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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We welcome Rev Harry Klassen to lead us in worship and 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.

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” – John 6:35

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at    https://youtu.be/fbKfI-PO1Kw   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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ONLINE TAIZÉ SERVICE – 2nd & 4th Wednesday (July 28 through September 22) 7:30-8:00 pm 

A new opportunity with St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kingston, initially on Zoom. 
You are invited to a time of prayer and song in the tradition of the Taizé community. Led by Susanne Cliff-Jüngling and Wendy Luella Perkins. Together, we will light a candle, join in simple prayerful chants combined with short scripture readings and prayers.   
Please feel free to invite your friends and families. 
 
Join Via Zoom: 
7:30-8:00pm Wednesday July 28, August 11 + 25, September 8 + 22 
Meeting ID: 824 6481 1989 

We plan to offer 5 sessions and see how it goes (if well, then it will continue). 

Nathan before King David. Clement-Pierre Marillier (1740-1808)

This is definitely David. There is the harp of his psalms, there is the throne of his rule. But why is his head in his hands? How could one of such privilege look so miserable? 

That is the prophet Nathan before David. Using a parable, Nathan has held up a mirror to David. And David has seen himself as God and others see him. David is brought to his senses, beginning with an experience of regret and confession. (2 Samuel 12:1-15). As with David, how often with us! 

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/IM8l5WsY0e0. We welcome Aurora Dokkens back to the organ bench this Sunday morning and Susanne Cliff-Jüngling as cantor. 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. The lyrics to the hymns provide some wonderful mediative verse, from the Scottish Psalter of 1650 (O thou my soul, bless God the Lord) to the English poet George Herbert (King of glory, King of peace) to a contemporary Christian with a Canadian connection, Anna Briggs (We lay our broken world in sorrow at your feet).

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Mephibosheth before David: The Morgan Bible, c.1244

Mephibosheth is not a name that rolls easily off my English-language-shaped tongue. Mainly because, I imagine, it is a name so infrequently heard or spoken. But Mephibosheth is a character critical to our understanding of David as king, and perhaps to our understanding of Christ and our calling as Christians.

I could not find many images of this scene from 2 Samuel 9. And it is interesting that of those images that are available from across the ages, most focus upon the crutches of Mephibosheth as he is brought before King David. But when David asks ‘To whom may I show the kindness of God?’ and then sends for Mephibosheth to be brought to him, I do not believe it is Mephibosheth’s crippled body that is David’s primary focus. David’s intention is not primarily an act of charity but a decision to let go of vengeance and embrace a life that gives life. I invite you explore this theme with me during the sermon this Sunday morning.

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/9KuUCy6hkGw..  We welcome Aurora Dokkens back to the organ bench this Sunday morning. We also welcome Margaret Moncrieff who will share, as an introduction to our prayers of intercession, lyrics and music she has composed in response to the recent revealing of so many unmarked graves of indigenous children at former residential schools and the transfer of the Macdonald statue in our city – ‘Where do we go from here?’. 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

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