Christ is lifted in Communion each second around the globe

This Sunday, being the first of the month, it is our tradition at St. Andrew’s to celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, also called Communion. Jesus told us to love one another, and communion is one expression of that love. It is a time and means of grace ‘for those who love the Lord a little, and yearn to love him more.’ 

You are invited to bring your own bread and wine/juice, or pick up a pre-packaged unit as you enter the sanctuary. If you are worshipping online, perhaps take a moment before the service to prepare your elements and join in communion with us.

We warmly welcome the Reverends Heather and Paul Kern to lead us in worship this morning.

Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is  https://youtu.be/fV9eT44NGr4  Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 

 

Psalm 42:1-2. Chris Powers. Fullofeyes.com

Psalm 42 is a Psalm of lament. The authors feel removed from God and the religious life they used to enjoy. They miss it terribly. In their yearning to be close to God again, they raise a number of good, but difficult questions. These questions are both inward – pointing to inner turmoil; and outward – pointing to outside issues. The sermon this week will focus on some of these questions and how we can better see what God is doing in our own lives.

Join us as we welcome the Rev. Dr. Paul Kern to the pulpit to lead us in worship.

Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is https://youtu.be/Mp7PgHDogpsPrevious services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 

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This week we celebrate Trinity Sunday and Anniversary Sunday in a famous Scottish-Canadian church.  Back in 1818, a group of Presbyterians met in the newly opened Moore’s Coffee House and formally pledged to begin a Presbyterian church in Kingston. Construction began in 1820. In June 1822, doors opened for the first time to a Presbyterian church on the corner of Princess and Clergy. 200 years later we are still here, still worshipping God, and still serving our community. Much has changed, many have come and gone, but the roots run deep and our faith flourishes. 

Join us as we welcome the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Sinclair to the pulpit to lead us in worship and celebration.

Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is  https://youtu.be/EfshY80b8zI  Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 

 

Pentecost is a time of new beginnings.  The church is considered to have begun at Pentecost, when, as indicated in the reading from Acts, the disciples were seen to have been touched by tongues as of fire and empowered to speak the languages of all the various nationalities present in Jerusalem that day.

At St. Andrew’s we are experiencing a new beginning.  Last week our beloved minister of just over 8 years retired and while this has left us all very sad, yet we are excited by the prospect of a new beginning with the new minister that we trust God is calling to minister among us.  While we know that this process will take some time, we are confident that the Holy Spirit, the Advocate promised by Jesus to his followers in the passage from John’s gospel, will guide us through this time of discernment to the beginning of a new ministry here in downtown Kingston.  We also trust that throughout our time of discernment, through the Holy Spirit, we will remain united as one in Christian community and love.

Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is  https://youtu.be/Babl9_x0G_k   Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 

 

Ascension Sunday.

One of our gospel texts sets before us the scene of the Risen Lord leaving his disciples, soon to send the Holy Spirit and knit them together into the Living Body of the Living Lord, the Church. I love how this artist emphasizes not only the dynamic character of the moment, the diversity of the disciples, the light into which Jesus was returning, but in particular the arms stretched wide in blessing (Luke 24:50-53). 

It is a blessing Christians have felt ever since that day. 

But this blessing, then and now, is for a purpose. As made clear at the very beginning of God’s people with Abram and Sarai, we are blessed to become a blessing. And so one gospel scene leads immediately into another, and words from the Sermon on the Mount as treasured by the followers of Jesus after his resurrection and ascension … ‘You are the salt of the earth’ (Matthew 5:13). We conclude this month’s series of images of the Church with this declaration and calling of our Lord. 

When I think about salt, I think about how salt is of no use or value as long as it remains in the salt shaker. Only as it leaves the container can it preserve or enhance our food. Is Jesus suggesting that Christians are called together, but only so we might be shaken out to live in and for this world loved by God? that God is at work in the world beyond the sanctuary, that good exists beyond the Church, and that our ministry as Christians is to identify, enhance and support the good in this world in the service of welcoming God’s realm of justice and peace?

A lot of questions. But also a fullness of blessing.

The last image of every service of worship at St. Andrew’s is of raised arms, and the last words heard are of benediction. As this minister enters into retirement, I thank God for this original and abiding blessing of our Lord, and I pray that this congregation and us all as Christians continue know it and live it.

Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is https://youtu.be/fXuLXMBURD0  Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 

 

 
Do you notice that the St. Andrew’s sign has been edited?
 
No more ‘Presbyterian Church’, and instead … ‘School for Saints’!
 
These weeks of May we are exploring some of the images gleaned from scripture that might help us understand ourselves better as ‘church’. This morning our focus in scripture and sermon is upon the both the teaching/learning dimension of our life together – ‘school’ – and upon the dynamics of sanctification – our growth as ‘saints’. 
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is https://youtu.be/POcakIOcTaY  Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 

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We begin this Sunday by singing a metrical paraphrase of Psalm 48, ‘Within your temple Lord, your praises we will tell’.
 
We are blessed by this ‘temple’ at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets … the limestone solid, the stained glass windows bathing us in colour, the pews gently curved and bringing us together around table, font and pulpit. Within this temple we are surely encouraged to tell the praises and know the promises of God.
 
But there is another dynamic at work as well. As we gather to praise God in this temple worked by human hands, we are reminded that God wills to work us together to be a people of God. 
 
These weeks of May we are exploring some of the images of the Church found in the New Testament, and this morning our focus is upon the exhortation … ‘like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house’ (1 Peter 1:5).
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is https://youtu.be/5_S_xmGwdDA  Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 

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