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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 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.

Outdoor Picnic Worship, Sunday, June 11

Please join us at Dundas Driving Park, Pavillions 2 and 3 for our annual worship service and potluck picnic!

Worship: Sunday, May 21, 2017

One of our scripture readings for this sixth Sunday of the Easter season is a sermon that the Apostle Paul preached to the people of Athens at the Areopagus, an outdoor public space located on what the Romans called "Mars Hill."  Those accustomed to Paul's tendency betimes to be argumentative, polemical or even bullying will find a very different Paul in this passage.  Here he is intelligent and respectful of his context -- but nevertheless a courageous spokesperson for the Christian faith.  He meets the Athenians "where they are," first praising them for being "extremely religious in every way" and then telling how he has walked around the city to view their objects of worship (their idols).  Paul sees an altar "to an unknown God" that observation provides him with an opening to offer his audience of highly suspicious Greek authorities a reasoned defense for his Christian hope.  This is a risky venture: the great philosopher Socrates had been executed for corrupting Athens with "strange new gods."  Paul's sermon also, however, invites an important question for the church of the twenty-first century.  How are do we learn to spread the message of Jesus to a world that communicates, relates, and lives differently from any other before it?  If we are to follow Paul's example before the Areopagus, what should we do?

The Rev. Dr. Philip Gardner