Worship Liturgy
December 13, 2020

Below is the worship liturgy for December 13. If you are unable to join us at 9:00AM for our live worship through Zoom, you are invited to walk through this liturgy individually or together with your family.

While we cannot meet together at our church building, we continue to live and act as the church through our collective worship of God. May this liturgy continue to bless you and encourage you in the worship of the Lord. The video of the worship service, which will span approximately 90 minutes in its entirety will be posted by 10:45AM today.

You're always welcome to join us live, every Sunday at 9:00am.


Here is the recording:


Liturgical Order

Call to Worship
Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery
Prayer of Confession
Behold the Lamb
Assurance of Pardon
Jesus Messiah

Offering Prayer
Children's Time
Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading:
Exodus 15:1-21; Revelation 5:6-14


Message:
Advent - Singing on the Other Side
by Pastor Jason

The Lion and the Lamb
Announcements
Doxology
Benediction

Photo by Janzen

Call to Worship

A voice cries:

“In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight
in the desert a highway for our God.”

As we worship today, let us prepare to welcome God’s
dramatic work in our midst, in our hearts, in our community,
and in all of creation.

Let us worship God.

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Prayer of Confession

Arise, shine: for your light has come.

O God, we live as if the light had never defeated the darkness in the world or in us.

And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

We confess that we ignore the Christ you sent to be among us, to be in us.

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.

We've kept the birth of your Son confined to the Christmas season and do not yearn for his birth each moment in our waiting hearts.

And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

Lord, you came to us in the fullness of time.
Forgive us for not opening our eyes to your coming.
It's time that we prepare for your coming.
Let the earth ring with song.

Let the light break forth.
Let us all rejoice in the miracle of love.
Let Christ come into the fullness of our time.
Amen.
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Assurance of Pardon

Comfort, comfort my people, says your God.

Your sins are pardoned.

The penalty is paid.

Thanks be to God.
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Exodus 15:1-21;
Revelation 5:6-14

Exodus 15:1-21
1 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,

“I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously;
    the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
2 The Lord is my strength and my song,
    and he has become my salvation;
this is my God, and I will praise him,
    my father's God, and I will exalt him.
3 The Lord is a man of war;
    the Lord is his name.

4 “Pharaoh's chariots and his host he cast into the sea,
    and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea.
5 The floods covered them;
    they went down into the depths like a stone.
6 Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,
    your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.
7 In the greatness of your majesty you overthrow your adversaries;
    you send out your fury; it consumes them like stubble.
8 At the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up;
    the floods stood up in a heap;
    the deeps congealed in the heart of the sea.
9 The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake,
    I will divide the spoil, my desire shall have its fill of them.
    I will draw my sword; my hand shall destroy them.’
10 You blew with your wind; the sea covered them;
    they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

11 “Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods?
    Who is like you, majestic in holiness,
    awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
12 You stretched out your right hand;
    the earth swallowed them.

13 “You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed;
    you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.
14 The peoples have heard; they tremble;
    pangs have seized the inhabitants of Philistia.
15 Now are the chiefs of Edom dismayed;
    trembling seizes the leaders of Moab;
    all the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.
16 Terror and dread fall upon them;
    because of the greatness of your arm, they are still as a stone,
till your people, O Lord, pass by,
    till the people pass by whom you have purchased.
17 You will bring them in and plant them on your own mountain,
    the place, O Lord, which you have made for your abode,
    the sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
18 The Lord will reign forever and ever.”

19 For when the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, the Lord brought back the waters of the sea upon them, but the people of Israel walked on dry ground in the midst of the sea. 20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing. 21 And Miriam sang to them:
     “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed
      gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown
      into the sea.”

Revelations 5:6-14
6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
    from every tribe and language and people and nation,
10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
    and they shall reign on the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice,
    “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
     to receive power and wealth and wisdom and
     might and honor and glory and blessing!”

13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

    “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be blessing and honor and glory and might
    forever and ever!”

14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Announcements

Christmas Eve Service on Zoom

All three ministry Christmas Eve Online Services are set for December 24, 2020 at 7:30-8:30pm.  For English Service, please go to www.english.rcac.ca, Christmas Eve Service to register.  Putonghua Service Zoom ID/passcode will be sent through WeChat group; Cantonese Service Zoom ID/passcode will be sent to all Elders, Deacons and Fellowships to forward to the congregations.


 

IJM Ghana Christmas Event Online

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 9:00-10:30am

  • Stories from a few survivors about what it looks like to spend Christmas on Lake Volta, and now in freedom
  • A brief roundtable on the parallels between the birth of Christ and freedom from slavery
  • Christmas songs in Ghanaian and English
  • A time of Q&A so you can get to know the team and IJM’s work in Ghana even more       

Please go to the following link to register: https://ijm.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_09w8EpiNQ2mtX3h68gayjQ



Alliance Women Ministries

This Christmas our Alliance Women’s Ministries group has prepared some lovely masks to thank brothers and sisters for their support of the Ministries. There are a few available, please pick up at church during office hours (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm).  Should you are unable to come in person, you may ask other brothers and sisters to pick up on your behalf.  A free-will offering is appreciated. All proceeds will go to the support of missionaries. Even if you do not receive the mask, please continue to pray for the ministries and support them financially.  Thank you !

 


Church Office Hours

In response to Dr. Bonnie Henry's latest safety measure guideline and the guideline from District Office, the church office hours remained 9:00am - 1:00pm till January 8, 2021.  



Office Updates

  • Rev. Collins Kung is away from November 30 to December 13, 2020.
  • Rev. Simon Lee is away from December 17 to 21, 2020.
  • The church office will be closed on Monday December 14, 2020 due to power outage notification from BC Hydro.


Doxology

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow

Praise Him, all creatures here below

Praise Him above, ye heavenly host

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost

Amen.

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