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December 8, 2013
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
WELCOME “Prepare the Way of the Lord “(#10 VU)
CALL TO WORSHIP
Outside the snow is deep, and underneath the ground is frozen.
Inside the tree lights glow, and the fellowship warms our hearts
In the middle of the winter, when the world seems to be asleep,
we come together to celebrate life that comes in surprising ways and places.
Come and worship, come and worship, worship God who brings us life.
LIFE & WORK OF THE CONGREGATION
WE GREET EACH OTHER WITH CHRIST'S PEACE
ADVENT CANDLES (Youth Group)
Everlasting God, as the evergreen is alive in all seasons, may we always be alive to your presence, ever-mindful of the wonders of creation that we find all around us. Help us to find new life in times that seem cold and lifeless. Help us to have hopes for peace in the midst of turmoil and strife; For we pray in the name of Christ, who is alive forever. Amen.
Gathering Hymn: “There's A Voice in the Wilderness” (#18 VU)
WE SHARE AS GOD’S CHILDREN THE BIBLE’S STORY IN WORD AND IN SONG:
MUSIC MINISTRY: “Hydom, Hydom” Jr. Choir
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
Today we welcome through Baptism:
Amelia Anne Roth
Daughter of Allen & Courtney
PRAYER FOR AND ASSURANCE OF GRACE
God of life who wills new life to be.
Sometimes our world does a better job of showing us disasters than new life springing forth.
Through love created; born a child.
In this Christmas season we await the birth of a child, but also we look for signs of hope, peace, joy and love.
God of power, whose Spirit you have sent,
flowing through the water of baptism, coursing through the blood in our veins.
As we prepare for the coming child, fill us with your wisdom.
So that we can be aware of the life that never goes away.
AS we celebrate the gift of life in baptism,
may we be surprised by life in new and unexpected places.
And may we live in hope, for where there is life...
there is hope. Amen.
Luke 1:5-17, 24-25
SERMON Green and Lively
Hymn “O Tannenbaum” (See Insert)
WE EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO GOD AND PREPARE FOR MINISTRY IN THE WORLD
Dedication Offering Hymn: “White Gift Hymn for Advent” (see insert)
Sharing of Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of the People
Hymn: “O Come O Come Emmanuel” (#1 VU) Verses 1,3,5,7
As we leave this time of worship,
we go from the warmth of the indoors into the winter wonderland that surrounds us
As we continue to prepare for the Christmas festival,
we keep our eyes and ears open for the signs of new life that surround us.
We echo the ancient cry:
Come Emmanuel, Come God-With-Us.
May God walk with you as we prepare for the first cry of a newborn in a stable.
Sung Benediction: Saviour Dwell with Us (See Insert)