Madonna and Child – Sandro Botticelli, 1470

I am moved by this painting of Mary and the infant Jesus. It is course highly stylized, but I feel a stillness and depth to it that evoke a sense of time standing still, of eternity breaking into chronology. I have to admit however that I selected it because of the rose bush in the background.

It is still Advent, but we cannot contain the Christmas celebrations! This Sunday the children will contribute some special poetry and music. And the sermon will explore the origins in scripture and Christian tradition of the hymn ‘Lo, how a rose e’er blooming’ (Es ist ein rose entsprungen).

Have a look at the Order of Service below, and if you are in the area, please join us. Information about child care, parking and handicapped access follows. A warm welcome in the name of Christ!

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During the service there is offered a nursery for infants if desired. There is free parking on the streets around (please note that the time-of-day restrictions on Clergy Street north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street. There is a wheel chair lift available in the doors of the church closest to the manse (the courtyard is entered from the driveway half way along the St. Andrew’s block of Clergy Street) and a wheelchair ramp is available through doors along Princess Street.

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