The Baptism of Christ. Pietro Perugino. circa 1482. Fresco in the Sistine Chapel

    “John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed,
‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’   
 
In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven,
‘You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.’”
   ~Mark 1:4-11

    
Happy new year!
This week in our service, we will focus on the Baptism of Jesus and what that means for us, his followers, in our times. Most of us were baptized as infants, and promises were made on our behalf regarding our faith and how we will live that out. We rarely take the time to consider how those promises are for us to keep, not the ones who made them for us. Living our faith and having the changes baptism promised are things we should consider from time to time and act on as well.
 
Not only is this the first Sunday of 2024, but it is also the first Sunday in January. As is the custom at St. Andrew’s, we will be sharing Communion. The Session has agreed that the time is right for returning to pre-Covid Communion practices! Therefore, we will be passing the elements to congregants from a common tray. We are asking people to sit close to the aisle ends of the pews to help facilitate distribution. It is the practice of the congregation to wait until the elements are distributed to everyone, and then partake together. If you are not comfortable taking the bread and an individual cup from a common tray, please feel free to bring your own elements from home so that you may commune with us. And, if you are worshipping from home via the livestream, perhaps take a moment before the service to prepare some bread and a cup so that you also may participate in Communion with us.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/67koU0Uvpe8?feature=share
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

    “Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.’
There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.”
  Luke 2: 25-32; 36-38


 
This is the last day of 2023! It’s traditionally a good day to reflect on the year we have just lived as individuals- what we accomplished, how we grew, changes we made, blessings we were given…. As a church it’s a good time to contemplate our legacy as Christians. The scripture passage this morning speaks about Anna and Simeon and how they recognize Jesus well before the rest of the world does, and for his mission to the world. It is astounding how often older experienced Christians are the first to recognize people for their gifts and missions in the world. Sometimes it takes the wisdom of our elders to show us the way we can serve the Lord.        
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/81b2cIbyA1s?feature=share
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

    Then Mary said: “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”         
 Luke 1:38

 
This is the fourth week of Advent, and as we light the candle of Love we will look at power – God’s power. The arrival of God on this Earth in the human form of Jesus was an impossible thing made possible. God made the choice to be among the creation that was in need of a visible sign of God to learn from. As we prepare for the birth of Jesus we should remember that nothing is impossible for God, and to live our lives in that way.         
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/AZN5VdncAaQ?feature=share
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil. May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.  
 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

 
This is the third week of Advent and as we light the candle of Joy we will look at the ‘readiness’ aspect of Advent that we sometimes miss. The pre-Christmas run-up is hectic for so many and we often forget the reason we are celebrating. Advent gives us the time to step away from the ‘Real World’ and get ourselves ready for the work that is before us. That work is sharing the Good News of Christ’s arrival and what it will mean to those who don’t already know him.   
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/T8wZx5kWCEk?feature=share
 
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

Comfort, O comfort my people,
   says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
   and cry to her
that she has served her term,
   that her penalty is paid,
that she has received from the Lord’s hand
   double for all her sins.
A voice cries out:
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
   make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain.
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
   and all people shall see it together,
   for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

  Isaiah 40:1-5

 
This is the second week of Advent and as we light the candle of Peace, we will look at discipleship. As we approach the arrival of Jesus, we must ask ourselves: “Are we prepared to do the work to share the words of Jesus no matter what the situation is?” Too often, our discipleship comes with unintended limits – we want to be on the right side of the effort, regardless of the harm it may bring to another. In reality, we are called to make our life and discipleship all about Jesus – that is what our goal should be.  
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtu.be/olNMAWYl4mc
 
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.
‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’  Mark13:24-37

 
This week, as we begin our Advent journey, we will focus on awareness. As the church year begins, too often we lose our focus and forget what the season is about. We get lost in the pageantry and excess of the Christmas season and miss the important things like offering hope to those who need it most. Let us begin with the chance to help others and lift up the ones the world forgets.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/JusApnderL8?feature=share
 
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

Saint Andrew. Artus Wolffort, circa 1620

“The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).” John1:35-42
 
This week we look at faith through the lens of St Andrew. When we consider our faith it is something that has varying degrees of importance to each of us. Some take their faith for granted, others carry their faith on their sleeve and it is everything to them. For many it is part of their life yet maybe not the central part. St Andrew lived his faith until his own death because of his faith. Are we willing to make our faith that crucial to our life?
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/F5bSvJTEuiU?feature=share
 
Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements below – this electronic form includes hyperlinks for easy connection, but you can print the pages if you wish for reference as the hour unfolds, or even through the week. We invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.