Longest Night
A Service of Reflection and Hope
December 21, 2019

We Gather Together in the Shadows

Gathering Music: Waiting, Wondering, Wandering – RE Schram
Knox Chancel Choir

Leader: Tonight we gather here in this place of refuge,

All: For we are lost, we are lonely, we are afraid.

Leader: Tonight we gather, daring to wonder if God has indeed come in Jesus – discerning the rejecting we have known, intimate with our failed relationships, holding our heartache in hands of tenderness. Tonight we gather with neighbours and strangers, a family made one by our brokenness.

All: We come with our hearts full of longing and our heads full of doubts. We come because we need a place where we can be ourselves.

Leader: Tonight we gather just as we are. For God has promised to meet us here and to welcome us for who we are.

Hymn We cannot measure how you heal (Tune: Candler, #693)

We cannot measure how you heal
or answer every sufferer’s prayer,
yet we believe your grace responds
where faith and doubt unite to care.

Your hand, though bloodied on the cross,
survive to hold and heal and warn,
to carry all through death to life
and cradle children yet unborn.

The pain that will not go away,
the guilt that clings from things long past,
the fear of what the future holds,
are present as if meant to last.

But present too is love which tends
the hurt we never hoped to find,
the private agonies inside,
the memories that haunt the mind.

So some have come who need your help
and some have come to make amends,
the hands which shaped and saved the world
are present in the touch of friends.

Lord, let your Spirit meet us here
to mend the body, mind, and soul,
to disentangle peace from pain,
and make your broken people whole.

© 1989 – GIA/Iona Community / WGRG

Welcome & Gathering Prayer

Reflection: Calm me, Lord – D Adam, Knox Chancel Choir

We Listen for Hope in Sacred Story

Stories from Scripture including Luke 1 & 2, Matthew 1 & 2, Romans 8:38-39

A Story from Today Mackenzie Leclaire

A Ritual of Memory and Hope

Candle Lighting
Musical Reflection During Candle Lighting
I Went Up to the Mountain – Patty Griffin, arr. Mac Huff
Soloist: Mary Catherine Pazzano.  Knox Chancel Choir

Prayer of Hope

Hymn Before the world began #341

Benediction

You are invited to a reception in the church hall after the service, hosted by our Pastoral Care group. Chocolates provided by the Moffat family, in loving memory of beloved husband and father, Donald Moffatt. 


Thank you to the Participants in this Service

Speaker: Mackenzie Leclaire
Ministers: Hugh Donnelly, Linda Ashfield, Brooke Ashfield
Music Director: Terry English
Choir: Knox Chancel Choir
Sound: Dan Corrigan
Broadcast: Grant Birks
Multimedia: David Matthews