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, November 19, 2017 & other dates

Worship Service

Sunday, November 19, 2017 & other dates

An invitation to join the Anthem Choir

Sunday, November 26, 2017 & other dates


News


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Keeping in Touch November 11

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Keeping in Touch - November 4

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Audio now available!

The audio recordings of Rev. Dickey's reflections will now be available. The recording can also be downloaded on your device.               Read More


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Please Register for the Advent Retreat by Nov. 5

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Communion Service. All Saints. October 29th 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 - October 14

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Season of Creation

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Communion Service Dates

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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World Wide Communion Service. October 1st 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 - September 28

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Celebrating the life of Irene Nepstad

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Keeping in Touch September 23

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Keeping in Touch - September 16

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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

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Keeping in Touch -- August 31, 2017

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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


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Keeping in Touch -- July 13, 2017

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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

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Keeping in Touch -- June 16, 2017

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Extreme Hunger Appeal

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Keeping in Touch -- June 9, 2017

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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