Virtual Church: Sunday, DECEMBER 13 – “JOY”

 

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God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

God rest ye merry, gentlemen,
let nothing you dismay,
remember Christ our Savior
was born on Christmas day,
to save us all from Satan’s pow’r
when we were gone astray;
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

From God our heav’nly Father,
a blessed angel came;
and unto certain shepherds
brought tidings of the same:
how that in Bethlehem was born
the son of God by name,
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy,
O tidings of comfort and joy.

(C) 2002 Hal Leonard Corporation

Still, Still, Still

Still, still, still, He sleeps this night so chill!
The Virgin’s tender arms enfolding,
Warm and safe the Child are holding,
Still, still, still, He sleeps this night so chill!

Sleep, sleep, sleep, He lies in slumber deep
While angel hosts from heav’n come winging,
Sweetest songs of joy are singing,
Sleep, sleep, sleep, He lies in slumber deep.

Joy, joy, joy; Glad tidings of great joy!
The Holy One in manger lowly
Brings to us salvation wholly.
Joy, joy, joy; Glad tidings of great joy!

English Words: (C) George K. Evans, 1980; Music: Austrian Traditional, arrangement (C) Walter Ehret, 1980

Angels We Have Heard on High

Angels we have heard on high,
sweetly singing o’er the plains,
and the mountains in reply
echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria,
in excelsis Deo.
Gloria,
in excelsis Deo.

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
which inspire your heavenly song?
Gloria,
in excelsis Deo.
Gloria,
in excelsis Deo.

Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ whose birth the angels sing;
come, adore on bended knee,
Christ, the Lord, the newborn King.
Gloria,
in excelsis Deo.
Gloria,
in excelsis Deo.

(Words: Luke 2:6-20; Music: Traditional. Words & Music: Public Domain.  Church CCLI # 2458953)

ADVENT WREATH – Candle of Joy Helene Duranleau-Reid & Barclay Reid
L = Leader C = Congregation

L: In this season of Advent, we celebrate God’s joy.

C: Knowing that Christ is coming
to bring healing and wholeness to the world
is a source of delight!

L: When we gather for worship it is a celebration,
an opportunity to rejoice in all that God is doing
among us and beyond us.

C: We welcome our neighbours and celebrate God’s goodness.

L: Even when we face difficulty and trouble
we sing a song of faith,
confident that Jesus is able
to redeem our suffering world.

C: Together, we are a sign of God’s joy for the world.

(The candle is lit)

L: Let us pray:

C: God of transformation,
we rejoice that You lift up the lowly
and bind up the broken hearted.
We marvel at Your power to change hearts and lives.
Fill us with Your Spirit this season
so that our voices declare Your goodness
and our lives proclaim Your mercy
in Jesus Christ. Amen.

Sung Response: Joy is a Song 

Joy is a song that welcomes the dawn,
telling the world that the Saviour is born.
When God is a child
there’s joy in our song.
The last shall be first
and the weak shall be strong,
and none shall be afraid.

(Words: Brian Wren, Music: Joan Collier Fogg  Words & Music: © 1989 by Hope Publishing Co. Church CCLI # 2458953)

Joy to the World

Joy to the world! The Lord is come:
let earth receive its King;
Let every heart, prepare Him room
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven and nature sing,
and heaven, and heaven and nature sing.

Joy to the earth! The Saviour reigns:
let us our songs employ,
while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat the sounding joy,
repeat, repeat the sounding joy.

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
far as the curse is found,
far as the curse is found,
far as, far as the curse is found.

He rules the world with truth and grace,
and makes the nations prove
the glories of
His righteousness
and wonders of His love,
and wonders of His love,
and wonders, wonders of His love.

(Words: Isaac Watts, Music: Lowell Mason; Words & Music: Public Domain. Church CCLI#2458953)