Sunday Services

Services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am (unless noted), followed by coffee. Services are in English with some French. Come for an hour of beautiful music, meditation and a thought-provoking sermon from our minister, Rev. Diane Rollert.

 It's a great way to kick-start the week with a calm state of mind. We offer loving caregivers in our nursery and wide-ranging programs for children and youth during the service.

Upcoming Worship Services

All services start at 10:30 am (unless noted).

July 2018

Sunday, July 1
Nothing Fits at the Back of My Mind
Chloe Hart with music by Basil Vandervort-Charbonneau.  
Whether it be her cellphone, a doodle, a to-do list, or a preoccupation, Chloe has never taken kindly to being asked to put something aside. However, during her trip to Meaning Makers, a spiritual development program for young adults, she was asked to "put something down" that was keeping her from being truly present to the experience. What kind of work does it take to put down the things that are distracting us? Chloe will be discussing the comfort and the complexity she has found in the invitation to "put something down", rather than putting something aside, behind her, at the back of her mind, in her desk, in her backpack, or any other place it has been suggested to her put her things. Childcare will be available.

Sunday, July 8
Gaining Spiritual Awareness Through Our Understanding of Mathematics
Timothy Byrnes with music by Louise Halperin

An exploration of the concept of numeracy as a means to gaining perspective. Timothy shares thoughts on how our intuitive mathematical understanding can be broadened to reveal truths that can seem lost through needless abstraction. An understanding of numbers that seem larger than ourselves can help in our search for understanding our oneself.  Childcare will be available.

Sunday, July 15
Stretching Beyond: Embracing Liberia’s Complexity with Kendra Gray. Music by Christine Lee.
"We are all a product of our environment. Stepping out of our regular surroundings provides us with the occasion to reconsider assumptions and biases, and rethink priorities. For me, six months (2013) in a rural Liberian community was (and is) a continual reminder that what is “normal” and assumed in one place is not universal. And that growth happens when we allow ourselves to stretch in previous unseen directions."

Sunday, July 22
Love Letter to Gaia Earth with Carole TenBrink and music by Christine ML Lee
Our theme today takes it’s spirit from the Mohawk Thanksgiving Address utilized here with permission. The address names and honours each part of creation so people really feel their gratitude for all Earth provides us. Whether the gathering is for celebration, for commemoration or for difficult decision making, the address brings minds together as one. Within the context of our normal service, we will have a bit of a ritual to express our love and gratitude to Earth.
Please, if you can, bring any small item from nature that speaks to your affection for Gaia such as a stone, a leaf, a shell, a flower from your garden, a photo of your favorite beach, etc.  There will be some nature items on hand as well for those who come without.

Childcare will be available. 

Sunday, July 29

What do we do here? Is it worship?

Several years ago, Rev. Rollert and the congregation explored a series of questions regarding “Wounded Words” – the words of religion that have wounded us or may have been wounded or co-opted by others.  As we talked about the word “Worship” she asked us this question: “What do we do here?”

Here’s the answer that came from the congregation:

What do we do here?
We gather together to play with ideas of the world and our place in it,
To celebrate, discuss, care, wonder and act,
To reconnect with what is important in life,
To reflect upon love, sorrow, joy, conflict, peace, complexity, and diversity,
To meet kindred souls for a special pause from the mundane,
To have our hearts and minds stretched and to be comforted that we are not alone,
To move further towards the heart’s truth,
To be grateful,
To be curious,
To search,
To commune,
To spend an hour of oneness in the mystery of “sacred stillness”....
To inspire and let ourselves be inspired,
To acknowledge the mystery of our short lives, and to admit that we haven’t got it all figured out.

We hold space.  We hold hearts.  We come together because things of worth are worth gathering for.