We enjoy a variety of opportunities to worship God, to pray, to yield to God’s life poured out for all. Our principal gathering is the Holy Eucharist.
The Eucharist – literally ‘thanksgiving’ - also called Holy Communion, Sacrament of the Table, the Blessed Sacrament, The Lord's Supper, the Mass or the Divine Liturgy is, for Christians, the transformative encounter with the total self - giving of God in the flesh and blood of Jesus the Christ, in which we are invited to ‘…become participants of the divine nature.’ 2 Peter 1:4.
On the night before he gave himself to suffering and death, Jesus, at supper with his friends, took, blessed, broke bread with wine, and giving them to his disciples, told them this was his body and blood and asked them to do this “in memory of me.” Following His command, as early as the 2nd Century (see The Didache), the Christian community were gathering on the 8th day of the week, the first day of creation, to break bread and celebrate the weekly anniversary of the resurrection of the Lord.
Baptism is the Sacrament whereby we make a personal and public commitment to yield to the gift of life offered to us in Christ Jesus. Conversion is a life long process, whereby we are transformed into the fullness of Christ through the Holy Spirit. Baptism is where we turn our wills over to God, and in sharing the Holy Eucharist, prayer, and in loving one another, we follow Jesus and become his hands and heart in the world.
We celebrate Holy Eucharist:
› On Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist with Sunday School
› On Wednesdays, we celebrate a Holy Eucharist with Lectio Divina at 11:00 a.m.
› On Mondays and Wednesdays we gather for Centering Prayer at 5:30 pm.
› Sunday Homilies are usually posted here.
This liturgy is drawn from the Anglican Church of Canada’s Book of Alternative Services. The order of the liturgy follows the pattern set in the early Church, beginning with the “Proclamation of the Word” where we encounter Christ in the Scriptures, followed by the prayers and the confession, absolution and the peace. We then move into the Holy Communion, where we encounter the mystery of God with all of our senses – sight, sound, taste, touch, even smell. The paradox of crucified love leaves reason behind as the mind is drawn by Grace into a place of wonder, awe, humility and surrender.
We draw on a rich heritage of the Anglican Choral tradition. The sung service, and our fine volunteer choir supported by our Casavant pipe organ engages the heart in this magnificent acoustic, and indeed, holy space.
Children are welcome to join our Sunday School in our Sunday School room and we are always seeking ways to include them in the liturgy itself.
This intimate liturgy in the round begins with the sacrament of the Word, focused on the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday. It is reflected upon by reading several times, between periods of silence and reflection. We then gather for the Sacrament of the Table.
At all services, you will also notice people kneeling, standing, bowing, making the sign of the cross and other gestures that enhance each person’s experience of worship. No one should feel obliged to follow any particular ritual of movement, you are welcome to move and gesture as you feel drawn.
We heartily invite you to worship with us. Going forward from this place, may you become the Eucharist yourself, an altar in the world, receiving and giving of yourself, blessing God’s creation and loving those along the way. The purpose of life is not to go to Church, rather, the purpose of Church is to go to life!
Icon images credit: Jody Cole