A Service of Reflection and Hope
We Gather Together in the Shadows
Call to Worship
Leader: Tonight we gather in a time 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— feeling the pain we have known, intimate with our failed relationships, holding our heartache in hands of tenderness. Tonight we gather with neighbours and strangers, a community 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 #122 Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel vss. 1,3,7
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Song Longest Night (The Many) sung by MC Pazzano
We Listen for Hope in Sacred Story
Learning to Walk in the Shadows
With thanks to Laura Alary
Sung Refrain – We are waiting for you
Scripture & Wondering
1 Kings 19:1-16
Psalm 139:1-16; 23-24
Reflections Adele Halliday
A Ritual of Memory and Hope
Musical Reflection And I love you so (Don McLean)
Prayer of Hope
Hymn #341 Before the world began
Thank you to Those who Contributed to this Service
Speaker: Adele Halliday
Ministers: Courtney Crawford, Hugh Donnelly
Music Director: Mary-Catherine Pazzano
Script: Laura Alary
Sound: Mark Culp
Broadcast: Grant Birks
Multimedia: Kathleen Forde