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.
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.