St. James & St. John United Church
556 King George Highway ~ Miramichi, NB, E1V 1N3
PH. 622-1598 ~ Fax: 836-7711
stjjuc@nbnet.nb.ca
NEW WEBSITE: www.newcastlepastoralcharge.ca
St. James & St. John United Church

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS
Monday – Tuesday: 9- 1 PM
Thursday: 9-5 PM
Friday: 9-2 PM

December 15, 2019

WORSHIP LEADERS
Worship Leader: Rev. Alice Szemők
Music Ministry: Nancy Russell & Advent Choir
Greeters: Melanie & Darryl Shaddick
Counters for November: Janice & Randy O’Shea
Technical support: Earle Howe and David Watling

BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK:
“Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

Today’s Service
(* Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)

A warm welcome to all worshippers especially you who are here for the first time. We gather to worship in God’s presence sustained by the power of the Holy Spirit and encouraged through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
(*Indicates when to stand, if you are able.)
GREETING

ADVENT CANDLELIGHTING
The first candle on the Advent wreath is for hope and the second is for peace. The third candle we light is for joy. Advent is a season of waiting. Even as we wait for the fulfillment of all God’s good plans, we find joy in the work of God all around us. The Spirit calls us to joy in our vocations- paid and unpaid work, relationships, and service. We find joy in sharing the good news of Jesus Christ. We cherish the joy of Mary and Joseph, of Elizabeth and Zechariah, of the shepherds and the angels, and of the whole creation.
Rev. Alice lights candles

Holy and compassionate God, Your faithfulness in all things produces the harvest of our joy. We rejoice in You, always. Even in our seasons of doubt and darkness, we can find joy in the presence of Christ in our neighbors and the witness of the Holy Spirit in creation. Stir up our holy joy, that we may share it with all whom we encounter for the sake of Your gospel. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

*HYMN #7 V. 1, 2 & 3 “Hope is a Star”

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANTHEM Advent Choir “Nativity Carol”

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

*HYMN #5 “All Earth is Waiting”

SCRIPTURE
Nehemiah 8:1-12
James 5:7-10

SERMON ‘Joy’

PASTORAL PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER

*OFFERING HYMN #55 V. 4 “In the Bleak Midwinter”

DEDICATION
Most wonderful God, You have called us not to slavery but to liberty, not to grief but to joy. Please renew that call in our minds and hearts today, that as we serve You we may do it without anxiety, taking faith-risks to the glory of Your name. Amen

*BENEDICTION

*CLOSING HYMN #36 “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
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Upcoming Events and Services

Sunday 10 AM Fellowship with coffee at the St J&J Church
11 AM Worship Service at St J & J Church
11 AM Sunday School at the centre
7 PM Advent Choir practice at the church
Tuesday 6:00 – 7:30 PM Advent Bible Study at the centre

Christmas Eve Services

4:00 PM “Live Nativity” Family Service with Sunday School at St. James & St. John United Church; communion will be served.
5:30 PM Family Service at Maple Glen United Church; communion will be served.
7:30 PM Traditional Christmas Eve Service with scripture and carols; communion will be served.

A Prayer to Keep God in the Center at Christmas
Lord, we worship You during this Christmas season. You are our wonderful Counselor, mighty God, everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). We choose to put You at the center of our family life as we celebrate Your birth. Keep us from distractions and help us to invite You into all our family activities. Teach us to pray and help us to glorify and worship You in our family during this busy time of year. Give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation that we might know You better (Ephesians 1:17)
Weekly Announcements

CHURCH ENVELOPES – Please note your church envelopes are ready for pick up; they are located on the old Methodist pulpit by the ramp door. Remember if you should decide to go on PAR please phone or drop in at the church office; a convenient way to ensure your giving is placed each Sunday.

MEMORIAL ANGELS – Please have all requests for Angel Memorials to the office by December 19th so they may be included in next Sunday’s and Christmas Eve bulletins and placed on the tree. Thank you.

RESTORATION FUND – A restoration fund has been set up to repair the pillars to the entrance of the church as well as other various necessary upgrades. Donations may be made to the church office or placed in an envelope, specifying “Restoration Fund” for the offering plate on Sunday mornings.
TEAM REPORTS – A friendly reminder that Team reports for the Annual Book of Reports will be due January 6th. Please email or dropped them off at the office. Thank you.
Community Announcements

CHRISTMAS MAGIC! – A community Benefit Concert in support of Sistema, New Brunswick will be held today at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 188 Wellington Street, Miramichi. A free will offering will be received. Christmas Cookies, Hot Cider, Tea/Coffee will be enjoyed by all. Featuring music by members of Tutta Musica Orchestra & Students of the Sistema NB Miramichi Centre.
BLUE CHRISTMAS SERVICE – You are invited to a Blue Christmas Service at St. Phillips United Church in Whitney, on Thursday, December 19th at 7pm. This service is for those who may find Christmas a difficult time of year for different reasons or simply to experience a time of worship and quiet contemplation during the busy Christmas season. Refreshments and fellowship will follow.

MIRAMICHI EMERGENCY CENTER FOR WOMEN INC. – The Emergency Center for Women is seeking items for their center. If you are able to help out by donations of toilet paper, Mr. Clean, and shampoo it would be greatly appreciated. You may leave your items on the table located at the back of the church behind the middle pews. Thank you.