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 1, 2019

WORSHIP LEADERS
Worship Leader: Rev. Alice Szemők
Music Ministry: Pamala Watters & Advent Choir
Greeters: Bill & Linda Treadwell
Counters for November: Scott Russell & Aundrea Holmes
Technical support: Earle Howe and David Watling

BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK:
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law” / Galatians 4:4 (NIV)

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 reminds us to think of hope. We hope for many things. We hope to finish what we start. We hope that the sermon is short. We hope for long lives for people we love. We hope that God will save us from hard times and painful lessons. Hope is the shape of our work and our words, while we wait for a future that only God knows.
(Minister lights the candle)
Holy and gracious God, your mercy and constancy are the headwaters of our hope. Our desires for Your promised future flow out of Your past and present faithfulness. We thank you, O God. Our hope is in you. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

*HYMN # 7 Verse 1 “Hope is a Star”

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENT

ANTHEM /Advent Choir “The Lord of Glory”

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Speak to us, Lord.
Speak to us in the waiting, the watching,
the hoping, the longing, the sorrow, the sighing, the rejoicing. Speak to us by your Word in these Advent days,
and walk with us until the day of your coming. Amen.

*HYMN # 1 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”

SCRIPTURE
Galatians 4:4 -7
Matthew 1/ Luke 3

SERMON ‘Hope’

PASTORAL PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER

*OFFERING HYMN # 55 Verse 4 “In the Bleak Midwinter”
DEDICATION
We give because we have received. God, our Creator, you have blessed us with an abundance of gifts. In Jesus Christ you have given yourself to us. Accept these gifts we give to honour you and to help our neighbours. May they be expressions of your compassion and generosity. Amen.

*BENEDICTION & SENDING FORTH
Take time, in the business of this season, for quiet reflection—
For the light of God’s love is discernible everywhere.
We will let ourselves be surprised by wonder,
And set aside time to offer quiet thanks.
The good news of Advent is this:
Christ is coming. Christ is always coming.
We will welcome Christ into our hearts.
We will let ourselves be guided by his ministry.
We will go forth from this place in hope.

*CLOSING HYMN #679 “Let There Be Light”
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The sympathy of the congregation is extended to Andy and Holly Grant and family on the death of Andy’s mom, Gayle Hare. The funeral took place at the church on Friday, November 29.

A donation has been made to the Memorial Fund in memory of Audrey Black by Connie & Joe Allen and Marg & Weldon Waye.

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
7:30 PM Advent Choir practice at the church
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 PM Advent Bible Study at the centre
Wednesday 7:00 PM Board of Trustees Meeting

Weekly Announcements
A NOTE FROM JANICE – Many heartfelt thanks to my friends and family who celebrated with me on Sunday, November 24th. Thank you for the reception held at the centre, your kind words and warm hugs, cards, and gifts, it all meant so much. It has been a privilege to have served as your church administrator for 20+ years. Thank you, Janice.

MEMORIAL ANGELS: The Pastoral Care Team is beginning its 19th annual Memorial Angels project. If you wish to place an angel on the Christmas tree in the church, in memory or in honor of a loved one, you may do so by donating at the church office, or place your request in an envelope for the offering plate on Sunday mornings. All requests must be submitted by Monday, December 16th. Thank you.

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING – The Board of Trustees will be meeting on Wednesday, December 4th, at 7:00 PM, at the center.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDY – A Four-week Advent Bible study is being held on Tuesday evenings at the church center from 6:30 – 7:30 PM. Please note from 6:00 – 6:30 PM we will gather for fellowship prior to the study for tea and

ADVENT CHOIR – We invite you to join us on Sunday evening as we prepare music to sing throughout the Advent season. Pamala Watters and Nancy Russell have arranged the song selections.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CONCERT – The Sunday School will be presenting a Christmas Concert for the congregation at the church center, on December 8th at 4:00 PM. Please join us as we celebrate this joyous Christmas season. Pizza and sweets will be served.
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.
CHURCH DECORATING – Thank you to Unit 4 for decorating the sanctuary for the Christmas season – a festive touch to ring in Advent.