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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.


Melrose This Week

 

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

The sermon this Sunday will focus on the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Christian congregation in Corinth. No city in Greece was more favourably situated for land and sea trade.  With a high and strong citadel at its back, Corinth lay between the Sarnonic Gulf and the Ionian Sea.  Crowning the Acrocorinth was the temple of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, whose worshippers (much to Paul’s dismay) practiced religious prostitution.  Paul had received disturbing information from several sources concerning the state of the church at Corinth.  Factions had developed and Paul was also concerned about moral laxness.  It was clear that this congregation was gifted, but it was immature and in Paul’s opinion unspiritual and doctrinally unsound.   In the passage assigned by the lectionary to this Sunday (I Corinthians 12: 1-11), Paul reminds the congregation that the Spirit’s gifts are diverse and particular but in each case they are energized by one and the same Spirit.  In the end, the gifts, the ministry and the empowering of a Christian community for service all belong to God.

The Rev. Dr. Philip Gardner