Prelude: “Take It In” Lyrics by Mary-Anne Rabe, arranged by John Kirstein
Introit: “Drummer Boy” arr. Diane Bish
Call to Worship: Lighting of the Advent Candles
Readers: The Murphy Family
One: On the first Sunday of Advent, we lit a candle for Hope.
On the second Sunday, we lit a candle for Peace.
On the third Sunday, we lit a candle for Joy.
Last Sunday, we lit a candle for Love.
Now the time has come to light a candle for Christ.
ALL: As the flame of the Christ candle begins to burn, the angels sing, and the shepherds draw near.
We, too, are here with Jesus to offer our gifts and to sing praise to God as they did so long ago in Bethlehem.
Carol: 154 Silent Night
Words of Welcome
Video: “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus” by The Skit Guys
FIRST LESSON: John’s Prologue — John 1:1-5
Reader: Will Thomson
Carol: 159 O Come All Ye Faithful (vs. 1 & 2)
SECOND LESSON: Jesus is Born — Luke 2:1-7
Readers: Brett & Chelsea White
Carol: 149 Away in a Manger
THIRD LESSON: The Shepherds — Luke 2:8-10
Readers: Isla Marinkovic, Connie Wardle & Acadia Foxall
Carol: 147 Angels We Have Heard on High (vs. 1 & 2)
FOURTH LESSON: The Wise Men — Matthew 2:1-12
Reader: Abby Murphy, Rory Murphy, Maya MacLachlan
Carol: 173 We Three Kings (vs. 1 & 5)
Joyfully Sharing Our God-Given Abundance
Invitation for the Offering
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Responsive Dedication of the Offering:
One: In this moment of worship we embrace Your presence again, O God.
ALL: And we offer You our love.
One: In this moment of prayer we proclaim again Your purpose for the world, O Saviour.
ALL: And we offer You our resources.
One: In this moment of giving we hear Your call again, O Lord.
ALL: And we offer You ourselves.
One: Use us — all that we have and all that we are to touch the world with the Christmas message:
ALL: God is love. God is with us. God will never leave us.
So, may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us all now and forever. Amen.
FIFTH LESSON: The Prophet — Isaiah 9:2, 6-7
Carol: 153 Joy to the World
Responsive Charge & Benediction
Postlude: We Wish You a Merry Christmas