December 29, 2019 First after Christmas 10:30 a.m.
A Warm Welcome to everyone worshipping with us
today. May this time together be a blessing to you as
you pause to praise God, to give thanks and to
gather spiritual strength for the coming week.
Please join us for Fellowship time after the service
in the Friendship Room.
Music: Ying Quan, Piano
the Christ Candle:
Christmas Blessings and Peace
*Hymn: VU 62Once In Royal David’s City
Hymn: VU 61, vv.
1,2 & 6Of the Father’s Love
(Europe, ca. 405)
Opening Prayer: VU
66A Christmas Prayer
As once you came in the hush of darkness, O God,
so still our
by the wonder of
Make us wise with the wisdom of the little one,
that truth might be born afresh in us.
Let not our hearts be busy inns with no room,
but doors opened
wide to welcome a Holy Guest,
who is Jesus Christ, alive with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and
Hymn:VU 43 Go Tell It on the Mountain
(North America, ca.1800)
Hymn:VU 75While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
by Night(Europe, 1700)
Hymn:VU 85Midnight Stars Make Bright the Sky
Hymn:VU 46Gentle Mary Laid Her Child (alternate tune)
This is the season of gifts, and so
we give thanks for all we have received. As we have been blessed, so we offer
blessings here, that together we might do God’s work of justice and peace for
all. Let us present the blessing of our offering.
Written by: Sheryl
Spencer, Mount Forest PC, Mount Forest, ON. Gathering, ACE 2019‒2020, page 40. Used with permission.
Offertory Anthem: The Three Drovers-
Across the plains one
Christmas night, three drovers riding by this way, looked up and saw a starry
light, more radiant than the milky way; and on their hears such wonder fell,
they sang with joy: Noel! Noel!
*Offertory Song: VU 518,
v.3As Those of Old
With gratitude and humble trust we
bring our best to you,
not just to serve your cause,
but share your love with neighbours
O God, who gave yourself to us in
Jesus Christ, your son,
help us to give ourselves each day
until life’s work is done.
Take our offerings, Gracious God—what we offer here,
what we offer with our time and energy—and make them holy.
May such light shine from us and from these gifts
that all may know of the peace of your kingdom. Amen.
Written by: Sheryl
Spencer, Mount Forest PC, Mount Forest, ON. Gathering, ACE 2019‒2020, page 41. Used with permission.
of the People
are invited to pray in the language of your choice)
Father, (Loving God) who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And
lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.For Thine is the kingdom, the power and the
glory, forever and ever.Amen.
Hymn: VU 48Hark! The
Herald Angels Sing
invites us out into the world to live the love of Christ.
We answer that invitation with all our heart and soul.
Spirit draws us into our community to knit together wounds and bind up those
who are hurting.
We open our hearts to those excluded, drawing the circle of God’s
embrace ever wider.
grace fills us with courage, strength, energy and passion.
We dance, we rejoice, we celebrate the good news, singing the
story of Emmanuel, God with us.
Written by: Gord Dunbar,
Kincardine PC, Kincardine, ON. Gathering,
ACE 2019‒2020, page 40. Used with permission.
*Sung Blessing: VU 72 vs.
Heaven Above to Earth I Come
From heaven above to earth I come to bring good news to
everyone! Glad tidings of great joy I bring to all the world, and gladly sing:
“Glory to God in highest heaven, who unto us a Son has
With angels sing in pious mirth: a glad new year to all the
OFFERING SETS 2020 are available for pick up from the narthex.
WEUC HOLIDAY OFFICE HOURS Office will be
closed from Dec. 24 - Jan.1st. Please ensure year end offerings have been
received in the office no later than December
29th in order to receive credit on your 2019 charitable receipt.
WEUC LUNCH AND LEARN SERIES runs every first
Sunday of each month from October to June after the service in the Friendship
Room. Next Lunch and Learn:
Sun. January 5.Guest Speaker:Karen Shea Topic. Therapeutic Horticulture
and Floral Design.Donations of food items - crackers, cheese, dips etc. would be
WELCOME CLUB II meet to play bridge Mondays
12:30-3:30 p.m. from September to June in the Friendship Room. $2.00 covers tea
and sweets. (Resumes January 6th 2020)
WELCOME CLUB I SENIORS “CARDS AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES Welcome Club I meet each Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in
the Friendship Room from September to June.Group meets weekly for euchre, bridge, fun games and chat table.
For more info please call the church office
(Resumes January 8th, 2020)
FREE ESL CLASS (LITERACY PROJECT) Open for everybody and all
levels welcome!Learn at your own pace.
Tuesdays & Wednesdays 10 a.m.
to 12 noon in the Friendship Room (September to June). For more info call 416-225-2309.
WEUC KOREAN OUTREACH GROUP meet every Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the
Friendship Room for Yoga, exercise and movies.For more info, speak to Lina.
NAME TAGS:A reminder to wear your nametags, located at
the back of the sanctuary, as they are helpful in getting to know each other.
available, for those who are able, in the auditorium, accessible by the Narthex
(back of the church) via stairwell (see designated signs).
HONEY FOR SALE 100%
Balsam Lake Wildflower Natural Honey Ontario No. 1 White on sale after the
service in the Friendship Room or from the church office.$10 for
the 500 gramsjar (small); $20 for the 1 kilogram jar (large).This
year, the honey is a beautiful golden colour from the apple blossoms, basswood,
black locust, white clover, red clover and golden rod.
All proceeds in support of DVRR.
ALL WEUC AND CAUC
MEMBERS are invited to join in any of the groups or upcoming
events that are offered by each church. Please be sure to read the weekly
announcements in the Sunday bulletin or pick up the WEUC and CAUC monthly
calendars on the shelf outside the WEUC office.
for Children to do during the service:Colouring
sheets and craft materials are available at the back for children to use during
the service. Please ask an usher.
BIRTHDAY RECOGNITIONS The Spiritual
Care and Nurture Committee will be recognizing birthdays every first Sunday of
the month. If you are celebrating a birthday in January let members of the Committee or the WEUC church office
WEUC SCENT-FREE CHURCH Please be advised that strong scents can aggravate
health problems for some people.We
encourage you to help maintain a scent-safe environment by not using scented
products such as perfumes, colognes, and other personal care products when you
come to church.
DATES TO REMEMBER
Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m.First after Christmas
Jan. 5, 10:30 a.m.Second after Christmas/Epiphany
Jan. 5, 12 noonLunch & Learn Series after the service in the
Jan. 12, 10:30 a.m.Joint Worship Service/Baptism of
Jan. 13, 7 p.m.WEUC Council meeting in the Friendship