Home Worship – Sunday September 13, 2020

On Sunday September 13 we start a new worship series looking at the story of Joseph from the book of Genesis. The Big God Theme for the day will be introduced in the Family Worship video, and then be expanded upon in the adult message in the live service. This week the theme is “God Protects.”

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, or you can find a copy attached. The service continues to be available by telephone for those without internet access.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

 

Family Worship Video – “God Protects” (available at 9:00am)

Worship Recording

Call to Worship – Psalm 28:1-3, 6-7 (NRSV)

Opening Prayer

Song & Hymn Medley: “Everlasting God” & “O God Our Help in Ages Past” #330

Old Testament Reading – Genesis 37 (NIV selected verses)

Gospel Reading – Matthew 20:17-19 (NIV)

Message – “Protected from the Pit”

Closing Prayer & Blessing

News:

    • Sunday Worship:  Worship on September 20 & 27 will be by YouTube Livestream. Online worship will continue along side in-person services after October 4. Initially this will be a recorded service that will be posted on Sunday afternoons.
    • Survey for In-Person Worship: Sunday October 4th as our target date for a return to in person services. A letter was sent to the congregation this past week by email and paper mail containing the full details of our reopening plans and some questions for feedback. The elders are in the process of making follow up phone calls to every household. If for some reason you haven’t received a call by this coming Thursday (September 17) please contact Nancy Serafini who is the leading up the Reopening Taskforce – nancydingwall791@gmail.com. Your responses to this letter and telephone survey will help us finalize our plans for October.

Grace and Peace,

John

Family Home Worship – September 13, 2020

Here are all your resources for Family Home Worship for September 6. The Family Worship video will be available starting at 9:00am on Sunday morning but you can download all the other resources right away.

Today’s Question

“What is something you use to stay safe this fall?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out the colouring sheet. If you join the St. Andrew’s Family Email list you will be sent the Question on a Thursday and have the opportunity to have your answers included in in the Family Worship Video (which is recorded on Saturday afternoons). To be added to the weekly email send a message to revjohnread@gmail.com

 

Question Sheet – Sept 13

Family Worship Video – Available 9:00am Sunday Morning

Crafts, Discussion and Other Activities

Activities: Protecting the sheep (supplies: bag of small white marshmallows, building bricks or other small objects to create a fence, drinking straw, small balls).
To access the curriculum sheet with an overview of the Big God Theme, craft ideas and discussion questions, as well as a how-to craft video go here: https://www.biggodproject.com/biggodproject/lesson.jsp?lid=e64e1f84-f2ce-11ea-aba1-06e120000745

Home Worship Recording – September 6, 2020

This Sunday is our second week of the Big God Project: The theme of the service is “God Blesses” and the guiding scriptures is the story of Abraham and Sarah in Genesis 15:1-6 & Genesis 21:1-7. The Family Worship video will introduce the theme, which we will explore with more depth in the adult message of the Home Worship Recording of the live Zoom service from this morning.

Order of Service 

Gathering Music

 

Family Worship Video – “God Blesses” (available at 9:00am)

Home Worship Recording

Call to Worship – Psalm 100 (NRSV)

Opening Prayer

Song – You are My All in All

Old Testament Reading – Genesis 15:1-6 & 21:1-7 (NIV)

Gospel Reading – Matthew 5:1-12 (NIV)

Message – “Believing in the Blessing”

Hymn – Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God

We Celebrate Communion

Blessing

News:

    • Sunday Worship:  Worship on September 13, 20 & 27 will be by YouTube Livestream. There is also a local telephone option for those without internet access.
    • Planning for In-Person Worship: 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 this week by email and paper mail 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.

If you would like a phone call in the coming week or need some assistance, please write email revjohnread@gmail.com or call 905-648-6024 and leave a message. 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

Zoom Communion – Sunday September 6, 2020

This Sunday September 6, 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, there will be a recorded and edited version of the service posted to YouTube by the early afternoon.

Family Home Worship – September 6, 2020

Here are all your resources for Family Home Worship for September 6. The Family Worship video will be available starting at 9:00am on Sunday morning but you can download all the other resources right away.

Today’s Question

“What is something NICE that someone did for you this week”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out the colouring sheet. If you send along your answers to revjohnread@gmail.com 12:00 noon on a Saturday, they will be included in the Family Worship Video (which is recorded on Saturday afternoons). And if your kids want to share their colouring sheets, take a photo and they’ll also be included.

Question Sheet – Week 2

Family Worship Video – Available 9:00am Sunday Morning

The Big God Theme

“God Blesses”

Crafts, Discussion and Other Activities

1) Sticker stars (supplies: star stickers, black paper and white crayons/pencil crayons)
2) Flashlight stars (supplies: disposable cup, tin foil, flashlight, elastics)
Activity Time Video

To catch up on last week’s story and activities, as well as how to make your own Big God Journal go here: https://standrews.ws/2020/08/29/family-home-worship-august-30-2020/

Home Worship – Sunday August 30, 2020

August 30th is the first Sunday of the Big God Project at St. Andrew’s. This new worship & learning program will guide our family worship time for the coming year. To learn more go to: https://standrews.ws/2020/08/28/introducing-the-big-god-project/.

The worship theme for the day will be introduced in the Family Worship video, and then be expanded upon in the adult message in the live service. This way all ages in our church will be learning the same things together each week. Kids and adults will continue to engage with the Bible at their own level, but the family time, Sunday school lessons and adult sermon will all be tied together by this common theme.

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, or you can find a copy attached. The service will also be available by telephone for those without internet access.

Order of Service

Gathering Music

Family Worship Video – “The Bible is God’s Story” (available at 9:00am)

https://youtu.be/osDksByR8xs

Worship Recording

Call to Worship – Psalm 1 (NRSV)

Opening Prayer

Hymn – “All Creatures of Our God and King #433 vs. 1, 4-6

Old Testament Reading – Genesis 2:4-9,15 (NIV)

Gospel Reading – Matthew 17:1-8 (NIV)

Message – “Finding Our Place in the Story”

Song – “What a Beautiful Name”

Closing Prayer & Blessing

News:

    • Sunday Worship:  Worship on August 30 Worship on September 6 will be a Zoom Communion service. Remember to get your bread and juice when you go shopping this week. September 13, 20 & 27 will be by YouTube Livestream. There is also a local telephone option for those without internet access.
    • 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 in early 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.

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 send a message to standrewsancaster@gmail.com or call 905-648-6024.

 

Grace and Peace,

John

Family Home Worship – August 30, 2020

Here are all your resources for our first week with the Big God Project. The Family Worship video will continue to be available starting at 9:00am on Sunday mornings.

Today’s Question

“What is your (total, for sure, no question, absolute, one-hundred-percent, yes, indeed) Favourite Story?”

You can just ask the question together as a family or have your kids fill out the colouring sheet. If you send along your answers by 12:00 noon on Saturday, they will be included in the Family Worship Video (which is recorded on Saturday afternoons). And if your kids want to share their colouring sheets, take a photo and they’ll also be included.

Question Sheet Week 1

The Big God Theme

“The Bible is God’s Big Story”

Family Worship Video – Available 9:00am Sunday Morning

https://youtu.be/osDksByR8xs

Crafts, Discussion and Other Activities

This week it’s assembling a Big God Journal. If you would like one delivered to your house any time this fall just email Jen at jennypooni@gmail.com  See the attached lesson file for more details or watch the how-to craft video. What you’ll find is simpler and more straightforward than what you were getting with our old curriculum.

Curriculum_1_1

Journal_1_1

As this is brand new to us at St. Andrew’s please let me know how we can make our family worship and learning resources the best and most helpful they can be.

 

Best,

John

Introducing the Big God Project!

We are exited to be introducing the Big God Project here at St. Andrew’s as a way to teach the Bible as God’s Big Story for all ages. The Big God Project launches this Sunday August 30.  In the video above Rev. John Read takes a few minutes to talk about this great locally produced worship and learning curriculum that we’ll be working through in the coming church year.

To learn even more, check out our service this Sunday or go to: https://www.biggodproject.com/biggodproject/home.jsp

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