Photo by Julielee Stitt

 
We continue to follow the story of the first Easter from the Gospel according to Luke, with the ‘Walk to Emmaus’ (Luke 24:13-35). It is a wonderful narrative that speaks of lives changed by the Risen Lord, then and now. 
 
One of the hymns we will sing this Sunday is a prayer that surely we all lift up – 
‘Come to us, beloved Stranger, as you came that Easter day.
Walk with us to our Emmaus, for we need you still today
Stay with us and give us blessing, that our hopes again may rise’
 
The sermon will inquire of our own journeys of faith, and be offered by Julielee Stitt as she sets out to discern a call to ministry.
 
Have a look at the Order of Service, notes of the Director of Music, scripture readings, hymn lyrics and announcements as found at www.standrewskingston.org (including hyperlinks for easy connection). Please join in worship, study and service as you are able.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link to the livestream can be found at https://youtu.be/iLv4_qkJC00 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, notes of the Director of Music, 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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“The Resurrection of Christ” Christel Holl. Germany. 2006.     Used with permission

 
Jesus Christ is risen today, hallelujah!
Our triumphant holy day, hallelujah!
Hymns of praise let us sing, hallelujah!
Unto Christ our heavenly King, hallelujah!
 
Easter Sunday! 
 
Whether at home or in the sanctuary, we will be joining our choir in singing joyous hymns praise. This is the day on which Christian faith begins. This is the day that sustains Christians all their days. This is the day that declares the promise to which all Christians look forward.
 
Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link to the livestream can be found at https://youtu.be/sXyQGrPO6uI  (Please note: due to technical difficulties, the recording concludes after the sermon.) 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, notes of the Director of Music, 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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Over the past two years, members of our congregation and our families have gone ahead of us. Many of us were unable to gather to give God thanks, or to gather with limitations of location and numbers. 

St. Andrew’s held a service on Saturday April 9 to look back, bring our gratitude to God, and be strengthened by God’s promises. It was a very moving hour.

The Order of Service is found below, and the recording is found at https://youtu.be/qYUeGYYClPc

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“Hosanna in the Highest”. Hanna-Cheriyan Varghese. 2007

The movement of this scene is wonderful.  
 
Varghese was a Malaysian artist who often painted from her deep Christian faith. Like in this painting. Jesus is at the centre, but where is headed, to whom is he travelling? This is not just ‘the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem’ – I feel Varghese challenging me to consider ‘the entry of Jesus into my life’.
 
Palm Sunday. An hour for praise, pondering and prayer.
 
The sanctuary doors are open for in-person worship, and we will be joining our choir in singing hymns our worship. Live-streaming continues. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link to the livestream can be found at https://youtu.be/FApwqWCVico  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, notes of the Director of Music, 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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French Cross. Alex Colville. 1988

A rider passing by a monument erected on the spot from which the Acadians were deported in 1755. I find this painting by Alex Colville very moving.
 
After graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Mount Allison University, Colville enlisted in the infantry in 1942 and served in France and the Netherlands. Among his assignments, he was tasked with depicting the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Colville went on to become one of Canada’s great artists, a prominent member of the Maritime Realism school that countered the contemporary reign of abstract painting.
 
Colville paints this rider looking back over her shoulder, as if perhaps to suggest the way he yearns to come to terms with his own history, including the terror and tragedy of war. As do we all. 
 
What to make of the fact that it is a cross that was raised by the descendants of the Acadians, and painted by the artist? I invite you to explore this question with me in a sermon that focuses upon Hebrews 2.
 
The sanctuary doors are open for in-person worship, and we will be joining our choir in singing hymns of praise. Live-streaming continues. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link to the livestream can be found at https://youtu.be/1o37E8hZgwg  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, notes of the Director of Music, 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. I invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.

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Saint John with eagle. Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. 1874

So why is an eagle portrayed looking down over John as he records his account of the gospel of Jesus Christ? 
 
This month we are exploring the various gospel accounts of the New Testament – each attempting to describe the Risen Lord with a different perspective upon the earthly witness of Jesus, and each traditionally symbolized by a traditional image. This week – the Gospel according to John, and the eagle. 
 
It only takes just under two hours to read through the Gospel according to John, or to listen to it read by Julielee at http://www.standrewskingston.org/the-gospels-read-john/ What a wonderful experience! In the journey, I feel a particular intimacy and strength of the presence of the Living Lord. And maybe you might glean an idea about why the eagle, also!
 
The sanctuary doors are open for in-person worship (with physical distancing and wearing of masks), and we will be joining our cantors in singing the hymns. Live-streaming continues. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. The link to the livestream can be found at https://youtu.be/R09_3sUpPEo.   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, notes of the Director of Music, 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. I invite you to join in worship, study and service as you are able.

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