The season of Advent continues on Sunday Dec 5, when a candle of peace will be lit.

Dec 5 Worship Video link

https://www.facebook.com/beachunitedchurch/videos/278948147523241

Advent theme “Endings & Beginnings”

Dec 5th Worship Resources

Ancient Story

Luke 1: 76-79  Zechariah’s words

You, my son, will be called

a prophet of God.

You will go ahead of the Lord

to get everything ready.

78 God’s love and kindness

    will shine upon us

like the sun that rises in the sky.

79 On us who live

in the dark shadow of death

this light will shine to guide us into a life of peace.

Background

Life is made up of endings and beginnings and all the experiences in-between. The big splash of an ending or beginning is often more memorable than the many, small moments which led up to THE moment.  We are going to look at the folk who are in the background but who play a pivotal role in both endings and beginnings.

In the biblical story we meet Elizabeth and Zechariah in their mature years: they had long ago given up hope of having a child.  An angelic voice told of the end to their barrenness and hopelessness.  Zechariah was speechless at the news of this new beginning until after the birth of his son John.

Prayer

Loving God, may our waiting in Advent

Be pregnant with impatience

For the restoration of relationships

Where they are torn or hurting.

May our quaking in your presence

Be a sign of our passion

For justice for those

With no home and no hope.

May our trembling on our knees

Speak of the energy

That motivates us

To take action for peace.

Amen.

Call to Action

Some of the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission that have been explored in the worship series “Tapestry of Life”. To watch past worship videos, please go to –

https://www.facebook.com/beachunitedchurch/videos

#21. We call upon the federal government to provide sustainable funding for existing and new Aboriginal healing centres to address the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual harms caused by residential schools, and to ensure that the funding of healing centres in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories is a priority. [Health]

#59. We call upon church parties to the Settlement Agreement to develop ongoing education strategies to ensure that their respective congregations learn about their church’s role in colonization, the history and legacy of residential schools, and why apologies to former residential school students, their families, and communities were necessary.

#3. We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.

Jordan’s Principle is a child-first and needs-based principle used in Canada to ensure that First Nations children living on and off reserve have equitable access to all government funded public services.

#17. We call upon all levels of government to enable residential school survivors and their families to reclaim names changed by the residential school system by waiving administrative costs for a period of five years for the name-change process and the revision of official identity documents, such as birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, health cards, status cards, and social insurance numbers.

#6. We call upon the Government of Canada to repeal Section 43 of the Criminal Code of Canada. 

Every schoolteacher, parent or person standing in the place of a parent is justified in using force by way of correction toward a pupil or child, as the case may be, who is under their care, if the force does not exceed what is reasonable under the circumstances.

To read the full Truth and Reconciliation: Calls to Action click this link http://trc.ca/assets/pdf/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf

Check out “Music for the Soul”

This link will take you to the Music for the Soul webpage https://beachunitedchurch.com/worship-and-music/music-for-the-soul/