Walking to the end of summer. Vita Kalmutska

During our service of worship this Sunday we will be reading Psalm 8. As I pondered the line ‘You (O God) have put all things under their (humanity’s) feet’, I was lead to some new understandings that I look forward to sharing … and that are intimated in this wonderful painting by Vita Kalmutska. We will continue looking at the gift that is called ‘the Sabbath’, and this morning the way the Sabbath is connected with creation … and re-connects us as God’s people with creation. 

The hour will include some wonderful hymns (including ‘All things bright and beautiful … the Lord God made them all’ to ‘When I in awesome wonder consider all thy hands have made … How great thou art!’), and music (including a passage from Haydn’s ‘Creation’).

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/Rzfw5x6YKVA Sunday morning. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston

The Order of Service and announcements are found below (just keeping scrolling down the document), with the hymns printed out further down the page. 

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Uncredited internet image.

These first weeks of a new congregational year we are re-visiting the gift and experience of the Sabbath. And this morning we are focusing upon the dimension of ‘covenant’. It may all sound rather dry, but it is actually deep and intimate, filled with assurance and strength.

And something I came to appreciate for the first time in my sermon preparations, the Sabbath may have been engraved on the stone tablets as number four of ten commandments, but in our reading today from later in the day at Mount Sinai, the Holy One highlights the Sabbath as the most important of all the commandments (Exodus 31:12-18).  

It is a bit like this image above that can be found all over the internet, unfortunately unattributed but certainly evocative. How easy it is to think of the Ten Commandments as a legalistic requirement rather than the framework within which to know the love and care of God. How easy it is to think of the Sabbath as a context of enforced deprivation rather than as an opportunity for relationship.

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/arByjZ_P-5E. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston

The Order of Service and announcements are found below (just keeping scrolling down the document), with the hymns printed out further down the page. 

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Blizzard. Jean-Paul Riopelle (1954)

Béatrice and I were able to take in the Jean-Paul Riopelle exhibition at the Musée des Beaux Arts in Montréal last month. Riopelle was one of the great Québecois and Canadian artists of the last century, and one of the few who gained significant international recognition.

What struck me in this exhibition was how it was during his lengthy sojourn in France that he came to truly appreciate the dynamics and dimensions of his homeland and its peoples. Take the canvas above which he painted in Paris – beyond the discomfort, disorientation and even distress often experienced in the blizzards of his homeland, Riopelle now ‘saw’ a beauty and movement in winter and its storms that this work clearly conveys.

This experience of understanding something from a distance, or when we break the routine, is an experience we know spiritually in the Sabbath. This morning our worship will include the first in a series of explorations of the spiritual discipline and delight known as ‘sabbath’.

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/H_Zljfr5p4Y. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston

Being the first Sunday of the month, we will be celebrating Holy Communion this Sunday morning. Individually wrapped, disposable Communion packages will be available as you enter the sanctuary, but please feel free to bring your own from home. If you are joining us online, perhaps take a moment before the service to prepare some bread and a cup and participate in the sacrament with us.

The Order of Service and announcements can be found below, with the hymns printed out further down the page. 

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Saint Simon. James Tissot (circa 1890)

We welcome Reverend Paul Kern to lead us in worship this Sunday.

This Sunday we will be looking at one of Jesus’ apostles – Simon the Zealot.  This is a figure we don’t hear about much, mostly because there is not much said about him in the Scriptures.  What we do know is that he likely joined Jesus with an idea of how God was going to build a kingdom and fix a broken world. Eventually he came to realize that kingdom building was/is far beyond our initial beliefs, and so much more than our zealous passions.

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/TQVE9aj5MOI  . Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston

The Order of Service and announcements can be found below, with the hymns printed out further down the page. 

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Stock image from The Worship Center World Headquarters Inc. from facebook.com/twcworldhdq/photos.

 

We welcome Reverend Stephen Kendall, Principal Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, to lead us in worship this Sunday. Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at  https://youtu.be/B4Qh63akSNc . Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston

The Order of Service and announcements can be found below, with the hymns printed out further down the page. 

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Uncredited stained glass window in the chapel at Val du Charron, Wellington, RSA

We welcome Reverend Nancy Hancock to lead us in worship this Sunday. Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/MSL1SdP10zQ . Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston

The Order of Service and announcements can be found below, with the hymns printed out further down the page. 

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Joshua Passing the River Jordan with the Ark of the Covenant. Benjamin West. 1800

“Now therefore revere the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness; put away the gods that your ancestors served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. Now if you are unwilling to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served in the region beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:14-15

We welcome Rev Harry Klassen to lead us in worship again this Sunday. Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at   https://youtu.be/Zg1IXD6RMuo  Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston

The Order of Service and announcements can be found below, with the hymns printed out further down the page. 

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