YouTube Videos and Live-streaming Worship Services
Now that we are live-streaming our services and you wish to watch online, you will need to:
- click on this link https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrJQ5ljHCSPBV3F8TmIhvVA OR
- go to YouTube and google Spirit West United Church.
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Plans are being made for the in-person service on Christmas Eve. Due to the physical distancing restrictions we have to follow, we only have a limited number of people who can attend in-person worship. In order to facilitate that, a registration process will be required for the in-person Christmas Eve service.
There are 2 ways that people can do that beginning the week of December 5.
1. Sign up on the Christmas Eve signup sheet available at church on Sunday morning OR
2. Call in to the church office and leave your name and phone number.
Please indicate the number of people that wish to attend
It may be that we cannot accommodate everyone at the in-person service, but there will also be a virtual service for Christmas Eve.
Thank you, Margaret Benson on behalf of worship and re-opening committees
THIS SUNDAY – FOURTH SUNDAY IN ADVENT - LOVE
How can we encourage each other as we proclaim the reign of God in word and deed?
These are the readings we will hear in this week’s worship service, for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.
• The Book of the Prophet Micah 5:2-5
David, the shepherd boy who became king of Israel and Judah about 1000 years before Christ, was a revered national hero. When the Assyrians were threatening Jerusalem in the 8th Century BC, people began to hope that God would send a new king like David. The prophet Micah expresses this hope.
• The Gospel of Luke 1:39-45
The first chapter of the Gospel of Luke weaves together the birth stories of Jesus and his cousin John the Baptist. After the angel Gabriel tells Mary she will give birth to Jesus, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is expecting the birth of John.
• The Gospel of Luke 1:46-55, sung, More Voices No. 120 (Canticle of the Turning)
Mary responds to Elizabeth’s greeting with a song we know as “The Magnificat”. This may be based on the song Hannah sang when she learned she would give birth to the prophet Samuel about 1000 years earlier (see First Samuel 2:1-10).
Advent preparations draw to a close on this last Sunday in the season. Or do they only now begin? The child whose birth we prepare to celebrate comes to change everything,– and us,– for the good.
In what ways might Mary’s song move us to trust, to go, and to do? What words or activities, what rituals or projects, help Mary’s ancient song take on new life for you in this season? How will we live out the message of Mary’s song?
IN-PERSON WORSHIP - SUNDAY 10:30am
Remember that the following conditions will apply:
1. Worship will be on a first come first served basis in order to keep to the physical distancing required under government regulation.
2. You will be asked to provide proof of full vaccination or proof of a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the worship service; you will be given a “vaccine registry number” card which you can then use for subsequent Sundays instead of having to show your proof of vaccination
3. Masks are to be worn at all times
4. Not attending when feeling unwell
5. Answering the Covid questions and signing in upon entry;
6. Following the patterns of movement within the church
7. Maintaining physical distance at all times from others who are not members of your household or cohort
8. Bringing your own food or beverage
9. Listening to the music presented but not singing
10. Leaving immediately after the service ends
SPIRIT WEST PRAYER CHAIN
Prayer is important. We know that people still face challenges and difficulties not related to Covid-19, and we cannot forget them. Our Prayer Chain continues to be active. If you have a prayer request, please send it to email@example.com. These requests will be shared regularly with the prayer chain and will form part of the Prayers of the People in our Sunday Worship.
Please remember to have people removed from the prayer chain if the prayers are no longer needed.
YOUR BOTTLES FOR THE CHURCH
You may have bottles piling up for recycling. You can bring them to the church (or you can call for pick up). If you want to bring your bottles (and any other recyclable beverage containers) in during our office hours and put them directly in the Bottle Shed (by the garage), give us a call, and we can have the shed open for you. All money raised from the return of bottles goes towards paying down the principal and interest on our mortgage.
We can now accept donations by eTransfer. The contact name for the eTransfer is Spirit West United Church, and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org . If you include a security question with your eTransfer, please notify Norma at the church office by phone or email. And remember that if you are not on PAR(Pre-Authorized Remittance), you can also mail in cheques to the church office (Spirit West United Church, 7003 – 199 St. NW Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8, include your envelope number if you have one.) The church office is open and you can drop off your offering/donation in the offering plate just inside the front doors. You can also donate online, see below…
ANOTHER WAY TO CONTRIBUTE FINANCIALLY TO SPIRIT WEST DURING A GLOBAL PANDEMIC
You are stuck home, you are not on PAR, but you want to make a financial contribution to the work of Spirit West, because the church has bills to pay. Check out the online donation option on our website spiritwest.org and click on the Donate tab in the navigation bar.
SPIRIT WEST ONLINE!
Facebook: Spirit West United Church and Friends of Spirit West Outreach
YouTube: Spirt West United Church, Edmonton
The Spirit West Church office remains open. However, we will close on December 24 and reopen on January 4, 2022 at 10:00 am.
- Stuart => 9:30am to 2:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday
- Norma => Noon to 5:00pm, Monday to Thursday
Spirit West United Church
7003 - 199st.NW Edmonton, AB T5T 3A8
phone: (780) 481-1406