9 Hewitt Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1Y4

Order of Service - January 24, 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 36:5-10 (ESV)

Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you save, O Lord.

How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light.

10 Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
    and your righteousness to the upright of heart!

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

OPENING HYMN

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

1. Come Thou fount of ev'ry 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 the mount I'm fixed upon it
Mount of Thy redeeming love

2. Here I raise mine Ebenezer
Hither by Thy help I'm come
And I hope by Thy good pleasure
Safely to arrive at home
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wand'ring from the fold of God
He to rescue me from danger
Interposed His precious blood

3. O to grace how great a debtor
Daily I'm constrained to be
Let Thy grace Lord like a fetter
Bind my wand'ring heart to Thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it
Prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart Lord 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

Before the Throne of God Above
Text & Music: Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook; © 1997; CCLI# 2306412

1. Before the throne of God above
I have a strong and perfect plea
A great HighPriest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heav'n He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart
No tongue can bid me thence depart

2. When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Saviour died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me
To look on Him and pardon me

3. Behold Him there the risen Lamb
My perfect spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I Am
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased with His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Saviour and my God
With Christ my Saviour and my God

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

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. Please include your email address for tax receipt purposes if you are new to the church.

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 (ESV)

John 5:1-18

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time ,he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

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

SERMON

“Resting in the Work of Christ"

Pastor David

CLOSING HYMN

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

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; 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: Read and reread John 5:16-30. Given the context of these verses, what does Jesus mean when he says, “whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24)?

o  Ongoing Reading: Ecclesiastes 1-7 and Matthew 16-23.

o   Recite and memorize 1 Peter 1:6-9.

o   Sing “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” and pray Psalm 36.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Bible Studies & Prayer

Wednesday Evening Bible Study: The Wednesday Evening Bible Study meets at the church at 7:00 p.m. We are studying the Book of Revelation. For more information, contact Pastor David: david.robinson@westminsterchapel.ca.

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. Contact the church office for the Zoom link: 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/ministries/prayer-intercession). If you have any questions, or need assistance, please email the church office: office@westminsterchapel.ca.

Church Life & Ministry

Evangelism Training – Tuesdays at 5:00 pm (Zoom): This winter, we will be going through Christianity Explored, a resource to help explain Christian truths. As we go through this eight-part series, you’ll learn what questions weigh on people's hearts, how to respond to objections, and you’ll be equipped to use Christianity Explored as a tool to share Christ with others! Join the Zoom meeting by visiting this link: http://p2c.sh/westminster. If you have any questions, or would like to be involved, contact George Simopoulos (george.simopoulos@westminsterchapel.ca).

Numbered Envelopes for 2021 tithes and offerings are now available. If you would like a set of numbered envelopes, or to arrange for a pick up, please contact the church office: office@westminsterchapel.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 first and third 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)

Joe & Jenny Boot (Burlington)
Time: meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Contact: (j.boot@sympatico.ca)