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THIRD AVENUE UNITED CHURCH
1301 - 102nd Street
North Battleford, Saskatchewan, S9A 1G4


Who are we? We are a community of faith, known as Third Avenue United Church, who have adopted and prayerfully put into words and deeds what we believe to be our Mission in this community and in the world, and that is: We seek to love and care for God’s creation through worship and service in Christian community. W E L C O M E
Thank you for worshipping with us today!


Background Music: “Taste And See
Third Avenue United Church Choir

Order of Worship

Christmas Cantata “Images of Adoration”
Third Sunday of Advent ~ December 17, 2017

Worship Service:   10:30 am

ORDAINED MINISTER:  Rev. Frances Patterson

MUSIC DIRECTOR: Ilene Wettergreen
Pianist/Organist: Glenn Goodman

Narrators:
Rev. Frances Patterson
Jean Deyell
Wayne Schlapkohl
Sunday School students and teachers/parents

Welcoming
Time of Celebration
Lighting of the Christ Candle
Preparation for Worship

Advent Candle-lighting:
     [two blue candles are lit]
Reader 1: We have lit again the two candles in our Advent wreath, to remind us of God's gifts of hope and peace. Today we light the third candle, the pink one, representing joy.
Reader 2: The book of Isaiah describes the joy that will come with the dawning of Shalom. The broken hearted will be healed; the captives released; grief will turn to gladness; and justice will come to all people.
Reader 1: Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, sight to the blind, and release to the captives. We light this candle in joy and thanksgiving for the gift of Jesus, who sets us free. [light third candle (pink)]
Prayer: [Read together]
God, help us to remember that true joy comes when the lowly are lifted up, when the hungry are filled with good things, and relationships are restored. May your love flow through us, out into the world, giving birth to great joy!

HymnA Candle Is Burning # 6 VU, verses 1. 2 and 3

Cantata and Pageantry:  “Images of Adoration
[written by Pepper Choplin]
{Reflections of Christ in Symbols of the Season}

Hymn:O Come All Ye Faithful” #60, verses 1, 2, 3, and 4 only

Narration
A Parade of Candles
'Beautiful Candlelight'

Scripture Reading: Luke 2: 1 - 7
Narration
'Beautiful Christmas, Beautiful Child'

Narration
'Little Bitty Babe in a Manger'

Narration
'Forever Evergreen'

Narration
'Red Is The Color Of Love'

Scripture Reading: Matthew 2: 1 - 12
Narration
'We Have Seen The Star!'

Narration
Offering
Narration and Prayer of Dedication
(People stand and remain standing until end of next selection)
'As We Bow Before The King'

Scripture Reading: Luke 2: 8 - 20
Narration
'Celebrate The Child'

Benediction:
Narrator 1: We go from here filled with hope as we journey to the manger.
People: We are surrounded by your light, O God.
Narrator 2: We go from here filled with peace, knowing that wrongs can be righted.
People: We are surrounded by the power of your light, O God.
Narrator 1: We go out from here filled with joy to hasten as the shepherds did.
People: We follow your light, O God.
Narrator 2: We go from here filled with love and in thankfulness and praise.
People: For Jesus Christ is our Light. Amen.

Hymn:Once In Royal David's City   # 62 VU

Threefold Amens: #967 VU

Postlude: Organ/Piano Selection    [We ask that people remain standing (those that are able) in their pews until the Christ Candle is extinguished. You may be seated for the Postlude. Thank you!]

Lectionary Reading for December 24, 2017:   Fourth Sunday of Advent  Christmas Eve  2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16  Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26;  Romans 16:25-27;  Luke 1:26-38.

Christmas Cantata:Images of Adoration
Reflections of Christ in Symbols of the Season' by Pepper Choplin

Thank you to the narrators, Rev. Frances Patterson, Jean Deyell and Wayne Schlapkohl ~ Scripture Reader, to all the Sunday School students and teachers/parents, to accompanist Glenn Goodman, and to everyone in the senior choir in presenting this year's Christmas cantata.- Ilene Wettergreen, Director

THANK YOU

Thank you to the congregation for another amazing contribution to the Food Bank for Christmas. A special thank-you to the parents of Sunday School children who sent an item for their child to donate each week. It is more meaningful for children to participate in donating more than once.
We wish everyone a Blessed Christmas.
Third Avenue Sunday School Teachers.

Cancer Survivor Support Group

The Cancer Survivor Support Group will meet the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Third Avenue United Church. The next meeting will be in January @ 7:00 pm. This is "A self-help group for people with cancer, their families and friends."

Games Church!

Games Church is a regular Sunday evening event, held downstairs in Calvin Hall.
Doors open at 5:15, with Potluck at 5:30, followed by a family-friendly ecumenical church service. And then ...let the games begin!
“Boardgame Cafe” style (lots of games will be provided, or bring your own)
There is no admission for this event, but please bring a potluck dish to share. All are welcome!
For more information, please contact Rev. Shawn at 481 5654 or email greenpriest@hotmail.ca

ON A “MUSICAL” NOTE
Jubilation Handbell Ringers practices are on Tuesday at 7:00 PM
Senior Choir Practices are on Thursdays @ 7:30 PM
If you love sharing music with others,
Join Us!
COME RING AND/OR SING WITH US!


CHILDREN'S AREA
A table with books, pictures to color or draw your own, and crayons are at the back of the Sanctuary for children to use if they wish.


EVENTS and HAPPENINGS
    Coming Events:

  1. THURSDAY, December 21, 2017  SENIOR CHOIR PRACTICE  7:30pm   COME AND SING WITH US!
  2. SUNDAY, December 17, 2017  SUNDAY BRUNCH  ALL ARE WELCOME
  3. TUESDAY, December 19, 2017  Official Board Meeting
  4. UPCOMING CHURCH EVENTS

    1. December 17, 2017: 10:30 am - 3rd Sunday of Advent - Choir and Sunday School Cantata AND Sunday Brunch (11:30 am - 1:00 pm)
    2. December 17, 2017: Candlelight Service: 7:00 pm ~ Lisa Horning & Company!
    3. December 24, 2017: 7:00 am - Christmas Eve Service & 4th Sunday of Advent
    4. December 31, 2017: 10:30 am ~ Sunday Worship
    5. January 7, 2018: 10:30 am ~ Agape Sunday Worship ~ Pot Luck Lunch ~ Wesley Hall

    FOR A COMPLETE LISTING OF UPCOMING EVENTS AT THIRD AVENUE UNITED CHURCH, SEE THE “HAPPENINGS” TAB ON THE CHURCH WEBSITE.