Reopening Plans and Guidelines

REOPENING Plans and Guidelines – Monday September 27, 2021
On Tuesday September 21, 2021, the Session decided to invite the congregation to return to in-person worship beginning on Sunday October 3. After 18 LONG months of “exile”, we are delighted to be able to extend this invitation to you! The safety of our staff, volunteers, members, and guests remains our TOP priority. To that end, we will continue to follow all the guidelines and advice we receive from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health. 

We have created fuller guidelines for you to review prior to deciding to attend worship in-person at St. Andrew’s Guelph below. 

But here is the “COLES NOTES” version (showing my age):

  • As we begin to reopen to in-person worship, we are not requiring that attendees pre-register;
  • For the safety of our community and yourself, we would encourage you to self-screen for COVID prior to attending. If you feel unwell, please stay home;
  • Wearing masks will be required for the whole time that you are in the building;
  • Using our Church Directory, our screeners will “Check You In” and make sure that you have reviewed the COVID screening poster and the note encouraging full vaccination that is posted at the entrances. You will not be asked questions nor required to show proof of vaccination to gain entry;
  • Seating will be limited. Families can sit together and our screeners will assist you to find a seat;
  • The Sunday Experience will be different – there will be NO Church School, NO Coffee Hour, NO congregational singing nor a Choir. 
  • We’d also encourage you to arrive EARLY as the screening process takes a little longer.

On Sunday October 3rd, we will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion (using individual pre-filled communion cups with wafers for safety) and also recognizing some of our elders whose terms concluded in June and two others who have officially retired from service on Session. 


We look forward to worshipping with some of you in-person as well as continuing to maintain our virtual options via ZOOM and YouTube. Our community now included both in-person attendees and online ones. We will continue to explore ways to bring both “worlds” together as we worship the One who holds all worlds in their hands.

Grace and peace,

Rev. John Borthwick  

Worship Service for September 26, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday September 26, 2021 @ 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 family of the Rev. Dr. Blair Bertrand, and the family of Rev. Dr. Bob Spencer (see special announcement following the offering).

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 – “Old 100th” (arr. G. Merkel)

Introit – Psalm 103: 1 &22 (Refrain: F. Gingrich, Tone: J. Derkson)

Call to Worship

Hymn –  #410 “Joyful, joyful we adore you”

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: Job 38: 1 – 11 (CEB)

Sermon: “ZOOMerview with Stephen Jackson, Executive Director of Anishnabeg Outreach”

Stephen Jackson, Executive Director of Anishnabeg Outreach

Click the link below to read and download Stephen’s Bio

The Confessions of the Presbyterian Church of Canada.

Click below or on the image to view the entire statement.

Truth and Reconciliation Confessions of Canada: Calls to Action

Click on the link below the image to download and read the entire report

Hymn – #723 “Lord in this broken world” 

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

Click Here to Sponsor Rhonda Wright


Turning Over of The Dr. Bob Spencer’s Vestments to Our Mission Partners in Malawi

The Rev. Dr. Blair Bertrand will be with us to accept the generous donation from the Spencer family (who will be present in-person for this occasion) of Dr. Bob’s vestments for our mission partners in Malawi. Blair is a Malawi Liaison with the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in the Synod of Blantyre.

Anthem – ” The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases” (E. McNeill)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – # 714 : Wordless, ancient earth’s foundation” 

Blessing

Postlude – “Trumpet Tune in C” (D. Lasky)

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

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