WORSHIP ONLINE – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2020

TIME: 11:00 – 11:45 AM
VIA VIDEO OR PHONE CONFERENCE

SUNDAY WORSHIP ONLINE: SEPTEMBER 20, 2020 AT 11:00 – 11:45 AM

Dear friends, 

 We invite you to join us Sunday morning for our worship service online. You can join in as early as 10:30am to ensure you are properly logged in and for a time of fellowship, before we begin our service at 11:00am. Please state your name at the beginning of logging in. We encourage you to forward this email to friends and family who may want to join our online service. The login information is updated each week.

The Ministerial Team and the Board of Elders/Administrative Board
Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)

JOIN US VIA VIDEO OR PHONE CONFERENCE

We will continue to provide the login information each week by e-mail/phone. If you, or someone you know, would like to join the distribution list, please click here or contact Rev. Ann Stainton at hillcrest@bellnet.ca or 416-433-7997.

ORDER OF WORSHIP

You are encouraged to prepare a piece of bread and juice and we will partake in Communion together.

16th Sunday after Pentecost A
September 20, 2020

Hymn Sing: Shema Dizon

Welcome and Announcements: Nicole Delos-Reyes

Gathering Music: Erika Steffer

Call to Worship: Nicole Delos-Reyes

Invocation

Scripture Reading: Karen Bowen
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45, Philippians 1: 21-30
Response to the Word
Karen: The Word of God for the People of God.
Congregation: Thanks be to God.

Sermon: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy
Text: Matthew 20: 1-16
Meditation: God’s Generosity

Special Music: Erika Steffer

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer (recited)

The Offering: 
Invitation to Stewardship: Nicole Delos-Reyes
We invite you to continue with your tithes and offering through one of the options below. We know many of you are facing challenges due to COVID-19 and offer understanding for any decision you make.

  1. Online through our page on Canada Helps
  2. Mail a cheque to Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 2 Vaughan Road, Toronto, ON M6G 2N1

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Celebration of the Lord’s Supper: Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy

Invitation to the Table
Consecration and Participation
Prayer for the Bread:  Amorsolo Himaya
Prayer for the Cup:  Susan Dizon

Closing Prayer  

Dismissal: Shema Dizon 

“Go Now in Peace” 

Go now in peace. Never be afraid.
God will go with you each hour of ev’ry day.
Go now in faith, steadfast, strong and true.
Know He will guide you in all you do.
Go now in love, and show you believe.
Reach out to others so all the world can see.
God will be there, watching from above.
Go now in peace, in faith and in love.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

OUR CONDOLENCES

Our condolences to Norma Morris and her family on the passing of her husband Carl who was a long-time member of Hillcrest and to his sister, Ditty and Joe Young & family.
CONGRATULATIONS

Congratulations to Dr. Ashley Danguecan and Mark Duxbury on getting married September 19, 2020.
CONGREGATIONAL MEETING
After the worship service on Sunday, October 11, there will be a congregational meeting to provide you final updates of our historic three (3) year Capital Campaign. And also, discuss the next steps toward the completion of our church renovation project.
SPECIAL OFFERING
Next Sunday, September 27 and the following Sunday, October 4 we will be receiving a special offering for Reconciliation.
2021 GENERAL ASSEMBLY CANCELLATION

The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada voted to cancel the 2021 General Assembly originally scheduled for July 31-Aug. 4, 2021, in Louisville, KY. This was not a decision that was made lightly. After many weeks of prayer, investigation and long discussion, it became obvious to us that we needed to act in the best interests of the Church going forward. The COVID-19 pandemic has made travel and large gatherings ill-advised until the situation becomes more stable.

INDIGENOUS LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

We acknowledge the land we are standing on today is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Metis peoples. We also acknowledge that Toronto is covered by Treaty 13 signed with the Mississaugas of the Credit, and the Williams Treaty signed with multiple Mississaugas and Chippewa bands.

CALL TO ACTION

As a response to the Black Lives Matter protests and demonstrations, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Canada has shared the Call to Action to “reaffirm the Disciples’ commitment to be an Anti-Racist, Pro-Reconciling Church.” Click here to read the full letter.

ONLINE WORSHIP SERVICE BEST PRACTICES

We would like to thank everyone for joining us each Sunday for our worship services online during these unprecedented times. Over the past few weeks, we have been in communication with other congregations to discuss best practices while conducting services virtually. We understand that there have been instances where online services have been taken over by unknown participants. To ensure our services continue to be a safe, open and inviting space for anyone who would like to participate, we conduct the following:
Have a moderator ensuring our services run smoothly

1. Ask everyone to state their name upon logging in. If you have invited a guest, please introduce them at the beginning of the meeting.
2. Continue to provide the login information each week by e-mail/phone. If you, or someone you know, would like to join the distribution list, please click here or contact Rev. Ann Stainton at 416-433-7997.

In the case where we have to promptly close the conference line, we appreciate your understanding and will follow up with a communication, which can be found in the News section of the Hillcrest website: https://hillcrestdisciples.ca/news/. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with our Ministerial Team at hillcrest@bellnet.ca or 416-433-7997.

Thank you again for your support and we continue to be grateful for your dedication in congregating each Sunday online.


UPCOMING EVENTS

September 27 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching
September 27 – Board meeting at 1 p.m. Note the change in time and date.
October 4 – Rev. Dr. Nancy Hardy preaching
October 11 – Rev. Fred Dizon preaching – Thanksgiving Sunday
October 11 – congregational meeting after the worship service
October 17 –  Rev. Ben Kidd preaching

For tip sheets and the latest news on COVID-19, please visit the World Health Organization’s website by clicking here. https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public