Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for The First Sunday of Advent, Sunday, November 28, 2021.
Our online worship continues here on our website as we continue to act with care for each other and as we work to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
In addition, we are also now offering in-person worship services with strict protocols on Sunday’s 10am. For more information about In-person worship follow this link.
Our family ministry resources this week are based on this week’s Old Testament reading, Jeremiah 33:14-17. The resources this week reflects on how God words of warning, hope and promise help us face the times of turmoil in our lives.
In our weekly Sunday email, there are links to a helpful family page that help explain all this Sunday’s theme and also some fun colouring and puzzle pages that connect with this week’s lesson.
Please sign up for our weekly emails to get those links to these great resources to use together with your family.
Our opening hymn today for Advent is “Hail To The Lord’s Anointed.”
The Gospel Reading (Luke 21:25-36)
“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
“Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”1
(Read all the reading assigned for this Sunday at this link.)
Here is your Sunday prayers and message:
Prayers of the People
We pray for God’s healing for every person across our world as we continue to face the impact of the pandemic on our lives, our communities, and our nations, that we find strength and be guided by your Loving Presence. We pray to you, Lord; Lord Jesus, come soon!
Come to your world as King of the nations. We pray for this continent’s indigenous people seeking justice and reconciliation. We pray for all people impacted by systemic forms of racism and discrimination. Help us to live in the light of your coming and give us a longing for your kingdom. We pray to you, Lord; Lord Jesus, come soon!
We pray for doctors and nurses, and all health care staff, we pray for teachers and students, we pray for all who care for those in need in body, mind, and spirit, that your grace may fill them and sustain them in this crisis. We pray to you, Lord; Lord Jesus, come soon!
Come to us as Saviour and Comforter. We pray for the good earth which God has given us, and for the wisdom and will to conserve it. We pray for the people of BC who continue to be impacted by heavy rain and damaging flood. We pray for all those in need. Break into our lives, where we struggle with sickness and distress, and set us free to serve you for ever. We pray to you, Lord, Lord Jesus, come soon!
(To find the list of those we are praying for in our parish please sign up for our Parish email. To add a name to our prayers please contact me.)
Our closing hymn this week is a newer Advent hymn “People Look East.”
Our contemporary song this week is Chris Tomlin’s “I Will Follow.”
I wish you all a blessed and safe week.
Thank you for your continued support of the ministry and mission of St. George’s.
Be Well and God Bless.
The Rev’d Canon Rob Park
- Scripture quotation is from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.