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) with childcare available.

September

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Sunday, September 3
Rejoice and Refuel.

During her stay at the Banff Centre, Chloe Hart participated in an artistic process with the goal of authentically reproducing and sharing joy and fascination with a group of performers. This inspired her to reflect on the effortful nature of allowing joy and awe into our lives, and on the rejuvenating quality of both of these emotions. So many of are depleted by anger in the face of the social injustices we witness today. Can joy, wonder and fascination be used as fuel in our quest for peace and equality? The music will be performed by Louise Halperin.

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Sunday, September 10
As the Water Flows: Homecoming Sunday and Water Communion

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
We invite you to bring water from a summer experience (as exotic as your kitchen sink or beyond) to share in our annual water communion. (No worries if you can’t bring water. There’s always plenty on hand to share.) Through the communal pouring of water, we’ll mark the joys, sorrows, transitions, and renewal experienced over the summer, and consider what we need to let go of to begin anew for the fall.

 

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Sunday, September 17
The Reed that Bends, the Tree that Breaks

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt and Maider Martineau
In times of trouble, what’s the best way forward? When do you need to bend, and when do you need to stand firm? We’ll take this Sunday to draw inspiration from the upcoming Jewish High Holy Days as we consider the relationship between forgiveness and letting go.

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Sunday, September 24
I’m Never, Ever Giving You Up

Rev. Diane Rollert
Music by Sandra Hunt, Maider Martineau, Margo Ellis and Jane Critchlow
When it is medically or morally appropriate to extend or end life? As medical technology is rapidly advancing, our relationship with life and death is changing. When do we let go and when do we hold on? This is may be the greatest spiritual challenge each one of us will
ever face.

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.