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
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.
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
Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People
Hymn VU 215 Hope of the World (vss 1,2,3,5)
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
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