THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA
Siloam United Church
Sunday, December 31st, 2017
1st Sunday After Christmas
Seasonal Colour: White
MUSICAL PRELUDE David Parisi
WORD OF GREETING Rev. Janet Fradette
LIFE & WORK OF THE CHURCH
CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive – on screen):
ONE: The Magi waited and watched, knowing something wondrous would be happening.
ALL: We waited for the birth of Jesus; now something wondrous is about to take root.
ONE: The darkness that invaded all lives was banished by the light of that star.
ALL: The darkness that surrounds us is gone!
ONE: Let us celebrate the bright shining of God's love in our lives.
ALL: Let us become those who will bring the light of God's love to others.
LIGHTING OF THE CHRIST CANDLE
All remain seated and sing, “Glory to God” - #37 VU:
Glory to God, glory to God, glory in the highest!
Glory to God, glory to God, hallelujah, hallelujah!
OPENING PRAYER (unison – on screen):
God of Promise and mysterious Light, be with us as we journey in our faith; to meet your most precious Gift, Jesus. Give us courage and hope along our way, as your light will continue to glow brightly in our path, leading us to service and discipleship in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
HYMN: “Once in Royal David’s City” #62 VU
CHILDREN’S MESSAGE Kerry Stover
LORD’S PRAYER (unison)
SUNG RESPONSE: “You Shall Go Out With Joy” #884 VU
SCRIPTURE LESSONS: Reader: Lynn McClary
Psalm 148 (#871 VU) responsive with sung refrain
SPECIAL MUSIC “A Light is Gleaming”, Todd Wieczorek - soloist
THE MESSAGE “New Beginnings – REVEALED” Kerry Stover
HYMN: “People, Look East” #9 VU
John 15:11 – Jesus said: “I have come that my joy may be in you and so that your joy may be complete.”
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 – on screen) Rev. Janet Fradette
Holy God, we marvel at your love and faithfulness! We are grateful that you have brought us through challenging times in the past. As we look forward to the new year, send your Spirit to guide us and inspire us to love more deeply. Let these our gifts and offerings be pleasing in your sight, for this we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Galatians 4:4-7)
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE Rev. Janet Fradette
HYMN: “I Am the Light of the World” #87 VU
COMMISSIONING (unison – on screen): Rev. Janet Fradette
God of Light and Hope, in whom there is no darkness, cause your light to shine on us and through us to others, that they may know of you and of your Love. Let us witness to your gift of Jesus who came and taught us how to live as children of Light. Let us go in peace and know that the God of light, hope, peace, and joy goes with us this day and forever more.
BENEDICTION Rev. Janet Fradette
SUNG RESPONSE: “Go Out and Serve Him”
Filled with the Spirit, filled with God’s grace,
Filled with the friendship we find in this place;
Called as disciples, go now in faith.
Jesus will show the way.
Go out and serve Him, serve Him
Carry His Word into all of the world.
Go and serve Him, serve Him.
Go out and serve our Lord.
Go serve our Lord.
Words and Music by Don Besig and Nancy Price
Used by permission CCLI Licence #2427001
MUSICAL POSTLUDE David Parisi
Rev. Dr. Sheila Macgregor, Lead Minister & Minister of Worship & Pastoral Care
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