Sunday, 14 August 2022

All are welcome to attend in-person services. Entry is from the main doors on King Street East. Weather-permitting, coffee hour follows the ten o’clock service out in the Nativity Gardens behind the church.

Service Guidelines are available here.

Masks are not required, but with the current surge in COVID cases we do strongly recommend that you wear a high-quality medical mask for in-person attendance.

Unfortunately, we had technical issues with sound and we were unable to live-stream this service. You can still read through the order of service here. It includes the readings, the responses, and the hymn texts.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Ecce Ancilla Domine is a depiction of the Annunciation of our Lord to Saint Mary the Virgin. She cowers on her bed, eyes fixed on the lilies in the angel's hand as he floats above her bedroom floor with feet of fire as he informs her that she has been chosen to bring Jesus into the world.
Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s depiction of the Annunciation, Ecce Ancilla Domine

This Sunday the Nativity will keep the feast of Saint Mary the Virgin. It’s a Holy Day that has slightly different names and emphases in different traditions. Our Roman Catholic siblings celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; our Orthodox relations, the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary (closest to our old name, ‘the Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary’); Lutherans, Mary the Mother of our Lord. We have many different ways of thinking about Mary, but all alike are drawn to her saying yes to God, to her praise of God’s actions of scattering the proud, lifting up the lowly, and feeding the hungry—as we are invited to say yes and join in God’s work in the world.