January 29th 2023 – “A Shockingly Different Kind of Power”

2023-01-29 "A Shockingly Different Kind of Power" 11 AM

Dear friends,

Today we are celebrating St. Andrew’s Church 98th anniversary!  Please plan to stay after the worship service and join us downstairs in the church hall for a special potluck lunch, and please also consider bringing either a main course or dessert treat to be shared with everyone. We look forward to this time of fellowship and hope to see you there. 

Last week the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk preached about Jesus’ public ministry beginning in the region of Galilee of the Gentiles (Matthew 4: 15), and how the movement of the Gospel moved from the Jewish community to the Gentile world.  Jesus called his disciples and immediately they dropped their nets and followed him, and their lives were forever changed.  God is continuing His work of redemption today and calling a people to Himself, to everyone who repents and believes. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” Romans 1: 16


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome & announcements
Call to Worship
Hymn 467: “Praise, my soul, the God who crowns you”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Anthem: “God is here”
Children’s Time
Hymn 709: “What does the Lord require of you”
Responsive reading: Psalm 15
Gloria Patri
Micah 6: 1-8
1 Corinthians 1: 18-31
The Gospel Lesson: Matthew 5: 1-12
Sermon: “A Shockingly Different Kind of Power”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 624: “Blest are they”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 291: “Thou whose almighty word”
Benediction
Postlude

January 22 2023- “Life Defining Moments”

2023-01-22 "Life defining moments" 11 AM

Dear Friends,

Our gospel lesson this week is taken from Matthew 4: 12-23, where Jesus officially begins his public ministry in “the land of Zebulun and Napthali”, which were the former land allotments given to the two northern tribes of Israel (Jacob’s descendants), also known as the region of Galilee. 

The Light of the World, Jesus Christ (John 8:12), came to fulfill the Old Testament Messianic prophecies of the coming Saviour, the One who would humbly and graciously come into the darkness and reveal Himself by casting a light into the fallen world, to seek, find and gather a people to Himself.  

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4: 6

What consolation and assurance we have in Jesus; the light of the gospel continues to shine in the world and in our hearts today! 


Order of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship
Hymn 479: “The church’s one foundation” (vs 2 & 4 en français)
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 267: “Rejoice, the Lord is king” (vs 2 & 4 en français)
Responsive reading: Psalm 27: 1, 5-13
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 9: 1-4 (en français)
1 Corinthians 1: 10-18
The Gospel Lesson: Matthew 4: 12-23
Sermon: “Life defining moments”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 480: “In Christ there is no east or west”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 634: “Will you come and follow me”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

January 15th 2023 – “Identity Transformed”

2023-01-15 "Identity Transformed" 11 AM

Dear Friends,

Last week we commemorated the Baptism of the Lord, and also recalled our own. The outward sign of baptism (symbolized by washing or anointing with water in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit) confirms the inward spiritual reality that we belong to Jesus Christ, and have been called, adopted and redeemed as sons and daughters of God. As believers, we belong to the one family of God, the holy catholic (universal) church that is composed of every tribe, language, people and nation (Revelation 5:9–10).

Our gospel lesson this week is taken from John 1: 29-42, and will continue to explore our calling and what it means to be transformed by belonging and identifying in Christ. We look forward to Rob’s sermon, “Identity Transformed” – How embracing Jesus’ identity transforms ours.


Order of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship
Hymn 635: “Brother, sister, let me serve you”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 644: “May the mind of Christ my Saviour”
Responsive reading: Psalm 40: 1-11
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 49: 1-7
1 Corinthians 1: 1-9 (en français)
Gospel Lesson: John 1: 29-42
Sermon: “Identity Transformed”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 177: “Christ, whose glory fills the skies”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 290: “Immortal, invisible, God only wise”
Benediction
Go now in Peace
Postlude

January 8th 2023 – “The Power of the Spoken Word”

2023-01-8 The Baptism of our Lord 11 AM

Dear Friends,

We welcome back the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk to lead us in worship this Sunday.

We hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s celebration.  We are looking forward to worshiping together again!

This Sunday, January 8th we commemorate the Baptism of our Lord in the Jordan river by John the Baptist. The heavens open, and the Spirit of God descends like a dove and rests upon Jesus, and a voice from heaven openly declares, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased”, a fulfillment of Psalm 2: 7. On this day, we not only recognize and celebrate the Lord’s baptism, but also our own.  We celebrate God’s special and saving grace in our being baptized and sealed into Christ.

As believers, we have been called, forgiven and adopted into the family of God, His body, His church, His covenant community.  In this, we all share one faith, one baptism, and one God, the Father of all (Ephesians 4: 4-6). 


Order of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship
Hymn 115: “Hail to the Lord’s anointed”
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer
Responsive reading: Psalm 29
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 42: 1-9
Acts 10: 34-43
Hymn 400: “Spirit of the living God”
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 3: 13-17
Children’s Time
Sermon: “The Power of the Spoken Word”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn: “Hymn for the baptism of our Lord”
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 350: “To God be the glory”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

Christmas Eve 2022

2022-12-24 Christmas Eve Service 7:30 PM

Dear Friends,

On Christmas Eve we celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ, the Light and Redeemer of the world. We have been preparing for his advent for the last four weeks in anticipation of the kind of hope, peace, joy and love that only Jesus can provide for us. Please join us as we light the Christ candle and celebrate in reverent worship and adoration of our Emmanuel, “God with us”.

Our Christmas Eve readings are taken from the Old Testament book, Isaiah, and the New Testament books, Luke and Matthew. We look back to the prophet, Isaiah, and remember God’s covenantal promises given to Israel (and ultimately to the world) concerning the birth of the Messiah, “the Root of Jesse”. Then, continuing from Matthew and Luke, we see in the fullness of time (according to God’s perfect and appointed time in history), God sent forth his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law (Galatians 4: 4-5a). 

What hope, what joy, what love, and what assurance we have in Jesus! Let us join our hearts together this Christmas Eve, and sing the true meaning of Christmas, “Oh, holy night, the stars are brightly shining; It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth! Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices, for yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, oh, hear the angel voices! Oh, night divine, oh, night when Christ was born!” (O Holy Night, written by Placide Cappeau and composed by Adolphe Adam). 


Order Of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship
Lighting of the candle of Hope
1st Reading: Isaiah 11: 1-9
Choir Anthem: “In the bleak mid-winter”
Hymn 122: “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel” (vs 2 & 3 en Français)
Prayer of adoration
Lighting of the candle of Peace
2nd Reading: Luke 2: 8-14
Hymn 139: “Hark! the herald angels sing” (vs 2 en Français)
Children’s Time
Lighting of the candle of Joy
3rd Reading: Matthew 2: 1-12
A Christmas Declaration
Hymn 136: “The first nowell”
Lighting of the candle of Love
4th Reading: Luke 2: 1-7 (lecture en Français – English on the screen)
Choir Anthem: “The Sussex carol”
Litany: “Away in a manger”
Offering & Offertory
Hymn 154: Silent night
Lighting of the Christ candle
Hymn 153: “Joy to the world”
Benediction
Postlude

December 18th 2022 -“Love in the face of adversity”

2022-12-18 Sunday Service 11:00 AM - Fourth Sunday in Advent

Dear Friends,

This Sunday marks the fourth week of Advent. Please join with us as we light the candle of love and think about the kind of love Jesus brings us for today and for the future. 

On Sunday we will be having a Communion service lead by Major the Rev. Andrew Cameron, a Presbyterian minister serving as a chaplain (padre) with the Canadian Armed Forces.

Our Gospel lesson for this Sunday is taken from Matthew 1: 18-25, the miraculous birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

God’s love for us is on full display as we commemorate his birth. “In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” – 1 John 4: 9-10


Order of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship
Lighting of the 4th Advent Candle
Prayers of Adoration & Confession
Declaration of Grace
Choir Anthem: “In the Bleak Midwinter”
Children’s time
Hymn 110: “Come thou long-expected Jesus”
Responsive reading: Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19
Isaiah 7: 10-16
Matthew 1: 18-25
Hymn 121: “Long ago prophets knew”
Sermon: “Love in the face of adversity”
Offertory
Prayers of the people
Invitation to Communion
Hymn 542: “Let all Mortal Flesh keep silence”
Communion
Hymn 134: “Lord you were rich”
Benediction
Go now in Peace
Postlude

December 11th 2022 – “Joy in Believing”

2022-12-11 Sunday Service 11:00 AM - Third Sunday in Advent

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow is the third Sunday in Advent. Please join with us as we light the candle of Joy and think about the kind of joy Jesus brings us for today and for the future.

In the painting above, by tot Sint Jans Geertgen, John the Baptist isn’t in prison but in a rather idealized wilderness.  It’s interesting, though, that the artist has painted a lamb sitting beside John the Baptist.  Even as John struggles with his doubts and questions,Jesus, the lamb of God, is there with him.  Jesus is not fazed by our doubts and questions.  As we hear the story of John’s questions while he’s in a very hard place (prison), we hear Jesus’ response to John and are reminded again of where to look to find our joy.


Order of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship & lighting of the Advent candle
Prayers of Adoration and Confession
Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer
Children’s time
Hymn 122: “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel” (vs. 1,3,5,6,7)
Responsive reading: Psalm 146: 5-10
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 35: 1-10
Matthew 11: 2-11
Hymn 507: “Break now the bread of life”
Sermon: “Joy in believing”
Hymn 665: “Lord Jesus, you shall be my song” (vs. 1-2 Fr; 3-4 Eng.)
Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 118: “Hark the glad sound”
Benediction
“Go now in peace”
Postlude

December 4th 2022 – “Popularity is not at the top of the list”

2022-12-4 Sunday Service 11:00 AM - Second Sunday in Advent

Dear friends,

This Sunday, we welcome the Rev. Linda Faith Chalk to lead us again in worship.

Our gospel lesson this week is taken from Matthew 3:1-12, where John the Baptist prepares the way for our Lord. Before John the Baptist came onto the scene, paved the way, and pointed people to the promised Messiah, there was a 400 year gap of silence in Israel, where they were left without a prophet, and under a cloud of darkness (this is known as the intertestamental period; between the last book of Malachi (5th century BC), to the preaching of John the Baptist in the first century). Out of the darkness came light.

“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make his paths straight.’” – Matthew 3:1-3

The time of waiting was over, and the promised One, Jesus Christ, the light of the world was finally here!

Join us as we light the candle of peace, and think about what kind of peace Jesus brings us for today and for the future.


Order of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship & lighting of the Advent candle
Hymn 128: “There’s a voice in the wilderness calling”
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer
Responsive reading: Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19
Gloria Patri
Isaiah 11: 1-10
Romans 15: 4-13
Gospel Lesson: Matthew 3: 1-12
Children’s story
Hymn 115: “Hail to the Lord’s anointed”
Sermon: Popularity is not at the top of the list
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 151: “Lo how a rose e’er blooming”
Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 126: “On Jordan’s bank”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

November 27th 2022 – “Ready For Advent”

2022-11-27 Sunday Service 11:00 AM - First Sunday in Advent

Dear friends, 
 
This Sunday, we welcome Edythe Arnott to lead us in worship.

This Sunday is the first Sunday in Advent. The word advent comes from the Latin term adventus, meaning “arrival” or “coming”, with a particular emphasis on something great and important. But the term is marked with a deeper, fuller and richer meaning. The term adventus was also a ceremony in ancient Rome, in which an emperor was formally welcomed into a city either during a progress (a royal journey marked by pomp and pageant) or after a successful military campaign. 

This word advent is fitting, for Jesus Christ our risen Lord has conquered death, and in Him we are made victorious (1 Corinthians 15:57), and in this season of Advent, we not only hope and anticipate for His second coming, but we also prepare for the celebration of His birth (his first coming). The celebration of Advent can trace its roots all the way back to the fifth century AD. 

Join us as we light the candle of hope, and think about what kind of hope Jesus brings us for today and for the future.


Order of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship
Lighting of the Advent candle
Hymn 124: “People in darkness”
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer
Responsive reading: Psalm 122
Gloria Patri
Old Testament Reading: Isaiah 2: 1-5
New Testament Reading: Matthew 24: 36-44
Hymn 416: “Blessed Jesus, at your word”
Sermon: “Ready for Advent”
Hymn 661: “We give thee but thine own”
Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 110: “Come, thou long-expected Jesus”
Benediction
Postlude

November 20th 2022 – “Getting it right”

Dear Friends,

This Sunday, the Reverend Linda Faith Chalk will again be leading us in worship.

2022-11-20 Sunday Service 11:00 AM - Reign of Christ Sunday

Order Of Service

Prelude
Call to Worship
Hymn 363: “All hail the power of Jesus’ name”
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Declaration of Grace and the Lord’s Prayer
Responsive reading: Luke 1: 68-79 The Message
Gloria Patri
Jeremiah 23: 1-4
Colossians 1: 11-20
Hymn 691: “My shepherd is the King of love”
Gospel Lesson: Luke 23: 33-43
Sermon: “Getting it right”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 376: “Lord, the light of your love is shining”
Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 267: “Rejoice the Lord is King”
Benediction
Postlude