Greeting and Welcome: As the community gathers we are
reminded that all are welcome in this space and in the presence of God.
Announcements and Celebrations: A voluntary sharing of information important to the congregation, celebrating significant life events such as birthdays, anniversaries and births.
Centering Silence: A time of quiet for individuals to prepare their hearts and minds for worship. The sound of the prayer bowl may be used to help us quiet the many thoughts that clutter our minds.
Presentation of the Symbols of our Faith: Bible, Cross and Candle are brought to the front of the church while the congregation sings (words on the screens).
Lighting of the Christ Candle: The Christ Candle symbolizes the presence of the God whom we, as Christians, know through Jesus Christ. People usually remain seated
during the musical response sung by the congregation.
Opening Prayer: An invitation for God to be especially present during worship and for people to attend to the sacred presence.
Hymn: The words are on the screens. Usually the congregation stands.
Story of Our Faith: The stories of the Bible were, in the
beginning not written down, they were told. It is our
practice to tell a story from the Bible to the gathered
community. Most often this story will contain themes that are carried through in the music, prayers and other talk during the worship service.
Theme Conversation: The theme conversation begins the
process of building a relationship between the Bible story and ourselves and the world in which we live. Although the children and youth who wish may gather at the front of the church the theme conversation contains something for everyone.
Children and Youth leave for Church School:
Preschool Class: For ages 3-5. The class is located
upstairs in Gardiner Hall and is led by a team of gentle, loving teachers.
Godly Play Class: For ages 6-12. The Godly Play
classroom is located in the Chapel, just off the kitchen in
Gardiner Hall. The class is led by either Pam Fowles or Gaye Sharpe and features a Montessori approach to Christian Education.
Parents and caregivers are welcome to attend.
Musical Response as the Children Leave: Reminds everyone - adult, child and youth - that worship continues through other activities, in other parts of the building. The work of children and youth is no less important to the entire
Christian community, than the work of those who remain in the sanctuary.
Scripture Reading(s): One or two readings from the Bible,
usually featuring one from the Hebrew Scriptures (sometimes referred to as the Old Testament) and one from the Early Christian Writings (sometimes referred to
as the New Testament).
Choir: The choir and/or the bell choir may participate in the
service either at this time or after the sermon.
Sermon: A 15-20 minute reflection on a Bible passage that seeks to connect the Bible message to our individual lives and the life of our congregation.
Congregational Response to the Sermon: This may be a creed or a hymn; sometimes it may be a brief period of silence.
Offering: The offering plate is passed and people have the
opportunity to contribute. Some people also contribute through a pre-authorized remittance (PAR) through their bank account. This congregation is self-supporting which means we pay our expenses from the giving of people who attend and the monies raised through initiatives like the Thrift Shop.
Prayers of the People: These are prayers, which include
matters of gratitude and concern for those in the
community and in the world.
Lord’s Prayer: Either sung or said.
Closing Hymn: The words are on the screens. Usually the
Commissioning and Benediction: A time when the
community is given direction and blessed for the coming week.
Sending out Song: The symbols of the faith are removed from the altar table and processed out of the Sanctuary. After the symbols are removed and the leaders leave the front, people may make their way to refreshments downstairs or leave.