~~Caring in a Competitive World – Annette Allmän~~

A warm welcome in the name of Jesus Christ and a special welcome to all visitors and friends with us this morning.  We acknowledge that we meet on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.

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.

The Rev. Nancy Hancock returns to lead us into the presence and calling of God with a focus upon Jesus’ parable of The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37).

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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~~Saint Cecilia – the patron saint of organists ~~

A warm welcome in the name of Jesus Christ and a special welcome to all visitors and friends with us this morning.  We acknowledge that we meet on traditional Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee territory.

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.

Our Director of Music John Hall will lead worship on both sides of the keyboard this morning, playing the organ and also sharing reflections on ‘The Art of Listening’. Our Elders will lead in prayer.

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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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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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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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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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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This is a distinctly Canadian holiday weekend, and one I have always enjoyed.

It has called the ‘Victoria Day’ weekend since 1845, a time to recognize the birthday of our sovereign (originally Victoria and today Elizabeth) and give thanks for the integrity and security of governance we enjoy as Canadians, beyond party and politics.

This is also the weekend on which many of us return to work our gardens. With fear of frost past in most southern communities, there is an excitement as hands delve again into the friable soil and we look forward to seasons of colour and growth.

Already, however, we enjoy the perennials – the snowdrops and bluebells have given way to forsythia and magnolia, daffodils and tulips. The photo above shows tulips in front of the limestone walls of the heritage 1841 St. Andrew’s manse.

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 Reformed understanding of God’s grace known by the acronym TULIP – and this week I continue with an exploration of ‘L’, representing ‘limited atonement’. 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