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 22, 2019

WORSHIP LEADERS
Worship Leader: Rev. Alice Szemők
Music Ministry: Pamala Watters & Advent Choir
Greeters: Sandra & John Harding
Counters for November: Alice & Carl Farris
Technical support: Earle Howe and David Watling

BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK:
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14
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

We have lit candles for hope, peace, and joy. The fourth candle on the Advent wreath is for love. In this season of waiting, we are called to remember that God has always so loved the world. When the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, it was not a new development. Jesus’ birth was in keeping with the Divine self-revelation that has existed since the before the beginning of time. God’s love is for all people, in all places, in all times. God’s love does not end and there is nothing, human or spiritual, that can separate us from that love, poured out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Rev. Alice lights candles

Holy and loving God, Your love is the greatest gift of our lives. It brings us into this world and it meets us in the life of the world to come. May Your love so shape our lives that our daily actions reveal Your light to the world. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

*HYMN # 7 V 1, 2, 3, & 4 “Hope is a Star”
WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENT

ANTHEM Advent Choir “He Came Down”
“Caroling, Caroling”

BAPTISM Marcus James Spencer Lau
Son of Duncan & Andrea (Prince) Lau

PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION

*HYMN # 46 “Gentle Mary Laid Her Child”

SCRIPTURE
Isaiah 7:10-17
Philippians 2:5-11

SERMON ‘Love’
PASTORAL PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER

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

DEDICATION
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

*CLOSING HYMN “Festival of Carols”
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The sympathy of the congregation is extended to June MacDougall and family of John, who passed away on December 16th. The wake and funeral took place at the church on Friday, December 20, 2020.

Donations have been made in memory of John MacDougall by Carl & Alice Farris and Joyce Potter.
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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
Tuesday 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 message and carols; communion will be served.

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. Should you decide to go on PAR, please drop by or phone the church office. Thank you.

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.
RESTORATION FUND – A restoration fund has been set up to repair the pillars to the entrance of the church as well as other 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.
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Festival of Carols
Joy to the world! The Lord is come; Let earth receive her King.
Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room,
And heav’n and nature sing, and heav’n and nature sing,
And heav’n, and heav’n and nature sing.

O come, all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant;
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
Come and behold Him born the King of angels!
O come, let us adore Him! O come, let us adore Him!
O come, let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!

Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright
Round yon virgin mother and Child.
Holy Infant so tender and mild,
Sleep in heavenly peace, Sleep in heavenly peace.

Hark! the herald angels sing, “Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild, God and sinners reconciled!”
Joyful, all ye nations, rise, Join the triumph of the skies;
With th’angelic host proclaim, “Christ is born in Bethlehem!”
Hark! the herald angels sing “Glory to the newborn King.”

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness, and wonders of His love
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders of his love.