Category Archives: Services

These posts give information about services, including times, locations, and orders of service where available.

Sunday Prayers – January 9, 2021

Due to the wide-spread community transmission of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, our worship services are currently only online. We encourage you to limit the number of people you encounter, and to get the vaccinations and boosters that are available to you: keep yourself as safe as possible, and strive to protect others!

Ethiopian Icon of the Baptism of Jesus

You can join in our Sunday service, live or later, via YouTube. The stream will begin at about 9:45 with a welcome and some prelude music; the service will begin at 10 am.

To make it easier to join in the responses and to sing along with the hymn of the day, make sure you have the order of service handy!

We also encourage you to have a small bowl of water with you this week. This is the first Sunday after the Epiphany, and we commemorate the Baptism of Jesus. It’s a continuing of the making known of Jesus coming into the world, and the beginning of his public ministry. Here’s what Sundays and Seasons offers about the day and its readings.

Today’s festival rejoices in God’s blessings. We recall and celebrate our adoption as God’s children, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and the promised company of almighty God when we “pass through the waters . . . the rivers . . . fire.” On this day the heavens open again for this assembly, and we receive the gift of God’s Beloved, Jesus, in bread and wine.

Sunday Prayers – January 2nd, 2022

As the new calendar year begins, we are not gathering in-person. If you haven’t yet been vaccinated, please make that a priority–and if you have, please get your booster as soon as you can!

You can join in our Sunday service, live or later, via YouTube. The stream will begin at about 9:45 with a welcome and some prelude music from Peter; the service will begin at 10 am.

To make it easier to join in the responses and sing along with the hymn of the day, make sure you have the order of service handy!

Star

We’ll be observing the Feast of the Epiphany.

We are four days early–the feast itself is January 6th–but the church calendar has us anticipate it on the Sunday beforehand, so that churches around the world can join in recalling the Baptism of Jesus together on the first Sunday after the Epiphany next week.

Two Kings' cakes, colourfully decorated with pink, yellow, and green sprinkles.

Christmas continues…

There are lots of traditions associated with this feast. Covid keeps us from enjoying one of the tastiest together, but if you’re feeling inspired, here’s a link to the recipe that Matthew uses to make Kings’ Cake for Coffee Hour.

At the feast of the Epiphany, we celebrate that God’s glory is revealed to all the world and all its peoples. Sundays and Seasons movingly observes:

In Isaiah and Ephesians, that glory is proclaimed for all nations and people. Like the light of the star that guided the magi to Jesus, the light of Christ reveals who we are: children of God who are claimed and washed in the waters of baptism. We are sent out to be beacons of the light of Christ, sharing the good news of God’s love to all people.

Sunday, December 12 – Advent 3 – Rejoice!

Join the live-stream of the Nativity’s 10:00 Eucharist this Sunday! The stream will go live at about 9:45 with a welcome and territorial acknowledgement, and our Director of Music will offer about 15 minutes of music to help us pray. The service itself will begin at 10. If you’re not able to join in live, you can always do so at a later time using the same link!

The order of service is available here to enable you to follow along and join in the congregational responses.

The third Sunday of Advent is a moment of light-ening in the darkness. It’s traditionally called Gaudete Sunday (from the beginning of the introit–the first part of the service–for the day: “Gaudete in Domino semper“, or, in English: “Rejoice in the Lord always”). We’ll use rose coloured vestments, and light the rose-coloured candle in the Advent Wreath.

We’ll hear the great promise God makes through the prophet Zephaniah that we should sing and rejoice as God changes shame into praise and delight (3.14-20). Together we’ll proclaim the canticle from Isaiah of trusting in God with joy. And we’ll hear the invitation that John offers to the people of Israel who come out to be baptised, to bear fruits worthy of repentance (Luke 3.7-18).

Sundays and Seasons offers this reflection on the day’s readings:

Christ’s presence in our midst in the wonder of the holy supper is cause for singing. The nearness of the God in prayer, in every circumstance, is cause for rejoicing. The coming of one “more powerful” than John, even with a winnowing fork in hand, is good news—and cause for exultation—for us who are being saved. Great joy is the tone for the third Sunday of Advent.

Sunday, 14 November

Our 10 o’clock Eucharist will be live-streamed to YouTube. The stream will begin at 9:45, with a welcome and then about fifteen minutes of prelude music, The service will begin at 10 am. You can also take part in the service at a later time.

The order of service is available here.

The First World War memorial window at the Nativity: an angel on clouds surmounting the caption "Death is swallowed up in victory" (1 Cor 15.54).
The First World War memorial window at the Nativity.

This week’s service begins with an Act of Remembrance, before we continue with the readings for the 25th Sunday after Pentecost.

We’ll hear the story of Hannah praying to God for a child (1 Samuel 1.4-20). (If we had more readings, instead of the psalm we’d hear Hannah’s prayer–it’s worth reading! 1 Samuel 2.1-10) We’ll also hear Jesus predicting the temple’s destruction in our final reading from Mark’s gospel of this liturgical year (13.1-8)

This section of Mark is sometimes called the “Little Apocalypse.” Apocalypse literally means a revealing of what’s hidden; in this passage–as in similar ones in other gospels–we hear a vision of the end of the age combined with instruction about how to be prepared and serve God through it.

Check out the Fellowship for the Performing Arts‘ dramatic production of Mark’s gospel. In just under five minutes, Max McLean brings this chapter to life in ways that make it easier to hear and make sense of.

Sunday, 31 October

restored Schnell painting

Our 10 o’clock Eucharist will be live-streamed to You Tube. The stream will begin at 9:45 with a welcome and musical prelude, and the service begins at 10 am. You can also take part in the service at a later time!

The order of service is available here.

This Sunday is the 23rd Sunday after Pentecost. We’ll hear the beginning of the story of Ruth, and her commitment to her mother-in-law Naomi (Ruth 1.1-18); we’ll also hear of a positive encounter between Jesus and a scribe, reminding us of the foundational pillars of our faith (Mark 12.28-34).

The Sundays and Seasons resource offers this brief reflection on the readings:

Jesus states the core of God’s law: love God with all you are and have, and love your neighbour as yourself. The scribe agrees that Jesus has rightly identified the most important commandments, much more important than sacrifices. It’s easy for us to say with the writer of the letter to the Hebrews that sacrifices aren’t needed anymore, but harder to acknowledge that all our worship, all our community service, all our social action, all our family caregiving is worthless if it is done without love.

You might wonder why the church is festooned in red this Sunday–something we normally only see during Holy Week, or on the feast of Pentecost! Red is the colour of the Spirit, and we use it today on October 31st in honour of the movement of the Spirit in the Church.

It was on this day in 1517 that the Augustinian monk, Martin Luther, is said to have posted his 95 Theses to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg and shared with Albert, then Archbishop of Mainz. Luther was inviting a conversation about the need for the Church to reflect on its customs and way of being, and to focus on the free gift of grace through God in Christ. Luther’s theses provoked conversation, challenge, and conflict–leading to what we now term the Reformation.

Bishop Mark Dyer used a great image to describe this and other periods of upheaval in the Church: that they’re “giant rummage sales” where the church rids itself of what is no longer needed and rediscovers treasures it had forgotten. The Anglican Church thinks of itself as both Catholic and Reformed, treasuring our complex heritage and striving to be always at work in the act of ongoing reformation. We want to be open to the movement of the Spirit as God calls us to focus on the love of God and neighbour and how we live that together. Or, as Sundays and Seasons puts it:

Rooted in the past and growing into the future, the church must always be reformed in order to live out the love of Christ in an ever-changing world. We celebrate the good news of God’s grace, that Jesus Christ sets us free every day to do this life-transforming work. Trusting in the freedom given to us in baptism, we pray for the church, that Christians will unite more fully in worship and mission.

Sunday Prayers – 20 June, 2021

All are welcome for our live-streamed service this coming Sunday! The service will begin at 9:30 am, following a time of music for preparation.

The service will be live-streamed to YouTube.

The order of service is available here.

Jesus lulls a storm – Mark 4:35-41

This Sunday is the fourth Sunday after Pentecost. We’re in “Year B” of the Revised Common Lectionary, which sets out what readings we use each week. This year we’ll hear gospel passages mostly from the gospel of Mark, and the passages from the Hebrew Scriptures focus on David and the kings of Israel and Judah. (The psalm each week reflects on the reading from the Hebrew Scriptures.)

Here’s what Sundays and Seasons has to say about this week’s gospel:
Now is the acceptable time; now is the day of salvation! Now we are in the storm, the boat almost swamped; but Jesus is here now, and when we call him, he will calm the storm. Even the wind and waves listen to him as they would to their creator. We also listen to him and are called to believe in the power of God’s word in him, a power greater than all that we fear.

We use the image of Jesus calming the storm under the Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 license. JESUS MAFA. Jesus lulls the storm, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. https://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48310 [retrieved June 15, 2021]. Original source: http://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr (contact page: https://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr/contact).

Sunday Prayers – June 13, 2021

This Sunday is the Third Sunday after Pentecost. Sunday Prayers will be live-streamed to YouTube. The service will begin at 9:30, after a time of music as we enter into prayer.

The order of service is available here, to help you to fully participate.

Mustard seeds held in the palm of a hand.

Here’s what Sundays and Seasons has to say about the readings we’ll hear this week:
The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds the power of God better imaged in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

A mustard tree

Sunday Prayers – 6 June 2021

Join in the Nativity’s live-streamed Sunday prayers for the Second Sunday after Pentecost!

The service will begin at 9:30 a.m., after some musical preludes. Our service will be streamed to YouTube live, and you can participate as it’s happening! Afterwards, YouTube will process the live-stream, and you’ll be able to attend at your convenience.

The order of service is available here.

Sundays and Seasons offers this introduction to this week’s readings:
A house divided against itself cannot stand. Jesus makes this observation in light of charges that he is possessed. He is possessed, not by a demon, but by the Holy Spirit. We who have received the Holy Spirit through baptism have been joined to Christ’s death and resurrection and knit together in the body of Christ. Those with whom we sing and pray this day are Jesus’ family. With them we go forth in peace to do the will of God.

Sunday Prayers – 30 May 2021 – Trinity Sunday

Join the Church of the Nativity for Sunday Prayers on May 30th! Our new streaming solution has now been set-up, so we will now be streaming to YouTube. Peter will offer music for a few minutes beforehand, and the service will begin at 9:30. It will be visible on YouTube afterwards as well, so if you’re joining in later, that will work just fine. (It may take YouTube a little while to have the video recording of the service listed for later viewing. Just check back on our channel to look for it.)

The order of service is available here.

This Sunday is one of the seven principal feasts of the Church’s year: Trinity Sunday! Our honorary assistant, the Reverend Canon David Linn, will be preaching. Here’s what Sundays and Seasons has to say about this week’s readings.

When we say God is the triune God, we are saying something about who God is beyond, before, and after the universe: that there is community within God. Our experience of this is reflected in Paul’s words today [Note that we won’t be using this reading at the Nativity; you can find it here.] . When we pray to God as Jesus prayed to his Abba (an everyday, intimate parental address), the Spirit prays within us, creating between us and God the same relationship Jesus has with the one who sent him.

Sunday Prayers – May 9, 2021

Join Canon Matthew, Linda, Peter, and folk connecting online for Sunday Prayers, live-streamed on the parish Facebook page at 9:30 am on May 9th!

(You don’t need to be a Facebook user to stream the video live, or to watch it sometime later.)

Peter will play music for ten to fifteen minutes beforehand, to set the mood for prayer.

The order of service is available here.

In the first reading, we’ll hear about how the Holy Spirit gets impatient with long sermons, and the gospel continues on from last week when Jesus said, “I am the vine; you are the branches.” Here’s what Sundays and Seasons writes about the gospel:

A group of six people of various backgrounds hold hands in a circle.

This Sunday’s image of the life the risen Christ shares with us is the image of friendship. We are called to serve others as Jesus came to serve; but for John’s gospel, the image of servanthood is too hierarchical, too distant, to capture the essence of life with Christ. Friendship captures the love, the joy, the deep mutuality of the relationship into which Christ invites us. The Greeks believed that true friends are willing to die for each other. This is the mutual love of Christian community commanded by Christ and enabled by the Spirit.

Many folk around the world observe this Sunday as Mother’s Day. That can be deeply meaningful for some. It’s also deeply hard for others, and our prayers on Sunday acknowledge both the highs and the lows:

Gracious God, as a mother comforts her child, you comfort us. Bless mothers and mothering people in our lives. Comfort those who miss their mothers, mothers who grieve, those who grieve because they cannot be mothers, and those who have never known a loving mother.

You might be interested to learn that the idea of Mother’s Day didn’t start out as the Hallmark event it has become! In the 1850s, Ann Jarvis and women in West Virginia started Mother’s Day Work Clubs that served mothers who were ill or living in poverty, and their children. One summary by Carol Howard Merritt describes its focus as “hydrating babies, ensuring sanitation, and building hospitals.” During the Civil War, the groups cared for wounded soldiers from the armies of both the United States (North) and the Confederated States (South). Mother’s Friendship Day Picnics began after the war to attempt to forge peace between Union and Confederate loyalists.

To learn more about the history of Mother’s Day in North America, check out this article by Grace Donnelly and Alex Scimecca. For a great overview, visit this page from the United Methodist Women — who are proud to claim Ann Jarvis as one of their own!