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  • Sermons
    God if we appreciate the fact that God is also our Judge and that we stand in need of a Saviour Advent self examination prepares us for Christmas joy If Christmas emphasizes the good news that the Saviour has come then Advent emphasizes the fact that God s judgment is impending hence all the admonitions to keep alert and stay awake God judges us not according to how we measure up against the neighbours but according to the standard of the perfect humanity seen in Jesus Christ God will judge us according to how far we have progressed with the task God has left for us to do The good news is that God s judgment cannot be separated from his salvation Jesus reveals both truth and grace For the scripture reading and full sermon text click here The Waiting Game Preached on November 27 2005 This sermon is about the counter cultural challenge which the season of Advent presents to the church to wait in a world addicted to instant gratification The focus of Advent is on expecting Christ s first and second coming Between these two advents of Christ our instructions are to pray to work and to watch activities which relate more to the absence of Christ than to his presence The Lord s Supper expresses the tension between the already and the not yet by giving us a Christ who is really present in and through the bread and the wine yet who is also really absent or not yet fully present since the whole meal is aimed at increasing our appetite for the marriage supper of the Lamb For the scripture reading and full sermon text click here God and money Preached on November 20 2005 This sermon is about the rich young man who is unable to relinquish his possessions to become Jesus follower The rich young man looks like a good candidate for discipleship earnest and upright but he lacks one thing an open handedness with respect to his wealth What this really indicates about him is 1 a lack of faith or willingness to rely totally on God and 2 a lack of love for his neighbour beyond what is required of him by law Such faith and love are gifts of the Spirit They signal our maturity in the Christ God is in control of our maturation what is impossible for mortals is possible for God But he does use challenges to move us from stage to stage in that process What is God challenging us to commit What do our spending habits reveal about the directions in which our hearts are already committed For the scripture reading and full sermon text click here Deliver us from Evil Preached on November 13 2005 This sermon looks at the horrifying picture of the end times violence which Jesus draws in Mark 13 Some of what he predicts eg the destruction of the temple can be seen as accomplished in the first century

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  • Banner Events
    Westminster St Paul s Presbyterian Church Link to Alpha website Westminster St Paul s Presbyterian Church Copyright 2003 2015 Westminster St Paul s

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  • Thinking of Marriage?
    they will be asked to remain outside Appearing in such a state does not show respect for the venue Moreover in worship God meets with us person to Person we cannot meet with God properly when our personhood is de centred by mind altering substances Marriage is good God invented it So what is the interest of the church in the matter of marriage Christians and Jews have always believed that marriage is a good thing because it was invented by God God as our creator is in the best position to know us to know both our purpose and what will please us God is interested in giving us joy He is also interested in our fulfilling our purpose which is to know him and to be a blessing to the world in which he places us By creating humankind in two sexes uniquely suited for one another God wished both to bless his human creatures with joy and to help them fulfill their purpose God uses marriage to give us joy Thanks be to God There is joy in finding another who is suited to us one who is bone of our bone and flesh of our flesh and for whom we are prepared to leave our parents and cleave for life see the Bible Genesis chapter 2 verses 18 25 and Matthew 19 verses 3 6 The church testifies that when we find such a person it is the gift of God and God is to be thanked Your marriage service at Westminster St Paul s would reflect that God uses marriage to help us fulfil our purpose Marriage is also given to us by God as a help toward fulfilling our human purpose a of knowing God and b of blessing the earth Marriage helps us to know God by reflecting God s character How does marriage help us to know God God is revealed in the Scriptures as a God of steadfast love see the Bible Psalm 25 verses 6 7 Psalm 100 verse 5 Psalm 103 verse 17 and many other places and also as a jealous God see the Bible Deuteronomy chapter 4 verse 24 chapter 5 verse 9 chapter 6 verse 15 Zechariah chapter 8 verse 2 and many other places When you marry in a church you undertake to enter a kind of relationship which will interpret both to the two of you and to anyone else who may be watching the kind of character God has and the nature of his relationship with us God God should hear your thanksgiving for the joy you have found and the prayers of the church for your support as a married couple The music in the wedding service as well as the spoken words will convey this The minister and church organist will be happy to help in the selection of appropriate music Secular love songs are not appropriate God s speech will come to you in both the scripture readings and the

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  • Worship
    organ and piano Once a month usually the second Sunday the congregation gathers at about 10am to sing hymns during the half hour prior to worship The church uses the hymn book of the Presbyterian Church in Canada 1998 edition but has recently acquired a copyright license which will enable a wider selection of music to be used and perhaps eventually for a book of the congregation s own favourites to be compiled The choir under the direction of Carolyn Milke consists of some 20 voices Singers are welcome in every section as are singers who wish to augment the choir during the Advent and Christmas season Choir rehearsals are Thursdays at 7 30 in the sanctuary Those wishing to join just for the Advent and Christmas season can join the rehearsal at 8 15 during the months of November and December Fellowship Those who worship with us often remark that Westminster St Paul s is a friendly community with lots of opportunities for fellowship especially fellowship involving food There is tea and coffee or a cold drink in summer following the service each week and on the first Sunday of the month a full scale luncheon is provided through the food donations of congregation During November s fellowship luncheon the congregation enjoyed a slide presentation from two members of the congregation Nick and June Kaethler who have recently returned from a couple of years of teaching English in China with China Education Exchange a ministry of the Mennonite Central Committee It is hoped that during our fellowship luncheons from time to time we can hear from members or guests about the kinds of ministry they are involved in A t December s fellowship luncheon we will be joined by a representative of the Canadian Bible Society to tell us

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  • Worship Study
    Westminster St Paul s Presbyterian Church Westminster St Paul s Presbyterian Church Copyright 2003 2015 Westminster St Paul s

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  • Vacation Bible School
    that God s love is kind Jesus showed the kindness of God when he helped a sick girl Jairus daughter On Wednesday we ll learn that God s love is caring Jesus showed God s care when he spoke with a Samaritan woman at a well O n Thursday we ll learn that God s love is forgiving Jesus showed God s forgiveness when he forgave Zacchaeus a tax collector On Friday we ll learn that God s love is forever Jesus died but he also rose again and lives forever so his love never ends In addition to these characters from the Bible kids will meet Captain Cooky whose great grandfather Graham Cracker Cooky first landed on the SonTreasure Island and buried a treasure Will Captain Cooky s friends Brad Krumbs Pearl Shellfish and Coco Banana figure out how to read the map and find the treasure Each day kids will enjoy SonTreasure island sports crafts theme activities and a tropical treat at snack time And the music has that cool Calypso beat mon There are only 50 places available so register now To register mail or bring one of these forms registration and Health Info to the church

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  • Organist - Choir Director
    Minister s will select hymns organist usually selects anthems Participate in regular meetings of the Worship Group Select and purchase choir music in collaboration with the Worship Group which is suited to the blended worship style of the congregation and the strengths of the choir Prepare a music budget proposal annually and an annual report Play for weddings and funerals held at the church Personal schedule will be considered Rehearse as needed with individuals small groups and instrumentalists Promote encourage and support the use during services of a variety of instruments and music groups e g vocal or instrumental soloists ensembles trios choirs who may or may not be regular choir members Provide accompaniment for intra mural congregational events or church group meetings where there is music Personal schedule will be considered Be available to play for extra mural services conducted as a ministry of outreach from Westminster St Paul s to the community e g nursing home services or as an ecumenical venture Personal schedule will be considered Arrange for a competent substitute organist for absences due to vacation continuing education leave of absence and when possible illness Arrange in collaboration with the minister s and Worship Group for others to carry on a ministry of music during period e g the summer months when the choir is on holiday Be supportive of other musical bodies e g a junior choir a hand bell choir should any such arise within the congregation by acting as their leader or as a resource to their leader s Keep a record of the hymns including numbers and names of tunes and anthems used each week and file music Care for and arrange maintenance for the musical instruments with appropriate approval ORGANIST CHOIR DIRECTOR TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT Hours of work This part time

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  • Sermons
    Paul s Presbyterian Church You will require Acrobat Reader to view the Sermons Its a free plug in from Adobe Westminster St Paul s Presbyterian Church Copyright 2003 2015 Westminster

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