When I hear the word ‘Egypt’ in worship, my first and sometimes only thought tends to be of the enslavement of the ancient Hebrews. How much I neglect, or forget! Remember how prior Jacob and his sons were rescued by Joseph from famine, and offered refuge by a Pharaoh? Egypt proved to be the land of refuge several times, before and after the Exodus. This morning as Christians we remember with particular gratitude that it was in Egypt where the holy family found refuge – the Jewish king Herod intended evil, but Egypt welcomed the Christ Child and God used this welcome to extend salvation to all humanity. This morning we remember this story, the history of the Christian faith in Egypt, and the Christians of Egypt today.

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us! There is a nursery for infants and a programme for children during the service. There is free parking on the streets about and in the public lot behind the church just off Queen Street. For those with mobility challenges, there is a dedicated entrance (and washroom) through the far west door along Princess Street.

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Have a look at the Minister’s newsletter, and join us as you are able and inclined for Christian worship, community and service!

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When it is dark enough …

Wherever you look, it is easy to acknowledge the darkness. Whether you look at the injustices inflicted upon innocents in the midst of wars around the world, or the suffering of many in the midst of our nation of prosperity, or within the recesses of our own hearts, it is certainly dark enough.

But when it is dark enough … you can see the stars.

This morning we remember the star that set the magi out upon their journey, the star that hung over Bethlehem. Now it is Christ who is our star. In the darkness, the light of Christ shines all the more brightly. It is Christ who sets us out upon a journey in the darkness and through the darkness to God’s promised realm of peace and justice.

Join us as we begin this week in the worship of God known in Jesus by the work of the Holy Spirit. Great songs of praise. Holy Communion. A nursery for infants with a certified caregiver and a programme for children is offered by during the service. Have a look at the Order of Service …

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Standing at the portal of the opening year,
words of comfort meet us hushing every fear,
spoken through the silence by God’s loving voice,

tender, strong and faithful, making us rejoice.

As we gather in St. Andrew’s Hall around quartet tables with croissants and home made croissants, our worship will be a bit more informal but certainly intentional. We will hear again foundational ‘words’ and respond with joy – after hearing the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) we will lift up the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), after hearing the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:20-26) we will state our trust in God with the Nicene Creed. We will conclude by repeating the Puritan prayer of Covenant Renewal (later published by John Wesley)

God will not forsake us and will never fail;
God’s eternal covenant ever will prevail.
Resting on this promise, what have we to fear?
God is all-sufficient for the coming year.  (Frances Ridley Havergal)

Join us if you are in the area – enter through the doors off Clergy Street by the cannon (!)

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‘Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ, the new-born King’!

We will fill the chapel (the western door off Princess Street) with songs of praise and joy – join us! And afterwards some Christmas Day punch and festive sweets.

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Finally our waiting is over and we light the Christ Candle. We hear of how the Holy One came to us, as one of us, and our souls are renewed. After carols and readings, we light our candles and together sing ‘Silent night, Holy night, All is calm, All is bright’. Invite family and friends!

There is free parking along the neighbouring streets and in the public lot behind the church off Queen Street. During the service, a nursery is offered for children three years and younger. All welcome.

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