Worship by ZOOM – Sunday July 26, 2020

Order of Service – Sunday July 26, 2020 @ 10:30AM

As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you listen to this song as a way of preparing for worship this morning.

“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

Call to Worship

Special Musical Interlude

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Job 2: 11- 13 & 42: 7 – 9 (NRSV)

Sermon – “No One Spoke” – A Short Series on The Book of Job (Part 3 of 3)

Offering – You can still mail cheques to:

St. Andrew’s Guelph, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4J8

Or you can donate to St. Andrew’s through CanadaHelps

Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/128975471RR0001-st-andrews-presbyterian-church/

You are also invited to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). Instead of using offering envelopes or giving online, you can set up a regular donation through your financial institution. To learn more, click here.

If you’d like to make a donation to Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) you can do so here:

https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2463

Prayers of the People

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to reflect on this song.

“Be Still My Soul”

Worship by ZOOM – Sunday July 19, 2020

Order of Service – Sunday July 19, 2020 @ 10:30AM

As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you listen to this song as a way of preparing for worship this morning.

“Sing a New Song Unto the Lord”

Call to Worship

Special Musical Interlude

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Job 2: 7 – 10 & 19: 13 – 21 (NRSV)

Sermon – “His Wife Said” – A Short Series on The Book of Job (Part 2)

Offering – You can still mail cheques to:

St. Andrew’s Guelph, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4J8

Or you can donate to St. Andrew’s through CanadaHelps

Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/128975471RR0001-st-andrews-presbyterian-church/

You are also invited to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). Instead of using offering envelopes or giving online, you can set up a regular donation through your financial institution. To learn more, click here.

If you’d like to make a donation to Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) you can do so here:

https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2463

Prayers of the People

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to reflect on this song.

“The Irish Blessing”

Rev. John launches an OCCASIONAL Podcast – “Rev. John Asks A Question or Two”

Last week, Rev. John launched an OCCASIONAL podcast called “Rev. John Asks A Question or Two” (Yes, the title of the podcast is inspired by Disney’s Forky Asks A Question). He hopes to post a new episode at least once a month but sometimes it will be more frequent. These will be short (five minutes or so) and focused on asking meaningful and transformative questions for personal reflection. The first episode focused on two questions that come from a legendary story of Rabbi Akiva (circa 2nd Century AD): Who Are You? and What Are You Doing Here?

Feel free to share with friends and family. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so that you can receive notifications when a new episode is posted.

Here’s the first episode:

Episode One – Rev. John Asks A Question or Two

Worship by ZOOM – Sunday July 12, 2020

Order of Service – Sunday July 12, 2020 @ 10:30AM

As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you listen to this song as a way of preparing for worship this morning. It was recommended by our guest from a couple of weeks ago, Marva Wisdom.

“Blinded By Your Grace” – The Kingdom Choir

St. Andrew’s Territorial Acknowledgement

As we gather, we acknowledge that Indigenous people were here long before us who cared for this land and called it home.  This territory has a rich history and was, and is to this day, considered sacred by many First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.  We have a responsibility to care for this land as their ancestors did and to continue to strengthen our relationships with our Indigenous neighbours.

Call to Worship

Special Musical Interlude

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Job 1: 1 – 22 (NRSV)

Sermon – “Naked” – A Short Series on The Book of Job (Part 1)

Full Worship Service

Offering – You can still mail cheques to:

St. Andrew’s Guelph, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4J8

Or you can donate to St. Andrew’s through CanadaHelps

Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/128975471RR0001-st-andrews-presbyterian-church/

You are also invited to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). Instead of using offering envelopes or giving online, you can set up a regular donation through your financial institution. To learn more, click here.

If you’d like to make a donation to Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) you can do so here:

https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2463

Prayers of the People

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to reflect on these songs. The first is another selection from The Kingdom Choir – when they sang for the Royal Wedding of Harry and Megan. The second selection is a hymn from our Book of Praise written by Andrew Donaldson – one of the co-editors of the 1998 Book of Praise.

“Stand By Me” – The Kingdom Choir
“Wordless, Ancient Earth’s Foundations”

Worship by ZOOM – Sunday June 28, 2020 ZOOMerview with special guest, Marva Wisdom

Order of Service – Sunday June 28, 2020 @ 10:30AM

As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you listen to this classic hymn as a way of preparing for worship this morning. It was shared by Thelma Roswell.

“Amazing Grace”

St. Andrew’s Territorial Acknowledgement

As we gather, we acknowledge that Indigenous people were here long before us who cared for this land and called it home.  This territory has a rich history and was, and is to this day, considered sacred by many First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.  We have a responsibility to care for this land as their ancestors did and to continue to strengthen our relationships with our Indigenous neighbours.

Call to Worship

Special Musical Interlude

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – James 2: 1 – 4 (The Message)

Sermon – “Change Starts Now”: A ZOOMerview with Marva Wisdom

By way of introduction, here’s Marva’s Bio:

And here’s a link to The Black Experience Project that Marva was the director of: https://www.theblackexperienceproject.ca/

Offering – You can still mail cheques to:

St. Andrew’s Guelph, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4J8

Or you can donate to St. Andrew’s through CanadaHelps

The month of June is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! For the entire month of June, every single dollar donated to a Canadian nonprofit or charity through Canada Helps will buy that nonprofit one entry in a contest to win a $20,000.00 grand prize. If you’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’ to donate ONLINE, that time is now! Every donation is a WIN for these organizations… including St. Andrew’s and our Mission Partners. Thanks for your continued generosity! Let’s accept the challenge and make a difference in our community and world.

Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/128975471RR0001-st-andrews-presbyterian-church/

You are also invited to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). Instead of using offering envelopes or giving online, you can set up a regular donation through your financial institution. To learn more, click here.

If you’d like to make a donation to Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) you can do so here:

https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2463

The Guelph Black Heritage Society has launched the “Freedom Project” which promotes universal accessibility to Heritage Hall and will enable all people to attend events at the building.  The Heritage Hall “Freedom Project” will help GBHS fulfill its mandate to be community centered, promote inclusiveness and be respectful of all Canadians: past, present and future.

Today as we reflect on the issues of systemic racism, we can be a part of the Change that Starts NOW. Please consider a donation, if you are able, to the Guelph Black Heritage Society. To learn more about the work of the GBHS and to donate, follow this link: https://www.guelphblackheritage.ca/donations/

Prayers of the People

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to reflect on these songs.

“Open my eyes”
“Time Will Tell” – Bob Marley

Worship by ZOOM – Father’s Day and ZOOMerview with our special guest, Curt Hammond – June 21, 2020

Order of Service – Sunday June 21, 2020 @ 10:30AM

As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you listen to this hymn as a way of preparing for worship this morning.

“Will You Come and Follow Me”

St. Andrew’s Territorial Acknowledgement

As we gather, we acknowledge that Indigenous people were here long before us who cared for this land and called it home.  This territory has a rich history and was, and is to this day, considered sacred by many First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples.  We have a responsibility to care for this land as their ancestors did and to continue to strengthen our relationships with our Indigenous neighbours.

Scripture Reading – Galatians 5: 22-23 (The Message)

Sermon – “Four Simple Words”: A ZOOMerview with Curt Hammond (http://foursimplewords.ca/)

Offering – You can still mail cheques to:

St. Andrew’s Guelph, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4J8

Or you can donate to St. Andrew’s through CanadaHelps

The month of June is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! For the entire month of June, every single dollar donated to a Canadian nonprofit or charity through Canada Helps will buy that nonprofit one entry in a contest to win a $20,000.00 grand prize. If you’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’ to donate ONLINE, that time is now! Every donation is a WIN for these organizations… including St. Andrew’s and our Mission Partners. Thanks for your continued generosity! Let’s accept the challenge and make a difference in our community and world.

Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/128975471RR0001-st-andrews-presbyterian-church/

You are also invited to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). Instead of using offering envelopes or giving online, you can set up a regular donation through your financial institution. To learn more, click here.

If you’d like to make a donation to Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) you can do so here:

https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2463

Another opportunity to be generous and support our most vulnerable citizens in Guelph is Harve$t Impact. The goal, in partnership with The Seed and 10C (St. Andrew’s is a member organization) as well as others, is to get food to 10,000 community members. For more information or to make a donationwww.harvestimpact.ca/donate/

Prayers of the People

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to reflect on these songs.

“Mercy” – Dave Matthews Band
“Yahweh” and “40” by U2

An Important Update from Our Leadership regarding Reopening and Worship Online for the Summer – June 2020

Please read this notice from Rev. John regarding our plans for reopening to in-person gatherings at St. Andrew’s and our decision to hold worship by ZOOM exclusively until at least September 13, 2020.

An IMPORTANT UPDATE from Our Leadership
You will now be very much aware that the Government of Ontario announced earlier this week that places of worship may reopen at 30% of their space’s capacity. Some places of worship have taken steps to reopen this week and a few others are planning to reopen as soon as next week. 

Our Leadership (Session and Board) decided early on to ensure that we would make plans and decisions about reopening on our own terms as guided by government and public health authorities. We knew that this day would come where the Government would announce that we can reopen with restrictions. We didn’t wish to be pressured into reopening simply because we’ve been told that we can. The safety and health of our members and our guests, as well as our staff, are our priority as we give consideration to this ever changing situation. 

To that end, the Session of St. Andrew’s Guelph agreed that we will continue worshiping online until at least Sunday September 13. Interestingly, this decision falls in line with our sisters and brothers in the United and Anglican churches in Guelph and beyond. Our church building will not be open until we have made the necessary preparations for in-person gatherings. Over the summer, a newly formed group of members from the Session and Board called the Reopening Task Force will review guidelines and directions from various sources including our own Public Health Unit and formulate a plan for a phased reopening of St. Andrew’s. They will be ordering supplies, signage and other necessary items in order to be prepared for in-person gatherings. Special consideration will be given to the sanctuary to determine how we best facilitate physical distancing (about 2 metres) between individuals and family units. We will take the time necessary to be prepared, planful, and preventative. The Old Stone Churches, of which St. Andrew’s is a part, have a meeting with the Medical Officers of Health for Guelph Wellington and Dufferin this week to discuss best practices and gain their insight into our plans for future reopening. We will not make any decisions without their expertise and direction. Again, your safety, and the health of our guests, and our wider community is of greatest importance to us as we take our next best steps.

From time to time, we will provide updates of the work of the Reopening Task Force. Please keep them in your prayers.

Thanks for your understanding as we live into this decision today. Much has changed for all of us. It has been a challenging time. For a community who seeks to love our neighbours as ourselves, the best way to show that love in the midst of a pandemic is to limit our in-person gatherings and prevent the spread of this virus to those very neighbours. So please, join us ONLINE for the Summer from your homes, or wherever your summer plans may find you. Tell your friends to join us too. Perhaps someone new will find a place to call home as we worship online.

In Christ’s service,

Rev. John Borthwick
Minister | St. Andrew’s Guelph

Worship by ZOOM – Sunday June 14, 2020 with special guest, Andrew Hyde, Ecumenical Campus Minister at the University of Guelph

Order of Service – Sunday June 14, 2020 @ 10:30AM

As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you listen to this hymn as a way of preparing for worship this morning (lyrics in the description).

“Where Cross the Crowded Ways of Life”

Scripture Reading – Matthew 9: 35 – 38

Sermon – “Creating Space for Meaningful Connections”: A ZOOMerview with Andrew Hyde, Ecumenical Campus Minister at the University of Guelph

Offering – You can still mail cheques to:

St. Andrew’s Guelph, 161 Norfolk Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4J8

Or you can donate to St. Andrew’s through CanadaHelps

The month of June is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! For the entire month of June, every single dollar donated to a Canadian nonprofit or charity through Canada Helps will buy that nonprofit one entry in a contest to win a $20,000.00 grand prize. If you’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’ to donate ONLINE, that time is now! Every donation is a WIN for these organizations… including St. Andrew’s and our Mission Partners. Thanks for your continued generosity! Let’s accept the challenge and make a difference in our community and world.

Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/128975471RR0001-st-andrews-presbyterian-church/

You are also invited to sign up for Pre-Authorized Remittance (PAR). Instead of using offering envelopes or giving online, you can set up a regular donation through your financial institution. To learn more, click here.

If you’d like to make a donation to Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) you can do so here:

https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2463

Another opportunity to be generous and support our most vulnerable citizens in Guelph is Harve$t Impact. The goal, in partnership with The Seed and 10C (St. Andrew’s is a member organization) as well as others, is to get food to 10,000 community members. For more information or to make a donationwww.harvestimpact.ca/donate/

And today, since our special guests are from the Ecumenical Campus Ministry at the University of Guelph we’d encourage you, if you are able, to make a donation to them. Here’s the link:

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/the-university-of-guelph-ecumenical-campus-ministry/

Prayers of the People

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to enjoy this song (Lyrics in the comments).

“Lord, You Give the Great Commission”