In the midst of a provincial ‘Stay-at-Home Order’, it is good to remember the story of Jacob and his declaration ‘The Lord is in this place’ (Genesis 28:16). It is good to remember that this was an experience of the Holy One not of worship in a sanctuary, but rather where Jacob laid his head during a dark night (as portrayed by Marc Chagall in this wonderful painting ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ found at the Musée National Message Biblique Marc Chagall in Nice France). As Christians we believe we have seen this God not only in a dream of a ladder connecting earth and heaven but face-to-face in Jesus the Christ, and experience this divine presence by the Holy Spirit … wherever we are.

You are invited to join in an online service of worship. Hymns will include favourites such as ‘Now the green blade rises … love is come again like wheat new springing green’ and ‘He leadeth me … Whate’er I do, where’re I be, still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me’. Members of the St. Andrew’s ‘Garden Divas’ will be leading in the reading of scripture, and a special prayer of commitment to care for God’s creation will be lifted up in preparation for Earth Day on April 22. 

In support of the recent provincial ‘stay at home’ mandate, the Elders of St. Andrew’s have decided it would best to suspend in-person worship until further notice.
This decision was made this week at the monthly Session meeting on April 12. Though provincial regulations allow for a continuing 15% capacity in the sanctuary, the Church received a letter from our local KFL&A Public Health ‘strongly recommending places of worship to conduct virtual services‘, and the Elders felt it responsible to heed this request. Services will be available online each Sunday from 10:20 a.m. and thereafter on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA

 


Our worship this morning is online only. It is the final Eastertide service of our Kingston Ecumenical Worship Partnership and highlights the wonderful hymns and music of the Resurrection, interspersed with scripture readings and prayers. We thank Michael Capon, Director of Music at St. James Anglican Church, and a whole host of choristers and musicians for producing this opportunity for us. The service will be available from 8 a.m. Sunday morning on Youtube at https://youtu.be/-N0XSCdKjGw

As per the most recent provincial ‘stay at home’ mandate, the Church Office will be closed for the month. Telephone messages will be retrieved once a morning Tuesday to Thursday. We thank you for your understanding, and extend with you our prayers for all struggling during this season, and the many who are at work in health care and other essential services. 

An order of service is found below, followed by a reflection and prayer posted recently by the World Council of Churches …

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Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Reflection

‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast’ was written in 1732 by the poet Alexander Pope. It captures the profound instinct that dark and difficult times will pass. To hope is to anticipate, even expect that better days will come. More recently, others have shared their wisdom on this theme. Take, for example, what Hellen Keller has said, ‘Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.’ Zig Ziglar said, ‘If there is hope in the future, there is literally power in the present.’ Nelson Mandela’s words are also timely, ‘May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.’ Hope is a bridge that helps us to journey from the difficulties and depravities of the present to a future that looks not only different but better.

Consequently, when hope is lessened or even destroyed, our spirits are crushed. Little wonder that hope is one of the central tenets of the Christian faith! For followers of Jesus Christ, “hope” is more than being optimistic or having a positive outlook on life. It is that and more, for our hope is anchored in the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Our faith, therefore, leads us to affirm that what we hold to as hope enables us to see beyond the current calamities, even beyond the ‘sting’ of death and to maintain still that we are a ‘hope-filled’ Christian people.

In these times, Christian hope, though, also embraces other signs of hope which helps us keep hope alive during this pandemic. The flames of hope are ignited when we see scientists throughout the world, working together to create vaccines. Our hope in humanity is affirmed as we witness nations sharing knowledge and information to mitigate the pandemic, agreeing to quarantine and isolation to protect each other. Though there have been innumerable challenges and difficulties that have emerged since the start of the pandemic, there have also been many signs of hope that remind us that things will get better.

During this week of prayer, in all the varied expressions of lament, concern, intercession and gratitude, there has been a thread of hope, a confidence that God is with us. Our God, who suffers with his people, will continue to bring hope and healing. Paul’s prayer is our prayer that God, the source of hope, will fill us with joy, peace, and hope because we trust him. A hope that is rooted in God, not in outward circumstances. Hope that is expressed in what we do and say. God’s people serving him, bringing hope where there is poverty and suffering. This is our active participation in God’s mission, the Missio Dei.

Prayer 

God of hope,
our hearts overflow with gratitude for your abiding presence during these exceedingly difficult and troubled times.
May the flames of hope remain aglow among individuals, families,
communities and nations during the pandemic.
May our trust in you be affirmed, especially as we continue to navigate each day
the challenges that have confronted us.
Let all that we are wait quietly before you, O God, knowing that our hope is in you.
By your Spirit, may we be grounded in the hope that is proclaimed in your word:
you are our rock and salvation, our fortress where we will not be shaken.
We pray in the name of One who, by his resurrection,
has given us the hope of life eternal, Jesus the Christ, Amen.

https://www.oikoumene.org/resources/prayers/week-of-prayer-over-covid-19-day-6-prayers-of-hope

In support of the recent provincial ‘stay at home’ mandate, the Elders of St. Andrew’s have decided it would best to suspend in-person worship until further notice.
This decision was made this week at the monthly Session meeting on April 12. Though provincial regulations allow for a continuing 15% capacity in the sanctuary, the Church received a letter from our local KFL&A Public Health ‘strongly recommending places of worship to conduct virtual services‘, and the Elders felt it responsible to heed this request. Services will be available online each Sunday from 10:20 a.m. and thereafter on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA

The Church Office will be closed at least until May 6. Telephone messages will be retrieved once a morning Tuesday to Thursday. Please feel free to contact our staff with the addresses below.

Custodian – glenmercer@hotmail.com
Bookkeeper – candace@standrewskingston.org
Office – lorikim@standrewskingston.org
Minister – a.johnston@standrewskingston.org

We thank you for your understanding.

Even as we extend our prayers for all struggling during this time of pandemic, either in illness or in service, we continue in hope. I invite you to consider this reflection posted recently by the World Council of Churches …

Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Reflection

‘Hope springs eternal in the human breast’ was written in 1732 by the poet Alexander Pope. It captures the profound instinct that dark and difficult times will pass. To hope is to anticipate, even expect that better days will come. More recently, others have shared their wisdom on this theme. Take, for example, what Hellen Keller has said, ‘Hope sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible.’ Zig Ziglar said, ‘If there is hope in the future, there is literally power in the present.’ Nelson Mandela’s words are also timely, ‘May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.’ Hope is a bridge that helps us to journey from the difficulties and depravities of the present to a future that looks not only different but better.

Consequently, when hope is lessened or even destroyed, our spirits are crushed. Little wonder that hope is one of the central tenets of the Christian faith! For followers of Jesus Christ, “hope” is more than being optimistic or having a positive outlook on life. It is that and more, for our hope is anchored in the resurrection of Christ from the dead. Our faith, therefore, leads us to affirm that what we hold to as hope enables us to see beyond the current calamities, even beyond the ‘sting’ of death and to maintain still that we are a ‘hope-filled’ Christian people.

In these times, Christian hope, though, also embraces other signs of hope which helps us keep hope alive during this pandemic. The flames of hope are ignited when we see scientists throughout the world, working together to create vaccines. Our hope in humanity is affirmed as we witness nations sharing knowledge and information to mitigate the pandemic, agreeing to quarantine and isolation to protect each other. Though there have been innumerable challenges and difficulties that have emerged since the start of the pandemic, there have also been many signs of hope that remind us that things will get better.

During this week of prayer, in all the varied expressions of lament, concern, intercession and gratitude, there has been a thread of hope, a confidence that God is with us. Our God, who suffers with his people, will continue to bring hope and healing. Paul’s prayer is our prayer that God, the source of hope, will fill us with joy, peace, and hope because we trust him. A hope that is rooted in God, not in outward circumstances. Hope that is expressed in what we do and say. God’s people serving him, bringing hope where there is poverty and suffering. This is our active participation in God’s mission, the Missio Dei.

Prayer 

God of hope,
our hearts overflow with gratitude for your abiding presence during these exceedingly difficult and troubled times.
May the flames of hope remain aglow among individuals, families,
communities and nations during the pandemic.
May our trust in you be affirmed, especially as we continue to navigate each day
the challenges that have confronted us.
Let all that we are wait quietly before you, O God, knowing that our hope is in you.
By your Spirit, may we be grounded in the hope that is proclaimed in your word:
you are our rock and salvation, our fortress where we will not be shaken.
We pray in the name of One who, by his resurrection,
has given us the hope of life eternal, Jesus the Christ, Amen.

https://www.oikoumene.org/resources/prayers/week-of-prayer-over-covid-19-day-6-prayers-of-hope

‘Jesus Christ is risen today. Hallelujah!’
The Day of Resurrection.
The day on which Christian faith is founded, and from which life flows.
 
We begin this day with joyous music, the testimony of Holy Scripture and prayers of thanksgiving. 
And together we will celebrate the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, the presence of the Living Lord with us. If you are joining from home, you are invited to prepare some bread and a cup. If you are joining in the sanctuary, bring your own bread and cup or receive a pre-packaged unit upon entry. 
 

In accordance with the most recent public health guidelines, up to 70 individuals will be able to be seated in the sanctuary. If you are able and wishing to attend in person, please review the mandatory protocols detailed in the previous post and in the link found under ‘Special Events’ to the right, ‘Re-Opening the Sanctuary’. Entrance to the sanctuary will be available only by the door off Clergy Street by the cannon.

This service will be live-streamed and available Sunday morning at https://youtu.be/rRdFqJTGXNI. Organ preludes will begin around 10:20 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Other services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA  

In preparation, you are invited to have a look at the Order of Service below …
‘This is the day that the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!’

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You are invited to enter into this holy weekend with three services offered online only
by the Kingston Worship Initiative on Youtube at https://tinyurl.com/nc7nhr6e

Holy Thursday, from 7 p.m. hosted by St. Mark’s Lutheran and Chalmers United 
Good Friday, from 10 a.m., hosted by St. Andrew’s Presbyterian and Faith United 
Saturday Vigil, from 7:30 p.m., hosted by St. James Anglican, St. Paul’s Sydenham and Sydenham Street United

 

 



You are invited to join on a journey through this Holy Week. 
Opportunities in person and on line are printed tri-fold newsletter available for printing, or the service information alone copied below.
A warm welcome in the name of Jesus Christ – our Lord of the cross and empty tomb!

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Holy Week Worship @ St Andrew’s In Sanctuary and Online

Palm Sunday – Sunday March 28, 10:30 a.m. 
Before Jesus enters Jerusalem on a donkey, the people shout ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord’ (Mark 10:46- 11:1-11).

Easter Morning – Sunday April 4, 10:30 a.m.
With joy we return to the beginnings of Christian faith and life – the resurrection of Jesus from the dead! ‘Now let the vault of heaven resound in praise of love that doth abound’. ‘Thine be the glory, risen conquering son, endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won’.  

*Note that on the Sunday after Easter the service will be held online only (see Easter Lessons and Carols)

Worship Online with Kingston Worship Initiative

Anglican, Lutheran, Presbyterian and United congregations are joining together to present a full slate of worship experiences during this time when in-person worship is constrained. The services will be posted at https://tinyurl.com/nc7nhr6e

Holy Thursday – Thursday April 1, from 7pm
A service offered by St. Mark’s Lutheran and Chalmers United

Good Friday – Friday April 2, from 10 am
An hour of readings, reflections and hymns with contributions by representatives of eight local congregations, co-ordinated by St. Andrew’s with Faith United.

Easter Vigil –  Saturday April 3, from 7:30pm – A service offered by St. James Anglican and Sydenham Street United.

and …

Sunday after Easter – Sunday April 11, from 6am
A joyous hour of Easter hymns and readings, with combined voices from different choirs, co-ordinated by Michael Capon.

 

Jyoti Sahi (Indian, 1944–), “Entry into Jerusalem,” 2012. Oil and acrylic on canvas.

The Indian artist Jyoti Sahi started this painting after being in Jerusalem for the first time, for a meeting on art and peace for the Abrahamic faiths. He shared after completing this canvas that it is all about Jesus entering the human heart. I love how busy the scene is … just as full as are our hearts, and as I imagine the first ‘Palm Sunday’.

The crowds shout ‘Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord’. But who exactly is this ‘one’? Did Jesus anticipate their confusion and this question in the scene just prior, his healing of blind Bartimaeus (Mark 10: 46-Mark 11:11)? Join us for an hour with music of praise, prayers of the heart, and exploration of Holy Scripture.

If you are able and wishing to attend in person, please review the mandatory protocols detailed in the previous post and in the link found under ‘Special Events’ to the right, ‘Re-Opening the Sanctuary’.

This service will be live-streamed and available Sunday morning at https://youtu.be/nCcHiW0Op3g. Organ preludes will begin around 10:20 a.m. and the service will commence at 10:30 a.m. Other services can be found on the St. Andrew’s Youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzEy41z3sqfRm8X_lLfKGUA  

You are invited to have a look at the printed Order of Service below, and the announcements …

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