St. Luke the Evangelist. By a follower of Jacob Jordaens, 1593-1678
So why is an ox portrayed looking down over Luke as he records his account of the gospel of Jesus Christ? The look of those large brown eyes remind me of other oxen I have seen painted into scenes of the birth of that same Jesus, but perhaps now with less wonder and more reflection. This ox may have been associated with the Gospel according to Luke because his account begins with Zechariah in the temple of Jerusalem with its animal sacrifices … but I would suggest the ox refers also to the Christ of whom Luke writes during his earthly ministry. Why? How? That is the topic of this Sunday’s sermon!
This month we are exploring the various gospel accounts of the New Testament – each attempting to describe the Risen Lord with a different perspective upon the earthly witness of Jesus, and each traditionally symbolized by a traditional image. This week – the Gospel according to Luke, and the ox.
The sanctuary doors are open for in-person worship (with physical distancing and wearing of masks), and for the first time in over two years we will be able to join our cantors in singing the hymns! Live-streaming continues. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link to the livestream can be found at https://youtu.be/txDHcZ1llPs. 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 – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. I invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.