What To Expect During Our Services
***UPDATE, September 4, 2021: Masks are now required in keeping with provincial health guidelines.
As a newly formed local congregation, our Sunday morning worship is simple. We're just a group of ordinary Christians gathered to worship, hear the Word preached, and to enjoy fellowship together!
Kids are welcome in our service (we don't mind the noise!). Dress trends are generally fairly casual to business-casual, though you can find anything from jeans and shorts to suits. People are friendly, so don't be afraid to introduce yourself!
Our main service formally begins at 10:30am, led by one of our pastors and typically ends around noon. During this time, we sing songs, offer prayers of praise and confession to God, then hear God's Word preached.
We begin our main worship service with all of our deliberate attention focused upon the living God! After an opening greeting and a few announcements, one of our pastors will begin the worship service by reading from a Scripture text as a summons for us to turn our hearts Godward. This opening meditation is followed by songs and hymns of praise sung to guitar and/or piano accompaniment. Most of the songs and hymns we sing are from the Hymns of Grace hymnal, and we use a PowerPoint projector for the lyrics.
After a few hymns, a pastor will lead us in turning our attention to a time of corporate confession and assurance of pardon. This involves reading a Scripture text, a short time of quiet confession and prayer, then another Scripture text before singing another hymn.
Then a expository message from the Scriptures is given--that is, one that aims to expose, or unpack, what the passage is saying and to present the Gospel ("good news") of salvation through Christ.
Our tradition is to "proclaim the Lord's death until he comes" (1 Cor 11:23-26) by partaking in the Lord's Supper, remembering the Lord together each week following the preaching of the Word. All believers who do believe and trust in Jesus Christ, partake in the Lord's Supper.
We conclude the service with a final hymn and a parting benediction.
An easy transition toward informal conversation rounds out our time together with time to mingle and fellowship.