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 January 23, 2022 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday January 23, 2022 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast this morning online. There will be no in-person attendance for the time being. We are broadcasting live from the sanctuary and will seek to have no more than 10 people in the sanctuary on Sundays (Rev. John, Fred, Choir members, and Tech Team). We will continue to follow all directions from the Government and our Public Health Unit as things change. Thank you for your patience and understanding through these challenging times.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this morning’s service.

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.


Prelude – Chorale prelude on “O Thou, of God the Father” (ar. J. Walther)

Call to Worship

Hymn –  #177   “Christ whose glory fills the skies” 

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture1 Samuel 17: 1 – 11 (CEB)

Sermon: “Goliath as the Victim?” (Redeeming Scripture, If It Can Be?! Series)

Hymn – #315   ” A mighty fortress is our God”

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 SharingYou can do so by 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.


Anthem -“Be Thou my vision” (ar. M. Pooler)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #666  “Living God, your joyful Spirit”

Blessing

Postlude – “Praise to the Lord”  (ar. J. Walther)

Worship Service for January 16, 2022 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday January 16, 2022 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast this morning online. There will be no in-person attendance for the time being. We are broadcasting live from the sanctuary and will seek to have no more than 10 people in the sanctuary on Sundays (Rev. John, Fred, Choir members, and Tech Team). We will continue to follow all directions from the Government and our Public Health Unit as things change. Thank you for your patience and understanding through these challenging times.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this morning’s service.

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.


Prelude – “Matin” (G. Young)

Call to Worship

Hymn –  #181 “All praise to you, O Lord” (St. Ethelwald)

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture1 Chronicles 21: 1 – 17 (CEB)

Sermon – “Is God Against Censuses?” (Redeeming Scripture, If It Can Be?! Series)

Hymn – #730 “Oh for a world where everyone” (Azmon)

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 SharingYou can do so by 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.


Anthem – “Christ is the world’s true light” (Stanton)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #468 “Lord dismiss us with your blessing” (Tantum Ergo)

Blessing

Postlude – “Prelude in Classic Style” (G. Young)

Worship Service for January 9, 2022 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday January 9, 2022 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast this morning online. There will be no in-person attendance for the time being. We are broadcasting live from the sanctuary and will seek to have no more than 10 people in the sanctuary on Sundays (Rev. John, Fred, Choir members, and Tech Team). We will continue to follow all directions from the Government and our Public Health Unit as things change. Thank you for your patience and understanding through these challenging times.  Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this morning’s service.

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.


Prelude – “Preludio”  (The baptism of Christ ) D. Healey

Call to Worship

Hymn –  #183 “Christ when for us you were baptized”

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: Luke 3: 15 – 17, 21 – 22 (CEB)

Sermon: “Like a Dove”

Hymn – #385 “Like the murmur of the dove’s song”

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 SharingYou can do so by 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.


Offertory Anthem – “What king would wade through murky streams” (D. Hurd)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #179 “Arise, shine out, your light has come”

Blessing

Postlude – ” Von Himmel Hoch” (arr G. Young) 

No Service for January 2, 2022 on ZOOM & YouTube

There will be NO service from St. Andrew’s Guelph on Sunday January 2, 2022.

Rev. John will be on vacation and we are giving our Tech Team a break as well. You are encouraged to attend a worship service either in-person or virtually elsewhere.

Let us know where you go so we can share with the congregation the various places people attended.

Worship Service for December 26, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday December 26, 2021 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast this morning and welcome in-person worshipers to the Sanctuary. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this morning’s service both online and in-person.

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.


Prelude – “Angels Sing” (arr. E. Schram)

Call to Worship & Lighting of the Wreath

Hymn –  #148 “It came upon the midnight clear” (Carol)

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3: 12 – 17 (CEB)

Sermon: “This Hour Has 28 Minutes”

Hymn – #133 “Go tell it on the mountain”

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 SharingYou 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.


There will be NO service from St. Andrew’s Guelph on Sunday January 2, 2022. Rev. John will be on vacation and we are giving our Tech Team a break as well. You are encouraged to attend a worship service either in-person or virtually elsewhere. Let us know where you go so we can share with the congregation the various places people attended.


Offertory – “What child is this” (arr. E. Schram)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #153 “Joy to the world” (Antioch)

Blessing

Postlude – “Joy to the world” (arr. E. Schram)

Worship Service for Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021

Order of Service – Christmas Eve, December 24, 2021 @ 10:30AM

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this evening’s service, including the musical talents of the Men of St. Andrew’s Choir, the Bells of St. Andrew’s, and Lenny Muth

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 weekly email. If you’d like to begin receiving our weekly emails you can sign up here.


Prelude – Fantasia “On Christmas Night” (Sussex Carol)

Introit – “Of eternal love begotten” (12th c plainsong)

The Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Carol – #159 “O come, all ye faithful” (Adeste Fideles)

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Assurance of Forgiveness

Scripture Readings:

Isaiah 9: 2 – 7 (CEB)

“The Holly and The Ivy” – The Bells of St. Andrew’s (arr. S. Eithum)

Luke 2: 1 – 14 (CEB)

“Angels we have heard on high” The Bells of St. Andrew’s (arr. S. Eithum)

Luke 2: 15 – 20 (CEB)

“Away in a manger” The Bells of St. Andrew’s (arr. S. Eithum)

Sermon – “I Bring Good News”

Carol – #144 “Twas in the moon of winter-time” (Jesus Ahatonia)

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 SharingYou 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.


Anthem – “Il est ne” (He is born) (arr. F. Gingrich)

Prayers of the People

Carol – #154 “Silent Night” (Stillest Nacht)

Blessing

Postlude – “Silent Night” (F. Gruber)
Bells of St. Andrew’s
Guitar: Lenny Muth

Worship Service for December 19, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

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

We continue our live broadcast this morning and welcome in-person worshipers to the Sanctuary. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this morning’s service both online and in-person.

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.


Prelude

Introit –Christmas Canticle (Plainsong)

The Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Hymn –  #166 “Once in royal David’s city” (Irby)
Verse 1: Solo
Verse 2: Choir Only
Verse 3 & 4: Congregation

Lesson I – God tells sinful Adam that he has lost the life of Paradise and that his seed will bruise the serpent’s head.

Carole – “The truth from above” English trad. (arr. R. Vaughan Williams)

Lesson II – God promises to faithful Abraham that in his seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.

Carol – “People, look east” Besancon Carol (arr. M. Archer)

Lesson III – The prophet foretells the coming of the Saviour.

Hymn – #110 “Come, Thou long – expected Jesus” (Hyfrydol)

Lesson IV – The peace that Christ will bring is foreshown.

Carol – “Lo, how a rose” (M. Praetorius)

Lesson V – The angel Gabriel salutes the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Carol – “The angel Gabriel” Basque Carol (arr. T Ohnesorge)

Lesson VI – St. Luke tells of the birth of Jesus.

Carol – “Away in a manger” (arr. E. Isler)

Lesson VII – The shepherds go to the manger.

Hymn – #138 “While shepherds watched their flocks by night” (Winchester Old)

Lesson VIII – St. John unfolds the great mystery of the Incarnation

Hymn – #159 “O come,” all ye faithful” (Adeste Fideles)

Prayer of the People

Hymn – #139 “Hark! the herald angels sing (Mendelssohn)

Benediction

Postlude – “Mendelssohn” (arr. J. Innes )


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 SharingYou 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.

St. Andrew’s Christmas TV Listings

Episode #1 “Rev. John in The Big Comfy Chair”

December 19 @ 1:30pm and 11:30pm / December 20 @ 5:30pm / 

December 21 @ 8am / December 22 @ 12pm / December 24 @10:30am

Episode #2 “Your Favourite Christmas Carol Sing-Along”

December 19 @ 5:30pm / December 20 @ 6pm / December 21 @ 10:30am / 

December 22 @ 12:30pm / December 23 @ 9am

 Episode #3 “Lessons and Carols for Christmastide

December 19 @ 10am / December 20 @ 10am / December 23 @ 8pm /

December 24 @ 2:30pm

Episode #4 “The Nativity of Nativities”

December 19 @ 6pm / December 23 @ 9:30am and 8:30pm /

December 24 @ 3pm and 6:30pm

Worship Service for December 12, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

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

We continue our live broadcast this morning and welcome in-person worshipers to the Sanctuary. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this morning’s service both online and in-person.

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.


Prelude – “Christmas is here” (D. Wood)

Introit – Psalm 126:1-3
Refrain: G. Black
Tone: A. Donaldson

The Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Hymn –  #146 Angels from the realms of glory (Regent Square)

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: Luke 2:1-20 (CEB)

Sermon: “The Nativity of the Nativities Reprise”

Hymn – #Go tell it (Pre-recorded)

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 SharingYou 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.


Offertory – “Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” (D. Wood)

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #147 Angels we have heard on high” Iris (Gloria)

Blessing

Postlude – “Angels Sing” (arr. E. Schram)

Worship Service for December 5, 2021 on ZOOM & YouTube

Order of Service – Sunday December 5, 2021 @ 10:30AM

We continue our live broadcast this morning and welcome in-person worshipers to the Sanctuary. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this morning’s service both online and in-person.

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.


It is Communion Sunday! If you are joining us in-person, you will receive a pre-filled communion cup upon entry. If you are on ZOOM or YouTube, we would encourage you to plan to have bread and beverage like substances available when it comes time for the Sacrament so that you can share in the joyous feast that our LORD provides. Jesus makes the ordinary things – holy!


Prelude – “Praeludium” (The joyous Mystery Sonatas #1) F. Biber
Violin: Isaac Muth

Introit – Psalm 85:1-2
Refrain: M. Guimont
Tone: J. Derkson

The Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Hymn –  #118 “Comfort, comfort you my people” (Genevan 42)

Opening Prayer & Assurance of Forgiveness

Time for Wonder and Curiosity

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40: 1 – 11 (CEB)

Sermon: “Comfort My People”

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 SharingYou 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.


MOCC Introduces Our Mission Partner
Occasionally during our “announcement time”, we will feature one of our Mission Partners as a guest either in-person or virtually. This Sunday we will have Karen Kamphuis, Executive Director from Michael House with us to share a brief update on their ongoing work over the pandemic.

Offertory – “Variato” & “Adagio” (The joyous Mystery Sonatas #1) F. Biber

Prayers of the People

Hymn – #529 “O Holy Father, God most dear” (Sussex Carol)

The Sacrament of Holy Communion

Communion Anthem – “As this broken bread” (W. Wold)

Hymn – #128 “There’s a voice in the wilderness crying” (Ascension)

Blessing

Postlude – “Finale” (The joyous Mystery Sonatas #1) F. Biber