These Sundays of summer we are exploring the gospel through the stained glass windows of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s.

This particular window was designed and executed by Castle and Sons of Montréal. The scene is an almost exact replica of a drawing by the Renaissance painter Raphael, used later as the model for a tapestry hung in the Sistine Chapel, Rome. But of course its ‘provenance’ goes back much further, to the first century as the disciples-now- apostles witness to the power of the Risen Lord … the healing of the man lame since birth by the Beautiful Gate near the Jerusalem Temple (Acts 3:1-10).

There is much to enjoy in the window, and much more to consider in this scene of the early Church. How it might this scene inform our witness to Jesus Christ today? The window was presented in memory of one of the original six elders of St. Andrew’s Kingston, John Mowat, and his wife Helen. Their lives, and those of their family (including their son Oliver Mowat, who went on to become the longest-serving premier of the province of Ontario), could possibly provide clues!

We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and there is free parking on the streets around (please note that the time-of-day restrictions on Clergy Street north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street.

Download the Order of Service and have a look – we invite you to consider each hymn and prayer and announcement a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

Next Sunday, the window illustrating the Parable of the Sower, Luke 8:4-15


What does the Guinness Book of Records list as the best selling copyrighted book of all time? The Guinness Book of Records! As of the 2019 edition, it is now in its 64th year of publication, covering 100 countries and 23 languages.

There is an amazing circularity in this, and it is one that we encounter elsewhere in our lives. We subscribe to media that mirror and reinforce our personal perspectives on social and global events. We reside in buildings or neighbourhoods of similar economic status, and those around us become references for our lifestyles.

This morning at St. Andrew’s we will be challenged out of such circularity and insularity by a reference from another realm altogether, a reading that prompts thought and prods action …

These Sundays of summer we are exploring the gospel through the stained glass windows of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s … and this morning we arrive at the one in which we hear of Jesus’ encounter with a young man who is asking deep questions about life (Matthew 19:16-22).

We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and there is free parking on the streets around (please note that the time-of-day restrictions on Clergy Street north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street.

Have a look at the Order of Service and bulletin below, and consider each hymn and prayer and announcement a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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This series will continue next week with a look at the healing by the Beautiful Gate … (Acts 3:1-16)

In loving remembrance of George Davidson, an Elder of this church for 50 years, who died 4th of May 1891, and of his wife Helen Caruthers who died 7th of May 1885, erected by their daughter.

These Sundays of summer we are exploring the gospel through the stained glass windows of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s. This morning the Mary and Martha window, the first that greets us as we walk in the main doors of the sanctuary.

I love the pomegranates that provide a border to this scene – how exotic they would have been in Kingston of the late nineteenth century! And I am moved by the dedicatory words – an unnamed daughter remembering her parents. I wonder if one of her parents was a ‘Mary’ and another a ‘Martha’? And what does being a ‘Mary’ or a ‘Martha’ mean anyway?

This story from the gospel according to Luke (10:38-42) certainly bears hearing and considering again, for oft has it been misunderstood and misapplied.

We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and there is free parking on the streets around (please note that the time-of-day restrictions on Clergy Street north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street.

Have a look at the Order of Service and bulletin below, and consider each hymn and prayer and announcement a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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Two of the three stages of this year’s ‘Storefront’ fringe festival have opened at St. Andrew’s! Have a look at the line up. Of particular interest in the line up may be ‘Josiah Henson’ and ‘Life Support’.

The festival website can be found at https://www.theatrekingston.com

These Sundays of summer we explore the gospel through the stained glass windows of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s. As we do so, I am reminded of the beautiful poem The Windows by George Herbert (1593-1633) and the glorious opportunity for us to become windows through which God is ‘seen’ in this world!

Lord, how can man preach thy eternal word?
    He is a brittle crazy glass;
Yet in thy temple thou dost him afford
    This glorious and transcendent place,
    To be a window, through thy grace.
But when thou dost anneal in glass thy story,
    Making thy life to shine within
The holy preachers, then the light and glory
    More reverend grows, and more doth win;
    Which else shows waterish, bleak, and thin.
Doctrine and life, colors and light, in one
    When they combine and mingle, bring
A strong regard and awe; but speech alone
    Doth vanish like a flaring thing,
    And in the ear, not conscience, ring.

What better window with which to begin than the one over one of the sanctuary doors … of the Ten Commandments. It is good to recall and reclaim these ‘ten words’ of God. The commandments have been reduced to a list of divine prohibitions, forgetting the great freedom that leaves us all else. They have been relegated to some objective legal code, neglecting the more meaningful context of covenant, the Sovereign One coming to the human ones in commitment and love, laying out for us the way of life that would honour God and ourselves. A small stained glass window, a great opportunity to consider the gospel!

A warm welcome in the name of Jesus Christ and a special welcome to all visitors and friends with us this morning.

During these services of summer,  we have our certified child care and there is free parking on the streets around (please note that the time-of-day restrictions on Clergy Street north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street.

Have a look at the Order of Service and bulletin below, and consider each hymn and prayer and announcement a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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Have a look at this overview of the opportunities summers at St. Andrew’s – you’ll notice that many of the sermons will explore the amazing stained glass windows of the sanctuary – and join as you are able!

p.s. this is a pdf of a print document, so the formatting on your screen may not be ideal

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You are also invited to read an insert that speaks about a programme that we support through our congregational contributions to Presbyterians Sharing – Church doesn’t have to be neat and tidy!

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The Peace Tower Under Construction, 1921

The Peace Tower Under Construction After Fire of  1916

On this holiday weekend, a warm welcome in the name of Jesus Christ and a special welcome to all visitors and friends.

After the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa burned to the ground in 1916, they were rebuilt, and the Victoria Tower became the Peace Tower. The new tower arose in the shadow of World War One as a prayer for peace, a peace that would honour the sacrifice of so many deaths by banishing war. This morning we take up this prayer for peace, and explore in scripture and sermon where we find peace (in Christ!) and how we live peace (as Christians).

During the service, we will unfurl in the sanctuary the flag that flew over the Peace Tower on November 30, 2018. It is HUGE. I had applied for a flag some eighteen years ago, and its arrival by post caught me unawares – particularly when I realized it had been flown on St. Andrew’s Day!!!

During these services of summer, our certified child care There is free parking on the streets around (please note that the time-of-day restrictions on Clergy Street north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street.

Have a look at the Order of Service and bulletin below, and consider each hymn and prayer and announcement a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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