With the sun strong and the breeze gentle, the days have been just too wonderful. With so much to enjoy outside, I am late to my computer, and yet I can delay no longer – I withdraw inside only for a moment, and only to extend an invitation to gather tomorrow morning … outside again. Sunday is our annual St. Andrew’s service on the lawn!
Bring your favourite lawn chair or blanket if you wish. Or claim one of the chairs already set up and waiting. The Guild of St. Andrew’s Ringers will be playing before the service, the new St. Andrew’s Handbell Choir will be accompanying our hymns, John Hall will be playing a piano wheeled out from the chapel, and the Choir will be presenting their anthem from the steps at the corner of Princess and Clergy.
There is great joy to worshipping God at the beginning of each week, and there is an additional delight in praising God with feet planted on the earth, under the shade of the trees, beneath a great over-arching sky. In preparation I thought of the poetry of Dorothy Frances Gurney – The kiss of the sun for pardon, The song of the birds for mirth,– One is nearer God’s heart in a garden Than anywhere else on earth – and selected scripture lessons that focus upon ‘garden’ – the first garden (Eden), the garden of struggle (Gethsemene), the garden of new beginnings (resurrection), the watered garden (God’s providential, covenantal care).
Have a look at the Order of Service below. Join us if you are in the area, and stay for a congregational BBQ afterwards. The intersection of Princess and Clergy is still closed, but there remains free street parking on either side, and particularly in the public lot behind the church off Queen Street.