Easter Sunday – Archived Service from 2018 (Alternate)

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.

Easter Sunday April 1st, 2018

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.

Easter Sunday on ZOOM


Photo by Bruno van der Kraan on Unsplash

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.

This is a South African School Choir singing their arrangement of Cohen’s Hallelujah

And please also watch this clip as a set up to the conclusion of Rev. John’s sermon series on Jesus Christ Superstar.

The title track of Jesus Christ Superstar from the 1973 film version

Welcome

Call to Worship – Responsive Insert from Presbyterian World Service and Development

Scripture Reading – John 20: 1 – 18

Sermon – The Theology of Rice and Lloyd Webber – “Superstar” by The Rev. John Borthwick

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:

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

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

And if you are looking for assistance or want to help, check out this community based website for more information:

www.guelphcoronavirus.ca

Prayers of the People

The Sacrament of Holy Communion (have bread-like and beverage-like substances nearby in order to participate)

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to watch the next three videos to get into the spirit of Easter! Grace and peace, Rev. John.

This is another selection from the Huddersfield Choral Society – Jesus Christ is risen today
This is an arrangement of Because He Lives by the West Coast Choir
Thine be the Glory by Hour of Power Choir includes lyrics

Good Friday on Zoom

Order of Service – Friday April 10, 2020 @ 10:30AM – GOOD FRIDAY

As we prepare our hearts and minds worship, I’d invite you to watch this clip before we gather for worship.

Jesus Christ Superstar (Gethsemane) – Ted Neeley 1973

Welcome

Call to Worship – Responsive Insert from Presbyterian World Service and Development

Scripture Reading – Luke 22: 39 – 54

Sermon: The Theology of Rice and Lloyd Webber – “Gethsemane” by The Rev. John Borthwick

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:

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

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

And if you are looking for assistance or want to help, check out this community based website for more information:

www.guelphcoronavirus.ca

Concluding Prayer – “LORD, WHERE ARE YOU NOW?”

Sending

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!)

O Sacred Head! Sore Wounded performed by the Huddersfield Choral Society

Palm Sunday on Zoom – April 5, 2020

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!

Here are the lyrics to Hosanna

Hosanna
Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Hosanna
Hey Sanna Hosanna
Hey JC, JC won’t you smile at me?
Sanna Hosanna
Hey Superstar

CAIAPHAS

Tell the rabble to be quiet, we anticipate a riot.
This common crowd, is much too loud.
Tell the mob who sing your song that they are fools and they are wrong.
They are a curse. They should disperse.

CROWD

Hosanna
Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Hosanna
Hey Sanna Hosanna
Hey JC, JC you’re alright by me
Sanna Hosanna
Hey Superstar

JESUS

Why waste your breath moaning at the crowd?
Nothing can be done to stop the shouting.
If every tongue were stilled
The noise would still continue.
The rocks and stone themselves would start to sing:

CROWD AND JESUS

Hosanna
Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Hosanna
Hey Sanna Hosanna

CROWD (alone)

Hey JC, JC won’t you fight for me?
Sanna Hosanna Hey Superstar

JESUS

Sing me your songs,
But not for me alone.
Sing out for yourselves,
For you are bless-ed.
There is not one of you
Who can not win the kingdom.
The slow, the suffering,
The quick, the dead.

CROWD and JESUS

Hosanna
Hey Sanna Sanna Sanna Hosanna
Hey Sanna Hosanna

CROWD (alone)

Hey JC, JC won’t you die for me?
Sanna Hosanna Hey Superstar

St. Andrew’s Palm Sunday Service April 5, 2020
Closing Hymn

Closing Hymn – Ride On! Ride on in Majesty

St. Andrew’s WENT ZOOM – March 29, 2020

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:

St. Andrew’s Guelph Worship Experience – March 29, 2020

St. Andrew’s Goes ZOOM – Sunday March 29

We are looking forward to our SECOND ZOOM Worship experience. This week, I’ll be guiding us through the spiritual practice Visio Divina – adding to your spiritual toolkit during these challenging times.

For those of you joining us by phone on Sunday, here’s the picture that we will be focusing on.

As we did last week, I’ll be starting the ZOOM gathering at 10AM so that folks can have some informal connection and get acquainted with the technology.

At 10:30AM, we will begin our worship time and the recording so that we can post it at our YouTube Channel on Tuesday morning. You are welcome to re-watch it and pass it along to others who might find it meaningful.

Following worship (shortly after 11AM), we will keep the meeting open for another time of informal connection and then say our goodbyes for another week.

Here are the details of how to get connected on Sunday Morning. Remember you can either click the link below from your computer or device… or you can call one of the numbers below to join by phone. Video is optional – just remember if it is on… we can see you and everything behind you. 😉

Join Zoom Meeting
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See you on Sunday Morning!

St. Andrew’s Goes ZOOM – Sunday March 22, 2020

Well, we had our FIRST EVER virtual worship service in our almost 200 year history. Around 50 people joined us on Sunday at 10:30AM from their homes to share in an unique worship experience. I broadcasted from my Office at St. Andrew’s. We were able to record it and are delighted to share the YouTube link with you: 

I talked about the ancient practice of Lectio Divina (Divine Reading). You can find a link to a brief primer on the practice here:

Thanks for joining us… or connecting with us via YouTube this week. Feel free to leave us a comment on the video to encourage us as we serve in this new way. Special thanks to Peter Devries for co-hosting with me and taking care of any technical issues along the way.

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Service From March 15th, 2020

Introit / Hymn 61 / Prayer of Confession / Assurance of Forgiveness / Psalm 95, Dramatic Reading of Matthew 6: 1-18 / Hymn 660  / Message: “Your Secret Life” / Hymn 638 / Offertory / Offertory Prayer / Opportunities in the Life of St. Andrew’s / Prayers of the People / The Lord’s Prayer / Hymn 685 / Benediction

This week’s homework…

Decide whether you’d like to experiment with giving to

the poor, fasting, or praying in secret.

But don’t tell anyone!