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When it is dark enough …

Wherever you look, it is easy to acknowledge the darkness. Whether you look at the injustices inflicted upon innocents in the midst of wars around the world, or the suffering of many in the midst of our nation of prosperity, or within the recesses of our own hearts, it is certainly dark enough.

But when it is dark enough … you can see the stars.

This morning we remember the star that set the magi out upon their journey, the star that hung over Bethlehem. Now it is Christ who is our star. In the darkness, the light of Christ shines all the more brightly. It is Christ who sets us out upon a journey in the darkness and through the darkness to God’s promised realm of peace and justice.

Join us as we begin this week in the worship of God known in Jesus by the work of the Holy Spirit. Great songs of praise. Holy Communion. A nursery for infants with a certified caregiver and a programme for children is offered by during the service. Have a look at the Order of Service …

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Standing at the portal of the opening year,
words of comfort meet us hushing every fear,
spoken through the silence by God’s loving voice,

tender, strong and faithful, making us rejoice.

As we gather in St. Andrew’s Hall around quartet tables with croissants and home made croissants, our worship will be a bit more informal but certainly intentional. We will hear again foundational ‘words’ and respond with joy – after hearing the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) we will lift up the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), after hearing the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:20-26) we will state our trust in God with the Nicene Creed. We will conclude by repeating the Puritan prayer of Covenant Renewal (later published by John Wesley)

God will not forsake us and will never fail;
God’s eternal covenant ever will prevail.
Resting on this promise, what have we to fear?
God is all-sufficient for the coming year.  (Frances Ridley Havergal)

Join us if you are in the area – enter through the doors off Clergy Street by the cannon (!)

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Finally our waiting is over and we light the Christ Candle. We hear of how the Holy One came to us, as one of us, and our souls are renewed. After carols and readings, we light our candles and together sing ‘Silent night, Holy night, All is calm, All is bright’. Invite family and friends!

There is free parking along the neighbouring streets and in the public lot behind the church off Queen Street. During the service, a nursery is offered for children three years and younger. All welcome.

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Two of the peal of nine bells in the tower of St. Andrew’s Church Kingston.

A hour of praise for the whole family. On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we cannot contain our celebration – we will sing hymns like ‘Go tell it on the mountain’ and ‘Joy to the world’. And in story and interpretative dance Lindsay, Olivia and Crystal will prepare us for Christmas by pointing to the witness of the bells.
Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us! (It is also our White Gift collection – if you are able, for the women seeking shelter at Interval House, bring a gift card from Shoppers, Food Basics, Dollarama … in a white envelope)
There is a nursery for infants and young children up to three years. There is free parking along the streets around and in the public lot behind the church just off Queen Street.
And after the service, you are invited to linger for a congregational lunch in St. Andrew’s Hall!

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to men.

And in despair I bowed my head:
“There is no peace on earth,” I said,
“For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
“God is not dead, nor doth he sleep;
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail,
With peace on earth, good will to men.”

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