Thank you for checking out St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Whitby, Ontario, Canada. We’re a community of people who love people: we meet regularly to worship God, to study God’s word, to fellowship together and to care for one another, and reach out to our neighbours across the road and around the world. We seek to serve our Lord Jesus Christ. We welcome you to come and spend Sunday morning with us and experience the warmth and friendliness of a Christ-centered community.
Our church family worships each Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m. We look forward to having you and your children join us, as we have a Sunday School program and Nursery care available. Following the service, we have a Coffee Time in the church hall: a chance to mingle and meet members of our church community. We look forward to welcoming you to our church community in the near future. Come and try us out.
Announcement concerning COVID-19 and St. Andrew’s Church’s Activities and Programs
The church will remain closed indefinitely, following directions from the Ontario Public Health Department. No church programs nor any outside groups will be using the church facility during this time. St. Andrew’s Outreach Program Food Bank will continue to run each Friday under new protocols, to assist the vulnerable in our community while protecting our volunteers.
Should you have an urgent need or a pastoral need, please contact your elder or the church office by phone. The church office will be open Monday through Friday, 9:00-12noon. (905-668-4022)
Continue to keep in touch with our church community by checking our church web-site ( https://worship-with-us.org/) and our church Facebook group (St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Whitby).
Financial Donations to the Church
We are directing people to make financial donations either by mail or online on our church website (button in the top right corner). All donations from the community (either by cheque or on-line) received after the 23rd of March will automatically go towards our Missions and Outreach Foodbank program. Donations (made on-line or by cheque) by congregation members will go to the church’s general fund unless otherwise designated. To designate such donations to go to the Outreach Foodbank program, please send an email to Emily Fern or the church office to inform us of your wishes( firstname.lastname@example.org) . The amount of the donation does not need to be included in your communication.
Sunday Morning On-Line Worship
Or, you may listen to the audio of the service by clicking on the following link at 10:30 am
Palm Sunday Praise
Take some time, either by yourself or with your family in your home, to raise your voices in Palm Sunday praise, by using these links to familiar songs and hymns:
Food Bank Donations Urgently Needed
In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic crisis, we are seeing a significant increase in demand for food from new and repeat visitors to St. Andrew’s Community Outreach Food Bank. We will now be assisting our visitors every Friday(by appt.) Without additional sources of food and funding however, we will not be able to respond meaningfully to this crisis. We would therefore be pleased to receive donations of non-perishable foods or cash to our food bank. Charitable receipts will be provided for cash donations of any amount. Donations may be dropped off at the north door (back door) of the church between Monday and Friday, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. The church office phone number is 905 668-4022.
Please go to the pull-down menu at the top of this page entitled: COVID-19 Resources. Here you will find additional information, support and spiritual encouragement as we meet the challenges of the pandemic.
HOLY WEEK begins Sunday, April 5th
Palm Sunday– Gethsemane, Suffering, Pain (Palm Sunday)
(devotional prepared by Stuart Townend)
The idea of worshipping in the midst of suffering and pain can be an incredibly difficult one. And yet, we are called to be worshippers all the time, in every area of our lives. This does not mean, however, that we try and sideline our pains and struggles when we come to sing together on a Sunday; in fact, the Bible seems to continually encourage us to bring those pains and emotions before God, in all their raw agony and confusion. God is not just the God of Sunday morning songs of adoration; He is also the God who cares enough about our individual pain that He became human and walked an even greater road of suffering than we do. He knows what we feel, not merely sympathetically as an omniscient stranger, but empathetically as the man who was despised, abandoned, brutalised, and unloved. The Psalms, and books like Ecclesiastes and Job, are full of people bringing their suffering and righteous anger to God, asking ‘why, God, are you letting this happen?’ This is an important and legitimate form of worship, and neglecting to do this will only serve to remove those areas of our lives and emotions from our relationship with God. This can all too easily become a dangerous habit.
Jesus wept when he learned that His friend Lazarus had died, even though he then immediately went to raise him from the dead! God doesn’t just say to us ‘you’ll get through this’; he says ‘I know how it feels’, and weeps alongside us. A resolution or a miraculous outcome further down the road does not lessen the integrity of current pain. It is important to remember this in our communal worship, and to sometimes give space for properly embracing and emotionally engaging our congregational voice with the realities of our everyday lives. Holy Week is a time to remember Christ’s pain and suffering in the garden of Gethsemane, but it’s also a time for us to bring our own pain and loss to God, asking God to ‘take this cup from us’, while also ultimately encouraging each other to say ‘yet not our will be done, but his’.
The songs for this Sunday incorporate the themes of Christ’s journey in Holy Week, our own promise from God that He is with us in our suffering and will ultimately deliver us from it, and the power of our Church communities to be there for each other in difficult times.
Matthew 26:36-56 (a passage describing Jesus in Gethsemane)
Songs (sing along with these songs)
Blessed be your name – https://youtu.be/du0il6d-DAk
How deep the Father’s love – https://youtu.be/tzQj7XvKFmA
God, you walked the road of pain far further than any of us ever will. You know us in our sadness, our anger and our frustration. Thank you for becoming like us and sacrificing everything just so we might know you. We pray for those of us in deep anguish and pain, and we ask that you will be with them in the depths of their experience. Thank you that you don’t offer us trite answers, but instead you give us your blood, your humanity, and your peace that is beyond all understanding. Be with us on our journey. Amen.
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