COMPOST SALE

Unfortunately, because of the restrictions on gatherings until June, we are unable to have our compost sale this year.  As you can imagine, it involves a lot more than five people, and we want to do our part to keep everyone safe and maintain the social distancing mandated by Dr. Morrison.

We’re looking forward to serving you in helping your gardens grow next year!

God bless you and stay safe!

Virtual Church: Sunday, APRIL 26 – Asking “Why?”

 

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Come To Us, Beloved Stranger

Come to us, beloved Stranger,
as You came that Easter day.
Walk with us to our Emmaus,
for we need You still today.
Come to us when we are broken,
when our dearest hopes are lost,
speak to us the prophets’ message
You fulfilled upon the cross.

Stay with us and give us blessing,
that our hopes again may rise.
Offer us Your broken body;
open our unseeing eyes.
Come to us, God’s love embodied;
touch our hearts with burning flame.
Risen Christ, once dead, now living,
come to us through joy, through pain.

We would never fail to see You
as You walk with us each day.
As a friend and not a stranger
You would join us on our way.
Help us trust that through Your mercy
we can doubt and fear transcend,
and to others be a blessing.
Keep us faithful till life’s end!

(Words: (C) Edith Sinclair Downing; Music: (C) Broadman Press.  Church CCLI #2458953)

Be Thou My Vision

(Music: Public Domain, Words © Oxford University Press, 1961 Church CCLI# 2458953)

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song.
This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease,
my Comforter, my All in All
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! -- who took on flesh,
fullness of God in helpless babe.
This gift of love and righteousness,
scorned by the ones He came to save.
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
the wrath of God was satisfied,
for every sin on Him was laid,
here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay,
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious day,
up from the grave He rose again!
And as He stands in victory,
sin’s curse has lost its grip on me.
For I am His, and He is mine,
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
this is the power of Christ in me.
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from His hand.
Till He returns or calls me home,
here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

No power of hell, no scheme of man,
can ever pluck me from His hand.
Till He returns or calls me home,
here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

(Words: Keith Getty / Stuart Townend © Universal Music Publishing Group, Capitol Christian Music Group, CCLI #2458953)

Virtual Church: Sunday, APRIL 19

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At the Dawning of Salvation

At the dawning of salvation,
in the morning of the world,
Christ is raised, a living banner
by the love of God unfurled.
Through the daylight, through the darkness,
Christ leads on His great array:
all the saints and all the sinners
He has gathered on His way.

He is risen in the morning;
He is risen from the dead;
He is laughter after sadness;
He is light when night has fled.
He has suffered; He has triumphed;
life is His alone to give:
as He gave it once, He gives it
evermore, that we may live.

For the glory of salvation
in the dawn of Easter day
we will praise You, loving Father;
we rejoice to sing and pray
with the Son and with the Spirit.
Lead us on, Your great array,
saints and sinners celebrating
Your triumphant love today.

(Words: (C) Josef Weinberger Ltd., 1979  Music: harmony (C) Hope Publishing Co.  The Book of Praise, (C) The Presbyterian Church in Canada 1997. Church CCLI #2458953)

 

Jesus, All For Jesus

(Words & Music: (C) Robin Mark. Church CCLI #2458953)

 

The Day of Resurrection

The day of resurrection — earth tell it out abroad,
the Passover of gladness, the Passover of God!
From death to life eternal, from earth unto the sky,
our Christ hath brought us over with hymns of victory.

Our hearts be pure from evil, that we may see aright
the Lord in rays eternal of resurrection light,
and, listening to his accents, may hear, so calm and plain,
His own “All Hail!” and, hearing, may raise the victor strain.

Now let the heavens be joyful; let earth its song begin;
let the round world keep triumph, and all that is therein;
invisible and visible, their notes together blend,
for Christ the Lord hath risen, our joy that hath no end

(Words & Music: Public Domain The Book of Praise, (C) The Presbyterian Church in Canada 1997. Church CCLI #2458953)

Virtual Church: EASTER SERVICE – April 12

 

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Jesus Christ is Risen Today!

Jesus Christ is risen today, hallelujah!
Our triumphant holy day, hallelujah!
Who did once upon the Cross, hallelujah!
Suffer to redeem our loss, hallelujah!

Hymns of praise then let us sing, hallelujah!
Unto Christ, our heavenly King, hallelujah!
Who endured the Cross and grave, hallelujah!
Sinners to redeem and save, hallelujah!

But the pains which He endured, hallelujah!
Our salvation have procured, hallelujah!
Now above the sky, He’s King, hallelujah!
Where the angels ever sing, hallelujah!

Sing we to our God above, hallelujah!
Praise eternal as His love, hallelujah!
Praise Him, all ye heavenly host, hallelujah!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, hallelujah!

(Words and Music: Public Domain)

 

How Far Love Goes

(Words and Music: Paul Marino and Jeremy Johnson, (C) Van Ness Press, Inc./LifeWay Worship)

 

Alleluia, Alleluia, Give Thanks to the Risen Lord

Alleluia, alleluia,
Give thanks to the risen Lord;
Alleluia, alleluia,
Give praise to His name.

Jesus is Lord of all the earth;
He is the King of Creation:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Give thanks to the risen Lord;
Alleluia, alleluia,
Give praise to His name.

Spread the good news o’er all the earth;
Jesus has died and has risen:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Give thanks to the risen Lord;
Alleluia, alleluia,
Give praise to His name.

Come, let us praise the living God,
Joyfully sing to our Saviour:
Alleluia, alleluia,
Give thanks to the risen Lord;
Alleluia, alleluia,
Give praise to His name.

(Words & Music (C) Donald Fishel, The Book of Praise, (C) The Presbyterian Church in Canada 1997. Church CCLI #2458953

Piano accompaniment for this video arranged by Rachel Hamilton )

Virtual Church: GOOD FRIDAY Service – April 10

 

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When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God;
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

(Words: Isaac Watts, Music: Edward Miller.  Words and Music: Public Domain)

Were You There?

Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?
Oh —
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they crucified my Lord?

Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?
Oh —
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they nailed Him to the tree?

Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?
Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?
Oh —
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they pierced Him in the side?

Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?
Oh —
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when the sun refused to shine?

Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?
Oh —
Sometimes it causes me
to tremble, tremble, tremble
Were you there when they laid Him in the tomb?

(Words: African-American Traditional, Public Domain)

Virtual Church: Maundy Thursday Service – April 9

 

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An Upper Room Did Our Lord Prepare
An upper room did our Lord prepare
For those He loved until the end,
And His disciples still gather there
To celebrate their risen Friend.

A lasting gift Jesus gave His own —
To share His bread, His loving cup;
Whatever burdens may bow us down,
He, by His Cross, shall lift us up.

And after supper, He washed their feet,
For service, too, is sacrament;
In Him our joy shall be made complete —
Sent out to serve, as He was sent.

 

Here is Bread; Here is Wine

Here is Bread; Here is Wine
Here is bread; here is wine:
Christ is with us; He is with us.
Break the bread; taste the wine:
Christ is with us here.

Here is grace; here is peace:
Christ is with us; He is with us.
Know His grace; find His peace:
Feast on Jesus here.

In this bread there is healing;
In this cup there’s life forever.
In this moment by the Spirit
Christ is with us here.

Here we are, joined in one:
Christ is with us; He is with us.
We’ll proclaim till He comes
Jesus crucified.

In this bread there is healing;
In this cup there’s life forever.
In this moment by the Spirit
Christ is with us here.

Holy Week Services

The following Virtual Church services will be available this week:

 

Maundy Thursday

Virtual Church Service on Thursday, April 9 @ 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Good Friday

Virtual Church Service on Friday, April 10 @ 9:00 a.m.

 

 

EASTER SUNDAY

Virtual Church Service on Sunday, April 12 @ 9:00 a.m.

Virtual Church: Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Palm Sunday

 

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All Glory, Laud, and Honour

All glory, laud, and honour to Thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

Thou art the King of Israel, Thou David’s royal son,
who in the Lord’s name comest, the King and blessed one.

All glory, laud, and honour to Thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

The people of the Hebrews with palms before Thee went,
our praise and prayer and anthems before Thee we present.

All glory, laud, and honour to Thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children made sweet hosannas ring!

To Thee before Thy passion they sang their hymns of praise;
to Thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise.

 

Filled With Excitement

Filled with excitement, all the happy throng
Spread cloaks and branches on the city streets.
There in the distance they begin to see,
Riding on a donkey, comes the Son of God.
From every corner a thousand voices sing
Praises to Him who comes in the name of God.
With one great shout of acclamation loud
Triumphant songs break forth:

Ho – sanna! Ho – sanna to the King!
Ho – sanna! Ho – sanna to the King!!

As in that entrance to Jerusalem,
We sing hosannas to the Christ, our King,
To the living Saviour who still calls today,
Asking us to follow Him with love and faith.
From every corner a thousand voices sing
Praises to Him who comes in the name of God.
With one great shout of acclamation loud
Triumphant songs break forth:

Ho – sanna! Ho – sanna to the King!
Ho – sanna! Ho – sanna to the King!!

St. Mark’s and COVID-19

St. Mark’s and Covid-19

Dear Church Family,

At St.Mark’s, the health and well-being of the church family is of paramount importance.  In keeping with the directives of Dr. Heather Morrison, PEI’s Chief Public Health Officer, we will not have services at the church on Sunday, March 22 or 29.  However, because our spiritual well-being is also important, we will have a video of a “mini service” that you will be able to watch from your own home on each Sunday.  A link to these videos will be on the church website each Sunday morning.

This is an unprecedented situation in which we all find ourselves and you may be feeling worried, afraid, or alone.  Although we cannot meet in person, we still have means by which we can all be in contact with each other – by telephone, Skype, FaceTime, instant messaging, emails, and texts.  If you are feeling the need to chat, or want to request prayer, please reach out to us.  You can email us at stmarkspres@eastlink.ca or you can text either of our cell phone numbers as listed in the church bulletin.

In this uncertain time, it is even more important for us to turn to God for comfort and strength.  We have the assurance that God hears and answers all of our prayers – so pray and tell God your worries and concerns and ask Him to help you.  There are a number of daily Bible reading programs that are available and we are happy to send you links to several online sources that you can access or can be sent to you via email.

We will continue to have our weekly Spirit Booster.  If you don’t already subscribe to this mid-week devotional but would like to, please email Rev. Paula at stmarkspres@eastlink.ca and ask to be added to the list.

Although we will not be meeting in person the next two weeks, the church’s expenses will, unfortunately, continue.  If you do not already give your offering via PAR, you can mail your offering to the church at:

St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church

P.O.Box 20007, Sherwood RPO

Charlottetown, PE

C1A 9E3

Alternatively, you are now able to donate safely online through the website by clicking on the  “Make a Donation” tab at the top of the homepage screen.

Hopefully, with all the restrictions in place, the crisis will pass quickly and we will be able to meet in person again soon.  In the meantime, we are praying for each and every one of you, for your health and well-being – physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

With our love and prayers,

 

Dr. Tom & Rev. Paula

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

(2 Timothy 1:7, New King James Version)