This Sunday marks the fourth week of Advent. Please join with us as we light the candle of love and think about the kind of love Jesus brings us for today and for the future.
On Sunday we will be having a Communion service lead by Major the Rev. Andrew Cameron, a Presbyterian minister serving as a chaplain (padre) with the Canadian Armed Forces.
Our Gospel lesson for this Sunday is taken from Matthew 1: 18-25, the miraculous birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
God’s love for us is on full display as we commemorate his birth. “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” – 1 John 4: 9-10
Order of Service
Prelude Call to Worship Lighting of the 4th Advent Candle Prayers of Adoration & Confession Declaration of Grace Choir Anthem: “In the Bleak Midwinter” Children’s time Hymn 110: “Come thou long-expected Jesus” Responsive reading: Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19 Isaiah 7: 10-16 Matthew 1: 18-25 Hymn 121: “Long ago prophets knew” Sermon: “Love in the face of adversity” Offertory Prayers of the people Invitation to Communion Hymn 542: “Let all Mortal Flesh keep silence” Communion Hymn 134: “Lord you were rich” Benediction Go now in Peace Postlude
Tomorrow is the third Sunday in Advent. Please join with us as we light the candle of Joy and think about the kind of joy Jesus brings us for today and for the future.
In the painting above, by tot Sint Jans Geertgen, John the Baptist isn’t in prison but in a rather idealized wilderness. It’s interesting, though, that the artist has painted a lamb sitting beside John the Baptist. Even as John struggles with his doubts and questions,Jesus, the lamb of God, is there with him. Jesus is not fazed by our doubts and questions. As we hear the story of John’s questions while he’s in a very hard place (prison), we hear Jesus’ response to John and are reminded again of where to look to find our joy.
Order of Service
Prelude Call to Worship & lighting of the Advent candle Prayers of Adoration and Confession Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer Children’s time Hymn 122: “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel” (vs. 1,3,5,6,7) Responsive reading: Psalm 146: 5-10 Gloria Patri Isaiah 35: 1-10 Matthew 11: 2-11 Hymn 507: “Break now the bread of life” Sermon: “Joy in believing” Hymn 665: “Lord Jesus, you shall be my song” (vs. 1-2 Fr; 3-4 Eng.) Offertory Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession Hymn 118: “Hark the glad sound” Benediction “Go now in peace” Postlude
This Sunday, we welcome the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk to lead us again in worship.
Our gospel lesson this week is taken from Matthew 3:1-12, where John the Baptist prepares the way for our Lord. Before John the Baptist came onto the scene, paved the way, and pointed people to the promised Messiah, there was a 400 year gap of silence in Israel, where they were left without a prophet, and under a cloud of darkness (this is known as the intertestamental period; between the last book of Malachi (5th century BC), to the preaching of John the Baptist in the first century). Out of the darkness came light.
“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” – Matthew 3:1-3
The time of waiting was over, and the promised One, Jesus Christ, the light of the world was finally here!
Join us as we light the candle of peace, and think about what kind of peace Jesus brings us for today and for the future.
Order of Service
Prelude Call to Worship & lighting of the Advent candle Hymn 128: “There’s a voice in the wilderness calling” Prayer of Adoration and Confession Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer Responsive reading: Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19 Gloria Patri Isaiah 11: 1-10 Romans 15: 4-13 Gospel Lesson: Matthew 3: 1-12 Children’s story Hymn 115: “Hail to the Lord’s anointed” Sermon: Popularity is not at the top of the list Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed Hymn 151: “Lo how a rose e’er blooming” Offertory Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession Hymn 126: “On Jordan’s bank” Benediction Go now in peace Postlude
This Sunday, we welcome Edythe Arnott to lead us in worship.
This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. The word advent comes from the Latin term adventus, meaning “arrival” or “coming”, with a particular emphasis on something great and important. But the term is marked with a deeper, fuller and richer meaning. The term adventus was also a ceremony in ancient Rome, in which an emperor was formally welcomed into a city either during a progress (a royal journey marked by pomp and pageant) or after a successful military campaign.
This word advent is fitting, for Jesus Christ our risen Lord has conquered death, and in Him we are made victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57), and in this season of Advent, we not only hope and anticipate for His second coming, but we also prepare for the celebration of His birth (his first coming). The celebration of Advent can trace its roots all the way back to the fifth century AD.
Join us as we light the candle of hope, and think about what kind of hope Jesus brings us for today and for the future.
Order of Service
Prelude Call to Worship Lighting of the Advent candle Hymn 124: “People in darkness” Prayer of Adoration and Confession Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer Responsive reading: Psalm 122 Gloria Patri Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5 New Testament Reading: Matthew 24: 36-44 Hymn 416: “Blessed Jesus, at your word” Sermon: “Ready for Advent” Hymn 661: “We give thee but thine own” Offertory Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession Hymn 110: “Come, thou long-expected Jesus” Benediction Postlude