It is an amazing print. It dates to 1504 and is the work of famed Albrecht Durer (currently at the Agnes Etherington Arts Centre on loan from the National Gallery of Canada). It is amazing in its technical mastery, and in the boldness of what it conveys. Adam and Eve are portrayed with such strength and beauty, and equality – as a member of St. Andrew’s who visited recently remarked, they are almost mirror images of each other.
In this story of ‘beginnings’, we know what follows. The peace and perfection that is portrayed in the garden of this world does not last for long.
As Christians we also know, however, that the story continues still further. God has offered humanity a new beginning in Jesus Christ. And this new beginning is not a ‘second edition’ but the ultimate completion. Paul declares that Christ is ‘the last Adam’ (I Corinthians 15:45) – I understand Paul to mean that in Christ we have seen, we know, and we celebrate the fulfillment and destiny of humanity.
Looking at this print, I look back but also forward – back over history and forward in Christ – and I celebrate anew the promise of new beginnings by the grace of God.
Join us if you are in the area – you will be warmly welcomed. There is a nursery during the service for infants, and a programme for young children. There is free parking in the city surface lot just behind the church on Queen, and along neighbouring streets (note that the time of day restrictions on the streets north of Queen are not applicable on Sundays). Have a preview of the Order of Service below, and join us in the opportunities for Christian worship, growth and service as you are able.