A Warm Welcome Awaits You!


St Andrews Presbyterian Church

January 29th, 2023

 Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany


Welcome and Announcements


Prelude: on “On eagles Wings” arr. M. Joncos

 Choir: Creator of the Stars of Night     Raabe

Greeting and Call to Worship

Gather before God, people of the Covenant.

   God has summoned us to this place.

We believe that God will speak to us here.

   We come as willing and faithful servants. 

Let your steadfast love, O God, be upon us.

   We await empowerment for faithful living. 

Hymn  #438: When morning gilds the skies

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Hymn  #435: All things bright and beautiful

Prayer of Illumination

God of all Creation,

whose presence in our lives we celebrate,

lead us to deeper faith, fuller trust, and greater service.

In doing so, may our worries decrease,

our confidence in You increase,

and our joy be made complete,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Hebrew Scriptures         Isaiah 43:1-7

Responsive Reading     Psalm 34:1-8

Psalm 34:1-8

I will bless the Lord at all times;

     his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

     let the humble hear and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me,

     and let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me,

     and delivered me from all my fears.

Look to him, and be radiant;

     so your faces shall never be ashamed.

This poor soul cried, and was heard by the Lord,

     and was saved from every trouble.

The angel of the Lord encamps

around those who fear him,

     and delivers them.

O taste and see that the Lord is good;

     happy are those who take refuge in him.

Epistle                   Philippians 4:4-9

Gospel                   Matthew 6:25-34

Sermon:      “Offering Your Worry to God”

Ministry of Music:The Lord is My Light  Allitsen

Soloist, Fred Koskamp

 Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

Offering: Variations on Madrid      D. Bedard

 Doxology  # 661: We give thee but thine own (v.1)

Hymn  #650: He leadeth me


Parting Hymn “Go Now In Peace”   (Besig/Price)

Go now in peace, never be afraid;

God will go with you each hour of every day.

Go now in faith, steadfast, strong, and true;

Know He will guide you in all you do.

Go now in love, and show you believe;

Reach out to others so all the world can see.

God will be there, watching from above;

Go now in peace, in faith, and in love.

Amen. Amen. Amen.

Postlude: Rigaudon (Idomenee)    A. Campra


Birthday Celebration

The family of Jerry Richards would like to invite you to a drop in celebration for Jerry’s 90th Birthday.

Date: February 5, 2023. Time: 2-5pm, Location: Stratford Legion, 804 Ontario St. Stratford, Unit B1. Best wishes only but if you wish a donation to the Food Bank would be appreciated.

***********************************************Free Sunday Bus Service

There is a free bus service to Sunday worship at St. Andrew's for those in the Stratford area. If you wish to use the bus, please call the Office at St. Andrew's at (519) 271-5668 to book a ride. The deadline for booking or cancelling (if you have a weekly scheduled pick up) is 12 noon on the Friday prior to the Sunday you wish to attend. Please note that the bus has a wheelchair lift and if requested has a wheelchair on the bus.


Volunteers Needed

As we seek to reclaim more of the things we used to do pre-pandemic at St. Andrew's (passing of the Collection Plates during Service, pre-and-post Service refreshments and fellowship, etc.) we will need volunteers to see that this happens, and continues to happen. If you can volunteer your time (even part time) as an Usher or Greeter, or lend a hand with fellowship time, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Nancy McKenzie to let her know of your availability. Many thanks for considering it!

***********************************************Sunday Coffee Time
Just a reminder that Sunday Coffee Time has resumed here at St. Andrew’s, both before and after Service. Before Service fellowship begins around 9:45 am and After Service fellowship begins immediately following worship downstairs in McCullough Hall. All are warmly invited!

Special Congregational Meeting

At a recent meeting, the Session of St. Andrew's approved the hiring of a consultancy group called Strive! to help St. Andrew's create a strategic plan for our future. Consequently, on Sunday, February 5th a special Congregational Meeting will be held downstairs in the Fellowship Hall following worship. The purpose of this meeting is for the Congregation to consider and approve the release of Foundation funds for this expenditure. Please plan on attending this important meeting as we plan for our future at St. Andrew's.


Annual Congregational Meeting

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will take place on February 26th downstairs in the Fellowship Hall following Service and lunch. Please mark your calendars and plan on attending this important meeting in the Life and Mission Work of St. Andrew's.










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Please note that the Communion Service this Sunday, February 5th at 10:30 am will be ONLINE ONLY, as Rev. Mark has Covid. Also, the Congregational Meeting originally scheduled for this Sunday has been postponed until Sunday, February 26th. Sorry for this inconvenience, and God bless.


For those who have so kindly asked how they can financially support the ongoing work of St. Andrew's, there are four simple options:

(1) E-Transfer: If you bank online, a no-fee E-Transfer may be sent to:

[email protected]

(2) Website: Please click on this link to our Church Website (www.standrewsstratford.ca) and in the upper-right hand corner you will notice a button that says, “Donate”. Click on that button and it will take you to a charitable website called Canada Helps. Fill in the required information, click on the “Complete Donation Now” button, and a charitable tax-receipt will be sent to your email address. Both our website and the Canada Helps website are secure.

(3) PAR (Pre-Authorized Remittance): Please click on this link (www.presbyterian.ca/p…/pre-authorized-remittance-par-program) which will direct you to the National Church's website and an enrolment form which can be completed and mailed to the church (with a voided cheque) at the address below.

(4) Cheque: If you wish to donate by cheque, please mail your offering to:

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
25 St. Andrew Street
Stratford, ON
N5A 1A2

Charitable tax receipts will be issued for the 2022 year.

Many thanks and may God bless you richly for your generosity of heart and hand!