NASHWAAKSIS UNITED CHURCH
Your Family Church
Clergy: Rev. Nathan Wright
December 8, 2019
Second Sunday of Advent – PEACE
The Bulletin today is Dedicated in
Loving Memory of Herb Shephard
By his Wife, Wilma
Gathering Songs: “Come and Find the Quiet Centre” VU 374
“All Earth Is Waiting” VU 5
Call to Worship
One: The reign of God is drawing near!
All: Prepare the way of the Lord!
One: We long for God’s peace, and trust in God’s promise.
All: We come seeking God’s wisdom to fill our hearts and minds.
One: As we worship together, may we be open to the challenge of God’s dream of wholeness for all people.
All: As we lift our voices in praise, song, and prayer, may the sound of peace ring throughout the land.
Hymn: “Hark the Glad Sound” VU 29
Advent Wreath Candle Lighting – Candle of Peace (adapted from Gathering/ACE 2019-2020)
One: In this season of expectant waiting, we fear the conflict all around us
All: and we long for peace.
One: So many wars. So much destruction. Too many deaths. Too much loss.
All: God’s goodness commands us to work for peace.
One: We revere the goodness that celebrates uniqueness, enlivens love, and strengthens bonds between strangers, friends, and enemies.
All: As we come close to each other, we notice in each face the reason for harmony – while peace sparks commitment within us.
(The candles of Hope and Peace are lit.)
Sung response: “A Candle Is Burning” VU 6 (v. 1-2)
Bible Verse (Isaiah 11:1-2): “A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.”
Invitation to Confession:
One: Let us pray…God, you call us to turn our lives around, and work with patience and diligence to prepare the way for your Reign, but we get discouraged and give up too soon.
All: Holy One, have mercy.
One: God, you call us to collaborate in community to prepare the way for your Reign, but we neither trust nor honour the gifts of others.
All: Christ, have mercy.
One: God, you call us to be full of joyful confidence to prepare the way for your Reign, but we burden ourselves with anxiety and fear.
All: Holy One, have mercy.
(a moment of silent prayer)
One: Forgive us, O God, and lead us in the ways of patience, community and joy.
Assurance of Grace
One: Hear the good news: Jesus, saviour from sin, is present with us in the painstaking work of the Reign of God, forgiving our weakness, rebuilding our relationships, and restoring our joy. Thanks be to God! Amen.
Hymn: “Hail to God’s Own Anointed” VU 30
A New Creed (screen) VU 918
Musical Offering: “Perfect Peace” Sung by Sarah MacLoon
Offering Song: “In the Bleak Midwinter” VU 55 (v. 4)
Prayer of Dedication
Scripture: Matthew 3: 1-12
Ministry of Music: “And The Angels Cried” Sung by Sarah MacLoon
Hymn: “There’s a Voice in the Wilderness” VU 18
Prayers of the People and the Lord’s Prayer
Commissioning and Benediction
Sung Benediction: “People, Look East” VU 9 (vs. 1, 5)
It’s a pleasure to welcome back Sarah MacLoon to our service today. Thank you, Sarah, for your beautiful selections!
Please join us for coffee and conversation following the service today!