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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 Youth Chorus warms us up and our Senior Choir 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.

Worship: Sunday, June 25, 2017

This Sunday we move our 10:30 worship service to the beautiful (and air-conditioned!) Melrose chapel.  Continuing with an arc of stories about the biblical Patriarch Abraham and his family, the sermon will focus on Hagar, Sarah's maidservant and her son, Ishmael.  The Hebrew name Hagar means "one who flees" or "one who seeks refuge." The story of Hagar and her son is the story of millions of exploited, trafficked, disabled, and rejected women and children throughout history and around the world.  As Hagar's narrative reminds us: God hears their cries. In the Genesis narrative, Hagar flees from the jealousy of Sarah into the desert where she wanders without hope.  Finally, when their water runs out, Hagar places Ishmael (his name means "God hears") under a bush and walks away to weep at a distance, for she cannot bear to watch him die.  Just then, an angel of God calls to Hagar and says, "Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying."  The angel reminds Hagar of God's blessing and provides a spring of water for them.  They survive and prosper -- and Ishmael becomes ancestor to a great nation, as God has also promised.  

The Rev. Dr. Philip Gardner