As a church, we worship together to celebrate the presence of what we name as God among us. We each bring our own beliefs, our own convictions. In the lessons of scripture we listen to, in the songs we sing together, in the prayers we pray, and in the rituals we perform, we remind ourselves that whoever we are and whatever we are going through, we are not alone.
Revelstoke United offers two prayer services each week, both on Sunday: A traditional church service in the morning and a contemplative prayer service in the evening. You are welcome to attend either regardless of age, race, wealth, gender, sexuality, identity, or what you do or do not believe. In the words of one of our hymns, there is room for all in the shelter of God's wings.
10:00 AM, doors open at 9:30.
Sunday school for children from October to May.
Sunday morning worship is a time for praise and thanksgiving. There are hymns we sing, prayers of confession and of healing, prayers for the world, readings from scripture, and a message preached based on those readings.
Once a month, and on high holidays (Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost), we celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion. Sacraments are rituals which we believe are a means of experiencing God’s grace. In the United Church, the two sacraments are Holy Communion and Holy Baptism. Communion is a ritual whereby we take bread and fruit of the vine (in the United Church, grape juice and not wine) and symbolically name them as the body and blood of Christ, in remembrance of his death and celebration of his resurrection.
Revelstoke United Church has a policy of open table, meaning that you are welcome without condition or reservation to participate in the sacrament of Holy Communion. There are no barriers between God and God’s people. You do not need to be perfect; what you must be is spiritually hungry.
What to expect
A relaxed atmosphere where everyone is welcome. Morning worship is about an hour and 15 minutes. There is a printed order of service you can follow along with. You may participate as much or as little as you feel comfortable. We sing our songs from a hymn book located in each pew, and there are Bibles as well for you to follow along with the readings if you wish. There is a short time for children in the middle of the service for children to come forward for a talk and a prayer with the minister before leaving for Sunday school.
After the service you are welcome to join us for a time for refreshments (coffee, tea, juice, and baked goods) in the downstairs auditorium.
In the choir, behind the altar
7 PM, doors open at 6:30.
Sunday evening prayer follows the ancient Christian tradition of vespers (“evensong”). It is a time for reflection, contemplation, and meditation. There are prayers and songs in the style of Taizé, a religious community in France that has built up a style of worship that emphasizes silence and contemplation with short songs that are repeated many times. There is no sermon and readings are short, with a long period of silence to allow space for meditation and contemplation. At the end of the service, several songs are sung in a row and you may leave when you are ready; Rev. David will be available if you would like to talk to him for any reason.
We offer these prayers for those who feel uncomfortable with a traditional Sunday prayer service or are not able to attend on Sunday morning for schedule reasons. Particularly if you are younger, we hope this prayer service will be more accessible.
What to expect
An informal atmosphere where you are invited to bring your feelings and struggles and just sit for a while in the grace of the world and the presence of God. Everyone is welcome. Evening prayer is about 45 minutes. There are no books; the songs begin and you are invited to join in once you pick up the melody. Bring yourself as you are.