October 1st 2023 – “In on the Secret”

2023-10-01 “In on the secret” 11 AM

Dear friends, 

Our scripture lesson this week is from the Gospel according to John 2: 1-12. Here, Jesus attends a wedding and provides miraculous and astonishing support to a family when the wedding wine runs out.  It is a beautiful and complex narrative with a special portrait of Jesus power and of those who are “in on the secret.”

This Sunday the Rev. Dr. Roland De Vries will again be leading us in worship, and we will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Roland serves as Principal of the Presbyterian College and is our Interim Moderator.

Living Faith, a statement of faith (a Confession) of The Presbyterian Church in Canada (the green booklet in our church pews) says: 

In breaking bread and drinking wine Jesus told us to remember Him. In this action called Holy Communion, Lord’s Supper, or Eucharist, Christ offers Himself to us and we present ourselves to Him in worship and adoration. In Holy Communion Christ places his table in this world to feed and bless his people. The Holy Spirit so unites us in Christ that in receiving the bread and wine in faith we share in His body and blood. (7.7.1 – 7.7.2) Those who belong to Christ come gladly to His table!

Let us, as the Apostle Paul instructs the church in 1 Corinthians 11: 17-33, prepare and examine ourselves before we partake in this blessed sacrament that the Lord has appointed for us. 

For those joining us through livestream on Youtube, a reminder to provide your own communion elements for this Sunday’s service. For those participating in person, the communion wafers are gluten free and the inner ring of glasses on the communion trays contain white grape juice—the outer ring is red wine.

Order of Service

Call to Worship
Hymn 422 “Sing a new song unto the Lord”
Prayer of Adoration and Confession
Declaration of Grace
Anthem: “Come, share the feast of love”
Children’s Time
Hymn 201 “We come to ask your forgiveness”
Responsive Reading: Psalm 78: 1-4, 12-16
Gloria Patri
John 2: 1-12 (en français – English on the screen)
Isaiah 62: 1-5
Sermon: “In on the Secret”
Hymn 358: “There is a Redeemer”
Offering and Offertory
Apostles’ Creed and Invitation to the Table
Hymn 534: “All who hunger, gather gladly.
Lord’s Supper with Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Hymn 299: “Holy, holy, holy.”
Go now in peace