Les Santons de Charlevoix


Here are a variety of different Advent opportunities for individuals and families, adults and children …

Online Daily Advent Emails 
a) scripture accompanied with works of art and music and wonderful notes of context and interpretation  http://ccca.biola.edu/advent/2020/
from the Centre for Christianity, Culture and the Arts (Biola University)
b) a word for reflection and prayer each day from the Virginia Theological Seminary. Join an international community in prayer to explore the mystery and wonder of Advent! https://adventword.org/en/home/
c) Visual Theological Commentary brings you three readings of scripture and three works of art each day with some words for exploration, https://thevcs.org/Advent2020 from King’s College London

Podcast ‘Understanding Christmas: Strange New World #1
A talk about understanding Christmas by beginning with an understanding
of the Bible, the world’s most influential, misunderstood book – ‘a podcast tailor-made for skeptics, believers, and everybody in between’. Hosted by Matthew Myer Boulton, who’s spent twenty years teaching the Bible and theology to students at Harvard Divinity School and elsewhere. https://www.saltproject.org/podcast-strange-new-world

Celebrating the Light with different Faith Traditions
https://presbyterian.ca/2020/11/23/celebrating-the-light-in-different-faith-traditions/

Advent Resources for Families and Children of All Ages
These resources have been produced by the Rev. Dr. Tori Smit, our Synod Christian Education resource staff. Have a look!
 
Advent Devotional Booklet –  http://www.cnob.org/?p=1907
Making An Advent Wreath Video – http://www.cnob.org/?p=1923
 
Living Room Videos 

Each week of Advent, the living room will ‘grow’ into Christmas.
Advent 1 – https://bit.ly/3f84GzS
After opening the link above, click on the candle, and a Bible story will be told. Then you can click on things all around the room. The nativity set will reveal daily devotions making use of scripture and/or the Spark Story Bible with additional prayers and wondering questions. A musical instrument opens up to a  a new song and papers on the floor will reveal the words to lengthier songs for everyone to sing along. The mixing bowl on the table will take you to recipe for the travellers that week, and the cup with pencil crayons offer up a fun craft. And finally the window over the couch takes everyone outside for an adventure together. 

Jan Pienkowski – Christmas

Have a look at these opportunities to grow in Christian faith, community and service during these days of Advent and Christmas … and join as you are able! (This is a trip-fold print document, double-sided, so you it may need some perseverance to navigate the online version).

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November 30th, 2020

And this year our fifth annual St. Andrew’s Day Social is online!

A thoroughly St.-Andrew’s-Church-Kingston offering with contributions from members of music, poetry, history, reflection and a wee bit of fun: including 

– readings of Burns and from the Glasgow Bible
– the landing of the Hector in Pictou New Scotland
– piano melodies of Scottish tunes
– the history of the saint Andrew
– reminiscences of St. Andrew’s Church Québec City
– the significance of bulbs planted around the church this autumn
– reflections on oatmeal and the Christian life
– a minister in a kilt and an organist hamming it up off the keyboard

Enjoy! Available at https://youtu.be/7hkPAbOikgY


 



 

The Annunciation by Jan Pienkowski

The first Sunday of Advent!

As a new church year begins, we journey to Christmas exploring different dimensions of the Christian life, each dimension illuminated by a different character of Christmas story. We begin with Mary and the dimension of contemplation.

A myriad of paintings have tried to capture something of the scene when the angel Gabriel came to the young woman Mary. The one that came to me this year is from a wonderful book that our family brings out each Christmas, with the words of the King James Authorized Version of the Bible illustrated by the amazing silhouette artist Jan Pienkowski. I love the way Mary, in the midst of her daily chores, is caught completely unawares by the  intrusion of the holy, yet stands upright, gazing directly into the eyes of the messenger from the Holy One. That gaze of Mary has been taken up by generations as now we contemplate the Holy One known in Jesus Christ.

The Order of Service, music notes and announcements and hymn file can be found towards the end of this post.

If you are unable to join us in the sanctuary, the Service of Worship will be live-streamed – organ music for meditation beginning around 10:20 a.m. with the Service beginning at 10:30 a.m. and can be joined at https://youtu.be/a5vTF9bwC-U

After the life-streaming, a recording of the service should appear on our channel for viewing thereafter  – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA 

Free parking is available Sunday mornings in the surface civic lot off Queen Street behind St. Andrew’s, and on the streets of the neighbourhood – please note that time-of-day restrictions north of Queen are not enforced on Sundays. For accessible entrance to the sanctuary, please use the ramp by the western-most door along Princess Street.

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This morning we explore a particular Christian witness in our city – we welcome to the pulpit the Rev. Dr. Paul Kern, chaplain for Corrections Canada at Collins Bay Institution. (For a national perspective, have a look at the Church Council on Justice and Corrections, an ecumenical Christian approach to restorative justice https://ccjc.ca )

The Order of Service, music notes and announcements can be found towards the end of this post.

If you are unable to join us in the sanctuary, the Service of Worship will be live-streamed – organ music for meditation beginning around 10:20 a.m. with the Service beginning at 10:30 a.m. and can be joined at …

WE APOLOGIZE, THE LIVESTREAMING FAILED THIS MORNING, AND THERE WILL BE NO RECORDING.

After the life-streaming, a recording of the service should appear on our channel for viewing thereafter  – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA 

Free parking is available Sunday mornings in the surface civic lot off Queen Street behind St. Andrew’s, and on the streets of the neighbourhood – please note that time-of-day restrictions north of Queen are not enforced on Sundays. For accessible entrance to the sanctuary, please use the ramp by the western-most door along Princess Street.

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The Sermon on the Mount (1896) by Karoly Ferenczy (Hungary)

I love the informal setting conveyed in this painting as Jesus provides instruction for life that we have come to know as ‘the sermon on the mount’. I love that, true to Matthew’s account, Jesus is speaking not just to his disciples but to all – the young and old, the women and men, the professional (in his black business suit) and soldier (in armour) and the labourers (with their headscarves and hats). I love the attentiveness of each person in this diverse group, so focused … upon Jesus.

These weeks of autumn we have been exploring one particular part of this Sermon on the Mount, Jesus teaching us how to pray. This morning the sermon will focus on the final ascription of praise of that prayer, ‘For yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory’.

And what a wonderful conclusion it is! Saying these words, we are brought back to the One with whom we began the prayer, and begin each day – ‘Our Father who art in heaven’. Commencing and concluding, we are reminded we live within this framework of grace and good known as God.

The Order of Service, music notes and announcements can be found towards the end of this post.

If you are unable to join us in the sanctuary, the Service of Worship will be live-streamed – organ music for meditation beginning around 10:20 a.m. with the Service beginning at 10:30 a.m. and can be joined at https://youtu.be/p6tYSNWhsdM

After the life-streaming, a recording of the service should appear on our channel for viewing thereafter  – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA 

Free parking is available Sunday mornings in the surface civic lot off Queen Street behind St. Andrew’s, and on the streets of the neighbourhood – please note that time-of-day restrictions north of Queen are not enforced on Sundays. For accessible entrance to the sanctuary, please use the ramp by the western-most door along Princess Street.

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(Updated)

The 21st Battalion cenotaph in City Park Kingston.
Photo by Eric Gagnon posted on Vintage Kingston (Facebook) Nov, 1,.2020.

Eric Gagnon posted this photo with the question, ‘What is he trying to grasp or to reach? With bayonet affixed, he is still at the front line. What might have just happened? Seen from different angles, we can come up with various answers, though I chose this angle for the stark relief against the sky. Where larks still bravely singing fly.

It is essential for us to acknowledge the darkness of these days, but equally to look beyond them. This Sunday we will hear a lament on the bagpipes, we will enter into a silence to remember the lives scarred, broken and lost to war. But we will also hear the gospel that the Holy One is able to work good even out of this world’s evil. And we will pledge ourselves anew to God’s kingdom of peace and justice for all.

The sermon this morning will continue a journey through the Lord’s Prayer. How appropriate that we arrive this morning at a petition that speaks of ‘temptation’ and ‘evil’ … but in the context of a prayer that provides assurance of God’s help, an assurance that gives us the strength to continue to be at work for life as surely as the larks that ‘still bravely singing fly’ over the battlefields.

The Order of Service, music notes and announcements can be found towards the end of this post.

There was a technical challenge with the live-streaming, but the scripture readings and sermon can now be found on our channel  – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA 

Free parking is available Sunday mornings in the surface civic lot off Queen Street behind St. Andrew’s, and on the streets of the neighbourhood – please note that time-of-day restrictions north of Queen are not enforced on Sundays. For accessible entrance to the sanctuary, please use the ramp by the western-most door along Princess Street.

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