• July 14th 2024 -“It’s all about who is the true King”

    Dear friends, 

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

    SUMMER SERVICES IN AUGUST at St. Andrew’s will continue.  The theme for August is simplicity.  What does a simple service look like?  It looks a lot like our pre-COVID services!  There won’t be any livestreaming on YouTube or a projector screen.  Instead, we’ll sing from the hymnbooks, just like we used to and we can follow along with the scripture readings using the pew bibles.  Sunday School will be taking a break, and coffee hour will be replaced with refreshing lemonade – perfect for those hot summer days.  Let’s embrace simplicity, relax and enjoy the summer season!  We still need some people to sign-up for serving the lemonade so please consider taking a turn in August, if you are able.

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

    OUR NEW TESTAMENT LESSON is Ephesians 1: 3-14, “Spiritual Blessings in Christ”.  The Apostle Paul praises God for the spiritual blessings bestowed upon believers through Christ.  He explains that God chose us before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.  Through Christ’s sacrificial love, we are redeemed and forgiven.  John Calvin, the 16th century Reformer adds, “The full certainty of future happiness rests on the revelation of God’s love to us in Christ, which God makes in the gospel.”


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Responsive Call to Worship
    Hymn 438: “When morning guilds the skys” (vs 2&4 en français)
    Prayer of Adoration and Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 648: “I’m gonna live so God can use me”
    2 Samuel 6: 1-5, 12b-19 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    New Testament Lesson: Ephesians 1: 3-14
    Sung Psalm 24 Hymn 13
    Gloria Patri
    The Gospel: Mark 6: 14-29
    Sermon: “It’s all about who is the true king?”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 704: “Teach me God to wonder” (vs 3 en français)
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 746: “What a friend we have in Jesus” (vs 2 en français)
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • July 7th 2024 -“Traveling Light”

    Dear friends,

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

    SUMMER SERVICES IN AUGUST at St. Andrew’s will continue.  The theme for August is simplicity.  What does a simple service look like?  It looks a lot like our pre-COVID services!  There won’t be any livestreaming on YouTube or a projector screen.  Instead, we’ll sing from the hymnbooks, just like we used to, and we can follow along with the scripture readings using the pew bibles.  Sunday School will be taking a break, and coffee hour will be replaced with refreshing lemonade – perfect for those hot summer days.  Let’s embrace simplicity, relax and enjoy the summer season!

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

    OUR GOSPEL LESSON is Mark 6: 1-13, “Jesus Rejected at Nazareth” and “Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles”.  Our readings this Sunday include two significant events in the life of our Lord.  The first is Jesus returning to Nazareth, where the locals doubt his authority because they know him only as a carpenter, and due to their lack of faith, he performs few miracles there.  Jesus then sends out the twelve apostles in pairs, instructing them to travel light and rely on the hospitality of others, trusting in God’s providence as they go.  They go out preaching repentance, casting out demons, and healing the sick.  The sermon title this week is, “Travelling light”. 


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Responsive Call to Worship
    Hymn 483: “Glorious things of thee are spoken”
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 485: “Saviour Like a Shepherd lead us”
    Psalm 123
    Gloria Patri
    Old Testament Lesson: Ezekiel 2: 1-5 (en français BFC – English on the screen)
    New Testament Lesson: 2 Corinthians 12: 2-10
    The Gospel – Mark 6: 1-13
    Sermon: “Travelling light”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 486: “The Church of Christ in every age”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 670: “Amazing Grace” (vs 3&4 en français)
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • June 30th 2024 – ” A story within a story”

    Dear friends, 

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

    SUMMER SERVICES IN AUGUST at St. Andrew’s will continue, led by Rev. Linda Faith Chalk.  The theme for August is simplicity.  What does a simple service look like?  It looks a lot like our pre-COVID services!  There won’t be any livestreaming on YouTube or a projector screen.  Instead, we’ll sing from the hymnbooks, just like we used to.  Rev. Linda Faith will guide us throughout the service in worship and prayer.  Sunday School will also be taking a break, and coffee hour will be replaced with refreshing lemonade – perfect for those hot summer days.  Let’s embrace simplicity, relax and enjoy the summer season!

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

    OUR NEW TESTAMENT LESSON continues in Mark 5: 21-43, “Jesus Heals a Woman and Jairus’ Daughter”.  In our Scripture reading this week, Jesus performs two miracles.  One involves raising a little girl from the dead.  Jairus, a synagogue leader, seeks Jesus’ help for his dying daughter, and despite hearing that she has passed away, Jesus urges Jairus to have faith.  Upon arriving at Jairus’s home, Jesus reassures the mourners that the girl is asleep, not dead.  Taking her hand, he says, ‘Little girl, get up!’  Instantly, she rises and walks, leaving everyone amazed.  Such is the power of God!  The sermon title this week is, “A story within a story”. 


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn 815: “New every morning is the love”
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 324: “Great is thy faithfulness” (vs 2 en français)
    Responsive Reading: Psalm 130
    Gloria Patri
    Lamentations 3: 22-23 (en français – English on the screen)
    2 Corinthians 8: 7-15
    Mark 5: 21-43
    Sermon: “A story within a story”
    Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 579: “Oh I know the Lord’s laid a hand on me”
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn 474: “The love of God comes close”
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • Announcement:

    THE SEARCH CONTINUES:  As you may have heard in last week’s announcements during the service, our Interim Moderator, the Rev. Dr. Roland De Vries, regretfully informed us that Rev. Eugênio Anunciação has declined “the call” to become the next pastor at St. Andrew’s, despite its approval by the Presbytery of Montreal on Tuesday, June 18.  The search committee worked diligently over the past months, and the session made significant efforts, to find a new pastor.  Here is a link to the announcement by Roland https://youtu.be/J700DG35StM?si=HwOtzTwmyL55YY2p.  Although the search committee will take a break over the summer, they will resume the search for a new pastor in the fall.  Despite this setback, our congregation remains strong and faithful.  God is with us.


  • June 23rd 2024 -“Which Calling is Yours?”

    Dear friends, 

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

    THANK YOU for making last week’s Annual Church Barbecue such a success!  Your delicious salads and desserts added a special touch to the event.  We also appreciate everyone who helped with setup, grilling, and clean-up.  We also said our last farewells, and prayed over the Shin family as they travel back to Korea.  We will miss them dearly.

    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. 

    OUR NEW TESTAMENT LESSON is Mark 4: 35-41, “Jesus Calms a Storm”.  Jesus and his disciples are caught in a fierce storm while crossing the Sea of Galilee.  As the disciples panic, Jesus, who is asleep, is awakened and calms the storm with his command, “Quiet!  Be still!”  The wind and waves obey him, and the storm ceases.  Martin Luther, the 16th century Reformer adds:  “The sea and wind rage, and the waves dash over us and threaten to sink us, but let them rage; it is ordained that the wind and sea obey his will.  The persecutions will not continue longer than is his pleasure, and, although they overwhelm us, yet they must be subject to him.  He is Lord over all; therefore, nothing will harm us.”  The sermon title for this week is, “Which calling is yours?” 

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


    Order of Service

    Prelude
    Welcome
    Call to Worship
    Hymn “Holy God we praise your name”; Tune 776 (vs 3 en français)
    Prayer of Adoration
    Prayer of Confession
    Declaration of Grace
    The Lord’s Prayer
    Children’s Time
    Hymn 420 “Je louerai l’eternal” (vs 2 en français)
    Responsive Reading: Psalm 90: 9-20
    Gloria Patri
    1 Samuel 17: 32-49 (en français, English on the screen)
    2 Corinthians 6: 1-13
    Mark 4: 35-41
    Sermon: “Which calling is yours?”
    Confession of Faith: The Apostles’ Creed
    Hymn 304: “We praise you, Creator” (vs 3 en français)
    Offering and Offertory
    Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
    Hymn: “In Christ alone” (vs 2&3 en français)
    Benediction
    Go now in peace
    Postlude


  • 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. 

    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