St. Paul's United Church

United Church of Canada

10206 100 Avenue
Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada T8V 0V6


The United Church
of Canada/L'Église
Unie du Canada
St. Paul's building

If you have a prayer request, please write it down in our prayer book on the table at the entrance into worship. Your needs will be added to our community prayer. Thank you

Our Prayers are offered for, Betty & Bob Wilson, Jim and Valerie Jenner, Heather Waldie, Hazel Bloomfield

December 21, 2014

Putting one foot in front of the other, we will continue to walk on the path Christ has set for us. The People of St. Paul’s will: Belong…Believe….Love…..Lead

WE APPROACH OUR GRACIOUS GOD

PRELUDE

WELCOME: Look Toward Christmas       See insert

LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

As people of love, we gather for worship.

We continue to walk the road to Bethlehem and a baby in a manger

Here we learn about Joseph and Mary, and the surprise God had for them.

Here we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, God's love put into flesh.

As we gather to celebrate we share the love of God with friend and stranger as we exchange words and signs of God's peace...

WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH THE PEACE OF CHRIST

 

LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLES

Advent Candle Readings http://marthaspong.com/2014/11/01/advent-wreath-liturgies-nl-year-1/

 

OPENING PRAYER

God of love,

the world cries out for love, for a love that will never let go.

God of love,

in this time together, open our eyes and hearts to see the power and possibilities of love.

God of love,

and then send us back out, refreshed and renewed, to spread love and joy, hope and peace this Christmas season.

We pray in the name of Jesus, Love Incarnate, whose birth is imminent, and who taught us to pray saying...

LORD'S PRAYER

 

Gathering Hymn VU60 O Come All Ye Faithful

 

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

A TIME FOR THE YOUNG AT HEART

Hymn Joseph's Song     See insert

 

SCRIPTURE LESSONS

Luke 1:26-38

Matthew 1:18-25

 

MUSIC MINISTRY: “Little Drummer Boy”

 

SERMON He Said She Said

 

Hymn VU73 The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy

 

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

THE OFFERING

Mission Minute                                    

The Invitation:

Dedication Offering Hymn MV158 Dream a Dream (Verses 2&4)

 

Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns

Prayers of the People

 

Hymn VU59 Joy to the World

 

COMMISSIONING:

The time is near.  The birth is just days away!

We enter the last stages of preparing for Christmas.

Joseph and Mary were surprised by how God chose to break into their world.

In the middle of the Christmas hustle we will keep our eyes open for God to surprise us too.

As we go out into the world of white and red and green,

we go listening for angel song, we go ready to share the Good News that a baby is born.

And may the God of Christmas Love go with you.

God Bless us, Every One.  Amen.

 

Sung Benediction: No Obvious Angels     See insert verses 2 and 3

POSTLUDE