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Bulletin for Sunday, December 18, 2016

Worship Leader:                 Muriel Hoover

Song Leader:                          Sheryl Wideman

Pianist:                                      Linda Ramer     

Greeters:                                 Art and Evelyn Byer

Order of Service

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

Lighting of the Advent Candles – Taylor family

Praise Singing

Offering

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 54:10closeIsaiah 54:10 10 For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 54:10closeIsaiah 54:10 10 For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (ESV)
10 For the mountains may depart
and the hills be removed,
but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,
and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (ESV)
; Ephesians 3:14-21closeEphesians 3:14-21 Prayer for Spiritual Strength 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV) closeEphesians 3:14-21closeEphesians 3:14-21 Prayer for Spiritual Strength 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV) Prayer for Spiritual Strength 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (ESV) ; Luke 1:44-55closeLuke 1:44-55 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 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.” (ESV)
closeLuke 1:44-55closeLuke 1:44-55 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 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.” (ESV)
44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” 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.” (ESV)

Children’s Story – Sheryl Wideman

Message: “Love…enough to share?” –  Pastor Dawne Driedger

Hymn – “Fill my cup, Lord….”

Congregational Response/Thanksgiving/Prayer Requests

Hymn

Closing  Prayer

 

Bulletin Announcements

Year-end reports – Committee chairs, please send your committee reports to the church office by December 23rd.  Thank you.

TODAY, December 18: Christmas Lunch after the service . Christmas program to follow after lunch. There will be a free -will donation basket.

Saturday, December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service: begins at 7pm and will include singing, readings and candles! Invite a neighbour or friend for this special time of worship and celebration.

Sunday, December 25 – Christmas Day worship service at Wideman Church.

There will be no Sunday School on Dec 18, 25 or  Jan 1. Sunday School will resume on January 8 at 9:45.

Here are a few ways to give in our community this Christmas season:

  1. Bring non-perishable food items and fill the boxes in the foyer by the Christmas tree. Markham Food Bank needs the following items: jars of jam, Jello mixes, canned milk, toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, tissue, toilet paper)
  2. Buy a gift card at a grocery or drug store, place it in an envelope that is provided beside the Christmas tree in the sanctuary, and place it on the tree. These will be shared with our refugee families as they are needed.
  3. Bring men’s socks and underwear also warm scarves and gloves/mitts to be placed under the Christmas tree in the sanctuary.

University Student Update:

Clara Hoover is in her final year at Waterloo and is looking forward to graduation. She is a busy art student, preparing her own art show and is also involved in many musical performances. She hopes to be accepted into an Art Residency and hopefully do some traveling. She also wants to continue with vocal training and perhaps pursue opera! Clara said to tell all of you that she is grateful for your support and prayers.

Andrea Lehming is studying Interior Decorating at Sheridan College. She enjoys her courses and the new friends that she has made. She appreciates all the support this congregation gave her as she was growing up.

 

Dec 30 @ 7:00pm – 11:00 pm  Mennonite New Life Centre “Welcome Home” Benefit concert at Toronto United Mennonite Church.  The concert will feature Samantha Martin Music and Delta Sugar. They were nominated for four Maple Blues Awards in 2016. More information is available at: http://mnlct.org/welcome-home-benefit-concert/

Rouge Valley Mennonite Church currently has an opening for a part-time Administrative Assistant. Please see the full job description on the north bulletin board. Interested applicants are asked to send a resume and cover letter to Michael Brisbin at mbrisbin@rogers.com by Dec. 18, 2016.

 

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