Uncredited internet image.
These first weeks of a new congregational year we are re-visiting the gift and experience of the Sabbath. And this morning we are focusing upon the dimension of ‘covenant’. It may all sound rather dry, but it is actually deep and intimate, filled with assurance and strength.
And something I came to appreciate for the first time in my sermon preparations, the Sabbath may have been engraved on the stone tablets as number four of ten commandments, but in our reading today from later in the day at Mount Sinai, the Holy One highlights the Sabbath as the most important of all the commandments (Exodus 31:12-18).
It is a bit like this image above that can be found all over the internet, unfortunately unattributed but certainly evocative. How easy it is to think of the Ten Commandments as a legalistic requirement rather than the framework within which to know the love and care of God. How easy it is to think of the Sabbath as a context of enforced deprivation rather than as an opportunity for relationship.
Have a look at the Order of Service below, and join us either in the sanctuary or by live-stream at https://youtu.be/arByjZ_P-5E. Organ preludes will begin around 10:25 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Previous services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/c/StAndrewsPresbyterianChurchKingston
The Order of Service and announcements are found below (just keeping scrolling down the document), with the hymns printed out further down the page.