The Rev. John Borthwick is on vacation starting Wednesday April 29 until Tuesday May 5. The Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee and the Women’s Missionary Society traditionally plan and present the Mission Awareness Sunday service on the first Sunday in May. This year, they are pleased to share the service by ZOOM today. Our guest preacher is The Rev. Diane Boyd, minister of Rockwood Presbyterian Church.
Order of Service – Sunday May 3, 2020 @ 10:30AM
As you prepare your hearts for worship, you are invited to listen to these musical selections.
The Mission and Outreach Coordinating Committee (MOCC) is encouraging us to donate towards the following (if you don’t want to donate online, you can always mail cheques to St. Andrew’s indicating where you’d like your donation to be directed on the memo line):
The Saturday Night Suppers (Royal City Mission). On Saturday May 9, members of the MOCC will be purchasing items in support of that evening’s meal. You are encouraged, if able, to make a donation to St. Andrew’s MOCC in support of this or to Royal City Mission directly. A donation to them can be made here:
The Ecumenical Campus Ministry‘s request to support International Students at The University of Guelph. To donate to the Highest Priority Fund, visit www.uoguelph.ca/giving.
Chalmers Community Services Centre (CCSC) as they continue to support our most vulnerable citizens. To donate, visit Chalmers Donation Online
Guelph Neighbourhood Support Coalition (GNSC)‘s Emergency Food Fund that seeks to support the North End Harvest Market and the various Neighbourhood pantries. To donate, visit GNSC Donation Online and select EMERGENCY FOOD FUND.
The Drop-In Centre, collaborating with other community partners, continues to care for our homeless population. To donate, visit Drop-In Centre Donation Online
Prayers of the People
Presentation of Robe to The Rev. Diane Boyd
On behalf of St. Andrew’s Guelph to celebrate Diane’s Ordination and Induction into Rockwood Presbyterian Church.
After worship this morning, you are invited to watch this clip.
We also encourage you to make a donation, if able, to Royal City Mission since we would be typically participating in the Saturday Night Supper in the coming weeks. A donation to them can be made here:
We thought you might like another option for worshiping on this holiest of Holy Week Days. We have found a recording of the Easter Sunday worship service held at St. Andrew’s Guelph on Sunday April 1, 2018. May it remind you that HE IS RISEN! He is risen indeed.
This photo is from our 190th Anniversary held a few weeks after this Easter Sunday worship service in 2018. Looking good, St. Andrew’s Guelph.
Order of Service – Sunday April 12, 2020 @ 10:30AM – EASTER SUNDAY
REMINDER: We will be sharing an informal Communion service near the end of the service – I’d invite you to find something bread-like and beverage-like (no judgement) in order to participate. If you are watching the recording, I’d encourage you to do the same since. Christ makes the ordinary things of this world HOLY. Taste and see that the LORD is good!
As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you to watch these clips before we gather.
I’d invite you to listen to this version of “O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded” either before or after listening to the service (interestingly, I couldn’t find the lyrics that matched this version specifically – so just sing along as best you can on your own!)
For your enjoyment and worshipful experience, we have posted an archived Maundy Thursday service featuring Fred Gingrich, Choir Director and Organist and our Choir. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s reflecting on this meaningful night as a part of your Holy Week experience.
We celebrated Palm Sunday with our own Palm Parade from the privacy of our homes. Rev. John began his Holy Week sermon series reprising a series he did in 2015 on the Theology of Rice and Lloyd Webber featuring the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. Today, he focused on their take on Palm Sunday and the song, Hosanna. You can watch the clip from the 1973 film version (Rev. John’s favourite) below and read the lyrics from the song too. The service follows… and we concluded today by listening to the King’s College Cambridge choir singing Ride On, Ride On in Majesty. Hosanna!
We had our SECOND ZOOM worship experience on Sunday with over 50 participants. Rev. John offered another spiritual practice for us to consider – Visio Divina (Divine Seeing). By using a photo, image, or just by looking around, one can seek to connect with the Divine and one’s deeper stirrings. Here’s the service if you want to review it again or watch for the first time: