The Parable of the Talents. Willem de Poorter. 17th century

 
 ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”                                  
~Matthew 25:14-30
 
This week we look at our conceptions of God.  What is our image of God? Do we see God as a harsh master expecting us to be perfect?  Or is our view of God more as a guiding parent lifting us up when things don’t go well?  In the parable of the talents, Jesus challenges our perception of God, so that we can challenge ourselves to think differently about God.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is:  https://youtube.com/live/t4ZOWsGeXbM?feature=share
Link for the Induction Service at 4:00 is: https://youtube.com/live/KDodu8Y826I?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 the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, “Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.” Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.” But the wise replied, “No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.” And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, “Lord, lord, open to us.” But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.    
~Matthew 25:1-13
 
This week we look at being prepared. Too often we put off our preparations for the future, whatever that may look like. We always assume there will be another tomorrow! Jesus’ parable about the bridesmaids and the oil remind us that we must be ready when the time comes for the next step for God. 
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is:  https://youtube.com/live/s_Q7PaE-CP0?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.
 
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Give thanks to the Lord who is good,
and whose mercy endures for ever.
Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim
that God redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

~Psalm 107:1-2

 

This week we are very pleased to welcome the Reverend Barry Carr to the pulpit and the congregation, as he begins his ministry with us at St. Andrew’s. Join us on Sunday as we praise God together.
 
The service this week will include an Act of Remembrance to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.
 
Also, since it is the first Sunday of the month, as is the tradition at St. Andrew’s, we will celebrate Holy Communion. As usual, there will be sealed communion packages available as you enter the sanctuary. You are also welcome to bring your own elements from home. And if you are worshipping online, perhaps prepare some bread and a cup before the service so that you may commune with us.  
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/vOpm4QxEuRw?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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

Intarsia panel from the Gubbio Studiolo, designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini (1439–1501). New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

 When we look at the world around us, genuine conversation seems increasingly rare. The goal of communication seems to be to convince rather than understand, to win rather than seek the common good. If we think communication breakdown is a new thing, it’s not. Jesus contended with it too. We turn to the Gospel of Matthew to examine how Jesus manages tricky conversations, and redirects us from idol-making to worship of God.      
 
Join us as we welcome Julielee Stitt to lead our service, as she has done monthly during this time of transition. Julielee is an elder of this congregation, and a ministry student at Presbyterian College, Montreal.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/LWtRZyyu8rc?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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

Adoration of the Golden Calf. Andrea de Lione, copy after Nicolas Poussin. 1626-29.

“When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, ‘Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.’ They rose early the next day, and offered burnt-offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.” ~Exodus 32:5-7

 
There are several ways of defining the concept of “idolatry.” In this week’s sermon, we will define idolatry as “mis-identifying God.” There is an informative example of what it means to mis-identify God in the story of the Golden Calf. In effect, those who built this idol completely misunderstood the deep relationship between divine otherness and God’s personhood. In the process, they also missed some aspects about the meaning of human personhood. These are also issues for the modern church.
This Sunday is also “Student and Colleges Sunday,” so the sermon ends by suggesting how theological education can help the church not to mis-identify God.
 
Join us as we welcome the Rev. Dr. Bill Morrow to lead our service. Rev. Morrow was an ordained Presbyterian minister who is now active as a non-stipendiary priest at St. James Anglican Church on Union St. Until his retirement, he was Professor of Hebrew and Hebrew Scriptures at Queen’s School of Religion here in Kingston.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/mrOGpeOLkAo?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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

 

 

“Jesus told the crowds all these things in parables; without a parable he told them nothing. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet:
‘I will open my mouth to speak in parables;
I will proclaim what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.’” ~Matthew 13:34, 35

 
Jesus often taught using parables. The gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke contain all 39 of them. The word “parable” comes from the Greek parabole (Latin: parabola) which means “to throw beside.” Parables, then, were little juxtapositions, little short stories that Jesus “threw beside” his listeners to teach an important spiritual truth 
 
He himself indicated that he had a dual purpose to using parables: to both reveal and hide his truths. Through the parables, people who were willing to really listen to him, and think deeply about what he said, would actually understand the profound and divine truths contained in them. On the other hand, people who had hardened their hearts to the truth of Christ’s teachings would only hear the parables as little stories containing nothing more important. 
 
Join us this Sunday as we welcome the Rev. Heather Kern to once again lead our service. She will elaborate on the meaning of some of the parables in Matthew, which liken the Kingdom of Heaven to various familiar objects.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/cQ8ueCJUylk?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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 

 

Worker in a Vineyard. Adolphe Valette. 1876-1942.

‘What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, “Son, go and work in the vineyard today.” He answered, “I will not”; but later he changed his mind and went. The father went to the second and said the same; and he answered, “I go, sir”; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?’ They said, ‘The first.’ Jesus said to them, ‘Truly I tell you, the tax-collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax-collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.” ~ Matthew 21:28-32

 
“See you later” usually means “goodbye.” In the context of the Bible passage above, however, it means so much more. It implies that we will see – later on – if you actually meant what you said. 
 
 Join us this Sunday as we welcome the Rev. Dr. Paul Kern to once again lead our service. He will speak about how we can discover God’s will as workers in the vineyard, and how God’s ultmate will for us is to repent and believe.
 
Being the first Sunday of the month, as is the custom at St. Andrew’s, we will also be celebrating Communion. We continue to provide individual, sealed Communion packets as you enter the sanctuary. Alternatively, we encourage you to bring your elements from home to use during the service. And if you are joining online, perhaps take a moment before the service to prepare a cup and some bread, so that you may commune with us.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. This is the link for this morning’s service is: https://youtube.com/live/e7UxVwV-nIg?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.