Trinity Sunday by ZOOM – June 7, 2020

Order of Service – Sunday June 7, 2020 @ 10:30AM

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, since it is Trinity Sunday, to enjoy the hymn “Come, thou Almighty King” in three unique and glorious ways!

“Come Thou Almighty King” – Rev. Timothy Wright and NY Fellowship Mass Choir
“Come Thou Almighty King” – Mark Miller
“Come, Thou Almighty King” – Saint Peter’s Catholic Church: Columbia, South Carolina

Scripture Reading – John 16: 12 – 15

Sermon – ‘Many Things To Say’ 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

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

NEW: 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 donation: www.harvestimpact.ca/donate/

Prayers of the People

The Apostles’ Creed

Sacrament of Holy Communion

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to enjoy this song by the Shout Sister Directors and enjoy today’s sunshine! (St. Andrew’s hosts Shout Sister Guelph‘s practices – preCOVID – and we were blessed by a Shout Sister Take Over last year around this time in worship. The Choir’s Director Beth Becker (top left corner) is a wonderful part of our St. Andrew’s community and has offered to lead us in song one Sunday by ZOOM. Thanks Beth!) Enjoy the day that the LORD has made.

“Wait Until the Sun Comes Up” – Shout Sister Directors

Pentecost Sunday – May 31 by ZOOM

Order of Service – Sunday May 31, 2020 @ 10:30AM

As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you to watch this unique arrangement of this Pentecost hymn.

“Like the murmur of the Dove’s Song”

Call to Worship (Responsive)

Special Musical Interlude – Mark Garlough

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Acts 2: 1 – 21

Sermon – “Dream Dreams” 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/

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

Please watch this message from The Executive Director of PWS&D, Guy Smagghe to learn more about how PWS&D is responding to this global crisis:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1uMadKmHmqJoePf5u-BkGAtCS4ewTeSnv/view

NEW: 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 donation:

www.harvestimpact.ca/donate/

Prayers of the People

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to sing along with this hymn.

“Breathe on me, Breath of God”

PENTECOST COLOURING PROJECT and a comment on the resources from Illustrated Ministry

For CHILDREN and the “YOUNG at Heart”

Illustrated Ministry Resources

During this time of isolation, Illustrated Ministry has offered a sampling of its worship resources for children (and the young at heart) for FREE. Unfortunately, this Sunday’s resource will be the last one. I (Rev. John) am contemplating purchasing their online resource for the Summer, if there is enough interest from the congregation. Alternatively, I’d encourage parents and anyone interested to check their website regularly for updates on their resources for families. They are even planning a Virtual VBS that can be purchased by individuals. Here’s the link for that: https://www.illustratedministry.com/vbs/

In the meantime, get your crayons ready!

Here’s the colouring page for Pentecost: https://convertkit.s3.amazonaws.com/landing_pages/incentives/000/467/334/original/PentecostColoring.pdf?1588810487

Hope to see those brightly coloured flames on Sunday morning by ZOOM. 

Ascension Sunday – May 24, 2020 by ZOOM

Order of Service – Sunday May 24, 2020 @ 10:30AM

As we prepare our hearts and minds for worship, I’d invite you to watch this Ascension Sunday classic.

“Jesus Shall Reign Where’er the Sun” by First Plymouth Lincoln Nebraska

Scripture Reading – Lamentations 4: 1 – 6 & 5: 17 – 22

St. Andrew’s COVID Lament: A Communal Creative Writing Project

Sermon – “Plea from an Occupied Land” 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/

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

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

www.guelphcoronavirus.ca

Prayers of the People

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to watch these clips. The first is a bit of an investment – the Polish composer Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3 is supposedly inspired in part by Lamentations. And the second is something a little more uplifting for Ascension Sunday… the hymn “Crown Him With Many Crowns” from an interesting venue!

Gorecki – Symphony No. 3
“Crown Him With Many Crowns” from Westminster Abbey
on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation

St. Andrew’s COVID Lament: A Communal Creative Writing Project – May 2020

While studying the Book of Lamentations during this season of COVID-19, our congregation was invited to submit a line or two of prose expressing their thoughts, feelings and experience of this time of COVID isolation. I compiled and edited the submissions creating “St. Andrew’s COVID Lament”. I sought to be faithful to the poetic form found in the Book of Lamentations called Acrostic – meaning each verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew Alphabet of which there are 22 letters. Our lament stretches to 26 letters in line with our alphabet. Thank you for your heartfelt submissions… it is a powerful lament! ~ Rev. John

St. Andrew’s COVID Lament: A Communal Creative Writing Project – May 2020

Although we are accomplishing a lot with this time of confinement, there is much we are missing.

Being with other people – remember when we used to gather in groups – but not just any people,

Children, I miss my kids, my grandkids, my parents, and my friends.

Dogs too. Let’s not forget them. And alright, we can say cats as well.

Except for some of us, our pets have our undivided attention now and are our source of companionship in this time of isolation.

Forgotten is what many of us feel. Forgotten while some are praised as heroes, but we are not. Forgotten by family and friends who are overwhelmed by many things – like on some forgotten highway being passed by many but remembered by few. And most poignantly, forgotten by you.

God. Have you forgotten us? Do you still remember us? Do you see what we are going through?

Here, is where we want you, O God. Right here with us – beside us.

I don’t feel your presence. I miss you. Do you miss me too?

Joy is so hard to find.

Keep faith, hope, and love alive. Don’t let their light be extinguished.

Lonely are the streets. Lonely are the open spaces. Lonely are the churches. Lonely are our homes.

Masked humanity enters banks and stores.

New normal – that’s what it is called. But there is nothing normal about this reality we are facing.

Overwhelm comes in waves like a tsunami at times.

PPE is our rallying cry.

Quiet fills our days and nights.

Remember us, O Lord.

Strength and courage to survive – to make it through – is what we desire most.

Thy will be done? Really. We’ve taken some dark paths as we’ve sought to understand what we are facing.

Understanding would be as sweet as honey. We wish for someone who understands us. Someone to reach out to us. Who will listen to us?

Vulnerable God, you became weak for our sakes.

Wounded by our hatred and our love for violence. You know this life. You know what abandonment feels like.

Xenophobia is on the rise. May we not place you in the same category as stranger. May we not fear you too, O God.

You carried us, O Lord. At least that’s what that poem called Footprints says: “When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.” Please let this be such a time.

Zest for life will return. We will not be isolated forever.

Sixth Sunday of Easter – Sunday May 17, 2020 by ZOOM

Order of Service – Sunday May 17, 2020 @ 10:30AM

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

“O Vos Omnes” by Pablo Casals

Welcome

Call to Worship (Responsive)

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Lamentations 3: 19 – 26

Sermon – “Mercies New Every Day” 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

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to watch these clips. The first is the traditional hymn, Great Is Thy Faithfulness based in part on the verse from Lamentations 3. And the other is an inspirational country song that I hope will provide a lift to your morning!

“Great Is Thy Faithfulness” by Chris Rice

Have you considered PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance) as a way of supporting St. Andrew’s Guelph?

You are encouraged to consider joining our PAR program. Instead of envelope offering or giving on-line, you can set up a regular donation to St. Andrew’s through your financial institution. It is easy to do. It helps St. Andrew’s meet its expenses and continue the ministries it seeks to do for the furtherance of the Gospel in this community and beyond. If you are interested, please open this attached form and follow the instructions to sign up. Thank you for your ongoing generous support!

Or you can click below for a FILLABLE PDF form.

http://standrewsguelph.com/downloads/2020_PAR_Form.pdf

Thursday Morning Bible Study – May 14 at 10AM by ZOOM

Join us by ZOOM for our Thursday Morning Bible Study. We will be reading Chapter 3 of the Book of Lamentations. The sign-in details were sent to our e-mail list on Tuesday morning. If you’d like to join us on Thursday Morning and would like to have the details too, please email Rev. John at revjohn[at]standrewsguelph[dot]com.

The Fifth Sunday of Easter by Zoom – May 10, 2020 (Happy Mother’s Day!)

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

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

“Lament (Psalm 77)

Welcome

Call to Worship (Responsive)

Opening Prayer

Scripture Reading – Lamentations 1: 1 – 6 & 2: 1 – 5

Sermon – “There is No One To Comfort You” 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

Benediction

After worship this morning, I’d invite you to watch this clip.

“O God, Will You Restore Us?”

Thursday Morning Bible Study – May 7

We are delighted to get together by ZOOM for our Thursday Morning Bible Study again tomorrow. Rev. John is back from vacation and ready to get started on our journey through the poetry of the Book of Lamentations. A SPECIAL Wednesday Edition of our St. Andrew’s “Chimps” was sent to our e-mail list with sign in details. If you’d like to join us on Thursday Morning and would like to have the details too, please email Rev. John at revjohn[at]standrewsguelph[dot]com.