Throughout December we continue with our Advent task of Finding Clarity in Confusing Times. This Sunday’s theme will be: Becoming an Island of Sanity. With the world changing at such breathtaking speed, and so many seemingly crazy things happening, the need for places like St. Andrew’s to be both safe and courageous islands of sanity has never been greater. Energized by John the Baptist’s prophetic challenge, and taking inspiration from Dalhousie University’s courageous Scholarly Panel to Examine Lord Dalhousie’s History on Slavery and Race, we will do some looking back, some looking forward, and some simple spiritual practice.
Check out what’s happening in worship this week…Bulletin December 16, 2018 Advent 3
Worship at St. Andrew’s is creative, often surprising, with dynamic reflections and excellent music. Come early so we can get to know one another and extend welcome to the St. Andrew’s Community!
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.