9 Hewitt Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1Y4

Order of Service: April 11, 2021

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 66:1-4 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.

1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
  sing the glory of his name;
    give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
    So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you
    and sings praises to you;
    they sing praises to your name.” 

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

OPENING HYMN

Psalm 100 (Praise to the Lord the Almighty)
Text: The Book of Psalms for Worship © 2009; Tune: lobe den herren

1. All earth, with joy, to the LORD come with loud voices ringing.
With gladness serve the LORD; come to Him joyfully singing.
The LORD is God,
Know that He made us His own.
We are the sheep of His pasture.

2. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, to His courts come praising.
To Him be thankful, and bless His name, your voices raising.
The LORD is good;
His loving kindness endures,
His faithfulness lasts forever.

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

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.

CONFESSION OF FAITH

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, theGiver 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

There is a Fountain
Text: William Cowper (1772), Music: Edwin O. Excell, Lowell Mason

1. There is a fountain filled with blood
Drawn from Immanuel's veins
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
Lose all their guilty stains
And sinners plunged beneath that flood
Lose all their guilty stains

2. The dying thief rejoiced to see
That fountain in his day
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
Wash all my sins away
And there may I though vile as he
Wash all my sins away

3. Dear dying Lamb Thy precious blood
Shall never lose its pow'r
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more
Be saved to sin no more
Till all the ransomed Church of God
Be saved to sin no more

(Bridge)
Deep and wide, deep and wide
There’s a fountain flowing, deep and wide
Deep and wide, deep and wide
There’s a fountain flowing, deep and wide

4. E'er since by faith I saw the stream
Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
And shall be till I die
Redeeming love has been my theme
And shall be till I die

Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor
Text & Music: Matthew Boswell, Matthew Papa © 2015; CCLI # 7045331

1. Christ the sure and steady anchor
In the fury of the storm
When the winds of doubt blow through me
And my sails have all been torn

In the suffering in the sorrow
When my sinking hopes are few
I will hold fast to the anchor
It shall never be removed

2. Christ the sure and steady anchor
While the tempest rages on
When temptation claims the battle
And it seems the night has won

Deeper still then goes the anchor
Though I justly stand accused
I will hold fast to the anchor
It shall never be removed

3. Christ the sure and steady anchor
Through the floods of unbelief
Hopeless somehow O my soul now
Lift your eyes to Calvary

This my ballast of assurance
See His love forever proved
All my hope is in the anchor
It shall never be removed

4. Christ the sure and steady anchor
As we face the wave of death
When these trials give way to glory
As we draw our final breath

We will cross that great horizon
Clouds behind and life secured
And the calm will be the better
For the storms that we endured

(Refrain)
Christ the shore of our salvation, ever faithful ever true
We will hold fast to the anchor, it shall never be removed

There is a Redeemer
Text & Music: Melody Green; © 1982; CCLI # 11483

1. There is a Redeemer Jesus God's own Son
Precious Lamb of God Messiah Holy One

(Chorus)
Thank You O my Father
For giving us Your Son
And leaving Your Spirit
Till the work on earth is done

2. Jesus my Redeemer name above all names
Precious Lamb of God Messiah
O for sinners slain

3. When I stand in glory I will see His face
There I'll serve my King forever, in that holy place

PRAYER

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). If you are new to the church, please include your email address so that we can get in touch with you for tax receipt information. 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.

SCRIPTURE

John 8:31-59

31 So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered him, “We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, ‘You will become free’?”

34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. 35 The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. 37 I know that you are offspring of Abraham; yet you seek to kill me because my word finds no place in you. 38 I speak of what I have seen with my Father, and you do what you have heard from your father.”

39 They answered him, “Abraham is our father.” Jesus said to them, “If you were Abraham's children, you would be doing the works Abraham did, 40 but now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. This is not what Abraham did. 41 You are doing the works your father did.” They said to him, “We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father—even God.” 42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me. 43 Why do you not understand what I say? It is because you cannot bear to hear my word. 44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 But because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Which one of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me? 47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

48 The Jews answered him, “Are we not right in saying that you are a Samaritan and have a demon?” 49 Jesus answered, “I do not have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me. 50 Yet I do not seek my own glory; there is One who seeks it, and he is the judge. 51 Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps my word, he will never see death.” 52 The Jews said to him, “Now we know that you have a demon! Abraham died, as did the prophets, yet you say, ‘If anyone keeps my word, he will never taste death.’ 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham, who died? And the prophets died! Who do you make yourself out to be?” 54 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’ 55 But you have not known him. I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, I would be a liar like you, but I do know him and I keep his word. 56 Your fatherAbraham rejoiced that he would see my day. He saw it and was glad.” 57 So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?”58 Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” 59 So they picked up stones to throw at him, but Jesus hid himself and went out of the temple.

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

SERMON

“Free Indeed”

Pastor Russ

CLOSING HYMN

Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah
Text: William Williams (1745); Translator: Peter Williams (1771); Tune: cwm rhondda

1. Guide me O Thou great Jehovah
Pilgrim through this barren land
I am weak but Thou art mighty
Hold me with Thy pow'rful hand
Bread of heaven Bread of heaven
Feed me now and ever more, feed me now and ever more

2. Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow
Let the fiery cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through
Strong Deliverer strong Deliverer
Be Thou still my strength and shield
Be Thou still my strength and shield

3. When I tread the verge of Jordan
Bid my anxious fears subside
Death of death and hell's destruction
Land me safe on Canaan's side
Songs of praises songs of praises
I will ever give to Thee, I will ever give to Thee

BENEDICTION

“The LORD bless you and keep you; theLORD 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

Ø  Focused Reading: Our sermon next week will be on John 9:1-23. Read and reread these verses. In particular, consider what Jesus says in verse 4: "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work."

o   Ongoing Reading: Isaiah 58-66 and John 15-22.

o   Recite and memorize Psalm 30.

o   Sing “Psalm 100” and let Psalm 66 guide your prayers.

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. If you would like to join a covenant group, please contact the church office.

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

James & Mary Glover (West Toronto)
Time: meets every other Monday at 7:00 p.m.

Joshua & Tricia Martin (Eglinton/Dufferin)
Time: meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

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

Russ & Suzie Hiebert (Etobicoke)
Time: meets the first and thirdTuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

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

Joe & Jenny Boot (Burlington)
Time: meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.