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SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICES

St. James United Church,

5540 Osgoode Main Street,

Osgoode ON  K0A 2W0

Regular Service: Sunday 10:30am

 

All are welcome! Please join us.

This Week at Worship

Good morning. I trust you are well. What a week it has been. A long Sunday and a long week and already, it's Friday. Where did Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday go? The days and weeks are moving too fast for my liking.

 

We are invited to gather in community in whichever way you are comfortable this Sunday - in-person or virtually via our live Zoom feed. We have a lovely worship service planned for the First Sunday of Advent.

 

At our 10:30 a.m. service in Osgoode, we light the Advent Candle of Hope and also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion (if you are worshipping via Zoom, please have bread and juice, water or wine available for Communion). Paul will offer his wonderful music ministry, Kim will read scripture and Connie is once again our Zoom host. You will recall that we were to welcome Myah Elizabeth Robinson, daughter of Lindsey and David through the Sacrament of Baptism at our morning service. Out of an abundance of caution and care for our community of faith, the family made the difficult decision this morning to cancel her baptism as someone within the extended family (who was to be present on Sunday) has been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Everyone is well but the person who was in close contact must complete a second COVID-19 test to be safe.

 

At 1 p.m. in Kars, we celebrate the Baptism of Oscar Pieter Hulse, youngest son of Adriana and Joseph Hulse in word, music and sacred actions. Please plan to attend either service but do note that Oscar's baptism will be in-person only.

 

Worship liturgy for Sunday morning is here. I invite you to read it, especially the Announcements on pp. 8 and 9. I draw your attention to three items coming out of the Joint Board meeting on Wednesday evening: Moving Forward in Hope with Faith (the results of the congregational votes last Sunday); Worship Your Way (Joint Board has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy for in-person worship which takes effect Sunday, December 5) and a Christmas Food Bank Challenge. There are 2 full pages of announcements so please read them all.

 

The "Less is More Christmas" poster is here and accompanying "Less is More Christmas" devotional is here for the weeks of Advent including on Christmas Eve. These are materials that you are invited to practice on your own or with family members. Enjoy them as we wait and prepare for the birth of the Christ-child once again. Feel free to share these materials with your friends and family. Print copies of these resources will also be included as an insert in the worship bulletin that is given out at in-person worship.

 

Virtual service connection details will be emailed.

 

We do have lots of spots still available for in-person worship. If you've not already pre-registered, feel free to do so.

 

Hope to see you Sunday.

 

God bless you.

Rev. Grant McNeil

 

 

 

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