Dec. 4th Service

Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.

with Pastor Doug Ferris

Music Director: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers

December 4, 2022
This weeks service will appear here at 9:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Please note, weekly services are recorded from Eldad United Church only.

PRE-SERVICE: WE PREPARE FOR WORSHIP

Pre-Service Reflection and Prayer: Breathe Deeply, Read Silently, Reflect Personally, Pray Thankfully.

“Hear what the Lord will speak, for God will speak peace to God’s people, to the faithful, to those who turn to God in their hearts. surely God’s salvation is at hand for those who fear God, that God’s glory may dwell in our land. Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other; faithfulness will spring up from the ground and righteousness will look down from the sky.
(Psalm 85: 7-11 Selections)
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GATHERING AND WELCOME

Welcome! May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.
And also with you.

ANNOUNCEMENTS and CELEBRATIONS
CANDLE LIGHTING: THE ADVENT CANDLE OF PEACE

Members of the Body of Christ in Celebration of Advent, the Coming of the Light, today we light this Advent candle of Peace, that all may know peace, and look toward the Prince of Peace in the arrival of Christ, who is our peace, and who has broken down every wall. Thanks be to God for the peace of Christ, Amen..

Acknowledgement of the Land
The East Central Ontario Regional Council (ECORC) of the United Church of Canada acknowledges that its buildings and ministries are on traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples.

CALL TO WORSHIP

One: Come as an Advent people; let us praise the God of Peace as one.
ALL:      We have come with glad and thankful hearts on this Advent Day of Peace.
One: Join in as we follow the light of Peace, made known in the Child born in Bethlehem.
ALL:      We will walk with the Wise Ones who follow the Light on the Prince of Peace.
One:  Let us sing praises to God and live in the light of Peace that shines through Jesus, the Christ.

ALL:      Amen.

CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER OF APPROACH: Let us join in prayer

One: God of Light and Life and Ancient Promise, your vision of peace and wholeness comes to us in sweeping revelations and in enlightened signs of unquenchable fire.
ALL: 
   Kindle our hearts with the light of Advent that we might share in the peace of God’s people.
One:  In your light, may we await the peace that comes through the glory of your appearing.
ALL:      May we celebrate Your peace through the light of Christ and the Spirit of fire.  Amen.

HYMN OF APPROACH: Voices United #333Love Divine, All Love Excelling

PRAYERS OF CONFESSION AND AFFIRMATION

One: God of unconditional Love, we measure our love against yours:
ALL:     Your love is vulnerable, helpless as a new-born babe..
One:  Our love is often cautious, well defended.
ALL:     Your love is offered humbly.
One: We often seek to impress with our devotion.
ALL:     Your love is free.
One: Our love often comes with conditions or with strings attached.
ALL:     Lord, forgive us. Heal our imperfect loves, purify our hearts, and teach us to love you as you have loved us. Amen.

WORDS OF ASSURANCE AND FORGIVENESS IN CHRIST

One: Friends, this is the Good News of the Advent season: the Peace that comes in Christ offers forgiveness of sin, and new life for all who seek God’s abundant love. Let us commit ourselves to the light and life of peace in Christ..
ALL:     Thanks be to the God who comes to us in a manger bringing the new life of peace. Amen.

PASSING THE PEACE

One:  Jesus, who came as the Prince of Peace in a little child, promised: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you so do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. In the hope of Advent, may the peace of Christ be with you all.
ALL:        And also with you.
One:  Let us greet one another with the Peace of Christ this advent of the Spirit of Peace.

WORDS FOR THE YOUNG–AND EVERYONE: Peace: The Gift Given through new life in Christ

HYMN OF DEVOTION: Voices United #28 “Herald, Sound the Note of Gladness

MINISTRY OF THE WORD
PRAYER OF ENLIGHTENMENT AND LECTIONARY READINGS:
One: Spirit of Wisdom that soared over the primordial waters of Creation, Spirit of Christ that swept over the disciples at Pentecost, Breath of Christ that carries the words of life, may the breath of your words fill us with the Peace of Advent, as your spirit dwells within.
ALL:     Amen.

Isaiah 39: 1–8 (Selections)     (click here for scripture readings)
Matthew 3: 1–12

One: This is the Word of God for the people of God.
ALL:     Thanks be to God for the Word.

PRAYER OF ILLUMINATION AND SUNDAY MESSAGE: “Not: ‘Peace in OUR Time,’ But ‘Peace for ALL Time”
 
PRAYER OF RESPONSE:
ALL:      God of wisdom and the Word, we hear your words of life today. May the word implanted reconcile, save and make new as Christ the Living Word works in us and others by the Spirit. Amen.
RESPONSIVE HYMN: Voices United #288 Great Is Thy Faitfulness
THE CHURCH RESPONDS TO THE WORD

THANKSGIVING AND DEDICATION

Minute for Missions, Messages from Ministries, and receiving gifts offered to the work of the ministry:

ALL: (Sung Response): “What Can I Do?” More Voices 191

What can I do? What can I bring?/   What can I say? What can I sing?
I’ll sing with joy, I’ll say a prayer/   I’ll bring my love, I’ll do my share!

OFFERING PRAYERS AND THANKSGIVING FOR GIFTS TO THE WORK OF THE MINISTRY

One:  Lavish and exuberant God, we give you thanks for your abundant care for us. Today, we bring to you the ordinary things of life: food, drink, money, and in bringing them, we also bring ourselves. Take us and use our gifts to do your work in this place, and around the world. In the name of the all-giving Christ we pray, amen.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE and THE PRAYER OF JESUS

One:  The Scriptures remind that, ‘the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. Therefore, let us pray, and let us do so asking that God will shape us in the image of our prayers. Let us pray:
One:  Loving Spirit, Light of Advent, Hope of the World, we unite in praise for our hope in Christ.
ALL:        We pray for all who seek to realize the peace of Christ in their lives. For those who seek peace from the conflict of war in Ukraine and other parts of the world, for those who seek peace from distress in their family and social relationships, for those who seek peace from discord in their inmost heart. Prince of Peace, we pray for peace in this season of peace for all.
One:  Loving and caring God, we pray for those in need of peace, who mourn the loss of a loved one, who grieve the end of a relationship; who worry for the wellbeing of their friends, and for those who are anxious about the health and well being of a family member.
ALL:         We pray for those who are overwhelmed by illness, disability, stress, and the continuing uncertainty of the pandemic and its effects. We pray for peace.
One:   Prepare among us, O God, the path of hope, so that we may extend a loving hand to those without hope at this time of year, and all year through.
ALL:        Give us your eyes to see the opportunities to minister and the wisdom to know the best way to support others.
One:  Hear our thanks, as we turn to you, and as we remember in a moment of silence, the blessings that we enjoy and the answered prayers that we have seen, knowing that hope comes from faith, of love extended, and of prayers answered. And we give thanks to you quietly or aloud in gratitude for the delight of simple moments, simple blessings and simple joys that we encounter from you.

[All:  A moment of silent reflection or voluntary praise and prayer . . .]

One:  Spirit of Peace, we pray that you release peace in our hearts as we witness the fulfillment of our prayers of faith, and as we continue to worship you in our thoughts, words, and actions through the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray, saying: 
ALL:        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. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, Amen.

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH IN THE SCRIPTURES, TRUTH, AND CREEDS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH:
One: With Christians throughout time, we affirm our belief in the Old and New Testaments as primary standards of Christian faith and life, and in the poetic language of “A Song of Faith..” Let us declare our shared faith together:

We sing of a church seeking to continue the story of Jesus by embodying Christ’s presence in the world. We are called together by Christ as a community of broken but hopeful believers, loving what he loved, living what he taught, striving to be faithful servants of God in our time and place. Our ancestors in faith bequeath to us experiences of their faithful living; upon their lives our lives are built. Our living of the gospel makes us a part of this communion of saints, experiencing the fulfilment of God’s reign even as we actively anticipate a new heaven and an a new earth.
Grateful for God’s loving action, we cannot keep from singing.

SENDING FORTH INTO THE MINISTRY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST

HYMN OF COMMISSIONING: Voices United #507 Today We All are Called to Be Disciples

BENEDICTION & BLESSING

Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May God’s face shine upon you and be gracious to you.

May God’s countenance look upon you with kindness, and give you peace. Amen.

CHORALE BLESSING (“Go Now in Peace”)

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

THE CONCLUSION OF WORSHIP & THE BEGINNING OF MINISTRY FOR ALL IN CHRIST