Kingston enjoyed its first true snowfall this week.
As I was thinking of gathering for worship this Sunday, I remembered something written by Francois Rabelais in a book based on the narratives of Jacques Cartier (1552): Antiphanes said that Plato’s philosophy was like words which, being spoken in some country during a hard winter, are immediately congealed, frozen and not heard … Now, he continued, we should philosophize and search whether this be not the place where those words are thawed …
With much imagination and hope, the new settlement of New France was described as an island in the St. Lawrence where ‘frozen words’ might be thawed and heard. Wouldn’t it be good to prepare to gather for Sabbath worship with a similar expectation? … thinking of worship as a place were the Word of God is ‘thawed’, lifted off the pages of scripture and held up real and alive.
This Sunday we welcome the Rev. Jennifer Cameron of St. Columba Presbyterian Church in Belleville ON to bring alive the enduring Word of God for us. Jennifer and our minister are participating in a presbytery exchange.
All welcome! There is free on street parking around the church (the time of day restrictions on the streets north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) as well as a free public surface lot just behind the church off Queen Street, as well as a nursery for infants and a programme for children during the service for those who wish. And afterwards, a congregational potluck lunch!
Have a look at the Order of Service and announcements below, and join us.
And if you have a moment, you might appreciate a six minute PBS interview conducted in 2011 with Eugene Peterson. Peterson died this past week, after many years of service as a Presbyterian minister in the United States and professor at the Vancouver School of Theology, known to millions through his 30+ books on the Bible and the popular paraphrase The Message.