Call to Worship

One: As we approach the season of Advent,
All: we live in the already but not yet.
One: A time of waiting for God to come close to us,
All: through Emmanuel, God with us.
One: At times on our journey, we feel lost and so far away,
All: but we celebrate that God finds us and welcomes us home.
One: Come, let us celebrate that God’s love is lavished upon us.

Hymn #706: Come, let us sing
Words: Robert Walmsley, Music: Adam Watson. Public Domain. CCLI # 3478552

Welcome & Gathering Prayer, Lord’s Prayer

Assurance of God’s Grace

Peace Invocation: Still, still, still
Trad. Austrian Carol, Words: Adapted by Mary-Catherine Pazzano Public Domain. OneLicense #94339

Still, still, still,
We await our Saviour’s birth.
The day is peaceful all around you, Close your eyes,
Let peace surround you,
Peace, peace, peace,
We await our Saviour’s birth.

A Story for the Whole Community
Home is a window, a book by Phyllis Webstad

Musical Reflection: Wherever you are – Mary-Catherine Pazzano
Words & Music: Barnaby Bright
Source Material: “Close to Home” Advent Resource

Scripture : Luke 15: 11-32 read by Ellen McIntosh

Wondering…being close to home

Hymn: Make of my heart a stable
Words & Music: Amanda Udis-Kessler
© 2021, Amanda Udis-Kessler, All Rights Reserved. Free Use

Life and Ministry of Knox Waterloo

Invitation to the Offering

Offertory: Home – Knox Praise Band
Words & Music: Drew Pearson, Greg Holden
© 2012 Fallen Art Music and CYP Two Publishing, Used by permission

Doxology: Sing a new world into being
Words & Music: Mary Louise Bringle © 2005, GIA Publications, Inc. OneLicense #27312

Sing a new world into being
where the homeless find a home,
where no children ever hunger
but are filled with God’s shalom;
where all people work for justice,
where all hate and vengeance cease.
Sing a new world into being:
raise the harmonies of peace.

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Hope

Hymn #640: Softly and Tenderly
Words & Music: William J. Thompson Public Domain. OneLicense #95163


Advent Sending Song #112: Prepare the way of the Lord
Words: Isaiah 40:3, 52:10; Music: Jacques Berthier, Taize Community © 1984, Les Presses de Taizé, GIA Publications, Inc., agent; Words Public Domain, Music Taize Community, Used by Permission of GIA Publications. OneLicense #00142

Prepare the way of the Lord.
Prepare the way of the Lord,
and all people will see
the salvation of our God.



Worship Leaders: The Rev. Courtney Crawford, The Rev. Hugh Donnelly, Mary-Catherine Pazzano

Tech Team: Ben Breen, Kathleen Forde, Jamie McManus

Copyright: CCLI License #2580326. Onelicense A-713805 Images and videos used with permission.