Angels Appearing before the Shepherds, Henry Ossawa Tanner, c. 1910


The final week of Advent and of waiting. Soon the celebration of Christmas shall be upon us, and this year that assurance and joy will come none-too-soon.

In the meantime we continue our preparations by exploring another dimension of the Christian tradition and life. We will follow the story of the shepherds (Luke 2: 8-20) and consider how now we are led to Christ not by a heavenly angel but by the Holy Spirit. 

This painting by Henry Ossawa Tanner captures something of the mystery and the beauty of that story. Tanner was the first black American artist to gain international acclaim. He suffered racism in the States and acceptance in France, which he adopted as his home away from home. At Christmas 1896 Tanner wrote to his parents, “I have made up my mind to serve Him [God] more faithfully.” A tour of the Middle East intensified his focus upon scenes from the biblical narrative and infused them with dimensions both ethereal and realistic, as seen in this canvas of 1910 with his portrayal of an ambiguous spiritual presence (the angel) and a definite personal experience (the shepherds and us).

We are planing for the doors to be open and our service of worship will begin at 10:30 a.m., though we suggest you check back Sunday morning just to confirm. If you are able to attend to join for worship in the sanctuary, please note the post under ‘Special Events’ in the column to the right for the protocols that need to be followed. The service will also be live-streamed, active just after 10:20 a.m. with organ music for meditation, commencing with the Entry of the Scriptures at 10:30 a.m., found at https://youtu.be/HBsmHNl94cM

Once the service has ended, a recording will be available on our channel shortly after the live-streaming has ended – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA 

Have a look at the Order of Service, music notes and announcements below, and participate as you are able.

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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In John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany there is a Christmas pageant scene, during which John Wheelwright says ‘What an uninspiring role it is, to be Joseph – that hapless follower, that stand-in, that guy along for the ride.’

One would almost think Rembrandt agreed. While Mary is exhausted but bathed in light, Joseph is exhausted and in the shadows. Except for that hand of an angel upon his shoulder! 

This morning we will consider another dimension of the Christian life, and within the Church of Christ – ‘holiness’. What does it mean to ‘be’ holy? The character of Joseph will help us explore the challenge.

The doors will be open and our service of worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Please see the post under ‘Special Events’ in the column to the right for the protocols and shape of the service).

Due to an internet failure, there was no live-streaming of the service, but an audio recording is now available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA

Have a look at the Order of Service, music notes and announcements.

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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Paolo Veronese (1528-1588) – St John the Baptist Preaching

‘Walking home from church with a hard working farmer who was a regular worshipper, the minister congratulated the man on being present each Sunday in the pew. ‘Oh I enjoy the Sunday service’ he replied. Just as the minister was experiencing what some call an ‘ego-inflation’, the farmer continued, ‘Sunday for me really is a day of rest. I work hard all week, and then I come to church on Sundays, and when you start the sermon, I put my feet up on the heating pipes under the pews, and think of nothing.’
(Holy Wit, compiled by the Rev. James A. Simpson: Edinburgh)

There is certainly great comfort in the Christian gospel but there is also great challenge, and this morning we hear the latter loud and clear from John the Baptist … and even more, as his pointing finger indicates, from Jesus the Christ (Luke 3:1-18).

Our theme this morning is the dimension of the Christian tradition and life known as ‘compassion’, the ‘sorrow for the suffering of others accompanied by an urge to help’ (Collins Dictionary). 

We will also be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion, to which is invited ‘all who love the Lord a little and yearn to love him more’. If you will be part of the congregation online, you are invited to prepare some bread and a cup for yourself. If you are able to be part of the congregation in the sanctuary, you can bring your own bread and juice, or receive a packaged personal unit as you enter.

The doors will be open and our service of worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Please see the post under ‘Special Events’ in the column to the right for the protocols and shape of the service). The service will also be live-streamed, active just after 10:20 a.m. with organ music for meditation, commencing with the Entry of the Scriptures at 10:30 a.m., found at https://youtu.be/aU9UPCw-23g

Once the service has ended, a recording will be available on our channel shortly after the live-streaming has ended – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA 

Have a look at the Order of Service, music notes and announcements.

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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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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