2: 22-40 ESV
Sermon: “The fulness of time?”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn: “The presentation of our Lord” (Sung to Tune 245 – St. Fulbert)
Offering and Offertory – “Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme”; J. S. Bach
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “My times are in your hand” (Sung to Tune 277 – St. Michael)
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude