A Warm Welcome Awaits You!



March 26th, 2023

Fifth Sunday in Lent

Welcome and Announcements  (10:30 am)


Prelude: Meditation on “Covenater’s Tune”          R. Elmore

Solo: O Holy Father          Mascagni    Soloist:   Michelle Vanderheide

Greeting and Call to Worship

The day is here to affirm a new covenant.

   We call on God’s steadfast love and mercy.

God’s law will be written on our hearts.

   We are eager to know the God who loves us.

God offers us the joy of salvation.

   We are open to the new and right spirit God offers.

 Hymn  #194: Come, let us to the Lord our God

Prayer of Adoration and Confession

Assurance of Pardon

Hymn  #372: Praise him, Jesus our blessed Redeemer

Prayer of Illumination

Almighty God,

your Son came into the world

to free us from sin and death.

Breathe upon us the power of your Spirit

that we may be raised to new life in Christ

and serve you in righteousness all our days.

We ask this in Christ's name.


Hebrew Scriptures             Jeremiah 31:31-34

Responsive Reading           Psalm 25:1-10

To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

O my God, in you I trust;

     do not let me be put to shame;

     do not let my enemies exult over me.

Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame;

let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

Make me to know your ways, O Lord;

     teach me your paths.


Lead me in your truth, and teach me,

for you are the God of my salvation;

     for you I wait all day long.

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,

for they have been from of old.

     Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;

     according to your steadfast love remember me,

     for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!

Good and upright is the Lord;

therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

He leads the humble in what is right,

     and teaches the humble his way.


All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,

     for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.

Epistle                                Romans 5:1-5

Gospel                               Matthew 11:28-30

Sermon                   “Heart to Heart”

Ministry of Music:Let us Love    McDonald

Duet: Michelle Vanderheide and Fred Koskamp

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession

 Offering:Chorale on “St. Peter”            Hylton Stewart

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

Hymn  #363: All hail the power of Jesus’ name


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:Heaven Came Down       J. Peterson


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!

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.

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 Services are held at 10:30 am

In-Person Services:

Located at 25 St. Andrew Street, with limited free parking behind the Church (off of Church Street), as well as adjacent street parking. Fellowship Time takes place before (9:45 am) and after Services with light refreshments served.

Online Services:

Livestreamed on Facebook Live and can be found by clicking on the "Find us on Facebook" tab at the top of this page, and then by clicking "Like".


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!