UPDATE – Worship Cancelled for March 22 and March 29 (COVID-19)

Good morning all,


Thank you for your calm and measured response to the crisis we are all facing at this time. I have appreciated your messages of support and encouragement as well as your offers to assist those in need in the coming weeks. There was a modest crowd in attendance at our worship service on Sunday who followed all the appropriate precautions and maintained social distance. The solidarity demonstrated by our congregation is inspirational. Now, I ask for that same solidarity as we take the next best step based on the information we have at the moment.


EFFECTIVE TODAY (Monday March 16), we will CANCEL worship services scheduled to be held on March 22 and March 29. It is our hope that we may be able to worship together again on Sunday April 5 (Palm Sunday). However, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed if today’s decision needs to be extended.


In addition, the Board of Managers has decided that (1) the church building is closed to outside groups and (2) the church building remain open for use by staff for their on-going duties. At this point, most of our outside groups have cancelled or postponed their gatherings for the time being anyway. 


With regard to St. Andrew’s activities, this decision means that there will be NO Choir practices or Thursday Morning Bible Study during this period. The Lenten Seminar scheduled for March 28 will also be POSTPONED.


I reiterate my encouragement to reach out to each other and staying connected. To that end, Shainna will be checking messages and be available during this time Tuesday through Friday from 930AM – 1130AM. If you are able to assist others, do let Shainna know. And if you are in need of assistance (picking up groceries, prescriptions, etc), please call Shainna so that she can put you in contact with someone who has offered to assist. The Church Office phone number is: (519) 822-4772 or via email: mailbox@standrewsguelph.com. Obviously, this is not an emergency service – if you need immediate assistance please contact the appropriate services.


I will be working on offering some spiritual content and connection via our website (www.standrewsguelph.com) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/StAndrewsGuelph/). Below is the video of the message that I delivered on Sunday related to our response to COVID-19. I’m looking forward to the chance to experiment a little with this technology. I hope you will enjoy it as we play!  


Message from Rev. John Borthwick regarding COVID-19 and our response (turned into a second sermon)

Thanks again for your support as we make these decisions for the sake of our members and the wider community. It is important for us to do our part to #FlattentheCurve as we are being encouraged by the Health authorities.


Keep informed but not overwhelmed. Do keep up to date through the WDG Public Health website (https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/your-health/novel-coronavirus-covid-19), the City of Guelph (https://guelph.ca/2020/03/city-of-guelph-responding-to-coronavirus/) and the Government of Canada (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html). Check in on these sources regularly but again, not obsessively. Take time to do something else – get outside, watch a favourite show/movie, read a book – The Bible (you’ve got time!), sit quietly, call a friend, paint, create, clean up… lots to do!


Stay connected (at a distance) and stay healthy.Continue to be kind and compassionate to one another.We will get through this together with God’s help.


Grace and peace, John.

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

Update on COVID-19 Response

I am providing a follow-up to yesterday’s messaging around COVID-19 and the intentional steps that we are taking to ensure that our members are safe, and that we are seeking to respond in compassionate and risk-informed preventative ways. Yesterday’s announcement that schools would be closed for a further two weeks after March Break certainly intensified people’s anxiety about this public health crisis. It seems that many workplaces are encouraging their employees to work from home and are postponing conferences and in person meetings. And we are watching images of long lines and bare shelves at our grocery stores. We are all concerned and are seeking to respond in the best way possible to prevent further spread of the virus and maintain a sense of calm.
To that end, having consulted with our Leadership, we will continue as outlined in yesterday’s messaging. We will plan to hold worship THIS Sunday unless advised by authorities otherwise. Please check our website (www.standrewsguelph.com) for information if we are required to close.
To prevent the spread of the virus, please as highlighted by WDG Public Health (https://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/your-health/novel-coronavirus-covid-19):

  • If you have traveled to infected areas, limit your contact with others and stay home;
  • If you have any symptoms, stay home;
  • Wash your hands;
  • Don’t touch your face;
  • Keep your distance from others (1-2 metres);
  • Disinfect and clean surfaces regularly.

For St. Andrew’s, as noted yesterday, we will practice the following:

  1. We will interact with one another with smiles, bows and waves, and words. We will refrain from any physical contact like hugs or handshakes;
  2. We will not pass the Offering Plates but will encourage attendees to deposit their offering in the plates before and after;
  3. We will not have Communion until June 7 as scheduled;
  4. We will practice SOCIAL DISTANCING. We will sit 1 – 2 metres apart in the sanctuary. “Give Each Other Some Space!”

This morning, I’m adding that effective TODAY:

  • There will be NO Church School and Nursery;

and,

  • There will be NO Coffee Hour.

This change will be in place for three (3) weeks. It would be our intention to return to normal on Sunday April 5. However, we will continue to monitor the situation and make further decisions as we become more informed.
Our staff are taking extra precautions and ensuring that our building is being cleaned and sanitized regularly. We appreciate their diligence on this. 
So at this time, we are NOT cancelling worship or closing our building. We are following the guidelines and recommendations from our public health authorities and will continue to do so. We believe that those who use our building through the week will be doing the same for their groups. However, if you personally would rather not attend worship or programs or groups at St. Andrew’s for a time then please do what you need to do in order to feel comfortable.

Two final things: 

1. At Sunday worship, while I will be offering prayers related to the COVID-19 pandemic – it will not be the focus of my attention. In my opinion and experience, (especially with the 24 hour news cycle) we need to think about and set our minds on other things for a time. I look forward to sharing some more thoughts on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 6. The service and sermon are recorded on Sundays and will be posted on our website and the Facebook page in the days following;
and,
2. As we enter this period of ‘social distancing’ and isolation, it is REALLY IMPORTANT that we take extra steps to maintain contact with each other. I’d encourage you to call or email members of our congregation (and neighbours) to see how they are doing. Take the Church Directory out one day and perhaps call people whom you’ve never met before and just say that you go to St. Andrew’s too and you wanted to see how they were doing. Certainly, keep regularly in touch with those whom you do know well. It will be a welcome change from duct cleaners and Revenue Agency calls. Finally, some of our older members may need assistance – maybe they need groceries or supplies – please offer to help them if you are able.
We continue to be in prayer for all who are impacted by this situation. We will get through this together by making risk-informed decisions, taking appropriate precautions to limit the spread of the virus, and being kind and compassionate to each other as we do so. 
May God’s peace and patience rest upon us as we navigate the road ahead.


Grace and peace,

John 

Worship Service for September 19, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday September 19, 2021 @ 10:30AM

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

Join us on our St. Andrew’s Guelph YouTube Channel and select the live service, and remember to invite your friends and families. You can also join us via Zoom by following the link in your Friday or Sunday morning email. If you’d like to begin receiving our weekly emails you can sign up here.


Chorale Prelude – Pastorale on ” Darwall ” (arr. J. Vandertuin)

Introit – Psalm 113: 1 – 3 ” An Acclamation to Praise ” (F.E.W. Gingrich)

Call to Worship

Hymn –  #321   ” Praise to the Lord the Almighty “

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: Ezra 3: 10 – 13 (CEB)

Sermon: “Returning to Exile”

Hymn – # 202    ” We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet ” 

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

Click Here to Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here.

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 soy clicking here. (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 by clicking here.

This Fall we are encouraging our members to join the VIRTUAL Run for the Cure. Similar to last year, we are inviting interested individuals to sign up on their own and participate. Let Rev. John know if you have signed up and we will encourage the congregation to sponsor you too.

Click Here to sign up yourself

Click Here to Sponsor Rev. John 

Click Here to Sponsor Mary Visser Kerr 


Ordination of Elders-Elect – Rick McRonald, Virginia Gillham, Craig Clack, Rhonda Wright, Dallas Green

Anthem – “Sing to the Lord with a joyful sound”         J. Gallina

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #587  ” Called as partners in Christ’s service “

Blessing

Postlude – Toccata on ” Darwall ” (arr. J. Enns)

Worship Service for September 12, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday September 12, 2021 @ 10:30AM

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

Join us on our St. Andrew’s Guelph YouTube Channel and select the live service, and remember to invite your friends and families. You can also join us via Zoom by following the link in your Friday or Sunday morning email. If you’d like to begin receiving our weekly emails you can sign up here.


Chorale Prelude – ” Holy Manna ” (arr. D. Hustad)

Call to Worship

Hymn –  #27  “As the deer”

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 4: 1 – 2, 5 – 6 (CEB)

Sermon: “We Don’t Get Discouraged”

Hymn – #590  “We have this ministry”

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

Click Here to Donate to St. Andrew’s via Canada Helps here.

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 soy clicking here. (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 by clicking here.

This Fall we are encouraging our members to join the VIRTUAL Run for the Cure. Similar to last year, we are inviting interested individuals to sign up on their own and participate. Let Rev. John know if you have signed up and we will encourage the congregation to sponsor you too.

Click Here to sign up yourself

Click Here to Sponsor Rev. John 


Offertory – “My Jesus I love Thee” (D. Hustad)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #680  “Christ of all my hopes the ground”

Blessing

Postlude – Recessional on “Nun Danket” (arr. D. Hustad)

Worship Service for August 15, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday August 15, 2021 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Rev. John is back and will be preaching from home this morning. 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 – “St. Thomas” (arr. M. Corl)

Call to Worship

Hymn – #411 ” Stand up and bless the Lord ”  (vs. 1,2,5)

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 2: 10 – 12, 3: 3 – 14 (CEB)

Sermon: “Preoccupation”

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

Offertory – Fughetta on ” All things bright and beautiful ” (arr. J. Vandertuin)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – 685 “How Firm a Foundation ”

Blessing

Postlude – “How Firm a Foundation” H. DeCou

Worship Service for August 8, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday August 8, 2021 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Rev. John is back and will be preaching from home this morning. 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 – ” Adoration ” (arr. L. Leatherman)

Call to Worship

Hymn – #58 ” To render thanks unto the Lord ” (vs. 1,4)

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: John 6: 35, 41 – 51 (CEB)

Sermon: “Sustained”

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

Offertory – ” Slane ” (arr. H. Hopson)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #666 ” Living God your joyful Spirit ”  (vs. 1,4)

Blessing

Postlude – “Fanfare on an original theme ” (G. Martin)

Cantor: Muriel Clemmer

Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery

On June 16, 2021, Rev. John hosted a webinar on Repudiating the Doctrine of Discovery. The bulk of the presentation was created by The Presbyterian Church in Canada Justice Ministries. We are grateful for those who joined Rev. John for the discussion afterwards.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada officially repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery at its General Assembly held in June 2019.

Worship Service for August 1, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday August 1, 2021 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Rev. John will be away this morning. We are grateful to have Peter Devries as our Tech Lead this morning. Please welcome the Rev. Alex MacLeod as our service leader this morning.


Rev. Alex MacLeod serves as Minister of Kortright Presbyterian Church here in Guelph. He is originally from Toronto, but has also lived in Vancouver, Beijing (PRC), and Bangkok (Thailand). He studied history and philosophy at the University of Toronto and theology at Regent College (UBC) before going on to receive his M.Div. from Knox College. He pursued advance degree studies in the history of Christianity at the doctoral level at Emmanuel College (Toronto School of Theology). Prior to moving to Guelph a decade ago, Alex worked at Knox Church in downtown Toronto as Associate Minister for Small Groups & Leadership Development. He has taught Modern Church History at Tyndale University College & Seminary and used to write regularly for the Presbyterian Record. Alex is married to Judith and they have 3 children: Chloe, Callum, and Lily. They live in the Sunny Acres neighbourhood of downtown Guelph. Alex loves to cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs (yes, that is a prayer request), collect and consume hot sauces from around the world, and make good use of public libraries.


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.

Introit – “The Heaven’s sing Praises”  ( Beethoven / Bullard)

Call to Worship

Hymn – #61 “O Come and Sing unto the Lord”

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Scripture Reading: Luke 9:10-17 (NIV)

Sermon: AYCE, Jesus-Style

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

Hymn #479 “The Church’s One Foundation”

Blessing

Worship Service for July 25, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday July 25, 2021 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast from the Sanctuary this morning. We remain closed to public worship. Both Rev. John and Peter Devries will be away this morning. We are grateful to have Craig Clack as our Tech Lead this morning along with singers Henry, Alexander and Lenny Muth. Please welcome the Rev. Canon Karen Kovats as our service leader this morning.


The Rev. Canon Karen Kovats, was ordained a Deacon in the Anglican Church in 2003 and named a Canon of the Cathedral Chapter of Canons in the Diocese of Huron,  in 2016.
Although she and her husband Dave live in Cambridge, she is very familiar with Guelph having worked in Human Resources at the university for over 25 years.
She and Dave have two married children and are actively involved in the lives of their  three grandchildren.


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 100” (D. Bedard)

Call to Worship

Hymn – #65  ” All people that on earth do dwell ” (vs. 1 – 4)

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Scripture Reading: Psalm 14; 2 Samuel 11:1-15Ephesians 3:14-21John 6:1-21

https://youtu.be/WWxIj6FUGsA

Sermon: God is Watching

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

Offertory – “Alleluia ” (Boyce / Bullard)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #472  ” We are God’s people ”  (vs. 1 – 4)

Blessing

Postlude – “Grand Choeur ” (D. Bedard)