Sunday Services

Although each week may follow a different Order of Service, this is what you can expect in a typical Sunday morning occurs as below.

After being greeted upon entering the hall on a Sunday, you will receive an Order of Service and a song book. Headphones are available so that the hearing impaired can follow the service.

The Great Hall is Open at ten fifteen and Services begin at 10:30am. Services are followed by a Fellowship Hour for coffee and conversation. If you choose a blue mug, others will know you are new and will approach you to welcome you.

This is what happens at a typical Sunday service, although each week is a new experience. 

GATHERING SONG

The service starts with a gathering song. This changes from week to week and the words appear in the Order of Service.  A favourite is:

Enter rejoice, and come in, Enter rejoice, and come in.
Today will be a joyful day, enter, rejoice, and come in.
Open your ears to the song. Open your ears to the song...
Open your hearts everyone, Open your hearts everyone,..
Don't be afraid of some change. Don't be afraid of some change...
Enter rejoice, and come in, Enter rejoice, and come in.

WELCOMING

The service leader for that day welcomes regular members and newcomers.

OPENING MUSIC

The choir sings for the congregation. All members are welcome to join the choir - please show up early for the practice.

CALL TO CELEBRATION

Opening words from the service leader

CHALICE LIGHTING

Each week someone is assigned the honour of lighting the Chalice that marks the official start of the service, and the congregation sings:

Rise up, O flame, by thy light glowing,
Show to us beauty, vision, and joy

SONG

There are two or three songs that the congregation sings, usually from the songbook but sometimes special ones are printed with the Order of Service. Hymns, folk songs and even pop tunes are sung.

MOMENTS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

The children have their own blanket in front of the pulpit where they gather for a special story time before they go to their classes. Their story is often connected to the service subject that day.

DEPARTURE SONG

The congregation sings the Departure Song as the children leave:

Go now in peace. Go now in peace.
May the love of life surround you, everywhere, everywhere you may go.

JOYS AND SORROWS

Those who would like to come to the chalice and light a silent candle for a joy or sorrow in their life at this moment, may do so.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The minister or service leader delivers announcements of events of interest that are upcoming.

OFFERING

Like any congregation we depend on an offering plate being passed around

AFFIRMATION OF COMMUNITY

Many responsive readings and ones in unison are found in the song book; but special ones are also often printed in the Order of Service

READING

A reading of material relevant to the sermon is read

MEDITATION

Some uplifting words are said by either the minister or service leader, This is followed by a few moments of silence and concluded by a piano piece by our talented music director on our beautiful sounding Steinway. An artistic floral arrangement is provided each week by a member of the congregation

SERMON

Our Minister or Service Leader will offer a talk on a subject we hope is compelling and thought provoking for everyone. We also hear from a diverse and provocative number of guest speakers on a regular basis.

SONG

A final song for the congregation to sing.  After the song we remain standing for the Closing Words, Chalice Extinguishing and Benediction

CLOSING WORDS

The minister or service leader will say a few final words. The service has lasted a bit over one hour

CHALICE EXTINGUISHING

BENEDICTION

After the Chalice Extinguishing the members of the congregation join hands in a continuous chain and sing to each other:

From you I receive, to you I give,
Together we share, and by this we live.

FRIENDSHIP HOUR

Refreshment conversation and companionship!

 


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