In this opening month of a new year, we continue to explore some of the foundational elements of the Christian life. Following themes of ‘Holy God, Holy People’ and ‘Jesus Christ, yesterday today and forever’, we turn our attention to ‘the Bible’. How do we read the holy scriptures, and why? What are the broad contours of the history they share? What is the overarching message of the witness of the Bible? 

Martin Luther’s quote that ‘the Bible is the cradle in which Christ is laid’ provides a wonderful framework for this morning’s exploration and celebration.

Scripture readings from both Old and New Testaments, and hymns that range from something contemporary by Amy Grant to something classic from the Scottish Psalter of 1650 (which is certainly appropriate the Sunday before Robbie Burns Day!) 

We invite you to join us in prayer and praise by live-stream at https://youtu.be/Vbq3hR3-3Bk . 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 

Have a look at the Order of Service and hymn lyrics and announcements below – you can print them out if you wish and refer to them as the hour unfolds. We invite you to join us in worship, study and service as you are able.

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A service of thanksgiving to God for the life of Bev Wells will be held on Saturday January 29, 2 p.m. You are invited to participate either in-person or on-line.

Participation In-Person
The service will be held in the sanctuary of St. Andrew’s Church, with face masking and physical distancing observed. To conform with public health capacity limits, admittance will be by registration only with presentation of passports, and capacity is restricted – the link can be found at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-service-of-thanksgiving-beverley-wells-tickets-250698765757

Participation On-Line
The service will also be live-streamed from 2 p.m. and found at https://youtu.be/Yraz-1PAXvo

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the church office Tuesday-Thursday 9-noon at 613-546-6316 or at info@standrewskingston.org

Byzantine Mosaic of Christ Pantocrator, Church of the Holy Saviour, Chora Istanbul

Oh my. I lost track of time and almost neglected to post this link to Sunday’s service. And it is a bit ironic, given a theme weaving through the service is to be ‘time’!

‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven …’
‘A thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is past …’
‘Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever’

If you stand in the very centre of the great Byzantine sanctuary of the Coptic church in Chora, Istanbul and look up, you gaze upon this amazing mosaic of Jesus the Christ. He holds the scriptures that point to himself, the Living Word. The orb of light that surrounds his head includes portions of his cross, empty, pointing to his defeat of sin and death. His hand is raised in a very particular benediction – thumb and two fingers joined to remind us of the Community of Love that is the Triune God, two fingers pointing to the eternal character of Jesus who brought the Holy One to us but also took our humanity into the Divine Life.

Jesus, at the centre of time and meaning … and life.

‘Immortal, invisible, God only wise … the Ancient of Days  …’
‘I danced in the morning when the world was begun … I am the dance, and I still go on …’
‘Let Christian faith and hope dispel … Christ loved us from the first of time, Christ loves us to the last’
‘Christ is the King … Christ through all ages is the same’

We invite you to join us in prayer and praise by live-stream at  https://youtu.be/FP70mBepSA8 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 

Have a look at the Order of Service and hymn lyrics and announcements below – we invite you to join us in worship, study and service as you are able.

During the service Holly will highlight one of the mission initiatives we support in addition to Presbyterians Sharing. It is called SAT-7, a satellite network that offers Christian programming through the Middle East. Have a look at the wonderful 2 minute video introduction – https://youtu.be/WxHDg8-6_gI

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This banner has welcomed the congregation of St. Andrew’s ever since the present sanctuary was raised in 1890. It declares a phrase that is heard several times in scripture. But what does it mean? What is the point of this invitation/exhortation? The sermon this morning will explore these words (Psalm 96:9) and conclude with a final Epiphany hymn

Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness,
Bow down in reverence, God’s glory to proclaim;

gold of obedience and incense of lowliness
bring now, adoring the Lord’s holy name.

This is a wonderful morning for this congregation – we will be gathered by the Holy Spirit not only in worship, but also to ordain and induct four individuals who have been discerned with spiritual gifts for leadership among us as Elders. 

We invite you to join us in prayer and praise by live-stream at https://youtu.be/rz6UU5iHJOs 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 

Have a look at the Order of Service and hymn lyrics and announcements below – we invite you to join us in worship, study and service as you are able.

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‘Standing at the portal of the opening year,
words of comfort meet us hushing every fear,
spoken through the silence by God’s loving voice,
tender, strong and faithful, making us rejoice.
Onward then, and fear not, children of the day,
for God’s word shall never, never pass away.’

And ‘words of comfort’ we receive indeed!

We will celebrate the arrival of the magi before the Christ Child, and recognize how we have been led to faith along our own journeys. We will hear the Risen Christ declare ‘I am … the bright morning star’ heralding the dawn of resurrection and peace (Revelation 22:16), and praised in a classic Epiphany hymn. We will share in Holy Communion with the Holy One who binds all the years and peoples together and is at work to bring good out of evil and life out of death (so you are invited to prepare some bread and a cup in advance of this service).

We invite you to join us in Christian worship by live-stream at  https://youtu.be/S1C47W87Xkk. 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 

Have a look at the Order of Service and announcements below – we invite you to join us in worship, study and service as you are able.

‘God will not forsake us and will never fail;
God’s eternal covenant ever will prevail.
Resting on this promise, what have we to fear?
God is all sufficient for the coming year.
Onward then, and fear not, children of the day,
for God’s word shall never, never pass away.’

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          Jesus the Christ: Incarnate and Transcendent

The Sunday after Christmas. An opportunity to put the nativity stories and carols into perspective for a deeper, broader understanding of Jesus the Christ. And as it is also St. Stephen’s Day, the service will include ‘Good King Wenceslas’!

We welcome back the Revs. Heather and Paul Kern to lead us in worship this morning. Both Heather and Paul work with Corrections Canada in chaplaincy. With in-person worship suspended for the time being, the Holy Spirit will bind us together in worship this Sunday by live-stream at  https://youtu.be/sQ_B_ukO_jk.  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

Have a look at the Order of Service below, along with announcements and invitations to grow in Christian worship, community and service. You will also find the words to the hymns, which might offer words for meditation through the week ahead.

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A new initiative of St. Andrew’s will help address the current affordable housing crisis in Kingston by dedicating our manse for use as second stage transitional housing. Have a look at these articles
https://www.kingstonist.com/news/st-andrews-manse-to-become-ryandale-transitional-house/ 
https://www.thewhig.com/news/local-news/ryandale-to-open-new-location-under-new-lease-agreement-with-st-andrews-church

And here is a link to a page about the manse on Historic Places Canada https://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=10771

along with a photo tour of some of the rooms of the manse (with thanks to Jordan Simons),

concluding with a media release

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