WORSHIP ONLINE – SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2020

TIME: 11:00 – 11:45 AM
VIA VIDEO OR PHONE CONFERENCE

Dear friends, 

 We invite you to join us Sunday morning for our worship service online. At 10:30am, you can join in for a time of fellowship. We will also use this time to ensure you are properly connected, before we begin our service at 11:00am. Please state your name at the beginning of logging in. We encourage you to forward this email to friends and family who may want to join our online service. The login information is updated each week.

The Ministerial Team and the Board of Elders/Administrative Board
Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

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We will continue to provide the login information each week by e-mail/phone. If you, or someone you know, would like to join the distribution list, please click here or contact Rev. Ann Stainton at hillcrest@bellnet.ca or 416-433-7997.

ORDER OF WORSHIP

You are encouraged to prepare a piece of bread and juice and we will partake in Communion together.

Second Sunday of Advent B
December 6, 2020
 
Hymn Sing:  Shema Dizon
 
Welcome and Announcements: Richelle Himaya

Gathering Music: Aoibhin Davidson

Call to Worship: Richelle Himaya

Invocation

Time with the Children

Scripture Reading: Karen Bowen
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a
Response to the Word
Karen: The Word of God for the People of God.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

Advent Candle Lighting Service

Marilyn Ramkissoon: Isaiah 40:1-11 
Our lists are long, even in this strange mess where we live these days. And we want to do it right, we want to be safe, but we want to be able to enjoy the season. We’ve got work to do to put right what has gone wrong, to heal what is broken, to mend the relationships, and to prepare for the company that will come.

Catherine Ramkissoon: The prophet Isaiah reminded us that there is work to be done. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” When God comes in, then healing is to be found, but we need to make the way; we need to open the door into our lives.

So, we light these candles as a sign of our faith that the God we worship is not far from us and that we can clear the way for that God to come and dwell with us. We light these candles in faith that company is coming.

Grace Ingal will light two Advent Purple Candles.

Solo: Shema Dizon   One Candle Is Lit (verse 2)
Come quickly, shalom, teach us how to prepare
for a gift that compels us with justice to care.
Our spirits are restless till sin and war cease.
One candle is lit for the reign of God’s peace.

Sermon: Rev. Fred Dizon
Text: Mark 1:1-8
Meditation: “Rejoice…Emmanuel Shall Come”

Special Music: Shema Dizon

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (recited)

The Offering: Richelle Himaya

Invitation to Stewardship:

We invite you to continue with your tithes and offering through one of the options below. We know many of you are facing challenges due to COVID-19 and offer understanding for any decision you make.

1. Online through our page on Canada Helps
2. Mail a cheque to Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON M6G 2N1

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper: Rev. Fred Dizon

Invitation to the Table
Consecration and Participation
Prayer for the Bread: Amando Osias
Prayer for the Cup: Patty Gail Peaker

Closing Prayer  

Dismissal: Shema Dizon

“Go Now in Peace”
 
Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there, watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith and in love.
For tip sheets and the latest news on COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization’s website by clicking here. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public