Advent, a four-week time of preparation before Christmas, begins the church year.  The third Sunday in Advent often has a focus on Joy.

Advent 3 Bulletin

Shining Waters Regional Council Prayer Cycle:

Today we pray for Wasauksing First Nation United Church, Bethune United Church, Baysville, and Bathurst Street United Church, Toronto

Advent Message from Moderator Richard Bott:

In his Advent video message, Moderator Richard Bott reminds us that our Advent preparations might help the light of Christ’s love to shine in the night’s sky.

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Prayers:

The Joy of Your Presence: An Advent prayer.

Advent Unwrapped:

Colouring Storybook:

Actively explore the story of Christmas using this 17-page Advent Unwrapped colouring book.

Household Advent Scavenger Hunt:

See if you can find these symbols and traditions of Christmas in your home!

An Advent Mix-tape made with love:

This playlist is meant to be enjoyed slowly throughout the season. The mix-tape starts with a reminder of our longing for something more. Join the listening party on Facebook throughout Advent for reflections, Bible verses, and discussion questions on these songs. Don’t forget to share some of your mixtapes with us (remembering sharing means caring).

Minute for Mission: Generoisty Makes Hearts Sing with Joy

Music has the power to change our world and when we harness it, we do too. That’s why Embracing the Spirit grants supported through your Mission & Service gifts and Seeds of Hope grants administered by the United Church Foundation fund music projects that build community and tend to the soul across our United Church
 

Painting Advent

This is a mini-movie we created for our third week of advent. We were looking for a creative idea to incorporate the themes of love, joy, hope, and peace into our worship service so we decided to do a painting for each week.

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Arts & Faith

Prepare for Christmas and deepen your experience of the Advent season this year with Arts & Faith: Advent. Each week we’ll provide a video commentary about a work of art inspired by the Sunday Scriptures. Use these videos to take a new look at this season of hope and preparation through the lens of sacred art.

Advent 3 - Joy

Images used in worship video...

Bulletin Cover – Rich Oland – Unsplash 

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice – Ellis Garvey - Unsplash 

O Little Town of Bethlehem – dreamstime.com 

Angels We Have Heard on High – Javardh - Unsplash 

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly – Omar Lopez - Unsplash 

We Three Kings – Jonathan Meyer - Unsplash 

Joy to the World – Michael Payne - Unsplash

Hope Is A Star - landscape.jpg

Hope Shines As A Solitary Star - Markus-Spitske - Unsplash

The hymn recordings today are from… 

Sing Hallelujah!-Volumes 1&3 (produced by Ralph Milton, the United Church of Canada, 2015), More Voices: Audio CD (The United Church of Canada, 2007) and YouTube.

Good Christian Friends, Rejoice – Performed by The Beyond the Walls Choir. www.beyondthewallschoir.com. November 28, 2021. Used with permission. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257. 

O Little Town of Bethlehem. Public Domain. Teri Elmore. December 1, 2018. Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.  

Angels We Have Heard on High. Public Domain. Bruce and Cheryl Harding with the musicians of Crossroads United Church, Delta, BC. Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.  

Infant Holy, Infant Lowly. Public Domain. Used with permission. OCP Session Choir – Topic. May 2, 2015. Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257. 

We Three Kings. Public Domain. The Robert Shaw Chorale. December 22, 2013. Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257. 

Joy to the World. Public Domain. The choir of First United Church, Kelowna, BC. Director: Amy Wensem. Soloist: Janet Watson. Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.

Hope is a Star – Aurora United Church Chancel Choir. November 21, 2021. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074 and CCLI Licenses #20425240 and #20425257.

Hope Shines as a Solitary Star – Aurora United Church Chancel Choir. November 21, 2021. Reprinted and podcast with permission under One License #A-718074.

Greensleeves (arr. Cathy Moklebust). Podcast with permission under One License #A-718074. 

Ding Dong Merrily on High (arr. K. Roth). 

Away In A Manger (Ian W. Bevell).

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