Church Bulletin for Dec. 17, 2017
Clinton United Church
Sunday, December 17, 2017
MINISTER REV. RANDY COVEY email@example.com
CHILDREN & YOUTH KATHY DOUGLAS firstname.lastname@example.org
DIRECTOR of MUSIC LOUISE DOCKSTADER
CHURCH SECRETARY MARILYN SEEBACH email@example.com
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!
CHILDREN’S TIME: We sing #6 “A Candle is Burning” vs 3
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)
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”
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
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
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.