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.