Worship

We have one worship service on Sunday mornings at 10 am, with Sunday school from the first Sunday after Labour Day through to the second Sunday in June.

There will be a greeter or two standing by the sanctuary door to welcome you but if you arrive after our greeters sit down, then take a bulletin from the table on the right and come on in and find a seat wherever you will feel comfortable.

At St. Andrew’s, we see our worship service as one of our strengths, with an inspiring minister, a gifted ministry of music team, an enthusiastic and dedicated choir and praise band, and the participation of a variety of people in worship.  Usually our worship service looks like this, but we like worship to be flexible so there could be some changes on any given Sunday:

  • Pre-service Music
  • Words of Welcome
  • A brief period of Silence, remembering that God is here with us, followed by a musical introduction
  • Call to Worship:  Words shared by the congregation (and printed in the bulletin)
  • Opening Hymn:  The first song we sing together.  The song is in our blue hymnbook located at each pew
  • Opening Prayer and Prayer of Confession, Words of Assurance, and The Lord’s Prayer:  We use the words “debts” and “debtors” rather than “trespasses” and “those that trespass against us”
  • Children’s Message and Celebration Bank: The children are invited to come to the front of the sanctuary and sit with the worship leader for a story;  this is also a time when members of the congregation are given an opportunity to share joys and blessings in their lives, and offer small donations to the Celebration Bank; these donations support local, national and international projects
  • Children’s Hymn:  During this hymn, the children may return to their seats or go with a leader to children’s Sunday School in the fellowship hall
  • Responsive Reading: Usually a Psalm, printed in the bulletin, that we read together
  • Hymn: As we prepare to hear God’s Word
  • Scripture Readings:  From the Old and New Testaments
  • Sermon:  Connecting God’s ancient story to our contemporary stories.
  • Prayers of the People:  An opportunity for members of the congregation to share their concerns and make prayer requests.  The prayers are lifted up to God
  • Offering:  Ushers pass plates for the offering. We invite visitors to put in a visitor’s form in the plate as their offering to us;  if you would prefer not to, that’s just fine
  • Announcements
  • Final Hymn
  • Benediction and Postlude:  A charge, a blessing and traveling music.

The Lord’s Supper:  Six times a year we celebrate the Lord’s Supper.  Everyone is invited to the celebration of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

After worship, you are invited to join folks in our fellowship hall (Gracy Hall).   One of our greeters will be happy to show you the way.  We have simple refreshments.

Parents:

We delight in the presence of young children during worship.  From time to time you may wish for a place to take your child.  The Linklater Room – first room on the left in Gracey Hall – is ready to welcome young children and parents.  Some toys, chairs and a carpeted area are provided.  A change table is in the woman’s washroom.