St James and St John United Church
January 3 2021
INTRO TO WORSHIP
WELCOME AND GREETING
LIGHTING OF CHRIST CANDLE
CALL TO WORSHIP
Come to this place to be opened to the wonder
and mystery that surround you.
We come to catch a glimpse of God’s mystery
as we search for new meaning.
Come to unburden yourselves in God’s presence.
We come to be filled anew with God’s grace.
Come to hear God’s voice.
We have heard the call of God and we have come this morning
that we might answer. Let us worship God.
HYMN “We Three Kings”
Presentation of Gifts by the 3 Wisemen
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
God of mercy, you promised never to break
your covenant with us.
Amid all the changing words of our generation,
speak your eternal Word that does not change.
Then may we respond to your gracious promises
with faithful and obedient lives;
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
SCRIPTURE Matthew 2:1-12
MEDITATION OF A SHEPHERD Kathy Buckley
MEDITATION OF MARY Kimberley Shaddick
MEDITATION OF EPIPHANY Rev. Alice
PASTORAL PRAYER / LORD’S PRAYER
Lord, help us to remember that we are your children, washed clean with water and blood. Help us to respond to your gift with our lives and our means. Remind us that everything, especially our children, comes from you and let us be just as generous in our faithful, sacrificial, and financial response. Amen.
CLOSING HYMN “A Light is Gleaming”
|It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Koos Du Toit, on December 27, 2020. Please keep his wife Retha and her family in your thoughts and prayers. The Du Toit’s were active members of our congregation from 2002 – 2015, before moving back to their homeland, South Africa.
What’s Up at St. James & St. John?
CHURCH COUNCIL – The church council will meet this Thursday, January 7th, at the Church Centre. Teams will meet at 7:00 PM followed by the Council meeting at 7:30 PM.
CHURCH COUNCIL TEAM REPORTS – The Church Council Team reports for the Annual Book of Reports are due on Friday, January 8th; please email or drop you report off to the church office. Thank you.