The Annunciation by Jan Pienkowski

The first Sunday of Advent!

As a new church year begins, we journey to Christmas exploring different dimensions of the Christian life, each dimension illuminated by a different character of Christmas story. We begin with Mary and the dimension of contemplation.

A myriad of paintings have tried to capture something of the scene when the angel Gabriel came to the young woman Mary. The one that came to me this year is from a wonderful book that our family brings out each Christmas, with the words of the King James Authorized Version of the Bible illustrated by the amazing silhouette artist Jan Pienkowski. I love the way Mary, in the midst of her daily chores, is caught completely unawares by the  intrusion of the holy, yet stands upright, gazing directly into the eyes of the messenger from the Holy One. That gaze of Mary has been taken up by generations as now we contemplate the Holy One known in Jesus Christ.

The Order of Service, music notes and announcements and hymn file can be found towards the end of this post.

If you are unable to join us in the sanctuary, the Service of Worship will be live-streamed – organ music for meditation beginning around 10:20 a.m. with the Service beginning at 10:30 a.m. and can be joined at

After the life-streaming, a recording of the service should appear on our channel for viewing thereafter  – 

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.

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