welcome to church online

may 3, 2020

It's wonderful to have you join worship here today!

You can follow the order of service below at your own pace

or coordinate with a fellow member to work through it at the same time together

May the Lord bless us as we meet here - albeit it virtually - to worship our Lord!

call to worship


family news


let us pray

Open our hearts to Your power moving

around us and between us and within us,

until Your glory is revealed in our love of both friend and enemy,

in communities transformed by justice and compassion,

and in the healing of all that is broken. 


scripture readings

John 10:1-10; Acts 2:42-47; Psalm 23


John 10:1-10


“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.


So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.


Acts 2:42-47


They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.


Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.


Psalm 23


The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.

    He makes me lie down in green pastures;

he leads me beside still waters;

    he restores my soul.

He leads me in right paths

    for his name’s sake.


Even though I walk through the darkest valley,

    I fear no evil;

for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff—

    they comfort me.


You prepare a table before me

    in the presence of my enemies;

you anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

    all the days of my life,

and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

    my whole life long.



communion thoughts

from dan h.

want to share communion live?

Use email or social media to invite others to join you

at a virtual meeting via facetime / zoom / skype / google hangouts

 and work through the elders' guide together (see here).


Some of the elders will also be hosting virtual Communion gatherings

 at various times on Sunday.

 To find out more, contact them here.


Giving is an aspect of our worship every week.  

Donations to Shelbourne St. cover costs for ongoing ministries, expenses, staff salaries, 

and support for community initiatives and programs.


If you usually give via cash or cheques, consider switching to digital methods at this time.  

To make an electronic donation, send an e-transfer to donations@shelbournestreet.com

(Setting up a special question/password ahead of time is no longer required)


Let us pray:

Lord, we thank you for all your blessings and for the joy of being able to give.  

We are mindful that so many are facing financial hardships and uncertainty and lift them up to You.  

We pray for wisdom to use this offering well, in ways that bless those in need and further Your kingdom.


parting blessing

Sisters and brothers in Christ,

God invites us to bring our doubts and fears,

our joys and concerns, our petitions and praise,

and offer them for the earth and all its creatures.

Receive these prayers, O God,

and transform us through them,

that we may have eyes to see and hearts to understand

not only what you do on our behalf,

but what you call us to do

so that your realm will come to fruition in glory. 


Now, here's one more song to lead us out this week.