Jean-Francois Millet – The Angelus (1857-59)

It became one of the most reproduced paintings of the nineteenth century. It shows two individuals pausing during their harvesting of potatoes for prayer. After completing it, Jean-Francois Millet wrote ‘The idea for The Angelus came to me because I remembered that my grandmother, hearing the church bell ringing while we were working in the fields, always made us stop work to say the Angelus prayer for the poor departed’.

The painting had been commissioned, but when the purchase fell through, it was sold for 1000 francs. Less than thirty years later, it exchanged collections for 750,000 francs.

I found it interesting that between being completed for the commission and the actual sale, Millet added the steeple in the background. It certainly adds aesthetically to the work of art. But it is also a reminder of the connection between personal faith and the witness of the Church. This Sunday we will consider the steeple, and how the architecture of our church building is a reflection of, but also speaks to, our Christian faith.

Samuel Taylor-Coleridge once noted ‘An instinctive taste teaches (us) to build (our) churches with steeples which point as with a silent finger to the sky and stars’. The pointed steeple of St. Andrew’s is a reminder of the Holy One and of Eternity, built upon the four-square base of a stone tower, a reminder of the worship of the people, calling for us to participate.

A church steeple certainly points us ‘up’, but there is another dynamic to be considered also … just as a lightning rod reminds us not only of flashes in the sky but also a power that descends. I will hold this part mainly for the sermon itself, but warmly welcome you to join us!

Have a look at the Order of Service below (we will be receiving new members with great joy) and also the invitations to grow in Christian study and community during the week. Sunday mornings a nursery is offered for infants and a programme for children during the service. And free parking is available on the streets around the church and in the public surface lot off Queen Street just behind the church.

The bells they sound on Bredon, And still the steeples hum.
‘Come all to church, good people’ – Oh noisey bells, be dumb;
I heard you, I will come.                                     (Richard Milnes)

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I hope this title does not disappoint too many too much. The preacher is not intimating that he is taking a break – in fact, the congregation will be doubly sermoned this Sunday. The sermon from the pulpit will highlight that other sermon given whenever we enter the sanctuary, alone or in company, for corporate worship or personal reflection … the silent sermon given by the stained glass windows of St. Andrew’s.

This Sunday continue our autumn series on the Architecture of Our Faith. A church is both a building and a people. The building echoes our experiences of revelation and leads us into greater understanding of the Holy. The sanctuary tries to speak for the speak but also to the people. We have considered the doors, the font, the table, the pews, the pulpit, and now the windows. How do they help us to articulate and understand the presence and promises of God?

If you are in the area, we warmly welcome you to join us in worship. There is a nursery for infants during the service, and a programme for children. And there is ample free parking along the street and in the public surface lot just off Queen Street behind the church.

Have a look at the Order of Service, but also the announcements – please consider each a personal invitation to join us Christian worship, community and service!

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Join a great chorus of praise this Reformation Sunday afternoon! With participation from congregations that include First Christian Reformed, St. Mark’s Lutheran, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian, Sand Hill/St. John’s Presbyterian, Strathcona Park Presbyterian, Sydenham Street United and Westside Christian Reformed … we will be celebrating eight of the great hymns of the Reformation, and of the Lutheran and Reformed traditions, accompanied by the 3,000 pipes of the St. Andrew’s organ, interspersed with reflections on the five ‘solas’. A warm welcome to all.


Free parking on the streets around the church (at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets) and in the surface lots along Queen Street (one just behind the church, and another between Sydenham and Montreal Streets).

A might fortress (Luther); I greet thee who my sure Redeemer art (Calvin); All people that on earth do dwell (Kethe, d. 1594, Genevan Psalter 1551); How brightly beams the morning star (Philipp Nicolai 1556-1608); We praise you O God (anon, Netherlands 1626); Now thank we all our God (Martin Rinckart (1586-1649); Jesus shall reign (Isaac Watts 1674-1748); Will you come and follow me (Iona Community).


What a surprise. Our tour of the sanctuary this Reformation Sunday leads us this morning to … the pulpit!

The Word of God, not only read in Holy Scriptures but particularly as communicated by the Holy Spirit, as heard in the sermon preached from the pulpit, has been a foundational element of Reformed worship to this time and place.

In his Geneva Catechism of 1565, Jean Calvin would write God has left us his holy word; for spiritual doctrine is a kind of door by which we enter his heavenly kingdom (Q300). When the question is raised Where are we to seek for this word?, the answer is not only In the Holy Scriptures, in which it is contained (Q301), but also Every one ought to exercise himself in the daily reading of it, and all should be especially careful to attend the sermons when the doctrine of salvation is expounded in the assembly of the faithful (Q304). The Reformed understanding insists upon allowing the work of the Holy Spirit through informed interpretation and application, and the discernment of the corporate experience …

This dynamic of the Word of God gathering, shaping and sending a people is seen in the prominence of the pulpit in a sanctuary of St. Andrew’s.

Have a look at the order of service, and join us in the worship of God. There is a nursery for infants during the service, and a programme for children also. If you are new to the area, there is ample free parking on the streets around, and in the surface public parking lot off Queen Street just behind the church. A warm welcome awaits you, in the name of Jesus Christ, the Living Word.

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What great scenes this word conjures up in the Bible (in the KJV) … The Lord declaring to Abram ‘Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee’ (Genesis 13:17) … The Lord telling David to behold the least likely of the sons of Jesse, ‘Arise, anoint him: for this is he’ (I Samuel 16:12) … The Lord exhorting the people of God who have found their land and lives in ruins, ‘Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee’ (Isaiah 60:1) … Jesus saying to the one paralyzed, ‘I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house’ (Mark 2:11)

‘Arise’ is also the name of a ministry supported by the Presbyterian Church, one that focuses upon caring for individuals who find themselves in Toronto and involved in the sex trade. Chaplaincy and spiritual care is provided through accompaniment, advocacy, hospital and jail visits. Case management and classes are also offered. The name ‘Arise’ is always accompanied by the phrase ‘Hope lives here’, articulating the Christian gospel that is at the heart of this ministry.

This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Deb Rapport to share with us something of her calling and this ministry. As a congregation we are supporting Arise with a special financial gift this year, in addition to our full Presbyterians Sharing allocation. Read more about Arise and Deb at And read the brochure that is available below, right beneath the Sunday bulletin.

During the service there is a nursery for infants and a programme for children. After the service there is a congregational potluck lunch, and there is always enough food for everyone – your presence is the best contribution! Have a look at the order of service and join us – you would be very welcome.

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“Follow me all prodigal daughters and sons,
We are not the worst things we have ever done.
We are not our doubts. We are loved ones,
Held fast in the hands of the one who loves.”

~ Emily Joy, All Prodigal Daughters and Sons
Shame tells us that we are the worst things that we have ever done. Shame fills us with doubts about our own worth. Shame places limits on God’s love for us. ARISE Ministry seeks to overcome the shame and say, “You are not the worst things you have done, the worst names you have been called, or your deepest doubts. You are worthy and you are loved.” For we are all prodigal daughters and sons held fast in the hands of the one who loves.
Rev. Deb Rapport
Community Chaplain & Executive Director

St. Andrew’s Church has a special relationship with Queen’s.

It was in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s that it was agreed to begin a second institution of higher learning in Upper Canada (after King’s College in York that was limited to individuals who would subscribe to the Anglican articles of faith). When the Royal Charter was granted, it stipulated that Queen’s College be located no further than three miles from St. Andrew’s Church Kingston. The Canadian Presbyterian Church as a whole provided financial support to keep the college (then university), handing governance over to its graduates in 1912.

To mark this relationship, we will welcome the Rev. Dr. William Morrow to the pulpit this morning of Homecoming Weekend. Dr. Morrow (Ph.D. University of Toronto) is Professor of Hebrew and Hebrew Scriptures in the School of Religion, Queen’s University. Educated for the ministry in Knox College (M.Div., 1978), he is currently an Anglican priest.

And how fitting that the lectionary reading for this Sunday, for the sermon text, is the scene of Moses before the burning bush (Exodus 3), from which comes the motto of the Presbyterian tradition ‘burning, but not consumed’. I love this image of the church alive by a power beyond itself, but also of the church as a modest bush rather than a mighty palm tree or oak. I look forward to Dr. Morrow’s insights.

Please join us in the worship of God! You will find below the Order of Worship, but also several announcements of forthcoming opportunities to grow in Christian faith, community and service.

During the service there is a nursery for infants and a programme for children. There is ample free parking on the streets around and in a public surface lot off Queen Street behind the church. We look forward to welcoming you.

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What a great evening! Traditional and original songs and tunes by this Kingston-based quintet, with special guest Jennifer Shepherd of Picton.  (Turpin’s Trail were the headline act at the Brimstone Head Folk Festival in Fogo, Newfoundland this past summer.)
Listen to tracks of their music at and come to enjoy them live.
Tickets $20 at the door.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Princess at Clergy. Evening parking free on street and in surface lot off Queen Street behind the church.