This Sunday May 9th is Mother’s Day and the 6th Sunday of Easter. We step out of the story of Acts for a week to look at the Apostle Peter’s encouragement to Christians facing difficult times. This week our theme is “The Holy Spirit Rests On Us.”
Our Home Worship service for this week will go live on YouTube at 10:30am. The service continues to be available by telephone for those without internet access. If you know anyone who is not able to access our service online call 905-648-6024 for more information.
Order of Service
Family Worship: “The Holy Spirit Rests On Us” (available anytime)
This week Rev. Nancy Mostert from St. Paul’s Carluke and Knox Binbrook leads our Family Time.
Home Worship Recording
Call to Worship – Psalm 66:8-9, 13-14, 20
Song: “My Lighthouse”
New Testament Reading – 1 Peter 3:8-17, 4:12-14
Gospel Reading – John 14:15-21
Message – “Pursuing Peace, Resting in the Spirit”
Hymn: “Be Thou My Vision” #461
We Respond to God’s Generosity
Closing Prayers & Blessing
- Going Deeper (Study Resources): In worship this week we dip into the 1st Letter of Peter. If you would like to go a bit deeper into what this short New Testament book is about you can find a great overview of 1 Peter at the Bible Project – https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/1-peter/
- Update From Session: At this time it is unclear when St. Andrew’s will be able to safely resume in-person worship. The current Stay at Home Order is due to expire on May 20 but may be extended. We give thanks for the decline in new cases of COVID and the expansion of vaccinations, but it will likely be many weeks before infections drop to a safe level. It is expected that Hamilton will continue to be under some degree of lockdown until the end of June – even if the Stay at Home Order is lifted before then. Session will review the situation again at our June meeting. But even if in-person worship is still a ways off, the steady roll out of vaccinations and the coming of better weather will hopefully allow small groups to gather outdoors as we approach the start of summer.
- Mission Project for May: The St. Andrew’s Mission Team is encouraging everyone to consider making a donation to the West Mountain Community Fridge. This is a new community initiative to provide fresh food to people with no questions asked. The Mission Team has made an initial donation of $100 worth of food. To learn what a Community Fridge is you can read this recent article from the Hamilton Spectator. For more information and details on how to donate you can go this information page. If you have more questions please contact Elaine Read firstname.lastname@example.org.