What can you expect if you come to a Sunday service at the Church of the Resurrection (COR)?
First of all, come as you are. People will be wearing casual clothing (including jeans), or suits, skirts or pants. Almost anything except beach attire or sleepwear!
Anglicans are “People of the Book.” The Bible, the Book of Common Praise (Hymn Book) and the Book of Alternative Services (BAS) are used at our services. The Book of Common Prayer is a traditional Anglican book that is not in use at our church at this time.
Anglicans are also a “Eucharistic People.” The Holy Eucharist or Holy Communion is the service offered at both our Sunday services and major festivals such as Christmas and Easter.
At the regular Sunday 8:00 a.m. and 9:15am service, you will be welcomed at the door by a greeter who will give you a bulletin that includes announcements. Please feel free to take it home with you! At 8am you will also be given a BAS and the clergy (priest) will give directions and page numbers.
The 8am service is a spoken service. It’s a quiet meditative service with a sermon for those who like to start the day early!There is no music or children’s program available at this service.
Sit anywhere you’d like. The best view and sound (especially if you are hard-of-hearing) is in the front half of the church.
At the 915am service the organist, Fred Meredith, plays before the service begins and while everyone is settling in. As you are settling in you will notice the beauty of the tapestries and the altar area. Many people use the time before the service to say silent prayers or quietly greet neighbours. The entire service including the words to the hymns will all be projected on a screen at the front left hand side using the Power Point program.
From Sept to June a Children’s program is offered for children age 3-12. The children begin in Room 5 with a teacher and they will hear a bible story, sing and participate in a craft of activity. At the time of the Offertory they will join their parents in the church, receive communion and then participate in a children’s time with the Priest.
To open the service the choir and clergy process into the church, usually from back. A crucifer (a lay person carrying the cross) leads the procession,sometimes accompanied by altar servers with candles, the choir, and then the clergy. When the crucifer enters the church, everyone stands if they are able to do so.
The crucifer leads the procession down the center aisle toward the altar as the organist continues to play. When the choir reaches the choir stalls at the front we all sing the Gathering Hymn.
Hymns are sung throughout the service from the Book of Common Praise or other sources. Please feel free to join in and learn some new music or sing the oldie goldies.
Instructions about standing and sitting are given by the leader and are usually printed on the screen, but the best way to deal with this is to do what everyone else is doing.
We do not kneel at COR because we are seated in chairs rather than pews with kneelers. You may kneel at the altar when you come up for communion.
After the Gathering Hymn the priest will welcome the people and open the service with a greeting.
A Lay Leader will lead an act of praise (said or sung), the Collect Prayer (collective prayer) and then readings from scripture.
After the reading from the Gospel the sermon follows.
Usually our Rector, Father Rick Durrett, preaches an 8-10 minute sermon or homily. Sometimes a guest preacher does the honours. On some Sundays and Holy Days when we have a combined service with Riverside United Church their minister, the Rev. Paul Dillman, preaches
After the Sermon we stand to profess our faith in the words of one of the traditional creeds.
After we profess our faith in God we sit to pray. A Lay Leader will lead these prayers and gives instructions as to the proper prayer response. The last prayer we say together is the Prayer of Confession in which we have an opportunity to admit to God that we have fallen short of his will for our lives and the priestthen pronounces God’s absolution or pardon.
At the end of the prayers we stand together and exchange the Peace of Christ. We shake hands with one another and wish each other God’s peace. This is not a time of socializing but an opportunity to greet one another in Christ’s name.
At the end of the Peace we sing the Offertory Hymn and the collection plate is passed.
You are encouraged to make a donation for the work of the church as the plate is passed.
The Eucharist or Holy Communion is next. Bread and wine arebrought forward during the Offertory Hymn and the clergy and lay assistants (ordinary parishioners) prepare the altar.
The Eucharistic Prayer is sung and said and the priest blesses the bread and wine for distribution to the people.
The Assistants and the Priest are given bread and wine first at the communion rail which surrounds the altar. Then, at 915, the choir receives communion, the greeters guide people in thecenter aisle so that they know when it’s their turn. You can stand or kneel at the altar rail. All baptized Christians are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Bread is given first by the priest, then wine is given by an assistant. Gluten-free wafers are available; just let the Priest know. At COR we don’t dip the wafer/bread in the wine. Fingers can accidently contact the wine and thereby pass dirt.
If you don’t wish to have wine, you can leave the railing or just cross your arms across your chest. If you’d like to be blessed, rather than have communion, just cross your arms during the entire time you are at the altar rail. If you are not able to climb the steps to the altar you may receive communion in your seat. Please inform a greeter of your desire and he/she will alert the priest to come and administer to you.
When everyone who wishes has received communion there is a prayer and blessing given by the Priest. There will be announcements and birthdays will be noted. A Missioning hymn closes the formal part of the service and at 915 the choir and clergy are led to the back by the crucifer. The organist plays for a short while, and you can sit and enjoy the music and say a final prayer if you wish.
The Priest will greet people at the door. Feel free to take a moment to introduce yourself to the Father Rick, telling him where you’re from and your name. If you wish more information about the church at that time you may arrange a visit or an interview with the Priest.
There is hospitality offered after church in Room 6 (follow the crowd) during the regular church season or outside in the breezeway in the summer months. Everyone is welcome. Others will welcome you to COR. We are delighted to have you with us!