Our annual outdoor service!

As usual we will begin the week in praise of God, but this Sunday we will gather on the church lawn in the shade of the trees at the corner of Princess and Clergy. There will be chairs available, but bring your own comfy lawn chair if you wish.  And after the service, all are invited to stay for a festive BBQ! And the Skeleton Park Arts Festival continues through the afternoon.

Instead of being within the sanctuary, we will be looking at the outside limestone for a change … and our theme for worship this year will focus upon ‘rock’. We will ponder the psalmist’s declaration of ‘God my rock’, the provision of water brought by God from rock for the people wandering in the wilderness, and the teaching of Jesus about building lives upon solid rock. And of course we will be singing some great hymns, including ‘How great thou art’, ‘Rock of Ages’, ‘Will your anchor hold’ and ‘For all the saints’ – accompanied by John Hall with a piano wheeled out to the sidewalk and the choir on the steps.

A warm welcome in the name of Jesus Christ and a special welcome to all visitors and friends.  We acknowledge that we meet on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory. 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 Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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The General Assembly has made a recommendation for presbyteries to consider, one that plots a way forward for the Presbyterian Church in Canada by offering recommendations concerning human sexuality.

Have a look at: 

Formal communication received from the Clerks of Assembly

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Announcement made by The Rev. Andrew Johnston (St. Andrew’s Kingston) during worship June 13

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Announcement made by the Rev. Elaine Wilson, a commissioner to the General Assembly, (Strathcona Park Kingston) during worship June 13

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Joel Schoon-Tanis

I recently came across the art of Joel Schoon-Tanis. On his website Joel writes ‘My goal is to help others unlock a sense of child-like wonder about God’s world.’ This painting is entitled ‘Pentecost’ and I love the way he tells the story of that experience, filled with wonder and colour. I see the Spirit descending in the form of a dove, the tongues of fire dancing over the heads of the gathered disciples, the sound like a violent wind overhead … and then I also see the door opened (adorned with what looks like a series of St. Andrew’s crosses!), and members of the newly formed ‘living body of the Living Lord’ going out by that same Spirit alive with the gospel into the city. http://www.joelschoontanisart.com

This Sunday we will be singing some of the great hymns of praise of this ‘birthday of the Church’, reading the wonder-ful events of the first Pentecost (Acts 2), and reflecting upon how we might allow the Spirit to move us anew in the Church today. If you are in the area, we warmly welcome you to join in the worship of God.

During the service there is offered a nursery for infants and a programme for young children if desired. 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. There is a wheel chair lift available in the doors of the church closest to the manse (the courtyard is entered from the driveway half way along the St. Andrew’s block of Clergy Street) and a wheelchair ramp is available by ramp and door along Princess Street.

If you have any questions, please call the church office Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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.

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Joel School-Tanis

As the tulips and forsythia give way to the iris and peonies, one month of grace is followed by another. Have a look at this overview of the opportunities for worship, community and service this month of June, and join in 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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From a French Bible (St. Omer, Abbey of St. Bertin), c.1190-1200. Now at Koninklijk Bibliotheek, The Hague

 

‘While he was blessing them, he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven’ (Luke 24:52). This morning we celebrate the conclusion of Jesus’ earthly ministry, but it is also a whole new beginning for humanity  …

The ascension is so central [to Christianity] because it assures us that the Incarnation continues. Christ didn’t just come among us for thirty-three years, slumming, as it were, and then when his work was done, say, “Phew! I’m glad that’s over! I’m going to unzip this skin suit and get back to heavenly living,” leaving us here on our own. He went into heaven with a pledge of all that we are going to become … The Spirit is the pledge of Christ’s presence in us, but Christ’s continuing body is the pledge of what we’re going to have in heaven. So the ascension tells us that Christ has not let go of our humanity. He truly wants to take human beings where we’ve never gone before: into the very life of the triune God.
—Gerrit Scott Dawson, author of Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation, from Art and Theology by Victoria Emily Jones

Ascension offers us the assurance that these bodies, these days, are of eternal import. And from this assurance spring lives filled with strength this side of the grave. Most appropriately we conclude our brief overview of Reformed theology with the ‘P’ of ‘TULIP’ – the perseverance of the saints! 

If you are in the area, we warmly welcome you to join us this Sunday.

During the service there is offered a nursery for infants and a programme for young children if desired. 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. There is a wheel chair lift available in the doors of the church closest to the manse (the courtyard is entered from the driveway half way along the St. Andrew’s block of Clergy Street) and a wheelchair ramp is available by ramp and door along Princess Street.

If you have any questions, please call the church office Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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.

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Tulips painted by Karine Gabrini,
sent to Anne-Marie for Mother’s Day

This is a season of grace in so many ways, and it is the tulip on which my sermon thoughts focus this month of May. Last century there arose a brief overview of a classic Reformed understanding of God’s grace known by the acronym TULIP – and this week I continue with an exploration of ‘I’, representing ‘irresistible grace’.

The ‘grace’ part refers to God’s initiative in offering salvation, the ‘irresistible’ part refers to the assurance that God overcomes all human resistance to living this salvation – it is a perspective that can relieve Christians of any doubts about their salvation and allow us to live with the joy and strength born of assurance.

If you are in the area, we warmly welcome you to join us this Sunday.

During the service there is offered a nursery for infants and a programme for young children if desired. 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. There is a wheel chair lift available in the doors of the church closest to the manse (the courtyard is entered from the driveway half way along the St. Andrew’s block of Clergy Street) and a wheelchair ramp is available by ramp and door along Princess Street.

If you have any questions, please call the church office Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, or email anne@standrewskingston.org Have a look at the Order of Service and bulletin below – the formatting is a bit off on screen, but I hope it is still helpful.

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