St. Andrew's & St. Paul's United Church
"Thy WORD is a Lamp unto my Feet
And a Light unto my PATH"
We are pleased to welcome you to our new web-page.
St. Andrew's & St. Paul's United Church has a long rich history that goes back over a 100 years. Our church is built on a strong foundation of faith and fellowship which we now hope to share with all of you online.
Also known as The Russell United Church, we have an active membership that is more like a family. St. Andrew's & St. Paul's United Church is an active participant in our community and welcomes new members at all times. We gather as God's people and strive to:
"TO KNOW JESUS AND SHARE HIS LOVE"
Our Sunday Services will be uploaded weekly online.
The church is open and services held Sunday from 11-12.
Masks and sign in at door required at this time.
Message from the Reverend's desk:
This is an interesting time of the year; we are nearing the end of Lent, and about to embark on the season of Easter. Often individuals forget that Lent and Easter are the same length. Especially in the church, often the focus seems to weigh more heavily on the death of Jesus, the ending, rather than the
beginning of new life. For me Lent is a time of reflection on the past, a time of re-evaluating what has gone on in our lives in the past; and then looking at Easter, as a time of new beginnings, new hopes and dreams as we follow in Jesus’ footsteps. The future is full of all kinds of possibilities. Think of the season of spring. We look out at the brown-lifeless grass, the barren trees, and long for the lushness of late spring and summer; we picture in our minds what was in the past, and we long for those images; the
bright, vibrant lushness of life abundant, as we scan the barren landscape. Especially in years like this, were the winter cold and snow seemed endless. But then all of a sudden, almost like magic, one day our lawns turn green, trees and plants shoot forth new buds and growth. Some years this may take a little longer, we need to wait for God to send nourishing rain, followed by the warmth of God’s sun. Just as we long for the transformation that takes place each spring, we too need to be transformed. Hopefully through the Lenten season we have discerned on what has gone on in the past, how we have lived our lives, both individually and as a community of faith.
And now as we enter the Easter season, we are filled with anticipation of what will be, as
we pursue new ways of living out God’s will as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. It is an exciting
time. We wait to see what the future will hold, in the richness of God’s love and grace.
I am reminded of the hymn “I See A New Heaven”:
I see a new heaven. I see a new earth as the old one will pass away, where the fountain of life flows and without price goes to all people who abide in the land.
1- There, there on the banks of a river bright and free, yielding her fruit, firm in her root, the Tree of Life will be. R
2- There, there where death dies and our lives are born again, body and soul, struggling but whole like flowers after the rain. R
3-There, there where the darkness brings visions from above. There where the night, bearing new light, reveals the promise of love. R
4-There, there where we work with the love of healing hands. Labour we must, true to our trust to build a promised new land.
And now as we enter the Easter season, we are filled with anticipation of what will be, as we pursue new ways of living out God’s will as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus. It is an exciting time. We wait to see what the future will hold, in the richness of God’s love and grace. I am reminded of the hymn “I See A New Heaven”: None of us are sure what the future holds, especially as we have endured two long years of COVID, but we are firmly rooted in our Christian faith, that is built on a rock that will not move. We can be assured as the New Creed states: “We are not alone; we live in God’s world”. It is my hope for you, as we enter this Easter season that you will trust the resurrection of your spirit, believing that joy and new life will come to you. As we continue our journey as disciples of Christ; may we grow in faith, love and understanding.
Rev. Peter Dahlin
What to Expect
*** Due to pandemic restrictions many usual part of service have been removed or adapted.
Greetings & Introduction
Lighting of the Candles
Children's Story, Ministry of Music Presentation
The Nursery*, Sunday School, and Youth-not offered at this time
Scripture Readings & Reflections
All are welcome to join us for refreshments in the Upper Hall after Worship. We are unable to offer refreshments or congregating at this time but look forward to the future and meeting everyone.
We are Accessible!
St. Andrew's and St. Paul's United Church strives to be accessible to everyone.
The church has parking beside the building and designated areas for permit parking. We have a full ramp to access the building as well as one inside the sanctuary to access the upper hall. We use projection screens and bulletins to share information throughout the services.
We are always looking to improve so please do not hesitate to contact us if you are unsure or have specific needs.