December 17th 2023 “One we wait for”

2023-12-17 “Comfort” 11 AM

Dear friends,

THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Dr. Roland De Vries will again be leading us in worship, and we will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper. 

One of the communion hymns from our Book of Praise offers this lovely invitation to the table of the Lord:

All who hunger, gather gladly; Holy manna is our bread.

Come from wilderness and wandering.  Here in truth you will be fed.

You that yearn for days of fullness, all around us is our food.

Taste and see the grace eternal.  Taste and see that God is good.

We come on Sunday to taste and see that God is good; that, in Christ, God nourishes and blesses us for the journey of life.

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.

OUR SCRIPTURE LESSON THIS WEEK is from the Prophet Isaiah, Chapter 11.  It is a lovely text that has its own meaning in the history of the Hebrew people.  When the first followers of Jesus read this text, it also made them think of Jesus—and we will read it in that way on Sunday morning.


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Lighting of the Advent candle & Hymn 119: Hope is a star (vs 3)
Call to worship
Hymn 110: “Come thou long-expected Jesus”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
Choir Anthem: Il est né le divin enfant
Children’s Time
Hymn 204 “Thou didst leave thy throne”
Responsive Reading: Psalm 26
Gloria Patri
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24 (en français – English on the screen)
Isaiah 11: 1-10
Sermon: “One we wait for”
Apostles’ Creed
Offering and Offertory
Invitation to the Table
Hymn 534: “All who hunger, gather gladly.
Lord’s Supper with Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
Prayer after Communion
Hymn 141: “Good Christians, all rejoice.”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

April 23rd 2023 -“Do We Have Something to Eat?”

2023-04-23 "Do we have something to eat?" 11 AM

Dear friends, 

This Sunday the Rev. Susan Brasier will be leading us in worship and Communion. 

This Sunday, we will be celebrating Communion – a holy meal symbolizing unity, gratitude, and remembrance – as we explore the story of Jesus serving the meal to his companions from his walk to Emmaus.  Our gospel lesson is found in Luke 24: 13-35 “on the road to Emmaus.”  

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. 


Order of Service

Prelude
Welcome
Call to Worship
Hymn 262: “Come to us beloved stranger”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
Anthem: “Come, share this feast of love”
The time for children of all ages
Hymn: “Day of arising”
Responsive reading: Psalm 116: 1-4, 12-19
The first lesson: 1 Peter 1: 17-23
The second lesson: Luke 24: 13-35
Sermon: “Do we have something to eat?”
Offering and Offertory
Invitation to the table
Hymn 548: “Let us break bread together”
The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving and the Lord’s Prayer
Communion
Hymn 263: “They set out on their homeward road”
Benediction

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

October 2nd 2022 – “Crazy Investments”

2022-10-02 Sunday Service 11:00 AM - “Crazy Investments”

Dear all,

This Sunday, the Rev. Ian Fraser, a retired minister of the Presbytery of Montreal, will be leading worship as well as outlining the process that lies ahead for us as we consider our future.

This Sunday is World Communion Sunday and we will join with Christians around the globe in celebrating our unity through Christ. We have learned in the past three years that we live in a world that is much more connected than we had ever imagined. Imagine a world where Christ’s compassion would spread just as rapidly!

Ian will focus worship on Jeremiah and a land investment that he made. Jeremiah was much more adept at proclaiming God’s message than property management, but his purchase is a lesson for us all.


Order of Service

World Communion Sunday

Called to Worship
Prelude
Call to Worship
Hymn 304: v. 1 fr., v. 1 Eng, v. 2 fr, v. 3 Eng
“Les cieux et la terre”
Prayer of Adoration & Confession
The Pardon and Peace

The Word Proclaimed
The Scriptures
Responsive reading: Psalm 96
Jeremiah 32: 1-3, 6-15
Luke 4: 16-21
Hymn 685: “How Firm a Foundation” (omit v. 4)
Sermon: “Crazy Investments”
Offertory

The Word Made Visible
Invitation
Hymn 528: “Jesus calls us here to meet him”
Communion

The Going Out
Hymn 775: “Sent forth by your blessing”
Benediction
Go now in Peace
Postlude

June 12th 2022 – “Communion with the Trinity”

2022-06-12 Trinity Sunday 11:00 AM - "Communion with the Trinity”

Dear all,

Tomorrow is both communion and Trinity Sunday.  Two weeks ago was Ascension Sunday when we remembered Jesus’ ascension to power at the right hand of God the Father. Last week was Pentecost and the descent of the Holy Spirit on the church. An obvious question is how the ascended Jesus and  Holy Spirit are related to God the Father?  The answer that the early church came to, after some argument and controversy, is the doctrine of the Trinity.  While there are still ongoing arguments  (the Copts in Egypt insist that Jesus had only a divine nature rather than two natures (divine and human) that is the majority view; Roman Catholic and Orthodox argue about whether the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father alone or the Father and the son), these are minor details.  The main point, on which Christians of all denominations agreed is that our Trinitarian understanding of God is what is basic and distinctive about our faith.  Tomorrow we will focus on this Russian orthodox icon of the Trinity which those who go to coffee hour should recognize.

Icons are intended to be used for worshipful meditation and contemplation of  the mystery of the Trinity. So we will use it as our jumping off point for a communion mediation. The three persons of the Trinity are gathered round the communion table and invite us to join with them in their dance of love.


Order of Service

TRINITY SUNDAY June 12, 2022
Prelude
Call to Worship
Hymn #299: “Holy, holy, holy”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession and Declaration of Grace
Responsive reading: Psalm 8
Proverbs 8: 1-4; 22-31
Anthem: Psaume 8
Romans 5:1-5
John 16: 12-15
Hymn 394: “Come thou almighty king”
Sermon: “Communion with the Trinity ”
Offertory
Hymn 524: “We come as guests invited”
Communion
Hymn #295: “When long before time”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude

March 20th, 2022 – “Repentance as Fruitfulness”

2022-03-20 Sunday Worship 11:00 AM - "Repentance as Fruitfulness"

On Sunday, we will celebrate Communion. Just a reminder: if you are joining us on YouTube for this communion service, please provide your own elements of bread (or a cracker) and wine (juice). For those participating in-person,  the inner glasses of the tray contain white grape juice.

Lent, as we follow Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem, is a penitential season in the church year. We are supposed to take stock of our lives and to repent.  Repent of  what we may ask?  Perhaps we are not conscious of breaking God’s law in any particular way. We are not aware of bad habits that need to be given up. Lent is often thought to be a season for practicing denial: giving up chocolate, alcohol, rich foods. But in this parable Jesus points us in a different direction.  Here repentance involves a turning around, a turning to God, a transformation so that a barren life becomes a fruitful one. Something positive rather than something negative.

Tomorrow’s gospel lesson starts with people coming to Jesus with a question about God’s judgment, “when a building collapses (say, the theater in Mariupol) and some survive but others are killed, is it because they have angered God and are being punished for their sins?  Hardly a common opinion in our time,  but apparently not unusual in theirs.  Misfortune was interpreted as God’s judgment. Don’t think like that, said Jesus. God is not out to get you for your sins.

Then he tells them a parable about God’s judgment and repentance.  A fig tree has not borne fruit for three years. The owner decides that is it time to chop down this unproductive tree to make space for one that may bear fruit. But the gardener intervenes,  “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it.  If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” God’s judgment includes mercy and a reprieve. Not forever, but time enough so that, with proper care and nurture, the tree can become fruit bearing. That, rather than punishment, is the objective.  

In communion. Jesus invites us to the table to repent, to turn to God and be nourished so that we can become more fruitful disciples. The reality of God’s grace abounds. In the words of our Old Testament lesson for tomorrow: “Listen to me, listen well: Eat only the best, fill yourself with only the finest. Let the wicked abandon their way of life and the evil their way of thinking. Let them come back to God, who is merciful, come back to our God, who is lavish with forgiveness.” The good news of God’s grace is not confined to the New Testament. It is there all through the Bible from the beginning, for those who look for it.


Order of Service

Prelude:
PWS&D Lenten Liturgy
Hymn 665: “O Worship the Lord”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Responsive reading: Psalm 63
Isaiah 55: 1-9
Anthem: “O God you are my God” (Psalm 63)
Luke 13: 1-9
Hymn: “Comme un cerf altéré brame”
Meditation: “Repentance as fruitfulness”
Hymn 524: “We come as guests invited”
Offering and Offertory
Communion
Hymn 371: “Love divine, all loves excelling.”
Benediction
Go now in peace
Postlude