Kingston is celebrating First Capital Day, the day in 1841 that then-Governor General Lord Sydenham declared Parliament open in Kingston, the new capital of the Province of Canada. Children are participating in the history of their city as they gather in a central park alive today with historical reenactments of some of the citizens of eras past.
The Rideau Canal was already one of the distinguishing characteristics of Kingston by that time, completed in 1832. As was St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston, erected 1822.
The flowing waters of the canal remind us today of certain promises of Christian baptism. As the canal was built to protect this land from invasion from the United States, baptism reminds us that we are held with a love that will not let us go. As the canal became a main transportation route, baptism is also all about movement, the continuing experience of God’s Spirit upon us and through us for the good of others. As the canal today is known mainly for the recreation it offers, baptism’s declaration of God’s grace brings joy.
If you are in the area, join us in worship of God, in praise and with our prayers for others. Have a look at the Order of Service below. There is a programme for children and a nursery for infants offered during the service.
p.s. Thanks to all who are busy baking pies today – 67 pies have been ordered for pick up tomorrow, Saturday June 13 at the church, 1:30 – 3 p.m. All proceeds of the pies and envelopes will go to support Syrian refugees who have had to flee their homes for other corners of their land or neighbouring nations, through ACT Alliance and work of partners (International Orthodox Christian Charities, Middle East Council of Churches, the Lutheran World Federation).