This Sunday December 19 is the 4th Sunday of Advent and we continue to worship online and in-person. Scroll down for in-person worship information.
Family Learning Resources
Our Big God theme for the day is “The Lord is Our Love.” You can find all your family learning resources for the week here: https://standrews.ws/2021/12/18/family-learning-december-19-2021/
Online Worship Premiers at 10:30am
Order of Service
Call to Worship – Psalm 98:4-9
Hymn: “Good Christians, All Rejoice” #141
Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 53:1-12
Gospel Reading – Luke 2:25-35
Message: “Isaiah: Love That Suffers Long”
Hymn: “What Child is This” #161
We Respond to God’s Generosity
Closing Prayers & Blessing
Hymn: “It Came Upon A Midnight Clear” #148 vs. 1-3, 5
- All persons 12 years of age and over must have received at least 2 doses of a COVID vaccine to attend worship. Please bring proof of vaccination the first time you come to worship and we will keep a record of your status.
- Please wear a mask and as much as possible maintain 2m (6 ft.) physical distance from other people outside of your household.
- Please do not come to worship if you are feeling unwell or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID in the past 14 days.
- Latest Vaccination Information: Third doses of COVID-19 vaccine (aka booster shots) will be available to everyone 18 years of age and over on Monday December 20 and the required waiting time for a third dose drops from 6 months (168 days) to 3 months (84) from your second dose. To confirm that you are eligible go to: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/book-vaccine/. You can book directly through the City of Hamilton: https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination.
Online Christmas Eve Service: There will be an online Christmas Eve service here on YouTube that will premier on December 24 at 4:00pm and be available any time after that.
In-Person Christmas Eve Service: Session will be meeting after the service this morning to update plans for the Christmas Eve service. An email update will be sent out in the afternoon, and those without email will receive a call from one of the elders.
Going Deeper (Study Resources): The book Isaiah was finished after the Exile that the prophet had foreseen. This idea is helpful for understanding the book as well as the whole story of the Bible. It also helps us understand how Jesus rescues us. The Bible Project has a great video on this theme of Exile. You can find it here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/exile/
Wesley Urban Ministries Christmas and Holiday Program 2021: The Mission Team is asking for your support of Wesley Urban Ministries Christmas and Holiday program. The program will not operate as a store again this year but will instead provide hampers for families, seniors, those individuals experiencing homelessness and refugees. Registrations for the program are underway now. Please click HERE for the list of suggested gift and food items. The new and unwrapped gifts and food items can be brought to the Church building on the morning of December 19th. If you wish to make a monetary donation you may do so at wesley.ca. Thank you for your support of this important outreach in our community and continuing St. Andrew’s many years of involvement with Wesley.