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.
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/
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 email@example.com to receive information on how to join the Zoom meeting.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our mailing list.
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/
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 email@example.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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 email@example.com