From the book ‘Desert Wisdom’ by Yushi Nomura
As we look forward to the lifting of pandemic restrictions and ‘beginning again’ as a Christian community, we are considering four scenes of the very first beginnings of the Church.
This week we will be introduced to the wisdom gained by certain women and men of the fourth century. They were not willing (as were so many others) to leave the formulation and articulation of the faith to ‘the Church’. They desired a personal experience of God and God’s Word, and so removed themselves to live in hermit communities in the deserts of Egypt. They came to be known as the Desert Fathers and Mothers, and I believe there is much for us to glean from their experience us as we reconsider our calling as Christians.
This Sunday the sanctuary doors will again be open for in-person worship (with physical distancing, wearing of masks and forgoing congregational singing), but live-streaming will continue. We invite you to join us in prayer and praise. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The livestream can be found at https://youtu.be/TCL9bDJjpbo
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
Have a look at the Order of Service, Notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – you can print them out if you wish and refer to them as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. Please join in worship, study and service as you are able.
Immediately after the service, enjoy a time of online after-service conversation and fellowship with others Sunday morning at 11:45 a.m. Here’s the link! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81854705429?pwd=cG5QY2FjWXl6KzJVSGxQMytVUVlJQT09
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