This Sunday, November 22, is Christ the King Sunday and the end of another church year. Next week we’ll begin the season Advent that leads into Christmas. The theme for this week is “God Keeps His Word,” and our focus is on 2 Chronicles 36, one of the most difficult parts in the story of God’s people.
Our Home Worship service for this week will go live on YouTube at 10:30am. The words to the songs in the service will be on the screen. The service continues to be available by telephone for those without internet access.
Order of Service
Family Worship Video – “God Keeps His Word” (available at 9:00am)
Home Worship Recording
Call to Worship – Psalm 95:1-7 (NRSV)
Hymn: “Immortal, Invisible” #290
Old Testament – 2 Chronicles 36:5-23 (NIV)
Gospel Reading – Matthew 23:37-24:2 (NIV)
Message – “Life in Exile”
Closing Prayer & Blessing
- COVID-19 Update: As was announced this past on November 17, St. Andrew’s will not be returning to in-person worship in Advent. This was a difficult and painful decision, yet in light of the recent developments in the pandemic (with Hamilton going into the ‘Red Zone’) this remains the safest choice. We will incorporate as many of our seasonal traditions into our online services as possible through this challenging time. We pray for God’s help for us and our neighbours to do what’s necessary to reduce infection rates in the lead up to Christmas.
- Resources for Advent: As we’re don’t have the option of gathering together at the church building for our Advent celebrations this year, we’ve prepared a number of ways you can bring Advent home in 2020. You can find these suggestions and resources here – https://standrews.ws/2020/11/21/bringing-advent-home-in-2020/.
- Wesley Christmas Program: One way our St. Andrew’s family has reached out to our neighbours in Hamilton has been through the Christmas Program of Wesley Urban Ministries. The program is a bit different this year, but you can make a donation online or follow the Advent link above to find out other giving options.
Grace and Peace,