What You Can Expect When Attending a Typical Sunday Service at Dorval-Strathmore United Church We worship with song, prayer, reading God's word and fellowship with eachother
WORKING AND GROWING THROUGH GOD'S LOVE AND FELLOWSHIP You will be greeted as you enter and an Usher will provide you with a copy of the Order of Service ("the bulletin"). In anticipation of the 10:00 service, you will have the opportunity to catch up with fellow parishioners. Announcements will be made about upcoming events and the life and work of the congregation.
CALL TO WORSHIP Worship begins with a musical prelude followed by a responsive call to worship led by the Minister.
OPENING HYMN The Congregation is invited to stand and sing from the Hymn books provided. All Hymns are listed in the Order of Service as well as on the wall at the front of the Church.
OPENING PRAYER The Minister or a member of the Congregation will lead a responsive prayer which is printed in the Order of Service.
SUNG RESPONSE The Congregation sings "Spirit of Life". The words are printed in the Order of Service but if you life to follow along with the music it is #381 in the Voices United Hymn book.
GREETINGS The Minister greets the Congregation and tell the children a story.
HYMN The Congregation sings another Hymn at which time the children leave for Sunday School (if they want to). Children are always welcome to remain throughout the service.
READINGS There will be a Scripture reading by the Minister, followed by a Responsive Reading with the Congregation and another Scripture reading by the Minister.
ANTHEM The Choir sings.
MESSAGE The Minister provides reflections and guidance based on the Scripture readings of the day.
HYMN The Congregation sings.
PRAYERS The Minister leads the prayers of gratitude, joy and concern and end in the Congregation saying or singing of the Lord's Prayer (# 960 in Voices United).
OFFERING The Ushers walk through the Congregation collecting money. You are welcome to give whatever you are able.
DEDICATION The Congregation sings "Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow" (#541 in Voices United)
STATEMENT OF FAITH The Congregation remains standing and recites the Statement which is normally printed in the Order of Service.
HYMN The Congregation rises to sing the closing Hymn.
COMMISSIONING AND BENEDICTION The Minister leads the Benediction followed by the Congregation singing Amen
POSTLUDE The Organist plays while the Congregation prays and reflects.
COFFEE HOUR After the service we all meet in the hall downstairs to enjoy some light refreshments!
**Note - because we are a vibrant and live congregation the order of service is subject to change if the Spirit moves us! :-)