This morning we conclude our summer series of services focusing upon the wonderful stained glass windows of the St. Andrew’s sanctuary. And how appropriate that, with the beginning of a new school year, we will gaze upon perhaps the loveliest of all gospel scenes, when Jesus declares ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs’ (Matthew 19: 14). Lovely indeed, but also radical. It is a scene that speaks about children, but to all of us, and does so with challenge and with promise.

We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and 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.

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. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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p.s. be sure to look at The Days of September for information about forthcoming services and events at St. Andrew’s

I am standing at the door and knocking
Revelation 3:20
Stained glass of St. Andrew’s sanctuary

As one season gives way to another, we hear the invitation to open our lives to the presence and promises of God (Revelation 3:14-22).

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You are also invited to read the insert… Prayer Partnership, September 2019.

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I am standing at the door and knocking ~Revelation 3:20~

Stained glass of St. Andrew’s sanctuary

As one season gives way to another, we hear the invitation to open our lives to the presence and promises of God (Revelation 3:14-22). We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and 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. 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. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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The first St. Andrew’s Church in Kingston (1822) had clear glass windows throughout the large limestone sanctuary, adhering to the principle that any images would distract from focusing upon the Word of God. After a terrible fire, the second church building was raised on the same site, and of roughly the same size and materials, but was now graced with a multitude of stained glass windows … found even in the doors of the sanctuary! … such as the one by which we will be exploring a dimension of the Gospel this morning … The Sower.

The theme of the window is a parable given by Jesus to ‘great crowds’, concluding with the exhortation ‘Let anyone with ears, listen!’ (Matthew 13:1-9). But what do we actually hear? To whom do the soil, the seed and the sower refer? As we explore some possibilities, beware … like most parables this one ‘comforts the afflicted’ but also ‘afflicts the comfortable’!

We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and 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.

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. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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Next Sunday … ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock’ (Revelation 3:14-22)

These Sundays of summer we are exploring the gospel through the stained glass windows of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s.

This particular window was designed and executed by Castle and Sons of Montréal. The scene is an almost exact replica of a drawing by the Renaissance painter Raphael, used later as the model for a tapestry hung in the Sistine Chapel, Rome. But of course its ‘provenance’ goes back much further, to the first century as the disciples-now- apostles witness to the power of the Risen Lord … the healing of the man lame since birth by the Beautiful Gate near the Jerusalem Temple (Acts 3:1-10).

There is much to enjoy in the window, and much more to consider in this scene of the early Church. How it might this scene inform our witness to Jesus Christ today? The window was presented in memory of one of the original six elders of St. Andrew’s Kingston, John Mowat, and his wife Helen. Their lives, and those of their family (including their son Oliver Mowat, who went on to become the longest-serving premier of the province of Ontario), could possibly provide clues!

We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and 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.

Download the Order of Service and have a look – we invite you to consider each hymn and prayer and announcement a personal invitation to join us in Christian worship, community and service. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

Next Sunday, the window illustrating the Parable of the Sower, Luke 8:4-15


What does the Guinness Book of Records list as the best selling copyrighted book of all time? The Guinness Book of Records! As of the 2019 edition, it is now in its 64th year of publication, covering 100 countries and 23 languages.

There is an amazing circularity in this, and it is one that we encounter elsewhere in our lives. We subscribe to media that mirror and reinforce our personal perspectives on social and global events. We reside in buildings or neighbourhoods of similar economic status, and those around us become references for our lifestyles.

This morning at St. Andrew’s we will be challenged out of such circularity and insularity by a reference from another realm altogether, a reading that prompts thought and prods action …

These Sundays of summer we are exploring the gospel through the stained glass windows of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s … and this morning we arrive at the one in which we hear of Jesus’ encounter with a young man who is asking deep questions about life (Matthew 19:16-22).

We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and 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.

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. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

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This series will continue next week with a look at the healing by the Beautiful Gate … (Acts 3:1-16)

Jesus the Good Shepherd Window

These Sundays of summer we are exploring the gospel through the stained glass windows of the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s and this morning, The Good Shepherd Window. Created by Castle and Son, with the inscription ‘He shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom’ (Isaiah 40:11), and the dedicatory plaque ‘To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of Effie, the beloved daughter of William and Ellen Nickle, died July 23, 1877.’

We warmly welcome you to join us. Certified child care is offered during the service and 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.

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. If you have any questions about forthcoming events and opportunities, please call the church office Tuesday -Thursday, 9 a.m. – noon, 613-546-6316, or email anne@standrewskingston.org

 

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