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Communion and Prayer -- This Wednesday!

The first Wednesday of every month, we will be having a service of communion and prayer, in which we come together to pray for ourselves, our church, our city and our world, and in which we gather together around the table to receive the bread and the cup which Jesus so freely offered us. All are welcome to our first meeting -- this Wednesday, January 8th, at 7:30pm in the church basement.

Ecumenical Prayer Service

For those who wish to pray with their brothers and sisters of different denominations, our church (led by our ecumenically-minded associate pastor, Greg Thiessen) will be participating in an Ecumenical Prayer Service on Sunday January 19th at 7pm at First Lutheran Church (5745 Wales St., just off of 41st Ave.) Come join us as we worship Jesus together and pray for the Kingdom!

Prayer for the New Year

"This year is a new year, Lord, that has never been before..."
(Celtic Prayer)

All are welcome to come to the FUMC sanctuary for prayer this coming January 1st, 2014, from 1-3pm, and again on January 2nd from 9am - 3pm for a time of quiet reflection and prayer. Let us welcome in Christ in this new year, thanking him for all His blessings and His grace in 2013, and looking forward in hope and faith.

Also, we are continuing on with our 'Twelve Days of Christmas Prayer'. If you didn't pick up a green sheet with the suggestions for prayer on it during our last few services, please read and follow along here:

December 25th
Prayer: Giving thanks for Christ our light
and praying for those who are in darkness.

December 26th
Prayer: Giving thanks for Christ our hope
and praying for those struggling with despair.

December 27th
Prayer: Giving thanks for Christ our joy
and praying for those in the midst of grief.

December 28th
Prayer: Giving thanks for Christ our peace
and praying for those in conflict.

December 29th
Prayer: Giving thanks for how God has cared for us in 2013
and praying for opportunities to share those testimonies of God’s love.

December 30th
Prayer: Giving thanks for our church
and praying that we would love God and neighbour well in the coming year.

December 31st
Prayer: Giving thanks for God – Father, Son, and Spirit –
who is love,
and praying for those who are lonely.

January 1st
Prayer: Giving thanks for another new year
and praying that we might dedicate ourselves wholly to God and grow in Christ- likeness in 2014

January 2nd
Prayer: Giving thanks for our city of Vancouver
and the Greater Vancouver Area
and praying for specific people and neighbourhoods.

January 3rd
Prayer: Giving thanks for our province of British Columbia

Special Christmas Services

In addition to our regular Sunday services at 10:30 am, which will continue throughout this season (we still celebrate Jesus' resurrection each and every Sunday!), we have a couple of extra Christmas services which you are welcome to come to:

Tuesday, December 24th, 6:30pm: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
Join with us as we welcome the coming of Christ, who is our light in the darkness. We'll be hearing scripture from both the Old and New Testaments, singing advent hymns and carols, and lighting candles together as we praise Emmanuel, God-with-us!

Wednesday, December 25th, 10:30am: Traditional Christmas Day Service
Joy to the World, the Lord is come! All are welcome as we join together in praise of God in this Christmas Day service.

Wednesday, December 25th, 12:30pm: Christmas Day Potluck Lunch
All who do not have a family gathering to go to are warmly invited to join the family of God as we eat a Christmas Day lunch together, featuring Pastor Lydia's famous tourtiere (a traditional French-Canadian meat pie)...as well as a vegetarian alternative. Feel free to bring bread, salad, or desserts to complement the meal, but don't worry if you haven't got anything to bring -- your presence among us is a gift in itself!

Sermons!

Thanks to the tireless efforts of our audio technician Randy Loewen and our associate pastor Greg Thiessen, we continue to keep our Sermons up to date. You can scroll back through our fall series on Revelations, or refresh yourself on Greg's excellent First Advent sermon on 'waiting well'. Just click on the sermons tab up top!

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