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Worship

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.

                            
                   
                        
                      
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Melrose This Week





Sunday, March 24, 2019

 

This Sunday (the third in Lent), the sermon time will address the legally and emotionally complex issue of MAiD (medical assistance in dying).  This is a subject of deep study in our denomination and a full report should be available sometime in the future. At the present time the United Church has opted for what it calls “a balanced, case-by-case approach.” Meanwhile, the Roman Catholic Church and many conservative Protestants have pronounced MAiD to be morally and ethically reprehensible and they await the election of a government that will be more amenable to their persuasion.  MAiD is, however, currently legal in Canada under a very restricted and specific set of circumstances.  Moreover, some within our own community have had the experience of accompanying loved ones who have exercised their legal right to seek medical help not only in relieving, but in fact in ending their suffering--so the subject is certainly timely.  The gospel reading that will form the basis for our reflection is the Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37).

The Rev. Dr. Philip Gardner