Worship Service for January 3rd, The Second Sunday of Christmas

Gathering Litany: Pastor/ Let us gather to celebrate God revealed in the infant Jesus! R/ Let us gather with open hearts rejoicing in this light of God!

The congregational treasurers remind you to use offering envelopes from 2020 when making offerings this year. Just change the year on the envelope please.
Leading worship today: Rev. Pamela McNeil; musician: Marlene Dietz; Hymn leader: David Dietz.
Please contact Pastor Pam for conversation, or if you are in need of pastoral care.

Worship Service with Communion, and Social time for CHRISTMAS 2020, Carols, Candles, and a visit to the stable.

Welcome and Gathering
The Word in scripture and song
Social time and visit to the stable

Presiding Pastor: Rev. Pamela McNeil; Greeter: Laurie Zimmerman Hopf; Readers: Mike Bender, Harry Bender, Glenn Jacques; Hymn Leaders: Madison Bender, Harry Bender, Dave Dietz, Darlene Divers, Eileen Rehkopf, Darrell Rehkopf; Pianist: Marlene Dietz; Organist: Pam McNeil; Communion Assistants: The Tuesday Afternoon Bible Study Group; Social Time Entertainment: Ruth Mae and Rob Rehkopf; The Rehkopf Singers – Darlene, Eileen and Darrell; Tour Guide at the Stable: Mark Diebel.

May you be filled with the presence of The Christ Child.

Worship service for the Longest night Dec 21 2020

Thankyou for joining in worship this evening.
Pastor Leanne and Pastor Pam are available for conversation and the following help services are available 24 hours/7 days: Ontario Community services: dial 211; Canadian suicide Prevention hotline- dial 833-456-4566. Mental health and physical health require professional care.

Hymn and image credits in order of appearance:

Comfort, Comfort Now my People: text: Johann G. Olearius, 1635-1711; tr. Catherine Winkworth 1829-1878

Of the Fathers Love Begotten: Text: Marcus aurelius Clemens Prudentius, 348-413; images from @CanadianPaintings: in order – “Chopping Wood” by Allen Sapp 1972; “woman with Doves in a Canadian Landscape” by Sarah Robertson n.d.; “Cardinal” by James Fenwick Lansdowne 2002; “Deer in the Morning” by Eddy Cobiness 1976; “November off Elsmere Island” by Doris McCarthy n.d.; “The Excitement of First Heavy Snow” by William Kurelek 1974; “rising Mist” A.J. Casson 1965; “Comox Valley” E.J. Hughes 1953

T’was in the Moon of Wintertime: text John de Brebeuf, 1593-1649; c1927 The Frederick Harris Music Company

I Want To Walk As A Child Of The Light: Text and Music Kathleen Thomerson, b.1934 c1970, 1975 Celebration. Image credits: first image – “Quiet Moment of Gratitude” by Christi Belcourt. Image 2, 5 and 6 clergy stoles images used with permission Jenny Gallo | c 2020 Carrot Top Studio | carrottop studio.com  – image 4 – Halifax Lutheran Church of the Resurrection; image 7- Mary and Jesus by Parker Fitzgerald and Brittany Richardson.

The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns Text: Georg Weissel, 1590 – 1635; tr Gracia Grindal b. 1943; Music J.A. freylinghausen 1704. Text and arr c 1978, 2006 Augsburg Fortress

As The Dark Awaits The Dawn Text: Taize community, Music: Jacques Berthier, 1923-1994 c 1984 Les Presses de Taize, GIA Publications Inc.

The sending prayer is used with permission: Jan Richardson, “Winter Solstice: Blessing for the Longest Night” in The Advent Door, Entering A Contemplative Christmas, accessed December 20, 2018, http://adventdoor.com/2011/12/19/winter-solstice-blessing-for-the-longest-night/.

This service was inspired and adapted from Discipleship Ministries: The Cathedral Church of Saint Andrew, Honolulu, HI, “Blue Christmas: A Service of Reflection for the Longest Night,” accessed December 20, 2018,  https://www.umcdiscipleship.org/resources/blue-christmas-a-service-of-reflection-for-the-longest-night.

Worship for December 20, 2020 The Fourth Sunday of Advent



Gifts and Sending

Thank you for participating in worship.
Leading up to Christmas, set time aside for the Longest Night Service on Monday December 21, a brief service to acknowledge the changes we are dealing with this year, and loss of loved ones, and our inability to gather during the pandemic… a service that focuses on light and music to help us see hope in this season.
A pre recorded Christmas service will be available after 3:00 on December 24. Watch it on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The service will include songs and story as well as communion, and will end with a social time with entertainment.

Worship for Sunday, December 13, 2020: The Third Sunday after Advent

May your participation in worship today fill you with joy and send you out to be a blessing.
thank you to Tim McNabb for filling in as musician today.
Next week Worship will be held in person on December 20, at St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neustadt.
Plan to participate in the special on line worship service on December 21, marking the longest night, a service observing the sad moments we may feel approaching this time, when we cannot gather with all those we love.