Good Morning Everyone,
Today would normally be Heritage Sunday. Though we’ll have to wait until the fall to gather in the church cemetery to give thanks for those who have gone before us in faith and remember those whom we have lost, we can still do those things today from home.
I invite you to start your time of worship this morning by reading Psalm 37:18-40 out loud.
Hymns and Songs
- I usually include this Psalm on Heritage Sunday because it has been beloved by Presbyterians since the Reformation in the 16th The first link is to a beautiful a Capella version led by Keith Getty. This is the way Presbyterians sang to God until the mid-1800s – singing only the Psalms (and other songs from the Bible) without musical accompaniment. The second link is a modern arrangement.
This is Amazing Grace – Phil Wickham w. The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir
New Testament Reading – Romans 13:8-10
Gospel Reading – Matthew 22:34-40
Family Worship Time – “Love is…”
For more insight on what the Bible teaches about love, check out this fun video from the Bible Project.
Message – “The Law of the Land” – Available at 10:30am
- For further reflection on the opportunities and challenges of listening to our neighbours who have a different experience of life in Canada than we do please see my June 4 Midweek Message.
- For Ancaster Heritage Days initial plans had been made for St. Andrew’s to partner with Fieldcote Museum and Griffin House for an Ancaster Black History Bus Tour, that would have included a stop at the grave of Enerals and Priscilla Griffin in the St. Andrew’s cemetery. You can still learn about Black History in Ancaster and Hamilton in The Journey from Tollgate to Parkway: African Canadians in Hamilton. You can find it at Amazon and Indigo Books.
Music for Reflection
Amazing Grace – Presented by the Harlem Gospel Choir
In our prayers we give thanks for those who have gone before us in faith, and pray for those who have family buried in the St. Andrew’s Cemetery. May the Lord comfort them as they remember and grieve. We pray also:
- For the turmoil happening on the streets of the United States today – for those who suffer racism and violence because of the colour of their skin; for there to be peace, but also justice; for innocent people caught up in the chaos.
- For neighbours and friends who belong to Black, Indigenous and visible minority communities here in Canada, many of whom have their own struggles with racism.
- For everyone to act with care and for the safety of others as Ontario takes the next steps in its reopening plan.
- Doctors, nurses and other health care workers as they serve in hospitals, public health and long-term care settings.
- For all who are unemployed or facing financial stress because of COVID.
- For the safety of those returning to work, and those who have been working throughout the pandemic.
- For all who are feeling most isolated – for older seniors and those living in long-term care and retirement residences.
- For children, families and teachers doing their best to teach and learn at home.
- For all the members of our St. Andrew’s Church family.
In our prayers we continue to remember the following people: Tom, Paul & the Drinkeld family, Eric & Eleanor Pridmore, Bill & Donna Dobson, Deirdre Moore, Steve Potter, Chelsey Zylla, Paul & Veronica Watson, Paul’s stepfather Jim Borland, Janet Remias & Family.
- The first Live-streamed service will be next Sunday, June 21 at 10:30am. The order of service, with hymns, songs, scriptures, a Family Time Video, and the link to the Livestream will be emailed to you by 10:00, and the Livestream will start at 10:30 and run for 25-30 minutes. Those without internet access will be able to listen by telephone by calling the church conference calling number. If you are unable to join the live service, a recording will be posted to YouTube.
- There will be ‘Zoom Coffee Hour’ from the end of the live service until 11:30. The Zoom Link will be included in the worship email.
If you would like a phone call in the coming week or need some assistance, please write me an email or give me a call at the number below. If you would like your name, or the name of someone you care about included in our prayers (or simply prayed for by myself or the elders) please let me know that as well.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen.