Worship Liturgy
December 20, 2020

Below is the worship liturgy for December 20. 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
O Come, O Come Emmanuel
Behold the Lamb of God

Prayer of Confession
Assurance of Pardon

How He Loves

Offering Prayer
Children's Time
Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:46-55 ESV

Message:
Advent - The Song of Mary

All Glory Be To Christ
Announcements
Doxology
Benediction

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Call to Worship

All creation holds its breath.
The time is almost here.
The heavenly choir of angels waits for its cue to sing.
Excitement is all around us.

Prepare your hearts–The grace of God takes on human form.
Good news! Emmanuel, God-with-Us, comes to us.
We gather to make ready our hearts for the coming of Christ, our hope.
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Prayer of Confession

Lord God,

We praise you for sending light into this world.
We confess that we live as though the light had never defeated darkness.
We confess that we ignore the Savior you sent to be among us and to live in us.
We’ve kept the birth of your Son confined to the Christmas season and do not yearn for his coming each moment in our waiting hearts.

Forgive us for not opening our eyes to Jesus. 
Prepare us for His return.
Help us rejoice in the light,
so that your grace can illuminate
the darkened places of our hearts. 

Amen.

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Assurance of Pardon
Romans 8:35; 37-39

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Luke 1:46-55

Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat

46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
Painting: “Magnificat” by Sister Mary Grace Thul (woodblock print)

Announcements

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Year-end Thanksgiving Donations

Being able to give is a blessing and responsibility of a disciple.  We encourage all brothers and sisters to continue to pray and give.  There are three ways to donate to the church: click here for more information.


Alliance Women Ministries - Facemasks

This Christmas our Alliance Women’s Ministries group has prepared some lovely masks to thank brothers and sisters for their support of the Ministries. All the facemasks have been picked up.  We thank you brothers and sisters for your generous support.  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. 

 

Church Office Hours

In response to Dr. Bonnie Henry's latest safety measures, and the guideline from theDistrict Office, the church office hours will continue to be 9:00am - 1:00pm until January 8, 2021. 


Office Updates

      Pastor Jason Cheung is away from December 27 - 30, 2020.

      Rev. Simon Lee is away from December 17 to 21, 2020.

     

      Church office will be closed for Christmas and New Year Holidays:

      December 25, 26 & 28, 2020 and January 1, 2021.



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.