We’re so glad you are here, and we hope we can help you feel welcomed. We welcome all people to join us in worship and in the full life of the church community. It is our hope that you feel a sense of belonging among us—belonging to God and belonging to the Cathedral Church of All Saints community.
At All Saints Cathedral Church, we are a diverse lot from many Christian backgrounds, non-Christian backgrounds, and no faith backgrounds. We come for Christian community, to find God in relationships with neighbours and new friends. We come for lessons from the incredible life of Jesus Christ. We come for spiritual rest, time to think, pray, and center on God, for comfort in hard times, and gratitude in good times. We come to serve God, each other, and the world. We’re not perfect. We trust in God’s gentle grace and unconditional love. We seek meaning for the life God has gifted us.
A Typical Sunday Service and Celebrating the Eucharist (aka Communion, Holy Communion)
Our Anglican tradition is one rooted in a liturgical expression. We believe that liturgy represents a communal response to and participation in the sacred through activities reflecting praise, thanksgiving, remembrance, supplication, or repentance. The Anglican Church of Canada primarily uses the Book of Alternative services and here at the Cathedral Church we share in various liturgies from across the Anglican Communion such as the New Zealand Prayer Book as well as liturgies from the ecumenical Christian community, the Iona Community.
At each Sunday service we celebrate the Eucharist together. It is in the Eucharist that we gather to be nurtured as a community, and where we experience reconciliation with God, and are then challenged and empowered by the Spirit to go forth into the world. You are welcome too, to God’s table to receive communion – to receive the bread and the wine (gluten free wafers are available and those who prefer may receive the bread only). You are welcome, no matter who you are or what labels the world puts on you. We welcome you if, like us, you struggle with flaws and imperfection but have a loving spirit and strive to let the light of Jesus shine within you and then to share it with others. We dare to welcome all because God, and not any human authority, extends this gracious invitation.
If you wish not to receive Holy Communion you may still come forward for a blessing, simply fold your arms across your chest to receive a blessing. You are also welcomed to remain seated during this time. We want you to come as you are, as you are able, when you are ready – whether you have much faith or little, have tried to follow, or are afraid you’ve failed. You are invited to participate in the services of the Cathedral Church of All Saints as fully as you feel comfortable.
We have two different Sunday worship services. We offer one at 9:30 am and one at 11:00 am. Each week, members of the congregation read Scriptures aloud and one of our Priests, Deacons, or a guest, shares a homily (a short sermon or reflection) based on a table of Bible readings from the Anglican Church of Canada’s adaptation of the Revised Common Lectionary. Deacons and others from the church community lead us in prayer for one another and the world.
Music is an important part of our worship. At both services we sing hymns. At the 9:30 am service we are led in reflection and singing by piano and guest musicians who play flute, guitar, violin or fiddle, and more. The music at this service is often diverse and may include both ancient and modern hymns, choruses, showtunes, chants, acapella, etc. At the 11:00 am service the pipe organ and Cathedral choir lead music. This service includes an organ prelude and postlude and the choir shares from some of the finest sacred music of the last 1,000 years.