March 4, 2020


10:00 a.m. 
      - Holy Eucharist
             Book of Alternative Services (BAS)
      - Morning Prayer   
             BAS 4th Sunday of the month

Our Music Director, Janet Pike (476-0044) plays a digital piano and the Anglican hymn book, Common Praise, is used. The choir leads our singing from September to June. Singing hymns and responses expresses our emotions, and the lyrics proclaim Godís grace. The hymn book has both traditional and contemporary hymns. We worship together to remind us we are not alone and that we support each other. 

Children are an important element of our worship service. A Sunday School program for children under age 12 is provided to help the children grow in their faith. During July and August quiet activities can be provided while children stay with parents. The meeting room off the Parish hall is available for women who wish to nurse their child privately and a change table is located beside the washrooms. 

Following worship, join us for coffee hour; and birthday cake on the 2nd Sunday of the month.

Reverse Offering: on 3rd Sunday of the month food is collected and donated to the Current River Churchesí Food Cupboard and for St. Stephenís emergency food bag. 

What do we do during Worship?
The four parts of the Eucharist are the Gathering of the Community, Proclamation of the Word, Liturgy of the Eucharist and Dismissal of the Community. 

Many people attending worship live in Current River and are known to each other. Some come from other places, and are new to the church community or are visitors. In the Gathering of the Community we come together to be a worshiping community and welcome everyone.

In the Proclamation of the Word, passages from the Bible are read so that we can hear Godís word speaking through the ancient scriptures. The sermon, about 15 minutes, draws out themes from scripture readings and applies them to relevant issues in peopleís lives. The church community then prays for the world, Current River, the church, and those in need. We say a general confession, and shake hands as a sign of peace. 

In the Liturgy of the Eucharist the gathered community blesses the bread and wine so that spiritually it becomes the body and blood of Jesus, and in the blessing we remember Godís acts of salvation. We receive the bread and wine.

In the Dismissal of the Community, we are dismissed to go and make a difference in the world.

A Communion service is what we are calling the Distribution of Reserved Sacrament by a Deacon at a Public Service. Reserved Sacrament is bread and wine that has been consecrated. The order of service is adapted from a Eucharist, except that the Eucharistic Prayer is omitted. We are following the policy of the Bishop of Algoma.

Morning Prayer has the the Gathering of the Community, Proclamation of the Word, and Dismissal of the Community and may be lead a Deacon or Lay Reader.

The following articles explain aspects of our worship:

Anglican Worship
Planning Worship/Picking Hymns
Revised Common Lectionary
Service Music

Gluten Free Wafers 
Gluten free wafers are available for communion; please advise a sidesperson before the service begins if you would like one.

Keeping People Healthy
In light of the concern of the spread of flu, we encourage people to follow these public health practices for our worship:

Lay Ministry
Our worship involves the whole people of God. Lay people help lead the worship through greeting people as they enter, reading lessons, leading prayers of the people, singing in the choir, serving at the altar and assisting with the distribution of communion. The following articles explain these ministries in more detail.

Eucharistic Assistant
Leading Prayers of People
Reading a Lesson 
Sidesperson duties 
St. Stephenís Servers: Assistant Server, Acolyte, Crucifier, Server and Head Server

We would like to encourage those that play instruments to take part in our service; see Hymns Scored for Guitar in the Common Praise, the New Anglican Hymnal.

Those that are interested in pursuing a course of study can become a Parish Lay Reader; for more information see Lay Reader, Ministry Description.

We are also interested in involving more musicians in our worship; and those interested should speak with Canon Ed Swayze or the Music Director Janet Pike (476-0044) .

Provision for Mobility, Hearing, Seeing Challenged

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