Worship through the Summer at St. Andrew’s 10:30 am on Sunday morning.
Perhaps prayer is simply surrendering to a deeper reality within. After a couple of weeks of pretty prophetic preaching, Russ is planning to go soft on us before he heads off for vacation. This week’s gospel reading is about prayer, something that contemporary Christians often struggle with. Is prayer begging? Is it an attempt to convince God to give us what we need? Do we have to be holy to do it? Actually, prayer is very natural and we often do it without being aware that we are doing it. With some poetry, some contemporary music, some hymns, and some preaching and practice that moves the balance from prophetic to pastoral a smidge this week, we’ll engage the world of prayer and meditation.
Coffee and treats are available at the back of the church before and during the service. The atmosphere is very informal, and we hope welcoming. Many people enjoy catching up on the past week with one another in this time before church begins. There is an open space with activities provided for kids and families so everyone can enjoy time in church together. After welcome and sharing information about the upcoming activities, we begin worship with a period of Meditation with Music. Our Minister of Music, Kevin Parks, improvises on themes that reflect the main idea of worship for the day. We sing, pray, listen and contemplate together. You can hear sermon reflections by our lead Minister Russ Daye and Associate Minister Susan Chisholm by clicking HERE. to listen to sermon/reflections. There’s much excitement these days as over the summer of 2018 we replaced the sanctuary floor and acquired comfortable flexible seating. The space is now very open and bright and adaptable to so many potential set up designs.
Our music is as diverse as those who attend worship on Sundays. We sing traditional and contemporary hymns and songs, we have an excellent choir and make use of an impressive organ. We also have many individual music talents in our midst who form a band to offer music from the wider culture. It is not unusual to hear Leonard Cohen, Cockburn, Springsteen, Mary Chapin Carpenter or even Bowie or Prince as part of our worship. Click HERE to learn about music in worship.