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Regular Sunday Worship:
8am St. Paul’s Communion service using the Book of Common Prayer (i.e., traditional language) As of vestry 2017, the 8am service will be offered only on the first Sunday of the month. Check the calendar to verify.
9:15am Trinity and 11am St. Paul’s Communion services with music and family program using the Book of Alternative services or green book (i.e., contemporary language). As of vestry 2017, the third Sunday of each month at St. Paul’s will be a BCP version of worship.
We also provide Communion services at Iler Lodge which provides both long term care and retirement living (third Thursday of the month at 10:30am) and Country Village (fourth Tuesday of the month at 10:30am) thanks to support of volunteers in our churches.
Creative Expressions of Worship
Worship provides a meaningful opportunity to come together as a community and open ourselves to an experience of the Divine. As with many things in life, there are those who find meaning in repetition and those who are a bit more adventurous. In recognition of this variety of interests, worship experiences include both familiar and creative expressions.
In practice, our 8am traditional service follows the Book of Common prayer with few changes from week to week while the 9:15am and 11am services generally follow the Book of Alternative Services but may use alternative prayers, confession and absolution and different Communion prayers as appropriate to the specific readings for a Sunday or to a worship season.
Occasionally, worship takes on a very different flavour based on a particular theme or celebration for the day.
Past examples of alternative worship include:
- “Ministry Sunday” where prayers for the different ministries (readers, musicians, servers, parish leaders etc) were incorporated throughout the service.
- Sunday School students have shared their gifts at Christmas, Easter and in June providing puppet shows (a favourite at St. Paul’s) or other dramatic representations within the context of the service.
- Regular Children’s focuses have also taken on a creative flare as Rev. Chris has built puzzles with the young people, juggled, worn funny hats and shared a variety of stories in an effort to make the Good News accessible to all.
Alternative services also occur outside of our regular Sunday Schedule. Including:
- Participation in the Advent and Lenten Ministerial worship programs (offered as Wednesday lunch services during the respective seasons).
- A Blue Christmas service that provides a quiet space for those who may feel overwhelmed, sad, stressed or otherwise struggle through the Christmas season.
- A full week of worship during Holy Week that includes Taize Prayer, a family Good Friday celebration along with a Traditional service, and Easter Vigil celebration.
- Campfire Evensong – an opportunity to come together over a campfire for stories, prayer, music and marshmallows.
The goal of all worship is to provide space for us to gather as a community in meaningful ways in thanksgiving to God.