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

Kingston,

As the season of spring arrives, slowly but surely, we delight in the green and the colours that emerge from the good earth around us. This is a season of grace in so many ways, and I thought the tulip might provide us with an opportunity to explore God’s grace this month of May.

TULIP is an acronym that has been used to articulate five particular dimensions of God’s grace. We will begin this Sunday with the ‘T’. Curious? If you are in the area, we warmly invite you to join in the worship of God. Another dimension of God’s grace will be communicated with the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, to which are invited ‘all who love the Lord a little and yearn to love him more’. Have a look at the Order of Service below (and also the announcements – please consider each a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service).

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

Last week many of us saw this photo of a statue from a church of Sri Lanka: it was carved to represent the Risen Lord. But the Jesus of this statue now carries the blood splattered after the explosion of a bomb during the most sacred and joyous hour of Christian worship.

As members of the Kingston InterFaith Group (including Buddhist, Christian, Indigenous, Jewish, Muslim representatives), we gathered mid-week for a time of solemn solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka, and of commitment to mutual respect and common pursuit of peace.

This statue reminds me how injustice and violence continue to wreck havoc in our world. But as a Christian it also reminds me how Jesus, greeting the disciples shut up in fear in that room of Jerusalem after the crucifixion, carried still the holes in his hands from the cross. That blood, those holes, acknowledge that death is real, and, for too many of our world, unjust and violent. But those holes, that blood, also declare the good news, the amazing news, that by the grace of God known in Jesus, fear of death need not be what defines life, in Jesus death has been defeated and life can be lived strong and free.

On this first Sunday after Easter, the Christian life is defined as being full and free, but also a life for others. This morning we will hear anew the words of the Risen Lord to those fearful disciples of old, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you’ (John 20:21).

If you are in the area, we warmly invite you to join in the worship of God. Have a look at the Order of Service below (and also the announcements – please consider each a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service). Note in particular, a pot-luck lunch after the service!

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


Photo Credit: Paul Bennett (England) – Eternal Dawn

I know that in the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition, every Sunday is celebrated as an Easter Sunday, but I have to admit there is something special about THE Easter Sunday that comes round once a year! The strong hymns of praise, the wonderful gospel narrative, and even the display of flowers proclaim the joy that we know in the resurrection of Jesus, and in the presence and promises of the Living Lord with us. ‘Greetings’ and then ‘Be not afraid’ the risen Jesus spoke to those women on Easter Morn (Matthew 28:9-10), and words he speaks to each of us today.

Jesus Christ is risen today, hallelujah!
Thine be the glory, risen conquering son!

If you are in the area, we warmly invite you to join in the worship of God. Have a look at the Order of Service below (and also the announcements – please consider each a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service).

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 (But please note the Church Office will be closed Easter Monday!)


Please join us Sunday April 14, 2019

If you are in the area, we warmly invite you to join in the worship of God. Have a look at the Order of Service below (and also the announcements – please consider each a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service).

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.

This morning we celebrate the Lord’s Supper. All who ‘love the Lord a little and yearn to love him more’ are invited to join us in this sacrament of God’s love.

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

If you are in the area, we warmly invite you to join in the worship of God. Have a look at the Order of Service below (and also the announcements – please consider each a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service).

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.

A special welcome to the Lost Pilgrims who will be conducting the service and preaching this morning. The Lost Pilgrims are a group of Presbyterians who have been playing music together for enjoyment for over 15 years. The members of the band are Ian MacCready, Scott Cooper, the Rev. Dr. Hugh Donnelly, David Linderman, and the Rev. Stephen Kendall.

If you have any other questions, please call the church office Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, or email anne@standrewskingston.org For matters of pastoral care during the Minister’s absence, please contact Alberta Saunders, Clerk of Session – alberta@standrewskingston.org


PLEASE JOIN US Sunday March 31, 2019

If you are in the area, we warmly invite you to join in the worship of God. Have a look at the Order of Service below (and also the announcements – please consider each a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service).

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.

We are grateful for the ministry of the Rev Dr. Bill Morrow during the month of March. Thank you, Dr. Morrow, for conducting the services and for your thought provoking sermons!

If you have any other questions, please call the church office Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, or email anne@standrewskingston.org For matters of pastoral care during the Minister’s absence, please contact Alberta Saunders, Clerk of Session – alberta@standrewskingston.org