December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols for All Ages

Rev. Shana Lynngood with Worship Associate Kressa Sisu –

Join us for our annual singing of the timeless music of the season and exploration of the story of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.

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December 21, 2019

Winter Solstice

Rev. Melora Lynngood and Arran Liddel, Director of Spiritual Exploration and Learning for Children, with Worship Associate Shelley Motz –

Gathering at 4:15 p.m.; ritual begins at 5:00 p.m. All ages (children, adults, elders, all!) are welcome.

At 4:15 p.m. gather in Lion Hall for pizza and crafts, connecting with our young and elders makes the holidays more meaningful. Enjoy intergenerational crafts and a meal together before our winter quiet ritual. Vegan and gluten-free options available. 

 At 5:00 p.m. we’ll process into the Sanctuary to begin our ritual by the light of a single candle at the centre of a spiral of evergreen boughs. One by one, each person will be invited to walk the spiral, in candlelight and slowly, magically, the room will grow brighter. Treats and hot apple cider await in the Lion Hall when the ritual is complete, or when the young grow restless. 

At 5.45 p.m. meditation for those who would like extra quiet time are invited to stay in the Sanctuary for a period of candlelight meditation and reflection.

 Everyone is invited to bring a small special object that gives them comfort or warmth in the winter nights to be placed in the spiral before the ritual begins (objects will be returned to owners at the end).

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November 24, 2019

Jazz Vespers – Nick Maclean Quartet

7:30 pm in the Sanctuary join rising star pianist Nick Maclean and his multi-award winning modern-jazz quartet featuring acclaimed trumpet iconoclast Brownman Ali, with Ben Duff on bass and Jacob Wutzke on drums, as they tour Canada. Jazz Vespers features the musings of Rev. Shana Lynngood. By donation and greatly appreciated.

The group is on an ambitious, month-long national tour across Canada, bringing them from their hometown of Toronto all the way to the Pacific coast and many sites between. Led by 26-year old fast-rising piano star Nick Maclean – a six-time Global Music Award winner, graduate of the University Of Toronto, and one of the most in-demand young jazz piano players in Toronto – this contemplative yet thrilling quartet delivers jazz between the two poles of thoughtful introspection and powerhouse conveyance, taking influences from Herbie Hancock’s primordial 1960s Blue Note era recordings, while paying tribute to some of the greatest improvisers in jazz history

Maclean’s quartet heavily features one of Canada’s most provocative improvising trumpet players — Brownman Ali, heralded as “Canada’s preeminent jazz trumpet player” by New York City’s Village Voice.  Recognized as an internationally acclaimed jazz iconoclast, he currently splits his time between Brooklyn, N.Y., and Toronto, and is a two-time National Jazz Award winner. This jazz veteran is best known globally as the last trumpet player with the legendary jazz-hip-hop group Guru’s Jazzmatazz, having replaced Donald Byrd in that seminal ensemble.

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