Christmas Services 2018

 

Advent One “Hope”: Dec 2 The Lord’s Supper
What do we wait for? Our hope is in God. Today we share a sacred meal uniting us
with the church and her saints of all times and places. All are welcome to share
communion irrespective of denomination or age. {Jeremiah 33:14}

Advent Two “Peace”: Dec 9 Church School Pageant
Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight! God’s peaceful people share a
vision of God’s kingdom where peace and justice reign. {Luke 1:78-79}. A special
visitor is expected to arrive following a pot luck lunch for all.

Advent Three “Joy”: Dec 16 Lessons and Carols
During this service enjoy the special gifts of choir and musicians and hear the
Christmas Story in the traditional words of the “King James” Bible. {Isaiah 12:3-4}

Dec 19 Ecumenical Longest Night Service:
7:00 p.m. at Richmond Hill United Church
Offers a time of comfort and consolation for folk who have experienced a
bereavement, break-up or unemployment this year. Even though you may not feel
jolly or merry, allow music, word and liturgy to comfort you and surround you with
God’s love. The ministers of our community churches come together to lead this
special service. Light refreshments (kindly donated by Marshall’s Funeral Home) will
be served following the service.

Advent Four “Love”: Dec 23 at 10:30 a.m.
And Mary said “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”
{Luke 1:46-49}. We remember the journey Mary and Joseph took as we welcome
students and other family from out of town who may be “home for the holidays”.
Make this Sunday a time for the entire family to get together.

Christmas Eve Carols & Communion: Dec 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Tonight, we light the Christ Candle and meditate together on how the world is different
because “God is with us”. For a child has been born for us; a son given to us…
{Isaiah 9:6}. Candles will illuminate the chancel as glowing faces reflect God’s love
come down at Christmas. Through Carols and Communion God draws close to us on
this Holy Night.

Dec 30: First Sunday after Christmas Day
Many of us may still have Christmas “leftovers” at home. Today is a good time to ask
what we are left with after Christmas. Jesus is twelve in today’s reading. {Luke 2:41-
52}. As we stand at the end of one year and the beginning of another let us make this
a time to let bygones be bygones – forgive ourselves and others and make 2019 the
year when we truly let God into our lives.

January 6, 2019 Epiphany Sunday
Today we hear Matthew’s Christmas story – the Wise Men or Magi come to
Bethlehem – but not all the world welcomes Emmanuel – God with us. We’ll be
singing favourite Wise Men carols – and of course “Good King Wenceslas” – after all
this is the closest Sunday to the “Feast of Stephen”.

Merry Christmas & Blessed New Year!