Over the past weekend a few of us went to the Holy Covenant Evangelical Covenant Church in Saskatoon. We left on Saturday at eight in the morning. We arrived in Saskatoon in the afternoon. We would go to the church to meet our host family. Mark, Scott, and I would stay with the coolest host family ever. They were cool to talk to. We stayed with the Bishop's daughter and son-in-law. Jason and Candace were so hospitable it was unreal. On the Saturday, we went back to their house and the meal was awesome. Later we went back to the church for a vespers service. It was different from the vespers we do here at CBC. It was different in a good way. There was a lot of liturgy in this vespers service. I liked the change from the usual vespers. When the Bishop was at CBC he did a vespers service here and so I recognized some of the songs. Then we went back to our host family's place. We played some Super Mario and Jason was impressed by Mario skills. He said I had some "mad Mario skills." It was great joking around with Jason as we played Mario. Then after that we watch Night At The Museum on their projector and screen. That was a pretty good movie I must say.
On Sunday we of course went to church. The service was very liturgical. It was very different from any service I was used to. Candace continually had to switch books with us so we were on the right page. Being that we have never been to a service like that, it was hard to keep up. The songs had an eastern feel to it. I liked that about the songs. The way they do things for communion is different from most churches I have been to. I noticed that the bread was sweeter and the wine has more water in it then I am used to. Maybe it's because there were young kids partaking in communion. It's interesting that they let young kids partake in communion without having wait till their older or go through confirmation before receiving communion. There was one part of the service in which people asked for forgiveness of sins. It was more then just a handshake. We would hug people instead. That was different then what people normally would do. It was something that myself and a few other people out of there comfort zone. Over all the service would something that I liked. Then after church there was a potluck and the food was awesome. The main dishes and dessert was great. Then after that Scott, Mark, and I went to the mall to kill about an hour before we went back to the church and then heading in the van to go bowling. We went ten pin bowling, something I haven't done before. I think I did not bad for my first time ten pin bowling. Others did awesome at bowling. But it was fun nontheless. After supper we went back to the church and dialogged about the church service. The discussion went in various other ways such other items in their church like and stuff like mega churches, youth, drawing people into the church, among other stuff. Then we went back to the host family and watched the Tenacious D movie.
On Monday we went to the mall and whatnot before we headed back to Strathmore. All in all it was a great weekend.
See you on the flipside!
“Church isn’t where you meet. Church isn’t a building. Church is what you do. Church is who you are. Church is the human outworking of the person of Jesus Christ. Let’s not go to Church, let’s be the Church.”
“The perfect church service, would be one we were almost unaware of.
Our attention would have been on God.”
“Some go to church to see and be seen, some go there to say they have been, some go there to sleep and nod, but few go there to worship God”