Set in an historic building, SPSS people gather each week to offer our worship.
Sunday morning worship is our Main Event. We have two services each Sunday morning. At 8:30 a.m. we have a small, quiet and very traditional Eucharist (Holy Communion) service. We use the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer; it is a service without music.
Tradition is important in our religious experience. It provides us with the assurance and comfort of the expected. The time honoured phrases such as“Dearly Beloved,” and “Almighty God, unto whom all hearts be open” transport us to a place where are ready to experience the presence of God. Within our sacred tradition, we also embrace a touch of modern liturgy, to meet our need to grow and flourish.
Thus, at our main service of the day, at 10:30 a.m., most of our services are offered in the traditional language. Once a month we use the newer liturgy, from the 1985 rite in the Book of Alternative Services. Most services are a celebration of the Holy Eucharist; once a month we offer Choral Matins (Morning Prayer), with the language and canticles so familiar from the Book of Common Prayer.
To make our services friendly and easily accessible to all, we print the entire service in a booklet. Everything is included, except for the hymns which are provided in the hymn books. To help the congregation sing, the chants for the canticles and the psalms and the music of the Eucharist, is printed in the bulletin. We use a variety of musical settings for the Eucharist. Some are familiar and easily accessible by the congregation; some are more challenging and are sung by the choir alone. With our dedicated and quite talented choir we are able to offer musical settings which are rarely heard in parishes churches. Some audio clips are available in the music portion of our website. www.stpeterstsimon.ca/music
Our services are warm and relaxed because those leading the services pay great attention to detail. Many dedicated people work hard to make our service flow with a grace and dignity which frees us all to focus on why we are here: to worship God in Christ – in the words spoken, the music sung, and the sacraments enacted. Our staff and our volunteers together understand the importance of this sacred place. Our reverence for this holy presence of Christ in our midst permeates our life together and is as evident in our preparation as it is in our public services.