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

January 5, 2020

WORSHIP LEADERS
Worship Leader: Rev. Alice Szemők
Music Ministry: Pamala Watters & Advent Choir
Greeters: Keith & Kimberley Shaddick
Counters for January: Stan Knowles & Ian Sobey
Technical support: Earle Howe and David Watling

BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK:
After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. Matthew 2:9-10

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

CALL TO WORSHIP

Arise! Shine! Your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!
We have seen the star in the east, and we are following.
We have remembered God’s wonder and promise, and we are worshiping.
We have come not to get presents, but to give them!
Lift up your eyes and look around;
God’s people now gather together,
to open our hearts and sing out our praise.
The mystery of God’s wonder and grace is here: Come, let us adore!

*INTROIT “We Three Kings”

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

OPENING PRAYER

*HYMN #71 “T’was in the Moon of Wintertime”

OPENING PRAYER

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 60:1-9
Matthew 2:1-12

SERMON ‘Prep for Epiphany’

PASTORAL PRAYER & LORD’s PRAYER

*OFFERING HYMN #356 “Seek Ye First”

DEDICATION
God our Saviour, lead us out of thankfulness for your mercy and goodness, to dedicate our lives and all we have to your service. Amen.

BENEDICTION

*CLOSING HYMN #82 “A Light is Gleaming”

Upcoming Events and Services

Sunday 9:00 AM Worship Service at Maple Glen United Church
10:00 AM Fellowship with coffee at the St J&J Church
11:00 AM Worship Service at St J & J Church
Wednesday 7:00 PM Trustee’s meeting at the center

Weekly Announcements

TEAM REPORTS – Team reports for the Annual Book of Reports are due tomorrow. Please email or dropped them off at the office. Thank you.
CHURCH ENVELOPES – Please note your church envelopes are ready for pick up; they are located on the old Methodist pulpit, by the ramp door. Should you decide to go on PAR, please drop by or phone the church office. Thank you.
RESTORATION FUND – Donations may be made to the church office or placed in an envelope, specifying “Restoration Fund” for the offering plate on Sunday mornings.

Some quotes to think about as we enter into the new year 😊

“Faith…involves trusting in the future promises of God and waiting for their fulfillment”. R. C. Sproul

“Time heals griefs and quarrels, for we change and are no longer the same persons. Neither the offender nor the offended are any more themselves”. Blaise Pascal

“Being in Christ, it is safe to forget the past; it is possible to be sure of the future; it is possible to be diligent in the present”. Alexander MacLaren

“A revival is nothing else than a new beginning of obedience to God”.
Charles Finney

“It’s time to begin righting the story of your life”.
David Jeremiah

“Our quitting point is God’s beginning point”.
Woodrow Kroll

“What we do today is more important than what we plan to do in the future”. Jack Hyles

“Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is leading”. Oswald Chambers

“Nothing paralyzes our lives like the attitude that things can never change. We need to remind ourselves that God can change things. Outlook determines outcome. If we see only the problems, we will be defeated; but if we see the possibilities in the problems, we can have victory”. Warren Wiersbe