This morning we arrive in the Gospel according to Mark at another scene of the disciples struggling upon the water (Mark 6: 45-52). As I searched for a painting that would help me delve the various dimensions of this scene, I came across this wonderful work by Kume Bryant. Kume describes herself as a Korean American artist living and working in Tucson Arizona. She writes ‘I want my art to cheer the hearts’ and ‘When painting biblical stories, that time is spent in God’s presence. Feeling closer to Him.’ (http://www.kumebryant.com) With all its colour and movement, this painting certainly cheers my heart, and has helped me to acknowledge God’s presence … feeling Jesus closer, just as he came to the disciples of old in their time of distress.
If you are in the area, we warmly invite you to join us this Sunday morning. Certified child care is offered during the service and a programme for young children also. There is free parking on the streets around (please note that the time-of-day restrictions on Clergy Street north of Queen are not in effect on Sundays) and in the surface civic lot just behind the church off Queen Street. There is a wheelchair lift inside the doors to St. Andrew’s Hall from the church parking lot mid way along Clergy Street, and hearing assist devices are available upon request from an usher.
Have a look at the Order of Service and bulletin below, and consider each hymn and prayer and announcement a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service.
Next Sunday we will continue our journey through Mark and gather to celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion.