It was told King David, ‘The Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.’ So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the city of David with rejoicing; and when those who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. David danced before the Lord with all his might;  ~2 Samuel 6:12-14
 
This week we will be exploring the idea fame. So often the world seeks celebrity, royalty, and personal gratification. We wonder: “What if I could be like them?”  The scriptures though, paint a different picture of this condition. Too often it shows fame as a burden, and something despised by common folks. Biblically, even many of those who have some degree of power find it more of a torment than a blessing. God asks us to celebrate and trust that in the glory of others we will see the Lord at work.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m.  The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/DDYU4dW3xKc?feature=share
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://youtube.com/live/x0t67QInWfI?feature=share
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, 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. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

The town of NazarethAdobe stock image
 
He left that place and came to his home town, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, ‘Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him. Then Jesus said to them, ‘Prophets are not without honour, except in their home town, and among their own kin, and in their own house.’ And he could do no deed of power there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and cured them. And he was amazed at their unbelief.  ~Mark 6:1-6
 
 
Last week we looked at names – what they mean to us, how they impact us, how others view us. Now we expand on that to look at what else shapes our identity. Most of us have experienced the situation where people know only one dimension of our being. Perhaps they have only seen us as a colleague, or only known us through the way we are at work. Maybe they have us frozen in time as a small child, or a possibly rebellious teenager or a self-absorbed student. They know only once aspect of our personality, and identify us in only that one context, or one time period. Their image of us is static, regardless of whatever has changed in our lives since that time. In some cases, no matter how hard we try, we never are able to become someone/something else to even those who have known us the longest. We cannot seem to shed that “first impression”. Even Jesus was rejected as the Messiah by the people of his hometown, who knew him only as “the carpenter’s son.” How did Jesus overcome this? How can we?
 
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m.  The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/Q3SyD0XE1BY?feature=share
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://youtube.com/live/x0t67QInWfI?feature=share
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, 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. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 


Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment;
his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may linger for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
and praise you in the council of the elders.”
   ~Psalm 30:4-5
 
This week we think about transformation. Each of us has a name by which we are known. A name is more than just a word. It is intricately woven into our personal, cultural and ancestral identity. Sometimes, however, we get tagged with a nickname – not always flattering – which becomes the name by which people know us, instead of our given or chosen, name. When Jesus becomes part of our life, we are often a changed person inside an existing body. That transformation can be what makes a difference to the world we are part of, if we let it happen for God.
 
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m.  The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/kugYyaG8wCs?feature=share
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://youtube.com/live/x0t67QInWfI?feature=share
 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, 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. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 


After the Storm – Tom Thomson. 1917

“Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and you delivered them from their distress.
You stilled the storm to a whisper
and quieted the waves of the sea.
Then were they glad because of the calm,
and you brought them to the harbour they were bound for.
Let them give thanks to you, O Lord, for your mercy
and the wonders you do for your children.
Let them exalt you in the congregation of the people
and praise you in the council of the elders.”
   ~Psalm 107:28-30
 
This week we will take a look at suffering – not an easy topic.  At times, the challenges of life can leave us in dark places. Getting out of those places can be tough even for those with deep faith. But God promises to be with us in all circumstances. We can hold on to that promise, that hope, through whatever matter may come against us.
 
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m.  The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/H5fkC2bXTBs?feature=share
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://youtube.com/live/x0t67QInWfI?feature=share
 
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, 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. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

Mustard Tree – uncredited internet image
 
” He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’ “
   ~Mark 4:30-32
 
This week we look at abundance. In a world obsessed with having more of everything, of keeping up with our neighbours, of valuing ourselves in terms of our possession, Jesus has a radical message for us – we have enough. God promises us enough. Sometimes we don’t recognize the abundance that we do have – even from the smallest sources. May we take time, today and everyday, to notice how those little things can bring the abundance of God, when we allow God to take over.
 
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m.  The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/H5fkC2bXTBs?feature=share
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, 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. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

Uncredited internet image
 
“And the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’
And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.
‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’— for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’
   ~Mark 3:20-30
 
This week we explore how we share the Gospel with others. 
 
In much of society the Christian church seems out of touch with the real world. We talk about a loving, hopeful, caring, forgiving God in a world that wants proof and truth they can see and touch. We speak of a Saviour that offers us salvation through his death and death and resurrection when many choose to not believe. When we try share God’s Word it is easy to become despondent when we are shut down. We may begin to wonder: “why even bother?” We bother because we believe that there is hope for us all if we do the work in faith.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m.  The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/XgJcqtF_8p8?feature=share
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, 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. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 


“Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you. Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.”     ~Deuteronomy 5:12-15
 
 
This week we explore the Sabbath. How well do any of us keep the sabbath? We often find ways to slip around the full sense of rest on the sabbath. The idea of taking time to show praise and honour to God is our true sabbath. How might we do that authentically when we keep the sabbath?
 
Being the first Sunday in June, we will also celebrate Holy Communion. We have returned to the practice of serving from a common plate. You are absolutely welcome to bring your elements from home if you prefer. And, if you are watching the service online, perhaps take a moment before the service to prepare some bread and a cup so that you might Commune with us.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m.  The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/T55ycjVVRes?feature=share
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, 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. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.