The Sunday after Christmas


Call to Worship

One: We have come to worship as people who have longed for a better future.
All: We have dreamed of a time when those who are hungry are fed;
One: those who are lonely, have a friend;
All: those who feel sad, laugh and sing for joy!
One: We have gathered together trusting in the promise of new life;
All: that death does not have the final word!
One: Love came down at Christmas!
All: Love, all lovely! Love Divine!

Hymn:  #163 Of eternal love begotten

Welcome & Gathering Prayer concluding with Lord’s Prayer

Shepherd of the Stars: we give thanks for this Christmas season. We honour the children in our lives, and ask that we may be part of their nurturing and growth. Inspire us to be child-like in our curiosity, our wonder and our welcome to those who long for safe harbour. In a world of overflowing with competition, enmity and division, we need to learn the goodness of hope, trust and belonging. So, we put our trust in your welcoming Spirit, and in one another. Amen.

Assurance of God’s Grace

Peace Invocation: “May the Peace of Christ be with you”
(Izumi Shiota, Lori True): OneLicense #87626

May the peace of Christ be with you
May the love of Christ dwell deep in your heart
May the spirit enlighten your way
May you live in the comfort of God’s care

Fun with the Young at Heart   #114 Emmanuel, Emmanuel

Musical Reflection: Jesus What a Wonderful Child (Trad. Spiritual, arr. Sandra McCracken)
Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Scripture: Revelation 21:1-6a

Sermon: The Rev. Mark Gedcke

Presentation of our offering

Offertory: Why Do We Hunger for Beauty? (Jim Croegaert), Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Doxology: #145 In the bleak mid-winter, v. 4

What can I give him,
poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd,
I would bring a lamb;
if I were a wise one,
I would do my part;
yet what I can I give him —
give my heart.

Prayer of Dedication

God of the manger: this time of offering reminds us that acts of compassion and service give hope to the world. They energize us as a people to join the circle wide. They instill in us the courage to give our time and our talents because God first loved us. Today, we commit ourselves to live our lives with kindness and generous faithfulness. Amen.

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Hope

Hymn: # 141  Good Christians all rejoice


Advent Sending Song (Music: Old 100th,  text Charles Coffin, 1736)

To God, all glorious heav’nly Light,
to Christ revealed in earthly night,
to God the Spirit now we raise
our joyful songs of thankful praise.

Knox Waterloo: CCLI License # 2580326
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