Worship for Sunday December 6, 2020 by ZOOM and YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday December 6, 2020 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Rev. John, Fred, our Scripture Reader, and our Tech Team are present this morning.

TODAY we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion. You are invited as we share in this joyous feast to have a bread like and beverage like substance at your side when we partake together. Taste and see that the LORD is good!

We are now able to livestream (broadcast) via YouTube each Sunday. You don’t need a link like ZOOM. Just visit our St. Andrew’s Guelph YouTube Channel and select the live service. Thanks to our Tech Team for making this further option available. You can now invite your friends and families to our YouTube channel instead of worrying about ZOOM links.

*Prelude – Meditation on “Of the Father’s love begotten” (arr. J. Southbridge)

Introit – “Hope is a star” (Moon Beams)

The Lighting of the Advent Wreath – The Bethlehem Candle

*Hymn – “Hark the glad sound”

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Isaiah 40: 1 – 11 (NRSV)

Sermon: “What Shall I Cry?”

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.

Presbyterians Sharing is how we support our denomination as a whole. Your gifts the variety of missions and ministries that The Presbyterian Church in Canada supports throughout Canada. It also ensures that we are well resources by our National Office staff.

If you are able, the MOCC would encourage you to consider donating to Presbyterians Sharing. You can do so here: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2428
(Make sure that you indicate that you are from St. Andrew’s Guelph on the online form in order for it to count towards our commitment)

Or you can make a donation directly to Presbyterians Sharing through St. Andrew’s Guelph. Please mark your donation: Presbyterians Sharing.

We are making a difference TOGETHER.

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

The Sacrament of Holy Communion (Responses will appear on the screen)

Post-Communion Anthem – “Let all mortal flesh keep silence”

*Hymn – “There’s a voice in the wilderness crying”

Benediction

*Postlude – “Ascension”

Today’s Choir Members:

Soprano: Muriel Clemmer, Carol Hawken

Alto:  Christine Cousins,  Sharon Duff

Tenor:  Mark Garlough,  Lenny Muth

Bass:   Rick McRonald,  Henry Muth

Why Work to Decolonize? Study PLAYLIST

We concluded our study – “Why Work to Decolonize?” on Wednesday December 2.

Here’s the full playlist – Sessions 1 – 4:

We look forward to continuing our commitment to work in this area of anti-racism and the Church in 2021.

Make sure to read the YouTube video descriptions to go deeper on this subject.

We pray that more intentional work will be accomplished in improving the situation for our Indigenous communities in Canada. Promises must be kept in order for healing and reconciliation to move forward.

Worship Service for Sunday November 29, 2020 by ZOOM and YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday November 29, 2020 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Rev. John, Fred, our Scripture Reader, and our Tech Team are present this morning.

We are now able to livestream (broadcast) via YouTube each Sunday. You don’t need a link like ZOOM. Just visit our St. Andrew’s Guelph YouTube Channel and select the live service. Thanks to our Tech Team for making this further option available. You can now invite your friends and families to our YouTube channel instead of worrying about ZOOM links.

*Prelude – “O come, O come Emmanuel” (arr. R. E. Schram)

Introit – “Hope is a star” (Moon Beams)

The Lighting of the Advent Wreath – The Prophets’ Candle

*Hymn“O come, O come Emmanuel” (v. 1, 3, 6, 7)

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Isaiah 2: 1 – 5 (NRSV)

Sermon: “Walk in his paths”

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.

Presbyterians Sharing is how we support our denomination as a whole. Your gifts the variety of missions and ministries that The Presbyterian Church in Canada supports throughout Canada. It also ensures that we are well resources by our National Office staff.

If you are able, the MOCC would encourage you to consider donating to Presbyterians Sharing. You can do so here: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2428
(Make sure that you indicate that you are from St. Andrew’s Guelph on the online form in order for it to count towards our commitment)

Or you can make a donation directly to Presbyterians Sharing through St. Andrew’s Guelph. Please mark your donation: Presbyterians Sharing.

We are making a difference TOGETHER.

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

MOCC reminds the congregation to consider the Chalmers Christmas Gift Bag Campaign. More information can be found here: http://standrewsguelph.com/2020/10/23/chalmers-christmas-gift-bag-campaign/

Welcome to NEW MEMBERS of St. Andrew’s Guelph: Dallas Green, Mike O’Halloran and Lisa Stearns.

*Special Musical Interlude – “Come, Thou long-expected Jesus” (arr. R.E. Schram)

Prayers of the People

*Hymn – “Hark! a thrilling voice is sounding”

Benediction

*Postlude – Choral Prelude on “Sleepers Wake  (J. S. Bach)

Today’s Choir Members:

Soprano: Muriel Clemmer, Carol Hawken

Alto:  Christine Cousins,  Sharon Duff

Tenor:  Mark Garlough,  Lenny Muth

Bass:   Rick McRonald,  Henry Muth

Worship Service for Sunday November 22, 2020 by ZOOM and YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday November 22, 2020 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Rev. John, Fred, and our Tech Team are present this morning.

We are now able to livestream (broadcast) via YouTube each Sunday. You don’t need a link like ZOOM. Just visit our St. Andrew’s Guelph YouTube Channel and select the live service. Thanks to our Tech Team for making this further option available. You can now invite your friends and families to our YouTube channel instead of worrying about ZOOM links.

Prelude – Entrada” (N. Rawsthorne)

Introit – “All hail, King Jesus”  (D. Moody)

Call to Worship

Hymn – “Christ the King” #272 (Choir)

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Matthew 25: 31 – 46 (NRSV)

Sonnet – “Christ the King” by Malcolm Guite

Sermon: “Greatest Of All Time”

Special Musical Interlude – “The Servant King” (The Choir of St. Andrew’s) (G. Kendrick)

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.

Presbyterians Sharing is how we support our denomination as a whole. Your gifts the variety of missions and ministries that The Presbyterian Church in Canada supports throughout Canada. It also ensures that we are well resources by our National Office staff.

If you are able, the MOCC would encourage you to consider donating to Presbyterians Sharing. You can do so here: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2428
(Make sure that you indicate that you are from St. Andrew’s Guelph on the online form in order for it to count towards our commitment)

Or you can make a donation directly to Presbyterians Sharing through St. Andrew’s Guelph. Please mark your donation: Presbyterians Sharing.

We are making a difference TOGETHER.

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

MOCC reminds the congregation to consider the Chalmers Christmas Gift Bag Campaign. More information can be found here: http://standrewsguelph.com/2020/10/23/chalmers-christmas-gift-bag-campaign/

Saturday November 28 is the next Saturday Night Supper at the Royal City Mission. MOCC invites those who are able to make a financial donation towards the cost of purchasing the food that workers of the Mission will prepare and distribute at the front door to guests. If you are able, please consider donating and mark your donation: Saturday Night Supper.

Prayers of the People

Hymn – “Crown Him with many crowns” (v. 1, 4, & 5)

Benediction

Postlude – “Diademata”  (arr. Hustad/Gingrich)

Today’s Choir Members:

Soprano: Muriel Clemmer, Carol Hawken

Alto:  Christine Cousins,  Sharon Duff

Tenor:  Mark Garlough,  Lenny Muth

Bass:   Rick McRonald,  Henry Muth

Thursday Morning Bible Study (LAST ONE OF THE SEASON) – November 19 at 10AM

Join this week for our LAST Thursday Morning Bible Study of the season. We gather by ZOOM each Thursday at 10AM to discuss the Scripture reading for the Sunday coming… and often, many other things of a spiritual flavour. Join us. If you’d like to receive the link, please email revjohn[at]standrewsguelph[dot]com. Or subscribe to our regular emails below.

This week’s text is: Matthew 25: 31 – 46

Thursday Morning Bible Study will resume again on Thursday January 7.

Worship Service for Sunday November 15, 2020 by ZOOM and YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday November 15, 2020 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Rev. John, Fred, and our Tech Team are present this morning along with the members of the Bell Choir.

We are now able to livestream (broadcast) via YouTube each Sunday. You don’t need a link like ZOOM. Just visit our St. Andrew’s Guelph YouTube Channel and select the live service. Thanks to our Tech Team for making this further option available. You can now invite your friends and families to our YouTube channel instead of worrying about ZOOM links.

Prelude – Psalm 113:3 (arr. F.E.W. Gingrich) performed by the Bells of St. Andrew’s

Introit – “Many and great” (Dakota Melody)

Call to Worship

Hymn – “How great Thou art” (v. 1, 3 & 4)

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Matthew 25: 14 – 30 (NRSV)

Sermon: “Buried Treasure”

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.

Presbyterians Sharing is how we support our denomination as a whole. Your gifts the variety of missions and ministries that The Presbyterian Church in Canada supports throughout Canada. It also ensures that we are well resources by our National Office staff.

If you are able, the MOCC would encourage you to consider donating to Presbyterians Sharing. You can do so here: https://www.gifttool.com/donations/Donate?ID=2034&AID=2428
(Make sure that you indicate that you are from St. Andrew’s Guelph on the online form in order for it to count towards our commitment)

Or you can make a donation directly to Presbyterians Sharing through St. Andrew’s Guelph. Please mark your donation: Presbyterians Sharing.

We are making a difference TOGETHER.

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

MOCC reminds the congregation to consider the Chalmers Christmas Gift Bag Campaign. More information can be found here: http://standrewsguelph.com/2020/10/23/chalmers-christmas-gift-bag-campaign/

Saturday November 28 is the next Saturday Night Supper at the Royal City Mission. MOCC invites those who are able to make a financial donation towards the cost of purchasing the food that workers of the Mission will prepare and distribute at the front door to guests. If you are able, please consider donating and mark your donation: Saturday Night Supper.

Special Musical Interlude – “Seek ye first the kingdom of God” (Bells of St. Andrew’s) (arr. F.E.W. Gingrich)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – “God whose giving knows no ending”

Benediction

Postlude – “Rustington”

Today’s Choir Members:

Soprano: Muriel Clemmer, Carol Hawken

Alto:  Christine Cousins,  Sharon Duff

Tenor:  Mark Garlough,  Lenny Muth

Bass:   Rick McRonald,  Henry Muth

Why Work to Decolonize? Study begins

In November 2020, a small group from St. Andrew’s Guelph met to discuss the study guide, Why Work to Decolonize? prepared by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in collaboration with the National Indigenous Ministries Council and Justice Ministries. This work contributes to St. Andrew’s Guelph’s ongoing commitment to anti-racism work in our congregation.

This is part one of a four part series engaging the National Inquiry’s Final Report on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). This study is based on the study guide, Why Work to Decolonize? produced by The Presbyterian Church in Canada (PCC) in collaboration between the National Indigenous Ministries Council and Justice Ministries of the PCC. This study is led by The Rev. John Borthwick, Minister of St. Andrew’s Guelph with contributions from members of St. Andrew’s. We are grateful for all who join us on this journey of learning seeking understanding and desiring to be transformed into tangible actions.

Suggested links from the Study.

The National Inquiry’s Final Report into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/

Please also take time to experience the Gallery of Artistic Expressions found at the website: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/artists-list

Rev. John references The Four Agreements from the work of Glenn Singleton. He discovered these to Colinda Clyne’s Anti-Racist Educator Reads Podcast. He highly recommends this podcast: https://voiced.ca/project/anti-racist…

To learn more in brief about the Residential School System, it is recommended that you read: An Overview of the Indian Residential School System http://www.anishinabek.ca/wp-content/…

A copy of the study guide can be found here, under the heading: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: https://presbyterian.ca/healing

Why Work to Decolonize? Study Group

“Disconnect” by Erika Richard

Starting Wednesday November 11 at 7PM by ZOOM, Rev. John will facilitate a conversation based on the “Why Work to Decolonize?” study guide provided by The Presbyterian Church in Canada in collaboration between the National Indigenous Ministries Council and The Life and Mission Agency (Justice Ministries). This is a study based on the Interim Report of the PCC on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

If you are interested in joining the conversation, please contact Rev. John (revjohn[at]standrewsguelph[dot]com.

You are also welcome to review the study on your own. You can download it here:

https://mcusercontent.com/7d77ba333f1ee446667ed753e/files/9a94a502-d66c-4b22-9ef3-3c3369aef4be/MMIWG_Why_Work_To_Decolonize_online.pdf

And if you’d like to go deeper, please consider visiting the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls website: https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/

Our conversations over the next four weeks will be recorded and posted on our website.

Series on “Speaking Out Against Racism and Hate in Canada” Study Guide (2020)

In July and August of 2020, Rev. John hosted a video series based on the study guide, “Speaking Out Against Racism and Hate in Canada”. This study guide was created by Justice Ministries of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. It was a helpful way of engaging with the topic of racism and hate in a Canadian context. It also offered a way for our congregation to be introduced to the issue of systemic racism in the Church and our society.

Here’s the entire series: