Sunday Services


Services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 am (unless noted) in our Sanctuary, 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 Service

All services start at 10:30 am (unless noted).
Text and audio versions of past sermons are available
here.

February 2019

Sunday, February 3, 10:30 am
Grow your Mind - Ask a Question!
- Chloe Hart, Camellia Jahanshahi, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert

Our Unitarian ancestor Sophia Lyon Fahs encouraged children to ask questions and for the community around them to follow their curiosity and help them learn, tending the seeds of kindness, justice, and spirituality within them.  On this all-ages Sunday we'll explore the wisdom of asking questions and how we can all grow the garden of our minds.

On the first Sunday of the month you may bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Dépôt Community Food Centre.  Offerings can also be placed in the baskets in the Sanctuary or Phoenix Hall at any time. Highest-priority food item for the month: Canned fish 


Sunday, February 10, 10:30 am
The Religious Experience
- Special guest: Rev. Fred Cappuccino, with music by Sandra Hunt and Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert 

The classic Religious Experience was that of St Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul immediately stopped persecuting Christians, and became one himself. Many religious people have devoted their lives to seeking a religious experience. One fellow named Mert inquired of (Methodist) Bishop Quayle, "Bishop, How can I have an experience of God?" The bishop said, "Well, Mert, Go into a deep forest…." The Rev. Fred Cappuccino will finish this story when he speaks…

Fred is 92 and is still making lots of trouble. He and his wife Bonnie are Members of the Order of Canada for their work with Child Haven International, which cares for 1300 formerly destitute children in nine Homes in India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Tibet.


Sunday, February 17, 10:30 am
Inquiry and Preconception
- Rev. Diane Rollert with music by Eleuthera Diconca-Lippert & Lillias Lippert & the Parts in Peace Choir

Let’s be honest. We often begin with preconceptions and judge before we’ve even had time to ask the questions. How do we shift our patterns and embrace new ways of thinking? This may be a Sunday of true confessions from our minister as she considers her own approach to inquiry.
 

Sunday, February 24, 10:30 am
The African-American Spiritual
- Special guest: Floydd Ricketts, with Rev. Diane Rollert and music by Floydd Ricketts and Sandra Hunt

We are pleased to welcome Floydd Ricketts to our service this Sunday to share his passion and extensive knowledge of the African American Spiritual. Floydd is a conductor, coach and doctoral student at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. Most recently, he was the musical director and arranger for Choir Boy at the Centaur Theatre. His research focuses on the African-American Spiritual, it’s origins from West Africa, across the Middle Passage, and into North America; the evolution of the art form from monophonic hymns to intricate modern arrangements; and how to perform Spirituals well and within an informed and conscientious purview while diminishing the risk of offence or cultural appropriation.

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.