Home Worship – Sunday Jun 13, 2021

This Sunday June 13, 2021. We will be starting a 4-week exploration of the Book of Revelation – a book that has often been misunderstood, but one that ultimately shares a message of hope for the whole world. This week our theme is “Jesus is Alive.”

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 have them call me at 905-407-9262 to learn how to phone into the service.

We welcome members of St. Paul’s Carluke and Knox Binbrook who will be joining us this week.

Order of Service 

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “Jesus is Alive” (available at 9:00am)

Home Worship Livestream Starts at 10:30am

Call to Worship – Psalm 93

Opening Prayer

Song: “10,000 Reasons”

New Testament Reading – Revelation 1:1-20

Gospel Reading – Matthew 28:16-20

Message – “Revelation: Seeing the Full Picture”

Hymn: “Stand Up and Bless the Lord” #411

We Respond to God’s Generosity

Closing Prayers & Blessing

News:

    • Going Deeper (Study Resources): In worship this week we start to explore the Book of Revelation. Revelation is a challenging book of the Bible, but the Bible Project has some excellent resources that can help make sense of it. You can watch the first of its two part video on Revelation here https://youtu.be/5nvVVcYD-0w and review additional resources here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/revelation-1-11/
    • Textile Recycling Drive: The start of Ontario’s reopening plan means that the St. Andrew’s Textile Drive is back on Saturday, June 26th from 9:00am to Noon. Acceptable donations include: clothes, towels, curtains, linens, bedding (NO PILLOWS or DUVETS) socks, underwear, shoes, purses and belts. Our volunteers will be following all current safety protocols. Let your neighbours know, so that we can keep these items out of landfills and do our part for God’s creation.
    • Update on Reopening St. Andrew’s: Session has decided to reactivate the Reopening Taskforce in light of declining case numbers and Ontario entering stage one of reopening (https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario). The Reopening Taskforce will meet this coming week and make recommendations to Session on how to proceed. Initial details will be shared at the congregational meeting following worship on June 20 (see below).
    • Zoom Communion & Budget Review Meeting (June 20): Worship on June 20 will be a Zoom Communion service followed by a congregational budget review meeting (that was announced at the Annual Meeting in April). The Zoom link will be sent out on Saturday as usual. Those who prefer to take in the service on YouTube will be able to access a recording of the Zoom service after 1:00pm on Sunday afternoon.
      • If you would like the information on how to join the Zoom service live please email revjohnread@gmail.com or call 905-648-6024.

Family Worship & Learning – Jun 13, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday June 13, 2021. This week we start the final book of the Big God Story and catch a glimpse of the how the story will come to an end.

Today’s Question

“What would be an amazing and surprising thing to see?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out and colour the Question Sheet.

Question Sheet – Jun 13, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Decorate: supplies – recycled  containers for plants (ex. empty tin cans, yogurt pots), bright/shiny materials such as tin foil and sparkles, star stickers
 
2) Plant: supplies – same as above, quick/easy growing seeds such as bean, sunflower or pumpkin, potting soil

Big God Journal: Journal Page – Jun 13, 2021

To access the curriculum sheet with an overview of the Big God Theme, craft ideas, a how-to craft video, and discussion questions for older kids go here:

 

Home Worship – Sunday June 6, 2021

This Sunday June 6 begins the 2021 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada as it meets online this year (until the end of the day on Wednesday June 9). Rev. John Read will be attending as a commissioner, as will Rev. Nancy Mostert of St. Paul’s Carluke and Knox Binbrook. To better allow them to carry out our role as commissioners, John and Nancy are alternating the Sundays before and after Assembly.

This week we encourage you to connect to:

Carluke and Binbrook in turn will be joining St. Andrew’s for worship next Sunday, June 13. Please pray for Rev. John, Rev. Nancy, the commissioners from the Presbytery of Hamilton and all who will be taking part in this online General Assembly. For more information on Assembly go to: https://presbyterian.ca/gao/ga2021/

 

Family Worship (available at 9:00am)

This week our theme is Jesus Heals,” based on Luke 13:10-17. For more resources go here: https://standrews.ws/2021/06/05/family-worship-learning-june-6-2021/

News:

    • Going Deeper (Study Resources): Nancy will be giving some reflections from the New Testament letter of James. You can find more about James here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/james/
    • Update on Reopening St. Andrew’s: Session has decided to reactivate the Reopening Taskforce in light of declining case numbers and initial information on the Reopening Plan of the Government of Ontario (https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario). The details of the Ontario plan are still developing, but we hope to have more specific information when the province enters Stage One of the plan on June 14. The Reopening Taskforce will meet that week and make recommendations to Session on how to proceed. Initial details will be shared at the congregational meeting following worship on June 20 (see below).
    • Budget Review Meeting: At the Annual Meeting in April, it was announced that there would be a review of the 2021 church budget held in June. This budget review meeting will be held on Sunday June 20 following a Zoom Communion service. More details will be sent out the week before, but if you aren’t on St. Andrew’s mailing list write to revjohnread@gmail.com to receive information on how to join the Zoom meeting.

Family Worship & Learning – June 6, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday June 6, 2021. This week we look at a story from Jesus’ ministry when he helped someone on the Sabbath day.

Today’s Question

“When was the last time you got hurt?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out and colour the Question Sheet.

Question Sheet – Jun 6, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Pipe Cleaner People: supplies – pipe cleaners, scissors, beads (optional), drinking straws, camera (optional)
 
2) Spelling “Jesus Heals” With Our Bodies: supplies – yourself and a camera (optional)

Big God Journal: Journal Page – Jun 6, 2021

To access the curriculum sheet with an overview of the Big God Theme, craft ideas, a how-to craft video, and discussion questions for older kids go here:

 

Home Worship – Sunday May 30, 2021

This Sunday May 30th is Trinity Sunday. We conclude our journey through the book of Acts with the Apostle Paul and Silas in the city of Philippi. This week our theme is “The Church Sets the Prisoner Free.”

Below you’ll find a recording of our live Zoom Communion service. If you would like to join us for Communion live on Zoom next time please write to revjohnread@gmail.com to be added to our mailing list.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “The Church Sets the Prisoner Free

For more family learning resources for this week go to: https://standrews.ws/2021/05/29/family-worship-learning-may-30-2021/

Home Worship Recording

Call to Worship – Psalm 97:1-2, 10-12

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Come Christians Join to Sing” #377

New Testament Reading – Acts 16:16-34

Gospel Reading – Luke 4:16-21

Message – “Freedom and Captivity”

Song: “May the Peoples Praise You”

We Celebrate Communion

Blessing

News:

    • Going Deeper (Study Resources): In worship this week we finish our time in the Book of Acts. To see where the story goes from here in Acts and review how we got here, you can go deeper into the Acts Overview videos from the Bible Project: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/acts/
    • Worship Next Week (June 6): Next Sunday you are encouraged to join the online services from Knox Binbrook and St. Paul’s Carluke as Rev. John Read will be taking the time to prepare for General Assembly.  Rev. Read will be preparing a Family Worship video for next week and links to the services at Carluke and Binbrook will be poster here on Saturday as usual.
    • General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada: General Assembly is the annual gathering of representatives from across Canada to discern God’s guidance for the Presbyterian Church and celebrate what Christ is doing through us. This year Assembly will be held online from June 6-9. Both Rev. Read and Rev. Nancy Mostert of Carluke and Binbrook churches will be taking part as commissioners. Please pray for John, Nancy, the other commissioners from the Presbytery of Hamilton, and for the Presbyterian Church as a whole. For more information go to: https://presbyterian.ca/gao/ga2021/

Family Worship & Learning – May 30, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday May30, 2021. This week we complete our journey through the Book of Acts with Paul and Silas in the city of Philippi.

Today’s Question

“What is something that happens to you when you get in trouble?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out and colour the Question Sheet.

Question Sheet – May 30, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Paper Chains: supplies – paper, scissors, markers/pencil crayons/crayons, tape or stapler
 
2) Jail and Earthquake: supplies – blocks, small toy people (ie. lego people)

Big God Journal: Journal Page – May 30, 2021

To access the curriculum sheet with an overview of the Big God Theme, craft ideas, a how-to craft video, and discussion questions for older kids go here:

 

Zoom Communion – Sunday May 30, 2021

This Sunday May 30, we will be worshiping by Zoom video conference at 10:30am. Our service will include the celebration of communion.

If you aren’t on St. Andrew’s email list and would like to join our Zoom service please send an email to revjohnread@gmail.com by 9:00am Sunday morning and you will be sent the login information. If you aren’t able to join us live, there will be a recorded and edited version of the service posted to YouTube and available here on the website by 1:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

Home Worship – Sunday May 23, 2021

This Sunday May 23rd is Pentecost. We continue our journey through Acts as the good news of Jesus makes its way to new places and new people. This week our theme is “The Church Comforts the Broken-Hearted.”

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 have them call me at 905-407-9262 to learn how to phone into the service.

We welcome all members of St. Paul’s Church in Burlington who may be joining us this week.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “The Church Comforts the Broken-Hearted” (available at 9:00am)

Home Worship Recording

Call to Worship – Psalm 71:19-23

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Immortal, Invisible” #290

New Testament Reading – Acts 11:19-26

Gospel Reading – John 15:26-27; 16:7-15

Message – “Broken and Open”

Song: “As It Is In Heaven”

We Respond to God’s Generosity

Closing Prayers & Blessing

News:

    • Going Deeper (Study Resources): In worship this week we look at the story of how the followers of Jesus first came to be called Christians – which means “Little Christ.” To learn more about what the Bible means by being a faithful witness to Jesus you can watch this short video (https://youtu.be/jhcmzjwbvyk). For a study guide and other resources go to: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/martus-witness/
    • Zoom Communion (May 30): Next Sunday will be a Zoom Communion service. If you are not yet a part of our St. Andrew’s email list, write to revjohnread@gmail.com to receive information on how to join our Zoom service. For those who prefer to take in the service on YouTube, a recording of the Zoom service will be available early Sunday afternoon.

Family Worship & Learning – May 23, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday, May 16, 2021. This week we return to the the story of Barnabas and the Church in Antioch from Acts 11:19-30.

Today’s Question

“What is something that makes you sad?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out and colour the Question Sheet.

Question Sheet – May 23, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Heart Puzzle: supplies – heart shaped cut outs, scissors, crayons/markers
 
2) Scattering Heart Pieces: heart shaped cut outs cut in half

Big God Journal: Journal – May 23, 2021

To access the curriculum sheet with an overview of the Big God Theme, craft ideas, a how-to craft video, and discussion questions for older kids go here:

 

Home Worship – Sunday May 16, 2021

This Sunday May 16th we step back into the story of the Book of Acts as the early church finds new opportunities for mission even as it is scattered by hardship and trouble. Our service theme is “The Church Brings Good News.”

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

Gathering Music

 

Family Worship: “The Church Brings Good News” (available at 9:00am)

Home Worship Recording

Call to Worship – Psalm 113:1, 5-9

Opening Prayer

Song: “For All You’ve Done”

New Testament Reading – Acts 8:4-25

Gospel Reading – Luke 17:11-19

Message – “Good News for Everyone?”

Hymn: “Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer” #651

We Respond to God’s Generosity

Closing Prayers & Blessing

News:

    • Going Deeper (Study Resources): In worship this week our focus is on the Gospel of Jesus as ‘Good News.’ To go a little deeper into the words the Bible uses for ‘good news’ you can watch this short video. You can find other resources including a study guide here: https://bibleproject.com/explore/video/euangelion-gospel/
    • 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 celainegillespie@gmail.com