When Home Was from North America

We Gather to Worship

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Come, let us walk in toward God’s light where His hope is at its brightest! 
Stay alert, for we do not know on what day the Lord is coming.
The world nags us with worry these days. Where will we find hope?
In times when our worry is at its greatest, Jesus light is at its closest
 
(We light the candle of hope so hope will shine more brightly into our lives.)

Call To Worship and Lighting the First Advent Candle

Come, Lord Jesus, and kindle hope in our hearts.
As we wait for you, Jesus, we will shine with hope!
 
Prayer: Shine in our lives whenever we are worried, to strengthen our trust in you. Help us act on the hope we find in you. Let our faithfulness shine in the world you love.Amen.
 
*Hope is a Star Hope is a star that shines in the night, leading us on till the morning is bright. When God is a child there’s joy in our song. The last shall be first and the weak shall be strong, and none shall be afraid.
 
*Hymn #124  People in darkness (American Hymn)
 
Time for the Young and Young At Heart
 
First Scripture Lesson Isaiah 2:1-5

The word of the Lord/ Thanks be to God
 
Prayer of Confession

God of hope, we confess that too often we prefer darkness to light, and our plans to your principles. We have distorted the truth and accepted lies. We have praised our own cleverness rather than your glory. We have exploited neighbours, abused the earth, and chosen strife instead of peace.  In your mercy, hear our silent confession of sin; forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct who we shall be. 
 
Assurance of Pardon

This is the good news: God remembers!  Not our sins, not our foolish lives, not our rebellion. God remembers us –  and redeems us!God prepares the way for us – the way to grace, to hope, to new life. Joyfully, we offer our thanks to God. Amen.
 
*Hymn #144  Twas in the moon of wintertime (Canadian Hymn)

We Listen for Christ’s Voice

Prayer for Illumination
 
Scripture Reading Matthew 24:36-44

The word of the Lord/ Thanks be to God
 
Anthem Let there be light – Fairbank (Canada) or At the table
 
Home for Christmas: Growing up at Christmas in North America
 
Sermon Home for Christmas (Hope)

We Respond to God’s Call

*Hymn #114  Emmanuel, Emmanuel (American Hymn)
 
Offering  
 
*Doxology O Come, O Come Emmanuel (verse 1).
 
Prayer for Blessing of the Offering

Invitation to the Table

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
 
*Hymn # 541 (Vs 1-3) Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
(by Canada’s Healey Willan)  
 
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving # 564
 
Distribution of the Elements
 
Prayer After Communion
 
*Hymn # 541 (vs. 4&5) Lord, enthroned in heavenly splendour
(by Canada’s Healey Willan)   
 
*Benediction and Amen Amen by J. Strathdee

Amen! Amen! Hallelujah, amen! x3
 
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