The warm colours of this scene provide a hint of the artist’s provenance far from the snows swirling outside this morning … Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny of Australia created this painting in 1896 to conjure the announcement of the angel Gabriel to Mary, the announcement that God wished to work a new beginning for humanity through her. All would hinge upon Mary’s response (Luke 1:26-38).
This fourth Sunday of Advent we acknowledge how God now approaches us. Not by angel but by Holy Spirit. Not to participate in the incarnation of the Christ, but rather the extension of his kingdom of peace and justice and joy. And so much now awaits on our response.
If you are in the area, you are warmly invited to join us in worship. From the Order of Service below, you will notice that we will not constrain our joy, and we will be singing some carols in advance of our evening candlelight service (7:30 p.m.) A nursery for infants is offered during the service. Children will be invited to remain in the sanctuary for the service. Ample parking can be found in the public surface lot just behind the church off Queen Street, and along the streets around (please note it is possible to park on the streets north of Queen on Sundays, even during the designated daylight prohibited times).