Home Worship – Sunday May 9, 2021

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

Gathering Music

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 Livestream Starts at 10:30am

Call to Worship – Psalm 66:8-9, 13-14, 20

Opening Prayer

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

News:

    • 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 celainegillespie@gmail.com.

Family Worship & Learning – May 9, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday, May 9, 2021. We wish a happy Mother’s day to all moms and all those who fill that role in the lives of others. Our prayers go out to everyone missing mothers and grandmothers on this day.

This week We step out of the story of Acts for a week to look at the Apostle Peter’s encouragement to Christians facing difficult times in 1 Peter 3:8-17 and 4:12-14.

Today’s Question

“Who or What Do You Protect?”

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

Question Sheet – May 9, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available Anytime

This week our Family Worship time is led by our friend Rev. Nancy Mostert from St. Paul’s Carluke and Knox Binbrook.

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Self Portrait – supplies: paper, crayons/pencil crayons, clear plastic sheets (i.e. page protectors), permanent markers.
 
2) Opposite Action Game (a twist on Simon Says!)

Big God Journal: Journal Page – May 9, 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 2, 2021

This Sunday May 2nd is the 5th Sunday of Easter. We continue through the story of the early church in the book of Acts. This week our theme is “The Holy Spirit Knows Our Hearts.”

This is a recording of our 10:30am Zoom Communion service. If you would like to join us for communion live next month write to revjohnread@gmail.com to be added to our St. Andrew’s email list.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “The Holy Spirit Knows Our Hearts

Recorded Communion Service

https://youtu.be/H4w7rZxDrug

Call to Worship – Psalm 133

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “For the Beauty of the Earth” #434

New Testament Reading – Acts 4:32-5:16

Gospel Reading – Luke 12:32-34

Message – “Open Hearts, Open Hands, Open Lives”

Song: “Only a Holy God”

We Celebrate Communion

Blessing

News:

    • Worship in May: For the month of May worship will continue to be online only. For the remainder of May this will be by YouTube Livestream each week at 10:30am. We will also be welcoming some friends from St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church in Burlington to our services, as their minister Rev. Bob Sim will be taking some medical leave this month. Please keep Bob and St. Paul’s in your prayers.
    • 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 cost of fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy (etc.) has continued to go up and are not usually available from traditional food banks, or affordable for many lower income households that might not normally access food banks. The Mission Team has made an initial donation of $100 worth of food.
    • Holiness Video and Study Guide: We touched on the subject of ‘holiness’ in the service today, but this isn’t a word that gets used outside of church much. For an excellent summary of what the Bible means by Holiness you can go to the Bible Project, find a short animated video lesson and if you want to go deeper, a study guide.

Family Worship & Learning – May 2, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday, May 2, 2021. This week we continue the story of the Holy Spirit working in the community of Jesus’ followers in the days after Pentecost in Acts 4:32-5:11.

Today’s Question

“What is something that you know a lot about?”

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

Question Sheet – May 2, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Yarn Hearts – supplies: small paper plates, hole punch, yarn, tape
 
2) Coin Toss –  supplies: coins, small containers/muffin tin

Big God Journal: Journal Page – May 2, 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 2, 2021

This Sunday May 2, 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 April 25, 2021

This Sunday April 25th is the 4th Sunday of Easter. We continue through the day of Pentecost in Acts 2 as Peter explains how the sending of the Spirit is the next part of Jesus’ story. This week our theme is “The Holy Spirit Speaks Through Us.”

Our Home Worship service for this week will go live on YouTube at 10:30am. The service continues to be available by local telephone for those without internet access. If you know anyone who is not able to access our service online please call 905-648-6024 or email revjohnread@gmail.com.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “The Holy Spirit Speaks Through Us” (available at 9:00am)

We’ll be going deeper into Acts 2 in the adult message, and the kids will move on to the story in Acts 4. The same theme works through both stories.

Home Worship Recording

Call to Worship – Psalm 16:7-11

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” #321

Gospel Reading – Luke 12:8-12

New Testament Reading – Acts 2:22-47

Message – “Evidence and Testimony”

Song: “What a Beautiful Name”

We Respond to God’s Generosity

Closing Prayers & Blessing

News:

    • Zoom Communion (May 2): Next Sunday will be a Zoom Communion service. If you would like to join us on Zoom write to revjohnread@gmail.com and our minister will send you a link to the Zoom call. For those who prefer to take in the service on YouTube a recording of the Zoom service will be available early Sunday afternoon.
    • Recording of Steve Potter’s Funeral: If you weren’t able to take in Steve’s funeral service on Friday afternoon a recording of the service will be available at a later date. Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the visitation, it was a wonderful encouragement to Steve’s family. Please continue to keep Annette, Christ and Joanne in your prayers.
    • Evert & Yvonne Nieboer would like to thank the congregation for all the thoughts, prayers, words of support and cards in response to the passing of Yvonne’s father, all of which was greatly appreciated.

Family Worship & Learning – April 25, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday, April 25, 2021. This week we continue the story of the Holy Spirit working in Peter and John to do Jesus’ work of healing and sharing good news.

Today’s Question

“When is it important to say something?”

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

Question Sheet – Apr 25, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Megaphone: Supplies – paper cups, glue/tape, tissue paper, markers, stickers/glitter.
 
2) Telephone: Supplies – none.

Big God Journal: Journal Page – Apr 25, 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 April 18, 2021

This Sunday April 18th is the 3rd Sunday of Easter. We move fully into the Book of Acts with the first part of the story of Pentecost in Acts 2. This week our theme is “The Holy Spirit Works Through 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 are not able to access our service online please leave a message at 905-648-6024 and you will be contacted with information on how to phone into the service.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship: “The Holy Spirit Works Through Us”

We’ll be going deeper into Acts 2 in the adult message, and the kids will move on to the story in Acts 3. Yet the same theme works through both stories.

Home Worship Recording Available Any Time

Call to Worship – Psalm 104:1-4, 33-35

Opening Prayer

Hymn: “Holy, Holy, Holy” #299

New Testament Reading – Luke 3:15-19

Gospel Reading – Acts 2:1-21

Message – “Acts of Welcome”

Song: “Holy Spirit (Living Breath of God)”

We Respond to God’s Generosity

Closing Prayers & Blessing

News:

    • Visitation and Funeral for Steve Potter: There will be a scheduled visitation for Steve on Thursday April 22 at Dodsworth & Brown Funeral Home from 2-4pm and 6-8pm. There are a limited number of spots in each time so please call 905-648-3852 during business hours to schedule a visitation time.  A Funeral service for Steve will be available by Livestream at 1:00pm on Friday April 23 . Please keep Steve’s daughters Annette and Chris, and his sister Joanne in your prayers.
    • You can find Steve’s obituary here along with information on how to connect to the Livestream here: https://www.arbormemorial.ca/en/dbancaster/obituaries/steven-william-potter/64939
    • 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 call 905-648-6024 or email standrewsancaster@gmail.com

Family Worship & Learning – April 18, 2021

Here are all your resources for Family Worship & Learning for Sunday, April 18, 2021. his week we continue the story Jesus’ followers as Peter and John meet someone in need on their way to to the Temple in Acts 3.

Today’s Question

“What is something you get asked to help with?”

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

Question Sheet – Apr 18, 2021

Family Worship Video – Available at 9:00am Sunday

Crafts, Discussion & Other Activities

1) Partner Challenge (supplies: blocks or other objects) get creative and have fun with this one!
 
2) Blind drawing (supplies: paper, pencils, (optional) blindfolds)

Big God Journal Page: Journal Page – Apr 18, 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 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.