Saturday, December 26, 2020

December 27, 2020 Christmas Sunday

 I hope your Christmas was good, if different. We are looking forward to the new year, and hoping it will be better. In the meantime, stay safe, and keep in touch as we move forward. And remember, Christmas is not just a day or a celebration, it is a statement of faith and a reason to rejoice in difficult times. 

Hymn       Il est Ne   #50VU

Scripture Lessons:      Isaiah 61:10-62:3

                                    Psalm 148 p. 871VU

                                    Luke 2:22-40

Hymn.     Once in Royal David’s City   #62VU


Prayer: God of the great heavens above and the earth beneath, the endless universe of stars and planets and our home here of oceans, seas and land: we lift our hearts in awe and wonder to worship you.             We gaze at the sky on crisp starlit nights and think on the beauty of all that we see, and we wonder why we are so special to you. 

Yet we know that you do love us, wholeheartedly: sending Jesus to show us the Prince of Peace to our world; sending your Spirit here among us to breathe wisdom and light for our ways. 

Great God of heaven and earth, we worship and adore you, praise and thank you, this day and always. Amen. (adapted from a prayer written by Stephen Brown and published in Geoffrey Duncan’s Wisdom is Calling)

Hymn       Every Star Shall Sing a Carol #428(red)

God bless us, everyone! 

I have been asked to say “Thank you” to all who contributed hats, mitts etc. to our virtual mitten tree this year. Allyson Orr has had a chance to count and we received 120 items to be distributed to those in need. 

Also, thank you to those who gave food that went to La Bouffe, either for the Christmas baskets, or for distribution in the new year. (Also to the Howick Christmas baskets as well.)  I know we made some people’s holidays or daily life a little better. Well done! 

We held a drive-in church service at St Paul’s in Ormstown last week and are planning another in Howick this week, on December 27th. The plan is is drive to the church, stay in your car, tune in to 87.9 on the FM band of your car radio, and the service will come to you there. All welcome, from all 3 of our congregations and beyond. 

We hold in our thoughts and prayers, the family of John Clark, including his wife Dorothy, following his death this past week. 

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