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Bulletin for Sunday, December 25, 2016

Worship Leader:                 Milissa Fortier

Song Leader:                       Sheryl Wideman

Pianist:                                  Lois Burkholder            

Greeter:                                 Ruth Fockler

Order of Service

Welcome and Announcements

Call to Worship

Opening Prayer

Praise Singing

Offering

Scripture Readings: Isaiah 52:7-10closeIsaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 52:7-10closeIsaiah 52:7-10 How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God. (ESV)
How beautiful upon the mountains
are the feet of him who brings good news,
who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness,
who publishes salvation,
who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”
The voice of your watchmen—they lift up their voice;
together they sing for joy;
for eye to eye they see
the return of the Lord to Zion.
Break forth together into singing,
you waste places of Jerusalem,
for the Lord has comforted his people;
he has redeemed Jerusalem.
10 The Lord has bared his holy arm
before the eyes of all the nations,
and all the ends of the earth shall see
the salvation of our God. (ESV)
; John 1:1-14closeJohn 1:1-14 The Word Became Flesh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (ESV) closeJohn 1:1-14closeJohn 1:1-14 The Word Became Flesh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (ESV) The Word Became Flesh 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. (ESV) ; Ephesians 3:19closeEphesians 3:19 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (ESV) closeEphesians 3:19closeEphesians 3:19 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (ESV) 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (ESV)

Message: “The-Fullness-of-Christ Reveal!” –  Pastor Dawne Driedger

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Congregational Response/Thanksgiving/Prayer Requests

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Benediction

Bulletin Announcements

Ken and Dawne will be celebrating Christmas with their family and working from their home in Elmira this week. In case of emergency, you can reach them on their cell phone at 647-688-1487.

Year-end reports – Committee chairs, please send your committee reports were due on December 23rd. If you haven’t already, please submit your report to the main office as soon as possible. Thank you.

There will be no Sunday School today or next week. 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.

Please check the bulletin board for upcoming events, and current news/updates.

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/

360 Kids needs “Host” Volunteers! A “Host” Volunteer provides a bed for the night for young people who need it, in a moment of crisis. Hosts will receive remuneration to assist with expenses.  If you can offer a room to a young person and are interested in becoming a host or finding out more come to one of the following sessions:
Markham: 7220 Kennedy Rd, Jan 3 2-4pm
Newmarket: 474 Davis Drive, Jan 5 6:30-8:30pm
Vaughan: 9100 Jane Street, Jan 5 1:30-3:30pm
Richmond Hill: 10415 Yonge Street, Jan 15 2:30-4:30pm
For more information please contact the main office.

Merry Christmas!

 

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