Order of Service
We continue our live broadcast this morning and welcome in-person worshipers into the Sanctuary (with socially distanced seating). Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this morning’s service, both online and in-person.
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Prelude – Prelude on “St. ThomasFanfare on an original theme
Call to Worship
Hymn – #60 “Let us praise” Ba Ni Ngyeti
Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness
Time for Wonder and Curiosity
Psalm 93 – (Choral)
Scripture – Luke 16:19 – 31 (CEB)
Sermon: “We need each other.”
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Offertory – Hymn Prelude on “Holy Manna” arr. D. Husted
Special Occasion: Dedication of Westminister St. Paul’s Memorial Church Hall
In October 2021, after 63 years of Gospel witness on Victoria Road in Guelph, the congregation of Westminster St. Paul’s sold their church building and migrated to both St. Andrew’s and Knox Guelph. The proceeds of the sale of the building allocated to St. Andrew’s were gifted on to the “Home for Good” Campaign this past year to support the building of permanent supportive housing in our community. This generosity would not have been possible without the gift from Westminster St. Paul’s, and it is St. Andrew’s hope that the legacy of WSP might continue as we share the story of our support to the campaign and how it was made possible.
As a way of ensuring the story of WSP might continue long into the future, St. Andrew’s agreed to house their archives. As a result of the tireless efforts of several dedicated individuals every single week for months and months, those archival materials are continuing to be catalogued in our Rev. Dr. Peter J. Darch Memorial Archives. Our gratitude is extended to: Bill McKinnie, Margaret Burnett, Bob Coons, Gladys Robson, and Michelle and George Forsyth. We hope that you will take a look at the selection of materials on display in the Hall today as well as head upstairs to tour the Archives themselves.
Today’s Dedication event was organized by a similar group of people: Margaret Burnett, Bob Coons, Michelle and George Forsyth, Gladys Robson, Carol Ann Johnston, and Trudy Smit.
We hope that you will join us afterwards in the freshly dedicated Hall for a short program and some refreshments. Thanks to them as well and many others behind the scenes who made today possible.
Unveiling of the Plaque by Members of WSP
We, at St. Andrew’s, also agreed to rename our Church Hall to honour the legacy of WSP. So today, we are delighted to dedicate what was formerly only known as the Church Hall as the Westminster St. Paul’s Memorial Church Hall from this day forward.
Litany of Prayer and Dedication
O give thanks to the LORD for the LORD is good!
God’s mercies endure forever!
We give you praise and glory for faithful service of the many people who called Westminster St. Paul’s home over the lifetime.
Your people have served You as they have served others, LORD.
Recognizing WSP’s legacy of hospitality and fellowship over meals, it is most appropriate that we dedicate our Church Hall in their honour. May it be a space where all are welcome.
Thank you, God, for welcoming us and inviting us to your table.
We dedicate the Church Hall today praying that it be filled with activity, conversation, laughter, storytelling, good food and comfort.
Thank you, God, may your Spirit enliven our fellowship.
We dedicate the Church Hall trusting that it will be a hub for fellowship – a place where community and church come together, a place where people get to know one another and grow in their love of neighbour, self, and you, O God.
Let us pray.
Blessed are you, Celebratory God.
Your gifts are many, and in wisdom you have made all things to give you glory. Be with us now and bless us as we dedicate the Westminster St. Paul’s Memorial Church Hall to your praise and honour. Give us joy in all your works, and grant that this Hall may always be a place where your will is done and your name is glorified; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.
Prayers of the People
Hymn – #534 “All who hunger, gather gladly” Holy Manna
The Sacrament of Holy Communion
Communion Anthem – Alleluia (W. Boyce)
Hymn – #647 “Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us Mannheim
Postlude – Hyfrydol (Bagpipe and Organ) arr. F. Gingrich