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 8, 2019

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

BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE THIS WEEK:
“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” / NLT
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.” / KJV / Luke 2:14

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
The first candle on the Advent wreath was the candle for hope. The second candle reminds us to pray and work for peace. We are also called, through the Holy Spirit, to look for the signs of God’s peace in the world. Peace is not merely the absence of fighting or war. Peace is the restoration of relationships within creation and between peoples and nations to their true order, which bring glory to their Creator.
(Minister lights the candle)

Holy and life-giving God, your Son, our Saviour, carries the title “Prince of Peace”. You have called us to imitate Him in thought, word, and deed. Let us seek to be peacemakers in our homes, in the community, and in the world. We thank you, God, for Your peace, which passes all understanding. Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.

*HYMN # 7 Verse 1&2 “Hope is a Star”

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANTHEM Advent Choir “First Christmas Memories”

*HYMN # 48 “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”

SCRIPTURE
Malachi 3:1-4
Luke 2:10-14

SERMON ‘Peace’

PASTORAL PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER

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

DEDICATION
God of peace, for all the many blessings we receive at your hand accept our thanks. Receive these gifts we return to you
and the sacrifice of our hearts, that your light might shine throughout all creation. We ask it in Jesus’ name. Amen

*BENEDICTION

*CLOSING HYMN # 2 “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”
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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
4 PM Sunday School Christmas Concert at the centre
7 PM Advent Choir practice at the church
Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 PM Advent Bible Study at the centre

Christmas Eve Services
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 and carols; communion will be served.

It’s a busy time of the year; remember to enjoy all the wonderful gifts the Christmas season has to offer. Here are some helpful tips:
1. Make a to-do list
2. Avoid too many commitments
3. Don’t wait until the last minute
4. Stick to a Christmas budget
5. Don’t spend all your time on social media
6. Don’t shop at peak times
7. Ask family and friends for help
8. Don’t overeat
9. Get enough sleep
10. Take time for yourself
11. And remember that Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

Weekly Announcements

MEMORIAL ANGELS: 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.

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.

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.

Community Announcements

CHRISTMAS MAGIC! – A community Benefit Concert in support of Sistema, New Brunswick will be held on Sunday, December 15th at 3:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 188 Wellington Street, Miramichi. A free will offering will be received. Christmas Cookies, Hot Cider, Tea/Coffee will be enjoyed by all. Featuring music by members of Tutta Musica Orchestra & Students of the Sistema NB Miramichi Centre.
MIRAMICHI EMERGENCY CENTER FOR WOMEN INC. – The Emergency Center for Women is seeking items for their center. If you are able to help out by donations of toilet paper, Mr. Clean, and shampoo it would be greatly appreciated. You may leave your items on the table located at the back of the church behind the middle pews. Thank you.
AN OLD-FASHIONED CHRISTMAS – Join Jim Morrison and The Down East Entertainers and others guests, on Saturday, December 14th at 7 PM, at the Beaverbrook Kin Center. Advance tickets $15, available at Brookdale Flower Shop and Kingston’s Car Wash. Tickets at the door $20.