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Melrose Worship Services

Melrose worship services blend contemporary and traditional elements, with a focus on thoughtful sermons and appealing music. Our Choir warms us up and provides wonderful punctuation to the liturgy and scripture readings.

Services are held in the magnificent sanctuary, surrounded by a colourful array of stained glass windows. (For more about our windows, you can download a booklet or take a tour through our photo galleries.)

There are plenty of friendly faces to welcome you, so please join us and stay for refreshments and even a chat afterward.

Melrose This Week

Sunday, March 11. 2018

This Sunday, the fourth Sunday of the Lenten season, (and time-change Sunday!) marks Lent's mid point.  It is often called "laetare" ("be joyful") Sunday after the first Latin word of the introit assigned to LentIV in the worship of the medieval church.  In many church traditions, "laetare" Sunday offers a brief pause from some of the austerity of Lent. Since purple is associated with Lenten penance, rose-pink is often used as the liturgical colour for Lent IV, signalling that Easter hope is coming into sight.  The sermon time will focus on a strange tale from the Book of Numbers (Numbers 21: 4-9). The wilderness wanderings, or at least their length and breadth, were a surprise to the Israelites. Instead of a land of milk and honey, they got a desert. The promise seemed to have been spoken  -- and why are poisonous snakes? Yet even in the wilderness God is responsive to the needs of his complaining people. The protests are answered, the cries are heard, and there is a gift of healing. The death-dealing forces end up being nailed to a pole -- the symbolic foretaste of an event to come in the unfolding of history.

The Rev. Dr. Philip Gardner

Sunday, March 18, 2018

This fifth Lenten Sunday is the last before Palm Sunday initiates the beginning of Holy Week.  The gospel lesson for this week is John 12: 20-33.  Here we meet with John's version of the events that anticipate Jesus' final days.  According to John, among those who go up to worship at the Passover  festival are some Greeks.  They seek out the disciple Philip and they make an extraordinary request: "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." In response to this request, Jesus makes the pronouncement that "the hour has come." What follows is an interpretation of what that "hour" will mean (abandonment, crucifixion, resurrection).  The passage raises some interesting questions for us.  Is this a suffering Jesus the one that the Greeks really want to see?  Is this the Jesus that we want to see? If they were to arrive at our church on any given Sunday asking to meet Jesus, would they?

The Rev. Dr. Philip Gardner

Join us for Holy Week at Melrose


You are invited to Holy Week and

Easter at Melrose


Sunday, March 25 at 10:30 a.m.- Palm/Passion Sunday - Procession with Palms

Thursday March 29 at 6:15 p.m. - Maundy Thursday Potluck and Communion in the Sanctuary

Friday March 30 at 10:30a.m. - Good Friday service of Tenebrae words and music

Sunday April 1 at 8:00 - Easter Sunrise service in the chapel

at 9:00 - Easter Breakfast - Free-will donation will be accepted to benefit to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank

at 10:30 - Easter Worship with Communion

April 12 - Melrose Seder Dinner, details TBA




All are welcome!