Among the members of St. Andrew’s who have been sewing face masks for family and neighbours, Kathleen, Lori-Kim and Susanne saved some scraps of material and have crafted a memorable pulpit fall for our sanctuary. Can you see the image of the fish emerge, that most ancient symbol of Jesus Christ and of Christians? As one mentioned – As I was sewing all our individual strips together, I was praying for each of the people wearing the masks sewn from these fabrics … I LOVE how the fish takes a bit to focus onto – plays right into the image of Jesus always being there, even in the midst of “chaos”, but that sometimes we have to step back to see him – to focus on him.
We will continue exploring our Christian faith through the words of the hymns we sing – this Sunday Isaac Watts’ ‘When I survey the wondrous cross’. We will also celebrate the Sacrament of Holy Communion – be sure to prepare a sacred place, with bread and wine, and perhaps even a candle.
‘Who would true valour see, let them come hither … There’s no discouragement shall make me once relent my first avowed intent to be a pilgrim’
We continue this Sunday exploring our Christian faith through the hymns we sing. After joining with the Church in Jerusalem of the first three centuries (Let all mortal flesh keep silence … for Christ our God to earth descendeth), and with those around John of Damascus in the 8th century (The day of resurrection, earth tell it out abroad), and with Francis of Assisi in the 12th century (All creatures of our God and King, lift up your voices and with us sing), we arrive at 17th century England … and what a story lies behind this hymn! It is one of Christian witness embodied in the life of its author, and of challenge in its words to us today.
During the service, reference will be made to a volume to be published in August by Upper Room Press, Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice – I recommend seeing the video of a prayer, found at the bottom of this webpage https://upperroombooks.com/Rally/
In gardens around the world, one can find a statue similar to this. Why is that? Who might this be? As we explore the answer, we will be led to one of the great hymns of Christian praise, ‘All creatures of our God and King … sing praises, hallelujah’, with encouragement for our faith and a challenge for our lives.
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A portrayal of the experiences of the women at the tomb of Jesus (Matthew 28:1-10) found in the Rabbula Gospels (Syria), 586 A.D.
Easter in July! Why not? Should not every Sunday be Easter Sunday, a celebration of the Resurrection of our Lord, and an acknowledgement of the Risen Lord with us? We continue this Sunday exploring our Christian faith through the hymns we sing – this Sunday joining generations before us with verses based upon the poetry of John of Damascus (676-734 A.D.) – ‘The day of resurrection, earth tell it out abroad!’.
A spiral of 73 panels crowned by the Glory Window – Thanks-giving Square Dallas TX
With quotes from Montreal poet Leonard Cohen and indigenous song writer Caleigh Cardinal, and verses from the New Testament, a service of worship that focuses upon the presence of the Holy One in our singing and in the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
One summer we enjoyed camping along the Saguenay Fjord and ended up in Tadoussac along the St. Lawrence River. One winter we spent some time in Québec City. Why would I think of these as places that strengthen my understanding of what it means to be a Christian in Canada?
As Canada Day approaches, a sermon on the role of the Huguenots on these shores, including references to John Ralston Saul’s book ‘Reflections of a Siamese Twin’ and the very particular cross still worn by many members of L’église Réformé de France.