CHRIST CHURCH URC
1 December 2019
Led by Rev Paul Stein
Organist: Gareth Bennett Reader: Margaret Atkinson
Entry of the Bible
Welcome and Notices
Lighting of the Advent candle
Song The candle of hope (first verse)
The candle of hope we light in this hour
proclaims that the Lord is coming in power.
We wait for a future, now hidden from view,
when Christ in his glory will make all things new.
Text: Copyright © 2015 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved
Tune: LYONS 10.10.11.11 (“O Worship the King, All Glorious Above”)
Song MP 1201 Longing for light
1 Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
Longing for truth, we turn to You.
Make us Your own, Your holy people;
Light for the World to see.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts,
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in Your Church
2 Longing for peace, our World is troubled.
Longing for hope, many despair.
Your Word alone has power to save us.
Make us Your living voice.
3 Longing for food, many are hungry.
Longing for water, many still thirst.
Make us Your bread, broken for others,
Shared until all are fed.
4 Longing for shelter, many are homeless,
Longing for warmth, many are cold.
Make us Your building, sheltering others,
Walls made of living stone.
5 Many the gifts, many the people,
Many the hearts that yearn to belong.
Let us be servants to one another,
Making Your Kingdom come.
Words and Music: © 1981, 2000, OCP, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213 USA. All rights reserves.
Used by permission.
(Children leave for their groups)
Readings Isaiah 35: 1-10 Ephesians 2: 1-10
Reflection The Christmas Hope
Prayers for others
Song MP 988 How deep the Father’s love for us
1 How deep the Father's love for us,
How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure.
How great the pain of searing loss -
The Father turns His face away,
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory.
2 Behold the man upon a cross,
My sin upon His shoulders;
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers.
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished;
His dying breath has brought me life -
I know that it is finished.
3 I will not boast in anything,
No gifts, no power, no wisdom;
But I will boast in Jesus Christ,
His death and resurrection.
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart -
His wounds have paid my ransom.
Stuart Townend. © 1995 Thankyou Music/Adm. by worshiptogether.com songs excl. UK & Europe,
adm. by kingswaysongs.com. www.kingswaysongs.com. Used by permission.
Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 82364. Copied from HymnQuest: Copyright Licence Users'
Edition. HymnQuest ID: 74733. CCL: 7C07
Song R&S 740 Tell out, my soul
Sending out & blessing
DIARY FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
Celtic Daily Prayer Monday - Friday at 12:00 noon in the Vestibule
Today 10:30 Morning Worship and Holy Communion
12:00 led by Rev Paul Stein
Special Church Meeting
re plans for church premises
Tue 10:30 Open House in the Vestry
Wed 10:00 Activity Group in Room 3
11:30 Day Centre Lunches in the Church Hall
Thurs 1:30 Parent and Toddler Group in the Youth Hall
Fri 10:30 Meditation in Room 2
11:30 Friday Soup Lunch in the Church Hall
Sat 2:00-6:00 Christmas Tree Festival, the Church of Our Saviour,
Ashton Place, Chelmer Village. CM2 6ST
3:00 Fellowship Tea in the Church Hall
Next Sun 10:30 Morning Worship led by Rev Paul Stein
12:00 Church Meeting in the Church Hall
“Who are we praying to?” is the Messy Church
title of a 4 week discussion course. Saturday 14 December
Our third session will be on
Thursday 12 December 2:00- 2:00-4:00pm
4:00pm in Room 2. Please contact Dawn Fazackerley
if you are able to help.
Christmas Post Box
Our Christmas Post Box will be situated in the vestibule for the
next two Sundays, 8 and 15 December
Pray that we may be ready in heart, mind and spirit, that we may be
ready to hear the wilderness voice, preparing the way, calling us to turn
round and start again. Terry Hinks: Praying the Way