Home Worship – Sunday April 11, 2021

This Sunday April 11th is the 2nd Sunday of Easter. We continue the story of Luke from the resurrection  narrative that ends the Gospel into Luke’s second volume, the Book of Acts. This week our theme is “The Holy Spirit Lives in Us.”

 Our YouTube service will premier at 11:30am. Our 10:30am live service will be on Zoom as we will be celebrating a short communion service and then moving into our annual meeting. For details on how to join us live go here: https://standrews.ws/2021/04/08/zoom-communion-annual-meeting-april-11-2021/

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “The Holy Spirit Lives in Us.” (available at 9:00am)

YouTube Service Available at 11:30am

Call to Worship – Psalm 47:1-2, 6-7

Opening Prayer

Song: “This is Amazing Grace”

Gospel Reading – Luke 24:36-49

New Testament – Acts 1:1-11

Reflection – “Waiting for Life”

Hymn: “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”

Closing Prayers

Blessing

News:

    • Public Health Update: St. Andrew’s will continue to worship online and by telephone only for at least the duration of the current provincial ‘Stay At Home Order,’ which took effect on April 8 and be in effect for at least 28 days (to May 5). Session will review the public health situation and the public health guidelines for the City of Hamilton that will come into effect at that time, before deciding on when to reactivate our Reopening Taskforce. We pray for the safety of all during this time of rising infections and the more severe illness arising from the newer COVID variants. But we also give thanks for the vaccination campaign and all hope for better days ahead.
    • COVID Vaccinations: The City of Hamilton is now vaccinating all adults 60 and over https://www.hamilton.ca/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-booking. If you or someone you know in congregation would like some assistance with booking your vaccination or getting to your vaccination appointment please contact me by email or phone (905-407-9262).
    • Journeying Through Acts: This Sunday is the first of seven we’ll be spending the Book of Acts. To learn more about Acts go to the Bible Project.

Family Worship & Learning – April 11, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday, April 11, 2021.  This week his week we continue the story of Jesus’ resurrection into Luke’s second volume, the Book of Acts.

Today’s Question

“Where would you like to live when you grow up?”

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

Question Sheet – Apr 11, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Language Craft – supplies: printed template from attached curriculum, markers, scissors, glue
 
2) Balloon Keep Up – supplies: tissue paper, balloons

Big God Journal Page: Journal Page – Apr 11, 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 & Annual Meeting – April 11, 2021

This Sunday April 11th is the 2nd Sunday of Easter. We will be worshipping and celebrating Communion together by Zoom at 10:30am. This Sunday will also be our Annual Meeting, and the Zoom service will be abbreviated to allow us to wrap up our service and meeting by noon.

If you aren’t on our St. Andrew’s email list and would like to take part in Communion and observe our Annual meeting please send a message to revjohnread@gmail.com and Rev. Read will send you the Zoom meeting information and a copy of our Annual Report.

If you would like to just take in the sermon, worship music and prayers, a prerecorded version of our service will be available on YouTube at 11:30am on Sunday morning: https://standrews.ws/2021/04/10/home-worship-sunday-april-11-2021/

Home Worship – Easter Sunday – Apr 4, 2021

Join us for our Easter Sunday service as we celebrate the good news that Jesus is risen, and that this news gives us hope in every circumstance. This year we will be hearing the news from the women at the tomb as well as from two other disciples who were surprised with joy even as they were lost in grief. Our theme for Easter is “Jesus Burns in Our Hearts.”

Our Easter Sunday service will go live on YouTube at 10:30am. The service continues to be available by telephone for those without internet access.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “Jesus Burns in our Hearts” (available at 9:00am)

 

Family Learning Resources for Easter Sunday

Home Worship Livestream Starts at 10:30am

Easter Greetings

Special Music: “Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed”

1st Gospel Reading – Luke 24:1-12

Call to Worship – Psalm 118:1,19-24

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Jesus Christ is Risen Today” #243

2nd Gospel Reading – Luke 24:13-35

Message – “Open to Surprise”

Hymn: “At the Dawning of Salvation” #248

Closing Prayer & Blessing

Special Music: King of Kings

Family Worship & Learning – Easter Sunday 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for this Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021.  This week we continue the story that began with Jesus’ joyful arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the sadness of Good Friday, and now the wonderful  surprise of Easter. Jesus had told his friends to expect God to do something amazing, but they were too sad and scared to hope. But as we’ll see, the good news of Easter is able to find us no matter where we are.

Today’s Question

“Who is someone you would be surprised to meet while waking down the street?”

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

Question Sheet – Apr 4, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Burning Hearts (supplies: small clear plastic disposable cup, faux tea light candle, black paper, tissue paper in red/orange/yellow, glue)

2) Can You Guess Who This Is? (Supplies: Who Am I template included in curriculum) (note: consider ways to modify this for at home e.g. describe an extended family member or friend)

Big God Journal Page: Journal Page – Apr 4, 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:

Good Friday Service – April 2, 2021

St. Andrew’s Good Friday service will premier tomorrow, Friday April 2 at 10:00am and be available any time after that. You can find the order of service below.

Big God Story Video: Families can also find the Big God Project version of the Good Friday story. This will be available at 9:00am tomorrow.

Order of Service

Welcome & Introduction

Opening Reading – Isaiah 53:1-5

Opening Prayers

Song: “How Deep the Father’s Love For Us”

Reflection on the Passion of Christ

The Gospel of Luke Chapters 22 & 23 (NIV)

Setting the Stage – Luke 22:1-13

Passover and the Last Supper – Luke 22:14-38

Anthem: “Wonderful Merciful Saviour”

On the Mount of Olives – Luke 22:39-62

Jesus on Trial – Luke 22:63-23:25

Hymn: “Man of Sorrows” #210

The Crucifixion – Luke 23:26-43

The Death and Burial of Jesus – Luke 23:44-56

Hymn: “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord” #233

Silent Reflection & Response

Closing Prayer & Blessing

Song: “There is a Redeemer” #358

I pray that you would know the presence of Jesus as we reflect on the Good News that God is with us in all things, and in the end will transform all evil to good.

Thank you to everyone who took part in this year’s service.

Online Holy Week Services 2021

While we are unable to gather in person for Holy Week, we are still going to celebrate this special time of year. Our Music Team has recorded a variety of music (both new and old) for our special services.

Maundy Thursday (April 1) – There will be a short (half hour) Zoom Communion service at 7:00pm. If you aren’t on the St. Andrew’s email list, and would like to be sent the secure Zoom link, please write to revjohnread@gmail.com

Good Friday (April 2) – This service of readings, prayer and reflective music will premier on YouTube at 10:00am and be available thereafter.

Easter Sunday (April 4) – Our 10:30am Livestreamed service will have a full range of joyful Easter music for you to enjoy as we celebrate the Good News that Jesus is risen and with us always.

Home Worship – Palm Sunday – March 28, 2021

This Sunday, March 28th is Palm Sunday. This would normally be a big Sunday at St. Andrew’s as we welcome Jesus to Jerusalem as king and begin holy week.  But even though we’re still worshipping in our own homes we can still mark this as a special day and take time this week to follow Jesus from the palms, to the cross and on to the resurrection on Easter.

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.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “Jesus is King (available anytime)

This week it’s Rev. Nancy Mostert from St. Paul’s Carluke leading us in the Big God Project.

Home Worship Recording

Introduction to Palm Sunday

Special Music: “Ride on King Jesus”

Call to Worship – Psalm 24:1-2, 7-10

Opening Prayer

Song: “Holy, Holy, Holy Lord”

Gospel Reading – Luke 19:28-48

Message – “Rocks and Tear Drops”

Hymn: “All Glory Laud and Honour” #214

Closing Prayer & Blessing

News:

    • Holy Week & Easter Services: While we are unable to gather in person for Holy Week, we are still going to celebrate this special time of year. Our Music Team has recorded a variety of music (both new and old) for our special services. Thanks to Bob Marshall for coming down to help us again.
      • Maundy Thursday (April 1) – There will be a short (half hour) Zoom Communion service at 7:00pm
      • Good Friday (April 2) – This service of dramatic readings and reflective music will premier on YouTube at 10:00am and be available thereafter.
      • Easter Sunday (April 4) – We have a full range of joyful Easter music for you to enjoy as we celebrate the Good News that Jesus is risen and with us always.
    • Easter Greeting Video: There’s still time to submit a short video (no more than 10-15 seconds) of you or your family saying, “Happy Easter!” If you send your video messages (or a digital photograph) to revjohnread@gmail.com by the end of the day on Sunday March 28, John will edit them together as the introduction to our Easter Sunday service.
    • Annual Meeting & Annual Report: The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday April 11 by Zoom (assistance in connecting by Zoom will be offered closer to the date). If you aren’t on our email list and would like a copy of St. Andrew’s 2021 Annual report write to: revjohnread@gmail.com

Family Worship & Learning – Palm Sunday – March 28, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for March 28, 2021, which is Palm Sunday. This week our video comes from Rev. Nancy Mostert from St. Paul’s Church Carluke and Knox Church Binbrook.

The Family Worship video is available at any time and you can download all the other resources below. On Palm Sunday we welcome Jesus to Jerusalem as king and begin holy week.  Even though we’re still worshipping in our own homes we can still mark this as a special day and take time this week to follow Jesus from the palms, to the cross and on to the resurrection on Easter.

Today’s Question

“Draw (or talk about) your ultimate ride?”

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

Question Sheet – Mar 28, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available Anytime

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Stone craft (with paper or with small stones) (supplies: construction paper, scissors, glue, markers OR small smooth stones, permanent marker)
2) Cloak relay (supplies: towels, old shirts, etc.)

Big God Journal Page: Journal – Mar 28, 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 March 21, 2021

This Sunday, March 21st is the 5th Sunday in the season of Lent. We continue our journey with Jesus as he makes his way to Jerusalem to complete his work. This week our theme is “Jesus Loves The Poor”

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.

Order of Service 

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “Jesus Loves the Poor” (available at 9:00am)

Home Worship Recording

Call to Worship – Psalm 112

Opening Prayer

Song: “Lord I Need You”

Gospel Reading – Luke 14:1-24

Message – “A Place At The Table”

Hymn: “Be Thou My Vision” #461

Closing Prayer & Blessing

In our prayers we continue to remember the following people:

    • Don (who was recovering well most of last week, but is back in the ICU)
    • The family of Rev. Dr. Bob Bernhardt and Alberton Presbyterian Church

News:

    • Holy Week & Easter Services: While we are unable to gather in person for Holy Week, we are still going to celebrate this special time of year. Our music team has been working hard to record a number of seasonal favourites and some new special music.
      • Maundy Thursday (April 1) – There will be a short (half hour) Zoom Communion service at 7:00pm.
      • Good Friday (April 2) – This service of dramatic readings and reflective music will premier on YouTube at 10:00am and be available thereafter.
      • Easter Sunday (April 4) – We have a full range of joyful Easter music for you to enjoy as we celebrate the Good News that Jesus is risen and with us always.
    • Easter Greeting Video: As we’re coming up to a second Easter worshipping together in the Spirit but apart in our homes, I encourage you to submit a short video (no more than 10-15 seconds) of you or your family saying, “Happy Easter!” If you send your video messages in by the end of the day on Sunday March 28, I will edit them together as the introduction to our Easter Sunday service. After a year, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Easter than being able to see some of our St. Andrew’s family together. If you would like to be part of the Easter greeting video, but don’t know how to record your own, write me a  message and I can arrange a time for you to come by the church and record one.
    • Public Health Update: St. Andrew’s will continue to worship online only for the immediate future. Session will be reviewing the situation after Easter and depending on the situation will determine when to reactivate the Reopening Team.
    • Annual Meeting & Annual Report: The Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday April 11 by Zoom (assistance in connecting by Zoom will be offered closer to the date). If you aren’t on our email list but would like an electronic copy of our Annual Report when it becomes available on March 24 please write to revjohnread@gmail.com