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Order of Service - April 5, 2020

This Sunday we are gathering for worship in our homes. Below is an order of service for you to follow. The sermon is posted online in the usual places as well as on this page. Although we are separated this Lord’s Day, let us join with one heart in song and prayer, and let those who have ears hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

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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 118:19-29

Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord;
    the righteous shall enter through it.

21 I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.

22 The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.

23 This is the Lord's doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.

24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
    O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
    We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
    and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
    up to the horns of the altar!

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God; I will extol you.

29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

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OPENING HYMN

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Text: Martin Luther (1529; trans. Frederick H. Hedge, 1852); Tune: EIN FESTE BURG

  1. A mighty fortress is our God,
    a bulwark never failing;
    our helper he, amid the flood
    of mortal ills prevailing.
    For still our ancient foe
    does seek to work us woe;
    his craft and power 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.
    You 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 has 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! 

PASS THE PEACE

HYMN

It Is Well With My Soul

Text:Horatio Gates Spafford (1873); Tune: VILLEDU HAVRE

  1. When peace like a river attendeth my way,
    when sorrows like sea billows roll;
    whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say,
    “It is well, it is well with my soul.”

    Refrain

    It is well with my soul;
    it is well, it is well with my soul.
  2. Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
    let this blest assurance control:
    that Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
    and has shed his own blood for my soul.

    Refrain
  3. My sin oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
    my sin, not in part, but the whole,
    is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more;
    praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

    Refrain
  4. O Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
    the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
    the trump shall resound and the Lord shall descend;
    even so, it is well with my soul. Refrain

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

Psalm 118:1-19

A Song of Ascents.

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
    the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
    Wha tcan man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
    than to trust in princes.
10 
All nations surrounded me;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
11 
They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
12 They surrounded me like bees;
    they went out like a fire among thorns;
    in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
13 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
    but the Lord helped me.
14 
The Lord is my strength and my song;
    he has become my salvation.
15 Glad songs of salvation
    are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
16     the right hand of the Lord exalts,
    the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”
17 
I shall not die, but I shall live,
    and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.

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SCRIPTURE READING

Genesis 11:1-9

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east,they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves,lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said,“Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another's speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

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SERMON

“With God in the Wilderness” - Russ Hiebert

CLOSING HYMN

God Moves in a Mysterious Way

Text: William Cowper (1774);Tune: ST. ANNE (the tune of O God, Our Help in Ages Past)

  1. God moves in a mysterious way
    his wonders to perform;
    he plants his footsteps in the sea,
    and rides upon the storm.
  2. Deep in unfathomable mines
    of never-failing skill
    he treasures up his bright designs,
    and works his sov'reign will.
  3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
    the clouds ye so much dread
    are big with mercy, and shall break
    in blessings on your head.
  4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
    but trust him for his grace;
    behind a frowning providence
    he hides a smiling face.
  5. His purposes will ripen fast,
    unfolding ev’ry hour;
    the bud may have a bitter taste,
    but sweet will be the flow’r.
  6. Blind unbelief is sure to err,
    and scan his work in vain;
    God is his own interpreter,
    and he will make it plain. 

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

  • Read John 13-22
  •  Sing “It Is Well With My Soul”
  • Recite and memorize Questions 86-87 of the Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q.86. What is faith in Jesus Christ?

A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.

Q.87. What is repentance unto life?

A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience. 

  • Pray Psalm 118

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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 signup 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 up for a prayer slot and we will add your name and time to the prayer calendar. (Prayer Slot signup form); (Public Prayer Calendar) If you have any questions, or need assistance, please email the church office.

Community Servant Team: I am sure that many of you are doing well,notwithstanding a little cabin fever. As we look forward into the next few weeks and months, however, we know that may change. We want to be wise and proactive with the time and start thinking through ways we can help one another spiritually and practically in the event that things continue as they are. That is why we are encouraging healthy and able of Westminster Chapel to signup to be part of the community servant team. We are going to need members of the church who will be able to provide help to others in and around their neighborhood. Prayerfully consider being part of the team! Sign up here!

Community Care: There are people all around us who don’t have friends or family to help them during this time. This presents all of us with the responsibility and opportunity to offer help and love those around us. We want to encourage you to interact with neighbours and reach outwith help wherever you can. This is also a great opportunity to share the gospel, as this crisis presents us with a way to explain the reason for the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15). To that end, we have created two fliers(one for the Roncesvalles community and one for the non-Roncesvalles community) offering help to anyone who needs it and we would like you to hand them out to neighbours. If you don't have access to a printer, email the church office and we will mail you a batch of cards.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: The Wednesday Evening Bible Study meets at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom. We're studying the prophecy of Isaiah. For more information,contact Pastor David.

Ladies Bible Study: For the next 11 weeks, we will be doing a Jen Wilkin study called Abide with Me, on 1, 2, and 3 John. There are audio sessions to listen to and a workbook of homework. The audio sessions can be found on a podcast website called Podbay. Scroll all the way to the bottom and you'll see the Abide with Me sessions. We will plan to meet on Zoom on Thursdays at 7:30pm. if you would like to participate in the Zoom meeting each week,contact Brittany Reid. 

Video Testimonies: The Simopoulos family misses you all and wants to encourage you to share the things you're doing during this time of physical distancing that are edifying and could help others. This is an official challenge and we want to see what you can bring. Aim to impress! Email your videos to George Simopoulos. Check out the videos on Westminster Chapel's YouTube channel (coming soon). You'll be able to find the Youtube link on the website (under "News and Notes" on the COVID-19 page) here.

COVID-19: We will be regularly posting news & notes on the website. Please click the red COVID-19 button of the homepage. You’ll also find updates on prayer and community care there, along with the order of service for Sundays and the Sunday School resources.