‘Walking home from church with a hard working farmer who was a regular worshipper, the minister congratulated the man on being present each Sunday in the pew. ‘Oh I enjoy the Sunday service’ he replied. Just as the minister was experiencing what some call an ‘ego-inflation’, the farmer continued, ‘Sunday for me really is a day of rest. I work hard all week, and then I come to church on Sundays, and when you start the sermon, I put my feet up on the heating pipes under the pews, and think of nothing.’
(Holy Wit, compiled by the Rev. James A. Simpson: Edinburgh)
There is certainly great comfort in the Christian gospel but there is also great challenge, and this morning we hear the latter loud and clear from John the Baptist … and even more, as his pointing finger indicates, from Jesus the Christ (Luke 3:1-18).
Our theme this morning is the dimension of the Christian tradition and life known as ‘compassion’, the ‘sorrow for the suffering of others accompanied by an urge to help’ (Collins Dictionary).
We will also be celebrating the Sacrament of Holy Communion, to which is invited ‘all who love the Lord a little and yearn to love him more’. If you will be part of the congregation online, you are invited to prepare some bread and a cup for yourself. If you are able to be part of the congregation in the sanctuary, you can bring your own bread and juice, or receive a packaged personal unit as you enter.
The doors will be open and our service of worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Please see the post under ‘Special Events’ in the column to the right for the protocols and shape of the service). The service will also be live-streamed, active just after 10:20 a.m. with organ music for meditation, commencing with the Entry of the Scriptures at 10:30 a.m., found at https://youtu.be/aU9UPCw-23g
Once the service has ended, a recording will be available on our channel shortly after the live-streaming has ended – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA
Have a look at the Order of Service, music notes and announcements.
Free parking is available Sunday mornings in the surface civic lot off Queen Street behind St. Andrew’s, and on the streets of the neighbourhood – please note that time-of-day restrictions north of Queen are not enforced on Sundays. For accessible entrance to the sanctuary, please use the ramp by the western-most door along Princess Street.