Worship Services

Worship at St. Andrew’s United Church

Worship is regularly at 10:30 am each Sunday.

St Andrew’s welcomes all people into a time of celebrating God’s presence and being faith family together. In worship, we find ourselves encouraged, comforted, inspired, and challenged. The good news of every worship service is that God loves each one of us and wants to empower us to live joyfully. Together, we look for meaning in the Bible story and in our life stories, opening ourselves to receive wisdom from the Spirit and encouragement from one another. Our hope is that we leave worship with the assurance that God loves and values us and so we are equipped and energized to meet the challenges and celebrate the successes, knowing that “We are not alone.”

Music

Through a mix of traditional and contemporary, the music ministry at St. Andrew’s energizes the worshipper and reflects the theme of the worship service. Congregational singing is supported by our 20 member senior choir, Cassavant Opus 3158 pipe organ, and Yamaha DC7 Pro Disklavier Grand Piano. Our Director of Music, Dr. Robert Hall, uses hymns from both Voices United and More Voices, choir anthems, and occasional soloists to enhance the worship experience. The Postlude often involves a piano and organ duet with Dr. Hall playing the organ while the Disklavier plays the other part which he has recorded earlier. Music at St. Andrew’s is a ministry rather than a program, inviting worshippers into joyful praise and an experience of spiritual awakening.

Children

Most Sundays, children remain in worship for the first 20 minutes of the service. They can either sit with their families or gather at the children’s area to one side of the Sanctuary, where they are provided child-friendly activities related to that morning’s worship. During this part of the service, “Time Up Front” offers the children an opportunity to share in conversation with our Ministers about the morning’s theme/focus. Following “Time Up Front,” the children may accompany church school leader(s) to the children’s program on the second floor. Children are often invited to share in worship leadership and are always front and centre during special services (especially baptism). Children are also welcomed as participants at the celebration of communion.

Sermons (Click on the dates below for the full text of the Sermons)

November 11, 2018 – Role Modelling Jesus’ Peace

November 4, 2018 – The Perfect Law that Gives Freedom

October 28, 2018 – Power to Choose

October 21, 2018 – Let Thanksgiving Flow

October 14, 2018 – Opening to Let Light Shine Through

October 7, 2018 – Don’t Worry; Re-focus

September 30, 2018 – No one in the bleachers; everybody on the field

September 23, 2018 – Strengthened for Service

September 16, 2018 – Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?

September 9, 2018 – Guest speakers, no sermon.

September 2, 2018 – Homework for the Followers of Christ

August 26, 2018The Redstone Unit Project

August 19, 2018Where I Find the Power of God in My Life

August 12, 2018Forgiveness

July 1-August 5, 2018 St. Andrew’s participated in shared summer worship services with St. Peter’s United Church and St. Mark’s United Church. The sermons are not available.

June 24, 2018 – The Teachings of Bravery and Humility

June 17, 2018 – Living Your Life as a Parable

June 10, 2018 – Giving Up on Hope is the Worst Sin of All

June 3, 2018 – Facing Opposition and Doing it Anyway

May 27, 2018 – When sleep does not come easily…

May 20, 2018 – Know this for Certain: You Must be Born Anew

May 13, 2018 – We Can Never Control How Much Our Efforts Are Remembered, or even Appreciated.

May 6, 2018 – The Power and Responsibility of Friendship

April 29, 2018 – Interruptions

April 22, 2018 – The Long Journey to Love and Back

April 15, 2018 – Complacency Is Not an Option

April 8, 2018 – The Honour (and Demands) of Independence

April 1, 2018 – The Story is Never Complete

March 25, 2018 – Unplanned Parties Are Sometimes the Best Kind

March 18, 2018 – The Door of Room 204

March 11, 2018 – Patiently Waiting for a Message from God

March 4, 2018 – The Wisest Way is Not Always the Most Obvious

February 25, 2018– The Kindness of God is Proclaimed and Expected

February 18, 2018 – The Journey Begins Again: Making our way into the time of Lent

February 11, 2018 – Even Tired Eyes Can See New Truths

February 4, 2018 – The Need for New Beginnings within Honoured Traditions

January 28, 2018 – We Should Always Fear Those with a Little Bit of Knowledge

January 21, 2018 – Second Chances

January 14, 2018 – We All Have a “Greatest Moment” Experience

January 7, 2018 – Something Magical Happened That Day

December 31, 2017 – The Twelve Days of Christmas

December 24, 2017 – Yes, This Birth Is Important

December 17, 2017 – White Gift Sunday Drama

December 10, 2017 – Crying in the Wilderness is Not a Waste of Time

December 3, 2017 – We Have a Say in How We Are Shaped and Moulded

November 26, 2017 – So THIS Is What it Means to Be a Part of the Church

Nov 19, 2017 – I Need More Specifics On What I Should Do

Nov 12, 2017 – Are we there yet?

Nov 5, 2017 – The Beginning of a “Do as I Say and not Do as I Do”

Oct 29, 2017 – Liberated by God’s Grace (Guest Speaker Dr. Christopher Duncanson-Hales)

Oct 22, 2017 – The story a wallet tells

Oct 15, 2017 – Responding to Excellence; Creating Encouragement

Oct 1, 2017 – Living by a Vision that is Beyond Our Own Limitations

Sept 24, 2017 – The Generosity of Others Sometimes Can Be Confusing

Sept 17, 2017 – The Long and Winding Road to Reconciliation, Part 2 (or more aptly, Catherine’s take on it)”

Sept 10, 2017 – The Long and Winding Road to Reconciliation

Sept 3, 2017 – The Challenge to Respond to Evil with Good

July 23-August 27, 2017 – St. Andrew’s participated in shared summer worship services with St. Peter’s United Church and St. Mark’s United Church. The sermons are not available.

July 16, 2017 – Ordinary Time Can Provide Some Extraordinary Experiences

July 9, 2017 – It’s All About Remembering

July 2, 2017 – The Challenge to See the Goodness in Everyone We Meet

June 25, 2017 – Jesus Assures Us Not To Be Afraid of the Truth

June 18, 2017 – Finding Willing Participants in Anything is a Challenge

June 11, 2017 – Here is Some Good News We Just Have to Tell you!

June 4, 2017 – Our Birth Story

May 28, 2017 – Ten Words by Which to Live and Work (Well, at Least Give Me Five!)

May 21, 2017 – Listening to the Soul: Taking a Poustinia Day

May 14, 2017 – We May Not Easily See God’s Presence or Even Hear God’s Message

May 7, 2017 – Can We Ever Have ‘One Flock’ and ‘One Shepherd’

April 30, 2017 – Mission Focus by Memorial Gifts Committee

April 23, 2017 – Jesus’ Primary Default Position is ‘Peace Be with You’

April 16, 2017 – It’s Easter Sunday: How Do You Want Your Life Changed?

April 9, 2017 – The Power of the Question: “Who Is This Person?

April 2, 2017 – Disappointments Need not Lead to Despair

March 26, 2017 – What Seems Obvious is not Always Obvious

March 19, 2017 – Soul Thirst

March 12, 2017 – Being Uplifted in Faith and in Life

March 5, 2017 – Some of Our Greatest Temptations are from What We Have Found

February 26, 2017 – We All Have Great Ones to Whom We Look Up

February 19, 2017 – Can We Be Open to the Promise of a New Way?

February 12, 2017 – Life is Filled with Some Basic Choices

February 5, 2017 – Jesus Is Calling Us to Be a Little Bit Braver Than We Imagine We Can Be

January 29, 2017 – The Power of Music

January 22, 2017 – Every Once in a While We Must Return to Basics

January 15, 2017 – Lasting Values Provide the Basis for Lasting Truth

January 8, 2017 – Curious Creatures are Drawn to the Light

January 1, 2017 – Covenant Renewal

December 25, 2016 – Starting from the Beginning – Again

December 24, 2016 – The Important Path Involves Looking Beyond the Darkness

December 18, 2016 – Is it a Sign from God if it Confirms our Bias?

December 11, 2016 – White Gift Service

December 4, 2016 – What Can Be More Ridiculous than Living in Peace?

November 27, 2016 – A Prophet’s Invitation:Ai??Take a hike!

November 13, 2016 – Wise People Live by the Standards They Set

November 6, 2016 – Finding Our Purpose Is What Life Is All About

October 30, 2016 – It is Hard to be Excited About the Future When We Are Burdened by the Past

October 23, 2016 – So What’s on Your Bucket List?

October 16, 2016 – Stories of our Local Mission

October 9, 2016 – Ordinary Blessings in Ordinary Time

October 2, 2016 – When Is Just Enough Not Really Enough

September 25, 2016 – Transformation Cannot Begin Without Awareness

September 18, 2016 – The Work Had to Be Done, So I Did It

September 11, 2016 – Celebrating Diversity

September 4, 2016 – Sometimes the Living Springs of God Are as Clear as Mud

August 7-28, 2016 – St. Andrew’s participated in shared summer worship services with St. Peter’s United Church and St. Mark’s United Church. The sermons are not available.

July 31, 2016 – We Never Willingly Seek a Life that Is Empty in Spirit

July 24, 2016 – The Biggest Challenge Is Not Asking

July 17, 2016 – What’s the One Thing That We Need?

July 10, 2016 – I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

July 3, 2016 – Guest speaker, sermon not available.

June 26, 2016 – We All Want to Speak a Language that Communicates

June 19, 2016 – Knowing How to Discern Between Right and Wrong

June 12, 2016 – Living with a New Spirit and a New Purpose

June 5, 2016 – God Wants Your Car Keys (Dr. Ed Kruse, guest speaker)

May 29, 2016 – We Know What We Believe by the Hymns That We Sing

May 22, 2016 – The Search for Wisdom is an Eternal Search

May 15, 2016 – What Happens When Your Heart Breaks Open

May 8, 2016 – How Can We See a Unity of the Spirit in our Fractious World?

May 1, 2016 – We May at Times Experience the Worst, but We Keep Looking for the Best

Apr 24, 2016 – In Life, in Death, in Life Beyond Death, God is With us.

April 17, 2016 – Ordinary Actions Can Lead to Extraordinary Results

April 10, 2016 – Knowing How to Say “Thanks-a-Lot” and Mean It.

April 3, 2016 – Doubts are Surmountable; Disdain Less So

March 27, 2016 – Easter – Being Humble Enough to Know Where You Rank in Life

March 25, 2016 – Good Friday – I Am He

March 20, 2016 – Being Right or Being Popular: They are Rarely the Same

March 13, 2016 – Gamble Everything for Life, if You Are a True Human Being

March 6, 2016 – Living a Miserable Life Is Not a Ticket to Eternity

February 28, 2016 – Be Patient: It is a God-Like Quality

February 21, 2016 – Wait a minute. I have a question.

February 14, 2016 – Sharing the Sense of Wholeness and Hope that Comes from God

February 7, 2016 – Excitement is Hard to Hide? And Why Would We?

January 31, 2016 – It is Right to See This Day as a Special Time, a Holy Time

January 24, 2016 – What would be different if the world was filled with gracious words?

January 17, 2016 – Cana-joy

January 10, 2016 – It Takes More Than Good Eyesight to See Great Opportunities

January 3, 2016 – I Can Use Anything at All! But I Don’t Need That!

December 27, 2015 – We Have Arrived

Christmas Eve – The Obvious Question of Christmas: So What’s Next?

December 20, 2015 – Christmas is a Time to Walk Boldly and Carry a Big Heart

December 13, 2015 – We are Called to be Shepherds

December 6, 2015 – The God of the Open Highway

November 29, 2015 – Open the Door

November 22, 2015 – An Ending is Just the Sign of a New Beginning

November 15, 2015 – The Gratitude Test

November 8, 2015 – So many sacrifices; so much forgotten, but not ignored

November 1, 2015 – If We Have the Answer, Have We Already Asked the Question?

October 25, 2015 – Faith Can be a Great Motivator

October 18, 2015 – Called to be the Church in Our Neighbourhood

October 11, 2015 – Water is a Sacred Trust, a Divine Substance

October 4, 2015 – Facing Struggles; Discerning Hope; Understanding Grace

September 27, 2015 – Courage Comes to Us in Bursts of Twenty Seconds at a Time

September 20, 2015 – Being Wise, and Being Successful: Are They the Same Thing?

September 13, 2015 – People Usually Judge What THEY Hear, Not What WE Intend

September 6, 2015 – Setting the Direction for the Future

July 19 – August 30, 2015 – St. Andrew’s participated in shared summer worship services with St. Peter’s and St. Mark’s United Churches. The sermons are not be available.

July 12, 2015 – When do We Know if We Ever Measure Up?

July 5, 2015 – Struggles are not new; neither is Perseverance

June 28, 2015 – Sacramental Living

June 21, 2015 – Reflections on The United Church of Canada’s Apology to Aboriginal People – 1986 (The Rev. Dr. Bill Steadman)

  • Special Guest – A Sermon for Sunday, June 21, 2015 – First Nation Sunday (The Rev. Dr. Will Kunder)

June 14, 2015 – A Dialogue Sermon – We are the Church

June 7, 2015 – If Only We had Hindsight for Everything We Do

May 31, 2015 – God’s Presence is to be Shared, not Stored

May 24, 2015 – As Close as Our Breath

May 17, 2015 – Restoring a Sense of Balance

May 10, 2015 – A Day of Celebration; a Day of Expectation

May 3, 2015 – What Does it Mean to Get a Spiritual Haircut?

April 26, 2015 – Caring for the World and for One Another

April 19, 2015 – Standing in Body and Spirit

April 12, 2015 – What is Your Image of New Life?

April 5, 2015 – Being Alive Means Speaking Up

April 3, 2015 – Message for Good Friday Service at St. Peter’s United Church

April 2, 2015 – Maundy Thursday Service

March 29, 2015 – Does Today feel like a Day God has Made?

March 22, 2015 – Seeking the Obvious is not Always so Obvious

March 15, 2015 – What a second chance looks like

March 8, 2015 – It’s Hard to be in the Lead

March 1, 2015 – Finding Direction in the Chaos that Surrounds Us?

February 22, 2015 – What Does Being a Covenant People Really Mean?

February 8, 2015 – Catherine offered a reflection on a journey she took to Spain, and how the trip has continued to influence her living. A copy of this sermon is not available for the website. If you would like to hear more about her trip, please email Catherine directly at [email protected]

February 1, 2015 – Caught in the Midst of New Teachings but Old Complaints

January 25, 2015 – Experts Need to be Ninety-Minutes Away… Or Do They?

January 18, 2015 – Voices in the Dark

January 11, 2015 – The Search for True Religion Continues

January 4, 2015 – Be Careful What You Pray For… You Just Might Get It