Worship and Music

Worship and Music

Each Sunday morning we gather at 10:15 for worship. It’s a “come as you are” event … no need to dress up unless that’s your delight. Together we’re creating a space in which none of us needs to leave any part of our story behind, nor any hurt or hope at the door. It’s about bringing it all to be met by the love and mercy of God. Sunday Morning Worship is the time for us to seek and celebrate God’s presence together. Which means we’re deliberate about being aware of one another.

We often begin in silence … taking a deep breath or two together … opening up a space for the Spirit of Life to breathe in us.

We take time to greet and bless one another with peace.

Before the children head off to the Sunday Kids program, there‘s a time of conversation during which we hear their voices, and see something of God and the world through their eyes.

We sing songs, ranging from Tom Waits to Isaac Watts. Some of them are personal favourites, and some we’d never choose to sing, were it not for Pam or Percy or Penelope for whom this is the one that “got them through” … so we lend our voices as a way of strengthening each other and our connection with one another.

Together we listen for what the Spirit is saying to us through a passage of scripture that is read and through our reflection upon it.

Sometimes we hear one another’s stories of how grace has shown up in our lives, or what we may be sensing right then and there of the Spirit’s stirring.

We create space to offer the prayers that are already praying in us.

Each service includes a time of gathering up and offering our gifts – they may be gifts of money that finance our ministries, items of food distributed through our Tuesday Morning Drop-in, or whatever we recognize are the gifts of our lives that we’re called to share with the world.

We celebrate the sacrament of communion once a month. The table is wide open and the bread is gluten free.

We celebrate baptism on request.

The morning service is followed by a time to linger together over tea and coffee in the church hall.

Upcoming Events


Choir Practice

Sunday, September 24, 2017 & other dates

Irene Nepstad

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Worship Service

Sunday, September 24, 2017 & other dates

Soulful Wednesdays-Reading, Reflecting & Reworking

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 & other dates

Soulful Wednesdays - Our Sacred Lives

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 & other dates

Candle Light Dinner & Carolling

Saturday, December 16, 2017


News


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Keeping in Touch - September 16

Good morning, James Bay United Church, Gratitude abounds this morning as I come to jot this note.   Big THANKS to everyone who made last Sunday's Welcome Feast such a fine celebration.  The newly created area to... Read More


Opening a door to that Jesus place

Text: Matthew 18: 15-22 So there we were, attending to a whole host of details to get ready for today … the kinds of things that make for a welcome place, that convey a warmth, a gladness, a readiness to receive, to... Read More


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Keeping in Touch - September 8, 2017

Good afternoon, James Bay United Church, Big day around 511 and 517 Michigan St today. The Thrift Shop is abuzz with staff and shoppers undeterred by cloudy skies and damp air. (Volunteers are doing a great job... Read More


Grace again ... and again

Text: Exodus 3: 1-15 I realized, as this story of Moses and the Burning Bush came around again, that I’ve grown accustomed to hearing it as an isolated incident, where Moses one day is going about his business and... Read More


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Keeping in Touch -- August 31, 2017

 Good evening, James Bay United Church, There’s something about standing on this August / September threshold that feels different than other month end / new month junctures in the year. While it’s been a summer... Read More


More hopeful than common sense

Texts: Exodus 1: 8- 2: 10; Romans 12: 1-13 It could have gone differently for Moses, for his mother and father,like it was supposed to, with everything set in motion to make it so. But it didn’t go that way for... Read More


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Communion Service August 27th Morning Worship Service.

The table is wide open! There's always room for one more as we gather not only to remember those gatherings where Jesus sat down with sinners and saints, but at this table, on this day, in this place, in the sharing... Read More


Yes, Lord

Thank you for your warm welcome. I’m honored to be in your midst this morning. I bring you greetings from the brothers and sisters at Saanich Community Church where I would be this morning if I were not here. Thank... Read More


Doubt and Faith?

Readings:Matthew 13:22-33,John 20: 19-29 The Sea of Galilee set as it is between two sets of mountains- more like hills to us- is prone to sudden, violent storms, and it seems, in our 1st reading today that the... Read More


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Flowers for the Sanctuary

Scent free FLOWERS are always welcomed in our Sanctuary whether to specifically remember loved ones or just to beautify our place of worship. There is a calendar in the reception office where you can sign for your... Read More


Something happens under the night sky.....

Reading: Genesis 28: 10-22. Something happens under the night sky-if you wait long enough, yearn long enough, and are willing to let the darkness be your guide. For most of us, darkness is counter-cultural. We are... Read More


Seeds Flying Everywhere and the Ride of Your Life

Text: Matthew 13: 1-9 This morning’s reflection takes the form of a letter to Braden on the day of his baptism … and since it will be a while before he reads it for himself, I’m glad to share it with his baptizing... Read More


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Keeping in Touch -- July 13, 2017

Good afternoon, James Bay United Church, Last Call! Over the last 2 weeks we’ve been receiving your “submissions” for the Big Sing on Sunday July 30th when the service that morning will be shaped by the hymns that... Read More


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Communion Service. July 9th Morning Worship Service.

The table is wide open! There's always room for one more as we gather not only to remember those gatherings where Jesus sat down with sinners and saints, but at this table, on this day, in this place, in the sharing... Read More


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Keeping in Touch -- July 1

Good afternoon James Bay United Church, A big day in our city and all across the country with pop up celebrations here, there and everywhere. The other day when I was helping to spread some mulch on our church... Read More


complicated lives, painful goodbyes, unimagined Mercy

NOTE:  check back for an audio transcipt ... coming soon!   There’s a big lead-up to today's scripture passage.  Without it, some of what we are about to hear will be lost on us.  So here’s a quick background... Read More


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Opportunity to share your gifts. June 27, 1:00PM.

It is a priority of the Worship Team to welcome and support more people to take part in the planning and leadership of our Sunday morning services. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY ... it is your curiosity, creativity, and... Read More


Being Tested?

Text: John 6: 1-13, 25-40 Those of you who were part of our gathering at Beacon Hill Park yesterday may be thinking what a great story for the weekend of our congregational picnic! We had enough food to feed every... Read More


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Keeping in Touch -- June 16, 2017

Good afternoon, James Bay United Church, As the afternoon brightens and the temperature rises, we’re on our way to a wonderful day for our congregational picnic tomorrow.  In case you need any reminding ... Beacon... Read More


Holy Trinity and a day in the life of the Thrift Shop

Text: Genesis 1 - 2:3  Ephesians 3: 16-19 According to the calendar of the Christian year, today is Trinity Sunday, the day in which we lift up and celebrate the mystery of the Three-ness yet One-ness of the nature... Read More


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Extreme Hunger Appeal

The United Church of Canada has launched the Extreme Hunger Appeal in response to the humanitarian crisis in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Kenya. The Federal Government has announced that donations will... Read More


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Keeping in Touch -- June 9, 2017

Good afternoon James Bay United Church, If you've ever been part of the behind the scenes preparation for our Sunday morning services, you'll be aware there's a fair bit afoot!  Aside from the nitty gritty details... Read More


Sacred Bodies

Text: Acts 2: 1-18 50 days after Easter, every year, we retell the story Marg has just told us … this story of God’s fresh out-pouring of the Spirit upon human flesh. A new thing was happening … and yet not entirely... Read More


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Communion Service. Pentecost Sunday. June 4 Morning Worship Service.

The table is wide open! There's always room for one more as we gather not only to remember those gatherings where Jesus sat down with sinners and saints, but at this table, on this day, in this place, in the sharing... Read More


"Gone to the fields to be lovely"

Texts: Exodus 16: 11-30   Psalm 67 Like a number of you and so many others this past Winter and Spring, I’ve had my turn at being stopped in my tracks by whatever is that virus whose dominant characteristic is... Read More


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Keeping in Touch -- May 20, 2017

Good morning, James Bay United Church,  After being knocked out for 2 weeks by that nasty chest virus, I’m grateful to be breathing more deeply again.  I now know a little more about what so many of you have been... Read More


Easter 5

Text: Acts 8:26-40  Since last Tuesday evening when I went to bed knowing that the final results of the provincial election wouldn’t be clear for couple of weeks, I’ve been vacillating between thinking that we are... Read More


Easter 4

Text:Psalm 23.  I suspect for many of us Psalm 23 is a piece of scripture, or a hymn, that we know by heart.It’s one of those touchstone resources we call upon when we are in our own dark times.For countless... Read More


Easter 3

Text: Luke 24:13-35 What a strange story this is coming to us from Luke the Physician. We trust that physicians are people who get things right! Nevertheless he tells us about the two very close followers of Jesus... Read More


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Keeping in Touch - April 24, 2017

Good morning James Bay United Church, A brief note this morning to relay 2 requests: 1. regarding the Thrift Shop  ...  The hard-working volunteers at the James Bay United Church Thrift shop are hungry! They love to... Read More


Easter 2

Text: John 20: 19-29 Of all the things to find in an Easter story, who would have thought wounds would be so in our face. Isn’t that the stuff of Friday’s crucifixion? What’s it doing so boldly featured in this... Read More


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Keeping in Touch -- April 20, 2017

Good afternoon James Bay United Church, I want to remind you of our dinner and movie night tonight.  The movie, Painted Land, has been specially chosen for this week's National Reel Day, celebrating Canadian arts.  ... Read More


Easter

Easter   Text: Mark 16: 1-8  “And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and bewilderment took hold of them. And they said nothing to anyone. For they were afraid.” How did we ever get from there to... Read More


Good Friday

Text: Mark 14: 53- 15:47 Good Friday brings us to the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. It’s a story with many players. And it’s a story that over the years has become laden with meaning … some of it redemptive … some of... Read More


Where are you coming from?

Palm Sunday   Text: Matthew 21: 1-11 The story of this week begins in what seems the oddest way.  In the village up on the hill, just outside Jerusalem, we’ve got Jesus giving instructions to two of his disciples to... Read More


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Keeping in Touch -- April 8, 2017

Good morning, James Bay United Church, Holy Week, the week leading up to Easter, is barely a breath away ... and even though some of us have met this week countless times before, there is something awaiting us all... Read More


Bottled tears

Lent 5  Text: Psalm 56 In our collection of 150 Psalms, there are more Psalms of Lament than there are Psalms of Praise … which isn’t to downplay the importance of praise and wonder and gratitude but it is to say... Read More


The journey out of Unfair

Lent 4 Text: Psalm 73Celebrating the baptism of Daphne Jane Fourth Sunday of Lent March 26, 2017Dear Daphne, It will be some years before you read this letter for yourself, but I wanted to write to you now while... Read More