March 3rd 2024 – “What are the Meditations of your heart”

2024-03-03 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

OUR NEW TESTAMENT LESSON is 1 Corinthians 1: 18-25, “Christ the Wisdom and Power of God.”  In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he explores the paradox of the Christian message.  He asserts that while the cross may seem foolish to some, it holds the power of God for believers.  God’s wisdom, often at odds with human understanding, is evident in the seemingly ‘weak’ and ‘foolish’ elements of the gospel.  This passage underscores the counterintuitive nature of God’s plan, where what appears weak becomes a demonstration of divine strength and wisdom.


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 685: “How firm a foundation” (vs 5 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 356: “Lord you are both lamb and shepherd”
Psalm 19 sung; selection 10 in the book of praise
Gloria Patri
Exodus 20: 1-17 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
1 Corinthians 1: 18-25
John 2: 13-22
Sermon: “What are the meditations of your heart?”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 504: “This is a story full of love”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 626: “Lord of all power”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

February 25th 2024 – “It doesn’t have to be that way!”

2024-02-18 “The Greatest Lie Ever Told – ‘It doesn’t have to be that way!’” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

OUR NEW TESTAMENT LESSON is from Paul’s letter to the Romans 4: 13-25, “The Promise Realized Through Faith.”

The passage uses Abraham as an example, highlighting how his belief in God’s promise was credited to him as righteousness and emphasizes God’s loving initiative and grace rather than human merit or works.

Welsh minister and medical doctor, Maryn Lloyd Jones, beautifully reflects on Abraham’s unwavering faith, stating, “Abraham hoped for the coming of the Son of God in the flesh, for salvation, for deliverance.  Though everything was against it and every reasonable argument was opposed to it, still Abraham believed it.” 


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 651: “Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 670: “Amazing Grace” (vs 3&4 en français)
Responsive Reading: Psalm 22: 23-31
Gloria Patri
Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
Romans 4: 13-25
The Gospel: Mark 8: 31-38
Sermon: “The Greatest Lie Ever Told – ‘It doesn’t have to be that way!’”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 211: “Take up your cross”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 675: “Precious Lord, take my hand”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

February 18th 2024 – “Does God keep his promises?”

2024-02-18 “Does God keep his promises?” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

OUR OLD TESTAMENT LESSON, Genesis 9: 8-17, recounts God’s covenant with Noah, symbolized by the rainbow as a promise never to flood the earth again.  This covenant is a precursor to the ultimate covenant fulfilled through our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.  This covenant embodies God’s enduring commitment to humanity’s salvation, paralleling the theme of divine faithfulness seen in the rainbow covenant.  One commentator also notes: “The protection of the animals in the ark shows God’s love for all His creatures, and it foreshadows the renewal that will come to the whole earth.  Let us be good stewards of the physical world now in anticipation of its future renewal.”


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 671“I heard the voice of Jesus say” (vs 2 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 197 “Forty days and forty nights”
Responsive Reading: Psalm 25: 2-10
Gloria Patri
Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 9: 8-17 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
New Testament Lesson: 1 Peter 3: 18-22
The Gospel: Mark 1: 9-15
Sermon: “Does God keep his promises?”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 202: “We lay our broken world”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 205: “O love, how deep, how broad, how high”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude: Joshua fit the battle of Jericho! “Spiritual”

February 11th 2024 -“Does God Keep Secrets?”

2024-02-11 “Does God keep secrets?” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

OUR GOSPEL READING is Mark 9: 2-9, “The Transfiguration”.  Jesus takes three of his disciples – Peter, James, and John – up a high mountain.  There, they witness a remarkable transformation as Jesus’ appearance becomes radiant, and Moses and Elijah appear, representing the law and the prophets.  A cloud envelops them, and a voice from heaven declares Jesus as the beloved son, urging the disciples to listen to him.  This glorious event reveals Jesus’ divine nature, confirming his identity as the Messiah.


Order Of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 407 “Praise my soul the King of Heaven”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 376: “Lord, the light of your love is shining” (vs 2 en français)
Responsive Reading: Psalm 50: 1-6
Gloria Patri
Old Testament Lesson: 2 Kings 2: 1-12 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
New Testament Lesson: 2 Corinthians 4: 3-6
The Gospel: Mark 9: 2-9
Sermon: “Does God keep secrets?”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn: “Hymn for the transfiguration of our Lord”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 187: “We have come at Christ’s own bidding”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

February 4th 2024 -“From where does your strength come from?”

2024-02-04 “From where does your strength come?” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

THANK YOU to everyone who helped make St. Andrew’s 99th Anniversary Potluck Luncheon such a success!  We all enjoyed the fantastic and unique food choices brought to the potluck.  It’s moments like these, where good food, meaningful conversations and friendships come together to make for such memorable experiences. 

OUR RESPONSIVE READING this week is taken from Psalm 147, “God Heals the Broken-hearted.”  This psalm is a hymn of praise celebrating God’s power, care for Jerusalem, and His role as a healer.  It emphasizes gratitude for His guidance, protection, and enduring love, making it a source of comfort and inspiration for believers in times of difficulty.  Martin Luther, the famous protestant reformer from the 16th century, comments on this psalm, “God does not demand great sacrifices or precious treasures of great price for His blessings, but for something much simpler than that.  He wants our songs and praise.”  

Let us lift our hearts and voices to the Lord in songs of praise and worship this Sunday!


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 313 “Oh worship the King” (vs 3 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 328: “This is my Father’s world” (vs 2 en français)
Responsive Reading: Psalm 147
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 40: 21-31 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
1 Corinthians 9: 16-23
Mark 1: 29-39
Sermon: “From where does your strength come?”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 662: “Those who wait upon the Lord”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 626: “Lord of all power”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

January 28th 2024 – “God is Faithful in All His Works”

2024-01-28 “God is faithful in all His works” 11:00 AM

Dear Friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

PLEASE JOIN US for the eagerly awaited St. Andrew’s 99th Anniversary Potluck Luncheon immediately following the service this Sunday!  A heartfelt thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who have generously offered their time to prepare for the event, cook, bake, and also assist with cleanup during and after the Anniversary meal.  What a blessing it is to come together and experience the harmony and unity of Psalm 133: 1, “How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!” (NIV translation) 

OUR GOSPEL LESSON this week is taken from Mark 1: 21-28, “Jesus Heals a Man with an Unclean Spirit.”  In this passage Jesus is teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum, where he amazes the people with his authoritative teaching.  During the teaching, Jesus casts out an unclean spirit from a man, showcasing his power and authority over evil forces.  The incident underscores Jesus’ power and the impact of his presence on those present.


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 350 “To God be the glory” (vs 2 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Choir Anthem: “God so loved the world”
Children’s Time
Hymn 479: “The church’s one foundation” (vs 2&4 en français)
Responsive Reading: Psalm 111
Gloria Patri
Deuteronomy 18: 15-20 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
Ephesians 3: 14-21
Mark 1: 21-28
Sermon: “God is faithful in all His works”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 750: “How deep the silence of the soul” (sung to tune 671)
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 592: “I, the Lord of sea and sky”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

January 21st 2024 – “Following Jesus”

2024-01-21 “Following Jesus” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY Edythe Arnott will be leading us in worship.

ST. ANDREW’S 99TH ANNIVERSARY POTLUCK LUNCHEON is coming up next Sunday, January 28th!  We still have space available for main courses and desserts.  As this is a potluck celebration, we encourage everyone to share their culinary creations.  A couple of us will help coordinate with everyone during Coffee Hour to prevent an overabundance of one dish. 

There are also slots available for assistance with the setup for the event, but many helping hands make light work!  You’ll find a signup sheet near the coffee hour signup area.  Mark your calendars! 

 I think many of us would agree that it’s not always easy to follow Jesus.  Perhaps Mark’s Gospel can provide some encouragement and guidance in our faith walk as we seek to follow Jesus into this coming week.


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 299: “Holy, holy, holy” (vs 1&2 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 420: “Je louerai l’Éternel” (vs 1&5 en français)
Responsive Reading: Psalm 29
Gloria Patri
Genesis 1: 1-5 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
Acts 19: 1-7
Mark 1: 4-11
Sermon: “Following Jesus”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 634: “Will you come and follow me”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 778 “Lord you give the great commission”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

January 14th 2024 -“God Speaks”

2024-01-14 “God speaks” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

OUR GOSPEL LESSON is Mark 1: 4 -11, “The Baptism of Jesus”.  In his account, Mark narrates the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist.  In this passage, John baptizes people for the forgiveness of sins, and Jesus comes to be baptized as well.  As Jesus emerges from the water, the heavens open, and the Holy Spirit descends upon him like a dove.  A voice from heaven is heard, affirming Jesus as the beloved Son, in whom God is well pleased.  This event marks the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry and is a significant moment symbolizing his identity and divine mission. 


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn: “Holy god, we praise your name” (Sung to tune 776; vs 3 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn: “In Christ alone” (vs 2&3 en français)
Responsive Reading: Psalm 29
Gloria Patri
Genesis 1: 1-5 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
Acts 19: 1-7
Mark 1: 4-11
Sermon: “God speaks”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn: “Hymn for the baptism of our lord” (Sung to tune 190)
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 291: “Thou whose almighty word”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

January 7th 2024 – “There is no other way!”

2024-01-07 “There is no other way!” 11:00 AM

Dear Friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

A Happy New Year to all, and welcome 2024! 

OUR OLD TESTAMENT LESSON is Isaiah 60: 1-6, “The Future Glory of Israel.”  Here we witness our adoption as God graciously grafts the Gentiles into His fold.  Living Faith, A Statement of Christian Belief, the green booklet in the church pews, states:  “The church is Christ together with his people, called both to worship and to serve Him in all of life.  The church is one.  It is one family under God whose purpose it is to unite all people in Jesus Christ.  The church is holy.  It is set apart by God through the Holy Spirit to be a chosen people in the world.  The church is catholic.  It is universal, including all people of all time who affirm the Christian Faith.” 

Our passage in Isaiah prophesies the arrival of a radiant light, drawing nations to its brilliance.  This light finds its fulfillment in Jesus, the Light of the world.  Just as foretold, people from all walks of life, Jew and Gentile alike, symbolized by the Magi (Matthew 2: 1-12), are drawn to Him.  Thanks be to God for this inexpressible gift, that we are made fellow heirs, members of the same body, and partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel (Ephesians 3: 6). 


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 172: “As with gladness men of old” (vs 3 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 174: “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”
Responsive Reading: Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 60: 1- 6 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
Ephesians 3: 1-12
Matthew 2: 1-12
Sermon: “There is no other way!”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 173: “We three kings”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “Earth has many a noble city” (Sung to Tune 521 – Stuttgart)
Benediction
Go now in peace
Benediction

December 31 2023 -“The fullness of time?”

2023-12-31 “The fulness of time^” 11:00 AM

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk will be leading us in worship.

WE HOPE that everyone has had a joyful Christmas, remembering the birth of our one and only Savior, Jesus Christ.  May God pour out His grace upon us by enabling our faith in His son to continue deepening in the coming New Year.  

OUR RESPONSIVE READING is taken from Psalm 148, “Praise the Name of the Lord.”  Psalm 148 issues a universal call to worship, inviting all of creation to praise the Creator.  This cosmic hymn finds its fulfillment in the birth of Jesus, where a multitude of angels, shepherds, and wise men unite in acknowledging and honouring the newborn King, and will reach its climax at His return.  One commentator notes: “Though moderns tend to think of worship as the response of rational creatures to their God, this psalm rather regards worship as virtually inherent in the world’s structure.”  

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honour and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” – Revelation 4: 11


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 160: “Unto us a child is born”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 161: “What child is this”
Responsive Reading: Psalm 148
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 61: 10 – 62: 3 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
Galatians 4: 4-7
Luke 2: 22-40 ESV
Sermon: “The fulness of time?”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn: “The presentation of our Lord” (Sung to Tune 245 – St. Fulbert)
Offering and Offertory – “Wachet Auf, ruft uns die Stimme”; J. S. Bach
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “My times are in your hand” (Sung to Tune 277 – St. Michael)
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude