A Warm Welcome Awaits You!


St Andrews Presbyterian Church

November 27th, 2022

First Sunday of Advent

Memorial Tree Service


Welcome and Announcements:  (10:30 am)

Prelude:  on “Deep River”   arr. E. Rocherolle


Call to Worship

Advent is here. We are at the beginning.

   We wait for God, who comes with justice and righteousness.

Advent is here. A new church year begins.

   We wait for God, who comes with healing and hope.

Advent is here. It is time to worship.

   We worship our God, who comes to fulfill His promises. 


Hymn   # 110: “Come thou long-expected Jesus”


Prayers of the People


The Lord’s Prayer (“trespasses”)


Lighting the Advent Candle of Hope  (Heather & Don Racher)



Psalm 23 (in Unison see insert)

John 11:20-27

Hebrews 11:1-16, 12:1-3


Sermon: Rev. Margaret Smart


Ministry of Music “On Eagles Wings”   Soloist Gail Selkirk


Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession


Offertory: Wem in Leidenstagen         P. Hurford


Doxology #661  We Give Thee but Thine Own


Hymn: “To Those Who Came Before Me” (in unison see insert)

Blessing of the Poinsettias


In Memoriam: The Reading of the Names


Lighting of the Candle of Hope


Moment of Quiet Reflection


Prayer (in Unison):

Please Lord take my hand, as the road I travel is sometimes very long. Help me remember that I am not alone, that You are with me, one step at a time. Let me remember that others have traveled with You by their side through this same darkness. By Your grace and mercy let me reach a point where something, or someone, begins to help and there is a glimmer of hope. The path is marked with footprints where others have passed through and found Your peace at last. Amen.


Anthem : A Thousand Candles         E. Kohler


Lighting of Memorial Tree


Prayer (in Unison):

May Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love bless us, and the Light of Christ shine within us always. Amen. 


Hymn  # 119: “Hope is a Star”

Benediction and Parting Hymn:  “Go Now in Peace”

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:     Oraison                         Bedard

Psalm 23

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:

he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;

thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.





To Those Who Came Before Me


To those who came before me in seasons long ago,

To those who are the loved ones that I have yet to know,

To those whose noble names I bear, whose light within me burns,

To them in gratitude shall my heart be turned.


To those whose lives of courage prepared the way for me,

Whose works became my heritage, whose harvest I may reap,

Who left for me a legacy that I have yet to earn.

To them in gratitude shall my heart be turned.


To those who came before me in days and years long past,

To those who are the family that I shall know at last,

Who laid a sure foundation for the truth that I have learned

To them in gratitude shall my heart be turned

St. Andrew’s Congregation “In Memoriam” 2022


Let us remember together those whom we have loved and lost this past year, and rejoice that they dwell secure in God’s eternal care:


Eleanor Rupert, December 29, 2021

Oliver Zorgdrager February 25, 2022

Fred Wolfe May 7, 2022

Dorothy Zorgdrager June 17, 2022

Lorene Donaldson  June 19, 2022

Violet Bird September 4, 2022

Bill Ellison September 12, 2022

Jim Bird October 1, 2022

Jean Jenner October 8, 2022

Geraldine Baumbach November 17,2022


The PCW would like to invite the ladies of the

congregation to join us for our Christmas dinner Lunch at the Queens Hotel on December 6th at 1:00. The cost of the meal is $25 . Please let Jean Edmonds (519-272-9682) know by November 29th if you would like to go .

                  MEMORIAL TREE SERVICE

             SUNDAY NOVEMBER 28, 2021

The poinsettias dedicated today are placed




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Thank-you 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!