Web service for Nov 28, Advent 1, Communion, with Rev. Wendy Noble

Welcome to Rowntree’s  web service. We hope it is a meaningful and holy time for you. This is a shortened version of the live ‘Zoom’  Sunday service, with the same Message, readings and prayers but not as much music.  If you’d like to join us on Sunday we ask you contact the office at 519-432-8075 and leave a message.  Thank-You


Today is the First Sunday in Advent

Advent is the beginning of the church year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is sometimes the last Sunday in November, and ends on Christmas Eve at sundown. Sometimes the fourth Sunday of Advent is Christmas Eve. The liturgical colour for Advent is blue.


Gathering as Gods People, & Lighting of the first Advent Candle – Hope

Opening Prayer and the Lord’s Prayer


We hear God’s Word, Jeremiah 33,14-16 and Luke 21, 25-36  read by Rev. Wendy Noble’s

Jeremiah 33 ; 14 The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: “The Lord is our righteousness.”

Luke 21;   25 “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. 26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; 30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. 31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

34 “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, 35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 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.”

Hymn – Fairest Lord Jesus , sung by Dirk van Vrouwerff, words from German, music Silesian folk melody


Rev. Wendy’s Message for Advent: Signs of Hope


We respond in Love : Advent Communion Service

Prayer of Dedication


 Blessing and Commissioning

As we go forth in this Advent season, Let there be hope and light!

And may God, Creator, Christ and Comforter, be with us, this day and all our days.



Do you wish to share a prayer ?  Please call the church phone line at 519 432 8075 to leave your prayers. If there is no one in the office at that time- please leave your prayers on our voice mail.  

Please remember….

We are not alone,
we live in God’s world.
We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh.

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