Home Worship – Sunday August 23, 2020

Our Home Worship service for Sunday August 23 will go live on YouTube at 10:30am. If you aren’t able to join us live, a recording will be available Sunday afternoon. The words to the songs in the service will be on the screen.

The service will also be available by telephone for those without internet access. If you or someone you know would like information for how to join us by telephone please email revjohnread@gmail.com by 9:00am Sunday, or call the church office during the week (905-648-6024).

Order of Worship

Gathering Music

 Family Worship Video – “Bricks and Blocks” (available at 9:00am)

Worship Livestream – https://youtu.be/fphnC864kqU

Starts at 10:30am

Recorded Version

Call to Worship – Psalm 37:3-6, 23-24 (NRSV)

Opening Prayer

Hymn – “Be Thou My Vision” #461

Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 50:4-9 (NIV)

Gospel Reading – Matthew 16:21-28 (NIV)

Message – “Rocks and Stumbling Blocks”

Hymn – “Will You Come and Follow Me” #634

Closing Prayer & Blessing

 

News:

    • Sunday Worship:  Worship on August 30 will be by YouTube Livestream. Worship on September 6 will be a Zoom Communion service. Our services will continue to be online (and telephone) only through to the end of September.
    • Planning for In-Person Worship: In the coming weeks we will be finalizing our health and safety plans, with Sunday October 4th as our target date for a return to in person services. This date has the benefit of giving us 4 weeks to assess how the reopening of schools will affect the public health situation. A letter will be sent to the congregation at the start of September containing the full details of our reopening plans and some questions for feedback. The elders will follow this up with a phone call to every household. Your responses to this letter and telephone survey will help us finalize our plans for October.
    • New Family Worship & Learning Program! Starting, next Sunday August 30, St. Andrew’s will be launching The Big God Project (http://biggodproject.com) for our Family Worship Time. This curriculum combines worship and learning resources that can be used by the whole family. It includes a beautiful video telling of Bible stories, fun games, online resources for crafts and discussion all tied together by a weekly theme that will link adult and children’s learning each Sunday. This resource has been developed locally in Hamilton at Family Church of Heritage Green in partnership with the Presbyterian Church in Canada. If you want to get an idea what this will look like you can check out the Family Time portion of any service on Family Church’s YouTube Channel.

 

If you would like a phone call in the coming week or need some assistance, please write me an email or give me a call at the number below. If you would like your name, or the name of someone you care about included in our prayers (or simply prayed for by myself or the elders) please let me know that as well.

 

Grace and Peace,

John

Home Worship – Sunday August 16, 2020

Tomorrow is the 11th Sunday after Pentecost. Our Home Worship service will go live on YouTube at 10:30am. If you aren’t able to join us live, a recording will be available Sunday afternoon. The words to the songs in the service will be on the screen.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

All hail the power of Jesus’ name #363

Your Name is Power – Rend Collective

Family Worship Video – “Who Am I?” (available at 9:00am)

Worship Livestream Starts at 10:30am

Call to Worship – Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8 (NRSV)

Song – “In Christ Alone”

Opening Prayer

Old Testament Reading – Isaiah 51:1-6

Gospel Reading – Matthew 16:13-20

Message – “Who do you say I am?”

Hymn – “The Church’s One Foundation” #479 vs. 1,2&5

Closing Prayer & Blessing

 

News:

    • Sunday Worship up to Labour Day: Worship on August 23 and August 30 will be by YouTube Livestream. Worship on September 6 will be a Zoom Communion service. All of these services will also be available by local telephone call. If you or someone you know would like the telephone number and access instructions please send me an email or call me at the number below.
    • Update on plans for In-Person Worship Services: The Reopening Taskforce continues to do its work, but it has submitted preliminary recommendations to Session. Look for an update on our plans for a return to in-person worship later this week.

If you would like a phone call in the coming week or need some assistance, please write to standrewsancaster@gmail.com or call 905-648-6024.

 

Grace and Peace,

John

Livestreamed Worship Resumes Sunday August 16

After a mid-summer break, St. Andrew’s is back to Livestreamed Worship this week. Our Home Service will go live on YouTube this Sunday August 16 at 10:30am (though you can join early at 10:25). It will also be available by telephone for those without internet. We’ll be taking a break from our Zoom Coffee hour until September, but feel free to say hello in the YouTube live chat.

The YouTube link to the Livestream, an order of service and the Family Worship video will be posted here and on our Facebook page Saturday evening. Music this week will be led by Bob Marshall. If you aren’t able to join us live, a recording of the service will be available Sunday afternoon.

Home Worship – Sunday August 2, 2020

Good Afternoon Everyone

Welcome to our Home Worship service for August 2. Today was the celebration of Communion, which we held by Zoom video conference. Below is a recording of the service as well as our Family Worship Video.

Gathering Songs

You can listen to these songs to prepare yourself for worship:

Scriptures

Family Worship Time

Home Worship Video – “Seeing the Signs”

News:

    • Worship on Sunday August 9 will be led by Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim. This will be another Zoom Worship service. The church office will email you the Zoom link on the Saturday afternoon ahead of time.
    • Worship for the rest of August on to Labour Day weekend will return to the pattern of Live-Streamed services on YouTube most weeks, and a Zoom Communion service on the first Sunday of the month.
    • Planning for a Return to In-Person Worship: The Reopening Taskforce has begun meeting and will be submitting recommendations to Session for the return to in-person worship when it meets again on Wednesday August 12. This will include a target date for our first in-person Sunday, as well as a plan for safety measures. We are be encouraged by the low case numbers across the province and within the Hamilton region, but all plans will depend on how the public health situation continues to develop in the coming weeks.

Best,

John

Zoom Communion This Sunday

St. Andrew’s Sunday Worship is back from our mid-summer break. This Sunday August 2, we will be worshiping by Zoom video conference at 10:30am. Our service will include the celebration of communion, and live music.

If you aren’t on St. Andrew’s email list and would like to join our service please send an email to revjohnread@gmail.com by 9:00am Sunday. If you aren’t able to join us live, the service up to the celebration of communion will be recorded and posted to YouTube by the early afternoon.

Home Worship – Sunday July 5, 2020

Good Afternoon Everyone

 

Welcome to our Home Worship service for July 5. Today was the celebration of Communion, which we held by Zoom video conference. Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to save the recording, so this short service of readings, a sermon and prayers was recorded after the fact. Unfortunately this means there is no live music this week, but you can listen or sing along with the music below.

Hymns & Songs

You can listen to these songs to prepare yourself for worship :

Scriptures

 

Family Worship Time – “Gathered Together by Jesus”

 

Message – “Recognizing the Body”

Closing Prayers

In our prayers we thank God for his Spirit who enables and empowers us to be the Body of Christ together in the world. We also pray for the world and for our sisters and brothers in Christ.

    • For everyone to continue act with care and for the safety of others as we head into summer vacation.
    • For all those around the world and in Canada who continue to face the COVID-19 Pandemic. We pray especially for the United States and for nations who face the pandemic with fewer medical resources, such as India, much of Sub-Saharan Africa, and Brazil.
    • Doctors, nurses and other health care workers as they serve in hospitals, public health and long-term care settings.
    • Wisdom for all levels of government as they continue to lead through this challenging situation.
    • For workers in essential services who must interact with the public.
    • For all who are unemployed or facing financial stress because of COVID.
    • For all who are feeling most isolated – for older seniors and those living in long-term care and retirement residences.
    • For all the members of our St. Andrew’s Church family.

News:

    • Session will be meeting Tuesday July 7 at 7:00pm by Zoom. If you have any feedback or concerns you would like to pass along please call or email me by Tuesday at noon.
    • Worship on July 12, July 19 and July 26. I will be on vacation from July 8 to 28. On these Sundays I encourage you to join one of our sister Presbyterian Churches in the Hamilton area for their online services. There are plenty to choose from, but here are a few suggestions:
    • The next St. Andrew’s Worship Service will be on Sunday August 2 at 10:30am. This will be another Zoom Communion service, and you will receive the Zoom link and service information ahead of time.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen.

Zoom Communion This Sunday

This Sunday July 5, we will be worshiping by Zoom video conference at 10:30am. Our service will include the celebration of communion, and music lead by Bob Marshall.

If you aren’t on St. Andrew’s email list and would like to join our service please send an email to revjohnread@gmail.com by 9:00am Sunday. If you aren’t able to join us live, the service up to the celebration of communion will be recorded and posted to YouTube by the early afternoon.

Home Worship Live – Sunday June 28, 2020

This week is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost. Our Home Worship service will go live on YouTube at 10:30am. It will also be available by telephone for those without internet. If you aren’t able to join us live a recording of the worship service will be available on Sunday afternoon.

There will also be Zoom Coffee Hour at the conclusion of the Livestreamed Service (starting just after 11:00am). If you would like to join please email me at revjohnread@gmail.com by 10:00am and I will send you the link.

We Are Called to Worship

 

Gathering Music

For the Beauty of the Earth #434

I Choose to Worship – Rend Collective

    • This is another new song from Rend Collective’s latest worship album. It speaks of worshipping God in all circumstances and a song that’s helped me through both the challenges of COVID and everything that’s been going on with my Dad. Worship is a choice we make daily. May we choose to worship our God today.

 

Scriptures

Old Testament Reading – Deuteronomy 6:1-9

New Testament Reading – Philemon 1-7

Gospel Reading – Matthew 9:9-13

 

Family Worship Video – “Forming Faith at Home”

Worship Livestream

Starts at 10:30am

Call to Worship – Psalm 119:1-8

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

Opening Prayer

Message – “Taking Worship Home”

Song – “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)”

Closing Prayer & Blessing

 

News:

    • Sunday July 5 will be a Zoom Communion Service, so put bread and grape juice on your grocery list. Full details including the Zoom link will be emailed in advance.

If you would like a phone call in the coming week or need some assistance, please write me an email or give me a call at the number below. If you would like your name, or the name of someone you care about included in our prayers (or simply prayed for by myself or the elders) please let me know that as well.

 

Grace and Peace,

John

Home Worship Live! Sunday June 21, 2020

This Sunday is Father’s Day and the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost. It is also our first Livestreamed Home Worship Service. It will go live on YouTube at 10:30am (though you can join early at 10:25). It will also be available by telephone for those without internet.

There will also be Zoom Coffee Hour at the conclusion of the Livestreamed Service (starting just after 11:00am). If you would like to join the Zoom meeting please email revjohnread@gmail.com by 10:00am Sunday morning.

We Are Called to Worship

 

I invite you to start your time of worship this morning by reading Psalm 103 out loud.

 

Gathering Music

Praise My Soul, the King of Heaven #407

Cornerstone

 

Scriptures

Old Testament Reading – Exodus 34:1-9

Gospel Reading – John 14:1-14

 

Family Worship Video – “The Lord’s Prayer”

 

Worship Livestream

Starts at 10:30am. Click here for lyrics to Hymns and Songs

 

Welcome

Hymn – “This is My Father’s World” #328

Opening Prayer

Message – “Sin, Systems and Saving Love”

Song – “Good, Good Father”

Closing Prayer & Blessing

News:

  • The Session of St. Andrew’s has made September the target for a return to in person worship services at our church building. An email with full details and survey for further input has been sent out to all church members and letter will be mailed to all those without email. If you are aware of anyone who has not received this important message please write to standrewsancaster@gmail.com.
  • Sunday June 28 will be another livestreamed service at 10:30 am followed by a Zoom Coffee Hour.
  • Sunday July 5 will be a Zoom Communion Service., so put bread and grape juice on your grocery list. Full details including the Zoom link will be emailed in advance.

 

If you would like a phone call in the coming week or need some assistance with getting groceries or other necessities, please write me an email or give me a call at the number below. If you would like your name, or the name of someone you care about included in our prayers (or simply prayed for by myself or the elders) please let me know that as well.

 

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you now and always. Amen.

 

Best,

John