‘Who would true valour see, let them come hither …
There’s no discouragement shall make me once relent
my first avowed intent to be a pilgrim’

We continue this Sunday exploring our Christian faith through the hymns we sing. After joining with the Church in Jerusalem of the first three centuries (Let all mortal flesh keep silence … for Christ our God to earth descendeth), and with those around John of Damascus in the 8th century (The day of resurrection, earth tell it out abroad), and with Francis of Assisi in the 12th century (All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voices and with us sing), we arrive at 17th century England … and what a story lies behind this hymn! It is one of Christian witness embodied in the life of its author, and of challenge in its words to us today.

If you would like to hear the hymn sung in preparation to singing it together, I recommend Maddy Prior’s lively and authentic rendition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EiSxSZ0s0AQ

We warmly invite you to join us this Sunday morning and begin this week of grace in the worship of God with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
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During the service, reference will be made to a volume to be published in August by Upper Room Press, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice – I recommend seeing the video of a prayer, found at the bottom of this webpage https://upperroombooks.com/Rally/

In gardens around the world, one can find a statue similar to this. Why is that? Who might this be?
As we explore the answer, we will be led to one of the great hymns of Christian praise, ‘All creatures of our God and King … sing praises, hallelujah’, with encouragement for our faith and a challenge for our lives.

We warmly invite you to join us this Sunday morning and begin this week of grace in the worship of God with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

If you would like to join in the congregational time of fellowship Sunday morning 11:30 – noon by ZOOM, you would be welcome – just let me know and I will forward a link to you! a.johnston@standrewskingston.org

A portrayal of the experiences of the women at the tomb of Jesus (Matthew 28:1-10) found in the Rabbula Gospels (Syria), 586 A.D.

Easter in July! Why not? Should not every Sunday be Easter Sunday, a celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord, and an acknowledgement of the Risen Lord with us?
We continue this Sunday exploring our Christian faith through the hymns we sing – this Sunday joining generations before us with verses based upon the poetry of John of Damascus  (676-734 A.D.) – ‘The day of resurrection, earth tell it out abroad!’.

We warmly invite you to join us this Sunday morning and begin this week of grace in the worship of God with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

Reference will be made to a recently-released work ‘Draw Near’ by Canadian spoken word artist Andrew Russell – it can be viewed here https://www.facebook.com/joinlovemovement/videos/1407841919405336

 

A spiral of 73 panels crowned by the Glory Window – Thanks-giving Square Dallas TX

With quotes from Montreal poet Leonard Cohen and indigenous song writer Caleigh Cardinal, and verses from the New Testament, a service of worship that focuses upon the presence of the Holy One in our singing and in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. 

We warmly invite you to join us this Sunday morning and begin this week of grace in the worship of God with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston
Be sure to prepare a sacred place, with bread and wine, and perhaps even a candle.

Scripture passages include Colossians 3:16 and 1 Timothy 3:16. 
Articles referred to can be found at the following links:

Seven Dances, one Anthem
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/article-leonard-cohen-anthem-dance-video/#grandsballets

Caleigh Cardinal
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/celeigh-cardinal-2020-juno-award-indigenous-artist-of-the-year-1.5634142

Video chats short circuit a brain function essential for trust
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/zoom-trust-business-pandemic-1.5628638

One summer we enjoyed camping along the Saguenay Fjord and ended up in Tadoussac along the St. Lawrence River. One winter we spent some time in Québec City. Why would I think of these as places that strengthen my understanding of what it means to be a Christian in Canada? 

As Canada Day approaches, a sermon on the role of the Huguenots on these shores, including references to John Ralston Saul’s book ‘Reflections of a Siamese Twin’ and the very particular cross still worn by many members of L’église Réformé de France.

We warmly invite you to join us this Sunday morning and begin this week of grace in the worship of God with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
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This is Father’s Day. And National Indigenous People’s Day. And the Lord’s Day. We invite you to join us and gather in the praise of God.

We may still be constrained in our travels, but these days I have been journeying in mind and heart back to some of the places that I have visited and have shaped my understanding and experience of Christian faith. This Sunday morning I invite you to travel with me to the shores of North Africa, to Cyrene, then onward to Hippo and witness of Augustine (354-430 A.D.)

We will hear Psalm 103 and Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16. We will sing the metrical psalm ‘O Lord, thou art my God and King’ (the Scottish Psalter of 1650), and hymns ‘O matchless beauty of our God’ (Augustine) and ‘Christ is made the sure foundation’ (7-8th centuries, anonymous’). We will lift up prayers of thanksgiving and of intercession.

We warmly invite you to join us Sunday morning with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
https://anchor.fm/st-andrews-presbyterian-church-kingston

 

International travel restrictions remain in effect, but it is important to remember the larger frameworks of our world and of our lives. These days I have been journeying in mind and heart back to some of the places that have shaped my understanding and experience of Christian faith.

This Sunday morning I invite you to travel with me to the Elisabethkirche of Marburg Germany, 

named after a young woman and her particular witness to her Lord. Here I am challenged with the question, who are the saints of our day?

Join us Sunday morning with Video at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
and with Podcast at
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