with links to the scripture readings and hymn lyrics
Welcome Dr. Smit to St. Andrew's Online and welcome to other visitors who may be joining us for our Worship Service.
Sunday, September 26
Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit
"The More the Merrier"
Sunday, August 22, 2021
Philippians 4:7, 9, 12-13 (NIV)
7"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
9"Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you."
12"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want."
13"I can do all this through him who gives me strength."
What's Happening at St. Andrew's . . .
Independent Study with Email Updates
Continues; Zoom Will Resume in the Fall.
Sunday, October 3
We will celebrate Holy Communion. Please have a piece of bread and glass of juice available.
an act of worship.
Thank you so much for being willing to give toward what God is doing here at St. Andrew's Memorial Presbyterian Church! We are committed to using your offerings in a way that honours the Lord.
We Thank You For Your Generosity
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September 30 - Orange Shirt Day
In this video, Vivian Ketchum, originating from Wauzhushk Onigum Nation of Northern Ontario, and a member of Place of Hope Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg, Man., talks about why she wears an orange shirt, and why it is important for members of the church to mark September 30.
Orange Shirt Day began in 1973 when six-year-old Phyllis Webstad entered the St. Joseph Mission Residential School in B.C. Young Phyllis was wearing a brand-new and beloved orange shirt for her first day of school, but the Mission Oblates stripped her of her new shirt and replaced it with the school’s institutional uniform. (Visit orangeshirtday.org for the full story about Phyllis Webstad and her experience.)
The loss of an orange shirt was by no means the worst thing that happened to an Indigenous child in the Indian Residential School System, but it has become symbolic of all that was taken from the children—their language, culture, family and community relationships, safety, security and identity, sometimes even their lives.
When we wear orange shirts and talk about why we are wearing them, we help to build awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of Indian Residential Schools, and we witness to the truth that Every Child Matters.
Honouring the Children Fund
In response to the devastating confirmation of unmarked graves on the grounds of former residential schools, and in honour of the children who were lost and all the people living with the consequences of that legacy, The Presbyterian Church in Canada has established a new fund:
Honouring the Children:
Reconciliation and Residential Schools
DONATE Now To the Fund
Presbyterian World Service & Development
Inspired by God’s promise of abundant life, Presbyterian World Service & Development envisions a sustainable, compassionate and just world. You can learn more here about how PWS&D is making this happen.
SPOTLIGHT ON INTERNATIONAL MISSION
Sharing Hope Through Presbyterians Sharing
When we give to Presbyterians Sharing, we participate in God’s mission together, expressing our faith through our actions and decisions. Together, we build strong congregations, serve vulnerable people, walk with Indigenous people, seek justice and share Christ’s love around the world. We are there when a prisoner in Malawi discovers Christ’s love through Bible study, and when a congregation adapts to meet community needs in new ways. We are there when a child receives a healthy snack and after-school support from an inner-city ministry, and when theological students in Canada, Malawi, Nigeria, Ghana and Beirut graduate, ready to shine Christ’s light. On Presbyterians Sharing Sunday, we celebrate the mission and ministry we share together, as we proclaim God’s love, hope, faith and grace in the world God loves. When we put our gifts in God’s hands, God does remarkable things!
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We thank you for your generosity.
Sunday, September 26
On Presbyterians Sharing Sunday, we give thanks for the faithful generosity of congregations across Canada as we share in mission and ministry together through Presbyterians Sharing.
Monday, September 27
We pray for stewardship committees planning fall stewardship campaigns.
Tuesday, September 28
We pray for the people, ministries and mission of the Presbytery of Brandon in Manitoba.
Wednesday, September 29
We give thanks and pray for those who are beginning a term as presbytery moderator. May they lead with hope and serve with kindness.
Thursday, September 30
We pray for the wisdom to see clearly the reality of racism and bigotry in the institutions of our country so that we may work to challenge and uproot these institutionalized concepts in ourselves, our churches and our society.
Friday, October 1
We pray for Indigenous children who are being removed and separated from their families and communities.
Saturday, October 2
We pray for Place of Hope Indigenous Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and for all Survivors of Residential Schools.
Sunday, October 3 (World Communion Sunday)
We pray for the church throughout the world. May God renew its worship, nurture its growth, empower its witness and restore its unity.