Summerlea United Church
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(This service was recorded earlier on November 25 in the 'empty' sanctuary.)

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Sunday, November 29, 2020

The First Sunday in Advent

Getting ready in the

sadly still empty sanctuary.

Allegretto Ma Non Troppo

(Samuel Wesley)

Scott looks to the beautifully
decorated communion table.
The Church Mice have been busy.
(They do love a good sacramant.)

Welcoming Words

There are only two sacraments recognized in the United Church of Canada.
(The Catholics have seven!!)
Communion is one. Can you name the other??

(Hint: It's Baptism. Ooops...I gave it away.)

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
(VU 1, Verses 1,2,5,7)

O come, O come, Immanuel,
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Immanuel
Shall come to you, O Israel.

O come, O Wisdom from on high,
Who ordered all things mightily;
To us the path of knowledge show
And teach us in its ways to go.

O come, O Key of David, come
And open wide our heavenly home.
Make safe the way that leads on high,
And close the path to misery.

O come, O Bright and Morning Star,
And bring us comfort from afar!
Dispel the shadows of the night
And turn our darkness into light.

O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
O bid all our sad divisions cease,
And be for us the Prince of Peace.

The first Advent Candle is lit.

A candle is burning,
A flame warm and bright;
A candle of Hope
In December’s dark night.
While angels sing blessings
From heav’n’s starry sky
Our hearts we prepare now,
For Jesus is nigh.


The spoken text: Isaiah 64:1-9

The written text: Isaiah 64:1-9

Spoken text: Mark 13:24-37

Written text: Mark 13:24-37

All Earth Is Waiting (VU 5)

All earth is waiting
To see the Promised One,
And open furrows await
The seed of God.
All the world, bound and struggling,
Seeks true liberty;
It cries out for justice
And searches for the truth.

Thus says the prophet to those of Israel:
'A virgin mother will bear Emmanuel,'
One whose name is 'God with us'
Our Saviour shall be;
Through whom hope will blossom
Once more within our hearts.

Mountains and valleys will
Have to be made plain;
Open new highways,
New highways for God.
Who is now coming closer,
So come all and see,
And open the doorways
As wide as wide can be.

In lowly stable the
Promised One appeared;
Yet feel that presence
Throughout the earth today,
For he lives in all Christians
And is with us now;
Again, on arriving,
Christ brings us liberty.

Sermon and Anthem

The Anthem

In Remembrance
by Buryl Red
(From a service in October 2014)

Grant Us, God, The Grace

Grant us, God, the grace of giving,
With a spirit large and free,
That ourselves and all our living
We may offer faithfully.

The Sacrament of Communion



Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
Born to set thy people free:
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in thee.

Israel's strength and consolation,
Hope of all the earth thou art,
Dear desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver;
Born a child and yet a king;
Born to reign in us for ever;
Now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By thine all-sufficient merit
Raise us to thy glorious throne.




Common Blessing
(VU 9, verse 1)

People, look east.
The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair
As you are able,
Trim the hearth
And set the table.
People, look east
And sing today:
Love the guest is on the way.

And some lovely hymn music to fortify us
against the elements....

Still, Still, Still

Still, still, still:
The night is calm and still.
The Christ-child in his
Crib lies sleeping,
Angels round him
Watch are keeping.
Still, still, still:
The night is calm and still.

Sleep, sleep, sleep:
Sweet Jesus, softly sleep,
While Mary sings
And gently holds you,
Safely in her arms enfolds you.
Sleep, sleep, sleep:
Sweet Jesus softly sleep.

In the Bleak Midwinter

In the bleak midwinter,
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen,
Snow on snow, snow on snow,
In the bleak midwiinter, long ago.

What can I give him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
If I were a wise man,
I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give him --
-- Give my heart.

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