St. Andrew’s United Church

Announcements for Sunday, April 2, 2017

 

WELCOME TO ST. ANDREW’S

Welcome to St. Andrew’s! We are gathered for worship on the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations and acknowledge their stewardship of this land throughout the ages. Please help yourself to Fair Trade coffee, tea, or water at the back of the Sanctuary before worship. We would appreciate it if you would return your empty cup to the refreshment table before you leave. The washrooms are located downstairs, which are accessible from the stairs off the Narthex (foyer) or the left front side of the Sanctuary. Especially if you are visiting, please join us downstairs in the Friendship Room following worship for conversation and refreshments. We would love to get to know you—and for you to know us!

 

SACRAMENT OF HOLY COMMUNION TODAY

At St. Andrew’s United Church all are welcome to share in the bread and the cup at Christ’s table—adults, youth, children, little ones—visitors, newcomers, members of this congregation or not. Please come forward during communion to one of two stations where you will receive The Bread of Life and The Cup of Love. At the stations left front, you will be offered pre-cut bread (or a flax and gluten-free cracker) and grape juice in a small cup. Please eat the bread and then drink the cup before returning to your seat. At the station right front, you will be offered bread from a common loaf and grape juice from a common cup (dip the bread in the cup and then eat the bread before returning to your seat). If you would like to receive communion at your seat, please let an usher know and the servers will bring the bread and the cup to you.

 

SECOND OFFERING TODAY FOR THE BENEVOLENT FUND

On communion Sundays, when we are blessed with sharing the Sacrament of Communion at Christ’s table, we remember those less fortunate than us. And so we take a second offering for the Benevolent Fund as we leave worship, a fund used at the discretion of the minister to provide financial assistance to North Shore neighbours facing an emergency situation or struggling to make ends meet. A dollar or two or even some loose change will make a huge difference in someone’s life. Thank you for your generosity.

 

HOLY WEEK SERVICES AT ST. ANDREW’S

Sun. April 9, 10 am Palm Sunday

Sun. April 9, 4 pm Taizé-style contemplative candlelight service

Fri. April 14, 10 am Fauré’s Requiem performed by St. Andrew’s Choir and Chamber Orchestra

Fri. April 14, 7 pm Contemplative Evening of Sung Prayer with Cathy Hardy, Soul Care Music

Sun. April 16, 10 am Easter Sunday with guest musician Paul McEwen (trumpet)

 

RESPOND FAITHFULLY TO THE TRANS MOUNTAIN PIPELINE DECISION

The United Church has worked on ecological issues for more than 40 years. Since 2012, the United Church crest has included the Mohawk words Akwe Nia’Tetewá:neren, meaning “All My Relations.” These words capture a crucial principle for the church: that all of creation is connected, and that we have a responsibility to respect all with whom we share the earth—other people, other beings, the lands and the water.

 

Throughout 2016, the National Energy Board held hearings into proposed pipelines that will carry oil from the oil sands. Despite opposition from Indigenous leaders, environmental groups, and community advocates, the government approved the Trans Mountain (Kinder Morgan) pipeline on November 29, 2016. In the same announcement, the government also approved an expansion of Line 3, but said it would not approve the Northern Gateway Pipeline.

 

“We fail to see how Canada will be able to fulfill its fair share of carbon emission reductions under the [COP 21] Paris Agreement, as the Trans Mountain Pipeline increases emissions,” wrote Moderator Jordan Cantwell in a letter to United Church members and communities of faith. The Moderator is also concerned about the implications of Trans Mountain to Canada’s commitment to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP),  as well as the path forward to a just transition for those working in the fossil fuel industry.

 

The most important thing you can do is Take Action.

  1. Pray for creation, for reconciliation, and for all—especially the most vulnerable and marginalized among us—who are impacted by this decision.
  2. Write to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to express your concern about the Trans Mountain pipeline decision. Feel free to use the Moderator’s letter as a model (visit www.theunitedchurchofcanada.ca), but use your own words to craft a personal missive. If possible, send your letter by post rather than as an e-mail.
  3. Share this Take Action on your social media networks. Use the hashtags #UCCan, #UNDRIP, #EPIC, #TransMountain, #pipeline.
  4. Participate in solidarity and awareness-raising events in the coming days and weeks. Watch the United Action for Justice and Indigenous Justice and Residential Schools Facebook pages for further updates.
  5. Attend Earth Day events at St. Andrew’s on Sat. April 22 and learn how you can work with community advocates such as Dogwood to change the Trans Mountain pipeline decision.

 

WORD OF LIGHT: JOHN’S GOSPEL IN THE FLESH

The gospels were originally meant to be heard, not read! Angus Stuart’s one-man performance of the entire Gospel according to St. John will engage you with the text and flow of the gospel narrative, making a wonderful way to begin Holy Week 2017. Date and time: Mon. April 10 from 7:30 – 9:30 pm. Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 690 Burrard Street at the corner of Georgia and Burrard Streets in downtown Vancouver.  Suggested donation: $20. Proceeds to benefit the ministries of Christ Church Cathedral and St. Francis-in-the-Wood Anglican Church in West Vancouver.

 

GRATITUDE…

… to Kit Bjornson, teachers and students from Carson Graham Secondary School for preparing and serving a delicious dinner on Friday night to about 80 community guests in the Friendship Room (co-sponsored by St. Andrew’s United Church and the Northern Light Civil Society);

… to Jeannie Holt, Anne Kaario, Lesley Appel and Pam and Angus Mitchell for finding rental accommodation for our two refugee families, then transforming both houses into welcoming homes;

… to Evelyn Dreiling and Anette Bokic for setting up the Friendship Room for the community lunch while Alcuin students were on spring break the past two Thursdays;

… to you for all you do to make ministry happen at St. Andrew’s!

 

THIS WEEK AT ST. ANDREW’S

Sun. April 2, 12 – 4 pm St. Andrew’s Choir and Orchestra Rehearsal (Sanctuary)

Mon. April 3, 9 am – 1 pm Open Sanctuary for prayer/meditation

Mon. April 3, 10 – 11:30 am Bible Study (Minister’s office)

Mon. April 3, 1:30 pm North Shore Hospice Yoga (Sanctuary)

Mon. April 3, 6 pm Mindfulness Awareness Meditation (Sanctuary)

Tues. April 4, 9 am – 1 pm Open Sanctuary for prayer/meditation

Tues. April 4, 1 – 3:30 pm WHIST, hosted by the United Church Women (Rainbow Room)

Wed. April 5, 9 am – 1 pm Open Sanctuary for prayer/meditation

Wed. April 5, 2:30 – 3:30 pm Sandwich-making for First United (Community Kitchen)

Wed. April 5, 7 – 8:30 pm Lenten Spiritual Practice (Sanctuary)

Thurs. April 6, 10 am – noon St. Andrew’s Drop-in/Bread Ministry (Rainbow Room)

Thurs. April 6, noon – 1 pm St. Andrew’s Community Lunch (Friendship Room)

Thurs. April 6, 7:30 – 9:30 pm St. Andrew’s Choir Practice (Sanctuary)

Fri. April 7, 9 am – 1 pm Open Sanctuary for prayer/meditation

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