The United Church of Canada
SILOAM UNITED CHURCH
Sunday, December 24th, 2017
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Seasonal Colour – Royal Blue
GATHERING SONG David Parisi
WORD OF GREETING Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor
LIFE AND WORK OF THE CHURCH
CALL TO WORSHIP Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor
ONE: Now our time of watching and waiting is nearly over.
ALL: The time of pregnant expectation is soon to be fulfilled.
ONE: Now is the season of hope unfolding.
ALL: When Elizabeth will give birth to John,
ONE: The one who serves as herald for Mary’s boy.
ALL: Let us come before God with receptive and willing spirits.
ONE: May our souls magnify God’s name, and may our spirits rejoice in God our Saviour!
ALL: Rejoice! God comes to birth of new life and hope!
ADVENT CANDLE LIGHTING: The Gillan Family
ONE: Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
ALL: Christ who brings new life to earth.
ONE: Set every peak and valley humming
ALL: With the word, the Lord is coming.
ONE: Light the candle and sing today:
ALL: Love the Lord is on the way.
CANDLE LIGHTING: All remain seated and sing, “A Candle is Burning”, #6 VU, verse 4:
A candle is burning, a candle of love,
a candle to point us to heaven above.
A baby for Christmas, a wonderful birth,
for Jesus is bringing God’s love to our earth.
OPENING PRAYER (unison): Rev. Janet Fradette
Loving God, as Elizabeth gave birth to Christ’s herald, John the Baptizer, so may we herald the birth of our Saviour by proclaiming his love both by our words and actions. As Mary gave birth to your love for all humankind in Jesus Christ, so may we comprehend the great love with which you open yourself to our world. May we in turn risk opening ourselves in love toward all your children everywhere. Amen.
HYMN: “Away in a Manger” #69 VU
(Children please gather for the Children’s Message.)
TIME WITH THE YOUNG AT HEART
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Jen Prince
THE LORD’S PRAYER (unison)
(Children leave for Sunday School,
singing #884 VU “You Shall Go Out With Joy”.)
WE LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD
MINISTRY OF MUSIC Siloam Choir
“Behold that Star!” from ‘Behold the Star!’, by Lloyd Larson
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Reader: Catherine Glover
Luke 1:39-45, 56 Mary Visits Elizabeth
HYMN: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” #8 VU
THE MESSAGE Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor
“Be Where Your Feet Are”
WE RESPOND TO GOD’S LOVE
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Rev. Janet Fradette
All remain seated and sing #400VU “Lord, Listen to Your Children Praying”
Lord, listen to your children praying,
Lord, send your Spirit in this place;
Lord, listen to your children praying,
send us love, send us power, send us grace!
Jesus said: “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” John 15:11
OFFERTORY HYMN: “What Child Is This?” #74 VU
So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh;
come, one and all, to own him.
The King of Kings salvation brings;
let loving hearts enthrone him.
This, this is Christ the King,
whom shepherds guard and angels sing;
haste, haste to bring him laud,
the Babe, the Son of Mary!
PRAYER OF DEDICATION (unison):
Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor
Most gracious God, we thank you for the faithfulness of your servants, Elizabeth and Mary. Today we remember all who in their day and generation sought to serve you faithfully by serving your church and the wider community. We thank you for 160 years of dedicated and loving service in this corner of London. We pray that our congregation may continue to provide a faithful witness in the days and years to come. Use our gifts and offerings to bring the light and hope of Christ to people who long for your grace. We pray in the beautiful name of Jesus. Amen.
HYMN: “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” #48 VU
COMMISSIONING & BENEDICTION Rev. Janet Fradette
SUNG RESPONSE: “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” #1 VU
O come, O come, Emmanuel,
and ransom captive Israel
that mourns in lowly exile here
until the Son of God appear.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee, O Israel.
CLOSING SONG David Parisi
Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor, Lead Minister & Minister of Worship & Pastoral Care
Rev. Isaac Mundy, Minister of Youth, Young Adults & Families
Rev. Janet Fradette, Minister of Pastoral Care, Healing and Wellness
Kerry Stover, Ministry of Visitation
Jen Prince, Program Assistant, Ministry of Children & Youth
Rev. Wib Dawson, Minister Emeritus
Dr. Todd Wieczorek, Director of Music
David Parisi, Musical Accompanist
Carla Lord, Soul Groove Jr. Choir Director
Chad Brown, Joyful Noise Music Program
Erin Salter, Administrative Assistant
Music by permission CCLI License 2427001