Milestones and Transitions

These liturgies provide support for the work of the different levels of church courts in The United Church of Canada, such as congregational dedications and the installation of presbytery and Conference officials.

Last updated: 
July 22, 2018

A prayer for opening worship at GC43

Last updated: 
September 5, 2018
At this anniversary symposium, a group of esteemed speakers and panelits will discuss and answer questions about four watershed moments in The United Church of Canada.

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File Constituting a Congregation liturgy
A liturgy on constituting a congregation.

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File Dedication of a Church Building
A liturgy for the dedication of a church building.

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PDF icon Gathering Prayer Resource for GC43
Daily prayers and reflections for commissioners, and resources for a General Council-themed worship service (bilingual).

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File Installation of a President of Conference
Liturgy for the installation of a President of Conference.

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File Installation of the Chairperson of Presbytery
A liturgy for installing a chairperson of presbytery.

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PDF icon Liturgy for the Closing of a Church
A worship service for church closure or amalgamation.
Event Date: 
September 24, 2018
Reflections on milestone anniversaries in The United Church of Canada 50th anniversary of the New Creed . Reflection: Michael Bourgeois 50th anniversary of the union between the United Church and the Evangelical United Brethren. Reflection: Catherine and John Ambrose 30th anniversary of the “Membership, Ministry and Human Sexuality Statement,” 1988 General Council (also known as the “1988 decision”). Reflection: Teresa Burnett-Cole and Ralph Wushke 70th anniversary of the founding of the World Council of Churches. Reflection: Alyson Barnett-Cowan Closing panel—the past as a lens for living...

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PDF icon marking_moments_flyer.pdf
Details on the speakers and panelists at the Marking Moments event.
Last updated: 
July 21, 2018

A prayer for written for participants arriving at GC43.

Last updated: 
July 27, 2018

A prayer written for participants leaving GC43

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File Reception of a Candidate for the Ordained or Diaconal Ministry
A liturgy on reception of a candidate for the ordained or diaconal ministry.

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File Risking Faith, Daring Hope
A worship service for congregational use inspired by the 43rd General Council 2018.

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File Risking Faith, Daring Hope: We Are Not Alone
43rd General Council 2018 Opening Worship

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File Sankofa: Looking Back, Moving Forward
A service for church courts that are closing in this time of transition.

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File Simple Service of Goodbye
A service for church courts that are closing in this time of transition.
Last updated: 
March 7, 2018

During this upcoming year, as major changes to our church structure are under consideration, many of us will be planning worship services for people who are dealing with and working through the complex feelings involved with change: the grief, loss, and sadness in saying goodbye to the courts of the church as we have known them; the hope, anxiety, and anticipation for the emergent structure; and the ever-present complexity of feelings that come with being a part of any community.

As worship leaders, we attempt to create liturgies that meet people where they are, which is hard to...

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File Union of Congregations
A liturgy for the uniting of congregations.
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