Dec 28.14 Bulletin - Westminster United Church

Westminster United Church
“Embracing Our Community”
Sunday, December 28, 2014
10:30 AM
Welcome to Westminster United Church. We are glad that we can worship
God together this morning.
Our Mission Statement
Westminster United Church is a Christian family sharing the good news of
Jesus Christ with the congregation, the community and the world at large.
We provide a spiritual home for worship, celebration of the sacraments,
and Christian Education.
Hymns, responsive readings and unison prayers will be displayed on the
screen. Today’s hymns are also available in large print from the
Please do not leave handbags or valuables unattended.
Thank you to those participating in today’s service:
Scripture Reader: Bev Crumb
Greeters and Candle lighters: Sue & Bob Neil
Team 4 (Bob Dingman, Larry Morrow,
Walter Lamers, Bob Neil, Heather
Bowyer, Arlene Jones, Gord Mahaffy,
Neville Wright)
Coffee and Tea Server(s):
Team 5 (Neville Wright, Emma Murrin,
Dean Mortimer, Shirley Penny)
Tech Booth: Bruce & Adam Cullen
Guest organist: Jennifer Tilk
We encourage you to take this bulletin home with you after
today’s worship service.
(* Indicates to please stand as you are able.)
We Gather Together
Call to Worship
One: The preparation, the waiting and the anticipation have all
come to pass.
We rejoice in the birth of Jesus!
This is not all there is however, there is still so much more to
The light of the Star still shines brightly, ever leading
and ever guiding us as we seek to worship you, O
God, through your infant Son.
Just as the Wise Men waited and watched and then followed,
all those years ago,
We do likewise; waiting for your message, watching
your signs and following the Star of Bethlehem.
The Star of Wonder that leads us to Hope, Joy, Peace and
The Star of Light that leads us to Jesus and to you.
Opening Prayer
Passing the Peace (we greet one another saying, “The peace of
Christ be with you.” “And also with you.”)
*Hymn: We Three Kings of Orient Are
The Bible is placed, candles lit
To Offer Ourselves
Announcements – The Life and Work of the Church
Invitation to Offering (our commitment to support
the Life and Work of the church)
(Children and youth are encouraged to place their offerings in the
offering plate at this time, too.)
*Sung Response: VU#81, v3
As they offered gifts most rare
at that manger crude and bare,
so may we with holy joy,
pure and free from sin’s alloy,
all our costliest treasures bring,
Christ, to you, our heavenly King.
To Hear God’s Word
Time with all God’s Children
Scripture Background
Scripture Reading: Matthew 2: 1-11 The Visit of the Wise
(Listen to the scripture. What stands out to you: a word, image,
Chris Shkolnik
(Something I want to remember …)
To Respond in Faith
Time of Silent Reflection
*Hymn: VU #81 As with Gladness Men of Old
Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer
To Go Into the World
*Hymn: VU #96 Will You Come and See the Light
*Blessing and Sending Forth
Sung Response:
A--men. A--men. A-men. Amen. Amen.
A Prayer for the Week
Extravagant God, you sent magi with generous gifts to visit
the baby Jesus and proclaim his reign to all the world.
Make our voices heard when we proclaim God’s love to all.
We pray these things in the strong name of Jesus. Amen.
Prayer Requests during the Service
Our weekly worship service provides a time for submitting prayers of
concern, thanksgiving and praise. You will find prayer forms in the pew
Prayer/praise requests are collected along with the offering. Please place
the completed prayer cards in the baskets as they are circulated and your
weekly offering in the metal plates. The requests are read in the service
during our prayer time together and then forwarded to the Prayer Group
who will continue to pray for each concern.
Westminster Calendar
Monday December 29, 2014 to Saturday January 3, 2015
Sunday January 4, 2015
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM-Sunday Worship
Monday January 5, 2015
What’s Happening at Westminster?
Blood Donor Clinic January 6
The next Canadian Blood Services Blood Donor Clinic is Tuesday, January
6 from 3:00PM - 7:00PM in the Westminster gym. You can book your
appointment time by calling ahead to Canadian Blood Services at
Senior Fitness: This new 8 week program will run weekly on Thursday
mornings in the gym, from 9:30-10:30am. Start date: Jan. 15th. There is no fee and
spaces are limited to 12, so register soon! Contact Katie Bonikowsky (Instructor)
to register at [email protected]
You’re invited to the Wellness Committee January Special Event
Our guest speaker on topics of mental health and depression will be David Clarke,
Coordinator of Communications and Training with Durham Mental Health
Services. David has over 20 years of experience as a case worker and program
supervisor, and has delivered educational presentations to many groups in
Durham. Mark your calendar for Sunday, January 18, 2015 following
worship service from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm. At the start, a sandwich buffet
lunch will be served in the Founders’ Room.
Explore Faith: Confirmation Program 2015
For youth grades 9-12 led by Rev. Michelle Robinson. The excitement begins
after church on Sunday January 25, 2015.
Confirmation is a step in faith, it is not a destination. It is not saying, “I know and
understand everything about being a Christian,” rather it is saying, “I am willing
to be on this amazing journey of faith and am making my own
commitment to it.” The confirmation program explores the Christian faith
through discussions, questions, activities, and worship. Some highlights of the
program this year include: a trip to Emmanuel College/University of Toronto,
participation in the Coldest Night of the Year walk, and a weekend confirmation
retreat to Five Oaks, (this retreat was strongly recommended by previous
confirmands as being an amazing weekend!) Confirmation Sunday will be May 3,
2015. If you are interested in being part of the confirmation group 2015, contact
Rev. Michelle for a full schedule of dates and an introductory letter.
Email: [email protected] or call the church office 905-723-6442.