From time to time I enjoy re-reading a collection of prayers by the Australian author and artist Michael Leunig. This week I thought of one from The Prayer Tree – ‘God bless our contradictions, those parts of us which seem out of character. Let us be boldly and gladly out of character. Let us be creatures of paradox and variety: creatures of contrast; of light and shade: creatures of faith. God be our constant. Let us step out of character into the unknown, to struggle and love and do what we will. Amen.’
I thought of this dimension of the contradictions of life this past Canada Day, when many of us experienced both grief and gratitude. There are contradictions in our life of faith as well of course. As we reflect upon our journey by following the life of David, we arrive at that scene (2 Samuel 6) when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem, and both fear and joy were experienced.
Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/PH7VOpsv9uQ. Organ preludes will begin around 10:20 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. We will be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion, so feel free to prepare at home some bread and a cup in advance – in the sanctuary, small packaged units will be available as you enter for you to take to your pew. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston