St James and St John United Church
We extend a warm welcome and Season’s Greetings to all who are joining us this evening. May you feel the awe and wonder of this Holy Night as we celebrate the birth of the Saviour coming into our world. May you be filled with the hope, peace, joy and love that only Christ can bring and may you carry it with you in the new year to come.
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Rev. Alice Szemők
Greetings & Welcome Rev. Alice Szemők
Call to Worship Kathy Buckley
This is a season of miracles and we pray for one today.
Where there is despair, we pray for Your hope.
Where there is turmoil and anger, we pray for Your peace.
Where there is sadness and pain, we pray for Your joy.
Where there is hatred and indifference, we pray for Your love.
It is the season for miracles and we pray for one today; come, Lord Jesus, may Your light come into our world. Amen
Hymn “Joy to the World”
Scripture Paige Howatt
This is the word of God
Thanks be to God
Message of Hope & Candle Lighting Daniel Szemők
Message of Peace & Candle Lighting Ronda Whyte
Hymn “The Little Drummer Boy”
Message of Joy & Candle Lighting Rowyn Jardine
Message of Love & Candle Lighting Michelle Howatt
Message of the Christ Candle Kathy Buckley
The hope born in a manger long ago is birthed again. We gratefully offer these financial gifts as a way to provide hope for all God’s children. We rejoice in knowing that your ministry is strengthened by our gifts and prayers. We pray in the name of the Babe in the Manger. Amen
Special Music Molly & Ava Gallant
Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer
Hymn “Away in a Manger”
The Nativity by the Sunday School
Hymn “Silent Night”
Benediction by the Sunday School
Merry Christmas to all & a Joyous New Year!
Carrie Doyle & Debbie Matheson
Andrew & Craig Doyle
Michelle Howatt & Keith Shaddick
A Christmas Eve Prayer
Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds, and worship of the wise men.
Close the door of hate and open the door of love all over the world. Let kindness come with every gift
and good desires with every greeting.
May Christmas morning make us happy to be Your children,
and Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts, forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake. Amen.