9 Hewitt Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1Y4

Order of Service - September 20, 2020

These things I remember, as I pour out my soul: how I would go with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God with glad shouts and songs of praise, a multitude keeping festival. (Psalm 42:4)

CALL TO WORSHIP

Psalm 84 (ESV)

To the choirmaster: according to TheGittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord  of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
    ever singing your praise! Selah

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
    in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
As they go through the Valley of Baca
    they make it a place of springs;
    the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
    each one appears before God in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
    give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
    look on the face of your anointed!

10 For a day in your courts is better
    than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
    the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
    from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
    blessed is the one who trusts in you!

ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles

OPENING HYMN

Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
Text: Robert Robinson (1758); adapted by Margaret Clarkson; Tune: nettleton

1. Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise His name I'm fixed upon it
Name of God's redeeming love.

2. Hither to Thy love has blest me;
Thou hast bro’t me to this place;
And I know Thy hand will bring me
Safely home by Thy good grace.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
Wandering from the fold of God;
He, to rescue me from danger,
Bought me with His precious blood.

3. Oh, to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be!
Let Thy goodness, like a fetter,
Bind my wandering heart to Thee:
Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
Prone to leave the God I love;
Here's my heart, O take and seal it;
Seal it for Thy courts above. 

CONFESSION OF SIN

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our fellow men, in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry, and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may serve you in newness of life, to the glory of your name. Amen.

CONFESSION OF FAITH

Nicene Creed, AD 381

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, eternally begotten from the Father, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of the same substance as the Father. Through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven; he was incarnate by the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man. He was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate; he suffered, died, and was buried. On the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PASS THE PEACE

SONGS & HYMNS

Hallelujah! What a Saviour! (Man of Sorrows)  
Text: P.P. Bliss (1875)

1. Man of sorrows what a name
For the Son of God, who came
Ruined sinners to reclaim:
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

2. Bearing shame and scoffing rude,
In my place condemned He stood,
Sealed my pardon with His blood:
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

3. Guilty, vile, and helpless we,
Spotless Lamb of God was He;
Full atonement! Can it be?
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

4. Lifted up was He to die,
"It is finished" was His cry;
Now in heaven exalted high:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

5. When He comes, our glorious King,
All His ransomed home to bring,
Then anew this song we'll sing:
Hallelujah, what a Savior!

All Glory Be To Christ the King
Words & Music: Dustin Kensrue © 2012; CCLI # 7008232

1. Should nothing of our efforts stand
No legacy survive
Unless the Lord does raise the house
In vain its builders strive
To you who boast tomorrow’s gain
Tell me what is your life
A mist that vanishes at dawn
All glory be to Christ

(Chorus)
All glory be to Christ our king
All glory be to Christ
His rule and reign we’ll ever sing
All glory be to Christ

2. His will be done His kingdom come
On earth as is above
Who is Himself our daily bread
Praise Him the Lord of love
Let living water satisfy
The thirsty without price
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet
All glory be to Christ (Chorus)

3. When on the day the great I Am
The faithful and the true
The Lamb who was for sinners slain
Is making all things new
Behold our God shall live with us
And be our steadfast light
And we shall e'er his people be
All glory be to Christ (Chorus)

OFFERING

“Here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” (Hebrews 13:14-16)

Offerings can be given electronically by sending an e-transfer to admin@westminsterchapel.ca (with a memo, “tithes & offerings” or “benevolence”) or through Canada Helps (https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/15609). Cheques can be mailed to Westminster Chapel, 9 Hewitt Ave, Toronto ON M6R 1Y4.  

Doxology

Text: Thomas Ken (1674); Tune: old hundredth

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen.

PRAYER

SCRIPTURE

Hebrews 10:19-25

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles

SERMON

"Let Us Hold Fast"

Pastor David

CLOSING HYMN

A Mighty Fortress is Our God
Text: Martin Luther (1529); Translator: Frederick H. Hedge; Tune: ein feste burg

1. A mighty fortress is ourGod,
A bulwark never failing;
Our helper He, amid the flood
Of mortal ills prevailing.
For still our ancient foe
Doth seek to work us woe;
His craft and pow’r are great,
And armed with cruel hate,
On earth is not his equal.

2. Did we in our own strength confide,
Our striving would be losing,
Were not the right Man on our side,
The Man of God's own choosing.
Dost ask who that may be?
Christ Jesus, it is he;
Lord Sabaoth His name,
From age to age the same;
And He must win the battle.

3. And though this world, with devils filled,
Should threaten to undo us,
We will not fear, for God hath willed
His truth to triumph through us.
The prince of darkness grim,
We tremble not for him;
His rage we can endure,
For lo! his doom is sure;
One little word shall fell him.

4. That Word above all earthly powers
No thanks to them abideth;
The Spirit and the gifts are ours
Through Him who with us sideth.
Let goods and kindred go,
This mortal life also;
The body they may kill:
God's truth abideth still;
His kingdom is forever!

BENEDICTION

“The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26)

PERSONAL & FAMILY WORSHIP THIS WEEK

Ø  Focused Reading: Consider John 1 in the light of Genesis chapter 1.  In what ways does John deepen our understanding of creation?  What does this reveal about the connection between creation and redemption in and through the Lord Jesus Christ?

o   Ongoing Reading: Psalms 65-71 and 1 Thessalonians 1-5.

o   Recite and memorize John 1:1-5.

o   Sing "A Mighty Fortress" and pray Psalm 84.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bible Studies & Prayer

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: The Wednesday Evening Bible Study meets at the church at 7:00 p.m. This fall we are beginning a new study in the Book of Revelation. more information, contact Pastor David: david.robinson@westminsterchapel.ca.

Spanish Bible Study:Nuestro estudio tomará lugar después del servicio el día de hoy en el salón de abajo. Continuaremos examinando la interpretación dela Escritura. Para más información por favor contactar a Julian Castaño: julicastano@hotmail.es

Sunday Morning Prayer: Sunday morning prayer meetings take place at 9:15 am in the prayer chapel located just outside of the sanctuary.

Westminster Morning Prayer: Join us for morning prayer via Zoom at 8:00AM (Monday to Saturday). Our morning prayer is 15 minutes and is led by one of our elders. You can find the Zoom link in the church e-newsletter or email the church office: office@westminsterchapel.ca.

Prayer Calendar: We want to encourage the congregation to pray without ceasing (1 Thess 5:17) during these uncertain times. To that end, we've set up a prayer calendar and invite you to sign up to pray at particular times. Our hope is that at any given time, someone from the church is praying. You will be able to view the calendar and see the names of your brothers and sisters who have committed to pray on different days and times. All you need to do is sign for a prayer slot and we will add your name and time to the prayer calendar. The sign-up form and calendar can be found here: (https://www.westminsterchapel.ca/covid-19-prayer). If you have any questions, or need assistance, please email the church office: office@westminsterchapel.ca.

Church Life & Ministry

Sunday Evening Service: Next Sunday (September 27) we will begin gathering again for an evening service at 5:00 p.m. We encourage you to join us as we draw near to the throne of grace and seek to stir up one another in love and good works.

Q&A today: Join us today for a Q&A shortly after the service, where you’ll be able to ask the questions that will help you apply what we are hearing and learning in the sermon each week.

Members Meeting (September 27): Join us after the service for a members meeting in the sanctuary, in which we will provide an update on the school.

Adopt-A-StudentSeptember is here and students are returning to university to begin or continue their education. As Toronto’s universities opt to go online this semester, many students are likely going to feel isolated and spiritually dry for lack of meaningful Christian community. This presents us as a church with an opportunity to come alongside students in fellowship and in prayer. We are looking for families that will be able to host a university student at least once a month for dinner and prayer. If you would like to be part of this program, please sign up at the welcome centre or contact George Simopoulos: george.simopoulos@westminsterchapel.ca

Annual Day of Public Witness for Children Killed by Abortion: Life Chain is held simultaneously in more than 200 locations across Canada each year. The next Life Chain will be on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 2-3 p.m.  Please speak to Pauline Potter (proeleveld@rogers.com) if you want to join us for a quiet hour of prayer and witness.

The Ezra Institute - Worldview + Marketplace Program: Are you a Christian business leader, entrepreneur, or working in the corporate world? Come and discover a deeper appreciation of the Lordship of Christ over the sphere of business and economics. The Ezra Institute is hosting a 3 day ‘Worldview and Marketplace’ program from October 19-21st, where you can connect with like-minded Christian professionals and learn from expert theologians, philosophers and business leaders how freedom in Christ influences the world of work. Lectures will include such topics as ‘Biblical Theology of Work’, ‘Godonomics’, and ‘Rest and Reconciliation’, and will take place at the Ezra Institute’s beautiful 24-acre escarpment farmstead on the Niagara Peninsula. Come and discover value in your work, face your fear of failure, and find your worldview advantage. For more information visit https://www.ezrainstitute.ca/eicc-study-centre/worldview-and-the-marketplace/ or contact Nathan Oblak: noblak@ezrainstitute.ca.

COVENANT GROUPS

As a local church, we’re personally committed to being together and to loving and caring for one another. Our covenant groups are small groups which gather throughout the city to pray, read and discuss Scripture, and support and encourage one another.

Jaan & Barb Medri (High Park)
Time: meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Contact: (medrijaan@yahoo.com)  

James & Mary Glover (West Toronto)
Time: meets every other Monday at 7:00 p.m. Contact: (jamesrglover@yahoo.com; maryrglover@yahoo.com)

Joshua & Tricia Martin (Eglinton/Dufferin)
Time: meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Contact: (joshua.adam.martin@gmail.com)

Mike & Helen Boot (Westminster Chapel)
Time: meets every Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. with a focus on prayer. Contact:(mikerboot@gmail.com)

Russ & Suzie Hiebert (Etobicoke)
Time: meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Contact: (russ@flintls.com; suzie@flintls.com)

Markus & Jeannie Schafer (Downtown)
Time: meets the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Contact: (mhschafer@gmail.com)

Jeff & Emily Stubbs (Scarborough)
Time: meets every other Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Contact: (jeff.emily.stubbs@gmail.com)