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December 13 – Third Sunday in Advent - Joy

December 20 – Fourth Sunday in Advent - Love

December 24 - Christmas Eve Services

December 27 – No Worship Service


We hope to see you there!

If you can't make it, follow the link to the Innerkip United Church YouTube Channel to watch a livestream recording - streamed live beginning at 11am.

**NEW** For your convenience, an Order of Service for this Sunday is included at the end of this newsletter.


https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChETEvIYCK4qejiH5DdPwiA


Christmas Eve Services
6:00 PM and 8:00 PM


There will be two services on Christmas Eve to allow for social distancing. The Sanctuary will be cleaned between services. 

    
*** Pre-Registration is Required ***

NOTE: If you previously registered for the 7:30 service, I have moved your reservation to 8pm. Let me know if you'd prefer the 6pm service.

Contact the Church Office to reserve space for your family on Christmas Eve.
519-602-6692 (leave a voice message)
innerkipeastwood@gmail.com

 



Memorial Tree of Lights

Make donations in memory of loved ones at Christmas time.

Memorial lights are lit while names of those being remembered are read aloud.

All proceeds are donated to the Mission and Service Fund.

Envelopes are available on entering the Sanctuary.
Please make cheques payable to Innerkip United Church.

CONNECTIONS Newsletter

News and Views of United Churches in Oxford County. 

Oxford United Ministries has a new website!
See the December edition of Connections as well as past issues. 

 oxfordunitedministries.ca

We offer local news and provide an alternate news source for issues not covered in the mainstream media.
Your feedback AND your stories, poems and/or pictures are important. Please send them in!

If you would like a paper copy of the Newsletter, please contact the Church office and a copy will be provided to you.


CONNECTIONS is also now on Facebook with the new Oxford United Ministries  https://www.facebook.com/OxfordUCMinistries/ and Antler River Watershed Region https://www.facebook.com/groups/arwrcucc/
We recently learned of the passing of Rev. Karen Low's mother, June Low...

It is with sadness we mark the death of June Bernice Low (nee Shinnaman) on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 just days after celebrating her 94th birthday. She will be dearly missed by Jack, her devoted husband of seventy years, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. We will be forever grateful for the love she shared, the laughter she created and the memories she leaves with us all. Those who wish to honour June's life might consider making a donation in her name to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.


http://www.HarrisFuneralHome.ca

The next Innerkip United Church Leadership Team Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday December 16.

Offerings and Donations

Offerings are accepted on entering the Sanctuary for worship services. If you are not joining us in person, there are contact-free ways to send offerings and donations to the Church:

  • MAIL your donation to the Church office: PO Box 137, Innerkip, ON N0J 1M0
  • DONATE ONLINE - Donate directly to Innerkip United Church through the Canada Helps website:  https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/47706
  • Enroll in PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance for automatic payment). Forms are available in the Church Hall or online. Complete the form and include a void cheque (credit card no longer accepted). Contact the Church office to arrange contact-free pick up or delivery and Mel will submit the forms: https://www.united-church.ca/community-faith/get-involved/give-regularly
Innerkip United Church
Order of Service
December 13th, 2020 – 3rd Sunday of Advent – JOY!
 
INTROIT “Hope Shines as a Solitary Star” -
sung by Jillian & Shauna
 
WELCOME, ANNOUNCEMENTS & LIGHTING OF THE MEMORIAL TREE
 
LIGHTING OF THE ADVENT CANDLE OF JOY!
 
CALL TO WORSHIP (responsive)
ONE:  Here we are God!
ALL:  We’ve come from our week filled with many   things.
ONE:  Some are filled with joy and excitement; others with sorrow and despair.
ALL:  Some are filled with energy, others are filled with weariness.
ONE:  Some are filled with love for you, others wonder where you are, for they feel far from you.
ALL:  We are the gathered congregation, we lay ourselves before you with all the honesty we can muster.
ONE:  We give you what we are; create in us clean hearts.
ALL:  Fill us with your Spirit in this hour of worship, so we can be made holy to serve you wholly.  AMEN
 
MUSIC:  O Come, O Come Emmanuel (YouTube) - Peter Hollens
 
OPENING PRAYER (unison)
Source of all light and love,
as we anticipate the Light of the World
draw us more deeply into this Season of Advent.
Draw our eyes toward the pleasant glow of a life
that has depth and meaning.
Draw our hearts out into the larger love that is your way in the world.
When we are discouraged by the brokenness around us, help us to claim joy daily, as those who are welcoming the Christ child.
We pray in the name of the one who is, himself, good news of great joy for all people.  AMEN
 
HYMN: VU #166 Joy Comes With the Dawn
 
AN INVITATION TO ADVENT
In each heart lies a Bethlehem
an Inn where we must ultimately answer
whether there is room or not.
When we are Bethlehem-bound
we experience our own Advent in his.
When we are Bethlehem-bound
we can no longer look the other way
conveniently not seeing stars or hearing angel voices.
We can no longer excuse ourselves
by busily tending our sheep or kingdoms.
This Advent let’s go to Bethlehem
and see this thing that the Lord has made known to us.
In the midst of our shopping and wrapping,
            let’s ponder in our hearts the Gift of Gifts.
Through the tinsel, let’s look for the Gold of the Christmas star.
In the excitement and confusion, in the merry chaos,
            let’s listen for the brush of the angels’ wings.
This Advent, let’s go to Bethlehem and find our kneeling places.
(Source:  “In Search of Our Kneeling Places” by Ann Weems)
 
SCRIPTURE READINGS 
Old Testament:         Isaiah 61: 1-4, 8-11 - read by Bill Shaw
Gospel Reading:      John 1: 6-8, 19-28
 
REFLECTION/SERMON
 
HYMN:  MV #144 Like a Healing Stream
 
MINUTE FOR MISSIONS - Mary-Lou Ross
 
PRAYER OF DEDICATION FOR THE OFFERING (unison)
Radiant light and our eternal joy, because of the gifts you have brought into our lives, we dedicate ourselves to giving as constantly as we receive. Bless these humble gifts, along with us, and all those who have served in ministries of peace and compassion. And help us to each be bearers of your joy in this season.  We pray this is Jesus’ name.  AMEN
 
PRAYER OF THE PEOPLE & THE LORD’S PRAYER
 
CLOSING HYMN:  VU#38 Angels We Have Heard on High
 
COMMISSIONING & BLESSING
 
“Go Now in Peace”
Go now in peace, never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of every day.
Go now is faith, steadfast strong and true.
Know God will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there, watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith and in love.
Amen.  Amen.  Amen.

Worship in the SANCTUARY!


Thank you to the COVID Committee for their ongoing support of our Worship in the Sanctuary.

Here are the expectations for you to know upon entering the Sanctuary on Sunday morning.
  • Please enter through the main entrance of the Church and exit through the door at the front of the Sanctuary, through the Church Hall. Keep your belongings with you (no coat racks).
  • Face coverings are required. Please use Hand Sanitizer (provided) on entering and leaving the building.
  • Each person/family in attendance must check in with the Greeter on arrival and confirm contact information.
  • Please place Offerings in the basket located by the Greeter on entering.
  • Please be seated where there are the right number of space markers (produce baskets) for the number in your family group. The basket can be placed by the hymn books when you have chosen a seat.
Other important information:
  • High-touch surfaces are sanitized frequently.
  • Protective screens have been provided for the pulpit and microphone.
  • There will be NO SINGING however Brenda Arnott will be providing music - Humming along to the music is permitted.
  • Washrooms will be accessible - thorough hand washing required.
Information provided is based on current recommendations by Southwestern Public Health and is subject to change depending on COVID-19 conditions.

Join us for worship, friendship and community in 2020!

Contact Us: innerkipeastwood@gmail.com 
or call 519-602-6692
 
MAILING ADDRESS
PO BOX 137
INNERKIP, ON N0J 1M0


Emergency Pastoral Care: 
Contact Pastor Karen Willis
in the Church Office
The Church office will be open on Wednesdays 10am-2pm.
Please restrict visits to important matters.
Face covering and sign in required.

The Hall is available for small group meetings, provided COVID restrictions are met.

Contact the Church Office for details.
GENERAL FUND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
AS OF NOVEMBER 30, 2020

 
INNERKIP UNITED CHURCH
INCOME:      $11,543

EXPENSES: $  8,849                OPERATING FUND Surplus: $2,816

Building Fund Balance: $ 27,691
M&S Fund:                    $   9,895


                                                                  BANK BALANCE: $120,256
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PO Box 137, Innerkip, ON N0J 1M0

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