Worship Services

“We resolve to be a worshipping community of Christ’s disciples, whose life together illustrates God’s mercy as we care for one another.”

(Congregational Covenant, WNMC)

 

The centre of our life as a community of God’s people is our weekly Sunday worship. God welcomes us, hears us and speaks to us. Our words, songs, actions, and silence express our praise and gratitude, our confession and our needs, our healing and our hope. Through our shared encounter with God we become a community of hospitality, encouragement, comfort, conviction, and service. We worship at 8:30 am and 10:45 am each Sunday. At 9:30 am we offer a diverse Sunday school program for all ages.

Matins – 8:30 am - Matins means “Morning worship”. In this liturgical worship the congregation participates actively in prayers, readings, singing, prayer and times of silent reflection. The focus of the order of service is the Bible readings that follow the common lectionary (order) that is used by Christians throughout the world. The brief homily (sermon) applies the Scripture to our lives. Matins worship guides the congregation through our various responses to God - praise, confession, forgiveness, thankfulness, intercession, and commitment.

Worship – 10:45 am -In the second worship service a variety of persons participate in leading the different elements of the service. The focus of the worship is the proclamation of the Word through the sermon, supported by scripture reading, hymns, and the children's time. Worship may centre around the lectionary readings, a theme of significance to the congregation, or a combination. This worship service invites the congregation to connect to God, one another and the broader world.

Children in worship

Children are welcome in both worship services. Each service has a different way of involving children in worship. During the 10:45 am service, there is a nursery for those aged 4 and under, staffed by volunteers.

     - Matins offers children a lectionary-based children's activity sheet. Children who can read are able to fully participate by reading the congregational prayers and responses in the order of service.

     - During Worship there is a Children’s Time. Children are also often invited to participate in specific tasks such as scripture reading and collecting the offering.

Both services value and emphasize the participation of the congregation. This is especially evident in the vibrant congregational singing of a rich diversity of hymns and songs that express our Anabaptist faith tradition.

We welcome visitors to join us!