Worship: Experiencing the Sacred

Sunday Morning Worship Services, 10:30 a.m.

We can encounter the sacred at any time. When we integrate our faith with our daily living, everything we do can be an act of worship, bringing joy and hope to life and allowing us to experience God’s presence. In addition to the sacred experiences that weave through our lives, we at Parkdale United Church gather together on Sunday mornings at 10:30 to be intentional about worship. We pause to be still, listen, hear God’s Word, sing praise, offer prayers of thanksgiving and concern, participate in sacraments of communion and baptism, and reflect on what it is that God might be calling each of us to do and be.

People come to Sunday morning worship services for a variety of reasons. Some come with joyful hearts, eager to sing praise and give thanks. Some come with heavy hearts, seeking comfort and encouragement. Some bring their confusion, looking for clarity. Some come feeling depleted, looking for nourishment and renewal. Some come longing for meaningful connection with others. Regardless of the reasons for coming to church on a Sunday morning, we try to create welcoming and engaging worship opportunities where people can satisfy their yearning for God and encounter the holy.

People can encounter God in a variety of ways during the worship services. At different times, different elements of the worship service can help us experience God’s acceptance, encouragement, guidance, challenge and calling, healing and support. Here are some things you can expect to experience in a Sunday morning worship service:

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  • A friendly welcome from our greeters as you arrive
  • Music – singing hymns, listening to the choir as they offer an anthem, listening to the organist/pianist
    play
  • Prayer – individual silent prayer, collective prayers, prayer requests, prayer candles, and knitted prayer
    squares or caring stones to take with you as a reminder of God’s presence
  • Scripture – listening for God’s Word to us from the Bible
  • Sermon – hearing the minister reflect on the Bible reading and relate it to our present lives
  • Life and Work of the Church – hearing about upcoming activities, events, and opportunities to get involved
  • Parting Blessing
  • Coffee and Fellowship following the service – a time to connect with others

It takes a team of people who join together to create meaningful worship services:

  • Our minister, Rev. Dr. Murray Laverty, leads the worship service and offers a weekly reflection
  • Our Music Director, Michael Coburn, and members of the choir lead us in singing
  • Members of our Worship Arts committee
  • Scripture readers
  • Greeters and ushers
  • Those who prepare and serve the bread and juice for our monthly Communion services
  • People who operate the sound and projection equipment
  • Individuals who design and create banners and who decorate the sanctuary for special services
  • Those who prepare refreshments for coffee time after the service.

 

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Special Worship Services

We mark the different seasons of the Church year with special services. These include Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Good Friday, Easter and Pentecost. At different times of the year, we have special worship services with a particular focus on outreach or justice issues.

Sacraments and Celebrations

At Parkdale United Church, we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion monthly (normally the first Sunday of each month) as well as on special Sundays such as Easter Sunday. We also celebrate the sacrament of Baptism throughout the year, welcoming new members to the church.

Worship is also experienced at special times of celebration, including Weddings, Anniversaries and Celebrations of Life.