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: 
October 1, 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 Celebration of a New Ministry
An Act of Covenanting for a New Pastoral Relationship within a Community of Faith

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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.

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File Prayer for Times of Change: A New Way of Being Church
A prayer and other worship ideas that might be used during times of being a church with new relationships, during other times of change, for the Day of Pentecost, or for Union Sunday.

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File Prayer for Times of Change: At This Threshold
A prayer and other worship ideas that might be used to help communities of faith celebrate the start of new relationships in their regional councils or for other times of change, as well as for Epiphany Sunday.

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File Prayer for Times of Change: We Are at a Doorway
A prayer and other worship ideas that might be used to offer thanks as presbyteries and Conferences come to an end, for other times of change, or for Reign of Christ Sunday.

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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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