December 26, 2021

GOD BRINGS US TOGETHER
Prelude Mary Did you Know? Charles Lowe
Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship (responsive- Isaiah 9:6)
A child has been born for us, a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
and he is named Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Opening Prayer (together)
Eternal God, this season we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in our
world. For in the midst of our despair you send your hope and
peace. In the midst of our fear you send your joy and love. For in the
midst of our darkness you send your light among us to shine and
show us not only the way but the truth of your grace and salvation,
Amen.
Children’s Story and Lord’s Prayer.
Hymn: Good Christian Friends, Rejoice!

GOD SPEAKS THROUGH SCRIPTURE
Responsive Reading: Psalm 148, p 871 VU
Praise God from the heavens, give praise in the heights!
Give praise, all you angels; praise God, all you hosts!
Praise God, sun and moon; give praise, stars and lights!
Praise God, farthest heavens, and all waters
beyond heaven. R
Let all things praise the Holy One at whose command they were created,
who established them for all time, setting bounds, which cannot be
passed.
Praise God from the earth, great sea creatures and ocean
depths, lightening and hail, snow and frost, gales that obey
God’s decree,
all mountains and hills, all fruit trees and cedars,
wild animals and cattle, creatures winged and earth-bound.
sovereigns who rule earth and its people,
all who govern and judge this world,
young men and women alike, old people and children
together! R
Let all things praise the name of God,
the name above every other, whose splendour covers heaven and earth.
You give strength to your people,
songs of praise to your faithful,
to Israel, the people dear to your heart. R
First Lesson: Isaiah 62:6-12
Second Lesson: Titus 3:4-7
Gospel: John 1:1-14
Anthem Silent Night, Holy Night Charles Lowe
Sermon: “What Did We Get For Christmas?”

GOD CALLS US TO RESPOND
Hymn: What Child is This?
Prayers of the People
Commissioning and Benediction
Postlude

A warm welcome to everyone who is joining us for worship. We
recognize that we gather in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded
territory of the Mi’kmaq People and we seek to be good neighbours to the
First Nations. May this be a time for you to draw closer to God. The
service is posted each week on our website (www.stjamesuc.com).

The Council Executive have decided that because of the current Covid
restrictions in Nova Scotia that worship at St. James will be online only
from December 24th until January 9th. When conditions change we will
resume in person worship services.

Rev. Peter Smith will be away from December 26th until January 6. If
there is a pastoral emergency during this time please contact the Rev.
Doug Stewart at 902-735-2102

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