Growing Together

Welcome to your online Sunday worship from St. George’s, Georgetown for The First Sunday after Christmas, Sunday, December 26, 2021.

Unfortunately, our ongoing in-person worship had to be canceled due to the need to tighten our COVID restrictions with the recent increasing in COVID cases.

All our in-person worship has been postponed until further notice.

Family Ministry

Our family ministry resources this week are based on this week’s reading about the 12 year old Jesus in the temple from Luke’s gospel chapter 2, verses 41 to 52. Our children and family resources this week reflect on this story of the young Jesus and also the importance of our families.

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.  

Opening Music

Our opening hymn is “Good King Wenceslas Looked Out”

The Gospel Reading (Luke 1:39-55)

Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travelers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.” He said to them, “Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.1

(Read all the readings assigned for this Sunday at this link.)

Online Worship

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. We pray for our good stewardship of the earth which God has given us.

God of love, hear our prayer. 

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.

God, accept the offering of our hearts and minds. Cleanse our hearts of prejudice and selfishness, and inspire us to hunger and thirst for what is right.

God of love, hear our prayer. 

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.

God of love, hear our prayer. 

(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.)

Closing Music

I have selected two Christmas Carols for our closing hymns for those wishing to sing today. The first is “Angels From the Realms of Glory”

The second is the classic “Silent Night.”

I wish you all a blessed and safe week.

Thank you for your continued support of the ministry and mission of St. George’s and for your support of my ministry here for the last twenty years. It has been my privilege to be your parish priest.

Be Well and God Bless.

Peace,

The Rev’d Canon Rob Park


  1. 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.