• June 16th 2024 -“Our Small Worlds”

    Dear friends, 

    THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Dr. Roland De Vries will lead us in worship, receive new members, and observe Communion.

    As you may already be aware, Roland serves as Principal of the Presbyterian College in downtown Montreal and is also our Interim Moderator.  He will continue to be Moderator of Session meetings during our pulpit vacancy and guide the Search Committee as we seek to call a new minister to St. Andrew’s. 

    FOR THOSE PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNION 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.  For those joining us through our livestream service on YouTube, please remember to prepare your own communion elements.  

    In his epistle to the Corinthians the Apostle Paul emphasizes the need for preparation and self-examination before participating in this blessed sacrament instituted by our Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 11: 17-33).  Let us “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” (Psalm 34: 8)

    OUR SCRIPTURE LESSON THIS WEEK continues from the book of Ezekiel 17: 22-24.  God promises to exalt the lowly and restore his people, likening them to a flourishing cedar under his care, bringing hope and renewal to all who trust in him.  This week’s sermon is titled “Our Small Worlds”. 

    PLEASE NOTE there is ongoing construction on Green Street keeping Green from Oak to Mercille closed, Birch is now a two-way street accessible from Desaulniers.


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 56: “O Lord the refuge of each generation”
    Call to Worship
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    Choir Anthem – “Day by Day”
    Children’s Time
    Reception of new members
    Hymn 412: “Come, let us sing to the Lord our song”
    Responsive Reading: Psalm 90
    Gloria Patri
    1 Thessalonians 5: 1-11 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    Ezekiel 17: 22-24
    Sermon: “Our small worlds”
    Offering and Offertory
    Invitation to the Table
    Hymn 392 “O holy Dove of God descending”
    Lord’s Supper with Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
    Hymn 671 “I heard the voice of Jesus say”
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • June 9th 2024 – “A new heart, a new life”

    Dear friends, 

    THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Eugênio Anunciação will be leading us in worship. 

    ABOUT THE REVEREND:  Rev. Eugênio Anunciação is a minister of the Independent Presbyterian Church in Brazil, currently residing in São Paulo with his wife, Aletheya.  With over 20 years of experience in congregational ministry, he currently serves as an Interim Pastor and Communications Manager for the Independent Presbyterian Church in Brazil.  

    He has a BA in Theology from the Independent Presbyterian Church of Brazil in São Paulo, a Postgraduate Degree in Group Dynamics from the South American Theological College in Londrina, Brazil, a Postgraduate Degree in Non-Governmental Organizations Administration from International University Centre in Curitiba, Brazil, and an MA in Applied Behaviour Analysis (with emphasis on organizational behaviour management) from the Federal University of Pará, Brazil.  Eugênio is a gifted communicator, thoughtful teacher, experienced pastor, and a committed follower of Christ.

    PLEASE NOTE there is ongoing construction on Green Street keeping Green from Oak to Mercille closed until the end of summer, Birch is now a two-way street accessible from Desaulniers.

    OUR SCRIPTURE LESSON THIS WEEK is from the Prophet Ezekiel 36: 23-32.   This is a rich and beautiful text in which God speaks to his people—and it is especially important that God make promises to his people.  God makes promises to bring the people to their homeland, to take away all the sinfulness that is in their lives, and to give them a new heart.  In a way this is very good news, and beautiful news, though there is a bit of a challenging side.  The challenge comes from the fact that when God transforms our lives, we usually see the things we have done wrong—and it’s not always easy to be confronted with our sin and failure.  But this judgment isn’t the last word.  The last word is the word of promise, that God will make us new.

    EVERYONE IS INVITED to join us downstairs after the congregational meeting on Sunday to enjoy coffee, cookies and conversation.  We thank Joyce and Graham for hosting coffee hour this week. 


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 313 “Oh worship the King” (vs 2&3 en français)
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 202 “We lay our broken world”
    Responsive Reading: Psalm 136:1-9, 23-26
    Gloria Patri
    2 Corinthians 5:16-21 (en français, English on the screen)
    Ezekiel 36:22-32
    Sermon: “A New Heart, A New Life”
    Confession of Faith: Living Faith
    Hymn 648: “I’m gonna live so God can use me”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 299: “Holy, holy, holy” (vs 2&4 en français)
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • June 2nd 2024 -“Setting aside the sacred cows”

    Dear friends,

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

    PLEASE NOTE there is ongoing construction on Green Street keeping Green from Oak to Mercille closed until the end of summer, Birch is now a two-way street accessible from Desaulniers. 

    OUR OLD TESTAMENT LESSON is 1 Samuel 3: 1-20, “The Lords Calls Samuel”.  In this passage, we encounter the young Samuel’s calling by God.  As Samuel serves under Eli in the temple, he hears God’s voice but initially does not recognize it.  With Eli’s guidance, Samuel learns to respond, “Speak, Lord, for your servant hears”.  Samuel was given word from God to tell Eli and it was not good news, but he respected God and obeyed Him.  This week’s sermon is titled “Setting Aside the Sacred Cows”. 


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Responsive 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
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 448: “O God beyond all praising”
    Psalm 139: 1-6
    Gloria Patri
    1 Samuel 3: 1-20
    2 Corinthians 4: 5-12 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    The Gospel – Mark 2: 23-3: 6
    Sermon: “Setting aside the sacred cows”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 442: “Speak, Lord, in the stillness”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 704: “Teach me, God, to wonder” (vs 3 en français)
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • May 26th 2024 – “How is your ‘I’ Care”

    Dear friends,

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

    PLEASE NOTE there is ongoing construction on Green Street keeping Green from Oak to Mercille closed until the end of summer, Birch is now a two-way street accessible from Desaulniers. 

    OUR GOSPEL LESSON is John 3: 1-17, “You Must Be Born Again”.  This passage describes Jesus telling Nicodemus, a Pharisee and “ruler of the Jews”, that one must be “born again” or “born from above” to enter God’s kingdom.  This answer puzzled Nicodemus, and Jesus goes on to respond in verse 8, “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

    Christina Rossetti, a poet from the 19th century, wrote the poem “Who Has Seen the Wind?” (1872) about this passage;

    “Who has seen the wind? 

    Neither I nor you. 

    But when the leaves hang trembling,

    The wind is passing through.

    Who has seen the wind? 

    Neither you nor I. 

    But when the trees bow their heads,

    The wind is passing by.”


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 299: “Holy, holy, holy”
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 399: “Spirit, spirit of gentleness” (vs 2 & 3 en français)
    Responsive Reading: Psalm 29
    Gloria Patri
    Isaiah 6: 1-8 (en français – English on the screen)
    Romans 8: 12-17
    John 3: 1-17
    Sermon: “How is your ‘I’ care?”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 293: “Come thou all mighty King”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 769: “Lord of light, whose name and splendour”
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • May 19th 2024 – “New beginnings”

    Dear friends,

    THIS SUNDAY the Rev. Christopher Clarke will be leading us in worship.

    PLEASE NOTE there is ongoing construction on Green Street keeping Green from Oak to Mercille closed until the end of summer, Birch is now a two-way street accessible from Desaulniers. 

    ON PENTECOST SUNDAY, we commemorate the pivotal moment when the apostles and believers were gathered together and received the arrival of the Holy Spirit, symbolized by a mighty rushing wind and tongues of fire.  Just as God manifested his presence on Mount Sinai with thunder, wind, and fire, his glory filled the room where the apostles were, profoundly impacting Jerusalem.  This event marked the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, empowering believers to spread the gospel with boldness and transforming their lives and the world forever.  This Sunday, we look forward to the Rev. Christopher Clarke’s sermon, “New beginnings”.


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 371: “Love divine, all love excelling”
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 522: “We know that Christ is raised and dies no more”
    Psalm 40
    Gloria Patri
    First Lesson: Jeremiah 29: 1-14 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    Second Lesson: 2 Corinthians 5: 11-21
    Sermon: “New beginnings”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 461: “Be though my vision” (vs 4 en français)
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 574: “With the Lord as my guide”
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • May 12th 2024 – “A sense of belonging”

    Dear friends,

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

    PLEASE  NOTE there is ongoing construction on Green Street keeping Green from Oak to Mercille closed until the end of summer, Birch is now a two-way street accessible from Desaulniers. 

    COMMUNICANTS CLASS  Please join us for two special Saturdays on June 8th and June 15th, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, as we host a Communicants Class led by the Rev. Dr. Roland De Vries, who serves as the Principal at the Presbyterian College in Montreal and is also our Interim Moderator as we continue our search for a new minister.  This class offers a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a member of our church and delving deeper into the teachings of the Reformed faith.  All are welcome to attend, even if you are already a member!  If you’re interested in joining the class, please reach out to one of our elders: Peter, Fouad, Clifford, or Jonathan.  We look forward to journeying together in faith and fellowship.

    OUR GOSPEL LESSON isLuke 24: 44-53.  Within this passage, Jesus reveals to his disciples the fulfillment of Scripture in his life, death, and resurrection, emphasizing the necessity of these events for salvation.  The 17th-century English theologian, John Owen, sheds light on this passage, “This is what the resurrection is to us.  It is God’s declaration that the account of our moral indebtedness has been paid, that God is satisfied.  This just God will never demand anything else for our salvation.  If Christ’s atoning work is really a finished work and if God has accepted it as the sole grounds of salvation, let us proclaim it as such.  If we have entered into it, having come to God on the basis of Christ’s sacrifice, then we have an obligation to make this gospel widely known.  They need to hear that all that is necessary for our salvation has been done by Christ.”

    EVERYONE IS INVITED to join us downstairs after the service on Sunday to enjoy coffee, cookies and conversation.  We thank Candy and Jonathan for hosting coffee hour this week. 


    Order Of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 267: “Rejoice the Lord is King” (vs 2&4 en français)
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 268: “All hail King Jesus” (vs 2 en français)
    Psalm 47
    Gloria Patri
    First Lesson: Acts 1: 1-11 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    Second Lesson: Ephesians 1: 15-23
    The Gospel – Luke 24: 44-53
    Sermon: “A sense of belonging”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 273: “Jesus, our mighty Lord”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 274: “Crown him with many crowns” (vs 3&4 en français)
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • May 5th 2024 – ” Do you have an overcoming faith”

    Dear friends,

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

    OUR FIRST READING is Acts 10: 44-48, “The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles”.  In this powerful passage, we witness the Holy Spirit falling upon Gentiles (anyone who is not of Jewish decent), confirming that God’s love and salvation extend to all people, regardless of their background or heritage.  It’s a reminder of the inclusive nature of God’s grace and the boundless reach of His love.  Paul writes to the Ephesian church about this ingrafting of the Gentiles into Israel, “This mystery is that the Gentiles are 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 422: “Sing a new song unto the Lord”
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 434 “For the beauty of the earth” (vs 3&4 en français)
    Psalm 98
    Gloria Patri
    First Lesson: Acts 10: 44-48 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    Second Lesson: 1 John 5: 1-6
    The Gospel – John 15: 9-17
    Sermon: “Do you have an overcoming faith?”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 314: “God is love: come heaven adoring”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 665: “Lord Jesus you shall be my song” (vs 2&3 en français)
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • April 28th 2024 – “Knowing the truth and living it”

    Dear friends,

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

    IMPORTANT ROAD CLOSURES Friendly reminder to everyone, major repair work involving sewer and water main replacements, repaving, and sidewalk reconstruction, has commenced on Green Street and will continue until the end of summer.  The street will be closed between Mercille and Oak Avenues, and on-street parking will be unavailable in this section.  In addition, the parking spaces reserved for the library on Mercille Avenue will be partly occupied by the construction trailer.  For those of you needing to drop someone off at the door, Birch will be a two-way street between Green and Desaulniers, accessible by Desaulniers.  Parking space on Birch is limited, we suggest driving on Boulevard Desaulniers and parking on Pine Avenue, then walking over to the church.  For more information on this project, please visit: https://www.saint-lambert.ca/en/green-rehabilitation

    OUR GOSPEL READING is John 15: 1-8, “I Am the True Vine”.  In this passage Jesus compares himself to a vine and his followers to branches, emphasizing that staying connected to him is vital for bearing spiritual fruit and life.  Without this connection, believers cannot thrive.  But by remaining in him, they can produce abundant fruit, illustrating their close relationship with Jesus.  In the Old Testament, Israel was often referred to as God’s “vine” or “vineyard,” but faced judgment for failing to bear fruit.  Jesus, however, is portrayed as the ultimate and genuine “vine”, fulfilling the role that Israel could not.


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 333: “I sing the mighty power of God”
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 746: “What a friend we have in Jesus” (vs 2 en français)
    Psalm 22: 25-31
    Gloria Patri
    First Lesson – Acts 8: 26-40 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    Second Lesson – 1 John 4: 7-21
    The Gospel Lesson – John 15: 1-8
    Sermon: “Knowing the truth and living it”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 420: “Je louerai l’eternal” (vs 1 en français)
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 760: “We have a gospel to proclaim”
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • April 21 2024 – ” Hands on comfort

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

    IMPORTANT ROAD CLOSURES Friendly reminder to everyone,major repair work involving sewer and water main replacements, repaving, and sidewalk reconstruction, has commenced on Green Street and will continue until the end of summer.  The street will be closed between Mercille and Oak Avenues, and on-street parking will be unavailable in this section.  In addition, the parking spaces reserved for the library on Mercille Avenue will be partly occupied by the construction trailer.  For those of you needing to drop someone off at the door, Birch will be a two-way street between Green and Desaulniers, accessible by Desaulniers.  Parking space on Birch is limited, we suggest driving on Boulevard Desaulniers and parking on Maple Avenue, then walking over to the church.  For more information on this project, please visit: https://www.saint-lambert.ca/en/green-rehabilitation

    OUR GOSPEL READING is John 10: 11-18, “I Am the Good Shepherd”.  Many churches observe the fourth Sunday of Easter as Good Shepherd Sunday.  In this Sunday’s gospel lesson, we reflect on the words of our Lord as He refers to Himself as “the Good Shepherd.”  This designation signifies Jesus’ care, protection, and guidance for all believers.  It underscores his sacrificial death for our redemption and emphasizes a personal relationship with him, ensuring our eternal security. 


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 321: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” (vs 2&4 en français)
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 356: “You, Lord, are both lamb and shepherd”
    Psalm 23 Sung – Hymn 11 (vs 2&3 en français)
    Gloria Patri
    First Lesson: Acts 4: 5-12 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    Second Lesson: 1 John 3: 16-24
    The Gospel – John 10: 11-18
    Sermon: “Hands on comfort”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 691: “My shepherd is the king of love”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 485: “Saviour, like a shepherd lead us” (vs 2 en français)
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • April 14th 2024 – “Do you have an open mind”

    Dear friends,

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

    IMPORTANT ROAD CLOSURES starting this Tuesday, April 16, major repair work involving sewer and water main replacements, repaving, and sidewalk reconstruction, will commence on Green Street and continue until the end of summer.  The street will be closed between Mercille and Oak Avenues, and on-street parking will be unavailable in this section.  In addition, the parking spaces reserved for the library on Mercille Avenue will be partly occupied by the construction trailer.  For those of you needing to drop someone off at the door, Birch will be a two-way street between Green and Desaulniers, accessible by Desaulniers.  Parking space on Birch is limited, we suggest driving on Boulevard Desaulniers and parking on Maple Avenue, then walking over to Birch Avenue to St. Andrew’s church.  For more information on this project, please visit: https://www.saint-lambert.ca/en/green-rehabilitation

    OUR GOSPEL READING is Luke 24: 36-48, “Jesus Appears to His Disciples”.  As we enter the third week of Easter, we reflect on the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  In this Sunday’s gospel reading from Luke, we encounter Jesus appearing to his disciples after rising from the dead.  He reassures them of his bodily presence, explaining how his suffering, death, and resurrection fulfill the Scriptures, and commissions the disciples to share his message of repentance and forgiveness to people from every nation. 


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 249: “The day of resurrection”
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 251: “Christ is alive”
    Psalm 4
    Gloria Patri
    First Lesson: Acts 3: 12-19 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    Second Lesson: 1 John 3: 1-7
    The Gospel – Luke 24: 36-48
    Sermon: “Do you have an open mind?”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn: “O God in Christ you call us”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 257: “The strife is o’er”
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude