Painted by Niclaus of Heguenau and Matthias Grunewald in 1512-1516, this portion of the great Isenheim altar centrepiece shows John the Baptizer … pointing. It was of course the supreme ministry of John to point to the one who was coming … the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Christ. ‘On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry announces that the Lord is nigh …’
This Second Sunday of Advent we consider our calling as Christians, raised up as individuals and as the church … to point to Jesus the Christ, these days the other side of his resurrection. We will take up this exploration in scripture, sermon and song. (An interesting prompt from the painting itself – the monks of Monastery of St. Anthony in Isenheim, near Colmar France, who commissioned this painting were known for their sacrificial care of individuals suffering from the plaque). And with joy we will also receive new members along the journey.
Have a look at the Order of Service below, and if you are in the area, we warmly welcome you to join us. During the service there is a nursery for infants and a programme for children. There is free parking along neighbouring streets (the time of day restrictions on Clergy north of Queen are not in effect on Sunday) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street.
Whether near or far, a ‘pointed’ Advent to you!