Church Bulletin for  Dec. 17, 2017


Clinton United Church

Sunday, December 17, 2017

    ADVENT III        

MINISTER                         REV. RANDY COVEY              rcovey@clintonunited.ca

CHILDREN & YOUTH    KATHY DOUGLAS                   kathymdouglas@hotmail.com 

DIRECTOR of MUSIC     LOUISE DOCKSTADER

CHURCH SECRETARY    MARILYN SEEBACH                mseebach@clintonunited.ca

CHURCH  519-482-9553      www.clintonunited.ca  Rev. Covey Cell   519-441-1737    

**indicates to stand if you are able

 

Hearing assistive devices are available; please ask an usher for help

Jr Kids in the Kitchen (Gr 3-5) with Kathy D

 WE PREPARE TO WORSHIP

GATHERING SONG (7VU)(please remain seated) 

Peace is a ribbon that circles the earth,

giving a promise of safety and worth.

When God is a child there's joy in our song.

The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong,

and none shall be afraid.

WELCOME AND GREETING - LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH

CALL TO WORSHIP and PRAYER OF APPROACH

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God 

and the communion of the Holy spirit be with you all. 

    And also with you.

Into the world's shadowed places 

comes the Advent light of Jesus Christ.

    Jesus came, bringing us joy.

The light of joy, where the laughter of children 

has been silenced and frowns have replaced smiles. 

    Jesus came, bringing us joy.

The light of joy, which breaks free in singing 

and celebration within the faith community.

    Jesus came, bringing us joy.

The light of joy that brings the scattered family together 

and replaces loneliness with friendship.

    God's joy comes to us in the light of Jesus Christ.

Let us pray:

God of joy, on this third Sunday of Advent, when everything seems to be speeding up, draw near to us and quiet us that we may feel your presence and be reminded that what we are hurrying toward is somehow here already. Cradle us in the love we seek, that we may be loving in our intentions, in our conversations, in our actions...Our Father...Amen.

**Opening Hymn #29    “Hark the Glad”

WORDS OF ASSURANCE AND GOD’S GRACE

God invites us to a new world: Through angel singing and a star shining; through a lowly birth and hope-filled parents; through a young life lived in love, God invites us to a new world. As we embrace this love lived, this acceptance shared, a new world emerges. God's kingdom is at hand.  Thanks be to God!   

WE LISTEN

CHILDREN’S TIME: We sing #6    “A Candle is Burning” vs 3

SCRIPTURE READINGS

Psalm of Reflection:    Psalm 126 (Ref 2)       850 VU        

First Lesson:        Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11       724 OT  Lexie Murch

Second Lesson:    1 Thess 5: 16-24       256 NT       

    For the word of God in Scripture,

    For the word of God among us,

    For the word of God within us, Thanks be to God.

Sermon:    ADVENT JOY IS ABOUT SINGING JOY

CHOIR ANTHEM  “Rejoice and Sing Noel”

 

This morning, as we light our candles, we share them with other people in other faiths, who also celebrate life and love and joy.

 

Special Music     “Rise Up Shepherds and Follow”    The Hearn Family

 

First Candle: Hanukkah

As we light this candle of hope: 

    May we honour those whose hearts celebrate Hanukkah. 

 

We sing #1    “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”  (vs 1,3,5)

 

Second Candle: Kwanza

As we light this candle of peace: 

    May we honour those whose hearts celebrate Kwanza.

 

We sing #507    “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples” (vs 1,3)

 

Third Candle: Christmas

As we light this candle of joy: 

    May we honour those whose hearts celebrate Christmas.

 

Special Music “Take a Walk Through Bethlehem”   Paul, Bob and Gary  

 

Fourth Candle: Indigenous Spirituality

As we light this candle of love: 

    May we celebrate those whose hearts celebrate Indigenous     Spirituality.

 

Choir Anthem  (Louise to send the name)

 

Fifth Candle: Celebration

As we light this candle of celebration: 

  May we honour the celebrations of our neighbours in ways that

  will bring us closer to one another – in a spirit of understanding

  that holds meaning in our hearts – at this time of year, 

  and all year long. Amen.

 

We sing MV57 “I'll Praise Eternal God”   x2 (sing Aleluia at end)

I’ll praise eternal God with all my heart,

And I will recount your marvelous works and glorify your name,

I’ll praise eternal God with all my heart.

I’ll make you, my Lord, the subject of my joy.      Alleluia!

 

(This morning's material was written by Mary Jo Harrison, St. Andrew's UC, Truro, NS -adapted)

WE RESPOND

OFFERTORY Hymn #542     We Give You But Your Own

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE  148VU   Jesus, Remember Me

    After prayer:  Sing Amen (431VU)

WE ARE SENT OUT

**CLOSING HYMN #57    “Oh, How Joyfully”

BENEDICTION        

Shine, Advent Candles, shine. Glow throughout the year.

Shine, Advent Candles, shine for Christ will soon appear.

Come and touch our hearts with hope and joy and love.

Shine, Advent Candles, shine, Advent candles, Glow throughout the year.

Amen, Amen, Amen. 

 

A big thankyou to all the volunteers who have helped with the Christmas Bureau the last 2 weeks.  Without your help and the generous donations of everyone the success we have shared would not be possible.

  Rosemary & Dianne

Ushers  Clayton & Jane Groves, Kevin Dutot  Elevator  Murray Forbes 

Coffee  Stan & June Johns    Next Week   Lucy Sage, Nancy Turner

 

CHRISTMAS SCHEDULE

Sunday, Dec 24 Advent IV  10:30 am 

Kathy leading a SS program for all ages.

Sunday, Dec 24   Christmas Eve   7:30 PM The Story of Christmas with our Sunday School stars . . .  Communion . . .   and Music

Thursday, Dec 28  9-noon  Fun Morning at Clinton UC.  

    All ages (no younger than 3, please)

**If you can help with chaperoning or programming for Thursday Fun Morning (Dec 28), please let me know.  THANKS Kathy

Sunday, 31 9:30 am    Worship around the Breakfast Table ~ gather in the hall for a Potluck   No nursery or Sunday School

Note from Finance:  you will have an opportunity to bring your 2017 givings up to date.  The last day to drop off donations at the church will be the 28th, December 24, or Christmas Eve.  Church OFFICE NOT open 25, 26, 27th.    Regular hours 28th 9-3pm.    Secretary/Treasurer office will be closed December 29th till January 8th 

M&S year to date total is $31,425.  Our 2017 pledge was set at $25,000.   WELL DONE EVERYONE!

 

Request for visits – know someone who needs a visit?  Notify Church office or contact Randy @ 519-441-1737

Message from Official Board….  ALL committees needs your help.  Members  needed to serve on a committee on either Christian Ed, Outreach, Pastoral Care, Property & Finance and Worship & Music.  Please consider your time.  Contact Maarten or Marilyn.  

THE CHURCH CUP Huron Perth United Church Hockey Tournament 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9am-1pm @ Blyth Arena

(co-ed, 15 and under, 4 team members must be under 10) See bulletin board for info

HURONSONG Christmas Concerts

                      Goderich                                                                    Seaforth

           Sunday, Dec. 17, 2:30 pm                                     Monday, Dec. 18, 7:30 pm

           Lakeshore United                                                 Northside United

           with Glister Children’s Chorus                            with Meghan De Jager & friends

Benefit for Huron Women’s Shelter     Admission: Freewill Donation

 

The new 2018 offering envelopes are available for pick up at the front entrance. There has been a change in the format of the envelopes. They will no longer include the weekly date on the envelope.  We would ask you to put the date of your offering on the envelopes on the weeks you use them. You will be able to keep using the envelopes in the box until they are all used even into the next calendar year. We hope this will offer more flexibility and efficiency. There will be an order made at the end of next year for those who will need new boxes for the next year.