St James and St John United Church
ADVENT 4 – LOVE
INTRO TO WORSHIP
WELCOME AND GREETING
ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING
Love’s memory is long. As we come to the last Sunday of Advent, we recall the many times we have been here before, with still so much to do and so much love left unexpressed. Scripture tells us of the promised Savior, fulfilled in the birth of Jesus. Love’s promise is often kept in unexpected ways.
“Jesus said to them, I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34
(Minister lights the candle)
Loving God, your mercy and compassion endure forever. Open our hearts, that we may receive your love; and following the example of your Son, spread that love to a love-starved world. Through Jesus Christ, who loved us to the end. Amen.
HYMN Verse 1, 2, 3 & 4 “Hope is a Star”
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
Old Testament Reading: 7:13-17
New Testament Reading: 1:18-24
HYMN “O Little Town of Bethlehem”
SOLO “Breath of Heaven”
Dear Lord, You are the only wise God!
Thank You for Your faithfulness through the ages.
You spoke promises through the prophets.
In time, You revealed Your glory in Jesus Christ.
Strengthen us in faith to follow Your will today.
Empower us to tell our neighbors about You.
May these offerings support the ways our church exhibits
Your steadfast love for all generations. Amen.
BENEDICTION & SENDING FORTH
CLOSING HYMN “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!”
A Prayer for Christmas Time
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. Amen.
What’s Up at St. James & St. John?
LIVE STREAMING – The 4:00 PM Christmas Eve service will be live-streamed through Facebook.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – Please phone the church office no later than 4:00 PM on Monday, December 21, to register for the Christmas Eve service. Please note, that due to limited seating, on those registered will be able to attend.
CHRISTMAS OFFICE HOURS – Please note, should an emergency arise throughout the holidays, you may reach Rev. Alice at 626-2618.
SUNDAY SCHOOL NATIVITY – Many thanks to the children and parents who arrived last Saturday at the church for the recording of the Nativity for Christmas Eve. The Nativity will be presented on the screen at the 4 PM and 7:30 PM services. Thank you to Nancy Donald and Kathy Buckley for their assistance on Saturday and to Diane and Ronda Forrest for preparing the treat bags for the children. Special thanks to Rev. Alice for her expertise and talent in creating the recorded version of the Nativity, turning it into a beautiful tribute to the birth of Christ. We are truly blessed by the talent in our midst!
SALVATION ARMY CHRISTMAS PROJECT – A total of $1062 was donated to the Salvation Army from members of the congregation as well as $170 in gifts cards. Thank you for your generosity! The Outreach Team
20th ANNUAL MEMORIAL ANGELS PROJECT– Thank you to all who donated to the Christmas Angel project in memory or honor of your loved ones.
CHURCH ENVELOPES – The church envelopes are ready for pickup; they are located on the table at the back of the church. Many members have been unable to attend church services – it would be much appreciated if those who are in church on Sundays, could deliver the envelopes to the members who live close by.