Bulletin for November 29th, 2020

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Through Faith, we walk on the path Jesus set for us.
The People of St. Paul’s Belong… Believe…Love ..Listen… Lead

 

 

 

WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD

PRELUDE

WELCOME

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

CALL TO WORSHIP
As the days get shorter, we prepare again for the wonder of Christmas
Waiting for a birth, waiting for the world to be changed.
This year the celebration will be different.
Covid-tide has changed how we connect with each other and added worries to life
Still we are called to gather for worship, to hear God’s promise of Hope
Hope that meets us where we are and leads us into the future.
Come, let us worship together…

LIGHTING THE ADVENT CANDLES
(from https://giftsinopenhands.wordpress.com/2020/10/30/13204/ by Maren Tirabassi, adapted )

MV90 Don’t Be Afraid
In our church and homes
we gather around wreaths
to pray our lost hopes,
broken peace, limited joys,
and love so hard to find and share,
in this season of coronavirus.  
We affirm that our candles mean
we claim the power to call this season Advent
when God’s light comes into the world
and nothing can overcome it.
We light the candle of hope in the face of …

(candle is lit)

God’s hope shines on hopelessness, and brightens the path toward peace.
Emmanuel, God be with us, in the week to come, lighting hope on the wick of our lives so that we may shine on our world. Amen

Gathering Hymn     VU  445     A Little Child the Saviour Came

WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:

SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
          We welcome through Baptism
          Wyatt Frederick William Nicholl
          Son of Elaine and Kenny

PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of Grace, you see our despair and come to offer us new hope.
O that you would tear open the heavens and come down, so that the mountains would quake at your presence
In a world disrupted by Covid-19, a world filled with injustice and fear, a world where we feel separated from our neighbours, we wonder what hope might look like.
Help us see hope in surprising places, as the world is changing around us.
In Grace shape us, mold us so that we are better able to follow the Way which leads to life.
we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.
God is at work here, today, in our midst. God brings us hope that conquers despair, forgiveness that allows us to start again and graciously invites us to join in shaping the world.
Thanks be to God! Amen.

SCRIPTURE LESSONS
        Isaiah 64:1-9
        Mark 13:24-37

MOMENT OF REFLECTION
(trusting that God is at work in our midst we allow the words we have heard to settle and stir in our souls)

SERMON Resetting Hope

Hymn     VU  2     Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD

THE OFFERING
                Mission Minute 
               The Invitation:

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

LORD’S PRAYER

Hymn     VU   215     Hope of the World   (vss 1,2,3,5)

COMMISSIONING:
Our worship concludes for today
and we go out to continue preparing for a baby who will change our lives.
Go into the world! Proclaim the Good News that is for all people, Emmanuel, God-With-Us, is coming.
We go to share God’s promise of Hope with a troubled world.
Go with God: Parent, Child, and Holy Spirit: Three-in-One and One-in Three
God’s Hope is with us so we need not be afraid.

Sung Benediction:     VU7      Hope Is a Star

POSTLUDE

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Previous Bulletins
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October
Bulletin for October 4th, 2020  – Worldwide Communion
Bulletin for October 11th, 2020 Thanksgiving Sunday
Bulletin for October 18th, 2020

November
Bulletin for November 1st, 2020 – All Saints Day
Bulletin for November 8th, 2020 
Bulletin for November 15th, 2020
Bulletin for November 22nd, 2020
Bulletin for November 29th, 2020 – Advent 1 – Hope