Calvary’s 35th Annual St. Andrew’s Day Celebration will be held this Sunday, November 4 at 11:00 a.m.
All are welcome to join us for this festive celebration of Calvary’s rich Scottish heritage. You are encouraged to wear Scottish attire, although it is not required.
The worship service will include bagpipes, Gaelic music, special liturgy and the sermon “Stick & Stones” based on reading from John 8:2-11.
In the Gospel of John, we come to a disturbing event in the ministry of Jesus. The religious scholars and leaders bring in a woman who had been caught red-handed in an act of adultery. They stood her in plain view of everyone and said, “Jesus, this woman was caught in adultery. Moses, in the Law, gives orders to stone such people. What do you say?” And this is what he said: “The sinless among you, go first: Throw a stone.”
Rev. David J. Hanna will be preaching.
Following the service, we will gather together for a high tea with scones, shortbread and tea sandwiches in the Chalice Room next to the Sanctuary.
St. Andrew’s Sunday History
We celebrate because today’s Presbyterian Church is the result, in part, of the Scottish Reformation and the leadership of John Knox. At the time, Presbyterianism, a representative form of government, grew and became a model for the formation of the Church of Scotland. St. Andrew is the patron Saint of Scotland.
St. Andrew, the apostle and brother of St. Peter, was a Galilean fisherman of Bethsaida and the first-called of the followers of Christ, to whom he brought his brother Simon Peter.
While Andrew is mentioned several times in the gospels, and was a disciple of Jesus, many of the later accounts of his life are unreliable, yet common lore we often hear including:
- Andrew is said by some to have evangelized Scotland. They associate him with Scythia and Epirus; and say he was martyred by crucifixion at Patras in Achaia.
- It is said he suffered on an X-shaped cross but this account seems to have been unknown before the late middle ages.
- The claim that he was the first bishop at Byzantium (Constantinople) in often cited, yet historically unproven.
- In the 8th Century, St. Rule came to Scotland with some relics of St. Andrew, saying that an angel had guided him there.
- King Angus granted him lands to establish a shrine at Kilrymont. It later became known as St. Andrew’s.