TIME: 11:00 – 11:45 AM

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

Third Sunday of Advent B
December 13, 2020
Hymn Sing: Shema Dizon
Welcome and Announcements: Dr. Ashley Danguecan Duxbury

Gathering Music: Aoibhin Davidson

Call to Worship: Dr. Ashley Danguecan Duxbury

Invocation: Dr. Ashley Danguecan Duxbury

Time with the Children:  Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy

Scripture Reading: Jaron De Los Trinos
Psalm 126
Response to the Word
Jaron: The Word of God for the People of God.

Congregation: Thanks be to God.

Advent Candle Lighting Liturgy

Arthur Delos-Reyes:  Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 
We want everything to look nice: the decorations of the season, our homes with their lights and tinsel, wreaths and ribbons. We want to lighten the darkness around us, bring beauty to the ugliness that wears us down. We decorate, because it is tradition. Because it lifts our hearts. Because it makes us feel like children again. We deck our halls because company is coming.

Eterna Delos-Reyes: The prophet Isaiah smiled when he said, “God will give a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, a mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.” No matter how far we feel from the spirit of the season, God promises to decorate us with love and with joy.

We light these candles as a sign of our joy in the beautiful things of this season – not just the things that glitter and flash, but the deeper things, the beauty of the heart and the soul, the beauty of love shared in service and hospitality. We light this candle of joy because company is coming.

Grace Ingal will light 2 purple candles and 1 pink candle.

Solo: Erika Steffer  One Candle Is Lit (verse 3)
Come, festively sing while awaiting the birth,
join angels in dancing from heaven to earth.
Wave banners of good news, lift high thankful praise.
One candle is lit for the joy of these days.

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy
Text::John 1: 6-8; 19-28
Meditation: “Great Expectations”

Special Music: Erika Steffer

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (recited)

The Offering: Dr. Ashley Danguecan Duxbury

Invitation to Stewardship:

Today, we receive the White Gift Offering. The White Gift Offering is divided equally between Sunday Schools in the Philippines and the Clarendon Hospital for the Disabled in Jamaica.  When we give to the White Gift Offering, we help to transform the lives of children and provide outreach ministry to those in need. From helping to sustain Sunday School budgets, including vacation Bible school for children in the Philippines, to helping disabled children at the Clarendon Hospital to be more self-sufficient, Your gift is greatly appreciated.

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. Dr. Nancy Hardy

Invitation to the Table
Consecration and Participation
Prayer for the Bread: Susan Dizon
Prayer for the Cup: Amorsolo Himaya

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