December 24 , 2017 Morning Bulletin

St. Andrew’s United Church

60 Athabasca Street East, Moose Jaw, SK, S6H 0L2

Telephone: 306-692-0533*E-mail: st.andrews.mj@sasktel.net

Minister:  Rev. Jim Tenford *Music Director:  Karen Purdy

Welcome to Sunday Morning Worship

December 24th, 2017 * 10:30 am

MISSION STATEMENT

“St. Andrew’s United Church is a progressive worshiping community

dedicated to spiritual growth, caring, and inclusivity that is providing

outreach to the community and the world”

 

Large print bulletins available for those with visual and audio difficulties. Please see a greeter for a copy.

 

Leader reads plain text; people respond at bold text.

*Congregation please stand, as each is able at the places marked *.

 

Words of Welcome, Introduction of Guests & Minute Speak

 

Celebration Box:

Congratulations to you, May the dear Lord bless you

May God’s special blessing, Descend upon you.

 

Call to Worship:

May the love of God be with you all.

        And also with you.

People look east, the time is near,

        for the coming of the one who brings salvation.

Salvation to the lonely:

        The good news that God is with us.

Salvation to the poor of spirit:

        The good news that we are lifted up and refreshed    with Gods grace.

Salvation for those who fear:

        The good news that we no longer need to fear, for   Christ the liberator is here!

 

*Hymn:   VU#28   “Herald! Sound the Note of Gladness”

Opening Prayer:

Holy God, your love is the energy that enlivens the universe.  It flows through us, around us, it holds us and inspires us.  In our busyness, we pause to feel your love and give thanks for its sustaining power.

We give thanks that long ago, your love for us became so strong it coalesced into the form of a baby. This child would grow to be a symbol of your love.  We pause to remember, to give thanks, and listen for the voice of love spoken through Jesus.

…We pray to you who is our mother and our father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

 

 

Act 1: The Announcement

 

 

*Hymn:  VU #68   “ All Poor Ones And Humble”

 

 

Act 2: The Journey To Bethlehem

 

 

*Hymn:  VU #47   “Still, Still, Still”

 

 

Act 3: The Birth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacrament of Baptism

 

Passing of the peace

 

The sacrament of baptism proclaims and celebrates the grace of God.  By water and spirit,

        we are called claimed and commissioned

We are called to be God’s own, welcomed as children of God;

        we are invited to walk the path of rebirth, united      with Christ each new day.

We are united with each other in Christian community, commissioned to Christian ministry

        A ministry of love, peace and justice, strengthened    by the Holy Spirit, for the work of the church and        the world.

 

Presentation

 

Commitment of parents

Do you believe in God, source of love,

In Jesus Christ, love incarnate?

and in the holy spirit, love’s power?

 

Parents’ response: We will, God being my helper

 

Will you share your faith with Ava, encourage and guide her by your words and actions, and walk with her in the way of Jesus?

 

Parents’ response: We will, God being my helper

 

 

 

Commitment of the congregation

 

Jesus Christ calls us to make God’s love known to all people and to offer God’s gift of grace in baptism.  Do you who witness and celebrate this sacrament, promise this family your prayers when they are far from us, your care when they are close, and your love no matter where they may be?

 

Congregation’s response: We do, by the grace of God

 

A New Creed   (VU Page 918)

We are not alone,

we live in God’s world.

 

We believe in God:

who has created and is creating,

who has come in Jesus,

the Word made flesh,

to reconcile and make new,

who works in us and others

by the Spirit.

 

We trust in God.

 

We are called to be the Church:

to celebrate God’s presence,

to live with respect in Creation,

to love and serve others,

to seek justice and resist evil,

to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,

our judge and our hope.

 

In life, in death, in life beyond death,

God is with us.

We are not alone.

 

Thanks be to God.

Prayer

 

Act of Baptism

 

*Hymn:  VU        #9      “People Look East”

 

Act 4:        We’ve Got Visitors

 

Call to Offering

Offering Hymn:      VU# 55  Verse 4

What can I give him, poor as I am?

If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;

if I were a wise man, I would do my part;

yet what I can I give him – give my heart.

 

Act 5: God’s love

 

Advent Candle Lighting

 

*Hymn:   VU#7   (Verses 1-4)     “Hope Is a Star”

 

Benediction and Sending

 

Welcome Guests & Visitors

St. Andrew’s United Church is always pleased to

welcome our guests & visitors.   After the service, please join us in the Lounge and Court for coffee and conversation.

 

Notes of Thanks

Thank you to everyone who participated in today’s worship service.   Thank you to Doris and Dale Hall for sponsoring this Sunday’s worship bulletin cover.

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer requests for this week from the Conference Office:

South Saskatchewan

Wascana:        Hospital Chaplaincy

Twin Valley: Prairie Points (Creelman, Fillmore)

Tamarack:    Prince Albert: Wesley

 

 

Attendance: 78

 

 

 

 

Events for St. Andrew’s Sunday, Dec. 24th to 31st, 2017

Sun Dec. 24th

 

10:30a Advent IV Worship Service Reader:  Karen Mundt
       
Sun Dec. 24th 10:30a Advent IV &

Christmas Eve Morning service

Reader:  Karen Mundt

    8:00p Christmas Eve Evening

Candlelighting & Communion

 

Mon Dec. 25th Christmas Day – Office Closed
   

9:00a

 

Christmas Inn Preparations

    3:30p Christmas Inn Dinner
Tues Dec. 26th Boxing Day – Office Closed
Wed Dec. 27th Church Office reopens
Sat Dec. 30th   4:00p Wedding Rehearsal
Sun Dec. 31st 10:30a New Year’s Eve

Worship Service

      2:00p Wedding
Mon Jan. 1st New Year’s Day – Office closed
Tues Jan. 2nd   9:00a Church Office Open

 

2018 Calendars: 

Margaret Scott has gifted the Church with a variety of calendars.  If you would like a calendar please come to the Church office to pick one.   Examples:  CNIB Guide Dogs, (CWF) Wildlife, Magnificent Mountains, Country Scenes, Around the World (Oxfam), & Rescued Animals.

 

CHRISTMAS INN:  Monday, Dec. 25th, 3:30pm.

Please contact Dawn-Nica Mathieson 306-691-0386

 

Year End Giving to Mission & Service:

“Gifts with Vision” catalogue published by Mission & Service We have received a few copies which have been placed on the bulletin board by the Harmony Room.  The catalogue has great ideas for year round giving.

 

2018 Numbered Offering Envelopes:

Next year’s offering envelopes will be in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. They will be distributed by a member(s) of the Finance committee.  If you do not have a set of numbered offering envelopes and would like a set, there are some available.

Year End for 2017

The year-end final date for 2017 givings is Sunday,

Dec. 31st, 2017.  If you are planning to make a special donation please note this date.  The finance committee wishes to thank everyone for their generosity during 2017 and we look forward to a bright and blessed new year in 2018.