9 Hewitt Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 1Y4

Order of Service: October 17, 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 34:1-8 (ESV)

Of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;
    let the humble hear and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
    and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me
    and delivered me from all my fears.
5 Those who look to him are radiant,
    and their faces shall never be ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him
    and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamps
    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!
    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

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

OPENING HYMN

Faith of Our Fathers
Text: Frederick W. Faber; Music: Henry F. Hemy (1849); Tune: st. catherine

1. Faith of our fathers, living still
In spite of dungeon, fire and sword:
O how our hearts beat high with joy
When-e’er we hear that glorious word!

(Refrain)
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death!

2. Our fathers, chained in prisons dark,
Were still in heart and conscience free:
How sweet would be their children’s fate,
If they like them could die for thee! (Refrain)

3. Faith of our fathers, we will strive
To win all nations unto thee,
And thro’ the truth that comes from God,
Mankind shall then be truly free. (Refrain)

4. Faith of our fathers, we will love
Both friend and foe in all our strife:
And preach thee too, as love knows how,
By kindly words and virtuous life. (Refrain)

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, 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

God Moves in a Mysterious Way
Text: William Cowper; (1774); Tune: st. anne

1. God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform.
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.

2. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take
The clouds you so much dread.
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings, on your head.

3. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust Him for His grace.
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

4. His purposes will ripen fast
Unfolding every hour.
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower.

Be Still, My Soul
Text: Kathrina Von Schlegel; Translator: Jane Borthwick (1855); Tune: finlandia

1. Be still, my soul! the Lord is on thy side;
    Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain;
    Leave to thy God to order and provide;
    In ev'ry change He faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul! thy best, thy heav'nly Friend
    Thro’ thorny ways leads to a joyful end.

2. Be still, my soul! thy God doth under take
    To guide the future as He has     the past.
    Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
    All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul! the waves and winds still know
    His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.

3. Be still, my soul! the hour is hast'ning on
    When we  shall be forever with the Lord,
    When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
    Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
    Be still, my soul! when change and tears are past,
    All safe and blessed we shall meet at last

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

Exodus 2

SERMON

“A Leader in the Making”

Pastor Russ

CLOSING HYMN

How Firm a Foundation
Text: Anonymous (1787); Tune: foundation

1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

2. “Fear not, I am with thee; O, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.

3. “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.

4. “The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”

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

Ø Focused Reading: In preparation for next Sunday’s sermon read and reread 1 Corinthians 1 and consider how division and unity in Christ affect a church on mission and her message to the world.

 o  Ongoing Reading: Zechariah 1-7 and Revelation 1-7.

o   Recite and memorize Psalm 29.

o   Sing “Be Still, My Soul” and let Psalm 34 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 first and third Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

James & Mary Glover (West Toronto)
Time: meets the first, third, and fifth Monday of the month 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.

David & Megan Robinson (Jane/St. Clair)
Time: meets the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 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 third Tuesday 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.

Kevin& Margery Topalian (Scarborough)
Time: meets the first and third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

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

Spanish Covenant Group (York Region)
Horario: Viernes a las 7:30 p.m.